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?