Moran: Members Can’t Afford to Live Decently in D.C.

by Hannah Hess, Roll Call
April 4, 2014

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 member’s $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.

17 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • king David II says:

    Do black folks still think the democrat party is for them after this moron makes this statement?
    If the people who are in congress cannot afford to live in D.C. (the old servants to the old south’s democrats congress city) how can those who are living there afford to?
    AND, the funny thing is: Congress is funding D.C.’s budget!
    Which appears to be just another democrat plantation.

  • Letterman007 says:

    This is laughable, this guy makes more than an average American worker , if he can find a job, and wants more!!The biggest percentage of millionaire’s in this country are in congress and this IDIOT wants more of my money!! I agree with the statement below me from rickouellette, you are free to leave and find something in the public domain closer to your home!! Get out or shut up and go to work!!

  • David in MA says:

    Moran: Members Can’t Afford to Live Decently in D.C.

    Then resign and get a good job in the private sector, you know, one of the jobs you helped conceive?
    BTW: Is his name Moran or Moron?

  • ralfo says:

    Commute to a lower rent area like many of the hard-working Americans are forced to do. I was thinking of telling you to get a second job but you don’t even have a first one.

  • Upaces says:

    Well, well, well, then you need to learn to live within your means just like the rest of us do. BUDGET YOURSELF, IDIOTS!

  • floramae says:


  • David in MA says:

    Why would they want to live there anyhow, D.C. is the servents quarters, read your history!

  • Alfred Moniot says:

    What Bull SHIT!!!
    NUKE DC!!!

    1. king David II says:

      starting at the slug-in-the white house.

  • Art Hock says:

    I think you lazy parasites are overpaid for what little you do. The liberal bunch of liars should all go out and work on a farm or factory for a year or two and find out what real work and low pay is really all about. Moron is just like all the rest of the Progressive Communist Party.

  • mudguy1 says:

    Yes and thanks to his Democrats,Obama and Rino’s they making to expensive out side of DC

  • rickouellette says:

    Jim Moran-you are free to resign at any time and get a real job closer to your home and family. Believe the vacancy would be immediately filled by someone who is more cognizant of what the citizenry is going through at less than half of your salary. You are actually overpaid. With an approval rating of 18% a for -profit company could not and would not keep your group on board. Please send a copy of your sob story to the military family man in the middle east who would love to earn half of your salary and see his family more than once every two years;. You are just another liberal bureaucrat feeding at the public trough. You will not get any sympathy from real Americans. Good Luck America !!!~

  • CTH says:

    It was never intended to be a full time job but dumbasses like Rep. Moron seem to think otherwise.

  • CTH says:

    What else do you expect out of a jackass democrap.

  • fabthetab says:

    Get a job lazy butt.

  • Harry Karen Lamb says:

    Maybe he should quit living off the taxpayers and get a job…

  • modernminuteman says:


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