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Virginia Democrat: "Members of Congress Underpaid"
Roll Call ^ | 4-3-14 | Hannah Mess

Posted on 04/04/2014 8:21:50 AM PDT by ThethoughtsofGreg

Despite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday.

Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight the injustice by introducing an amendment to the Legislative Branch bill during its full committee markup, and at floor consideration of the bill. Moran made the comments while the bill that funds members’ $174,000 salaries was being marked up in the Legislative Branch subcommittee.

“I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” 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.”

The senior appropriator pointed out that some members have taken to living out of their offices to save money, while others have “small little apartment units” that make it impossible to spend the time they should with their families.

(Excerpt) Read more at 3.blogs.rollcall.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: 113th; congress; democrats; moran

1 posted on 04/04/2014 8:21:50 AM PDT by ThethoughtsofGreg
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

Is this guy joking? Please tell me this is a belated April Fools


2 posted on 04/04/2014 8:23:23 AM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Bitter clinger & creepy-ass cracker)
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

Royalty should earn more than the peasants. Oh, wait. I think we rebelled against that sort of thing awhile back.


3 posted on 04/04/2014 8:23:41 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

big joke


4 posted on 04/04/2014 8:23:45 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

how much they get in freebies?


5 posted on 04/04/2014 8:24:25 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg
then use some of your bribery cash!

6 posted on 04/04/2014 8:24:37 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

Congressman Moran,
Please read the Constitution . It was never meant to be a lifetime job.


7 posted on 04/04/2014 8:24:37 AM PDT by IC Ken
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg
Members of Congress are over-wealthed.

Check out Dingy Hairy's wealth accumulation over the years to see that he makes plenty-o-dollar$.

8 posted on 04/04/2014 8:25:12 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

Let the American People have a say in your pay, first dip stick!


9 posted on 04/04/2014 8:25:13 AM PDT by TMSuchman (John 15;13 & Exodus 21:22-25 Pacem Bello Pastoribus Canes [shepard of peace,dogs of war])
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

tell them to go find a real job.


10 posted on 04/04/2014 8:25:16 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

A winning Senator spends on average $10 million for his campaign. If he’s primaried the price goes up. (John McCain spent 23 million on his last primary fight alone.) A winning Representative spends, on average $3.1 million dollars, assuming no primary fight.

With few exceptions Representatives and Senators increase their net value exponentially above their “pay” during their time in office. They run, apparently, not for the pay but for the perks.


11 posted on 04/04/2014 8:25:22 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

Perhaps they are underpaid but the bennies, especially the insider trading, more than makes up for it. Amazing how many millionares are created from those measily salaries.


12 posted on 04/04/2014 8:26:12 AM PDT by WinMod70
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

Elected representatives should make the median imcome of their respective districts. For example, a Federal Senator representing Illinois should make the average salary from that state. And if that means the special little piggy can’t live in DC - then boo hoo. We have the technology to make the virtual commute from home.


13 posted on 04/04/2014 8:27:02 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: Jim Robinson

pay them $10.10 per hour


14 posted on 04/04/2014 8:28:09 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: IC Ken; All
It was never meant to be a lifetime job.
Yeah, the typical lifespan, was what? ..37+ years old...
time to cashier some very greedy/arrogant pols in Wdc.

15 posted on 04/04/2014 8:28:58 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

All animals are equal,
except those in the EXEMPT US Congress,
or on the staff of the our EXEMPT Masters.


16 posted on 04/04/2014 8:29:20 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

There are a very small handful who who aren’t soaking up millions on the side. For that small handful, $170,000 or whatever isn’t huge money

Maybe we should do the democrat thing and go with to each according to his needs. We could stop paying 90% of them and let them fund the remaining 10%.


17 posted on 04/04/2014 8:30:06 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg
Mr. Moran, check with Harry Ried, he's turned his measly salary into multi-millions.

...you just ain't doing something right!

18 posted on 04/04/2014 8:30:12 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: AD from SpringBay

Article 1 Section 6.


19 posted on 04/04/2014 8:31:18 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

“Members of Congress Underpaid” is kinda surprising coming from James Moran who is retiring from Congress.
We usually hear this from a member who has been caught or indited for receiving bribes.

But, there may be more to his retirement than we have heard.


20 posted on 04/04/2014 8:31:23 AM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

There’s the joke of the century. Congress hasn’t passed a budget in over 6 years, we are up to our eyeballs in debt and insane new laws and regulations. They all need to be fired not given a raise.


21 posted on 04/04/2014 8:32:05 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: GeronL
pay them $10.10 per hour
sterling idea!, if you can't live in Wdc,..
then resign and GO HOME!

22 posted on 04/04/2014 8:32:17 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

Maybe he should do everyone a favor and go find another job?


23 posted on 04/04/2014 8:32:57 AM PDT by VOR78
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

Fine he wants a per diem, we provide a dormitory with ten guys per room in bunk beds with a common bath and shower down the hall.

We change the time in the legislature to the months of July October and September to do the budget and get their business done and go home.

Of course we would not have Air Conditioning in the dorms so they get a sense of urgency to do their jobs and go home where they do less damage.


