Government Corruption

Ocasio-Cortez Demanded a Raise, Her Reasoning Why $174,000 Isn’t Enough Is Infuriating

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ICYMI, AOC ha always been after YOUR hard earned tax dollars!

Maryland Democrat and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer lobbied for a “cost of living” Congressional pay raise, salaries which have not been changed in a decade.

Western Journal reports:

“Hoyer first introduced the idea earlier this year in March and revamped his call on Thursday. Before the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress in March, Hoyer said that ‘it is time to address the issue of member and staff pay and benefits.’”

The committee, created in January, was tasked to help modernize the legislative branch. The panel aims to develop “recommendations on a variety of issues, including the congressional schedule, procedures, technology, and staff retention and compensation,” The Hill reported.

The House Democrat stated that by giving lawmakers a pay bump, people who aren’t wealthy would have a chance at serving in Congress.

Hoyer stated, “The cost of rent, child care and other necessities has risen substantially in Washington and across the country in recent years, but members and staff pay and benefits have not kept pace with the private sector. If we want to attract a more diverse group of Americans to run for office and work on Capitol Hill, we need to make it possible for them to do so.”

He also claimed that Congress should reflect “the nation’s diversity of economic backgrounds.”

Western Journal reports:

Since 2009, when former President Barack Obama was in office, two-thirds of House members have never received a pay raise. As NBC News noted, Congress has voted each year to “reject an annual cost-of-living adjustment that’s due them under a 30-year-old reform measure.”

In a tweet published back in March, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that members of Congress rejecting pay raises is a “superficial gesture” to create a “desperation” for staff to “flee to lobbyist jobs.” In a reply to that tweet, she also said that congressional members are not paid enough because their job requires “2 residences” and their job does not offer “tax deductions for work costs.”

Op-ed editor for the Jerusalem Post, Seth Frantzman, stated that Congressional pay still places those individuals in the “top 2% salary in the US”… even though they have the “additional costs of two residences.”

It’s going to be hard to pass this pay bump since both Republican and Democratic lawmakers seem to agree with Frantzman that they already earn a fair salary and Congress has other issues to focus on.

“A salary increase for us? It’s not very high on my radar and it’d be as popular as the plague,” Representative Doug LaMalfa stated. “It’d show kind of a disconnect with the people.”

Representative Raúl Grijalva shared similar concerns. Grijalva explained that while he would “like a raise,” the increasing Congressional salaries isn’t their main focus.

“The issue at hand is, does the public support a raise? And in the middle of everything else we’re doing, should we utilize political capital on something like that? I would say no,” Grijalva explained.

Representative Derek Kilmer, who happens to be chairman of the select committee, chimed in explaining that Congress had other “low-hanging fruit” to take care of, not pay raises for lawmakers.

“If I’m identifying levers that need to be pulled immediately, it’s more things like trying to have a more transparent process so that the American public knows what we’re doing,” Kilmer stated. “It’s trying to have a smarter approach to deliberation so that there’s actually more problem-solving that happens in this place.”

Kilmer went on to say that two-thirds of committee members must back Hoyer’s pay raise proposal prior to it even being submitted to Congress to review.

Kilmer doesn’t think that “tackling the issue of lawmaker pay” will be a “high priority.”

Representative Bill Pascrell explained that, rather than raising salaries for lawmakers, there should be more focus on helping congressional staff.

“Staff should not be enticed to leave for lobbyist pay, taking their expertise with them,” he said.

Western Journal reports:

The Hill reported that “Rank-and-file members of Congress earn $174,000 annually,” while “The Speaker earns the most at $223,500” and “the majority and minority leaders in both chambers and the Senate president pro tempore earn $193,400.”

The Congressional Research Service estimated that if cost-of-living pay adjustments had been added to Congress members’ pay, their average salary for 2018 would have been around $208,000. The average American household income in 2017, according to the Census Bureau, was $61,372.


