The New York congresswoman’s success with energising the left wing of the Democratic Party has earned her more than her fair share of enemies.
The latest reason for attacking her is an odd one.
She’s promised to pay her staff a “living wage”.
The proposal is in-line with her previous statements on the issue.
Ocasio-Cortez called for a living wage for Washington DC staff in December 2018 and pledged to pay interns for their work.
Time to walk the walk.
Very few members of Congress actually pay their interns. We will be one of them. https://t.co/BuKCDSai0K
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 5, 2018
However, not everyone was happy with the congresswoman’s generosity.
The most common complaint was that she was wasting taxpayers’ money.
A lot of people commenting don’t know how Congressional salaries work.
Each member is given a set amount that they disburse. GOP has refused to increase budgets in years to give hard-working staff a raise, which means people helping to run the country are getting paid $30k/year.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 23, 2019