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H.R. 6711 - House Intern Pay Act of 2018

Sponsor: Adam Smith (D)
Introduced: 2018-09-05
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6711


    To provide an allowance to offices of Members of the House of Representatives which shall be available for the compensation of interns, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 5, 2018

    Mr. Smith of Washington (for himself, Ms. Bonamici, Ms. Norton, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Mr. Pocan, Ms. Velázquez, Mr. Welch, Mr. Beyer, Ms. Judy Chu of California, Mr. Heck, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Kihuen, Ms. Kaptur, Ms. Lee, Ms. Bordallo, Mr. Panetta, Mr. Clay, Ms. DeGette, Mr. Schiff, Ms. Speier, Mr. McGovern, and Mr. Ted Lieu of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration


A BILL

    To provide an allowance to offices of Members of the House of Representatives which shall be available for the compensation of interns, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “House Intern Pay Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Allowance for compensation of interns in House Member offices.

(a) Establishment of allowance.—There is established for the House of Representatives an allowance which shall be available for the compensation of interns who serve in the offices of Members of the House of Representatives during a calendar year.

(b) Amount per office; allocation of unused allowances among other offices.—

(1) AMOUNT.—The amount of the allowance under this section with respect to the office of a Member of the House of Representatives for a calendar year shall be established by the Committee on House Administration of the House of Representatives, and (subject to the allocation described in paragraph (2)) shall be an equivalent amount for all such offices.

(2) ALLOCATION OF UNUSED ALLOWANCES.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—If, by not later than the applicable deadline described in subparagraph (B), an office of a Member of the House of Representatives does not certify to the Committee on House Administration that the office will use the entire amount of the allowance established for the office under this section with respect to a calendar year, the Committee may allocate the unused portion of such office’s allowance among the allowances established for other offices of the House for such calendar year.

(B) APPLICABLE DEADLINE.—The applicable deadline described in this subparagraph with respect to a calendar year is such date established by the Committee on House Administration which is not earlier than January 31 of the year and not later than June 30 of the year.

(c) Minimum compensation rate.—

(1) REQUIREMENT.—Each intern who is compensated under the allowance under this section shall be paid for each pay period at a rate which is equal to or greater than the minimum compensation rate for the pay period.

(2) DEFINITION.—In paragraph (1), the “minimum compensation rate” for a pay period is equal to—

(A) in the case of pay periods occurring during fiscal year 2019, $15 per hour; and

(B) in the case of pay periods occurring during fiscal year 2020 or any succeeding fiscal year, the rate applicable under this paragraph for pay periods occurring during the previous fiscal year increased by the estimated percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (as published by the Department of Labor) for the most recent fiscal year preceding such fiscal year.

(d) Benefit exclusion.—Section 104(b) of the House of Representatives Administrative Reform Technical Corrections Act (2 U.S.C. 5321(b)) shall apply with respect to an intern who is compensated under the allowance under this section in the same manner as such section applies with respect to an intern who is compensated under the Members’ Representational Allowance.

(e) No effect on payment of interns under Members’ Representational Allowance.—Nothing in this section may be construed to affect the use of the Members’ Representational Allowance for the compensation of interns, as provided under section 104 of the House of Representatives Administrative Reform Technical Corrections Act (2 U.S.C. 5321).

(f) Regulations.—This section shall be carried out in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Committee on House Administration of the House of Representatives, including regulations to establish the timing and procedures for the allocation of amounts of unused portions of allowances under subsection (b)(2).

(g) Definitions.—In this section—

(1) the term “intern” has the meaning given such term in section 104(c)(2) of the House of Representatives Administrative Reform Technical Corrections Act (2 U.S.C. 5321(c)(2)); and

(2) the term “Member of the House of Representatives” means a Representative in, or a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress.

SEC. 3. Authorization of appropriations.

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section—

(1) for fiscal year 2019, $13,759,200; and

(2) for fiscal year 2020 and each succeeding fiscal year, the amount authorized under this section for the previous fiscal year increased by the estimated percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (as published by the Department of Labor) for the most recent fiscal year preceding such fiscal year.

SEC. 4. Effective date.

This Act and the amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to fiscal year 2019 and each succeeding fiscal year.


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