Ocasio-Cortez Thinks Members of Congress Need a Pay Raise

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) thinks members of Congress — including herself — deserve a bigger paycheck.

Ocasio-Cortez — a self-described democratic socialist — took to Twitter to explain why Congressional salaries should be boosted to match the rising cost of living.

Ocasio-Cortez claimed that “all workers” deserve a pay raise to balance out the increased cost of living, including congresswomen making $174,000 per year.

The congresswoman argued that the current salary of members of Congress needs to stay on par with the rising cost of living in order to prevent members from being tempted by “dark money loopholes.”

Ocasio-Cortez admitted that the position is unpopular, but said that voting against pay increases could “punish members who rely on a straight salary.”

Ocasio-Cortez noted that low salaries is one reason that “dark [money] loopholes stay open,” something she should be familiar with, considering her own chief of staff was called into question for accepting a lower-than-average pay which conveniently allows him to skip the financial disclosers required by most chiefs of staff.

The current Congressional pay raise in question is an annual increase of $4,500.

Ocasio-Cortez said that the additional four grand is needed to ensure that members don’t feel pressure to turn to lobbying or “insider trading” adding, “It’s not even like a raise.”

“Members of Congress, retail workers, everybody should get cost of living increases to accommodate for changes in our economy and 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.”

While Ocasio-Cortez may not think $4,500 is a raise, many Americans would disagree. The median household income in the U.S. was $61,372 in2017, meaning a raise of $4,500 would be a 7.3% raise.

Many people found it to be hypocritical of Ocasio-Cortez to be saying “everybody should get cost of living increases,” considering she has often criticized wealthy Americans. Others noted that Ocasio-Cortez has been tied to “dark money” scandals, including some shady payments to her boyfriend, as IJR previously reported.

It isn’t clear if Congress will approve a salary increase. As Ocasio-Cortez noted, it is an unpopular move. The last time Congress got a raise was 2009.

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Jay D
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Jay D

NO WAYJOSE. We need term limits first and then a starting salary for congressmen and woman. We are making some of these old farts rich for doing NOTHING and barely even showing up for work. Screw their cost of living wage increase. Nobody else in real jobs gets anything like a $4500 raise for living expenses even in CA at big Tech companies.

Theresa Hughes
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Theresa Hughes

Wow…don’t kill me here, but a city council person or mayor in an average-size middle American city can make that kind of money, (175,000), so this is a good deal for everyone-us & them! I used to get hacked off when they voted themselves a pay raise, which did seem like ‘every year’ – but it wasn’t what I thought. It’s always relative, too. Where it costs a fortune to live, like D.C., you need money just to pay rent. A lot of elected officials end up sleeping/living in their offices-so she’s not looking for a salon, manicure designer clothes… Read more »

Camille
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Camille

There they go on pay raises, my company does not give cost of living raises. I work for a hospital. I am so very disappointed with our government.

Garry Marley
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Sure, AOC. “All the Animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” — Orwell

Tess
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Of course she does – she knows a cash cow when she sees one. I sure hope she is voted out of office next election.

Janet Wheeler
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The Congress doesn’t even deserve their current wages — to raise them for doing nothing is a crime.

Tom (TD) Newberry
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Tom (TD) Newberry

Congress voting on their raise in pay is a conflict of interest and should be left to an impartial group ,, I could readily understand most lawmakers would understand the immorality of it, but then I can also excuse this ignorant twit because of her stupidity

John Furlong
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If she made more money selling her ass, I suggest she get back to it

WayHungLow
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WayHungLow

She would have made a much better stripper than a politician.

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