This is one of those stories that just makes you shake your head. Apparently Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) feels that the salary members of Congress are paid isn’t sufficient for them to “live decently” in Washington D.C.
For the record, they’re paid $174,000 per year – or $14,500 per month.
I’m sure you’re all shedding a tear for our poor members of Congress right now.
Moran said, “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid. 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.”
“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 continued.
So his belief is that members of Congress should be paid like people who are on the board of directors at major corporations. I hate to break it to this fool, but he’s a public servant not a member of the “United States board of directors.”
If he doesn’t like what he’s paid and thinks he can’t “live decently” on $174,000 a year, I’m sure most of us would invite him to take a hike and seek employment elsewhere.
While I understand Washington D.C. is an expensive place to live, it’s not so expensive that someone making over $14,000 per month can’t live comfortably there. And it’s especially disgusting to hear someone in Congress, a group of people who barely work as it is, complaining that they’re not making enough to “live decently.”
In a country where the median household income is around $51,000 per year, for Rep. Moran to complain about “only” making $174,000 per year is pathetic.
Millions of Americans would love to make what our members of Congress make. Especially considering these people are only scheduled to work 113 days all year. Which is actually down from the 2013 schedule of 126 days.
I would encourage everyone reading this to contact Rep. Moran and tell him what a moron he actually is. And if he doesn’t like what he’s being paid in Congress, he’s more than welcome to quit and find another job.
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