January 7, 2015 - Issue: Vol. 161, No. 2 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 1st Session
FUNDING ALLOCATION FOR SENATE COMMITTEES; Congressional Record Vol. 161, No. 2
(Senate - January 07, 2015)
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[Page S53] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] FUNDING ALLOCATION FOR SENATE COMMITTEES Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to engage in a colloquy with Senator Durbin on behalf of the Democratic leader. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, in the 112th Congress the Senate adopted a new funding allocation for Senate committees. This approach has served the Senate for the past two Congresses when the Democrats controlled the majority. I believe this approach will continue to serve the interests of the Senate and the public, regardless of which party is in the majority, by helping to retain core committee staff with institutional knowledge. This funding allocation is based on the party division of the Senate, with 10 percent of the total majority and minority salary baseline going to the majority for administrative expenses. However, regardless of the party division of the Senate, the minority share of the majority and minority salary baseline will not be less than 40 percent, and the majority share will not exceed 60 percent. It is my intent that this approach will continue to serve the Senate for this Congress and future Congresses. Mr. DURBIN. Mr. President, this approach met our needs for the last two Congresses, and I too would like to see it continue. In addition, last Congress, special reserves was restored to its historic purpose. We should continue to fund special reserves to the extent possible in order to be able to assist committees that face urgent, unanticipated, nonrecurring needs. Recognizing the tight budgets we will face for the foreseeable future, it is necessary to continue to bring funding authorizations more in line with our actual resources while ensuring that committees are able to fulfill their responsibilities. I look forward to continuing to work with the majority leader to accomplish this. Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that a joint leadership letter be printed in the Record. There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows: United States Senate, Washington, DC, January 7, 2015. We Mutually Commit to the Following for the 114th Congress: The Rules Committee is to determine the budgets of the committees of the Senate. The budgets of the committees, including joint and special committees, and all other subgroups, shall be apportioned to reflect the ratio of the Senate as of this date, including an additional ten percent (10%) from the majority and minority salary baseline to be allocated to the chairman for administrative expenses. Special Reserves has been restored to its historic purpose. Requests for funding will only be considered when submitted by a committee chairman and ranking member for unanticipated, non-recurring needs. Such requests shall be granted only upon the approval of the chairman and ranking member of the Rules Committee. Funds for committee expenses shall be available to each chairman consistent with the Senate rules and practices of the 113th Congress. The division of committee office space shall be commensurate with this funding agreement. The chairman and ranking member of any committee may, by mutual agreement, modify the apportionment of committee funding and office space. Mitch McConnell. Harry Reid. ____________________