House Democrats Back Off Proposed Pay Raise For Congress, Ocasio-Cortez Complains

House Democrats backed away from a proposed pay raise for members of Congress due to optics, while Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez complained that the amount wasn’t really that big of a deal.

As the Political Insider reported last week, spending leaders in the House were voicing support for 2020 funding bills that would no longer block cost-of-living adjustments which had been frozen since 2009. Congressional salaries were held at $174,000 annually at the time.

Democrats described the possible $4,500 raises as “modest” and suggested there was “bi-partisan support” for Congress to reward themselves.

Fox News reports that in reality, lack of Republican support would have made Democrats look foolish if they voted themselves a hike in salary.

“Vulnerable swing-state Democrats, concerned how the proposed $4,500 pay hike would look if it didn’t also have Republican support, had signed onto amendments rejecting the measure,” Fox relayed.

Ocasio-Cortez Complains – It’s Not Even a Real Raise

Ocasio-Cortez dismissed the pay raise as not being a raise at all, turning her nose up at the thought of a mere $4,500 for her 5 months of hard work.

“It’s not even like a raise,” the New York socialist claimed.

Hmm, I’m not too sure about everyone else out there but if my boss added $4,500 to my salary I’d certainly view it as an increase in pay.

Ocasio-Cortez added that opposition to the pay increase was “superficial” and that lawmakers are so strapped for cash that they are driven to “turn to lobbying firms and to cash in on member service after” they leave Congress.

We know that, despite it being her major in college, economics isn’t her strong point, but the darling of the Democrat party really doesn’t seem to understand that lobbying is a separate issue unto its own and that giving lawmakers a pay raise isn’t going to suddenly convince them to stop lining their pockets when their career comes to an end.

She Deserves More

This isn’t the first time the former bartender has complained about being strapped for cash.

Ocasio-Cortez famously complained that she couldn’t afford to rent an apartment, complained that she used to eat well but had to switch to fast food once she took office, and chastised people for noting she got a “face mask while financially stressed” before being sworn in.

More recently, she whined that her luxury apartment in D.C. was no better than public housing.

“I move into this building, and it’s marketed as a ‘luxury’ building in D.C.,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It’s an efficient building, it’s clean, it has public space, it has a rooftop garden—y’all watching my Instagram—it has clean air, it has clean water.”

“And I think about this and I’m like, ‘Hm, this is what a luxury building is like,'” she lamented.

Oh to be rich and famous like a socialist playing with other people’s money.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • All Senators and Congresspeople should be paid the Federal minimum wage. They should be on Obamacare and stay in public housing. Then we will know that they truly want to serve the people.

  • Can we pay her to leave our country? If it is the only way to get rid of her, it will be well worth it. She should love living in the socialist country of Argentina. It has already been destroyed by socialism. The government stole all of the money from their people and businesses and the only people with any money are the government people. AOC understands how this is done.

  • Usually a raise is based on merit and quality of work. Congress has done nothing. They have spent the last two years whining about Trump. They have been stymied by Hillary's loss to Trump. They can't get over it. They have done absolutely nothing worthy of a raise.

  • then i guess the best thing for her to do, is, go back to bartending!!!!!!!!!!!! t hat would make everyone happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • That's actually HER plan--to give everybody $15 an hour NOT to work, so I'm sure she'd be "down" with that. But you notice, she's already whining that her $174K a year is NOT enough--and the $4500 raise that was proposed is "not a raise at all," but just a PITTANCE and not NEARLY enough. So evidently she does not include HERSELF in the crowd that should only get $15/hour.

    Isn't she just the PERFECT poster child for today's snowflake--who graduates from college knowing virtually NOTHING, but thinks they should receive the same salary as the company's CEO on their FIRST DAY, because they're so VALUABLE? The "participation trophy" mentality, for sure!

  • Why would you want to infect bar patrons with this clueless twit? She'd be better off just being given $15/hr to do NOTHING!

  • Occasional Cortex also didnt think much of those proposed Amazon salaries; or more to the point, she didnt think her constituents would benefit from them...

  • No one forces a politician to run for public office. They do so of their own free will. Do they do it to serve their country and fellow citizens? Or do they do it for the money, self aggrandizement, prestige, or power? If they don't like their working conditions or the salary they receive they can always resign. In fact I wish many of them would resign or at least not run for reelection. And voters should be more selective in their choice of candidates.

  • These Dems are not earning their money. They have done nothing for the Ameican people since Trump became President. They spend all their time trying to get rid of Trump and collecting big money. They should not get any money untill they start working for the Country.

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