New York's newly elected Democratic socialist laments high prices, says she can't earn cash until January, when she's sworn in
She’ll be earning approximately $174,000 as a member of Congress come January — but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is 29, had a few compelling comments recently about her financial state of affairs.
Then she pushed back on others who chastised her for perhaps not planning ahead as well as she might have done.
“For a young, working-class congressional rookie like New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, getting an apartment in Washington, D.C., while technically jobless presents challenges,” is how Esquire put in, in part, in a piece about the issue.
The outlet added, “She told The New York Times that the period until she’s sworn in will be ‘very unusual, because I can’t really take a salary.'”
She also commented, “I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real.”
“She said she saved money before leaving her job at the restaurant [where she worked], and planned accordingly with her partner,” The Times also reported.
“‘We’re kind of just dealing with the logistics of it day by day, but I’ve really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January.'”