Skip to comments.Congressman Upset His $174,000 Annual Salary Not Enough To Live 'Decently' In D.C.
Posted on 04/04/2014 7:25:31 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
n an interview published Thursday in Roll Call, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) lamented that his $174,000 annual salary was not enough to live "decently" in Washington, D.C. "I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid," Moran said. "I understand that its 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 remarks came as the House begins markup on a bill to fund all legislators' salaries. Moran is planning to introduce an amendment that would offer lawmakers a per diem, USA Today reports.
Moran stated that some members actually sleep in their offices while in session. But since his district is just across the river in northern Virginia, he doesn't have to maintain two homes (or a small apartment) like other members, as the Washington Post notes.
Our pay has been frozen for three years and were planning on freezing it a fourth year," Moran told Roll Call. "
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Start spending all of it to live like so many of the rest of us instead of socking half of it away.
if he doesn’t like it, get a different job
Its expensive to live in Washington and $174,000 doesn’t go very far. You have to maintain two offices, pay your staff and have two places to live.
Unless you’re independently wealthy, good luck with life as a congresscritter.
It is true that it is not that much.
But do they not have expense accounts beyond salary?
You are over paid, by about $174k.
What we really need is a part time Congress. Send the bastards home and let them come back for about a week twice a year. It sure would make America “a better place.” Maybe if the piggies had to get a real job when they are not in the District of Corruption, they wouldn’t get so excited about raising taxes all of the time.
STFU and do a little more insider trading a$$hat
“But do they not have expense accounts beyond salary?”
Don’t they get to keep all their extra campaign cash when they retire?
So—go find a job that pays better, and get the hell out of my life!
This guy amassed a fortune being broke ??
They do, but the reason they all retire as multimillionaires is not their salary, nor their expense accounts.
It's the bribes.
He is worth 13 million -all of it while in Congress
If all he got was his basic salary I might, just might have some sympathy. However, with all the perks, benefits and bribes, I fart in his general direction (to paraphrase an expression from one of my favorite movies).
The cost of maintaining two offices and 2 staffs is not paid out of the Congressmen’s or Senators’ salaries. So is most travel.
They often DO have to maintain 2 distant residences, but often those who don’t bring their families to DC share an apt. Some DO live in their offices.
Ok...someone should post the story about how Congress critters get wealthy once they get to DC
HOW ABOUT BALANCING THE BUDGET OF THIS COUNTRY FIRST BUDDY...WE CAN’T AFFORD TO GIVE YOUR OR ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE A PAY RAISE.
No analysis of Jim Moran’s financial ability to live on $174K in the DC area is complete without looking at his Murphy’s of Alexandria bar tab ...
Live within your means. It can be done. These Congress critters want to wrap themselves in material things befitting a king, so large are their egos. A big fancy luxury car, servants, huge party house, etc. In the days of Lincoln, the servants of the people lived responsibly. $174K is plenty, particularly since they also get separate money for staff and expenses, as well as extra freebies at taxpayer expense. Sickening! Taxpayers are getting reamed.
How does he spend kickbacks and bribes?
