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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can’t afford DC rent her until salary starts

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Alexandria
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  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was
    the youngest woman to be elected to Congress.
  • Despite winning New York’s 14th
    congressional district, the 29-year-old revealed that she can’t
    afford to rent an apartment in Washington, DC right
    now.
  • Ocasio-Cortez plans to wait
    until her congressional salary lands in her account before
    moving to DC.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made
history when she became the youngest woman to be elected to
Congress in the 2018 midterm elections.

After winning New York’s 14th
congressional district, the 29-year-old Democrat faces a common
problem for many millennials: She can’t afford to rent an
apartment in DC.

Ocasio-Cortez told the

New York
Times


, “I have three
months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how
do I get an apartment?”

According to

Congressional
rules


, compensation
for members of Congress starts in January, and a representative
typically earns $174,000 per year.



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On


Twitter


, Ocasio-Cortez
shared more thoughts about her housing problem. “There are many
little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed
(nor prepared) for working-class people to lead. This is one of
them (don’t worry btw — we’re working it out!).”

Ocasio-Cortez shared that she
tried to save money from her job as a bartender at a Union Square
restaurant, but it’s difficult to find affordable housing in
DC.

According to a study from

SmartAsset

, the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom
apartment in DC is $2,500, and you need to make at least $108,300
per year to afford it.

On Twitter Ocasio-Cortez,
reassured her followers that she has “


been
preparing and will be fine


.”

“There is no reason to be ashamed
or embarrassed,” she tweeted. “Mocking
lower incomes is exactly how those who benefit from + promote
wealth inequality the most keep everyday people silent about 1 of
the worst threats to American society: that the rich are getting
richer and the poor, poorer.”

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