After Five Months In Congress, Ocasio-Cortez Wants A Raise!

Federal lawmakers make bank.

A representative in the House makes $174,000 a year. That’s not exactly a “1 percenter” salary, but nearly quadruple the current median annual income in America. Not to mention the fact that they all have access to the best — and least expensive — health care in the country … for life.

That wasn’t enough for some members of the House. The Democratic-controlled chamber proffered a new salary of $178,500, a $4,500 raise. But even some Democrats balked at the raise, and the whole effort was scrubbed on Monday.

 

“It needs more discussion,” House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, (D-N.Y.) told Fox News.

Enter New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic socialist and former bartender who has been in the House since January. She said the money was, like, no big deal.

“It’s not even like a raise, it’s like a cost-of-living adjustment,” Ocasio-Cortez said. She said efforts to oppose the raise were “superficial. … This is why there’s so much pressure to turn to lobbying firms and to cash in on member service after people leave, because precisely of this issue.”

She said all people deserve to make more money — especially her.


“It may be politically convenient, and it may make you look good in the short term for saying, ‘Oh we’re not voting for pay increases,’ but we should be fighting for pay increases for every American worker,” she said. “We should be fighting for a $15 minimum wage pegged to inflation so that everybody in the United States with a salary with a wage gets a cost of living increase. Members of Congress, retail workers, everybody should get cost of living increases to accommodate for the changes in our economy.

“And then when we don’t do that, it only increases the pressure on members to exploit loopholes like insider-trading loopholes, to make it on the back end,” she said.

AOC is decidedly generous with money — at least other people’s money. When she took office, she declared that no staffer in her office would make less than $52,000 a year.

That’s a good bit more than some staffers in the White House make, but hey, AOC gets $1 million from the taxpayers to dole out to her staff, so no biggie.

On Tuesday, AOC again defended her support for the now-dead raise.

“Yep. Voting against cost of living increases for members of Congress may sound nice, but doing so only increases pressure on them to keep dark money loopholes open,” she wrote on Twitter. “This makes campaign finance reform *harder.* ALL workers deserve cost of living increases, incl min wage workers.”

“What this does is punish members who rely on a straight salary, and reward those who rely on money loopholes and other forms of self-dealing. For example, it incentivizes the horrible kinds of legislative looting we saw in the GOP tax scam bill.

“It’s not a fun or politically popular position to take. But consistency is important. ALL workers should get cost of living increases. That’s why minimum wage should be pegged to inflation, too. Voting against cost of living increases is 1 reason why dark $ loopholes stay open.”

AOC also said it’s all better under socialism.

“In democratically socialist businesses (like worker co-ops) or methods (like collective bargaining) you actually CAN vote for a worker pay increase. Many do!” she wrote.

https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1138410564428980225

She’s being 100.

 

 

 

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