On August 8, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a “Dear Colleague” letter concluding one of this country’s oldest traditions in the name of fiscal responsibility and technological advancement. This decision was made without the direct involvement of the House Page Board or members long associated with the Page Program.
Pages, with a history ranging back to the First Continental Congress, remain a vital and necessary part of our political process. As outlined by the Office of the Clerk of the House, House Pages are deemed “essential” in the event of a federal government shutdown, and should continue to be deemed “essential” by the House of Representatives.
This program has benefited thousands of high school students representing all different races, creeds, religions and economic backgrounds. It has assisted in sculpting numerous participant’s passion for public service, and without it, many of Congress’s brightest minds would not have graced the chamber they’ve come to admire.
On September 13, Representive Dan Boren, along with Representative John Dingell and Representative Henry Cuellar introduced H. Res. 397, a resolution that would reinstate the House Page Program and create a nine-member advisory panel tasked with making necessary budgetary and structural changes to the program. Please send this letter to your Member of Congress and help us Save the Page Program!