AOC Foolishly Advocates for Cost of Living Raise for Congress

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Monday, June 24, 2019


Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made headlines recently when she made her case for giving lawmakers a pay raise due to the cost of living increasing. She has insisted that this doesn’t really count as a “raise” in a tweet that started the original discussion.

“Voting against cost of living increases for members of Congress may sound nice, but doing so only increases pressure on them to keep dark money loopholes open,” she said. “This makes campaign finance reform *harder.* ALL workers deserve cost of living increases, incl min wage workers.”

Lawmakers, including AOC, agreed that it’s bad optics in the grand scheme of political coverage. However, she did not shy away from doubling down on her comments with more tweets, reiterating her stance on fighting for everyone’s financial future.

Beforehand, there was going to be a vote during that same week in the House Of Representatives on the Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill until it was pulled from the floor due to the controversial pay increase.

From 1989 to 2009, there has been a 2.4 percent congressional pay raise until it was ultimately removed as a spending cut. Ocasio-Cortez is among the few voices in Congress trying to bring it back after a decade of receiving a $174,000 annual salary.

AOC first drew attention to this topic when she revealed earlier this year that her staffers made at least $52,000, which is above average. It has been an especially unpopular proposal for awhile and both Republicans and Democrats have broadly come together on this issue to opposing the pay increase.

Ocasio-Cortez argues that ignoring the congressional pay increase incentivizes lawmakers to take advantage of existing loopholes, including insider trading and caving to lobbyists. The idea is to give members of Congress a more comfortable living to allow them to live off income that isn’t dependent on corporate interests. According to her, this can be a way for money to be taken out of politics and create more grass roots politicians in the future.

To be fair, this is not the most outrageous statement to come from AOC. However, it is naive to believe that lawmakers are not going to capitalize on a pay increase on top of the corporate income they receive from donors. The pay increase does not solve the problem and will most likely contribute to it. She also emphasizes how this is not something that should be exclusive to lawmakers.

Many are also pointing out how members of Congress are not exactly doing a great job representing the American people and how it doesn’t make sense to reward them…. If Ocasio-Cortez wants to work to curtail lobbyists, perhaps working with Ted Cruz might be a better strategy to fight corruption than a pay increase.

 

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Aaron Cummings graduated from Clovis East High School in 2017. He is a communications major transferring to Fresno State University. He has a strong passion for politics in California, a state that desperately needs conservative voices to be heard.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Aaron Cummings graduated from Clovis East High School in 2017. He is a communications major transferring to Fresno State University. He has a strong passion for politics in California, a state that desperately needs conservative voices to be heard.

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