I totally understand the cost of living in D.C. OUR National city that THEY administrate.<quoted text>
Actually, Moran IS retiring, and that's why he is willing to talk about Congressional pay. I know $174K sounds like a lot, but it doesn't go very far in Washington, D.C., where the median home price is about $450K.
MY issue & the position of many others I am sure is: THEY ran for office VOLUNTARILY! In fact, vast dollar sums & efforts were spent to get them there.
I don't ignore the fact of benefits that would come out of the average citizens pay check or be an expense of the typical business man/woman. They don't have it bad.
IF they would quit working 'power plays' with each other, kissing big money for the sake of money & power, graft, running for re-election & simply did what they were elected to do, follow the constitution & listen to their voters, their lives would be easier.
IF they were worth more, the public would have NO problem paying more. Matter of fact, they can give/vote themselves a raise but they know where that would lead when elections come around. Another veiled power issue.
It's a shame that they do NOT address those issues. Their lives would be better & so would the whole country's.