April 30, 2014

He’s at it again…

UPDATE 5/1: Unsurprisingly, yesterday the House Rules Committee rejected Moran’s amendment and stopped it from going to the House floor.

Jim Moran has been ridiculed and laughed at across the nation for his suggestion that Congress is underpaid. But The Washington Post reports he’s still at it – after his first proposal to provide a $2,800 raise was soundly rejected in a House committee, he’s now pushing for the proposal to be considered by the whole House. (If he succeeds in getting it to the floor, we can reasonably expect it to fail 434-1.)

Jim Moran: the definition of out of touch.

Rep. Moran trying again on housing stipend for Congress

By Eric Yoder || April 29 at 1:51 pm

When a House committee recently rejected Rep. Jim Moran’s idea to create a housing stipend for members of Congress, he suggested that he would try again. Now he is.

Moran (D-Va.) is making another attempt to attach his proposal to the annual spending bill covering Congress. He has asked the House Rules Committee to allow the full House to consider his plan when it votes on the bill later this week.

Moran proposes to create a $25 a day stipend, effective next year, which members could choose at their discretion if they maintain a primary residence more than 50 miles from the District. It would apply only to days Congress is in session, which he said would translate this year to about $2,800.

Continue reading at The Washington Post

April 22, 2014

The News Virginian gives Moran a reality check

The News Virginian, a newspaper in west-central Virginia, ripped Jim Moran in an editorial published Friday. Here’s an excerpt; click here to read the full editorial.

“Everyone knows a whiner. They’re the people who always seem to find something to complain about. They have a nice car, but it could be better. Their house may be gorgeous, but it could always be bigger and retain heat better. Or, as in the case of the U.S. Congress, they may be making more than $100,000 and still feel underpaid.

It’s hard for any Congressman to defend the need for a raise. Yet that’s exactly what 8th District Rep. Jim Moran did. The former mayor of Alexandria and member of the Democratic Party asked for a $25-a-day stipend in addition to the regular $174,000 annual salary, so that members of Congress who aren’t as wealthy as their counterparts can afford to stay in Washington during the session. Fortunately,his proposal was killed in committee. Still, it’s not a new suggestion and we wonder how it is that as studies show Congressional wealth is on the rise, members declare they’re struggling.

Try going to the unemployment line and explain how tough it is living off $174,000 a year. We’re sure the 20-year factory worker, who was laid off in favor of a cheaper replacement, would be glad to hear that sad story. Or better yet, tell the returning soldier who’s looking for a way to support his family how Congress needs a raise and then explain to him why there were debates about cutting out the cost of living increase for military pensions.”

Continue reading…


April 10, 2014

What a surprise: nobody agrees with Jim Moran

A new Huffington Post/YouGov poll out this week shows that only 3% of people agree with Jim Moran that members of Congress are underpaid. A whopping 69% think they’re overpaid. Surprised? Didn’t think so.

Americans do not think Congress is underpaid, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted after outgoing member of Congress Jim Moran (D-Va.) asked Americans to take pity on their struggling representatives, whom he said can’t afford to “live decently” on their current salaries.

“I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran said in a recent interview with 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.”

In fact, 69 percent of Americans think members of Congress are paid too much, according to the new poll. Sixteen percent think they are paid about the right amount, and only 3 percent agreed with Moran that members of Congress are paid too little.

Continue reading at Huffington Post

April 3, 2014

Moran’s latest comment will make your blood boil

Wait until you hear Jim Moran’s latest – you may want to sit down for this one. The Huffington Post said “this comment rates five out of five pitchforks”. Here’s what he told Roll Call:

I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid. 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, and a lot of members can’t even afford to live decently at their job in Washington.”

Members of Congress make $174,000 a year – that puts them in the top 2%. And that’s not all – they get generous 401(k) plans, pensions, health benefits, and Social Security. Jim Moran will get a pension plan in excess of $50,000 per year for life, in addition to the 401(k) and Social Security. Members of Congress haven’t had a pay cut since the Great Depression. And we’re not even taking into account the fact that most members of Congress are personally wealthy outside of their congressional salary – more than half of them are millionaires.

The average income in the 8th District is $111,455 (as of 2010). That means Jim Moran makes 36% more than his average constituent. Members of Congress make over three times the median U.S. household income.

And Jim Moran thinks they’re underpaid.

Is your blood boiling yet?

February 17, 2014

Jim Moran: The $15 Million Congressman

Michael Lee Pope of The Connection Newspapers gives some insight on Jim Moran’s prolific fundraising during his tenure in Congress.


Jim Moran: The $15 Million Congressman

During his years in Congress, Moran raised and spent about $1 million each campaign cycle.

By Michael Lee Pope

Thursday, January 30, 2014

One of the first things that happened after U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) announced he would not be running for reelection this year was that he cancelled a fundraising event. The fundraiser, scheduled for Jan. 24 at the Art and Soul Restaurant on Capitol Hill. Ostensibly it was to raise money for his reelection campaign, a lunch with suggested contributions ranging from $500 to $2,500. But after the congressman announced he would not be seeking a 13th term in the House of Representatives, the event was canceled.

January 28, 2014

Washington Jewish Week on Moran’s retirement

Douglas Bloomfield of the Washington Jewish Week:

“Among the many Members of the 113th Congress who’ve announced plans to retire this year, some will be sorely missed…But some won’t be.

[Moran] was willing to trample the facts, especially when we went off on one of his rants about Israel.  He has been a classic case of putting the mouth in gear and the brain in park. In my experience lobbying him I got the clear impression he was not only hostile toward Israel but never smart or interested enough to understand the issues no matter where he stood. He said there wouldn’t have been a war in Iraq “if it were not for the strong support of the Jewish community.” When someone suggested he sounded like an anti-Semite, he replied that wasn’t possible since his daughter was converting to marry a Jew and he approved.

Most of those retiring won’t be returning home.  They’ll just take their fat government pensions and drive down to K Street to sign up with one of the lobbying shops that will pay them big bucks to go back up the Hill to twist the arms of their former colleagues.”