Members of the House of Representatives earn $174,000 per year but that’s apparently an egregiously low sum for Democratic Congressman Jim Moran, who clearly has expensive tastes.
In an interview with Roll Call, Moran said “I think the American people should know that members of Congress are underpaid.”
Moran took exception with Congress’ recent bill to freeze annual cost-of-living increases for representatives’ salaries. According to him, some members can’t live off of their current $174,000 paycheck.
“Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing it a fourth year. A lot of members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington,” he said.
Members of Congress previously received an automatic 1.6 percent cost-of-living pay increase but have stalled these increases as a show that they are serious about cutting spending.
Moran told Roll Call “I understand that it’s widely felt that [members of Congress] underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” Moran went on to note that some representatives are living out of their office or “small little apartment units.” Poor guys.
For someone so unsatisfied with his pay, Moran sure has been at his current job a long time. He has been in Congress since 1991 after finishing out a one-term stint as the Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia. He had previously worked as a stock broker before moving to Virginia.
Moran has introduced an amendment that would give members of Congress a per diem allowance to cover things like housing costs. Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole says “You won’t get a lot of votes, but you’ll make a lot of friends.”