Sunday, July 12, 2020

Here’s Why AOC Says Congress Deserves More Money

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has taken her hypocrisy to new heights.

Sounding like a Khrushchev-era apparatchik, the Democratic Socialist – who’s proposed a 70 percent tax bracket – wants $4,500 more per year. 

The increase would come on top of an average salary of $174,000 for members of Congress.

However, the proposal ground to a halt, thanks to an unlikely source: newly-elected Democrats from Trump districts fearing the optics of giving themselves more money.

“It needs more discussion,” House Appropriations Chair Nita Lowey (D-NY) told reporters.

That argument wasn’t sufficient for Ocasio-Cortez. (

“It’s not even like a raise,” Ocasio-Cortez said. She called opposition to the pay increase “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.”

“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 added. “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.”

The freshman lawmaker took to her favorite medium to make her case.

Even some of her supporters couldn’t hide their bewilderment.

Others were less diplomatic.

AAN Staff
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