(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)
This bill provides FY2017 appropriations for the legislative branch, including the House of Representatives and Joint Items such as: the Joint Economic Committee, the Joint Committee on Taxation, and the Office of the Attending Physician.
It also provides appropriations for:
Pursuant to a longstanding practice under which each chamber of Congress determines its own requirements, the House bill does not include funds for the Senate.
The bill increases overall legislative branch funding above the FY2016 level and includes an increase for the House of Representatives.
For other legislative branch agencies and programs, the bill:
The bill also includes provisions that would:
Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2016
TITLE I--LEGISLATIVE BRANCH
Provides appropriations to the House of Representatives for:
(In this bill, the term "Member of the House of Representatives" also includes a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to the Congress.)
(Sec. 101) Requires amounts remaining in Members' Representational Allowances after all payments are made for FY2017 to be used for deficit or debt reduction.
(Sec. 102) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used 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 funds provided by this bill from being used to deliver a printed copy of the Congressional Record to the office of a Member of the House of Representatives.
(Sec. 104) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to make payments from any Members' Representational Allowance to lease a vehicle, excluding mobile district offices, at a rate that exceeds $1,000 for the vehicle in any month.
(Sec. 105) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to provide an aggregate number of more than 50 printed copies of any edition of the U.S. Code to all offices of the House of Representatives.
(Sec. 106) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to deliver a printed copy of the report of disbursements for the operations of the House of Representatives to the office of a Member of the House of Representatives.
(Sec. 107) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to deliver to the office of a Member of the House Representatives a printed copy of the Daily Calendar of the House of Representatives prepared by the Clerk of the House of Representatives.
(Sec. 108) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to deliver a printed copy of the Congressional Pictorial Directory to the office of a Member of the House of Representatives.
(Sec. 109) Prohibits cost of living adjustments for Members of Congress during FY2017.
(Sec. 110) Permits members of the Capitol Police to travel outside of the United States on official duty if: (1) the travel is with, or in preparation for, travel of a Member of the House of Representatives who holds a position in a House Leadership Office; and (2) the Sergeant at Arms approves the travel.
Permits the Sergeant at Arms to reimburse the Capitol Police for overtime pay, travel, and related expenses of any member of the Capitol Police who travels pursuant to this section.
Provides appropriations for Joint Items, including:
Provides appropriations for:
(Sec. 1001) Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2003 to permit the Capitol Police to dispose of forfeited and abandoned property and to accept surplus or obsolete property from other federal agencies.
(Sec. 1101) Establishes senior level CBO positions to meet critical scientific, technical, professional, or executive needs and limits the compensation for the positions to level II of the Executive Schedule.
Provides appropriations to the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) for:
(Sec. 1201) Prohibits funds provided by this bill for the AOC from being used to make incentive or award payments to contractors for work that is behind schedule or over budget, unless the deviations are due to unforeseeable events, government-driven scope changes, or are insignificant within the overall scope of the project or program.
(Sec. 1202) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for scrims (coverings for buildings that are being renovated) containing photographs of building facades during restoration or construction projects performed by the AOC.
(Sec. 1203) Establishes a working capital fund for the AOC to use for common agency services, activities, and equipment, such as construction, capital repairs, renovations, rehabilitation, maintenance of real property, and similar agency expenses.
(Sec. 1204) Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1977 to provide the AOC with jurisdiction to operate a shuttle service between the House Office Buildings, the O'Neill Building, and the Capitol.
(Sec. 1205) Permits the AOC to use balances of expired appropriations to reimburse the Department of Labor for unemployment compensation payments to former AOC employees.
(Sec. 1206) Establishes a Flag Office Revolving Fund for the AOC to use for expenses in connection with services provided by the Flag Office, including: (1) supplies, inventories, equipment, and other expenses; and (2) reimbursement of any appropriations account for the salaries of employees of the Flag Office.
Provides appropriations to the Library of Congress (LOC) for:
(Sec. 1301) Limits the FY2017 obligational authority of the LOC for reimbursable and revolving fund activities funded from sources other than appropriations.
(Sec. 1302) Establishes the Library of Congress National Collection Stewardship Fund for the LOC to use for: (1) preparing collection materials for long-term storage, and (2) transferring funds to the AOC for designing, constructing, altering, upgrading, and equipping collections preservation and storage facilities for the LOC, or for leasing real property for the preservation and storage of collections.
(Sec. 1303) Amends the National Film Preservation Act of 1996 to reauthorize through FY2026 the LOC's National Film Preservation Program.
(Sec. 1304) Amends the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 to reauthorize through FY2026 the LOC's Sound Recording Preservation Program.
Provides appropriations to the Government Publishing Office for:
Provides appropriations to:
TITLE II--GENERAL PROVISIONS
(Sec. 201) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for the maintenance or care of private vehicles, except for emergency assistance and cleaning.
(Sec. 202) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from remaining available for obligation beyond FY2017 unless expressly provided in this bill.
(Sec. 203) Provides that: (1) rates of compensation or designations of offices or positions included in this bill that are either not established by the Legislative Pay Act of 1929 or are contrary to that Act are considered permanent law; and (2) provisions in this bill for official congressional expenses and clerk hire for Senators and Members of the House of Representatives are permanent law.
(Sec. 204) Limits contracts for certain consulting services to those where expenditures are a matter of public record and available for public inspection.
(Sec. 205) Permits legislative branch entities participating in the Legislative Branch Financial Managers Council to use funds provided for administrative expenses to pay a share of the cost of the council if the total cost shared among all participating entities does not exceed $2000.
(Sec. 206) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being transferred to any department, agency, or instrumentality of the U.S. government unless the transfer is pursuant to authority provided by an appropriations Act.
(Sec. 207) Prohibits the AOC from using funds provided by this bill to eliminate or restrict guided Capitol tours led by congressional employees and interns, subject to an exception permitting tours to be suspended for security or related reasons.
(Sec. 208) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for a computer network unless pornography is blocked, with the exception of law enforcement, prosecution, or adjudication activities.
(Sec. 209) Establishes a spending reduction account for the amount by which spending proposed in this bill exceeds the subcommittee's allocation under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Specifies that the amount is $0. (Under the Rules of the House of Representatives, any savings included in the spending reduction account are not available for further appropriation during consideration of the bill.)