AOC Supports Pay Raise for Lawmakers

Headline Roundup June 11th, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D- NY), known for her more progressive policy points, supports a pay raise for lawmakers to adjust for cost of living. She justified her position by saying that a pay raise of $4,500 would keep dark money out of politics and could aid in campaign finance reform while also allowing lawmakers to live more comfortably in Washington, D.C. Her remarks come after a report by The Hill revealed some lawmakers are sleeping in their offices and waking up in the halls of the capital building in their underwear. Critics have said her viewpoint conflicts with her 'socialist' views. AOC said a $4,500 pay raise on a $174,000 salary is "not even like a raise." She recognized, on Twitter, that her stance on the issue is not a popular one for any side of the aisle.

AOC Supports Pay Raise for Lawmakers

From the Left
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) acknowledged Tuesday that her support of a pay raise for members of Congress is “not a fun or politically popular position to take.”

But the freshman lawmaker explained in a thread on Twitter why she believed the idea of curbing pay increases for politicians “may sound nice,” but it “only increases pressure on them to keep dark money loopholes open.”

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From the Center
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Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) defended her support for cost-of-living increases for members of Congress on Tuesday, saying her position will help keep dark money out of politics.

She said voting against a cost-of-living increase can "sound nice" but doing so makes campaign finance reform harder. She added it serves to "punish members who rely on a straight salary, and reward those who rely on money loopholes and other forms of self-dealing."

"It’s not a fun or politically popular position to take. But consistency is important," she tweeted. "ALL...

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From the Right
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Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) whined on Monday about the possibility that she may not get a $4,500 pay raise — which she downplayed as only being a cost of living adjustment — as she compared members of Congress to minimum wage workers.

Fox News' Chad Pergram caught up with Ocasio-Cortez — who makes $174,000 per year —on Monday and asked her about the possibility that Congress would not get the pay raise.

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