According to far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), her nearly $200,000 congressional salary just isn’t enough.
The Washington Examiner reports that Ocasio-Cortez recently took to social media to speak out about the “insane” cost of being a member of Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez filed her complaint on Instagram.
To sum it up, it is that she doesn’t make enough money, as a congresswoman, to afford the two residences that she is forced to have as a member of Congress – one in D.C. and one in her home state of New York.
It’s insanely expensive, there is no stipend or per diem for it, and you’re not allowed to write it off even though your job forces you to have it. This creates real class dynamics in the House. Many sleep in their offices, but if you are caught, it could get bad for many reasons, including violations.
The congresswoman went on to argue that the problem is worse for those, like herself, who rent. She said that this can distract members of Congress who rent from legislating and campaigning.
I rent in both cities. It’s so so much. We have to find a new apartment in NYC soon and I’m STRESSED. Rent is wild and the idea of [apartment] searching and moving while legislating and campaigning is yikes.
A reality check
Members of Congress, including Ocasio-Cortez, are provided with an annual salary of $174,000.
So, it is unlikely that Ocasio-Cortez is going to get much sympathy here from most Americans, who do not make that kind of money.
The ironic thing about all of this is that it comes as Ocasio-Cortez just gave an interview in which she expressed “concern” that she might be perceived as out of touch with her constituents.
“It’s always a concern that that’s a perception,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I’ve never had any control over the fact that that kind of phenomenon started the moment I was elected. If anything, that’s why it’s really important for me to continue to be here in the community.”
Apparently, it just doesn’t occur to the congresswoman that it is because of stuff like this – complaining about a nearly $200,000 salary – that such a perception exists.