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Ben Davidson
December 7, 2018

"Time to walk the walk", Ocasio-Cortez.

The incoming New York Democrat, who took service industry jobs to support herself and her family in the years before she ran for office, tweeted on Monday that she's met congressional staffers who wait tables to supplement their government wages.

The nonprofit group Pay Our Interns released a in 2017 that found that 51 percent of Senate Republicans paid their interns compared to 31 percent of Senate Democrats.

The House interns fare much worse with only 8 per cent of Republican interns who are paid and an abysmal 3.6 per cent of Democrats interns are.

While the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said its recent posting for unpaid internships was "made in error" and announced paid positions will be announced in January, fellow NY lawmaker in the House, Rep. -elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, declared Tuesday night that it's time for Democrats to "walk the walk" on paying Capitol Hill interns a living wage and said that her office will pay $15 per hour "at least" for those who come to work for her.

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She also gave insight into congressional budgeting saying that each member gets a $20,000 budget for interns. Most interns go unpaid in the nation's capital; unsurprisingly, more Republicans now offer paid internships than Democrats.

A recent list of top lawmakers who offer young staffers zero pay includes such progressive heroes like California Sen. A spokesperson for Sen.

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. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said that, as of January, the office will offer "eligible interns" a stipend.

Another lawmaker, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), also pays interns $15 per hour, his office told Fox Business. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) as well as Sen. His conclusion: "there's no $21 trillion pot of gold that can be raided to pay for a comprehensive health insurance program, even though the United States really does spend an terrible lot on the military". "Spokespersons for Sens. Harris and Rubio did not return FOX Business' request for comment".

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