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Old 04-04-2014, 09:16 AM  
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Moran: Members Can’t Afford to Live Decently in D.C.

Despite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday.

Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight the injustice by introducing an amendment to the Legislative Branch bill during its full committee markup, and at floor consideration of the bill. Moran made the comments while the bill that funds members’ $174,000 salaries was being marked up in the Legislative Branch subcommittee.

“I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told CQ Roll Call. “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.”

The senior appropriator pointed out that some members have taken to living out of their offices to save money, while others have “small little apartment units” that make it impossible to spend the time they should with their families.

Most state legislatures provide their members with a per diem allowance, Moran argues, so the federal government should do the same.

The Legislative Branch appropriations bill introduced by Republicans on Wednesday aims to show the chamber’s commitment to austerity by holding spending at current levels. It would continue a freeze on lawmaker salaries that has been in place since 2010.

As for a dollar amount, Moran hasn’t yet thought that through. He said it would probably be consistent with what the federal government provides to other employees.

According to the Congressional Research Service, members began receiving a $6 per diem in 1789. The rate was eventually raised to $8 and remained there until 1856, when members began to receive annual salaries.

Moran assumes the amendment will not pass, admitting “this is wholly quixotic,” but he may bring it up on the House floor to garner attention.

“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.

Tamar Hallerman contributed to this report.

http://www3.blogs.rollcall.com/hill-...cently-in-d-c/
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:17 AM   #2
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“Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing it a fourth year.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:22 AM   #3
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:27 AM   #4
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Give them a raise to $200k per year. Why not, what difference will another $15M a year make to the hole we are already in? Maybe they will work harder and smarter if they get a raise...
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:34 AM   #5
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Id think they would qualify for food stamps. They don't seem to mind that our men and women in uniform have to do that.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:40 AM   #6
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:41 AM   #7
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Moron. Congress just finished 2013 as literally the worst group ever.

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The 112th Congress, which came to a close last week, was the least productive on record.
Together, the House and Senate enacted the fewest laws, considered the fewest bills and held the lowest number of formal negotiations between them — all measures that helped Congress to a historic low in The Washington Times’ Legislative Futility Index, which tracks floor activity in both chambers.
Congress notched a Futility Index of 330 — making it nearly 10 percent worse than the previous low, set by the 107th Congress in 2001 and 2002. That also happened to be the last time Democrats held the Senate and Republicans controlled the House, which was the same division of power in the 112th Congress.


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Moron. Congress just finished 2013 as literally the worst group ever.







You judge Congress on the basis of number of laws passed and contemporary popularity?
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:47 AM   #10
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Give them a raise to $200k per year. Why not, what difference will another $15M a year make to the hole we are already in? Maybe they will work harder and smarter if they get a raise...
Maybe if we pay MOCs ten times as much, they'll spend all their time in Tahiti and never go back to Washington to screw things up?
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What they really mean is you can't afford to live in a white neighborhood in DC for $174,000 a year.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:01 AM   #13
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:07 AM   #15
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Really though $174,000 a year isn't that much in DC. Not if you want to live in DC.
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