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Text of the Congressional Accountability Pay Act

This bill was introduced on February 24, 2010, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Feb 24, 2010 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4681

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 24, 2010

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To provide for rates of pay for Members of Congress to be adjusted as a function of changes in Government spending.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Congressional Accountability Pay Act.

2.

Change in method for adjusting pay

Section 601(a) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (2 U.S.C. 31) is amended to read as follows:

601.
(a)
(1)

This subsection applies with respect to—

(A)

each Senator, Member of the House of Representatives, and Delegate to the House of Representatives, and the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico,

(B)

the President pro tempore of the Senate, the majority leader and the minority leader of the Senate, and the majority leader and the minority leader of the House of Representatives, and

(C)

the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(2)

Whenever outlays for any fiscal year are greater than outlays for the preceding fiscal year, then, effective as of the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1 of the calendar year next beginning after the close of the second of those 2 fiscal years, the rate of pay for each position under paragraph (1) shall be decreased by the percentage (rounded to the nearest 1/10 of 1 percent) equal to the percentage by which outlays for the second of those 2 fiscal years are greater than outlays for the first of those 2 fiscal year, but in no event below $1.

(3)

The Congressional Budget Office shall prescribe any regulations necessary to carry out this subsection, including regulations governing the determination of total outlays for a fiscal year.

(4)

For purposes of this subsection, the term outlays means budget outlays, as defined by section 3 of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (2 U.S.C. 622).

(5)

This subsection shall apply for purposes of determining rates of pay for pay periods beginning on or after January 1, 2012.

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3.

Coordination rule

(a)

In general

Section 225(l)(3) of the Federal Salary Act of 1967 (2 U.S.C. 362(3)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(C)

Notwithstanding any other provision of this subsection, in the case of a position referred to in section 601(a) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (2 U.S.C. 31), no recommendation referred to in this subsection (in the matter before paragraph (1)) may be made which, if enacted, would cause the rate of pay for any such position to differ from the rate of pay which would, as of any given time, then be payable with respect to such position under such section 601(a).

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(b)

Exclusion of judges

Such section 225(l)(3) is further amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (A)(i), by striking all that follows recommended for and inserting the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Vice President of the United States, respectively, shall be equal.; and

(2)

in subparagraph (A)(iii), by striking all that follows a Delegate to the House of Representatives, and that precedes and each office or position under section 5313 of title 5.