Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claimed on Twitter Tuesday night that she will pay her interns a minimum of $15 an hour.
Time to stroll the walk.
Extremely few members of Congress really pay their interns. We will be among them. https://t.co/BuKCDSai0K
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 5, 2018
” Time to stroll the walk,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Really couple of members of Congress actually pay their interns. We will be among them.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s message followed her chief of personnel told aWashington Postpress reporter on Tuesday that Ocasio-Cortez will pay her interns a minimum of $15 an hour.
After satisfying “a number of” Capitol Hill staff members working as dining establishment waitstaff at a Washington, DC, restaurant, the self-described Democratic Socialist– who is jockeying for a seat on the Home Financial Solutions Committee– sent a tweet Monday stating it “is a disgrace” that congressional staffers do not make a “living wage”:
It is unjust for Congress to budget plan a living wage for ourselves, yet count on unsettled interns & underpaid overworked personnel simply bc Republican politicians desire to make a declaration about “fiscal duty.”
If that holds true, they can cut down on personnel to pay them well. Or raise the MRA.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 3, 2018
” This is a disgrace. Congress of ALL locations ought to raise [Members’ Representational Allowances] so we can pay staff a real DC living wage,” she composed.
” It is unjust for Congress to budget a living wage for ourselves, yet rely on unsettled interns & underpaid overworked personnel simply bc Republicans want to make a statement about ‘financial obligation.'”
Congress, till recently, has actually traditionally provided unsettled internships in all but a few roles on Capitol Hill.
The not-for-profit group Pay Our Interns released a report in 2017 that found that 51 percent of Senate Republicans paid their interns compared to 31 percent of Senate Democrats.
The percentages were even lower in the Home, as only 8 percent of House Republicans decided to pay their interns compared to 3.6 percent of House Democrats.
Although Ocasio-Cortez said she would pay her interns a $15 per hour base pay, most of her Democrat colleagues who supported a $15 minimum wage did not pay their interns in 2017.
Both the Senate and your home passed legislation in 2018 to reserve moneying to pay interns starting in 2019, with the House appropriating $8 million toward it and the Senate setting aside $5 million.