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Members of Congress are underpaid, can’t live ‘decently’ in D.C.: Rep. Moran


By Tom Howell Jr.

The Washington Times

Friday, April 4, 2014


A retiring Democratic congressman from Virginia says federal lawmakers don't make enough money to get by in both Washington and back home.

"I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid," Rep. James P. Moran told CQ Roll Call.

"I understand that it's widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world."

Mr. Moran told the publication that some lawmakers live out of their offices while in the nation's capital, or in "small little apartment units" that make it hard to spend time with their families.

A Republican-led appropriations bill introduced this week would retain a freeze on lawmakers' salaries that has been in place since 2010, but Mr. Moran said state legislatures provide a per diem allowance and that the federal government should do the same, according to Roll Call.

Mr. Moran said his mission "is wholly quixotic" and will not pass, but Roll Call says he may bring it up on the House floor to garner attention.

"Our pay has been frozen for three years and we're planning on freezing it a fourth year. ... A lot of members can't even afford to live decently in Washington," he told the publication.

Members of Congress are paid $174,000 per year.


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If they were paid for the quality of their work, they would owe the American people money.  Besides, there are A LOT of people living and working in the District of Corruption area who make a lot less and manage to live a decent life.  Maybe his complaint is indication of the REAL problem with the government; their members don't know how to live within their means and spend taxpayer money the same way.
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty: and this public passion must be superior to all private passions. John Adams

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Someone should take this "man of the people" and actually introduce him to some real people, y'know, the vast majority of Americans who make substantially less than $174,000 a year.

What a crock of sh*t


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