byÂ Tom Howell Jr.
â€œI understand that itâ€™s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is theÂ board of directorsÂ for the largest economic entity in the world.â€
Mr. MoranÂ told the publication that some lawmakers live out of theirÂ officesÂ while in the nationâ€™s capital, or in â€œsmall little apartment unitsâ€ that make it hard to spend time with their families.
A Republican-led appropriations bill introduced this week would retain a freeze on lawmakersâ€™Â salariesÂ that has been in place since 2010, butÂ Mr. MoranÂ said state legislatures provide a per diem allowance and that the federal government should do the same, according to Roll Call.
â€œOur pay has been frozen for three years and weâ€™re planning on freezing it a fourth year. â€¦ A lot of members canâ€™t even afford to live decently inÂ Washington,â€ he told the publication.
Members ofÂ CongressÂ are paid $174,000 per year.