CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, the House will consider H.Res. 115, a resolution providing for the expenses of certain committees of the House of Representatives in the 113th, under a rule. H.Res. 115 was introduced by Representative Candice Miller (R-MI), Chairman of the House Committee on Administration, on March 13, 2013. It was reported out of Committee by voice vote on March 14, 2013.
H. Res. 115 sets forth the payment levels to cover the expenses of each standing and select committee of the House, except the Committee on Appropriations. It also includes a limitation to the expenses for the 1st and 2nd sessions of the 113th Congress; a provision requiring a review of the use of committee funds at the beginning of the second session; and a reserve fund for unanticipated committee expenses for the 113th Congress. However, the total authorization for Committees in H.Res. 115 represents an approximately 11% cut from the authorization level of the second session of last Congress.
During the first three months of each new Congress, House Rule X, clause 7, allows the House committees to continue operations based on their funding authorizations from the preceding session. This continuing authorization enables committees to organize, to adopt legislative and oversight agendas, and to seek spending authority through the adoption of a primary expense resolution by the House.
The funding process begins after each House standing or select committee determines its biennial funding needs and introduces a House resolution seeking the funds. House Rule X, clause 6 requires that all funding resolutions be referred to the House Committee on Administration. Once all committee resolutions have been introduced, the House Committee on Administration combines the resolutions into one single, primary expense resolution. Because the funding process authorizes expenditures of funds already provided in appropriations acts, the funding measure takes the form of a simple House resolution.
A CBO cost estimate for H.Res. 115 was not available as of press time.