Grapevine: Are members of Congress underpaid?

One lawmaker claims they are


Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

No Regrets

The House stenographer whose religious-themed outburst during a government shutdown vote last fall got her dragged off the House floor and taken to a psych ward, says she has no regrets.


DIANNE REIDY: He will not be mocked! The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God...


Today, Dianne Reidy sat down with Fox News for her first interview.

She says she did not want to speak that day but God was speaking through her, having chosen her to deliver his message.

Reidy lost her job because of her rant and in turn, her family is losing its house.


REIDY: Do I choose worldly things? Do I choose our beautiful home that we've raised our twin 8-year-pld daughters in? Or do I choose the lord? Do I choose God? I choose God. And that's a no-brainer for me. I choose God.


As to whether God's intended message got through, Reidy says, only God knows.

Sob Story

There is little sympathy tonight for Congressman Jim Moran and his colleagues after the lawmaker's claims that $174,000 a year is not enough for Congress members to live on.

Quote -- "I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid," the Virginia Democrat told Roll Call. Quote -- "A lot of members can't even afford to live decently in Washington."

Moran pointed to lawmakers having to maintain two homes -- one in Washington, and one in their home district.

Many on Twitter were not impressed with this predicament. 

Quote -- "Jim Moran can't live off of 174K a year. I'll be happy to relieve him of his position, and I'll even take less pay."

Fox News contributor Guy Benson writes -- quote -- "Considering taking up a collection for Jim Moran"

No Passport? No Problem!

And finally, a man who forgot his passport, managed to get through airport security and to another country using his girlfriend's passport.

Neil Clulow told the Daily Mail he picked up his girlfriend's passport by mistake.

Security did not give him a second look when he boarded his flight at England's Birmingham airport.

Clulow did not even realize his mistake until he arrived in Spain.

Some friends were comparing bad passport photos and realized his bore little resemblance.

The airline says it is looking into the mistake.