Most Congress Members Don’t Pay Their Interns — Ocasio-Cortez is Promising ‘At Least’ $15 an Hour

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Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been an advocate of raising the minimum wage nationwide. Now, she says it’s time for her to “walk the walk” and pay her own congressional interns, a rare move in Congress.

According to the Washington Post, House members of both parties rarely pay interns. And even though Democrats are more vocal about a higher federal minimum wage, they fall behind their Republican colleagues in paying their own interns any amount at all.

Ocasio-Cortez responded to the statistic and promised to pay her interns.

Before the official announcement Tuesday, the congresswoman-elect criticized current congress members who currently don’t pay their interns. “Gotta love the rich irony of Congressmen asking ‘How are you going to pay for it?’ suddenly grow quiet when called out on their expectation that part-time workers magically invent money to work for free,” she tweeted Monday.

Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti told the Washington Post that she would be paying her interns “at least” $15 an hour, a number that matches her and other progressives idea of a living minimum wage, a concept made popular by Sen. Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential run. The minimum wage in Washington D.C. is currently $13.25 an hour but will rise to $15 an hour by 2020.

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William Wheeler

Says the idiot cow that can’t afford to rent in the city she ran to live and work in… Whatever… Good luck with that. Got news for you DC interns are not there for the money, never were… It always about Power and influence. Something socialists like you will never comprehend or have.

Rocky Drummond

A 2017 study showed that 8% House Republicans and 4% House Democrats paid their interns anything at all. The implication from this is that the interns either have financial and/or political influential support from their families and/or the interns have other paying jobs to survive in an expensive city.


She shoots from the hip with no regard to reality. She will get “woke” to it once she gets to DC

Gerald D Cline Jr.

Yeah…?!?!? Well, good for her…IF…if she pays them out of her own pocket and/or budget and does not expect the taxpayers to pick up the bill…!?!?! My question is, where is the money for these wages going to come from…?

Sydney Monduy

I’m interested to hear more about how she will accommodate the interns salary in her budget. Also, in my experience as a former D.C. intern there are multiple scholarship avenues and ways that you can have help paying for living expenses.

Madison Dibble

At least she is practicing what she preaches in this instance. You can’t say that about everyone at the Capitol.


Um…you cant live on $15 an hour





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