Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for a different scenario for the next potential government shutdown: furlough congressional salaries.
The self-described Democratic socialist reacted to the partial government shutdown in the wake of disagreements over border wall funding in an angry tweet on Saturday.
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. https://t.co/BgueNNjf0f
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 22, 2018
“It’s completely unacceptable that members of Congress can force a government shutdown on partisan lines & then have Congressional salaries exempt from that decision,” she lashed out on Twitter. “Have some integrity.”
Essential federal services pertaining to national security and health continue to operate during a government shutdown and any furloughed employees who don’t get paid generally receive back pay once the shutdown is over, though this is not guaranteed, according to Fox Business.
But Congressional lawmakers are not subject to furlough and President Donald Trump cannot be denied a salary at any time he is in office.
Ocasio-Cortez sparked a heated debate on social media as some Twitter users surprised themselves by actually agreeing with the freshman lawmaker.
I actually agree with you on this:
Congress should NOT receive a penny if they’re unable to do their jobs.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) December 22, 2018
Not a fan of Ocasio-Cortez, but I definitely agree with her on this point.
— Brett Honeycutt (@Brett_Honeycutt) December 22, 2018
Wow! That actually made sense.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
— Gordon (@StopTheLibCoup) December 22, 2018
Something we agree on! ?
— Tiffany Parks (@TifParks) December 22, 2018
Found something I can agree on with AOC. Shocking, but its a start.
— MPK (@mikepkenny) December 22, 2018
Others debated the wisdom of having Congress held accountable in this way.
Congress would function a whole lot better if more of its members were directly impacted by the decisions that they make.
— Simon Hedlin (@simonhedlin) December 22, 2018
I think it would. The independently wealthy ones could shut it down on a whim, while ones relying on their paychecks would have to go along with the rich ones or be broke.
— Reese Adams (@Diafymogram) December 22, 2018
Mark meadows did this yesterday, refused his salary going forward during any shutdowns. More should follow his lead.
— J M (@GameEnders_) December 22, 2018
Congressional salaries should be the first thing to go. Y’all don’t get to be paid if you can’t do your job and come to an agreement for this country.
— ?Carla Mercedes-Benzbrown? (@2theLeff) December 22, 2018
I hear what you’re saying, but that’s a bad idea. The last thing I want is congress making decisions that are tied to their personal finances.
— Samantha Church (@SamanthaBanjo) December 22, 2018
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