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HR 1624
101st CONGRESS
1st Session
 H. R. 1624
To prohibit the acceptance of honoraria by Members of Congress; to require
a recorded vote of approval on any quadrennial pay adjustment for Members;
to defer any pay adjustment for Members until the succeeding Congress,
and for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 23, 1989
Mr. KYL (for himself, Mr. COX, Mr. DANNEMEYER, Mr. DORNAN of California,
Mr. HANCOCK, Mr. IRELAND, Mr. PAXON, Mr. SMITH of New Hampshire, Mr. WALKER,
Mr. MILLER of Washington, and Mr. COURTER) introduced the following bill;
which was referred jointly to the Committees on House Administration, Post
Office and Civil Service, and Rules
A BILL
To prohibit the acceptance of honoraria by Members of Congress; to require
a recorded vote of approval on any quadrennial pay adjustment for Members;
to defer any pay adjustment for Members until the succeeding Congress,
and for other purposes.
  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
  States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
  This Act may be cited as the `Honest Compensation Act'.
SEC. 2. PHASING OUT THE ACCEPTANCE OF HONORARIA BY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS.
  (a) IN GENERAL- Section 908(b) of the Supplemental Appropriations Act,
  1983 (2 U.S.C. 31-1(b)) is amended to read as follows:
  `(b)(1) Notwithstanding any other law, or any rule or other authority--
  `(A) a Senator shall not--
  `(i) accept honoraria which are attributable to calendar year 1990 and total
  more than the amount that is equal to 20 percent of the aggregate salary
  paid to such Senator for service as a Senator during such calendar year; or
  `(ii) after December 31, 1990, accept any honoraria; and
  `(B) a Member of the House of Representative shall not--
  `(i) accept honoraria which are attributable to calendar year 1990 and total
  more than the amount that is equal to 15 percent of the aggregate salary
  paid to the Member for service as such a Member during such calendar year; or
  `(ii) after December 31, 1990, accept any honoraria.
  `(2) Notwithstanding any other law, or any rule or other authority--
  `(A) any individual who becomes a Senator on a date after the first day
  of a calendar year shall not--
  `(i) in the case of calendar year 1990, accept honoraria which are
  attributable to the remaining portion of that calendar year on and after
  the date such individual becomes a Senator and total more than the amount
  that is equal to 20 percent of the aggregate salary paid to the Senator
  for service as a Senator during such calendar year; or
  `(ii) in the case of any calendar year beginning after December 31, 1990,
  accept any honoraria; and
  `(B) any individual who becomes a Member of the House of Representatives
  on a date after the first day of a calendar year shall not--
  `(i) in the case of calendar year 1990, accept honoraria which are
  attributable to the remaining portion of that calendar year on and after
  the date such individual becomes a Member and total more than the amount
  that is equal to 15 percent of the aggregate salary paid to the Member
  for service as such a Member during such calendar year; or
  `(ii) in the case of any calendar year beginning after December 31, 1990,
  accept any honoraria.
  `(3) For purposes of applying this subsection with respect to any period
  before January 1, 1991, an honorarium shall be attributable to the period
  in which payment is received.
  `(4) For purposes of this subsection, `Member of the House of
  Representatives' includes a Delegate to the House of Representatives and
  the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.'.
  (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect
  on January 1, 1990.
SEC. 3. DEFERRING MEMBERS' PAY ADJUSTMENTS; REQUIRING APPROVAL OF QUADRENNIAL
PAY ADJUSTMENTS FOR MEMBERS BY RECORDED VOTE.
  (a) DEFERRAL-
  (1) GENERALLY- Section 601(a) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946
  (2 U.S.C. 31) is amended--
  (A) in paragraph (2), by striking `Effective at the beginning of the first
  applicable pay period commencing on or after the first day of the month in
  which' and inserting `Effective at the beginning of the Congress following
  any Congress in which'; and
  (B) by adding at the end the following:
  `(3) Adjustments in the rates of pay for positions referred to in paragraph
  (1) occurring under section 225 of the Federal Salary Act of 1967 shall
  take effect at the beginning of the Congress following the Congress during
  which such adjustments were approved (under section 225(i) of such Act).
