A Democratic congressman has gone on the record having said that he doesn’t believe the six-figure salaries of Congress are sufficient enough and that they all need a raise.
Rep. Jim Moran from Virginia said in an interview with Roll Call the he feels members of Congress are underpaid due to the costs of living in D.C.
“I think that the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran said.
He added “And you know, 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, and a lot of members can’t even afford to live decently when they’re at their job in Washington.”
We’re curious to know what you consider to be “decently” when you make $174,000 annually.
Moran argued that their salaries have been frozen for the past three years and that they’ll be again frozen this year. He also noted that some members sleep in their offices while “have tiny little apartment units,” although since his district covers sections of Northern Virginia and Arlington he doesn’t need to have a second residence.
Because of his belief, he plans to propose an amendment that would give members of Congress a per diem allowance and relieve them of their financial burdens while serving.
As the DailyCaller points out, Moran has been accused in the past of leveraging his position in Congress for financial gain as well.
After being given a loan for $447,500 “on very favorable terms” from MBNA Corporation of Delaware he supported a law to overhaul the bankruptcy laws in the bank’s favor, according to the New York Times.
He’s also been accused of insider trading by author Peter Schweizer, who alleges that he used information he learned through a congressional hearing to make 90 trades in a single day prior to the economic collapse of 2008.
Perhaps it’s smart of him to be retiring at the end of the year. People are tired of the hypocrisy from politicians and his remarks to Roll Call are an excellent example of that, especially when he and other democrats have been pushing the “income inequality” narrative in the run up to the 2014 midterms.