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H.R. 793: To prohibit the use of funds for the official travel of Members of Congress during any period in which a Government shutdown is in effect.


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 25, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 793

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 25, 2019

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

A BILL

To prohibit the use of funds for the official travel of Members of Congress during any period in which a Government shutdown is in effect.

1.

Prohibiting Member official travel during shutdown

(a)

Prohibition

Except as provided in subsection (b), no appropriated funds, including official funds of the House of Representatives, official funds of the Senate, or funds available under any Federal law, rule, or regulation, may be used to pay for the costs of travel by a Member of Congress during any period in which a Government shutdown is in effect.

(b)

Exception for travel by Member to Washington Metropolitan Area

Subsection (a) does not apply with respect to travel by a Member of Congress to the Washington Metropolitan Area.

(c)

Determination of Government shutdown

For purposes of subsection (a), a Government shutdown shall be considered to be in effect if there is a lapse in appropriations for any Federal agency or department as a result of a failure to enact a regular appropriations bill or continuing resolution.

(d)

Definitions

In this section—

(1)

the term Member of Congress means a Senator or a Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress; and

(2)

the term Washington Metropolitan Area means the District of Columbia, the Counties of Montgomery and Prince Georges in Maryland, and the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudon, and Prince William and the Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church in Virginia.

(e)

Sense of Congress regarding need of Members To remain at work during Government shutdown

It is the sense of Congress that, whenever a Government shutdown is in effect, Members of Congress should remain at work in Washington, DC until the shutdown is no longer in effect.