June 10, 2016
The House today approved the fiscal year 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill on a vote of 233-175. The bill provides annual funding for the offices of Members of the House of Representatives, the support agencies of Congress, security and police forces, services for visitors, and Capitol operations and maintenance.
The total included for the House and joint operations, excluding Senate-only items, is $3.48 billion. This is $73 million above the fiscal year 2016 level and $152 million below the President’s request. The slight increase in funds is directed to critical security efforts, and essential health and safety improvements to aging or damaged facilities to protect Members, staff, and visitors. In all, funding for the House of Representatives has been reduced by 13.2% 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 2017.
“This is a good bill that targets funds to critical operations while keeping a close eye on every tax dollar. From maintaining the hallowed halls of the Capitol building, to supporting constituent services, to providing funding for the agencies that keep us informed and in check, this bill supports the largest and most free democracy the world has ever known,” Chairman Hal Rogers said.
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