Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Ocasio-Cortez Promises $15-an-hour Intern "Living Wage" (Math & Economics Disagree)

039;Socialists eat dogs' vs. 'subpoena power': Ocasio Cortez & Trump Jr. dish it out on Twitter Reuters Joshua Roberts
Celia Hoffman | 06 December, 2018, 19:10

Before the official announcement Tuesday, the congresswoman-elect criticized current congress members who now don't pay their interns.

Congressional representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called on her fellow lawmakers to follow her lead and increase the wages of their staff in Washington, D.C.

"Time to walk the walk", the newly-minted congresswoman said on Twitter.

Soon, Democrats may have one of those send-them-to-Gimbels/send-them-to-Macy's moment on their hands just in time for Christmas.

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.

Ocasio-Cortez's spokesman later said the point "was more about how we care so little about the "how do you pay for it" when we are talking about war and military spending".

She also tweeted on Monday that she has seen congressional employees waiting tables on the side. I chatted up the staff.

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"SEVERAL bartenders, managers, & servers *currently worked in Senate + House offices.* This is a disgrace", she tweeted.

"It is unjust for Congress to budget a living wage for ourselves, yet rely on unpaid interns and underpaid overworked staff just [because] Republicans want to make a statement about 'fiscal responsibility, ' " she posted. Most interns go unpaid in the nation's capital; unsurprisingly, more Republicans now offer paid internships than Democrats. "Kamala Harris, Virginia Democrat Mark Warner, and New York Democrat Chuck Schumer - all of whom have voiced support for raising the federal minimum wage", the outlet reported.

Many government internships are unpaid, although many private companies have firm policies in place to pay their interns on an hourly basis, no matter what the specific jobs of those young people may be.

Both the Senate and the House legislation in 2018 to set aside funding to pay interns starting in 2019, with the House appropriating $8 million toward it and the Senate setting aside $5 million.

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

Even the liberal-friendly Washington Post couldn't allow her to skate on her latest whopper - a $21 trillion "mistake" for which The Post's fact-checkers awarded her the cringeworthy "four Pinnochios".

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