Sounding like a Khrushchev-era apparatchik, the Democratic Socialist – who's proposed a 70 percent tax bracket – wants $4,500 more per year.
The increase would come on top of an average salary of $174,000 for members of Congress.
However, the proposal ground to a halt, thanks to an unlikely source: newly-elected Democrats from Trump districts fearing the optics of giving themselves more money.
"It needs more discussion," House Appropriations Chair Nita Lowey (D-NY) told reporters.
That argument wasn't sufficient for Ocasio-Cortez. (Hannity.com)
“It’s not even like a raise,” Ocasio-Cortez said. She called opposition to the pay increase “superficial. … 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.”
“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 increases for every American worker,” she added. “We should be fighting for a $15 minimum wage pegged to inflation so that everybody in the United States with a salary with a wage gets a cost of living increase. Members of Congress, retail workers, everybody should get cost of living increases to accommodate 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 back end.”
The freshman lawmaker took to her favorite medium to make her case.
Yep. 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.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 11, 2019
This makes campaign finance reform *harder.*
ALL workers deserve cost of living increases, incl min wage workers. https://t.co/fCdgHKx4G1
Even some of her supporters couldn't hide their bewilderment.
Nah @AOC I disagree with you here. Pass term limits, immigration reform, min. Wage increase first, then you can adjust your salaries for cost of living. I’m sure we all would vote to give ourselves a raise too but we can’t.— iWill (@iWill2_) June 11, 2019
Others were less diplomatic.
"Give us more money, or we'll just get it elsewhere. Whatever it takes, bitches."— Gordon Shuckrow III (@GordonShuckrow3) June 11, 2019
Ransom demands. https://t.co/4mKDnXHAp1
No.— Persnickety (@Dawnsfire) June 11, 2019
One, you make almost $200,000, that seems more than enough to get by on to me.
Two, it seems you folks all leave Congress as millionaires anyway. Why should we throw more on top of that? https://t.co/fVA1R0FfSI
It's starting.— Eric Spencer (@JustEric) June 11, 2019
She talks about capping income for us, but doesn't think twice about calling for pay increases for the government.
Kids, just say no to Socialism. https://t.co/4w5I2Rp0EO