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H.R. 6711: House Intern Pay Act of 2018

About the bill

Most college students who intern on Capitol Hill are unpaid. Is that about to change for the first time in decades?


According to a report last year by the advocacy group Pay Our Interns, only 6.0% of House members paid their interns.

This is legal because only for-profit businesses or companies are required under federal law to pay their interns or provide a stipend — nonprofit organizations and the government are exempt. 1995’s Congressional Accountability Act specifically excluded interns from certain pay provisions mandated for employees.

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Sponsor and status

Adam Smith

Sponsor. Representative for Washington's 9th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 5, 2018
Length: 6 pages

Sep 5, 2018


Introduced on Sep 5, 2018

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on September 5, 2018. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


5% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Sep 5, 2018

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Ordered Reported

Passed House (Senate next)

Passed Senate

Signed by the President

H.R. 6711 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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