A few days ago, longtime liberal degenerate from Virginia Jim Moran (D-VA) announced that he believed that Congress was underpaid. UNDERPAID!
“There are too many members living and sleeping in their offices and it’s wrong. They can’t afford to live here and it’s wrong,” Moran told his appropriations committee colleagues. “I understand that is widely felt that [members] under perform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world and a lot of members can even afford to live decently when they are at their job in Washington,” he said.
I think the greater issue here is that our Congressmen “earn” $174,000 a year for their part-time work. That is more than three times the median household income (About $51K) in the United States. But we pay for more than just their salary. We pay for their healthcare, their official (and sometimes unofficial) travel, we pay for their security, their retirement, and even PERSONAL SPENDING accounts.
In 2010 and 2011, the average pay is $174,000. Leadership positions pay higher, with the Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader making over $210,000 a year. These salary figures come out to $95.8 million dollars for all 541 members of Congress…
… We’re paying out $95.8 million in salaries, and that’s before we get into benefits, perks and retirement wages.
We’ve all heard about the Congressional Health Care plan, not to mention their travel plans, security details and personal spending accounts. How much do these benefits and perks cost taxpayers in addition to the above salaries?
In Fiscal Year 2010 (Oct 1 through Sept 30 of the following year), these programs accounted for $4.66 Billion in taxpayer funds.
These figures don’t count the retirement plans or salaries paid to former members of Congress. If a member of Congress serves for at least five years, be it in the Senate or the House of Representatives, they receive full pay and health benefits for life.
Thankfully, Trey Gowdy (R-SC) also serves in Congress and was around to tell the world just how ridiculous Jim Moran really is. Rep. Gowdy did this by reminding the liberal Representative from Virginia about how most Americans live day to day.
We love Trey Gowdy. He is proof that there are still some members of Congress who don’t have their heads surgically implanted in their hind-quarters. We need less people like Jim Moran (who is thankfully retiring) and more like Trey Gowdy in Congress.
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