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Lawmaker calls Congress 'underpaid', objects to salary freeze
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Posted on 04/04/2014 4:23:37 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Lawmaker calls Congress 'underpaid', objects to salary freeze Photo 6:12pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers have quietly gone along with an annual salary freeze since 2010, but a Virginia Democrat has had enough and said members of Congress are underpaid.

Representative Jim Moran, who is not seeking re-election in November, has objected to fiscal 2015 spending legislation that calls for another pay freeze for Congress, keeping lawmakers' salaries at $174,000 a year.

"I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid," Moran told CQ Roll Call, a congressional newspaper and website. "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."

He said that in Washington, D.C., where housing is expensive, some lawmakers live out of their offices to save money, while maintaining homes in their legislative districts. Others live in tiny one-room apartments.

Moran intends to offer an amendment to the Legislative Branch appropriations bill that would provide a per diem allowance for lawmakers to help cover Washington housing costs.

A Moran aide said this would not affect the congressman personally given his plans to retire and because the close proximity of his suburban Virginia district means he does not need a second residence.

"Mr. Moran wants to ensure Americans aren't priced out of holding elected office in Congress by the cost of maintaining a separate household in one of the most expensive housing markets in the country," the aide said. "The job shouldn't be limited to those who can afford the cost of living in DC."

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


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Well quit and join the Navy.............
1 posted on 04/04/2014 4:23:37 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

1If they don’t like the pay, quit and get another job like the poor slobs in the private sector have to do


2 posted on 04/04/2014 4:25:51 PM PDT by golf lover (goingf)
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To: Sub-Driver

not for the job they’re doing, they are freaking overpaid.

but secretly i bet most feel that way, as 2/3 of them are stinkin’ lawyers. lawyers always think they’re overworked and underpaid.


3 posted on 04/04/2014 4:27:02 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Don’t they get free health care? Since everyone else has insurance premiums that are skyrocketing as a result of their foolishness, that should be considered a raise right there.


4 posted on 04/04/2014 4:27:52 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’d build a submarine with screen doors just for him.


5 posted on 04/04/2014 4:29:08 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Sub-Driver


6 posted on 04/04/2014 4:29:11 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Chode

If nothing else, the moron, moran, is overpaid. What a useless drunken sack.


7 posted on 04/04/2014 4:30:36 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Just quit and the tax payers will still have to support you and you will be free to pursue other fields or you can continue to whine about how UNDERPAID you are while doing nothing to earn what you are worth.

You chose the path you wanted so stop crying like a little baby.

I believe you want to remain in the position where you are fearing that you would never ever be able to really have to earn a living doing actual work.

Suck it up cry baby and deal with it.


8 posted on 04/04/2014 4:33:34 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Sub-Driver

Their salaries should be linked somehow to the budget surplus, and net cash reserves. What? We’re running a deficit AND we are in debt? Well then, their pay should reflect that.


9 posted on 04/04/2014 4:34:16 PM PDT by paint_your_wagon
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To: hal ogen
100%
10 posted on 04/04/2014 4:37:24 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Sub-Driver

I say build them a dorm - the two senators from each state can share a room and have the congressmen share rooms too. I mean really they are only in town for how many days a year anyway.


11 posted on 04/04/2014 4:39:00 PM PDT by MissH
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To: Sub-Driver

Why don’t we put them up in Public Housing so they can live amongst all those “little people” that they put on pedestals?


12 posted on 04/04/2014 4:40:24 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Sub-Driver

So he’s complaining about only making 174K??I’d suggest that he should shut up before some of the millions of unemployed fixate on him.


13 posted on 04/04/2014 4:48:47 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Sub-Driver

Isn’t this guy’s nickname “Moron”?


14 posted on 04/04/2014 4:58:30 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Throw em all out and repeal the salary to 50,000! and no bennies or retirement!
With the electronic age we do not need a gaggle of baffoons
In DC. JGTFO!


15 posted on 04/04/2014 5:01:53 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: Sub-Driver

This is a joke right?
Sheila Jackson Lee is worth maybe a donkey or a chicken and
a pig but $174,000 a year? Thank God shes in Texas. We
are the only state that can afford it’s own comic relief
in congress.


16 posted on 04/04/2014 5:07:55 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: Sub-Driver

I kind of like Thomas Sowell’s idea to pay a very high salary (over $1million/yr) to attract far better talent than we have in DC today. That, coupled with term limits has a nice ring to it. We’ll get away from professional politicians and lawyers too.


17 posted on 04/04/2014 5:09:26 PM PDT by rebooted
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To: Sub-Driver

They don’t call him Jim Moron for nothing...


18 posted on 04/04/2014 5:10:38 PM PDT by WayneS (Help Control Politician Overpopulation - Spay or Neuter Your Senator or Congressman Today!)
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To: Sub-Driver
My take is this,,,, my parents, Mr. n Mrs. Progunner, (I'm the youngest of their two daughters whom they've home schooled) taught us at a young age that the government works for us taxpayers. Having said that I sure would like to know just what the heck they actually do for us other than making life difficult, expensive, illegal and irritating. Come Nov. I'm hoping that they enjoy a NEW pay scale that comes in the form of a pink slip accompanied with a sarcastic note depicting their job history which should be in the vicinity of nuclear zero.
19 posted on 04/04/2014 5:12:04 PM PDT by progunner (no compromise)
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To: Sub-Driver

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

Isn’t he tired yet of being a fool? He’s not talking to any American citizen who couldn’t figure out how to rent an apartment on a $174,000+ annual salary....


20 posted on 04/04/2014 5:30:41 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Secret Agent Man

“”lawyers always think they’re overworked and underpaid.””

The only profession that can send out bills and not produce a thing...write letters, send faxes, make phone calls all resulting in a monthly bill to a client without a resolution!


21 posted on 04/04/2014 5:33:46 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Sub-Driver

he’s not running again, so who put him up to this?


22 posted on 04/04/2014 6:07:20 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: Sub-Driver

Well Jim let’s talk about all the Bennies

Insider trading info
The best healthcare available
Retirement after what 6 years
Free global travel and meals
Ability to pocket campaign cash after calling it quits

Go whine somewhere else..


23 posted on 04/04/2014 6:42:52 PM PDT by VRWCarea51
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