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Congress needs a raise, congressman says

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This week, as President Obama and Congress focus on a debate over fair pay for women, one Congressman is fighting for higher pay for another group that he says has been left behind.

U.S. Representative James Moran (D, Virginia) said members of Congress are underpaid, and he just unveiled a plan to raise members' compensation.

Though House members currently earn $174,000 and records show nearly half the members of Congress are millionaires, Moran -- who is retiring -- says the demands of the job and travel/lodging costs make it difficult for many members to live.

In an interview with RollCall, Rep. Moran said some of his colleagues sleep in their offices to save money.

"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," said Moran.

He hasn't decided on a new proposed salary, but his plan would offer members a $25 daily housing stipend if their primary residence is more than 50 miles from Washington D.C.

More of Moran's interview with RollCall:

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