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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Newly-elected New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced she will pay her interns $15 per hour, in what she calls an effort to "walk the walk" and have her policies match her political viewpoints.

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Good for her, it has long been a travesty that interns on the Hill work 10 hour days and go unpaid.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-12-05 02:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Hopefully her interns will advise her to keep her pie hole shut. Pretty much every time she says something publicly she makes a fool of herself.

#2 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-12-05 02:15 PM | Reply

Pretty much every time she says something publicly she makes a fool of herself.

#2 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

That's only true in the minds of fools.

#3 | Posted by memyselfini at 2018-12-05 02:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Her election was the most important thing since the moon landing.

#4 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-12-05 02:21 PM | Reply

That's only true in the minds of fools.

#3 | POSTED BY MEMYSELFINI

I don't know if my response got deleted or if I failed to click 'publish'.

"$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions ‘could not be traced, documented, or explained.' $21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T. That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon."

www.washingtonpost.com

I'd charitably call that comment foolish.

#5 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-12-05 02:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#4 - are you actually this cartoonishly bitter in your everyday life?

I'm growing to like Ocasio-Cortez.

#6 | Posted by YAV at 2018-12-05 02:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#4 | Posted by nullifidian

Completely and deliberately misquoted and out of context. Grow up kid.

#7 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-12-05 02:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#5 | Posted by JeffJ

What does that have to do with paying interns? She is 100% correct on that. Interns and Staffers should be making a living wage because it excludes far too many people from government otherwise. In other words it just opens doors for the rich.

#8 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-12-05 02:32 PM | Reply

"#4 - are you actually this cartoonishly bitter in your everyday life?"

Why else. Do you think. Andrea, a mattress. Left him?

(Anyone else having trouble breathing with all these popcorn fumes in the air?)

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-12-05 02:32 PM | Reply

Like RoC said, good for her.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-12-05 02:33 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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What does that have to do with paying interns? She is 100% correct on that. Interns and Staffers should be making a living wage because it excludes far too many people from government otherwise. In other words it just opens doors for the rich.

#8 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE AT 2018-12-05 02:32 PM | FLAG: What would you consider a 'living wage'? Be real now and actually give us an amount in US dollars ;)

#11 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-12-05 02:39 PM | Reply

Wow, I thought there was legislation passed to make this standard, but I guess that bill failed. Great for her and her interns, this should be a standard across all of leg staffs. In college, applying for internships, I was amazed that it is assumed that college kids would be fine with relocating to DC for the summer for an unpaid internship that has a bit of "prestige" but depending on what field you're aiming for, won't lend much work experience. The only folks I saw it prove fruitful, was people planning to go to law school. On the other hand, there were plenty of RE/financial internships which offered a "living" college kid compensation for the summer.

#12 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-12-05 02:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

House and Senate interns now receive pay, as of September 2018:
www.dbknews.com

#13 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-12-05 03:01 PM | Reply

"I'd charitably call that comment foolish."

Yeah, that was an Oops! comment, especially for someone who has touted the fact that she studied economics in college.

#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-12-05 03:13 PM | Reply

"House and Senate interns now receive pay, as of September 2018"

Payment goes into effect:

"It's expected that the funding will begin to be used in spring 2019, said Guillermo Creamer, Pay Our Interns' chief of staff. Not all interns will have to be paid, he said, but many will as a result of the legislation."

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-12-05 03:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#15

Which is what makes Ocrazio's announcement significant, since she says she is going to pay all of them.

Hell, even Shumer, Harris and Rubio won't go that far, now couching it as they will pay "eligible" interns, whatever that means.

#16 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-12-05 03:22 PM | Reply

now couching it as they will pay "eligible" interns, whatever that means.

Yeah, I wonder what that means. If you are getting college credit for the internship, can you still be paid? Dunno.

#17 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-12-05 03:31 PM | Reply

8% of R's
4% of D's

Pay their interns...

pretty much sums it up .......

Lets talk about #13 ....

But future interns could have a different experience. Last week, Congress approved a spending bill, which President Trump has indicated he will sign, that provides funding to pay congressional internships. The bill earmarks $5 million for Senate interns and $8.8 million for House of Representatives interns.

Pay Our Interns, a nonprofit advocacy group that pushes for paid internships across major industries, found in a 2017 report that a congressional internship costs about $6,000 on average. At the time of the report, 26 of 431 representatives and 44 of 99 senators paid their interns.

THANK YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP!!!!!!

Now she uses it to take credit for the taxpayer paying for the interns, on bill she never voted on ... OUTSTANDING ....

Nulli is incorrect, she's the greatest things since ... well forever ....

#18 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-12-05 11:01 PM | Reply

She's not spending her own money guys. Calm down. It's tax payer money she's using to making it rain.

#19 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-12-05 11:10 PM | Reply

"Both the House and Senate allocated millions of dollars to pay funds into a spending bill earlier this year, which would go into effect in 2019."

So this year everyone will pay their interns because the people in power last year said it was the right thing to do. But this one person gets applauded?

