Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Suggests Congressional Subpoena in Response to Don Jr. Meme

'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 may have walked back her remarks to avoid an ethics complaint early in her tenure.

December 7, 2018, 1:57 p.m. EST Updated to include Ocasio-Cortez's response. 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". I chatted up the staff.

After Twitter cried foul over the "threat", reminding the freshman Congresswoman that wielding Congressional powers to intimidate one's enemies into silence is an ethics violation, if not entirely illegal, Ocasio-Cortez backpedaled, explaining she did not mean she personally wielded the subpoena power. "This is a disgrace".

"First of all, fifteen dollars is not a living wage in D.C. Not even close".

"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'".

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.

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.

According to the Washington Post, House members of both parties rarely pay interns. The house appropriated $8 million and the Senate appropriated $5 million for the salaries.

"Many members of Congress were born into wealth, or they grew up around it", she told Bon Appetit last month.