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

US Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio Cortez walks up to participate in drawing a lottery number for her new office on Capitol Hill

"There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn't even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead", Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "We will be one of them", she said on Tuesday.

"This week I went to dive spot in DC for some late night food".

In a fiery series of tweets, Ocasio-Cortez shamed lawmakers for not doing enough to ensure interns are paid a workable wage across the board.

The House interns fare much worse with only 8 per cent of Republican interns who are paid and an abysmal 3.6 per cent of Democrats interns are. I chatted up the staff.

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Ocasio-Cortez said Congress should raise wages for staffers so they can afford to continue living in Washington, one of the most expensive cities in the country. "This is a disgrace".

Ocasio-Cortez also revealed that she can not afford an apartment in Washington D.C. until her Congressional salary starts, and is relying on savings to get by in the meantime. "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.

But even more importantly, Ocasio-Cortez ignored that the accounting errors were a sum of both assets and liabilities, and not simply an amount that would be saved and could be applied to another program.

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.

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Congress, until recently, has historically provided unpaid internships in all but a few roles on Capitol Hill. "SEVERAL bartenders, managers, & servers *currently worked in Senate + House offices, *" she wrote.

Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged the new fund, noting that it will give $20,000 per member of Congress for their interns.

Cortez critiqued her initial meetings on social media Thursday, writing "Right now Freshman members of Congress are at a "Bipartisan" orientation w/ briefings on issues".

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