No More Pages: House Ends 200-Year Tradition

Monday, 08 Aug 2011 04:16 PM

 

Share:
A    A   |
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink

WASHINGTON — After nearly 200 years, the House is ending its page program. The program allowed high school students to serve as messengers for lawmakers while getting a front-row seat to learn about Congress.

The program has existed in some form since the 1820s. The Senate page program will continue.

The death knell for the program was the Internet and e-mail, along with the program's cost. Pages, usually high school juniors, are no longer needed to carry packages and documents to members because everything is delivered electronically.

A 2008 study said annual costs of the program exceeded $5 million, not including capital costs associated with the page dormitory and school, where the teenagers attend classes.

The program will end Aug. 31.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

California Considers Protecting Rare Gray Wolf

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 18:15 PM

A state board will consider granting the gray wolf endangered species status on Wednesday, giving it a chance at returni . . .

University Protesters Want Condi Rice Arrested

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 17:56 PM

Nearly 200 University of Minnesota professors and students are protesting Condoleezza Rice's scheduled speech Thursday o . . .

Arkansas Voter ID Law Challenged in Court by ACLU

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 17:33 PM

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas is asking a judge to strike down a state law requiring voters to show pho . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved