WHAT IS THE PAGE PROGRAM?
The Page Program has existed, in some form or another, since America declared its Independence. As early as the First Continental Congress, young "messengers" were a part of the legislative process. Today, the program brings high school students to Washington to work alongside their elected officials--and to learn about the greatest democracy in the world.
WHAT'S HAPPENED TO IT?
House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi have decided to cancel the program at the end of August, based on the advice of private consulting firms--and not on a vote of the House itself. They've cited the cost of the program as a reason for its cancellation, but in reality, the Page Program accounts for a measly 1/1,000th of 1 percent of the Legislative Branch's budget. In fact, the government spends twice as much as the cost of the Page Program each year on iPods for government employees.
WHAT CAN I DO?
Sign the petition below and send a message to your Member of Congress demanding that the Page Program continue
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?
To learn more about the Congressional Page Program, and its value to the American experience, visit the program's official website: http://pageprogram.house.gov/
To see why we're opposed to it's cancellation, check out these op-eds:
Daily Caller, "Killing the Page Program Means Ending and American Tradition": http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/09/killing-the-page-program-means-ending-an-american-tradition/
Business Insider, "Cancelling the House Page Program is a Terrible Idea": http://www.businessinsider.com/congress-should-not-cancel-the-page-program-2011-8