"The Rent Is Just Too Dang High" For One Newly Elected Lawmaker


One can't wait to get in. Another lawmaker, a local rep, is out.

29-year-old Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress.  But now she's facing a problem many twentysomethings go through - struggling to pay the rent.

Ocasio-Cortez says she can't afford to pay for a Washington D.C. apartment until she starts earning her congressional salary, which won't kick in until she takes office next year.

The Bronx congresswoman says she managed to save some money from her old bartending job and is "hoping that gets me to January".  She called her plight one of "many little ways" the electoral system isn't designed for "working-class people".

Ocasio-Cortez will earn a yearly salary of $174,000 as a U.S. Rep.  D.C. apartments average around $2,000 a month.

What do you think Ocasio-Cortez's political future is?  Is she right that Washington D.C. is built for wealthy elites instead of working-class folks?

In Houston, Sylvia Garcia is resigning from the Texas Senate.  The Congresswoman-elect announced her departure today.  She's set to become one of the first Latinas to represent Texas in Congress after her election on Tuesday.  

State Representatives Carol Alvarado and Ana Hernandez are already running to replace Garcia.  A special election could happen next month or January.


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