AOC’s doubling down on congressional pay raises sounds an awful lot like a threat

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continued her argument in favor of increasing congressional pay in a series of eyebrow-raising tweets.

The freshman New York Democrat doubled down on her support for pay raises for Congress, leaving many to feel like her remarks exposed her socialist agenda and amounted to a form of “extortion.”

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Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter to a comment on the decision by House Democrats to suspend their efforts to secure a pay increase for the first time in nearly a decade.

The 29-year-old lawmaker who has been in office all of six months, collecting a $174,000 taxpayer-funded salary, told Fox News Monday that the proposed $4,500 pay increase was “not even like a raise.”

Not getting those pay hikes, Ocasio-Cortez argued on Twitter Tuesday morning, will encourage the ongoing existence of “dark money loopholes.”

She added that the system then rewards “those who rely on money loopholes and other forms of self-dealing” when they are not given pay raises.

The self-proclaimed Democratic socialist drove her point home, apparently believing her argument was a good one in favor of pay raises.

“Voting against cost of living increases is 1 reason why dark $ loopholes stay open,” she tweeted.

One of many Twitter users who pushed back, suggesting Congress get some work done before voting to give themselves a pay raise, prompted Ocasio-Cortez to tout the benefits of “democratically socialist businesses” and methods.

But advocating for a pay hike, while warning that voting against the increase will mean “dark money” wins, was not only a questionable stance, it was one that didn’t win many over to Ocasio-Cortez.

Fed-up Americans trying to pay their bills with regular paychecks called out the congresswoman with scathing reminders about counting her blessings – and doing her job.


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