Youngest Congresswoman Ever Elected Can't Afford DC Rent


Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (Getty Images)

29-year-old Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress.  But now she's facing a problem many twenty-somethings 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.

In solid Millennial fashion, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to share her all-too-relatable tale:

Currently, apartments in D.C. go for around $2,000 a month.

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."  

Once she begins her term, Ocasio-Cortez will earn a yearly salary of $174,000 as a U.S. Rep. 

Read more over at USA Today.


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