Fortenberry Leads Effort to Secure Pay for Congressional Interns

Sep 10, 2018
Press Release

(Washington, DC, September 10, 2018)— “I am pleased to report that as part of the fiscal 2019 Energy-Water, Military Construction-VA and Legislative Branch spending package, Congressional interns will now be paid in both the Senate and the House,” Congressman Fortenberry said. 

“My colleagues on both sides of the aisle arrived at a package that would pay $8.8 million to House interns and $5 million to Senate interns. House funds will reside in a new account created for just this purpose,” Fortenberry added. 

“The high cost of living in Washington, DC has made it difficult to attract the nation’s best and brightest young people to a summer or semester of public service. This now changes. By leveling the playing field, we can attract a diverse range of interns with a deep love of country who may have had difficulty affording this opportunity in the past,” Fortenberry added.

Funding to pay interns serving in House member offices will be apportioned at $20,000 per office.  

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry is a Member of the House Appropriations Committee and Chairman of its Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.  He is also co-chair of the Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus.