Ocasio-Cortez Dodges Question About Taking Salary During Shutdown: ‘Gotta Run’

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty)
Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Thursday reportedly dodged questions about whether she will forego her Congressional salary during the government shutdown.

“I’ve gotta run!” Ocasio-Cortez reportedly said when asked if she will take her salary.

According to the New York Post, Ocasio-Cortez “then scampered down a crowded hallway to get in line for her mock swearing-in with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”

Last month, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that “Congressional salaries should be furloughed” during government shutdowns.

“Next time we have a gov shutdown, Congressional salaries should be furloughed as well,” she tweeted last month. “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.”

To be fair, the current shutdown started before Ocasio-Cortez got to Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez delayed her move to DC because she said she could not afford an apartment in DC until she received her Congressional salary ($174,000/yr for House Members).


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