In April 2010, the House voted on whether to raise its own pay. (Each year, congressional pay is raised in a “cost of living adjustment”, as if $174,000 isn’t enough to cover the cost of living.) The vote was 402-15 in favor of not raising congressional pay for the year. Guess who was one of the 15 “no” votes? Jim Moran.
U.S. per capita income in 2010 was just under $40,000, and median income in the 8th District was about $111,000, so Moran was already making quadruple the money of the average American, and tens of thousands more than the average person he represents. But that wasn’t enough – he wanted to squeeze taxpayers for a few extra thousand.
In January 2011, the House voted 408-13 to cut congressional office budgets by a measly 5%. Guess who was one of the 13 nays? You guessed it, Jim Moran.
While millions of people are taking pay cuts or getting laid off, and small businesses are being forced to downsize, Moran thinks he deserves a raise and refuses to downsize his office. He is out of touch (to say the least).