Senator: “Members of Congress Are Underpaid”

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Rep. James P. Moran (D-Va.)

(Washington, D.C.) One Congressman says his paycheck and those of fellow members aren’t high enough.

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

Members of Congress earn $174,000 per year.

Unlike most state legislators, their federal counterparts do not get a per diem that helps with housing expenses.

Moran is angry about a bill introduced by Republicans currently proposed that would continue a pay freeze for members of Congress that has been in place since 2010.

“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,” said Moran who is retiring.

Members of Congress are eligible for a pension at age 62 if they have completed at least five years of service.

Members are eligible for a pension at age 50 if they have completed 20 years of service, or at any age after completing 25 years of service.


  • b12

    This is 7-8 times more a year than my income and I make it. Start living like the rest of us have too. If you cannot live happy on 174,000.00 a year, you would be miserable living with my income, but I make ends meet and I am happy. JOIN the rest of us out here living. Our taxes pay you anyhow, and I think you are all OVERPAID for doing what you do.

    • Gale

      Amen. Let them figure out how to live like most middle class citizens. My husband and I live off 18,500 a year on SS, we make it even with a house note and car note. Little else to do when you have no choice. These overpaid government people need to be forced to live like the people that pay them. We are over taxed, and when you get to retirement between healthcare and just living life takes it all. Please your heart for speaking up. We all need to. And, if the high dollar people didn’t buy their way to Washington maybe we could vote decent citizens in to run our country.

  • CJB

    They ar not making anydecisions anyways. So why complain about income? They have been acting like children last year. THey dont need that kind of income anyways. If they really care about the American people, then they would deserve that income. GO SOT DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nonya Bidness

    And they get housing, cars, travel, security and staff all paid for by us …… oh my goodness, how do they exist on such low pay!

  • Nonya Bidness

    Oh, they DON’t get housing … Well I say build them a barracks, you know, housing in line with other public servants in the Army/Marine Corps!

  • Bill

    It’s happened before in History, move Washington and the Politics. I say Detroit, housing is cheap, It’s all Democrats, Sharia Law is in effect, Hookers everywhere, Baseball, Football, Hockey, Basketball teams, Politicians on the take, Govenrment Motorts is already there and it’s a hotbed for Unions.

    Billy, what’s the Capital of the united States? Why Ms Cortez, it’s Detroit.

    • mark

      I hate to rain on your Republican blather, but you might want to see what the phrase “Sharia Law” actually means if you think hookers and sharia would co-exist. People like you are the reason liberals always feel smarter than conservatives, whether justified or not.

  • tiger

    Kick his butt out of congress, and send him to Memphis. With his experience at knowing nothing, he will be make more money.

  • Willie Porboy

    $174,000 per year, oh boo-hoo. It must be devastating when you are drafted into service for the U.S. Congress and paid miserable wages and given free healthcare. Oh Wait ! you CHOSE to be there? To SERVE the People? Well, in that case, when you all start actually doing you job, we can talk about the money.

  • Jim

    Lord, I find it hard to believe that any politician would say what this man said. I just retired after 39 years and 7 months and made (still don’t) no where near 174,000 not even a 6 figure salary. Thank the lord I did have a job to retire from. This human is ridiculous as all of them are in DC. Man enough is enough!

  • marie mcclaine

    B12 was the only comment when i the story. the only thing.i could guess was this had to be an needed filling. Only.explanation.imo.for something like this bc the.majority.of the pop of us is going to do what i did when i read it….roll my eyes and say.wtfe

  • Thomas H. Evans

    Most people have to work for their money, what does he do in Washington. He is currently making $100,000 more than he is worth, so shut up and do something.

  • Tommy

    What’s wrong with you guys? Cut him some slack. Do you have any idea how much insurance is on a Ferrari?

  • smith

    For the work they have been doing, I think they are over compensated, nobody is holding a gun to his head making him stay in Washington, so move over, and let somebody making less take your job.

  • John Prather

    Humorous, Here’s we’ve got people living in poverty complaining that Democratic Lawmakers are making too much money. This is the people we send to DC to make our laws.

    These folks are Voting for REPUBLICANS who continue to shift capital to the RICHEST 1%, increasing their income and wealth hundreds of times, while starving the poor and pushing higher taxes on the middle class, cutting Social Security, killing jobs, denying us valid health care, destroying our government, and decreasing the REAL incomes of ALL BUT the upper 10%.

    When are Americans going to get a clue? They’re not the JOB CREATORS, We keep giving them more money but the JOBS never come and their incomes TRIPLE. They’re just thieves in the Night with a BULLY PULPIT and a lot of lies about WHO YOU SHOULD BLAME. (Pay no attention to that man behind the Curtain)..

  • John Prather

    It’s not GEORGE BUSH’S FAULT.. We can trace the beginnings of the Downfall of America to the 1973 creation of the HERITAGE FOUNDATION. History will look back on this as the REIGN OF THE KOCH FAMILY. Kings Charles and David.

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