- Jul 2, 2005
A former top staffer in AOC's office said he left his position earlier this year mostly because he 'couldn't afford the job,' as the congresswoman fights for bigger budgets for staff paychecks
Dan Riffle was responding to a letter from lawmakers led by Ocasio-Cortez calling for a budget increase for House offices to pay staffers more.
they really need to up the pay when a senior staffer left the job because he got better pay in local government.Junior-level staffers can start out in the low $20,000s to $30,000s in a city where the average one-bedroom apartment costs more than $2,000 a month. Some have resorted to working second jobs.