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The summary below was written by the House Republican Conference, which is the caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives.
This summary can be found at http://www.gop.gov/bill/112/1/hr2551.
H.R. 2551, the Fiscal Year 2012 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill would provide a total of $3.32 billion in discretionary budget authority for all non-Senate Legislative Branch activities, which is $227 million or 6.4 percent below FY 2011 levels and $471.7 million or 12.4 percent below the president’s requested level. The House and Senate traditionally determine their own funding separately and concur with each other’s bill in a conference committee. According to House Report 112-148, which accompanies the legislation, the Senate appropriations estimate is $1.058 billion. Thus, when the Senate portion of the appropriation of the bill is included, the total amount of discretionary budget authority for all Legislative Branch activity would be approximately $4.38 billion in FY 2012.
According to the Committee on Appropriations, Since January 2011, the spending overseen by the Legislative Branch Subcommittee has been cut by 9 percent from FY10 spending levels, “returning this Subcommittee’s spending levels to $111 million below FY09 levels. This marks the largest-ever, two-year reduction for this bill, $329 million in total.” The bill would contribute to an overall level of discretionary budget authority of $1.019 trillion for FY 2012, a reduction of $30.3 billion below FY 2011.
H.R. 2551 would provide funding for a number of legislative agencies, including all House staff and expenses, the Capitol Police, the House-portion of funding for the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), the Library of Congress (LOC), the Government Printing Office (GPO), the Congressional Research Service and the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
House of Representatives: H.R. 2551 would provide $1.22 billion for the House of Representatives, a reduction of $84.7 million or 6.5 percent below FY 2011 and $107 million or 8 percent below the president’s request. Spending reductions in the bill include an across-the-board 6.4 percent cut from FY 2011 levels to individual Member, Committee, and Leadership office budgets. Specific funding for the House of Representatives is as follows.
Joint Items: H.R. 2551 would provide $19.4 million for the various joint House and Senate committees, which include the Joint Economic Committee, the Joint Committee on Taxation, and the Office of the Attending Physician. Funding for these items is a reduction of $404,000 or 2 percent below FY 2011 and $1.5 million or 7.3 percent below the president’s request.
Capitol Police: H.R. 2551 would provide $340.1 million for the salaries and expenses of the U.S. Capitol Police, which is the same amount as FY 2011 and a reduction of $47.5 million or 12.2 percent below the president’s request. The bill provides $277 million for salaries to employ 1775 officers.
Office of Compliance: H.R. 2551 would provide $3.8 million for the Office of Compliance, which represents a reduction of $260,000 or 6.4 percent below FY 2011 and $965,000 below the president’s request. Office of Compliance enforces various employment and workplace safety laws that apply to Congress and certain legislative branch entities.
CBO: H.R. 2551 would provide $43.8 million for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which represents a reduction of $2.9 million or 6.4 percent below FY 2011 and $3 million below the president’s request.
Architect of the Capitol: H.R. 2551 would provide $489 million for the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), which represents a reduction of $36 million or 7 percent below FY 2011 and $129 million or 21 percent below the president’s request. The funds support AOC general administration, Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund, Capitol building maintenance, Capitol grounds, House office buildings and grounds, the Capitol power plant, the Capitol Visitors Center and the Botanic Garden.
Library of Congress: H.R. 2551 would provide $575.3 million for the Library of Congress (LOC), which represents a reduction of $53 million or 8.5 percent below FY 2011 and $91.4 million or 13.7 percent below the president’s request.
GPO: H.R. 2551 would provide $113 million for the Government Printing Office (GPO), which represents a reduction of $22 million or 16 percent below FY 2011 and $35 million or 24 percent below the president’s request.
GAO: H.R. 2551 would provide $511.3 million for the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which represents a reduction of 35 million or 6.4 percent below FY 2011 and $45 million or 8.2 percent below the president’s request. In addition, GAO would receive $18.3 million in offsetting collections derived from reimbursements for conducting financial audits of government corporations and rental of space in the GAO building.
Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund: H.R. 2551 would provide $1 million for the Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund, which represents a reduction of $10.3 million or 91 percent below FY 2011 and $11 million below the president’s request. The funding would be used to shutdown the program which supports cultural exchanges for citizens of Russia and former Soviet republics to visit the U.S. According to House Report 112-148, “The Committee has always expressed concern regarding the benefits of the Open World program. For several years the Committee has maintained a position that this program becomes independent of funding provided in this bill. Therefore, with reductions being made to most every program within the Federal budget and no measurable benefits realized from the Open World program, the Committee recommends $1,000,000 for shutdown expenses of the Open World Leadership Center.”
John C. Stennis Center: H.R. 2551 would zero-out funding for the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development, which is meant to encourage public service by congressional staff through training and development programs.
H.R. 2551 Discretionary Budget Authority (In Thousands)
Change from FY 2011
Change from Request
Change from FY 2011 %
Change from Request %
House of Representatives
House Leadership Offices
Transition to Calendar Year Funding
Members' Representational Allowances
Salaries, Officers and Employees
Allowances and Expenses
Total House of Representatives
Joint Economic Committee
Joint Committee on Taxation
Office of the Attending Physician
Total Joint Items
U.S. Capitol Police
Office of Compliance
Congressional Budget Office
Architect of the Capitol
Library of Congress
Government Printing Office
Government Accountability Office
Open World Leadership Center
John C. Stennis Center
H.R. 2551 Total (Excluding Senate)
According to CBO, H.R. 2551 would provide $3.324 billion in discretionary budget authority.
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