AOC Wants a Raise From Taxpayers

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AOC Wants a Raise From Taxpayers
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AOC Wants a Raise From Taxpayers
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Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants an increase to her $174,000 annual congressional salary. The self described “democratic socialist” is also encouraging other members of congress to give themselves a raise. Although congress is authorized to receive a 2.6% raise each year, they have declined the extra money every year since 2010.

Considering Congress has such a low approval rating among Americans, members of the House and Senate have historically avoided the raises as unseemly. However, Politico is reporting that House Democrats are attempting to push forward with the raises this year.

While appearing on Fox News earlier this week, Republican Senator James Lankford condemned other members of Congress for requesting more money from the taxpayers. He questioned why they believe they deserved a raise.

“Quite frankly, I don’t see anything coming out of the house right now where I look at and say, ‘that’s so successful the American people would want to give them a merit bonus…’ So, no, I would not agree. Let’s get back to actually being productive again,” Lankford told Fox’s Stuart Varney.

Lankford concluded the interview by telling Varney, “Productivity deserves an increase, not inactivity.” Varney, laughing, seemed quite amused by the common sense response to his question.

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has struggled to justify her position, essentially arguing that members of congress will be less likely to engage in illegal and immoral behavior if they receive a raise. Her comments were met with quite a bit of criticism, especially considering recent allegations that her campaign has already paid thousands of dollars to her boyfriend.

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