Lawmaker Loopholes?

clipped from www.factcheck.org

Lawmaker Loopholes?

Q: Is Congress exempt from "many" laws including one against sexual harassment?

A: No. The latest e-mail rant against Congress — proposing a "28th Amendment" to the Constitution — is full of false and outdated claims.

FULL QUESTION

A chain e-mail (copy below) claims members of Congress can retire after one term with their same pay and, while serving, pay no Social Security and exempt themselves from some laws, e.g., sexual harassment and health care legislation. A 28th Amendment to the Constitution is proposed barring Congress from enacting laws applying to its members and not equally to the "citizens of the United States."

Are the facts right?

FULL ANSWER

That’s a lot of very old baloney packed into a few words.

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