If they've committed a crime, why should they be an exception from justice and have a pension pending collection? You were not earning it in an honest way! Just like any mere person without so much statis that gets convicted to jail time any Congressional representative should NOT have any previous privileges returned so they can return to a lofty statis! All they should be allowed to collect is the money they contributed to Social Security! If we as Americans voted to return such an exhorbent amount of money returned, what lesson would their crimal behavior have taught them? NOTHING! Except its acceptable to commit criminal behavior since their pensions won't be stripped and they won't loose anything that they once had and they will be allowed to return to what once was their life style. So NO, you reap what you sow, Do bad ~ break the laws, lose everything, Do good ~ obey the laws, keep what you worked for.