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

Grant Boone
December 7, 2018

While the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said its recent posting for unpaid internships was "made in error" and announced paid positions will be announced in January, fellow NY lawmaker in the House, Rep. -elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, declared Tuesday night that it's time for Democrats to "walk the walk" on paying Capitol Hill interns a living wage and said that her office will pay $15 per hour "at least" for those who come to work for her.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has promised to pay her Congressional interns at least $15 an hour. She said many of them told her that they were congressional staffers working second jobs, prompting her to call the pay rates for people working in Senate and House offices a "disgrace".

The study found that 51 percent of Senate Republicans offer paid internships compared with 31 percent of Democrats. Those figures dropped dramatically in the House, where only 8 percent of Republicans and 3.6 percent of Democrats compensated their interns.

On Monday, Pay Our Interns tweeted a screenshot of an ad for an unpaid press intern to work for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

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"Sen. Mark Warner's office told FOX Business it is offering paid internships, which are available to certain applicants with "demonstrated financial need", reports the outlet". A spokesperson for Sen. 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". The same can be said for Vermont Sen.

According to the Washington Post, House members of both parties rarely pay interns. California Rep. Ro Khanna announced on Twitter Wednesday that he will do the same. "We will be one of them".

"A list of who was not paying young staffers included lawmakers like California [Democrat] Sen". Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) as well as Sen. Ted Cruz now do not offer paid internships at the moment.

The Post said the $21 trillion did not include assets and liabilities. "Spokespersons for Sens. Harris and Rubio did not return FOX Business' request for comment".

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