Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

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

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

"Very few members of Congress actually pay their interns".

"She cited the $21 trillion figure and said '66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon, '" they noted.

A 2017 report found that just 8% of Republicans and 3.6% of Democrats in the House pay their interns.

With a little over a month away until she takes office, the newly-elected New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has announced she will be paying her interns $15 per hour in an effort to "walk the walk".

"Time to walk the walk", the Democratic Congresswoman-elect tweeted on Tuesday.

Soon, Democrats may have one of those send-them-to-Gimbels/send-them-to-Macy's moment on their hands just in time for Christmas.

According to the Washington Post, House members of both parties rarely pay interns.

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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.

She also tweeted on Monday that she has seen congressional employees waiting tables on the side.

"This week I went to dive spot in DC for some late night food. SEVERAL bartenders, managers, & servers now worked in Senate + House offices", she tweeted. "This is a disgrace".

In a fiery series of tweets, Ocasio-Cortez shamed lawmakers for not doing enough to ensure interns are paid a workable wage across the board.

"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, '" she tweeted Monday. Most interns go unpaid in the nation's capital; unsurprisingly, more Republicans now offer paid internships than Democrats. Schumer's office told Rolling Stone that the ad "was made in error" and that beginning in January, they will offer "a stipend to eligible interns".

In September Congress approved a spending bill that set aside $14million for the lawmakers to pay their interns with $8.8million for the House and $5million for the Senate.

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