H.R. 1752: To provide that the usual day for paying salaries in or under the House of Representatives may be established by regulations of the Committee on House Administration

H.R. 1752

To provide that the usual day for paying salaries in or under the House of Representatives may be established by regulations of the Committee on House Administration

Sponsor
Rep. Robert A. Brady

Date
June 23, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.R. 1752 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage on June 23, 2009. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA) on March 26, 2009. The bill was referred to the Committee on House Administration, which held a mark-up and reported the bill, as amended, on June 10, 2009 by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1752 would allow the Committee on House Administration to regulate the payment schedule for employees of the House of Representatives to conform to usual accounting practices.

Background

The payment schedule for employees of the House of Representatives was last changed by the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2002 (P.L. 107-68), which states that the "usual day for paying salaries in or under the House of Representatives shall be the last day of each month, except that if the last day of a month falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a legal public holiday, the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives shall pay such salaries on the first weekday which precedes the last day." Under H.R. 1752, the Committee on House Administration would be given the authority to promulgate pay schedules based on some other schedule, most likely bi-weekly or semi-monthly.

Cost

According to CBO, assuming that the House Administration Committee would promulgate a new payment schedule, "one-time costs to modify or purchase required computer systems would total about $1 million over the next two years."