Congress Adds 70 High-Schoolers to the Unemployment Rolls

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Mark Foley hates it whenever the House Page Program becomes a topic of conversation. Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Even as America desperately pines for Congress to do something to spur job creation (without spending any money, of course!), Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced today that they're ending the House Page Program, which has been around since 1827 and employs 70 high-school students at a time. Dissolving the program will save the government $5 million a year, and besides, the pages' main function — shuttling paper around the Capitol — is now performed electronically. They have become obsolete.

Congressional leaders broke the news to the pages one by one earlier today:

In retrospect, dragging them across the table was unnecessary.

House leaders end page program [Hill]