Congressman: We Can't Live 'Decently' on $174K
Lawmakers in pricey DC need a raise, says James Moran
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2014 3:24 PM CDT
Rep. James Moran, D-Va.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Brave? Politically tone deaf? You pick: Democrat James Moran of Virginia says he and his fellow representatives in Congress are in dire need of a raise. “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran tells 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.” Moran noted that some members live out of their offices to avoid DC's steep prices, even on salaries of $174,000.

“Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing it a fourth year," he says. "A lot of members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington." He plans to introduce an amendment to remedy the problem, reports the Washington Post, but acknowledges it doesn't have much of a chance. In the meantime, he's opened himself up to shots like this from Wonkette: "Dude, you do know that if you were actually the board of directors for a ginormous company, approximately 9/10 of you would be fired for incompetence and the remainder of you would only be kept on as figureheads while a competent CEO and CFO did all the actual work, right?"

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Jake319
Apr 8, 2014 9:28 PM CDT
Really? It's the old squeeze play. The prices for everything in DC are equivalent to how to how much of your soul your willing to sell to the 1% er's.
justreading1
Apr 8, 2014 10:21 AM CDT
Why can you not live on what you make? You do not pay for your health insurance - that is a freebie to you! You do not pay for your doctor bills - that is taxpayer funded! You do not pay for your travel - that is tax payer funded! You do not pay for your security detail - that is taxpayer funded! You need to learn to live within your means!
Chris Farley
Apr 7, 2014 12:18 PM CDT
I live in NY and 170+G a year is still good cashflow. And its expensive as heck. do they pay taxes on that? Also, do some homework. Like 80% of house or senators double their income while serving. Some lifers have made 7 figures over their careers. All established or incumbent needs to be voted out. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I think we are at that point.