Ocasio-Cortez Promises $15-an-hour Intern "Living Wage" (Math & Economics Disagree)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

"We will be one of them".

Ocasio-Cortez's spokesman later said the point "was more about how we care so little about the "how do you pay for it" when we are talking about war and military spending". Those figures dropped dramatically in the House, where only 8 percent of Republicans and 3.6 percent of Democrats compensated their interns.

The eldest son of President Trump posted the meme Thursday night for his 1.5 million Instagram followers - and Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Friday in response that he was just trying to distract attention from special prosecutor Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling. I chatted up the staff.

Ocasio-Cortez's congressional campaign rejected corporate donations, and the representative-elect - who is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress - has frequently criticized the influence of money in politics, the expense of running for office, and the lack of working-class representatives in American politics. "This is a disgrace".

A study out past year, according to the HuffPost says that only 51 per cent of Republican senators offer paid internships and just 31 per cent of Democrats do.

Ocasio-Cortez pulled the information from The Nation, a left-leaning magazine.

"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 added in another tweet.

From 2019, both the Senate and the House will have funds to pay interns.

Congress, until recently, has historically provided unpaid internships in all but a few roles on Capitol Hill. The house appropriated $8 million and the Senate appropriated $5 million for the salaries.

Essentially she says, it only allows those that are rich enough, to come work for free as an intern on Capitol Hill.

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