Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez commits to paying her interns $15 an hour

December 5, 2018

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez vowed to pay her interns at least $15 an hour Tuesday night, after calling for Congress to increase wages for their staffers.

Time to walk the walk.Very few members of Congress actually pay their interns. We will be one of them. https://t.co/BuKCDSai0K Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 5, 2018

On Monday, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to share a story about meeting several “dive bar” employees that were also currently working for members of Congress.

“It is unjust for Congress to budget a living wage for ourselves, yet rely on unpaid interns and underpaid overworked staff just [because] Republicans want to make a statement about ‘fiscal responsibility,’ ” she posted.

The incoming progressive icon also called on Republicans to either cut their staffs or raise members’ allowances so wages could increase.

A 2017 report from advocacy group Pay Our Interns found that in the Senate, just more than half of Republicans paid interns, while only 32 percent of Democrats did. Those figures dropped dramatically in the House, where only 8 percent of Republicans and 3.6 percent of Democrats compensated their interns.

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