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house Bill H.R. 3231

Do Federal Unpaid Interns Need Protection from Harassment and Discrimination at Work?

Argument in favor

While current anti-discrimination laws protect unpaid federal interns, they aren’t explicitly mentioned in the law. That’s not good enough, as federal interns should know beyond a doubt that they can’t be discriminated against.

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01/14/2016
“The largest low-wage employer in this country is the federal government.” [truthinmedia.com]
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Steven's Opinion
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04/10/2016
An employee by any other name is still an employee. Let's protect them all equally.
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Ivan's Opinion
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01/12/2016
Everyone needs protection from employer..
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Argument opposed

This legislation would change nothing at all with respect to how anti-discrimination laws protect unpaid federal interns. They’re already protected by those laws and policies, Congress doesn’t need to spend time on this.

BTSundra's Opinion
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01/12/2016
This bill does nothing, and it explicitly states it does nothing. We shouldn't even be voting on this in the first place.
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Chief's Opinion
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01/12/2016
Existing law protects these people. A better idea is to ensure the prosecution of any govt employee (to include a President) that abuses his/her position to have sex with these interns.
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operaman's Opinion
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01/12/2016
Interns are expendable! Volunteers need to meet the real world. No patty cake in DC. Sink or swim. However, laws must be followed. About time the lowly interns learn about Washington DC corruption. Maybe they will believe in the Constitution. Now if this is a member of Congress, hang them. I must be having a bad day know our #POTUS will be telling more lies tomorrow evening.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed January 12th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 414 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedJuly 28th, 2015

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
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    Ordered to be Reported in the Nature of a Substitute (Amended) by Unanimous Consent.
  • action
    Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. H. Rept. 114-383.
  • calendar
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 289.
  • action
    Mr. Chaffetz moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
  • action
    Considered under suspension of the rules.
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    DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3231.
  • action
    At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
  • action
    Considered as unfinished business.
  • vote
    On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 414 - 0 (Roll no. 35).
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • action
    The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
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    Received in the Senate.
  • action
    Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
  • calendar
    Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 616.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed January 12th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 414 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
    IntroducedJuly 28th, 2015

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