|Wage earners||Net compensation|
|Net compensation interval||Number||Cumulative
|Aggregate amount||Average amount|
|$0.01 — 4,999.99||23,303,064||23,303,064||15.16808||$47,183,753,407.04||$2,024.79|
|5,000.00 — 9,999.99||13,839,616||37,142,680||24.17635||102,500,638,297.93||7,406.32|
|10,000.00 — 14,999.99||12,312,564||49,455,244||32.19066||153,421,129,619.73||12,460.53|
|15,000.00 — 19,999.99||11,420,589||60,875,833||39.62437||199,398,369,215.82||17,459.55|
|20,000.00 — 24,999.99||10,798,184||71,674,017||46.65296||242,604,011,694.86||22,467.11|
|25,000.00 — 29,999.99||10,017,271||81,691,288||53.17325||275,019,343,966.28||27,454.52|
|30,000.00 — 34,999.99||9,282,086||90,973,374||59.21501||301,162,172,349.52||32,445.53|
|35,000.00 — 39,999.99||8,317,471||99,290,845||64.62889||311,393,440,479.48||37,438.48|
|40,000.00 — 44,999.99||7,261,520||106,552,365||69.35545||308,087,495,327.81||42,427.41|
|45,000.00 — 49,999.99||6,262,046||112,814,411||73.43145||297,046,618,079.65||47,436.03|
|50,000.00 — 54,999.99||5,437,201||118,251,612||76.97055||285,000,166,908.01||52,416.71|
|55,000.00 — 59,999.99||4,568,352||122,819,964||79.94411||262,359,915,949.22||57,429.88|
|60,000.00 — 64,999.99||3,932,564||126,752,528||82.50383||245,421,183,211.26||62,407.42|
|65,000.00 — 69,999.99||3,331,743||130,084,271||84.67248||224,634,035,978.54||67,422.38|
|70,000.00 — 74,999.99||2,872,834||132,957,105||86.54242||208,064,761,906.17||72,424.92|
|75,000.00 — 79,999.99||2,473,508||135,430,613||88.15244||191,516,039,796.28||77,426.89|
|80,000.00 — 84,999.99||2,097,234||137,527,847||89.51754||172,870,543,883.48||82,427.88|
|85,000.00 — 89,999.99||1,790,548||139,318,395||90.68302||156,537,324,612.08||87,424.25|
|90,000.00 — 94,999.99||1,544,850||140,863,245||91.68857||142,776,231,315.99||92,420.77|
|95,000.00 — 99,999.99||1,338,847||142,202,092||92.56003||130,454,386,174.71||97,437.86|
|100,000.00 — 104,999.99||1,171,733||143,373,825||93.32272||119,999,937,569.68||102,412.36|
|105,000.00 — 109,999.99||994,423||144,368,248||93.96999||106,838,496,790.27||107,437.68|
|110,000.00 — 114,999.99||873,171||145,241,419||94.53834||98,165,459,835.55||112,424.10|
|115,000.00 — 119,999.99||763,062||146,004,481||95.03502||89,614,007,707.54||117,440.01|
|120,000.00 — 124,999.99||682,898||146,687,379||95.47952||83,595,323,916.05||122,412.61|
|125,000.00 — 129,999.99||592,056||147,279,435||95.86490||75,443,210,201.19||127,425.80|
|130,000.00 — 134,999.99||524,661||147,804,096||96.20640||69,469,980,977.22||132,409.27|
|135,000.00 — 139,999.99||457,040||148,261,136||96.50389||62,814,075,394.80||137,436.71|
|140,000.00 — 144,999.99||406,767||148,667,903||96.76866||57,942,508,918.79||142,446.43|
|145,000.00 — 149,999.99||366,387||149,034,290||97.00714||54,028,568,606.42||147,463.12|
|150,000.00 — 154,999.99||334,544||149,368,834||97.22490||50,980,836,341.18||152,389.03|
|155,000.00 — 159,999.99||289,242||149,658,076||97.41316||45,533,883,998.04||157,424.87|
|160,000.00 — 164,999.99||254,482||149,912,558||97.57881||41,334,132,311.83||162,424.58|
|165,000.00 — 169,999.99||228,916||150,141,474||97.72781||38,330,391,364.45||167,443.04|
|170,000.00 — 174,999.99||205,305||150,346,779||97.86145||35,404,476,536.04||172,448.19|
|175,000.00 — 179,999.99||187,519||150,534,298||97.98350||33,271,769,049.44||177,431.46|
|180,000.00 — 184,999.99||172,973||150,707,271||98.09609||31,549,655,376.24||182,396.42|
|185,000.00 — 189,999.99||152,840||150,860,111||98.19558||28,649,912,185.05||187,450.35|
|190,000.00 — 194,999.99||141,392||151,001,503||98.28761||27,211,154,312.32||192,451.87|
|195,000.00 — 199,999.99||132,632||151,134,135||98.37394||26,190,609,342.00||197,468.25|
|200,000.00 — 249,999.99||889,250||152,023,385||98.95276||197,428,650,390.97||222,017.04|
|250,000.00 — 299,999.99||481,491||152,504,876||99.26616||131,099,976,147.45||272,279.18|
|300,000.00 — 349,999.99||288,002||152,792,878||99.45362||92,998,527,035.45||322,909.31|
|350,000.00 — 399,999.99||188,850||152,981,728||99.57655||70,493,610,753.02||373,278.32|
|400,000.00 — 449,999.99||131,391||153,113,119||99.66207||55,633,820,317.14||423,421.85|
|450,000.00 — 499,999.99||94,663||153,207,782||99.72369||44,855,858,825.15||473,847.85|
|500,000.00 — 999,999.99||305,108||153,512,890||99.92228||203,304,014,055.67||666,334.59|
|1,000,000.00 — 1,499,999.99||59,767||153,572,657||99.96118||71,691,398,838.14||1,199,514.76|
|1,500,000.00 — 1,999,999.99||21,919||153,594,576||99.97545||37,655,292,524.30||1,717,929.31|
|2,000,000.00 — 2,499,999.99||10,981||153,605,557||99.98260||24,423,801,656.70||2,224,187.38|
|2,500,000.00 — 2,999,999.99||6,569||153,612,126||99.98688||17,941,046,566.02||2,731,168.60|
|3,000,000.00 — 3,499,999.99||4,401||153,616,527||99.98974||14,219,111,245.40||3,230,881.90|
|3,500,000.00 — 3,999,999.99||2,951||153,619,478||99.99166||11,015,715,508.28||3,732,875.47|
|4,000,000.00 — 4,499,999.99||2,176||153,621,654||99.99308||9,207,611,931.02||4,231,439.31|
|4,500,000.00 — 4,999,999.99||1,654||153,623,308||99.99415||7,835,992,842.95||4,737,601.48|
|5,000,000.00 — 9,999,999.99||6,067||153,629,375||99.99810||41,153,891,735.77||6,783,235.82|
|10,000,000.00 — 19,999,999.99||2,021||153,631,396||99.99942||27,309,707,840.18||13,512,967.76|
|20,000,000.00 — 49,999,999.99||728||153,632,124||99.99989||20,832,426,527.70||28,615,970.51|
|50,000,000.00 and over||166||153,632,290||100.00000||16,177,553,041.48||97,455,138.80|
If he doesn't like the pay that's fine. Resign now and return to the private sector. BTW Washington, DC was never intended for our elected leaders to establish their residency there. They except for POTUS were expected to return home as in home state when not in session and it should be required they do so now. The District of Columbia and immediate outlying areas have now become the most represented area in the nation due to career politicians now living there permanently.
I completely agree!!
Texas lege meets biannually. Maybe the federal lege needs to meet a little more often...but not that much.
I think it would solve a multitude of problems with our patrician politicians. And maybe the poor mistreated pol in the article could be able to get a job and not be destitute.
Dang...he might be able to enjoy the privilege of serving his country if he weren’t impoverished by having to give up his livelihood.
The report details how Members of Congress earn a salary of $174,000thats 3.4 times higher than the average full-time American worker, who earns $50,875 per year. Even if you compare Members of Congress to more educated, private sector employees, theyre still doing pretty wellthose Americans earn on average $83,000 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But Our Generation and the Taxpayers Protection Alliance report that the congressional base salary is just the beginning. If you count the $110,000 in taxpayer-funded fringe benefits Members receive (including plush retirement plans, paid time off, and contributions to Social Security and Medicare taxes), theyre earning close to $285,000 per year.
Overall, government workers earn well above what their private-sector counterparts make, even before you consider benefits. And those benefits include near-absolute job security, robust retirement and health benefits plans, paid leave, group life insurance, and even on-site child care.
Moran has always been a POS. I would do the job at less money and give better value.
These rich fat cats haven’t worked a day in the last two decades and complain that they don’t have gilded poop
And he’s “exempt” from Obamacare too so that’s like an extra $8,000 $12,000 + a year. I could definitely live on it...
Not only do congressional representatives and senators earn the guarantee of a monthly pension check — a benefit that has become increasingly rare for most U.S. workers — they also receive Social Security payments and can opt to pay into the federal Thrift Savings Plan, a 401(k) style-plan with fees that are far lower than most retirement plans.
As a result, longtime members of Congress can easily retire with six-figure annual incomes for life.
Based on current salaries, members of Congress who serve just five years are guaranteed annual pensions of more than $14,000 at age 62, according to current pension formulas. And those who serve 20 years or more can qualify for a pension of at least $59,000 as early as age 50.
Moron moran is complete proof that congresslosers are extremely overpaid.
Nonsense. Your staff is paid out of your office operating expense. You do not have to have two places to live. What you need is a home in your district and room in DC. You apparently think that the $174,000 (and that doesn’t count all the other perks) are the only funds available to these ‘servants’.
This is a ridiculous amount of money to pay those who are supposed to represent us
Members of Congress and the Senate are a bunch of overpaid worthless quislings who have not even been able to pass a budget in over 6 years. The only time they can manage to pass any type of legislation is if its in their own self interest and a detriment to the people they represent.
They should all be fired.
No one forced them to be a congress critter so go home. Get another job like real people do. He has been there far too long.
Despite his calls for a pay raise, Moran has been accused of using his position in Congress for his own financial gain.
In 2002, he supported a bill to overhaul the bankruptcy laws that was being heavily advocated by MBNA Corporation of Delaware, a credit card company who was found to have loaned Moran $447,500 on what appeared to be highly favorable terms, according to a New York Times article from the time.
Moran has also been accused by author Peter Schweizer of insider trading, allegedly using information he obtained in a congressional hearing to make more than 90 trades in a single day ahead of the 2008 financial collapse. Moran has denied wrongdoing.
He is retiring at the end of the year.
Moran’s networth went from 12.7 million in 2007 to $266,000.00 in 2010. I don’t know why it dropped so much or what it is now.
Goldstargop thinks Putin and Russia are friends of the free world, so he may be operating from a different frame of reference. Putin supposedly has $75b to his name, so what's a measly $174K a year compared to that?
And the stock tips.
Divide that salary by the actual number of hours these assclowns work and it would be compared to professional athletes. I could only dream of a job where I only have to work about 100 days a year. If that.
Not to mention the “perks” they get on our dime. Feed em fish heads I say!
So, I ask, why do these dip sh*ts spend 10 of millions of dollars to get these low paying jobs?
Anybody in the private sector that amassed that kind of wealth on that salary would have the IRS looking up their ass.
Can’t they make it up on insider trading?
hell, i’d pay them all minimum wage!
Things that make ya go hmmmm.
Moron isn’t running so he’s doing his part to pollute the public opinion of “congress” aka Republicans before the elections. There is no and there won’t be any resolution to increase pay this year.
Look for more of these tactics as time rolls by.. at least one a week from now until then. It will be opinion polls, it will be “revelations” about congressional republicans. The democrats are ramping up the oppo research staffs so expect to see stories about court filings mysteriously surfacing, parking tickets, property tax issues, credit card issues, student loan issues, gun ownership, college grades, personal business records etc, etc, etc...
I remember Ross Perot talking about congressional perks. He said they should have to pay for their own long term parking at the airport, fly coach and “eat lousy meals like the rest of us.” Nobody in congress liked hearing that.
It always pisses me off when I hear people complaining about their jobs as though they’re being force to work there.
You chose it so stop bing a cry baby.
When you retire how much will retirement money will you be getting for doing what you’re doing now - NOTHING.
You’ll be getting a lot more than the money I receive at $1800.00 + per month.
What a f’ing crybaby.
Then the SOB should get himself a RV camper in live in it like I did for two years on the job.
Lying worthless bastard.
Hey Moron, then go find a job in the private sector that pays $174,000
a year...plus all the vote buying and bribes you get under the table.
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