Ocasio-Cortez Calls on D.C. to Pay Higher Wages for Staffers

US Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio Cortez walks up to participate in drawing a lottery number for her new office on Capitol Hill

In the tweet posted from her official social media account, Ocasio-Cortez claims that the government could have easily paid for the healthcare scheme if Pentagon accounting errors were corrected and the money applied to her agenda.

When the office of Ocasio-Cortez responded to the Washington Post and called their critique semantic in nature, they rejected the excuse.

"It's a very nasty system that keeps rich people in control", Carlos Vera, founder of Pay Our Interns, told Rolling Stone.

Her pledge days after she slammed her future colleagues in both parties for employing unpaid interns and for not paying staffers a "living wage".

New York Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says her interns and staffers will all make a living wage, and she is pushing for her constituents to follow suit.

The percentages were even lower in the House, as only 8 percent of House Republicans opted to pay their interns compared to 3.6 percent of House Democrats. "We will be one of them".

"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.

On Monday, she said that when she went to a "dive spot in D.C. for some late night food," she talked with the staff. I chatted up the staff. "SEVERAL bartenders, managers, & servers now worked in Senate + House offices", she tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez's tweet on Monday came after a reporter said that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, another New York Democrat, is hiring an unpaid intern. It found that in the Senate, 51% of Republicans and 31% of Democrats pay their interns. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that, as of January, the office will offer "eligible interns" a stipend.

"Many members of Congress were born into wealth, or they grew up around it", she told Bon Appetit last month.

In September Congress approved a spending bill that set aside $14million for the lawmakers to pay their interns with $8.8million for the House and $5million for the Senate.

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