Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez promises to pay interns $15 an hour

'This is a disgrace': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams her future colleagues in Congress for employing unpaid interns and failing to pay staffers a 'living wage'

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

She is calling the pay plan an effort to "walk the walk", as Fox Business reported on Wednesday morning.

The nonprofit group Pay Our Interns released a in 2017 that found that 51 percent of Senate Republicans paid their interns compared to 31 percent of Senate Democrats.

"A list of who was not paying young staffers included lawmakers like California [Democrat] Sen". Kamala Harris, Virginia Democrat Mark Warner and New York Democrat Chuck Schumer. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that, as of January, the office will offer "eligible interns" a stipend.

"She can not do either because she doesn't understand how the world works", she explained, "how people make money, how money is created, and the creation of money is actually a positive sum effort where more people thrive when more people make money!"

Notable Republicans on the list include Sen. Ted Cruz now do not offer paid internships at the moment. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

She tweeted a link to an article in the Washington Post in which her campaign manager, Saikat Chakrabarti, confirmed that interns in her office would be paid "at least" $15 an hour.

The fresh-faced lawmaker-elect has filled Twitter and Instagram recently with posts that leave her detractors - and even some of her supporters - shaking their heads in disbelief. The representative-elect said this money could have been used to fund two thirds of the $32 trillion cost of Medicare for All-an estimate published by the Urban Institute.

"$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions 'could not be traced, documented, or explained.' $21T in Pentagon accounting errors". That means 66 percent of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon. She wrote a follow-up tweet which read, "To clarify, this is to say that we only demand fiscal details [with health and education], rarely elsewhere". "And that's before our premiums".

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