Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is promising to pay her interns at least $15 an hour.
The incoming Bronx congresswoman made the pledge Tuesday after criticizing other lawmakers for using unpaid interns.
“Time to walk the walk,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Very few members of Congress actually pay their interns. We will be one of them.”
Earlier this week, she called on Congress to give members more money so their staffers earn a “living wage.”
“This week I went to dive spot in DC for some late night food. I chatted up the staff. SEVERAL bartenders, managers, & servers currently worked in Senate + House offices,” she tweeted.
“This is a disgrace. Congress of ALL places should raise [Members’ Representational Allowances] so we can pay staff an actual DC living wage.”
The 29-year-old blamed the low wages on Republicans who want to make “a statement about ‘fiscal responsibility’ ” — although a 2017 study found Democrats use more unpaid interns than GOPers, according to USA Today.
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