Oca­sio-Cortez to pay in­terns $15 per hour

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Gabriella Muñoz

Rep.-elect Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez vowed to pay her in­terns at least $15 an hour after call­ing for Congress to in­crease wages for their staffers.

“Time to walk the walk. Very few mem­bers of Congress ac­tu­ally pay their in­terns. We will be one of them,” she wrote.

On Mon­day, Ms. Oca­sio-Cortez had taken to Twit­ter to share a story about meet­ing sev­eral “dive bar” em­ploy­ees that were also cur­rently work­ing for mem­bers of Congress.

“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.

The in­com­ing pro­gres­sive politi­cian also called on Repub­li­cans to ei­ther cut their staffs or raise mem­bers’ al­lowances so wages could in­crease.

Rep. Ro Khanna, the in­com­ing Pro­gres­sive Cau­cus vice-chair, an­nounced Wed­nes­day that he will also pay his in­terns $15 an hour.

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