The Page Program Ends in the U.S. House of Representatives
Matt | On 12, Aug 2011
As someone who is supportive of politically-minded young people, this was a pretty sad week (like most) on Capitol Hill. The Page Program as we know it has come to an end in the U.S. House of Representatives. Both the Republican and Democratic leaders in the chamber agreed to the move.
The program will remain in the U.S. Senate, however.
This is a blow to the civics educations of high school juniors across the country. Pages work in Washington D.C. and act as legislative go-betweens for lawmakers. In the old days, they delivered documents and vote information. Now, those functions aren’t necessary because of advances in technology.
Plus, in this age of budget cuts, axing the program saves about $5 million per year. Each page costs the House about $69,000-$80,000, according to Roll Call.
Not to fear, there still are other ways for young people you know to become involved. Congressional members have internships available in their offices. Also, state government is another valuable way to see government up close. It may not have the glitz and political glamour of Washington D.C., but it’s similar experience.
I’m all for building a résumé by any means necessary.