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READ: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Tweets: ‘Lobbyists Pay the Homeless + Others to Hold Their Place So They Can Get in 1st’

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Democratic of the 14th congressional district of the House Of Representatives addresses the crowd with a passionate speech to kick off the 3rd Annual Woman's March in the borough of Manhattan in NY on January 19, 2019, USA. Demonstrators holding signs behind her that say "End Proverty", "Immigration Rights" and "Green New Deal". The rally took place 2 years after the inauguration of President Donald Trump thousands gather to protest equal rights at the 2019 Women's March. (Photo by Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images)

Since the beginning of her career in the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been widely praised for using social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter to give a deeper look into the inner-workings of Congress.

While many of the posts have been purely informational, like those documenting office assignments and new member orientation, a recent post from Ocasio-Cortez called attention to a much more harrowing practice.

The Congresswoman discovered that lobbyists frequently pay the homeless and low-income Americans to hold their place in line at Senate and Congressional hearings, which only hear from 10 members of the public during that time.

People were disturbed at lobbyists using their deep pockets and the needs of low-income Americans to influence policies that affect all of us.

Many, however, were grateful for Ocasio-Cortez.

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