Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York (left) has pledged to pay her interns $15 an hour. She is seen here with Democratic Rep.-elect Deb Haaland of New Mexico. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc./Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc./Getty Images Politics New Congresswoman Will Pay Her Interns $15 An Hour. Is That A Big Deal? December 6, 2018 "Time to walk the walk," Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "Very few members of Congress actually pay their interns. We will be one of them." With new appropriations, other members may soon join her.