H.Res. 132, Providing for the expenses of certain committees of the House of Representatives in the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress

H.Res. 132

Providing for the expenses of certain committees of the House of Representatives in the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress

Date
March 19, 2015 (114th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, the House will consider H.Res. 132, a resolution providing for the expenses of certain committees of the House of Representatives in the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, under a rule.  H.Res. 132 was introduced on March 2, 2015 by Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Chair of the Committee on House Administration, which ordered the bill reported favorably by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 132 sets forth the levels of expenses in the 114th Congress for standing and permanent select committees of the House (not including the House Appropriations Committee).  They are as follows:

  • Committee on Agriculture, $10,173,096;
  • Committee on Armed Services, $14,208,340;
  • Committee on the Budget, $10,380,424;
  • Committee on Education and the Workforce, $14,044,580;
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce, 19,531,442;
  • Committee on Ethics, $6,201,326;
  • Committee on Financial Services, $15,086,852;
  • Committee on Foreign Affairs, $14,923,986;
  • Committee on Homeland Security, $14,407,846;
  • Committee on House Administration, $9,293,130;
  • Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, $9,197,310;
  • Committee on the Judiciary, $14,395,572;
  • Committee on Natural Resources, $13,422,774;
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, $18,059,682;
  • Committee on Rules, $5,846,964;
  • Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, $10,671,164;
  • Committee on Small Business, $6,045,228;
  • Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, $16,728,260;
  • Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, $6,958,062; and
  • Committee on Ways and Means, $17,515,290.

H.Res. 132 further sets limitations on expenses for the 1st and 2nd sessions of the 114th Congress.  Moreover, this legislation establishes a $500,000 reserve fund in the 1st session of the 114th Congress, and a $500,000 reserve fund in the 2nd session of the 114th Congress, to account for any unexpected committee expenses (these accounts cannot be carried over from session to session).  Finally, the resolution authorizes the Committee on House Administration to make adjustments in committee expense accounts, if necessary to comply with a sequestration order by the President issued under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act) to enforce a specified budget goal or to conform to any change in appropriations.

Background

“Pursuant to House Rule X, clause 6, the Committee on House Administration reports an omnibus, biennial ‘primary expense resolution’ to cover the expenses of each standing and select committee of the House, except the Committee on Appropriations.”[1]  “The resolution is the primary expense resolution reported by the Committee on House Administration for the 114th Congress.”[2]

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[1] See House Report 114-44, at 1.
[2] See Id. at 1.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is currently unavailable, but this resolution authorizes approximately $247,091,328 from January 2015 to January 2017.  The bill authorizes an additional $1 million for the reserve fund.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.