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Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2015 - Title I: Legislative Branch Appropriations - Makes appropriations to the House of Representatives for FY2015 for: (1) salaries and/or expenses of the House leadership offices, committees (including the Committee on Appropriations), and officers and employees; and (2) Members' representational allowances.

(Sec. 101) Requires deposit in the Treasury of any amounts of a Member's representational allowance remaining after all payments are made, to be used for federal deficit reduction, or, if there is no deficit, federal debt reduction.

(Sec. 102) Prohibits the use of funds made available in this Act to deliver a printed copy of a bill, joint resolution, or resolution to the office of a Member of the House of Representatives unless the Member requests a copy.

(Sec. 103) Prohibits the use of funds made available in this Act to deliver a printed copy of any version of the Congressional Record to the office of a Member.

(Sec. 104) Prohibits the use of funds made available in this Act by the Chief Administrative Officer of the House to make any payments from any Members' Representational Allowance for the leasing of a vehicle (except mobile district offices) in an aggregate amount that exceeds $1,000 for the vehicle in any month.

(Sec. 105) Prohibits the use of funds made available in this Act to provide an aggregate number of more than 50 printed copies of any edition of the U.S. Code to all House offices.

Makes appropriations for salaries and/or expenses of: (1) the Joint Economic Committee; (2) the Joint Committee on Taxation; (3) the Office of the Attending Physician; (4) the Office of Congressional Accessibility Services; (5) the Capitol Police; (6) the Office of Compliance; (7) the Congressional Budget Office (CBO); and (8) the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), including for the care and operation of Capitol buildings and grounds, House office buildings, the Capitol power plant, the Library of Congress buildings and grounds, the Capitol Police buildings, grounds, and security, the Botanic Garden, and the Capitol Visitor Center.

(Sec. 1001) Bars the use of funds made available by this Act for scrims containing photographs of building facades during restoration or construction projects performed by the AOC.

Appropriates funds for: (1) the Library of Congress for salaries and expenses, the Copyright Office, Congressional Research Service (CRS), and Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; (2) the Government Printing Office (GPO) for congressional printing and binding (including transfer of funds); (3) GPO for the Office of Superintendent of Documents (including transfer of funds); (4) the Government Printing Office Revolving Fund; (5) the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for salaries and expenses; and (6) a payment to the Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund.

(Sec. 1101) Establishes an upper limit of $203.058 million for the FY2015 obligational authority of the Library of Congress with regard to certain reimbursable and revolving fund activities.

(Sec. 1201) Requires the Comptroller General (GAO) to establish the Center for Audit Excellence within GAO to:

  • build institutional auditing capacity; and
  • promote good governance by providing affordable, relevant, and high-quality training, technical assistance, and products and services to qualified personnel and entities of governments (including federal, state, and local governments, tribal governments, and governments of foreign nations), international organizations, and other private organizations.

Authorizes GAO to:

  • establish, charge, and collect fees (on a reimbursable or advance basis) for the training, technical assistance, and products or services; and
  • accept and use conditional or non-conditional gifts of real and personal property and services (including services of guest lecturers) to support the Center's operation.

Prohibits GAO from accepting or using such a gift if its acceptance or use would compromise or appear to compromise GAO's integrity.

Expresses the sense of Congress that the Center should be staffed primarily by GAO personnel not otherwise engaged in carrying out other GAO duties, so as to ensure that the Center's operation will not have a negative impact on GAO's ability to maintain a consistently high level of service to Congress.

Establishes in the Treasury (as a separate GAO account) the Center for Audit Excellence Account consisting of fees deposited by GAO and such other amounts as may be appropriated under law.

Makes amounts in the Account available to GAO in amounts specified in appropriations Acts and without fiscal year limitation to carry out this Act.

Authorizes appropriations.

Prohibits GAO from operating the Center until:

  • it submits a business plan for the Center to congressional appropriations committees; and
  • each such committee approves the plan.

Title II: General Provisions - Specifies authorized and prohibited uses of funds appropriated by this Act identical or similar to corresponding provisions of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2014.

(Sec. 206) Authorizes the AOC to maintain and improve the landscape features, excluding streets, in specified grassy areas of Washington, DC, SW.

(Sec. 208) Prohibits the use of funds made available to the AOC in this Act to eliminate or restrict guided tours of the U.S. Capitol led by congressional employees and interns.

Allows temporary suspension or restriction of such tours for security or related reasons to the same extent as guided tours of the U.S. Capitol led by the AOC.

(Sec. 209) Prohibits a Member of Congress from receiving a cost of living adjustment to his or her salary under the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 during FY2015.

(Sec. 210) Establishes a spending reduction account consisting of the amount by which each applicable allocation of new budget authority made by the House Committee on Appropriations, excluding Senate items, exceeds the amount of proposed new budget authority. Makes such amount $0.

Legislative Terms

  • accounting and auditing
  • appropriations
  • architect of the capitol
  • budget deficits and national debt
  • congress
  • congressional budget office (cbo)
  • congressional research service (crs)
  • congressional agencies
  • congressional committees
  • congressional leadership
  • congressional officers and employees
  • district of columbia
  • government accountability office (gao)
  • government publishing office (gpo)
  • government buildings, facilities, and property
  • government employee pay, benefits, personnel management
  • government information and archives
  • government trust funds
  • health personnel
  • horticulture and plants
  • house committee on appropriations
  • house of representatives
  • intellectual property
  • joint committee on taxation
  • joint economic committee
  • law enforcement officers
  • libraries and archives
  • library of congress
  • members of congress
  • motor vehicles
  • public contracts and procurement
  • travel and tourism
  • u.s. capitol
  • user charges and fees