Week ending May 19, 2017
H.R.653 – Federal Intern Protection Act of 2017
“H.R. 653, the Federal Intern Protection Act of 2017, extends to interns working at federal agencies the same statutory protections against harassment and discrimination that currently apply to paid employees.”
The bill report explains, “There are no existing provisions in federal law that protect interns working at federal agencies against harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, or handicapping condition. The bill closes this loophole by extending to interns the same protections against harassment and discrimination that apply to the employees that work alongside them.”
“The bill defines an intern as “an individual who performs uncompensated voluntary service in an agency to earn credit awarded by an educational institution or to learn a trade or occupation.”
(Full text of H.R. 653 at congress.gov)
Sponsor: Rep. Cummings, Elijah E. [D-MD-7] (Introduced 01/24/2017)
Status: Passed House /
VOTES and FLOOR ACTION
On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
Motion to recommit:
Text of the motion:
COST AND IMPACT
Cost to the taxpayers: CBO estimates that any costs under the bill for agency training or payments to settle claims of discrimination or harassment would be negligible.
Pay-as-you-go requirements: , pay-as-you-go procedures apply. Because most of those agencies can make adjustments to the amounts collected, CBO estimates that any net changes in direct spending by those agencies would be negligible. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues.
Regulatory and Other Impact: Data not available
Dynamic Scoring: CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 653 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits by more than $5 billion in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in
2028.Tax Complexity: Not applicable to this bill.
Earmark Certification: This bill does not include any congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined in clause 9 of rule XXI.
Duplication of programs: No provision of this bill establishes or reauthorizes a program of the Federal Government known to be duplicative of another federal program
Direct Rule-Making: The Committee estimates that enacting this bill does not direct the completion of any specific rule makings within the meaning of section 551 or title 5, United States Code.
Advisory Committee Statement: The Committee finds that the legislation does not establish or authorize the establishment of an advisory committee within the definition of Section 5(b) of the appendix to title 5, United States Code.
Budget Authority: Data not available
Constitutional Authority: Assumed.
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