June 29, 2017
The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2018 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill on a voice vote. 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 $3.58 billion. This is $100 million above the fiscal year 2017 level and $228 million below the President’s request. Additional funding is included to increase security for Members of Congress, staff, and their constituents in the wake of the shooting at the Congressional baseball team practice this month. The legislation also includes a provision to freeze the pay of Members of Congress, preventing any pay increases in fiscal year 2018. A freeze on the salaries of Representatives has been in place since 2010.
“The traumatic event of June 14 has put today’s markup in a new light. The Capitol represents what makes this country great; it is a symbol of freedom and democracy. Whatever we can do to keep the people who work in and visit this institution safe we need to do. I am proud to say that this bill does that,” Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said. “As Members of Congress, we are honored to come to this building every day with the charge of representing the will of the American people. This bill allows us to do so in a way we can all stand behind.”
Congressman Kevin Yoder, Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman, also commented on the bill.
“Crystal Griner and David Bailey’s heroism showed the country and the world what Members of Congress see every day – the bravery of the United States Capitol Police as they put their lives on the line protecting the Capitol Complex and its roughly nine million visitors every year. We owe it to them to ensure they have the necessary resources to meet their mission in an increasingly polarized climate. After additional meetings with Chief Verderosa, I believe this bill appropriately prioritizes those needs, in addition to provisions that will ensure Members can enhance their constituents' safety at events in their districts,” Chairman Yoder said. “Our bill also continues the principle of Congress leading by example by maintaining funding on the House well below 2010 levels and continues the pay freeze on Members of Congress in place since Republicans gained the majority. I appreciate Chairman Frelinghuysen’s leadership and look forward to the bill’s passage.”
The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full committee today:
Rep. Yoder – The manager’s amendment makes technical and noncontroversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
Rep. Lee - The amendment adds report language encouraging more training to avoid hiring bias in House offices.
The bill was approved by the full committee on a voice vote.
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