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H.R. 6711 (115th): House Intern Pay Act of 2018

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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
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 5, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.



Sep 5, 2018

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H.R. 6711 (115th) was 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.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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