Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Who Said ‘Congressional Salaries Should Be Furloughed’ During Shutdown, Not on List of Those Refusing Paycheck

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14), who previously called for a furlough of Congressional salaries in response to the partial shutdown of the federal shutdown, apparently has not followed through and has even ducked a reporter’s question about it.

The New York Post reported on Thursday that Oscasio-Cortez ran away when asked about her salary:

“I’ve gotta run!” Ocasio-Cortez told The Post when asked the question Thursday on Capitol Hill.

She then scampered down a crowded hallway to get in line for her mock swearing-in with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Her response stands in stark contrast with U.S. Rep. Dr. Mark Green (R-TN-07), who on Friday sent a letter U.S. House of Representative’s Chief Administrative Officer, Philip Kiko, requesting his salary be suspended until a deal is reached and the partial government shutdown ends, as The Tennessee Star reported.

On Dec. 22, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted:

On another Twitter post Dec. 22, in response to another tweet, she called herself a “working class member-elect”:

The Star has emailed Ocasio-Cortez’s staff to ask if she will give up her salary for the term of the shutdown. If a response is received, it will be reported.

The Post on Dec. 31 said Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesman failed to respond to numerous emails, texts and calls about the matter.

The Hill reported Saturday on 37 lawmakers in Congress – both Republicans and Democrats – who, like Green, have refused salaries and/or are donating their pay to charities.

Ocasio-Cortez’s name was not on the list compiled by The Hill.

These New York members of Congress are giving up their pay for the shutdown, The Hill said:

U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY-13); U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18); U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D-NY-11), who will donate any pay during the time; U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY-01); and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21).

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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.
Photo “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Photo “Mark Green” by Mark Green. 

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  1. So what do you think folks? We have a yearbook that came out showing this same woman going by the name of Sandy Cortez in a High School, NOT in the Bronx where she said she grew up in cleaning toilet’s to make ends meet, but in an affluent neighborhood where the average home is priced around $400,000. This same woman then says Congress shouldn’t be getting paid as long as furloughed government workers are off work, yet she herself gladly takes her Congressional paycheck. SO, what REALLY are spoken fabrications called? I don’t even have to write it, do I?