Although the Senate passed a companion bill that was introduced by Senator Boxer, the House has refused to actually pass Moran’s legislation. Want to know why? NBC did a little investigating and report that many Republican Members of Congress simply don’t want to part with a paycheck.
There are a variety of reasons, but one that is mentioned constantly is that many newer members of Congress quit their jobs to run for office.If you were looking for a prime example of why people think Congress is out of touch with the public, Sean Duffy would probably be it. As he’s complaining about how he has to pay his bills, he’s raking in $174,000 a year. That’s about double what the average federal worker makes, but they’ll still have to pay their bills if they’re furloughed due to a federal government shutdown. As one senior Democratic aide put it in an email this afternoon, “What hypocrites!”
Quite frankly, they say they need the money.
As freshman Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) told constituents last week: "I guarantee most of you, I have more debt than all of you. With six kids, I still pay off my student loans. I still pay my mortgage. I drive a used minivan. If you think I'm living high off the hog, I've got one paycheck. So I struggle to meet my bills right now."