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                                                       Calendar No. 502
104th Congress                                                   Report
                                 SENATE

   2d Session                                                   104-323
_______________________________________________________________________


 
                LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS, 1997

                                _______
                                

                 July 19, 1996.--Ordered to be printed

_______________________________________________________________________


Mr. Mack, from the Committee on Appropriations, submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 3754]

    The Committee on Appropriations, to which was referred the 
bill (H.R. 3754) making appropriations for the legislative 
branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1997, and for 
other purposes, reports the same to the Senate with amendments 
and recommends that the bill as amended do pass.


Amount of new budget (obligational) authority

Amount of bill as reported to Senate....................  $2,165,081,000
President's budget, 1997................................   2,339,421,000
Legislative branch appropriations, 1996.................   2,187,356,000
Amount of bill below President's budget.................     174,340,000
Amount of bill below legislative branch appropriations, 
    1996................................................      22,275,000


                            C O N T E N T S

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Title I--Congressional operations:
    Senate.......................................................     5
    House of Representatives.....................................    25
    Joint Items..................................................    25
    Congressional Budget Office..................................    28
    Architect of the Capitol (except Library buildings and 
      grounds)...................................................    29
    Library of Congress: Congressional Research Service..........    35
    Government Printing Office, congressional printing and 
      binding....................................................    35
Title II--Other agencies:
    Botanic Garden...............................................    37
    Library of Congress (except Congressional Research Service)..    38
    Architect of the Capitol, Library buildings and grounds......    40
    Government Printing Office (except congressional printing and 
      binding)...................................................    41
    General Accounting Office....................................    42
Title III--General provisions....................................    43
Compliance with paragraph 7, rule XVI, of the Standing Rules of 
  the Senate.....................................................    44
Compliance with paragraph 7(c), rule XXVI of the Standing Rules 
  of the Senate..................................................    45
Compliance with paragraph 12, rule XXVI, of the Standing Rules of 
  the Senate.....................................................    45
                     GENERAL STATEMENT AND SUMMARY

    The Committee recommends new budget (obligational) 
authority of $2,165,081,000 for the legislative branch for 
fiscal year 1997. This total is $174,340,000 below the 
President's request and $22,275,000 below the fiscal year 1996 
level.
    The detail by major support agency is as follows:

                                                                   SUMMARY OF THE BILL                                                                  
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                                                                                                                  Senate bill compared with--           
                                        1996            Budget                          Committee    ---------------------------------------------------
      Department or agency         appropriation   estimates, 1997  House allowance   recommendation        1996            Budget                      
                                                                                                       appropriation   estimates, 1997   House allowance
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     TITLE I--CONGRESSIONAL                                                                                                                             
           OPERATIONS                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                        
Senate..........................     $426,919,000     $489,630,000  ...............     $441,208,000     +$14,289,000     -$48,422,000     +$441,208,000
House of Representatives........      671,061,000      738,777,000     $683,831,000      683,831,000      +12,770,000      -54,946,000  ................
Joint Items.....................       84,839,000       99,689,000       84,520,000       84,205,000         -634,000      -15,484,000          -315,000
Office of Compliance............        2,500,000        3,268,000        2,609,000        2,609,000         +109,000         -659,000  ................
Office of Technology Assessment.        6,115,000  ...............  ...............  ...............       -6,115,000  ...............  ................
Congressional Budget Office.....       24,288,000       24,775,000       24,288,000       24,775,000         +487,000  ...............          +487,000
Architect of the Capitol........      142,970,000      140,458,000      100,134,000      140,074,000       -2,896,000         -384,000       +39,940,000
Library of Congress:                                                                                                                                    
 Congressional Research Service.       60,084,000       63,056,000       62,641,000       62,641,000       +2,557,000         -415,000  ................
Congressional printing and                                                                                                                              
 binding, Government Printing                                                                                                                           
 Office.........................       83,770,000       83,770,000       81,669,000       81,669,000       -2,101,000       -2,101,000  ................
                                 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, title I,                                                                                                                                   
       Congressional operations.    1,502,546,000    1,643,423,000    1,039,692,000    1,521,012,000      +18,466,000     -122,411,000      +481,320,000
                                 =======================================================================================================================
    TITLE II--OTHER AGENCIES                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                        
Botanic Garden..................        3,053,000        2,902,000        2,902,000        2,902,000         -151,000  ...............  ................
Library of Congress (except CRS)      264,616,000      281,593,000      268,117,000      269,117,000       +4,501,000      -12,476,000        +1,000,000
Architect of the Capitol                                                                                                                                
 (Library buildings and grounds)       12,428,000        9,003,000        9,003,000       10,453,000       -1,975,000       +1,450,000        +1,450,000
Government Printing Office                                                                                                                              
 (except congressional printing                                                                                                                         
 and binding)...................       30,307,000       30,827,000       29,077,000       29,077,000       -1,230,000       -1,750,000  ................
General Accounting Office.......      374,406,000      371,673,000      332,520,000      332,520,000      -41,886,000      -39,153,000  ................
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      Total, title II, Other                                                                                                                            
       agencies.................      684,810,000      695,998,000      641,619,000      644,069,000      -40,741,000      -51,929,000        +2,450,000
                                 =======================================================================================================================
      Grand total...............    2,187,356,000    2,339,421,000    1,681,311,000    2,165,081,000      -22,275,000     -174,340,000      +483,770,000
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                   TITLE I--CONGRESSIONAL OPERATIONS

