WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A new petition on the White House website is calling for President Obama and Congress to lose their pay if a “fiscal cliff” deal does not get done.
The petition, created by Deborah P. of Arlington, Texas, on Monday, wants to cut-off politicians’ paychecks and health care benefits if a deal does not get done.
“Congress and the President must forfeit their pay and healthcare benefits until the fiscal cliff is resolved. And they must pass a solution, not a stop-gap,” the petition states.
It continues: “And, if they miss the Jan 1 deadline, all of Congress and the President must take a permanent 15% pay cut. Their pay cannot be raised for two years.”
The Texas woman stated in the petition that Obama and lawmakers need to live in the same world that “The American People” do: if you don’t do your job, you don’t get paid.
The White House and congressional Republicans have hit a wall in fiscal cliff talks over the past week.
House Speaker John Boehner says Obama’s proposal to avoid the fiscal cliff by boosting revenue by $1.6 trillion over the next decade would be a “crippling blow” to the economy and leave the nation’s debt problems unresolved.
He says bargaining between administration officials and congressional leaders has gone “almost nowhere.”
Even so, the Ohio Republican said that he wants to continue working with the president to avoid hundreds of billions in tax increases and spending cuts that will begin Jan. 2 unless negotiators find a way to head them off.
In visits last Thursday to congressional leaders, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner presented the administration proposal. Besides tax boosts, it also called for fresh spending to help the jobless, and savings next year from benefit programs.
The petition has just over 4,000 signatures, well off of the 25,000 needed to get a response from the White House.
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