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If Shutdown Continues, Will Ocasio-Cortez Donate Her Salary? She Won’t Say

The incoming freshman tweeted that it was “completely unacceptable” for members of Congress to collect paychecks during a shutdown. But will she donate her own?

By NTK Staff | 01.02.2019 @12:30pm
If Shutdown Continues, Will Ocasio-Cortez Donate Her Salary? She Won’t Say

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her office are not responding to questions about her accepting a salary during the government shutdown, according to the New York Post.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on December 22, the first day of the shutdown, that it was “completely unacceptable” for members of Congress to receive pay while part of the government is closed. “Have some integrity,” she wrote.

But the shutdown has dragged on for nearly two weeks now, and Ocasio-Cortez is about to be sworn in as the youngest representative ever elected.

Now that the shutdown is stretching into the new Congress, Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesman didn’t respond to numerous emails, texts and calls from The Post asking what she herself is doing.

Other New York lawmakers have already announced that they’re giving up their pay until the government resumes normal business.

Some on Twitter pointed out that a self-imposed rule like this would disproportionately hurt lower- and middle-income lawmakers.

“Speaking as a working class member-elect, I think it’s only fair,” she wrote. “It would also cause members who actually depend on their salary to think twice about leadership and take a shutdown vote more seriously.”

Ocasio-Cortez will be sworn in on Thursday and begin receiving a $174,000-per-year salary.

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