H.R. 4825: To require any amounts remaining in a Member's Representational Allowance at the end of a fiscal year to be deposited in the Treasury and used for deficit reduction or to reduce the Federal debt.

H.R. 4825

To require any amounts remaining in a Member's Representational Allowance at the end of a fiscal year to be deposited in the Treasury and used for deficit reduction or to reduce the Federal debt.

Date
March 16, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

H.R. 4825 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick on March 11, 2010, and referred to the House Committee on House Administration.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4825 would require any amounts remaining of House Members' Representational Allowances, after all payments are made for the year, to be deposited in the Treasury and used for deficit reduction. In fiscal years for which there is no federal budget deficit, the money would be used to reduce the federal debt. This bill would apply to fiscal year 2011 and each succeeding fiscal year.

Background

Public Law 111-68, Legislative Branch Appropriations Act of 2010 contains section 101 (a), which states:

"Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any amounts appropriated under this Act for `House of Representatives-Salaries and Expenses-Members' Representational Allowances' shall be available only for fiscal year 2010. Any amount remaining after all payments are made under such allowances for fiscal year 2010 shall be deposited in the Treasury and used for deficit reduction (or, if there is no Federal budget deficit after all such payments have been made, for reducing the Federal debt, in such manner as the Secretary of the Treasury considers appropriate)."

According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), each Legislative Branch Appropriations bill since 1995 has contained a similar control over left over MRA funds.  H.R. 4825 would permanently place the provision into law.

Cost

A CBO score for H.R. 4825 was not available at press time.