Senator: “Members of Congress Are Underpaid”

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

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.