Jim Moran, of Virginia is a case study in congressional fail. He has been in office far too long, holds the American people in contempt, voted for ObamaCare despite his constituents opposing it, and now, he is outraged that he will not get a pay raise! I guess corruption does not pay like it used to.
Via The Hill:
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who sparked a firestorm for suggesting that members of Congress are “underpaid,” expressed disappointment on Thursday that the House did not consider his proposal to provide members with a housing stipend.
Moran said that the House should have allowed debate on his amendment to the 2015 legislative branch appropriations bill, which maintains the freeze on lawmaker pay that has been in place since 2010.
“If you’re not going to show respect for yourself as an institution, you can’t expect the public to show much respect for you either,” Moran said. “We deserve that respect. We ought to stand up for ourselves.”
Rank-and-file House members and senators receive an annual salary of $174,000. Moran submitted an amendment to the House Rules Committee earlier this week that would have created a $25-per-day housing stipend for members of Congress who live at least 50 miles outside Washington, D.C. It was not made in order, however.
Being a Congressman was never meant to be a full time job. The fact is Moran and his fellow representatives should be in DC only long enough to handle essential business, then they should go home to live and work among the people who elect them.