CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 5682, on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 5681 was introduced on July 1, 2010, by Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA) and referred to the House Administration Committee, which held a mark-up and reported the bill by voice vote on July 14, 2010.
H.R. 5682 would allow any active duty member of the Armed Forces assigned to a congressional liaison office to obtain membership in the House exercise facility in the same manner as an employee of the House of Representatives.
In addition, the legislation would also establish a House Child Care Center Revolving Fund in the U.S. Treasury, which would consist of funds collected from fees for child care services or gifts, as well as any additional funding received for the operation of the House Child Care Center. The fund would be the exclusive source for all salaries and expenses for activities related to the child care center. Under the legislation, any amounts in the child care center account as of the date of the bill’s enactment would be transferred to the House Child Care Center Revolving Fund and used for the operation of the center.
Finally, the bill would transfer responsibility for the care and repair of all furniture in the House from the Architect of the Capitol to the Chief Administrative Officer of the House.
According to the Chief Administrative Officer of the House (CAO), “The United States House of Representatives Child Care Center, commonly known as HRCCC, has been providing full-day, year-round quality child care for children (10 weeks to 5 years of age) of the Members of the House of Representatives, their staffs and House support personnel since 1987.” The child care facility consists of five classrooms, a large multi-purpose room, and a playground. Fees for the center range from $1,282 a month for infants up to 12 months of age to $908 a month for children between four and five years old. While the majority of the funding for the child center comes from fees, CAO is authorized to accept gifts and additional funding from elsewhere. Under current law, funds to operate the center are placed into an account and managed by the CAO.
A CBO score for H.R. 5682 was not available as of press time.