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Lofgren and Ryan Statement on House Paid Internship Program

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) issued the following statement after the Committee on House Administration adopted interim regulations governing a new House Paid Internship Program:

“Today’s interim regulations governing the House Paid Internship Program are an important first step to breaking down the economic barrier to those seeking entry-level work on Capitol Hill. By expanding this opportunity for public service, it is our hope that qualified candidates for internships will no longer be forced to turn down the opportunity of a lifetime to make ends meet.

“These rules are intentionally structured as interim because we strongly feel the Congress should continually assess the effectiveness of the program and make improvements where appropriate. To that end, we are committed to working towards additional funding and flexibility for this program in the fiscal year ahead to build a more robust and equitable paid internship program for the House of Representatives.

The authority to provide paid internships was provided last Congress with the enactment in September of Public Law 115-244, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019.

This measure authorized House offices to provide payment to interns, limiting these payments to $20,000 per office.  The overall funding for this program is $8.8 million.

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