Ocasio-Cortez Claim About Pentagon Wrong — WashPost

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Even though Ocasio-Cortez said she would pay her interns a $15 per hour minimum wage, the majority of her Democrat colleagues who supported a $15 minimum wage did not their interns in 2017.

Referring to an article The Nation last week, Ocasio-Cortez said that an alleged $21 trillion worth of improper financial transactions at the Pentagon would be enough to pay for two-thirds of the $32 trillion bill for Medicare for All - with the latter number derived from an analysis of Bernie Sanders' health care plan by Charles Blahous of the libertarian Mercatus Center back in August.

Ocasio-Cortez says she is paying her interns at least $15-an-hour in response to a viral tweet about lawmakers seeking unpaid interns.

Ocasio-Cortez also shared that she went to a local dive bar in D.C. and found underpaid staffers from the Hill working second jobs just to work their day jobs in Congressional offices.

Earlier this week, she called on Congress to give members more money so their staffers earn a "living wage".

House interns fare worse: Only 8 percent of those who work for Republicans and 3.6 percent who work for Democrats get paid.

"Very few members of Congress actually pay their interns".

"Time to walk the walk", the Democratic Congresswoman-elect tweeted on Tuesday. As a Latino, Vera said, "I saw an extreme lack of diversity, both in interns and staff in Congress".

"It is unjust for Congress to budget a living wage for ourselves, yet rely on unpaid interns & underpaid overworked staff just bc Republicans want to make a statement about 'fiscal responsibility'". "SEVERAL bartenders, managers, & servers *currently worked in Senate + House offices, *" she wrote.

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.

In a follow-up tweet, the newly-elected Democratic Socialist from NY argued that it was unfair for Congress to "rely on unpaid interns & underpaid overworked staff". "Schumer told FOX Business that, as of January, the office will offer 'eligible interns" a stipend".

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