Pelosi: Congress Will Act to Protect Our Young People in the Page Program

December 11, 2006
Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on legislation to be introduced in the early days of the 110th Congress to protect the young people in the Congressional Page program:

'On Friday, the Ethics Committee found that the failure of the Members and staff responsible for the safety of the young men and young women who serve as House Pages is, '...not merely the exercise of poor judgment; it is a present danger to House pages and to the integrity of the institution of the House.'

'As I assume responsibility for the operation of the House, Congress will protect the young people who serve as Pages.  I have spoken with Leader Boehner and we will move forward in a bipartisan way to:

  • Require regular meetings of the Page Board;
  • Review the functions of the Page Board and its membership; have equal Democratic and Republican participation by Members of Congress, add a parent of a current and a former House Page, and determine if other members need to be added to the Board; and,
  • Increase oversight of the Page program.

'For more than 150 years, young men and women from across the nation have come to Washington to serve as pages in the U.S. Capitol.  The Page School is a national treasure, and the young people who attend it and work in the Congress are our special trust.  We must do all we can to protect them.'