America's Next Top Socialist Doesn't Know How She'll Pay For This
Democratic socialist and Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York announced Thursday that issues like finding an apartment in Washington, D.C., before receiving her congressional salary are “very real.”
“I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress, so how do I get an apartment?” Ocasio-Cortez said to The New York Times. “Those little things are very real.”
However, she noted that she and her partner have been saving money since before leaving her job as a bartender in New York.
“We’re kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “I’ve really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January.”
As a Member of Congress, Ocasio-Cortez will get $174,000 per year, plus benefits.
Her entry-level staffers can expect to earn around $40,000 annually.