Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Fiscal Year 2020 Legislative Branch Funding Bill
WASHINGTON — The House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch today approved its fiscal year 2020 bill. The bill appropriates a total of $3.943 billion, $135 million or 3.6 percent more than in FY 2019. The bill next heads to the full Committee for markup.
“Fundamentally, our bill provides modest increases to support the staffing and other resources needed by Congress to do its job well, to maintain and build analytic capacity in the Legislative Branch, and to address high-priority needs in areas like information technology and security,” said House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch Chairman Tim Ryan. “Our bill also increases the allowance for paying interns, from $20,000 to $25,000 per Member office. Internships are a valuable means of gaining work experience and opening doors to future employment—and that opportunity shouldn’t be available only to those who can afford to work for free.”
“House Democrats are committed to an orderly appropriations process that gets the people’s business done on time – and that includes the business of the People’s House,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey. “The Fiscal Year 2020 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill is an example of that commitment. By providing a total of $3.943 billion, $135 million above FY 2019 levels, this bill would ensure that members of Congress can effectively work on behalf of their constituents and that the public can safely visit the Capitol campus.”