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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants raises for Capitol Hill staffers

Incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called on Congress Monday to raise salaries for staffers on Capitol Hill, saying that interns and aides are severely underpaid.

The New York Democrat took to Twitter to describe eating at a “dive spot” in D.C. where several employees were also working in congressional offices.

“It is unjust for Congress to budget a living wage for ourselves, yet rely on unpaid interns and underpaid overworked staff just [because] Republicans want to make a statement about ‘fiscal responsibility,’” she wrote.

She also demanded that Republicans pay their staffers more by either cutting their staff or support raising the Members’ Representational Allowance, where the funds for staff salaries is pulled.

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