Committee Approves the Fiscal Year 2014 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill
Continues spending cuts for House operations and offices
Jul 18 -
The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2014 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill. The legislation provides annual funding for the offices of Members of the House of Representatives, the support agencies of Congress, services for visitors, and Capitol operations and maintenance.
The total included for the House and joint operations – excluding Senate-only items – is $3.2 billion, $113 million below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level. Funding for House of Representative offices continue the cuts made under sequestration, resulting in a total reduction of 14.4% since Republicans gained control of the House in January 2011.
“This bill provides the funding to care for the Capitol Complex, and will help ensure the safety of the thousands of people that visit and work here every day. In addition, it allows Members of Congress to receive the resources needed to serve those who elected us, and be their voice in the federal government,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “Yet, one of the greatest services we can do for our people is to make sure that every tax dollar we spend is spent wisely. With this bill, we will have reduced our own office budgets by 17.6% over the last three years – showing that we can live within the same financial boundaries facing every agency of the federal government, and every family in the country.”
Congressman Rodney Alexander, Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman, stated, “The economic situation we find ourselves in today is both unique and difficult, but it did not happen overnight. Now, we must recognize the fiscal constraints we are under and find opportunities to stretch the dollar further. Over the course of meetings and hearings with agency heads since the start of the year, this Subcommittee has listened to all who presented their respective concerns and budget requests. Still, we have to make critical decisions, prioritize programs, and cut what is deemed least effective and least beneficial to the taxpayers. The legislation put forth by this Subcommittee reflects these tough, but practical choices that will allow our agencies to operate in an efficient manner.”
The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full committee today:
Rep. Wasserman Schultz – The amendment adds report language on use of former page dorm in support of its use by other legislative branch agencies. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz –The amendment cuts funding for the John C. Stennis Center and transfers the funding to the Library of Congress. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Kingston – The amendment adds report language directing the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on potential cost savings achieved by privatizing the Capital Power Plant. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Lee – The amendment adds report language expressing a “sense of Congress” that legislation should not be passed that “increases poverty in the U.S.” The amendment was adopted on a voice vote. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
The bill was approved by the full committee on a voice vote.
For the text of the bill, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-113hr-fc-ap-fy2014-ap00-legbranch.pdf
For the bill report, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-113-fy2014-legbranch.pdf