In the interview with "This Week", Ocasio-Cortez said she did not care if Bezos was a billionaire if Amazon was paying a "living wage" to workers, as well as benefits such as the guarantee of health care.
"If that's the case and Jeff Bezos is still a billionaire, that's one thing," she said. But if Bezos' billionaire status is "justified in paying people starvation wages and depriving them of their ability to access health care," she said, it's a problem.
ABC News presenter Jonathan Karl asked Ocasio-Cortez if she thought that salaries are why Bezos is a billionaire. She "definitely thinks that's part of the equation," she said, adding that Bezos should pay more taxes and increase Amazon's benefits, including free fees. schooling and health care.
"These claims are absurd," Amazon said in a statement. "Amazon associates receive peak compensation starting at $ 15 at the time … Amazon pays in advance 95% of ongoing training costs as part of its Choice Program. career for associates wishing to pursue a highly sought-after career. "
"I have nothing against Amazon, but no company making billions of dollars in profit should pay a lower tax rate than firefighters and teachers.We must reward work, not just wealth. ", tweeted the former vice president, connecting to a New York Times story about how Amazon got a discount on its corporate taxes in 2018.
"We have been paying $ 2.6 billion in corporate taxes since 2016. We pay every penny we owe. The tax laws designed by Congress encourage businesses to reinvest in the US economy. We have 200 billion investments since 2011 and 300,000 American jobs. Biden's complaint is w / the tax code, not Amazon. "
– Lydia DePillis from Canadian Business contributed to this report.