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They say even a broken clock is right two times a day. For some conservatives, this may be one of those times for Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The self-described Democratic socialist has been the focus of numerous memes on social media mocking her seeming lack of knowledge about the issues. However, a recent tweet sent out on her Twitter account makes a whole lot of sense to a whole lot of people, across the political playing field.
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In the midst of all the government shutdown and border wall funding talk came the topic of how members of Congress still get paid during government shut downs.
Ocasio-Cortez shared a sentiment felt by many in regards to that little detail:
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A number of conservatives and those who identify as Trump supporters in their Twitter bios supported her sentiment. She even got credit for her “Twitter game.”
There was some misunderstanding on social media as to what happens during a government shut down. Fox News on Saturday explained some of the finer points, noting that first and foremost, the entire government does not actually shut down.
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Essential operations still run. The example given by Fox News includes those things “that are essential to national security and health, like (things) such as veterans’ hospitals, Social Security and the military.”
This is where the Ocasio-Cortez tweet really hit home for many. Not everyone who is affected by the shutdown is guaranteed to get back pay for their furloughed time.
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Fox News explained that Congress has to actually pass a bill that will enable furloughed workers to collect back pay for their furloughed time. Additionally, those who are government contractors “most likely will not be paid.”
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