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Ocasio-Cortez: $4,500 Pay Hike for Congress ‘Not Even, Like, a Raise’

The freshman Democrat wants more money in her paycheck, calling it a cost of living increase rather than a raise.

By NTK Staff | 06.11.2019 @12:51pm
Ocasio-Cortez: $4,500 Pay Hike for Congress ‘Not Even, Like, a Raise’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said that she doesn’t believe that a $4,500 pay increase for members of Congress should be a considered a raise but rather a cost of living increase.

She argued that members of Congress aren’t paid enough, and so they often turn to lobbying or other related fields in which they can make more money. The current base salary for a member of Congress is $174,000. The average American’s salary is $56,616.

“Members of Congress, retail workers, everybody should get cost of living increases to account 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 backend.”

Ocasio-Cortez called opposition to the pay hike “superficial” and argued everyone should get a pay raise.

“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 increase for every American worker,” she said. “We should be fighting for a $15 minimum wage tied to inflation so that everybody in the United States with a salary, with a wage, gets a cost of living increase.”

“You can vote against pay increases all you want. In my opinion, voting against a pay – it’s not even like a raise, it’s a cost of living adjustment. So, you can vote against a cost of living adjustment all you want,” Ocasio-Cortez said, but that’s just going to contribute to member burn out and corruption.

Voting to increase her own pay “may not be great optics,” she admitted, but she reiterated that it was the right thing to do.

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