Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hasn't even been sworn in to office yet but the New Yorker who will become the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress is clearly making Republicans feel threatened, just by existing.
House interns fare worse: Only 8 percent of those who work for Republicans and 3.6 percent who work for Democrats get paid.
Ocasio-Cortez was immediately corrected by various critics on social media, but her greatest rebuke came from the Washington Post fact-checker, which gave her their greatest error rating of "four Pinocchios" for her claim.
On Monday, she said that when she went to a "dive spot in D.C. for some late night food," she talked with the staff. She has also pledged to pay her interns at least $15 an hour, higher than most other elected representatives in Congress. I chatted up the staff.
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"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.
While Ocasio-Cortez settles into life on Capitol Hill, Trump Jr.is reportedly awaiting indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller for lying to the FBI in the Russian Federation investigation.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the statistic and promised to pay her interns. The House will be given $8.8 million to distribute across members' offices, and the Senate will be given $5 million. After her election win in November, she disclosed to the New York Times that she was unable to afford an apartment in Washington until she started receiving her own congressional salary, calling the situation one of the "many little ways in which our electoral system isn't even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead".