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H.R. 4481 (115th): To amend the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to prohibit the use of public funds to make payments of awards and settlements in connection with violations of such Act which are committed by employing offices of the House of Representatives and Senate, and for other purposes.

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 29, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4481

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 29, 2017

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration

A BILL

To amend the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to prohibit the use of public funds to make payments of awards and settlements in connection with violations of such Act which are committed by employing offices of the House of Representatives and Senate, and for other purposes.

1.

Prohibiting use of public funds to pay settlements and awards for claims under Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 involving employing offices of House and Senate

(a)

Prohibition

(1)

In general

Section 415 of the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1415) is amended—

(A)

in subsection (a), by striking subsection (c) and inserting subsections (c) and (d); and

(B)

by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(d)

No use of public funds for payments of awards and settlements involving employing offices of House or Senate

No funds of the Treasury of the United States, including the account described in subsection (a), an account of the House of Representatives or Senate, or any other account of the Federal Government, may be used for the payment of an award or settlement in connection with a violation of section 201(a)(1) by an employing office of the House of Representatives or an employing office of the Senate.

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(2)

Effective date

The amendment made by paragraph (1) shall apply with respect to settlements and awards paid on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(b)

Report on amounts previously paid

(1)

Report

Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Office of Compliance shall submit to Congress and make available to the public on the Office’s public website a report on all payments made with public funds prior to the date of the enactment of this Act for awards and settlements in connection with violations of section 201(a)(1) of the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 by employing offices of the House of Representatives and employing offices of the Senate, and shall include in the report the following information:

(A)

The amount paid for each such award or settlement.

(B)

The source of the public funds used for the award or settlement, without regard to whether the funds were paid from the account described in section 415(a) of such Act (2 U.S.C. 1415(a)), an account of the House of Representatives or Senate, or any other account of the Federal Government.

(C)

The identification of the employing office involved and any individual who committed the violation involved.

(2)

Protection of identity of individuals receiving awards and settlements

In preparing and submitting the report required under this subsection, the Office of Compliance shall ensure that the identity of any individual who received an award or settlement, or who made an allegation of a violation against an employing office, is not disclosed.