Ocasio-Cortez Claim About Pentagon Wrong — WashPost

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez in a December 2 tweet claimed a $21 trillion mistake could have paid for about 66 percent of the cost of a Medicare-for-all bill.

Her pledge days after she slammed her future colleagues in both parties for employing unpaid interns and for not paying staffers a "living wage".

A 2017 report from advocacy group Pay Our Interns found that in the Senate, just more than half of Republicans paid interns, while only 32 percent of Democrats did.

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.

Ocasio-Cortez's spokesman later said the point "was more about how we care so little about the "how do you pay for it" when we are talking about war and military spending".

Before the official announcement Tuesday, the congresswoman-elect criticized current congress members who now don't pay their interns.

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Many government internships are unpaid, although many private companies have firm policies in place to pay their interns on an hourly basis, no matter what the specific jobs of those young people may be.

The same study cited above also found that internships in D.C. cost $6,000 on average.

If that's the case, they can cut down on staff to pay them well. Kamala Harris, Virginia Democrat Mark Warner and New York Democrat Chuck Schumer.

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's office told Rolling Stone that the ad "was made in error" and that beginning in January, they will offer "a stipend to eligible interns". If she pays her interns 15 an hour, she'll make it around two-and-a-half months before she's out of money. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen.

"The Democratic Socialist's spokesperson confirmed to Vice News that she will seek a seat on the House Ways and Means committee, which is traditionally packed with seasoned legislators with experience in writing tax code", writes Fox News. "Spokespersons for Sens. Harris and Rubio did not return FOX Business' request for comment".

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