In an unusual occurrence of bipartisan agreement, both the Democratic and Republican administrations think that members of Congress should get a raise.
However, Democratic leaders were forced to withdraw the pay hike after a host of swing-district Democrats resisted against said proposal.
"Nobody wants to vote to give themselves a raise. There's nothing good about that," Rep. Katie Hill, a California Democrat who defeated an incumbent Republican in 2018, stated during a Monday caucus assemblage.
A Democratic strategist said that the plan to raise pay is "political suicide," especially for vulnerable House Democrats.
However, congressional lawmakers haven't gotten a pay raise over the last decade, and according to records, their salaries are 15% lower than they were back in 2009 after adjusting for inflation.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her case for a congressional salary hike, tweeting: "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."
The New York progressive, who has been vocal about raising the minimum wage, stated that rejecting lawmakers a raise incentivizes "self-dealing." She pointed to the GOP's massive 2017 tax cuts as an example of "legislative looting" created to benefit members of Congress and the wealthy.
In another tweet, Ocasio-Cortez further argued, "raising staffer pay helps get money out of politics" and that increasing the salaries of members of Congress could have identical effects.
"Members are paid more than average — but the job requires 2 residences + we can't take tax deductions for work costs. No one wants to be the one to bring up increases, so instead, people take advantage of insider trading loopholes & don't close them for the extra cash," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.