Congressman Claims Six-Figure Salary Not Enough to Not do Job

Democratic Representative Jim Moran of Virginia’s 8th congressional district claims that his six-figure salary is not sufficient for his Washington D.C. lifestyle.

Although the Congressman is set to retire after a 35 year career in Northern Virginia politics, Moran wants to pick the taxpayer’s pockets one last time. The retiring lawmaker claims that the annual salary of $174,000 members of Congress make is simply not enough. 

The Congressmen told Roll Call, “I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid.” Moran even admits that “it’s widely felt that [Congress] underperform[s],” but justifies his claim because his job “is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” 

Representative Moran is right about one thing, the 535 current members of the 113th Congress have vastly underperformed, passing only 55 bills in 2013 while setting a record low level of productivity. Considering the $17,577,826,560,132 in U.S. national debt, why not pay the country’s inefficient lawmakers MORE?

According to Roll Call, Moran “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,” the Virginia Congressman “made the comments while the bill that funds members’ $174,000 salaries was being marked up in the Legislative Branch subcommittee.”

When taking into consideration the nation’s disastrous financial situation coupled with the fact that members of Congress’ six-figure salary is more than tripled what most Americans make, Jim Moran’s claim that members of Congress are underpaid is both financially unsound and fiscally irresponsible.    

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