Chairman Crenshaw Opening Statement on FY 2013 Legislative Branch Bill for Subcommittee Mark Up
May 18, 2012 -
The recommendation for FY 2013 provides $3.3 billion, excluding Senate items, which are traditionally left to the Senate to determine. This is a decrease of $34.4 million, or 1% from the FY 2012 enacted level and a decrease of $190 million, or 5.3% from the requested level.
Americans are sending hard-earned dollars to Washington and deserve to know they are being cost-effectively spent. This Subcommittee has taken that philosophy to heart in hearings and meetings where members have listened to agency heads lay out their priorities and budget requests. We’ve made tough, but workable choices that will allow our agencies to move forward in an efficient manner.
Since becoming Chair of the Subcommittee last year, we have cut the spending by 7.9% and with this mark we will bring that cut to 8.8% excluding the Senate.
We have shared the details of the bill and report with the Members. Here is a quick summary of the highlights of this bill before us today:
The bill includes $1.2 billion for the operations of the House. This is the same as the FY 2012 enacted level and the requested level.
Funding for the House of Representatives has been reduced by 10.5% since I have been Chair of this Subcommittee.
Additionally, we have included language concerning security of district offices and district staff. This has been a very important concern for Congressmen Bishop and LaTourette.
The bill includes 360.1 million for the Capitol Police. This is $20 million over the FY 2012 enacted level and $13.6 million below the requested level. The increase is to help with a backlog of much needed training and to help with the salary shortfall that the Capitol Police are plagued due in part to the conventions and inaugural.
The bill includes $44.2 million for the Congressional Budget Office. This is $493,000 above the FY 2012 enacted level and $357,000 below the requested level. The increase will provide the ability to purchase commercial data needed to support analyses.
The bill includes $443.9 million for the Architect of the Capitol excluding Senate items. This is a decrease of $52.5 million below the FY 2012 enacted level and $144.9 million below the requested level.
Included in this mark is $13.8 million for the Federal Office Building 8 (FOB8 lease costs for FY 2013.
At this time no funding has been provided for the much needed phase two of the dome rehabilitation project. We hope to address this important project in the future.
The Subcommittee recognizes the continuing challenge of preserving and maintaining the infrastructure and prioritizing critical projects in the current budgetary environment.
The bill includes $592.6 million for the Library of Congress. This is an increase of $5.3 million above the FY 2012 enacted level and $10.9 million below the requested level.
The bill includes $122.6 million for the Government Printing Office. This is a decrease of $3.6 million below the FY 2012 enacted level and $3.6 million below the requested level. Congressional Printing and Binding is reduced an additional 8%.
The bill includes $519.8 million for the Government Accountability Office. This is an increase of $8.5 million above the FY2012 enacted level and $6.4 million below the requested level. This level of funding will allow the GAO to hire up to 3,000 FTE’s, and increase of 21 FTE’s which will enable GAO to begin to achieve a staffing level required to address the ever increasing demands from the Congress.
This bill includes $1.0 million for the Open World Leadership Trust Fund. This is $9.0 million below the FY 2012 enacted level and the requested level. While I understand there are strong champions of this program, it is difficult to sustain it within the Legislative Branch.
I would like to thank Ranking Member Honda for his role in helping to put together this mark. We have worked in a bipartisan manner to get here today. Also, I extend my appreciation to all the members of the Subcommittee for their participation in the process this year.