AOC Goes NUTS Over Congress Postponing Raises
House Dems were thinking about voting for a raise for themselves. Apparently, 174,000 dollars is just not enough. The proposed raise would give them another four thousand dollars a year. AOC, of course, was outspoken about this and felt that it would promote corrupt activity, not to get the raise.
“House Democratic leaders are postponing consideration of a bill that would include a pay raise for members of Congress after facing a major backlash from the party’s most vulnerable members.
Top Democrats agreed in a closed-door meeting Monday night to pull a key section of this week’s massive funding bill to avoid escalating a clash within their caucus over whether to hike salaries for lawmakers and staff for the first time in a decade, multiple lawmakers confirmed.
At least 15 Democrats — mostly freshmen in competitive districts — had pushed to freeze pay after some Democratic and Republican leaders quietly agreed to the slight pay increase earlier this month.”
“The potential vote set off Democratic political consultants who warned that if members were on the record supporting a pay raise for themselves it could be seen as tone deaf. One strategist called it “political suicide” for freshman Democrats in swing districts to take the vote.”
AOC tweeted about the postponed raise.
“Members of Congress often vote to cut or keep their allowances low. It’s a superficial gesture, bc keeping Congressional pay low is what creates the desperation + impetus for good, experienced staff to flee to lobbyist jobs. Raising staffer pay helps get money out of politics.”
“Same w/ member pay. Members are paid more than avg – but job reqs 2 residences + we can’t take tax deductions for work costs. No one wants to be the one to bring up increases, so instead ppl take advantage of insider trading loopholes & don’t close them for the extra cash. ”
“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.This makes campaign finance reform *harder.*ALL workers deserve cost of living increases, incl min wage workers.”
“What this does is punish members who rely on a straight salary, and reward those who rely on money loopholes and other forms of self-dealing. For example, it incentivizes the horrible kinds of legislative looting we saw in the GOP tax scam bill.”
“It’s not a fun or politically popular position to take. But consistency is important.
ALL workers should get cost of living increases. That’s why minimum wage should be pegged to inflation, too. Voting against cost of living increases is 1 reason why dark $ loopholes stay open.”
174,000 dollars should be more than enough to get by. Regardless if you have two properties to maintain. This is just greedy on Congress’s part.
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