Bid to boost congressional pay falls short
WASHINGTON- A congressman who's about to retire lost his bid to get members a small pay raise to help with their living expenses.
Democrat Jim Moran of Virginia wanted $25 a day as a replacement for a cost of living increase that would be denied to lawmakers under legislation to be voted on in the House later this spring.
Members of Congress have voted five consecutive years to deny themselves a pay raise.
They make $174,000 a year. Moran complains Congress is at risk of becoming a job for the wealthy if members don't get a raise.
He's retiring after 12-terms. The House Appropriations Committee rejected Moran's bid by a voice vote.