May 19, 2015
The U.S. House today approved the fiscal year 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill (H.R. 2250) on a vote of 357-67. The bill provides annual funding for the offices of Members of the House of Representatives, the support agencies of Congress, security, services for visitors, and Capitol operations and maintenance.
The total included for the House and joint operations, excluding Senate-only items, is $3.3 billion. This is the same as the 2015 level and $172.3 million below the President’s request. In all, funding for the House of Representatives has been reduced by 14% since Republicans gained its control in January 2011.
The legislation also includes a provision to freeze the pay of Members of Congress, preventing any pay increases in fiscal year 2016. A freeze on the salaries of Representatives has been in place since 2010.
“This bill sets a high standard for fiscal responsibility for the House of Representatives – marking the third year in a row that we have frozen our own budget and making good on our promise to rein in wasteful spending and do more with less,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “This bill will allow the House of Representatives to fulfill its core duties within a responsible, realistic budget, and preserve the open democracy that makes this nation so great.”
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