The House Appropriations Committee today(7/6) released the fiscal year 2012 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow (7/7). The bill provides 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 -- excluding Senate-only items -- is $3.3 billion, which is $227 million -- or 6.4% - below last year's level and $472 million -- or 12% -- below the request.
"Congress must lead by example when it comes to reducing government spending to put our nation's budgets on a more sustainable path. This bill will reduce House leadership, Member, and Committee budgets by over 6%. This cut reflects our willingness to cut spending starting in our own backyards, while maintaining essential operations and security efforts to ensure the safe and productive operations of the Capitol for the thousands of people that work in and visit the Capitol complex every day," House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.
Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman, stated, "Congress has asked every agency in the federal government to rein in spending and do more with less, and we should do the same. Through formal hearings, a number of informal meetings, and listening to all the agencies we oversee, we have carefully determined what we can afford and what we can't and still remain safe and operational. This Subcommittee has looked at the facts, set priorities, and made tough choices. Across this country, Americans take these steps with their own budgets each and every day and expect Congress to do the same."