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House To End Page Program

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) — The two most ideologically opposite but powerful House leaders jointly announced the end of the congressional page program that goes back more than 200 years.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif., said Monday the House page program, which can be traced back to the First Continental Congress of 1774, will end as of Aug. 31, The Hill reported.

The program, which allowed high school students to work for a semester during their junior year or during the summer acting as couriers or delivering messages, has been undermined by both technology and scandal.

Messages can be delivered expeditiously electronically making the page program not cost effective, the report said.

In 2006, the page program garnered unwanted national attention when then-Rep. Mark Foley R-Fla., was caught sending sexually explicit messages to at least one former page. Foley eventually resigned in disgrace as the scandal unfolded.

The House leaders said in their statement the cost to operate the program runs upward of $5 million.

“This decision was not easy, but it is necessary,” Boehner and Pelosi wrote in their statement.

Noting that, the leaders said they “will work with members of the House to carry on the tradition of engaging young people in the work of the Congress.”

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    Did the Boner deal with Queen Nancy in person, or did he use a phone? The page system has been around for so long, I’m surprised that any elected types could find a reason to end it.
    Now that we’re concerned about ‘budgets’ and such [HA!], let’s go whole hog and put a limit on how many staffers the career yahoos in Congress can have. I think 5 is a nice round number. In fact, I’d say that the longer someone has been in Washington, the fewer staffers they need.
    As far as I’m concerned, most people who go to Washington couldn’t function without a lot of staffers.
    In other words, they do NOT put much effort into being there. They tend to be there for TOO MANY YEARS, and naturally the taxpayers take it in the shorts. If you’re looking for praise from the American people for putting Congress on a “money diet,” you can forget it, Nancy and Boner.

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