Moran on Pay Hike: Lawmakers Would Get 114.6% More Than Average Fed Worker

By Penny Starr | April 4, 2014 | 1:01 PM EDT

Rep. James Moran (D-Va.) (AP)

( – Representative  Jim Moran (D-Va.) said on Monday that the $174,000 salary a member of Congress makes is not sufficient to live in the District of Columbia, even as he introduced legislation last month to raise the pay for federal workers by 3.3% -- an increase that would provide a salary 114% less than the average made by lawmakers.

“I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid,” Moran told 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.”

A post on Moran’s website dated March 26 announces the introduction of the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, which would raise federal workers’ pay by 3.3% starting in calendar year 2015.

The U.S. Capitol dome. (AP photo)

"Federal workers deserve to be compensated for the vital role they play in the lives of millions of Americans,” Rep. Moran says on his website.  “These are the men and women finding lifesaving cures at NIH, catching criminals, supporting our troops, and protecting the environment.

“They have bills to pay and families to support. After three years of pay freezes and too many furloughs, they've earned this modest, decent raise,” he said.

According to the Office of Personnel Management, in 2012 the average salary of a federal worker was $78,467. Moran’s proposed pay raise of 3.3%  brings that average salary to $81,056.41 – an amount that is 114.6%  less than what the average member of Congress makes.