It's all just hype.

#20 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-12-05 11:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

One of my good friends loves AOC and considers her a hero. Today she posted this link on FB:

'This is a disgrace': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams her future colleagues in Congress for employing unpaid interns and failing to pay staffers a 'living wage'

Ocasio-Cortez's tweet came just a few hours after a reporter said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, another New York Democrat, is hiring an unpaid intern. And her message may have made an immediate impact, because later on Monday Schumer's office announced the job posting had been made "in error" and his interns will be paid a stipend in the new congress.

www.businessinsider.com

#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-12-05 11:39 PM | Reply

So someone cut and pasted the old ad.

#22 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-12-05 11:58 PM | Reply

Here's the background info, so I'm not sure why AOC is getting credit for this:

Senate appropriators approved a proposal from Sen. Chris Van Hollen for intern pay in June[.]

On the Senate side, funding will be allocated so offices will receive an average $50,000 for intern compensation, with exact amounts depending on the state. For instance, Florida senators are estimated to be allocated $66,200 while Rhode Island senators are estimated to be allocated $46,000.

"I'd like to thank Tim Ryan for leading the fight to pay House interns and Chairman [Rodney] Frelinghuysen for agreeing to add dedicated funding for this to the conference agreement," top Democratic appropriator Nita M. Lowey said.

House funding to pay interns serving in member offices will be allocated as $20,000 per office.

www.rollcall.com

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-12-06 12:06 AM | Reply

"THANK YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP!!!!!!"

I also don't know why Trump is getting the credit.

#24 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-12-06 12:13 AM | Reply

#24 I mean other than the fact that Mackris has a crush on him.

#25 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-12-06 12:14 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

MSGT - it varies a bit state by state. But, for a single individual about $12.50 an hour. (DFW TX))

#26 | Posted by gavaster at 2018-12-06 07:51 AM | Reply

If you want to base a living wage off a married couple with three children somewhere around 18.

#27 | Posted by gavaster at 2018-12-06 07:58 AM | Reply

Regardless she did it for her interns first. A freshman member.

#28 | Posted by fresno500 at 2018-12-06 09:49 AM | Reply

#28 No, she wasn't first:

"Pay Our Interns, a nonprofit advocacy group that pushes for paid internships across major industries, found in a 2017 report that a congressional internship costs about $6,000 on average. At the time of the report, 26 of 431 representatives and 44 of 99 senators paid their interns."

(from link in #13)

AOC is impressive, but let's not contribute to over overhyping her.

#29 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-12-06 10:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Pretty much every time she says something publicly she makes a fool of herself.
..................#2 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

Physician, heal thyself

#30 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-12-06 10:49 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#30

Good one!

#31 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-12-06 11:07 AM | Reply

Hill interns deserve to be paid, and i'd argue even more than what AOC will pay them. Not paying them perpetuates a system where only the privileged can afford to go work in Washington and participate in government.

#32 | Posted by JOE at 2018-12-06 11:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

'Pays' should be 'will pay' for accuracy. Since the left believes in a 'fair' wage, and D.C. is extremely expensive, I'm surprised that she does noto pay as a minimum 30 to 40 dollars an hour - why be cheap when spending the taxpayers' dollars.

#33 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-12-06 12:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

why be cheap when spending the taxpayers' dollars.
#33 | POSTED BY MSGT

She's not a conservative.

#34 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-12-06 12:51 PM | Reply

I don't like all of her policies but I do find her likable. I hope she does make changes to healthcare and some other things. New blood and fresh ideas are needed in Congress.

#35 | Posted by byrdman at 2018-12-06 03:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Her election was the most important thing since the moon landing.

#4 | Posted by nullifidian

Which was also "fake news".

AMIRight?

#36 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-12-06 03:35 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

#32 - agreed. and they should be provided with housing and clothing stipends.

#37 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-12-06 05:14 PM | Reply

"#32 - agreed. and they should be provided with housing and clothing stipends."

Also rape whistles in case they're approached by Republicans.

#38 | Posted by Tor at 2018-12-06 07:19 PM | Reply

"Despite those new pools of money, most members haven't started to advertise paid internships, Creamer says, because they're waiting for new guidelines about using the funds. And that's an issue, because the congressional offices are accepting applications for the January class of interns right now.

He points out that Ocasio-Cortez isn't waiting for guidelines: "Her intention was to pretty much pay her interns regardless, and that's because they allocated that in their budget.""

Don't expect a long career for AOC if she thinks she's above the rules.

#39 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-12-07 08:50 AM | Reply

Interns normally learn something. All they're learning from Bronx Evita is that she's an idiot.

#40 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2018-12-07 09:04 AM | Reply

Maybe the Lipstick Lenin ought to redistribute her entire salary and budget among her staff. Why wait for socialism? Most of those interns probably know more than her.

#41 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-12-07 09:12 AM | Reply

"We need to invent technology that's never even been invented yet."

She is the gift of our age.

#42 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2018-12-07 09:33 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

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