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26 Comments
Larry Gaines March 13, 2021
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AOC you and all members of Congress are way OVERPAID
PeteM March 11, 2021
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How about they EARNED their salaries by WORKING for the people instead of against them?
David Passwaiter March 11, 2021
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NO RAISE! Make them punch a time clock, no work, no pay. Really should get the same pay as someone on S.S. and see how they like that!
Mel March 11, 2021
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Why not include their families and friends?
Bob Martin February 16, 2021
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They knew how much the pay was when they ran for the position. Many of those who they're supposed to "represent" are lucky if they can make $ 14,500 a year (what these clowns make in a MONTH)!
Gary February 13, 2021
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So what is the average pay of those who depend on Social Security? These people are only getting monies that they paid into the system after a working lifetime paying the Social Security tax along with the contribution of their employers. Do those people receive a living wage? Congress should not be able to vote on giving themselves a pay raise, Congressional pay raises should be placed on the ballot and let the people decide. Term limits obviously needs to be put on the ballot also.
JACQUELINE FALLUCCO February 13, 2021
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SEND HER BACK TO PUERTO RICO ON HER OWN DIME!
Grace February 13, 2021
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This toxic woman obviously needs help. In the meantime she is foot stomping all over the Democratic party and making fools of both the party and herself. If the squad is the future of the democrat socialist party it is doomed.
SABINE February 13, 2021
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WHY DO DEMOCRATS ALWAYS DEMAND ???SHE DESERVES A RACE OUT THE DOOR, FOR ALL THE HATE SHE IS SPEWING EVERY TIME SHE OPENS HER MOUTH. ALL SHE KNOWS IS HATE, RACIST, AND LIES. MAYBE IF THE SQUAD DID SOMETHING FOR OUR COUNTRY, ACTUALLY WORK FOR A LIVING, BUT NOT TO PREACH HATE AND NONSENSE. THIS WOMEN IS A DISGRACE TO THE COUNTRY, WE HAPPEN TO LOVE AMERICA , THE WAY IT WAS UNDER THE GREAT LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS INTELLIGENT WIFE. NOT SOME MADE UP LOOKING FOOLS, WHO DO NOT KNOW HISTORY OR ANYTHING ELLS.
Don February 13, 2021
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There are 2, two many 00's for what she is worth, if that !
E Rambo February 13, 2021
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$174,000 DOLLARS a year, plus benefits, and perks. I can only wonder if they even look at what they give people on Social Security and as bad as this last year has been with everything going up over 25, to 50% and they give us a mere 1.3 % raise and they will probably give themselves at least a 10%, that works out to 17,400 more per year. I remember years ago when they were arguing about giving themselves a raise they said they to have their wages raised so as to be more in line with the private sector, the thing is when you work in the private sector you have to produce or you get FIRED, the thing about our so-called politicians just sit around trying to think new and better ways to separate all hard-working Americans from their hard-earned money and doing little to help take care of Americans in need, or taking care of of the real needs of our country. I think that these politicians should get a raise based on the same percentage that we on Social Security get and no more, if we get a 1.3% raise that's all they get also. The more they make the higher they get above the people they are supposed to be working for on the social ladder.
Michael Bellinger February 13, 2021
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Why a raise? You in the house have not done your jobs for the people since you got your jobs. Pay back all that money you lying thieves.
Jesse February 13, 2021
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Given that Congress just passed a bill shortening their work year they do not deserve a raise. In FACT with they lack of Work from Congress for the past 4 years they should be made to return their pay for at least 3 of those years.
JIM February 13, 2021
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Whom is she demanding this raise from? Tell her to resign.
Meg February 13, 2021
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Maybe she should go back to her bartending job!!!
LENNIE R FORSMAN February 12, 2021
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Ya they need a pay raise alright for doing nothing but costing the tax payer millions in impeachment. They could of used the money they use on false allegations during trump first year in office. They get all the perks for being their. Better health care lawyers. If their job don't pay enough get out of office and work where you will really have to earn your money. Not for doing nothing. You don't deserve a pay raisse for not doing your job like suppose to.
Loyd February 12, 2021
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This is what you get when people like AOC thinks their entitled to just about everthing. We the tax payers of this country are very tired of the attitudes of a lot of elected officials,one screw up YOUR OUT. Find another honest job.
debra February 12, 2021
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demoncrats SUCK!!!!!!!!
Charles T. Prince Sr. February 12, 2021
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If $174,000 is not enough than Resign And we will put someone who will work in your place. I have to make it on 32,000 a year and al I ever get for a raise is.1.3 % and you think that is fair.
Robert Pemberton February 12, 2021
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The gall of these liberals "quacks" to demand an increase in salary, when this country is in a financial turmoils. Millions are out of work, small businesses are out of work and likely never to return, and the virus is likely to cost trillions before it is over. Of course, the pompous a - - es know they can fall back on the taxpayers to foot the bill for their raises, as well as the 6-8 $trillion they will add in the next four years. This, even though Biden is going to increase taxes. Liberals, you set this up by voting for Biden/Harris, now suffer will the rest of us for your short shortsightedness and closed mind.
Rae February 12, 2021
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Why should she/they get paid more than an average citizen? We all have to live within our means. What's so special about her?
Walt Miller February 12, 2021
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Give me one good reason why the people in Congress should have a pay raise when they do nothing for the people that put them in office.
Marcia February 12, 2021
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Maybe AOC should leave politics and go back to her bartending--I'm sure the men would enjoy her mouth at work.
blarman February 12, 2021
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I have a better idea. Let's have all Congressional salaries and perks - including aides, etc. - paid for by their respective States. There's no good reason that Congress should vote on their own salaries. Let the States oversee the pay of their own people and audit them every year for malfeasance.
Leo216 February 12, 2021
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Can we take up a collection for these poor souls?
Bob February 12, 2021
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If she doesn't like her job she can quit and I'll do it for $174,000.