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Ocasio-Cortez Says ‘I’ve Gotta Run’ When Asked About Donating Paycheck During Shutdown

Ocasio-Cortez Says ‘I’ve Gotta Run’ When Asked About Donating Paycheck During Shutdown

The phrase “Do as I say, not as I do” is a classic line often used to describe Democrats, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., just proved how true of a statement that truly is.

Ocasio-Cortez was asked on Thursday if she will honor her own advice to lawmakers to “have some integrity” and give up their salary while the federal government is shutdown.

When asked by New York Post reporter about donating her salary, Ocasio-Cortez said, “I’ve gotta run.”

Ocasio-Cortez completely dodging the question came after she urged members of Congress on Dec. 22 to have “integrity” and give up their salaries during the government shutdown like some federal workers.

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“Next time we have a gov shutdown, Congressional salaries should be furloughed as well. It’s completely unacceptable that members of Congress can force a government shutdown on partisan lines & then have Congressional salaries exempt from that decision. Have some integrity,” she wrote.

Ocasio-Cortez completely dodging the question came after she urged members of Congress on Dec. 22 to have “integrity” and give up their salaries during the government shutdown like some federal workers.

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“Next time we have a gov shutdown, Congressional salaries should be furloughed as well. It’s completely unacceptable that members of Congress can force a government shutdown on partisan lines & then have Congressional salaries exempt from that decision. Have some integrity,” she wrote.

She later clarified her position in another tweet.

“(Spoiler alert: most members of Congress are already wealthy!) Speaking as a working class member-elect, I think it’s only fair. It would also cause members who actually depend on their salary to think twice about leadership and take a shutdown vote more seriously,” she wrote.

 

Two weeks ago, she endorsed the idea of lawmakers — which includes herself — giving away their salaries during a shutdown.

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Now that she’s a member of Congress who will be paid $174,000 a year, Ocasio-Cortez literally ran away from a question about her own idea.

Ocasio-Cortez had quite a tough time on Thursday, which was her first day in Congress.

While speaking for the first time in Congress, she was instantly booed by her colleagues.

During the process of transitioning power on Thursday in the lower chamber, all 435 members voted on Rep. Nancy Pelosi being nominated for Speaker of the House.

When going around the room, each lawmaker would simply say the first and last name of the official they were nominating.

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When the roll caller got to Ocasio-Cortez, she stood up, and nervously said “Nancy Pelosi” before quickly sitting back down in her seat.

Her colleagues in the room immediately booed her.

 

There’s absolutely no evidence at all that Republicans booed her.

It very well could have been Democrats, which would be understandable given Ocasio-Cortez flirted with the idea of not supporting Pelosi’s bid for speakership for several months.

But the second she got in Congress, Ocasio-Cortez voted for Pelosi, who was eventually nominated to become the House Speaker.

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