GOP and AOC come together on unpopular legislative change

It’s not often that members of the republican party find themselves siding with freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but when they do, it’s very telling.

Americans have long been distrustful of Congress in general.  This legislative body was created under the idea that these elected officials would act as public servants to their constituents, and that their work would always be in the best interest of the American people.

Today, that is far too often not the case.

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Modern congressional lawmakers are now little more than the ruling class of the nation, lining their pockets with lobbyist money and saying whatever it takes to remain on the bloated government payroll.  This reality has caused the confidence and approval ratings of Congress to plummet in recent years – a fact that many on Capitol Hill are pretending to be oblivious to.

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Worse still, one of the few issues on the docket to receive bipartisan support in recent days has been the idea of giving themselves a raise.

Name a topic, and chances are good that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., are on opposite sides.

But now McCarthy appears to agree with AOC that members of Congress deserve a pay raise. Without a salary increase, McCarthy says, only millionaires will be able to serve.

The top Republican in the House made the comments this week as lawmakers scrapped the bill over the possible backlash from increasing salaries for themselves and their staffs.

“When you talk this subject about COLA, a cost-of-living increase, it does invoke an emotion, kind of an impulsive emotion,” McCarthy told reporters, according to the Washington Examiner.

Members of Congress have a base pay of $174,000 per year, with leaders such as Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi taking home a bit more.

AOC’s comments on the subject have drawn immense criticism among Americans who are too often struggling to get by.

“It’s not even like a raise,” Ocasio-Cortez said. She called opposition to the pay increase “superficial. … This is why there’s so much pressure to turn to lobbying firms and to cash in on member service after people leave, because precisely of this issue.”

One study cited by lawmakers proposes that Congressional legislators should be making around $209,000 per year when the stagnation in salary is adjusted for inflation and cost of living.

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