Saturday, January 20, 2007

New Rules for Congressional Page Program

House Overhauls Page Board

WASHINGTON — The House voted Friday to overhaul the board that supervises its congressional page program, seeking to close the book on a sordid e-mail and sex scandal that sullied its reputation and became a 2006 campaign issue.

Lawmakers voted 416-0 to provide that both parties have equal say in overseeing the program, as old as the institution itself. The purpose of the resolution the members approved Friday was to ensure that teen-age pages no longer are vulnerable to the kinds of electronic-message come-ons associated with now-resigned Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla.

Pages are high school students who learn about Congress while running errands and attending a congressionally run school. The new, eight-member board will include an equal number of lawmakers from each party and include a former page and the parent of a current or former page. The board also would have to meet regularly.


Congrats, House of Representatives, fast, quick, important work.


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