Some see it as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez trying to ram through her progressive, socialist agenda before she’s even officially at work in Congress.
Others see it as her perpetually complaining.
For many, it’s both. On Monday, the incoming Democratic congresswoman took a jab at her new colleagues, complaining that their young staffers don’t get paid much.
“This week I went to dive spot in DC for some late night food,” she wrote on Twitter. “I chatted up the staff. SEVERAL bartenders, managers, & servers *currently worked in Senate + House offices.* This is a disgrace. Congress of ALL places should raise MRAs so we can pay staff an actual DC living wage.”
MRA stands for Members' Representational Allowances, according to The Hill.
And then she added, “It is unjust for Congress to budget a living wage for ourselves, yet rely on unpaid interns & underpaid overworked staff just bc [because] Republicans want to make a statement about ‘fiscal responsibility.’ If that’s the case, they can cut down on staff to pay them well. Or raise the MRA.”
It was quite a challenge by a freshman representative who recently said she wants Democrats to “take back all three chambers of Congress” or “rather, all three chambers of government: the presidency, the Senate, and the House in 2020.”
Her followers on Twitter were quick to point out a few things about Ocasio-Cortez’ newest demand: