I understand where Ocasio-Cortez is coming from, but don’t like the allocation of responsibility to “Congress.” The issue starts with Trump, who reneged on a bipartisan deal, and ends with Paul Ryan being a dick. Congress did it’s job until these assholes wrecked it. Here are the facts:
The Senate passed a funding bill that had the support of all sides, including the president.
The White House agreed with this approach initially until Trump had a temper-tantrum when he realized he looked like a loser.
Trump bitched out Paul Ryan, who then introduced a wall-funding measure that made it through the House.
The House measure failed in the Senate, with even some Republican Senators frustrated at Trump’s temperamental idiocy.
Remember when folks here were mad that Schumer offered up $1.6 billion of border funding? That was part of the deal. Trump shit on it, then Ryan took away the diaper. The mess is their mess.
I want to add, Ocasio-Cortez is not suggesting anything new here. The catch is the Consitution bars Congressional pay adjustments during a current term per the 27th Amendment, actually an anti-corruption provision.