The House today approved the fiscal year 2012 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, providing annual funding for the offices of Members of the House of Representatives, the support agencies of Congress, services for visitors, and Capitol operations and maintenance.
The total included for the House and joint operations is $3.3 billion, which is $227 million (-6.4%) below last year's level and $472 million (-12.4%) below the request. Nearly every legislative branch office and agency -- save the Capitol Police -- will take at least a 6.4% cut, including the offices of Members of Congress, leadership, and Committees.
"Our constituents asked us to get our fiscal house in order, and we are leading by example with this legislation. We all have to share in the sacrifice during this financial crisis, and this bill shows that we are doing our part to help our nation dig itself out of dangerous, job-killing debt so that we can get our economy back on track," Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.
Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Chairman of the Legislation Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, said,
"While the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill is the smallest of the annual Appropriations bills, it presents a unique set of challenges and concerns, particularly in these tough economic times. Congress has asked all federal government agencies to rein in spending and do more with less. This budget takes the current economic climate to heart and begins in our own backyard with a 6.4% cut to Member, Committee, and leadership offices. We all must share in the task of getting our fiscal house in order. Americans make these decisions day in and day out and expect Congress to do the same."