Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez commits to paying her interns $15 an hour

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said that she will pay her Congressional interns at least $15 an hour after slamming her future colleagues for offering unpaid internships and failing to pay staff a "living wage".

"Very few members of Congress actually pay their interns. So, we will award Four Pinocchios to Ocasio-Cortez", they wrote. After her election win in November, she disclosed to the New York Times that she was unable to afford an apartment in Washington until she started receiving her own congressional salary, calling the situation one of the "many little ways in which our electoral system isn't even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead".

The self-proclaimed Democratic-Socialist has called on other lawmakers in Congress to pay their staffers more.

A study out previous year, according to the HuffPost says that only 51 per cent of Republican senators offer paid internships and just 31 per cent of Democrats do. It found that in the Senate, 51% of Republicans and 31% of Democrats pay their interns.

Areport in 2017 from non-profit group Pay Our Interns found that in the House, just 8% of Republicans and 3.6% of Democrats pay interns.

The study also concluded that internships in D.C. cost $6,000, on average. Kamala Harris, Virginia Democrat Mark Warner and New York Democrat Chuck Schumer.

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Sen. Mark Warner's office told Fox Business that it offers paid internships, which are available to certain applicants who can show "demonstrated financial need". Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that, as of January, the office will offer "eligible interns" a stipend.

At least Ocasio-Cortez can boast of some level of ideological consistency, however ridiculous the ideology happens to be at the moment.

On Tuesday via Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, confirmed with reporter Jeff Stein that the incoming representative is planning on paying her interns - a major change from the status quo. California Rep. Ro Khanna announced on Twitter Wednesday that he will do the same. "We will be one of them".

Notable Republicans on the list include Sen.

In government offices across the nation's capital - not to mention in plenty of private offices across the country - Ocasio-Cortez will be "considered a generous boss", noted Fox Business. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) as well as Sen. Ted Cruz told Fox Business that he is paying his interns, though the individual would not say "how much or whether all interns are included".

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