  `(4) Adjustments under paragraphs (2) and (3) taking effect at the beginning
  of a Congress shall be made as follows:
  `(A) Any adjustment under section 225 of the Federal Salary Act of 1967
  shall be made before any adjustment under paragraph (2).
  `(B) Adjustments under paragraph (2) shall be made in the order in which
  the corresponding adjustments in the General Schedule were made.'.
  (2) TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING AMENDMENTS- Section 225(i)(2) of the Federal
  Salary Act of 1967 (2 U.S.C. 359(2)) is amended--
  (A) by striking `(2) The' and inserting `(2)(A) Except as provided in
  subparagraph (B), the'; and
  (B) by adding at the end the following:
  `(B) Rates of pay for offices and positions within the purview of subsection
  (f)(A) shall, if approved under paragraph (3) of this subsection, take
  effect in accordance with section 601(a)(3) of the Legislative Reorganization
  Act of 1946.'.
  (b) PROCEDURES RELATING TO QUADRENNIAL PAY ADJUSTMENTS FOR MEMBERS-
  (1) GENERALLY- Section 225(i) of the Federal Salary Act of 1967 (2
  U.S.C. 359) is amended by adding at the end the following:
  `(3)(A) Any part of the recommendations of the President which relate to
  offices and positions within the purview of subsection (f)(A) of this section
  shall not take effect unless approved in accordance with this paragraph.
  `(B)(i) A pay adjustment for the offices and positions referred to in
  subparagraph (A) of this paragraph shall be considered approved under this
  paragraph if--
  `(I) before the end of the 30-day period beginning on the date on which the
  recommendations of the President are transmitted pursuant to subsection
  (h) of this section, a resolution described in subparagraph (C) of this
  paragraph is passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate with
  respect to such adjustment; and
  `(II) such resolution is approved by the President or otherwise becomes law.
  `(ii) A resolution which meets the requirements of subclauses (I) and (II)
  of clause (i) shall be considered approved under this paragraph as of the
  date on which it becomes law.
  `(C) Any reference to a resolution described in this subparagraph shall
  be considered to be a reference to a joint resolution of either House of
  Congress the matter after the resolving clause of which is only as follows:
  `That the Congress approves the pay recommendations transmitted by the
  President to the Congress on             , pursuant to section 225(h)
  of the Federal Salary Act of 1967, insofar as such recommendations relate
  to offices and positions under section 225(f)(A) of such Act.', with the
  blank space being filled with the appropriate date.
  `(D)(i) A resolution described in subparagraph (C) of this paragraph may
  be adopted by the House of Representatives or the Senate only by a vote
  recorded so as to reflect the vote of each Member voting.
  `(ii) The provisions of clause (i) of this subparagraph are enacted by
  the Congress--
  `(I) as an exercise of the rulemaking power of the House of Representatives
  and the Senate, respectively, and as such they shall be considered as part
  of the rules of each House, respectively, and such rules shall supersede
  other rules only to the extent that they are inconsistent therewith; and
  `(II) with full recognition of the constitutional right of either House
  to change such rules (so far as relating to such House) at any time, in
  the same manner, and to the same extent as in the case of any other rule
  of such House.'
  (2) TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING AMENDMENTS- Section 225 of the Federal Salary
  Act of 1967 is amended--
  (A) in subsection (f)--
  (i) by striking `the Vice President of the United States,' in subparagraph
  (A); and
  (ii) by inserting `the Vice President of the United States, and' before
  `offices' in subparagraph (D); and
  (B) in subsection (i)(1), by inserting `(other than recommendations with
  respect to offices and positions under subsection (f)(A) of this section)'
  before `shall be effective'.
  (c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall take effect
  on the date of enactment of this Act.
SEC. 4. PROHIBITING THE PERSONAL USE OF CAMPAIGN FUNDS.
  (a) PROHIBITION- Section 313 of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971
  (2 U.S.C. 439a) is amended by striking `, with respect to' and all that
  follows through `1979,'.
  (b) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect
  as of the beginning of the 103rd Congress.

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