A freshman member of Congress broke with several members of her own party after House Democrats tabled a discussion Monday night about a raise for its members.
According to Fox News, swing-state Democrats were concerned with the optics of giving themselves a $4,500 annual pay increase without support from their Republican colleagues. Members of the U.S. House make $174,000 – nearly three times as much as the median American household – yearly.
But Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) held steadfastly in her position that she – a millennial former bartender – and colleagues need a raise.
“It’s not even like a raise,” Ocasio-Cortez told Fox, arguing that $4,500 is simply an adjustment for a higher cost of living.
“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,” she said.
She echoed the same sentiment on her Twitter account.
“Yep. Voting against cost of living increases for members of Congress may sound nice, but doing so only increases pressure on them to keep dark money loopholes open. This makes campaign finance reform *harder.* ALL workers deserve cost of living increases, incl [sic] min wage workers,” she said.
Yep. Voting against cost of living increases for members of Congress may sound nice, but doing so only increases pressure on them to keep dark money loopholes open.
This makes campaign finance reform *harder.*
ALL workers deserve cost of living increases, incl min wage workers. https://t.co/fCdgHKx4G1
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 11, 2019
AOC’s argument is that campaign finance laws are broken, and give an inordinate amount of influence to big money lobbyists – a point on which she will not receive an argument, even from most on the political right. In most countries, donating to a political campaign for political influence is called bribery, and in many cases, it is illegal. Here, we simply call it lobbying.
But she’s a lawmaker. Her role is to fix broken laws for the betterment of her constituents. Instead, she’s strong-arming the American taxpayer into raising her salary as a prerequisite to doing her job.
How quickly our politicians learn to abuse their power.
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Democrat Congressmen Introduce Term Limits Legislation for SCOTUS Justices As Trump Prepares Nominee
Three Democrat members of Congress are introducing legislation to institute term limits for Supreme Court justices, as President Trump prepares to nominate his third candidate for the court following the death of progressive liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Democrats Joe Kennedy, Ro Khanna, and Don Beyer are proposing legislation that would limit SCOTUS justice to a maximum term of eighteen years on the court.
Lifetime appointments to the highest court in our land undermine our democratic process and erode progress in our nation.
We must enact 18 year term limits on our Supreme Court justices to continue our march towards a more perfect union. https://t.co/9fCyggP686
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) September 25, 2020
Khanna has proposed an idea that would allow Presidents to appoint two judges in each term. “Senior” members of the court would be required to basically retired for every new member of the court.
When I first ran for Congress in 2014, I proposed limiting terms of Supreme Court Justice to 18-appointments.
Given the recent, dramatic politicization of the Court, it's time for real reform.
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) September 25, 2020
It’s pretty funny the Democrats are uniting behind these proposals the moment they appear primed to lose control of the Supreme Court for a generation. They weren’t complaining when Obama was trying to replace Antonin Scalia with progressive Merrick Garland, even going so far as claiming that the stealth liberal was entitled to the seat. Reports emerging Friday suggest that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a mostly conservative judge with a pro-life and immigration hawk judicial record.
The judicial branch of government is arguably the most flawed element of American governance, and it’s highly questionable how institutions such as the Supreme Court are able to appoint themselves a nearly unlimited amount of political power.
A better reform proposals would be to institute term limits for justices that only go into effect after the current members of the court vacate their seats. Anything else is simply a political power grab.
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