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You know who doesn’t get paid enough? CONGRESS

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Just ask ’em!

Hannah Hess, Roll Call:

Despite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday.

Also: constituents inside of Washington.

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…

“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.”

If the United States was a publicly held corporation, Congress was its board of directors, and the rest of us were shareholders, James Moran would be selling used cars.

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.


Would you like to make more money? Sure, we all would! Unfortunately, most of us don’t have jobs where we can give ourselves raises. Most of us are held accountable for our job performance. Most of us know what life is like in the real world.

Thank goodness for Congress!

Have you done your taxes yet, you peasants? Get to it. Then get back to work. All this magnificence doesn’t just pay for itself, ya know.

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Jim Treacher