Congressman Tim Ryan Leads Charge To Pay House of Representatives Interns
Washington, DC – Today Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH), Ranking Member of the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, secured a provision in the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill (part of the combined Military Construction/VA, Energy and Water, and Legislative Branch Appropriations minibus) to provide $8.8 million in funding to compensate U.S. House of Representatives interns for their work on behalf of the American people.
“Congressional offices could not run without the assistance of interns. While there is no doubt that interns gain valuable professional experience, I have heard the frustration and stories from interns who are struggling to pay for housing, meals, and transportation while interning without pay on Capitol Hill. It is far past time they are compensated for all their hard work,” said Rep. Tim Ryan. “Because the bulk of Congressional Internships are unpaid, they are implicitly easier for individuals from privileged backgrounds to participate in and complete. By providing this dedicated funding to help House offices pay their interns, we are moving to level the playing field and provide opportunities for young Americans who may not otherwise have the financial means necessary to dedicate a full semester or summer to an unpaid internship. Fair wages for a fair day’s work is the cornerstone of the American Dream. I’ve always fought for that, and I’ll keep fighting to make sure that any student interested in public service has the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill.”
“Today’s decision to designate $8.8 million in dedicated funding for paid internships is win for bipartisanship and for increasing diversity within our government. There should not be a price tag when it comes to public service. This new dedicated funding will afford working-class Americans from all backgrounds the opportunity to intern in DC, to gain valuable, first-hand experience on how their government works and will foster the important professional relationships they will need to succeed. Now, we need to ensure that students who typically avoid unpaid positions know that this opportunity is open to them,” said Carlos Mark Vera, Founder of Pay Our Interns