Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez promises to pay interns $15 an hour

'This is a disgrace': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams her future colleagues in Congress for employing unpaid interns and failing to pay staffers a 'living wage'

"This week I went to dive spot in DC for some late night food". Those figures dropped dramatically in the House, where only 8 percent of Republicans and 3.6 percent of Democrats compensated their interns. I chatted up the staff.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said that she will pay her Congressional interns at least $15 an hour after slamming her future colleagues for offering unpaid internships and failing to pay staff a "living wage". The 29-year-old elected lawmaker has said she can't afford a DC apartment before her $174,000 congressional salary kicks in in January. "SEVERAL bartenders, managers, & servers now worked in Senate + House offices", she tweeted. And her message may have made an immediate impact, because later on Monday Schumer's office announced the job posting had been made "in error" and his interns will be paid a stipend in the new congress.

Ocasio-Cortez was immediately corrected by various critics on social media, but her greatest rebuke came from the Washington Post fact-checker, which gave her their greatest error rating of "four Pinocchios" for her claim. "This is a disgrace".

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Referring to an article The Nation last week, Ocasio-Cortez said that an alleged $21 trillion worth of improper financial transactions at the Pentagon would be enough to pay for two-thirds of the $32 trillion bill for Medicare for All - with the latter number derived from an analysis of Bernie Sanders' health care plan by Charles Blahous of the libertarian Mercatus Center back in August.

"It is unjust for Congress to budget a living wage for ourselves, yet rely on unpaid interns & underpaid overworked staff just bc Republicans want to make a statement about 'fiscal responsibility'". Most interns go unpaid in the nation's capital; unsurprisingly, more Republicans now offer paid internships than Democrats. The self-described democratic-socialist has taken her advocacy of workers' rights to Washington where she has already begun to take on the way congressional staffers in general, and interns in particular, are paid.

Both the Senate and the House legislation in 2018 to set aside funding to pay interns starting in 2019, with the House appropriating $8 million toward it and the Senate setting aside $5 million.

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