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H.R. 3231: Federal Intern Protection Act of 2015

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3231 (114th) in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

Current law does not grant unpaid federal government interns certain protections that employees have. H.R. 3231 would expand employee protection against race, gender, age, and other forms of discrimination to include federal unpaid interns.

According to the House Republican bill explanation, the lack of intern protection has been a problem in the past. “In 1997, in O’Connor v. Davis, an unpaid intern reported unwanted sexual advances by an employee, but the court indicated that because the plaintiff was not an employee, she was not protected by existing law.”

The bill is supported by both Republicans and Democrats. It passed the House with a unanimous vote.


All Votes R D
Yea 96%
Nay 0%
Not Voting 4%

Date: Jan 11, 2016

Question: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House

Required: 2/3

Result: Passed


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