24 posted on 04/04/2014 8:33:43 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

I wish I could find a job that pays that much where I have a staff that does all my work and I just have to “vote” occasionally, play golf, travel the world, write a book, and hang out.


25 posted on 04/04/2014 8:34:44 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: GeronL

pay them $10.10 per hour

Why so much?


26 posted on 04/04/2014 8:35:29 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg
Virginia Democrat James P. Moron: "Members of Congress Underpaid"
27 posted on 04/04/2014 8:35:43 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg
It's a good idea. Like anything else, you get what you pay for.

Right now we have two groups in congress: the very rich that don't need a high income, and morons that are over-paid and couldn't get a job doing anything else.

Offering more money would bring in more candidates of higher quality.

Where the congressman errs is in suggesting that the current congress deserves more money. Probably not.

But offering substantially more money for the next congress would bring in all sorts of quality people. Many in the current congress would probably lose their jobs to new challengers.

28 posted on 04/04/2014 8:36:45 AM PDT by freerepublicchat
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

This person lives in outer space. Congress people are way overpaid. Should be about half of current pay and maybe even less than that. All they do is spend the nation into bankruptcy. Should really be in jail.


29 posted on 04/04/2014 8:37:25 AM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

“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.”
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
How can one brag about his lack of accomplishments especially when the ‘entity’ is 17 trillion (give or take) in debt?

I have figured before we should just pick a number, say 2 million each per year.
The only perk would be the building to meet in and Security while at the building.

Your staff would come out of the 2 million.
Your housing would come out of the 2 million.
If you want to hire your wife, your mother, your mother in law etc, no problem.

Go off on a ‘fact finding’ junket, pay your own way.

Your transportation would be PAID once a year for the ‘annual mandatory meeting’ to and from your home district.

A caller on Chris Plante this AM suggested that since they want to down size the Military, take some of the Military housing and let ‘them’ (Congress) live there.

Another one suggested taking St Elizabeths and turning it into Congressional Housing and Quarters.


30 posted on 04/04/2014 8:43:45 AM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98 --"I would agree with you BUT that would make both of us wrong".))
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

No one in elected office at any level should get more then a base salary of $100,000.00
Healthcare through Obamacare
Gas allowance if they use their own car/ with documentation
A small allowance for office/material etc.
Term limits on ALL elected offices of 2 terms.
No lifetime pension either. They pay into SS like everyone else.


31 posted on 04/04/2014 8:43:56 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

A lot of people are underpaid these days, deal with it.


32 posted on 04/04/2014 8:44:47 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

He’s not counting what they steal.


33 posted on 04/04/2014 8:46:46 AM PDT by Parmy
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To: Jim Robinson

Of course we did. But Moran’s name fits him well.


34 posted on 04/04/2014 8:47:10 AM PDT by darkangel82
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

This guy has announced his retirement. That’s why he can get away with this kind of laughable stuff.


35 posted on 04/04/2014 8:54:11 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

If they’re so underpaid why do they go to extreme and illegal methods to get re-elected?


36 posted on 04/04/2014 8:56:33 AM PDT by Inwoodian
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To: Gen.Blather

When they get out they get very high paid no-show jobs. The ruling class takes care of it’s own.


37 posted on 04/04/2014 9:03:58 AM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: logic101.net

If you are looking for underpaid legislators, just look at Harry Reid. Made multi-millions while in office earning a less than $200K yearly salary. Lives in one of the plushest DC hotels.


38 posted on 04/04/2014 9:20:41 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

That is why I spell his last name Greed.

He loves to legislate profits for his land deals.


39 posted on 04/04/2014 9:25:18 AM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: surroundedbyblue
Is this guy joking? Please tell me this is a belated April Fools

These are the cockroaches that believe our American service men and woman, who actually do defend the Constitution and America as they have sworn, are overpaid!

40 posted on 04/04/2014 9:34:41 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: xrmusn

If they really are a board of directors, then it’s customary for such people to be compensated in accordance with the bottom line of the company they are directing.

With that in mind, Congressional pay should be tied to the budget deficit/surplus. Give them some base salary. Subtract or add a set percentage of any budgetary surplus or deficit that the government runs. I think you’d see deficit spending end pretty darn quickly if that were done.


41 posted on 04/04/2014 10:09:04 AM PDT by stremba
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

I actually agree: Term limits and better pay. The conservative movement loses their budding collegiate talent to better paying vocations everyday. Make it a little more lucrative and some great conservative political talents just might stay in the fray after college.


42 posted on 04/04/2014 10:33:00 AM PDT by Fernet Branca (i had a tagline but....)
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To: ThethoughtsofGreg

I ain’t buying every congress critter a house in the DC area so (s)he can lobby congress from the floor after getting voted out of office.

PAY YOUR OWN WAY, DAMMIT


43 posted on 04/04/2014 10:48:05 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Royalty should earn more than the peasants. Oh, wait. I think we rebelled against that sort of thing awhile back.

Article 1, section 9.

44 posted on 04/04/2014 11:17:01 AM PDT by humblegunner
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