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    Virginia Democrat James P. Moran says $174K a year is not enough for members of Congress.

    Retiring Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., is aware that Congress is unpopular, but he still thinks the legislative body deserves a raise.

    "I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid," Moran, who's announced he will leave office when the current Congress ends, told the newspaper 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."

    Rank-and-file members of Congress make a yearly salary of $174,000 -- well above the median household income in Washington, D.C., which between 2008 and 2012 was $64,267. Still, Moran said, "A lot of members can't even afford to live decently in Washington." That's more likely the case for lawmakers who represent districts farther away than Moran's Northern Virginia district -- members typically have a home in their district as well as somewhere to stay in Washington.

    The congressman said he plans to introduce an amendment to a spending bill that would give legislators a per diem payment to cover housing costs.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rep-jim-...are-underpaid/

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    These calendars show the days on which the House and Senate were in session.

    House and Senate 113 days in 2013

    http://thomas.loc.gov/home/ds/

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    • #3
      Why should we? They make a fortune on insider trading and with the connections they meet in office.

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      • #4
        I thought the thread was going to be a joke....

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        • #5
          A democrat said that, so liberal blogs and sites will stay away from this one.

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          • #6
            They are significantly underpaid by salary but make up their compensation via special interests. I would strongly support a $1 million dollar salary increase coupled with a campaign finance reform amendment yielding public financing of elections

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            • #7
              I would be all for paying them and all politicians more money. But... then you do what Singapore does. You make the penalty for graft and corruption very harsh. Jesse Jackson JR for instance would not be getting our of prison anytime soon.

              Then also you end them being able to invest while in office or to work as a lobbyist after.

              Then yes pay them 1 million a yr.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by barryr View Post
                A democrat said that, so liberal blogs and sites will stay away from this one.
                It was front page of the Washington Post and they spoke about on MSNBC. Want to swing and miss again

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                • #9
                  Tie their pay to the national average of wages.if they want better, make them earn it.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by alkemical View Post
                    Tie their pay to the national average of wages.if they want better, make them earn it.
                    As long as it's median, not mean

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by alkemical View Post
                      Tie their pay to the national average of wages.if they want better, make them earn it.
                      idiot

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Pony Boy View Post
                        Virginia Democrat James P. Moran says $174K a year is not enough for members of Congress.

                        Retiring Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., is aware that Congress is unpopular, but he still thinks the legislative body deserves a raise.

                        "I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid," Moran, who's announced he will leave office when the current Congress ends, told the newspaper 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."

                        Rank-and-file members of Congress make a yearly salary of $174,000 -- well above the median household income in Washington, D.C., which between 2008 and 2012 was $64,267. Still, Moran said, "A lot of members can't even afford to live decently in Washington." That's more likely the case for lawmakers who represent districts farther away than Moran's Northern Virginia district -- members typically have a home in their district as well as somewhere to stay in Washington.

                        The congressman said he plans to introduce an amendment to a spending bill that would give legislators a per diem payment to cover housing costs.

                        http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rep-jim-...are-underpaid/
                        Anybody remember that Rep who was sleeping in his congressional office to save money? that was an example of someone wanting to be there, and making sacraficies to do so.

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                        • #13
                          Either way we lose in this debate. If we pay them more, maybe they take less bribes or special interest cash but then we create more lifers who will do anything not to endanger that huge paycheck.

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