Benefits Of Being A Member Of The House Of Representatives  

There are a number of benefits of being a member of the House of Representatives. The salaries and benefits of the members of the U.S. Congress have been at the center of several controversies and myths in the past few years. Following are some of the principal benefits enjoyed by a member of the House at present.

In accordance to the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS) Act of 1986, a number of retirement benefits as well as health benefits have been provided to the Members of the House of Representatives. After 5 years of full-time participation, they become vested. Similar plans are also applicable to other federal employees. Contrary to the popular myth, the members of Congress are also required to pay Social Security as per the norms stated in the 1984 amendments made to the Social Security Act.

Earlier to 1984, all the federal employees, including the Members of the House, were neither required to pay into Social Security nor entitled to receive any Social Security benefits. Instead they were covered under the Civil Service Retirement System or the CSRS. All these benefits of being a member of the House of Representatives are awarded as per FERS to the members elected after 1984 and as per CSRS to the members appointed before 1984.

Other benefit of being a member of the House of Representatives is that the retirement is sponsored through the taxes and other contributions made by the participant. For instance, every member of the House of Representatives is required to contribute 1.3 percent of his/her salary towards the FERS Retirement Plan and 6.2 percent towards the Social Security taxes. However, in order to be eligible for receiving pensions, the members should have served for minimum five years in the Congress. The pension, in any case, cannot exceed 80 percent of the last salary paid to the member.

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The House of Representatives represents the lower house of the bicameral Congress, the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Article 1 of the Constitution clearly explains the structure and size of the House. The number of members in the House of Representatives from each state keeps varying according to the population of that particular state. More..

 


 

 

 
   
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