Rep. Bruce Braley is pushing to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, even though his own interns aren’t paid a dime.
The Iowa Democrat, who is running to replace Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, appeared with the senator at a local business Sunday to call for raising the federal minimum wage, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
“No one in Iowa should work a full-time job and live near or below the poverty line,” Mr. Braley said. “It’s been over five years since the last federal minimum wage increase, and the minimum wage buys less and less for Iowa’s workers.”
However, according to Mr. Braley’s website, “All internships are unpaid and candidates who are chosen for the Washington, D.C., office may be responsible for paying their travel and living expenses.”
The Free Beacon points to a 2013 study by the Employment Policies Institute, which revealed that 97 percent of sponsors and cosponsors of wage hike legislation do not pay their interns.
“These legislators know that mandating more pay for interns would mean fewer internships,” EPI research director Michael Saltsman told the website at the time. “It’s unfortunate that they don’t understand that this same dynamic exists for entry-level positions in the private sector.”