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Introduced in Senate (08/01/2013)


113th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1458


To establish the Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Program.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

August 1, 2013

Mr. Hoeven (for himself and Mr. Leahy) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration


A BILL

To establish the Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Program.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

Congress finds the following:

(1) Each year, many of the most talented law school graduates in the United States begin their legal careers as judicial law clerks.

(2) The judicial clerkship program has given the judiciary access to a pool of exceptional young lawyers at a relatively low cost.

(3) These same lawyers then go on to become leaders of their profession, where they serve a critical role in helping to educate the public about the judiciary and the judicial process.

(4) The White House, the administrative agencies of the Executive Branch, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the Federal Judicial Center, and the United States Sentencing Commission all operate analogous programs for talented young professionals at the outset of their careers.

(5) Congress is without a similar program.

(6) At a time when our Nation faces considerable challenges, Congress and the public would benefit immeasurably from a program, modeled after the judicial clerkship program, that engages the brightest young lawyers in the Nation in the legislative process.

(7) Accordingly, the Congress herein creates the Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Program, named after one of the most admired and distinguished lawyer-legislators ever to serve in Congress, to improve the business of Congress, and increase the understanding of its work by the public.

SEC. 3. Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Program.

(a) Selection committees.—As used in this Act, the term “Selection Committees” means—

(1) the Committee on Rules and Administration of the Senate; and

(2) the Committee on House Administration of the House of Representatives.

(b) Establishment of Program.—There is hereby established the Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Program for the appointment of individuals who are graduates of accredited law schools to serve as Congressional Clerks in the Senate or House of Representatives.

(c) Selection of Clerks.—Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Selection Committees shall select Congressional Clerks in the following manner:

(1) The Committee on Rules and Administration of the Senate shall select not less than 6 Congressional Clerks each year to serve as employees of the Senate for a 1-year period.

(2) The Committee on House Administration of the House of Representatives shall select not less than 6 Congressional Clerks each year to serve as employees of the House of Representatives for a 1-year period.

(d) Selection criteria.—In carrying out subsection (c), the Selection Committees shall select Congressional Clerks consistent with the following criteria:

(1) Each Congressional Clerk selected shall be a graduate of an accredited law school as of the starting date of his or her clerkship.

(2) Each Congressional Clerk selected shall possess—

(A) an excellent academic record;

(B) a strong record of achievement in extracurricular activities;

(C) a demonstrated commitment to public service; and

(D) outstanding analytic, writing, and oral communication skills.

(e) Process.—After a Congressional Clerk is selected under this section, such Congressional Clerk shall then interview for a position in an office as follows:

(1) For a Congressional Clerk selected under subsection (c)(1), the Congressional Clerk shall interview for a position with—

(A) any office of any committee of the Senate, including any Joint Committee or Select and Special Committee;

(B) any office of any individual member of the Senate;

(C) any leadership office of the Senate; or

(D) the Office of the Parliamentarian of the Senate, the Office of Senate Legal Counsel, or the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the Senate.

(2) For a Congressional Clerk selected under subsection (c)(2), the Congressional Clerk shall interview for a position with—

(A) any office of any committee of the House of Representatives, including any Joint Committee or Select and Special Committee;

(B) any office of any individual Member of the House of Representatives;

(C) any leadership office of the House of Representatives; or

(D) the Office of General Counsel of the House of Representatives, the Office of the Parliamentarian of the House of Representatives, or the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the House of Representatives.

(f) Placement requirements.—The Selection Committees shall ensure that Congressional Clerks selected under this section are apportioned equally between majority party and minority party offices.

(g) Compensation of Congressional Clerks.—Each Congressional Clerk selected under this section shall receive the same compensation as would, and comparable benefits to, an individual who holds the position of a judicial clerkship for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia within 3 months of graduating from law school.

(h) Required adherence to rules.—Each Congressional Clerk selected under this section shall be subject to all laws, regulations, and rules in the same manner and to the same extent as any other employee of the Senate or House of Representatives.

(i) Exclusion from limit on number of positions.—A Congressional Clerk shall be excluded in determining the number of employees of the office that employs the Clerk for purposes of—

(1) in the case of the office of a Member of the House of Representatives, section 104 of the House of Representatives Administrative Reform Technical Corrections Act (2 U.S.C. 92); or

(2) in the case of any other office, any applicable provision of law or any rule or regulation which imposes a limit on the number of employees of the office.

(j) Rules.—The Selection Committees shall develop and promulgate rules regarding the administration of the Congressional Clerkship program established under this section.

(k) Member defined.—In this section, the term “Member of the House of Representatives” includes a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to Congress.

(l) Authorization of appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section such sums as may be necessary for fiscal year 2014 and each of the 4 succeeding fiscal years.