H. R. 3136
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 6, 2011
Mr. Forbes 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
To provide for rates of pay for Members of Congress to be adjusted as a function of changes in Government spending.
This Act may be cited as the
Congressional Accountability Pay
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:
This subsection applies with respect to—
each Senator, Member of the House of Representatives, and Delegate to the House of Representatives, and the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico,
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
the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
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 years, but in no event below $1.
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.
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).
This subsection shall apply for purposes of determining rates of pay for pay periods beginning on or after January 1, 2013.
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:
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).
Exclusion of judges
Such section 225(l)(3) is further amended—
(A)(i), by striking all that follows
recommended for and
the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Vice
President of the United States, respectively, shall be equal.;
(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.