H.R. 2551 Amendments: Amendments to HR 2551—Legislative Branch Appropriations Act of FY 2012

H.R. 2551

Amendments to HR 2551—Legislative Branch Appropriations Act of FY 2012

Date
July 21, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

This week, the House is scheduled to begin consideration of H.R. 2551, the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act of FY 2012.  The bill was introduced on July 15, 2011, by Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.  The bill is scheduled to be considered under a rule (H.Res. 359).  The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations.  The rule makes in order 16 amendments, each debatable for ten minutes, and provides for one motion to recommit with or without instructions.     

For information on the underlying legislation, please see the Legislative Digest for Thursday, July 21, 2011.

Amendments

Under the rule, the following 16 amendments are made in order.  Each amendment is debatable for ten minutes.

Amendment No. 1—Rep. Bishop (D-GA):  The amendment would reduce funding for the House of Representatives salaries and expenses account for transition activities for new member and staff by $1 million, from $2.7 million to $1.7 million.  The amendment would increase funding for the Capitol Police account by $1 million, from $277 million to $288 million.  According to the sponsor’s office, the additional funding would be used “to establish a Security Fund for Member's District Office Security Upgrades.”

Amendment No. 2—Rep. Watt (D-NC):  The amendment would reduce funding for the Office of Congressional Ethics (EOC) by $619,200 or 40 percent and transfer the funds to the Spending Reduction Account.

Amendment No. 3—Rep. Broun (R-GA):  The amendment would reduce funding for the Joint Economic Committee by $1 million or 25 percent and transfer the funds to the Spending Reduction Account.

Amendment No. 4— Rep. Broun (R-GA):  The amendment would reduce funding for the Office of Compliance salaries and expenses by $467,000 or 12 percent.  According to the sponsor’s office, this amendment would bring funding back to the FY 2008 level.  Funds reduced by the amendment would be transferred to the Spending Reduction Account.

Amendment No. 5—Reps. Hayworth (R-NY)/Gosar (R-AZ): The amendment would reduce funding for the Botanic Garden by $632,780 or 5.2 percent and transfers the funds to the Spending Reduction Account. 

Amendment No. 6—Rep. Broun (R-GA):  The amendment would reduce funding for the Botanic Garden by $3.2 million or 26 percent and transfers the funds to the Spending Reduction Account.  According to the sponsor’s office, this amendment would bring funding back to the FY 2008 level.  

Amendment No. 7—Rep. Altmire (D-PA):  The amendment would reduce and subsequently increases funding for the Library of Congress.  According to the amendment’s sponsor, the amendment is intended to “restore $1 million in funding to the Thirty-Year Mass Deacidification Program within the Library of Congress’ Salaries and Expenses Account.”

Amendment No. 8—Reps. Stutzman (R-IN):  The amendment would reduce funding for the Government Printing Office for Congressional Printing and Binding by $3.4 million or 4.3 percent and reduce funding for the Office of Superintendent of Documents by $1.5 million or 4.3 percent.  The $4.9 million in reductions would be transferred to the Spending Reduction Account.

Amendment No. 9—Reps. Moran (D-VA)/Welch (D-VT):  The amendment would prohibit funds appropriated in the bill from being used to obtain polystyrene containers for use in food service facilities of the House of Representatives.

Amendment No. 10—Rep. Flake (R-AZ):  The amendment would prohibit funds appropriated in the bill for Member’s representational allowances (MRAs), leadership, or committees from being used for any mailing that does not bear the official letterhead of the Member, committee, or office involved, other than a publication or document produced by another office of the Government that is included with the mailing.

Amendment No. 11—Rep. Flake (R-AZ):  The amendment would prohibit funds appropriated in the bill for Member’s representational allowances (MRAs), leadership, or committees from being used to purchase advertisements that hyperlink to a website maintained by Members, committees, and leadership offices.

Amendment No. 12—Rep. Holt (D-NJ):  The amendment would transfer $2.5 million from the House Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund for the salaries and expenses of the Office of Technology Assessment. 

Amendment No. 13—Reps. Paulsen (R-MN)/Miller (R-MI):  The amendment would prohibit funds appropriated in the bill from being used to deliver a printed copy of a bill, joint resolution, or resolution to the office of a Member of the House of Representatives unless the Member requests a copy.

Amendment No. 14—Reps. Paulsen (R-MN)/Miller (R-MI):  The amendment would prohibit funds appropriated in the bill from being used to deliver a printed copy of the Congressional Record to the office of a Member of the House of Representatives.

Amendment No. 15—Rep. Thompson (R-PA):  The amendment would prohibit funds appropriated in the bill from being used to purchase, acquire, install, or use any medium screw base compact fluorescent lamp or light bulb.

Amendment No. 16—Rep. Hanna (R-NY):  The amendment would prohibit funds appropriated in the bill from being used by the Chief Administrative Officer to make any payments from any Members’ Representational Allowance for the leasing of a vehicle in an aggregate amount that exceeds $1,000 for the vehicle in any month.  The amendment would apply only to individual Member office accounts and would not affect the Capitol Police, other legislative branch agencies, or periodic car rentals.  The intent of this amendment is to prevent the leasing of luxury vehicles.