[guest post by Dana]
Retiring veteran Virginia *Democrat
Senator Congressman Jim Moran wants to reinstate a per diem for members of Congress who are currently being forced to sleep in their offices because of the high cost of living in the Capitol.
As such, Moran plans to propose an amendment be added to the 2015 legislative branch spending bill, given the proposed bill seeks to continue a freeze on lawmaker salaries. The freeze has been in place since 2010, thus current annual salaries remain fixed at $174,000.
Not yet having lost all of his senses, Moran understands that given Americans current **disapproval of Congress, they would be less than supportive of any salary hikes at this time.
According to Moran,
I understand that is widely felt that [members] 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 even afford to live decently when they are at their job in Washington.
Bringing the commonsense, South Carolina Republican congressman Trey Gowdy reprimanded Democrat Moran for suggesting lawmakers on Capitol Hill are underpaid. He believes Moran should be “embarrassed,” and that the House of Representatives is “grossly overcompensated.”
He further added,
I know a lot of people in the world that are underpaid — in fact I live with one, who’s a schoolteacher. But members of Congress are incredibly blessed and well-fortunate to have the jobs that we have. Nobody makes us run! Every two years we offer for public office, and if you don’t want to do it then don’t run.
But the notion that you can make $174,000 in this country and be underpaid is laughable. We are better off than 99.9 percent of the people we claim to work for. And I would be embarrassed to say that — given our job performance and our salary — that we are anything other than grossly overcompensated.
*It should be noted that Democrat Moran has been accused of using his position in Congress for his own financial gain.
**Current approval rating of Congress remains stagnant.
Correction noted re Jim Moran’s title.