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

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to share a story about meeting several "dive bar" employees that were also now working for members of Congress. "Gotta love the rich irony of Congressmen asking 'How are you going to pay for it?' suddenly grow quiet when called out on their expectation that part-time workers magically invent money to work for free", she tweeted Monday.

The 29-year-old blamed the low wages on Republicans who want to make "a statement about "fiscal responsibility" " - although a 2017 study found Democrats use more unpaid interns than GOPers, according to USA Today.

House interns fare worse: Only 8 percent of those who work for Republicans and 3.6 percent who work for Democrats get paid.

Socialist Democrat Rep. -elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) is being ridiculed over a tweet where she attempts to show how easily it would be to pay for Medicare for All. "Very few members of Congress actually pay their interns, We will be on of them".

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Many government internships are unpaid, although many private companies have firm policies in place to pay their interns on an hourly basis, no matter what the specific jobs of those young people may be.

The study also concluded that internships in D.C. cost $6,000, on average. She later responded to critics arguing that when businesses do not pay the minimum wage, they "wish that they can pay human labor less than they require to live". Kamala Harris, Virginia Democrat Mark Warner and New York Democrat Chuck Schumer. 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".

On the flip side, the list also indicated that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) as well as Sen.

She tweeted a link to an article in the Washington Post in which her campaign manager, Saikat Chakrabarti, confirmed that interns in her office would be paid "at least" $15 an hour. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). However, a spokesperson for Ted Cruz disputed that with Fox Business. Ted Cruz told Fox Business that he is paying his interns, though the individual would not say "how much or whether all interns are included".

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