Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the center of attention again this week after she tweeted about how Congress interns are unpaid. She promised to pay at least $15 an hour or more to every one of her interns in the future and wanted to claim that their situation is ‘unfair’.
Time to walk the walk.
Very few members of Congress actually pay their interns. We will be one of them. https://t.co/BuKCDSai0K
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 5, 2018
As she tweeted, “each member of Congress gets around $1.2 million for their entire operating budget” to cover all salaries, rents for district offices, travel home, tech devices, services, contracts, etc.
A 2017 study found that only 8% of House Republicans and 4% of House Democrats pay their interns.