Moran: Members of Congress are underpaid

April 3, 2014 | Joe Schoffstall - 17 Comments

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Virginia) thinks members of Congress are underpaid, and barely make enough to get by in Washington, D.C.

Rep. Moran made the remarks in an interview with CQ Roll Call and says he plans on introducing an amendment to to bring to light just how bad it is in his mind.

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

Later in the interview, Moran said those in Congress barely make enough to live decently in the nation’s capital, citing how their pay has been frozen the past couple of years.

“Our pay has been frozen for three years and we’re planning on freezing it a fourth year. … A lot of members can’t even afford to live decently in Washington.”

Members of the House of Representatives, which Moran is a part of, make $174,000 per year. This is also the first time in history a majority of those in Congress are millionaires.

Rep. Moran announced he’s retiring from Congress earlier this year.

Follow Me

Joe Schoffstall

Joe Schoffstall is a Reporter and Editor at Capitol City Project. Previously, he worked as a Multimedia Reporter at the Media Research Center (MRCTV,

His work has been featured on numerous outlets including the Drudge Report, Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, Yahoo News, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post-- among many others.

You can contact Joe by emailing
Follow Me