Ocasio-Cortez Upset by Lack of Congressional Pay Raise

Breitbart | 6/12/2019 | Staff
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is unsettled by the House Democrats’ decision to hold off pursuing a bill that would have provided members of Congress with a pay raise, tweeting Tuesday a lack of action will result in more corruption in Congress.

The cap on congressional salaries has been frozen for the last decade. Given the positive state of the Trump economy, House Democrats were considering unfreezing the cap on congressional salaries and resuming the previously automatic cost-of-living increases as part of a broader $1 trillion spending bill.

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The move would have provided members of Congress with a $4,500 raise next year.

However, Democrat leadership decided to scrap consideration of the bill after rising concerns from other Democrats– particularly from freshmen Democrats in swing districts. Voting themselves a pay raise during an election year would look wildly out-of-touch, some political analysts warned.

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“Nobody wants to vote to give themselves a raise. There’s nothing good about that,” Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA) said, according to Politico.

Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-SC) also opposed the move and told House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on the floor that it was “bad politics and bad policy.”

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Hoyer did not take a strong stance either way, previously noting that there is “never” an ideal time for Congress to give itself a raise.

“I don’t think there’s ever a...
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