Socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) defended her support for a Congressional pay raise for her $174,000 salary, claiming low government salaries were the reason why so many lawmakers turn to lobbying after leaving office.
Ocasio-Cortez said yesterday of Congressional pay increases: "…It may not be politically popular to say, but honestly this is why there's so much pressure to turn to lobbying firms and to cash in on member service after people leave because precisely of this issue."
She said that an increase in pay for Congress is "not even like a raise, it's a cost of living adjustment. You can vote against a cost of living adjustment all you want and it will look good on its surface," the lawmaker told Fox News.
According to the freshman congresswoman, "Every cost of living adjustment that gets bypassed is voting to increase the pressure to exploit loopholes and legal loopholes to kind of lean on other ways to enrich oneself through service."
Ocasio-Cortez, who makes $174,000, says she needs a raise like minimum wage workers: "Congress, retail workers, everybody should get cost of living increases to accommodate for changes in our economy"— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 11, 2019
On the $4,500 raise she wants: "It's not even like a raise"
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