Lawmaker says congressmen should make more money

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Virginia) (Photo: Twitter/Jim_Moran)
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A congressman from Virginia says he thinks it's time lawmakers on Capitol Hill get a raise.

James P. Moran, a Democrat, told the blog CQ Roll Call he plans to introduce an amendment to the Legislative Branch bill and during floor consideration of the bill. Most members of Congress make $174,000 annually, according to USA Today.

"I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid," Moran said.

He went on to note that some congressmen have been living out of their offices or in small apartments to save money.

Republicans introduced the Legislative Branch bill Wednesday, aiming to hold spending at current levels. It would continue a freeze on lawmaker salaries that has been in place for four years.

"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," Moran told the blog.

Moran, who plans to retire at the end of the year, doesn't expect his amendment to pass, but hopes to bring it up to draw attention to lawmaker salaries.

"Our pay has been frozen for three years and we're planning on freezing it a fourth year," he said. "A lot of members can't even afford to live decently in Washington."