Democratic Socialist New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has resurrected a decades-old argument over Congressional housing. Immediately upon arriving on The Hill, she started whining about not being able to afford an apartment in DC. She stated she was “squirreling away” money until she starts receiving her congressional salary of $174,000 in January.
Proposals for a dormitory for Congressional members was put forth. It’s ironic Skyping is not brought up for these politicians. It would save time, costs and hassle to have them primarily Skype in for their work unless they are physically needed in DC. Of course, liberals are claiming the cost is squeezing middle-class people out of office, but Ocasio-Cortez comes from a fairly well-to-do family. The Daily Caller has more on this political problem:
The difficulties some members of Congress have affording housing are again front and center because of Nov. 8 comments from Democratic New York Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about making rent.
Her comments about “squirreling away” money until she starts receiving her congressional salary of $174,000 in January re-ignited debate on the issue that has included proposals to allocate living expenses for members of Congress or even build a dormitory for them.
“I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress, so how do I get an apartment?” Ocasio-Cortez said to The New York Times earlier in November. “Those little things are very real. … I’ve really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s comments received mixed reactions amid reports that she had more in savings than her average fellow millennial, reported MarketWatch. But the young incoming congresswoman brought up the quandaries that members of Congress, especially those who have families to support, can find themselves in.
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