"I believe members of Congress should do what other Americans do, purchase their own life insurance," Posey said. "And with so many Americans struggling to make ends meet — mostly because of bad policy coming out of Washington — this taxpayer funded 'gratuity' just adds more insult to injury. It's no wonder Americans have such a low opinion of Congress."

Another co-sponsor, Rep. Virginia FoxxVirginia FoxxTrump, Congress, cut these regs to make higher education great again A guide to the committees: House Repeal without replacement: A bad strategy for kids MORE (R-N.C.), said if members of Congress want to provide for their families, they will "need to look somewhere other than this taxpayer-funded perk."

The salary for rank-and-file members of the House is $174,000, but those in leadership positions earn more; House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern ObamaCare gets new lease on life Ryan picks party over country by pushing healthcare bill MORE (R-Ohio) is paid $223,500 a year.

Members of the Senate are paid on a similar scale, although Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker MORE (D-Nev.) is paid $193,400 a year — less than BoehnerJohn BoehnerTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern ObamaCare gets new lease on life Ryan picks party over country by pushing healthcare bill MORE.