H.Res. XX: A Resolution to Cut Congress’s Budget

H.Res. XX

A Resolution to Cut Congress’s Budget

Date
January 6, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.Res. XX on January 6, 2011, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  Under the Rules for the 112th Congress (H.Res. 5), the resolution is debatable for two hours.  The resolution was introduced by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) on January 6, 2011, and has yet to be given a bill number.

Bill Summary

H.Res. XX would reduce the operating budgets of House committees, leadership offices, and individual member offices.  The resolution would reduce the amount of member allowances, leadership expenses, and committee expenses for 2011 and 2012 by 5 percent below 2010 levels.  The House Appropriations Committee, however, would be subject to a 9 percent reduction from FY 2010 levels for salaries and expenses in fiscal years 2011 and 2012.

Under the resolution, the amount of any Members’ Representational Allowance in 2011 and 2012 could not exceed 95 percent of the amount established in 2010.  Salaries and expenses for House leadership and committee offices would also be prohibited from exceeding 95 percent of the 2010 level.  Finally, the bill would prohibit the Appropriations Committee from authorizing amounts appropriated for its own salaries and expenses during fiscal years 2011 and 2012 in excess of 91 percent of the level provided in FY 2010.

Background

In September 2010, Republicans pledged to the American people that they would change the way Washington works and begin cutting job-killing spending immediately.  Runaway federal spending destroys confidence in the government’s ability to manage its budget and ultimately weakens the economy and kills jobs.  As previous Congresses have demonstrated, uncontrollable government spending and record deficits do not and will not create jobs.  To grow the economy and create jobs, Republicans will put Washington's fiscal house back in order.  To that end, Republicans will take the first step to cut spending by voting on a five percent cut to every Congressional office budget.

The budget cuts will apply to all leadership offices, committees, and Members' personal allowances.  According to the chairman of the Majority Transition Team, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), the resolution would save taxpayers $35.2 million in FY 2011.  The savings would consist of $1 million form leadership offices, $8.1 million from committee budgets, and $26.1 million from Members’ office budgets.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate for H. Res. XX is not available.  According to the chairman of the Majority Transition Team, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), the resolution would save taxpayers $35.2 million in FY 2011.