Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slapped back at Donald Trump Jr.
"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, '" she added in another tweet. Now, she says it's time for her to "walk the walk" and pay her own congressional interns, a rare move in Congress. "How can you legislate a better life for working people if you've never been a working person?"
Although Ocasio-Cortez seemed to blame Republicans for congressional staffers' low pay, a June 2017 study by Pay Our Interns found they actually use fewer unpaid interns than their Democratic colleagues.
She shared a tweet that there are no apartments under $1,000-a-month on Capitol Hill- something that an intern making "zero dollars" would of not be able to afford without financial backing from their families.
Congress, until recently, has historically provided unpaid internships in all but a few roles on Capitol Hill.
It found that in the Senate, 51% of Republicans and 31% of Democrats pay their interns.
House interns fare worse: Only 8 percent of those who work for Republicans and 3.6 percent who work for Democrats get paid.
From 2019, both the Senate and the House will have funds to pay interns.
Congress has taken steps to address the problem. That money is in addition to the overall Members' Representational Allowance given to each lawmaker to pay staffers.
They noted that the $21 trillion of Pentagon accounting errors were over 17 years, while her estimate of spending for the healthcare program was over 10 years - a mistake of simple math.
The Post gave the claim "four Pinocchios", a rating it reserves for "whoppers".