This is because Congress doesn’t pay enough to retain working class talent.

Conservatives use cutting Congress’ budget to score points, but this cuts staff wages so low that many can’t afford to work here or need a 2nd job.

Policy improves & the nation benefits when we invest.
There are of course many other structural factors (including Congress itself), but low pay shuts the door for so many talented people right out of the gate that they can’t accept the opportunity.

Some wages are so low they essentially require generational wealth to subsidize.
(For the record, I pay all my interns $15/hr & my lowest paid staff is in the mid-$50s, but that comes w/choosing to have a smaller team. Many will not/cannot make that choice given the demands, but the scarcity is unnecessary- Congress shld choose to expand the MRA & pay staff)

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More from @AOC

17 Feb
Today is a great day to call your representative and ask what their stance on student loan forgiveness is! ☺️

And if you know & appreciate your rep’s stance on this or other issues, it’s helpful to call and thank them.

You can find your rep’s info here:…
The reason it’s helpful to call YOUR rep even when they are doing the right thing is because reps are under a TON of pressure all the time. Sometimes it’s political pressure to change a stance, but sometimes it’s also time pressure vs other leg and you have to choose priorities.
If you feel your rep is doing the right thing, calling to thank them shows their district notices & appreciates their stance.

Knowing constituents are watching & care creates positive pressure to stay strong. When you don’t think your constituents care much, it’s easier to cave.
Read 7 tweets
5 Feb
The reason some GOP are trying to sow false doubt about accounts of the Capitol attack is bc they know how powerful the testimony really is.

Each story reveals more details + the need for accountability.

You can see mine here:

& others on CSPAN below ⬇️
They don’t want you to hear stories like @RepDeanPhillips, who yesterday spoke to his gut instinct to blend the floor w/GOP lawmakers bc he knew the mob was coming for Dems, & affirmed the stark reality that his colleagues of color didn’t have that luxury:
Or @RashidaTlaib’s story of what her threats have looked like and how they’ve escalated from the moment she got to Washington, and how she feels responsible for the safety of her staff:
Read 4 tweets
4 Feb
Wild that @NancyMace is discrediting herself less than 1 mo in office w/ such dishonest attacks. She *went on record* saying she barricaded in fear.

@NancyMace who else’s experiences will you minimize?Capitol Police in Longworth? Custodial workers who cleaned up shards of glass?
All I can think of w/ folks like her dishonestly claiming that survivors are exaggerating are the stories of veterans and survivors in my community who deny themselves care they need & deserve bc they internalize voices like hers saying what they went through “wasn’t bad enough”
This is where the true damage of what @NancyMace is doing comes in.

How many survivors are watching her? Who now, seeing her, won’t get care or will feel further shame or silence? Who won’t speak up bc they know there are voices in leadership ready to minimize their experiences?
Read 4 tweets
3 Feb
You may not know that you know a survivor, but it’s highly likely that you do.

Survivors of trauma are close to you. They are people you love & you may not know.

Many decide whether their story is safe with someone by how they respond to other survivors.

Don’t push them away.
I really wrestled w telling my story, & had decided about a week ago that it probably wasn’t worth it.

Then I had dinner with Sen. @Biaggi4NY. I told her everything because I knew she was a survivor. She helped me see the importance of sharing my story of the Capitol and trauma.
To be honest, every step of the way there were affirmers - @RepKatiePorter offering safety, @AyannaPressley pressing the pause button to acknowledge trauma, the courage of @Biaggi4NY, @yuhline, @CatalinaCruzNY & many others to tell their stories publicly helped me share mine.
Read 4 tweets
22 Jan
After our BX+Queens district became the most COVID-hit in the country, I spent much of last year working on an issue that was devastating our families: funeral costs.

We finally got it done.

People will soon be able to get COVID funeral costs reimbursed.…
This effort began with Elmhurst community leaders flagging early the disparate impact of COVID cases compounded w/ the devastating economic impact of funeral expenses.

We got to work right away, and partnered w/ @SenSchumer to prioritize it in relief.…
After many months of work, in the tumult of the late Dec COVID package we were finally able to work in FEMA funeral reimbursement for everyone in the country who lost a loved one due to COVID.

Current status: $2 billion has been approved, and FEMA is now setting up the program.
Read 5 tweets
6 Jan
Thank an organizer.
Thank you 🙏🏽@NewGAProject
Thank you 🙏🏽 @fairfightaction
Thank you 🙏🏽@ConMijente
Thank you 🙏🏽@GALEOorg
Thank you 🙏🏽@AsianAAF
Thank you 🙏🏽@songpowerc4

Thank you to ALL the people and grassroots organizations doing the thankless, often-overlooked, mission-critical work of change.
Thank you 🙏🏽 @BlackVotersMtr
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