                                 SENATE

                           Expense Allowances

Appropriations, 1996....................................         $56,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................          56,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                                  56,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $56,000 for 
the expense allowances of the Vice President, the President pro 
tempore of the Senate, the majority and minority leaders, the 
majority and minority whips, and the chairmen of the majority 
and minority conference committees, as follows:
    For the expense allowance of the Vice President, the 
Committee recommends an amount of $10,000, the same as the 
amount provided for fiscal year 1996. This allowance was first 
provided by Public Law 81-71, effective January 20, 1949.
    For the expense allowance of the President pro tempore, the 
Committee recommends an amount of $10,000, the same as the 
amount provided for fiscal year 1996. This allowance was first 
provided by the Second Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1978 
(Public Law 95-355), effective October 1, 1977.
    For the expense allowance of the majority and minority 
leaders, the Committee recommends $10,000 for each leader, for 
a total of $20,000. This is the same as the amount provided for 
fiscal year 1996. This allowance was first provided by Public 
Law 84-242, effective July 1, 1955.
    For the expense allowance of the majority and minority 
whips, the Committee recommends $5,000 for each whip, for a 
total of $10,000. This is the same as the amount provided for 
fiscal year 1996. This allowance was first provided by the 
Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1977, Public Law 95-26, 
effective April 1, 1977.
    For the expense allowance for the chairmen of the majority 
and minority conference committees, the Committee recommends 
$3,000 for each chairman, for a total of $6,000. This is the 
same as the amount provided for fiscal year 1996. This 
allowance was first provided in the Supplemental Appropriations 
Act for fiscal year 1985, Public Law 99-88, effective August 
15, 1985.
    Expenditures from all the foregoing allowances are made 
upon certification from the individuals for whom the allowances 
are authorized, and are reported semiannually in the report of 
the Secretary of the Senate.

    Representation Allowances for the Majority and Minority Leaders

Appropriations, 1996....................................         $30,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................          30,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                                  30,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $30,000 for 
representation allowances for the majority and minority 
leaders. The recommended amount is the same as that provided 
for fiscal year 1996 and the fiscal year 1997 budget request.
    This allowance was established in the Supplemental 
Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 1985 (Public Law 99-88). The 
funds were authorized to be used by the majority and minority 
leaders solely for the discharge of their appropriate 
responsibilities in connection with official visits to the 
United States by members of foreign legislative bodies and 
representatives of foreign governments and intergovernmental 
agencies. The recommended amount is to be divided equally 
between the two leaders.
    Expenditures from this allowance are made upon 
certification of the leaders and are reported in the semiannual 
report of the Secretary of the Senate.

                    Salaries, Officers and Employees

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $69,727,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................      76,238,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                              74,615,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $74,615,000 
for the 12 subaccounts funded under the overall account for the 
salaries of officers and employees of the Senate. The amount 
recommended is an increase of $4,888,000 above the amount 
provided for fiscal year 1996 and a reduction of $1,623,000 
from the budget estimate.
    It should be noted that except for a handful of positions 
in the Offices of the Secretary and the Sergeant at Arms that 
are required by statute, specific staffing levels are not 
stipulated either by the budget request or by the Committee's 
recommendation. Rather, lump-sum allowances are provided to 
fund staffing levels each office finds necessary and 
appropriate for the performance of its duties. Estimated 
staffing levels for offices funded under this appropriation for 
fiscal year 1997 are 1,247 to 1,284 positions.

                    SALARIES, OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES                    
     [Estimated staffing levels ranges--fiscal years 1996 and 1997]     
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                            Staffing ranges             
                             -------------------------------------------
                                  1997 request              1996        
                             -------------------------------------------
                                 From        To        From        To   
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Office of the Vice President         42         45         42         45
Office of the President pro                                             
 tempore....................          9         11          9         11
Office of the majority and                                              
 minority leaders...........         38         38         27         37
Offices of the majority and                                             
 minority whips.............          9         11          9         11
Conference committees.......         38         46         37         45
Offices of the secretaries                                              
 of the conference of the                                               
 majority and the conference                                            
 of the minority............          8          8          8          8
Policy committees...........         43         54         39         52
Office of the Chaplain......          4          4          3          3
Office of the Secretary.....        213        223        226        235
Office of the Sergeant at                                               
 Arms and Doorkeeper........        826        826        820        820
Offices of the secretaries                                              
 for the majority and                                                   
 minority...................         17         18         17         18
                             -------------------------------------------
      Totals................      1,247      1,284      1,237      1,285
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Any change from the allocation of funds in the subaccounts 
within this appropriation is subject to the approval of the 
Committee.
    The total amount appropriated is allocated to the various 
offices of the Senate as displayed under the headings for the 
offices that follow.

                      office of the vice president

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $1,513,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       1,570,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                               1,513,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,513,000 to 
fund the salaries of the administrative and clerical staff of 
the Office of the Vice President in connection with his duties 
as the President of the Senate. This amount is the same as the 
amount provided for fiscal year 1996 and is $57,000 below the 
budget estimate.

                  office of the president pro tempore

Appropriations, 1996....................................        $325,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................         325,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                                 325,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $325,000 for 
the Office of the President pro tempore. This amount is the 
same as the amount provided for fiscal year 1996 and the same 
as the budget estimate.

              offices of the majority and minority leaders

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $2,195,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       2,377,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                               2,195,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $2,195,000 for 
the offices of the majority and minority leaders, which is the 
same as the amount provided for fiscal year 1996 and $182,000 
below the budget estimate.
    The administrative and clerical staffs funded by this 
appropriation were authorized under the provisions of Public 
Law 91-145, effective November 1, 1969. The amount recommended 
is to be equally divided, providing $1,097,500 for each office.

               offices of the majority and minority whips

Appropriations, 1996....................................        $656,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................         682,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                               1,156,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,156,000 for 
the offices of the majority and minority whips. The amount 
recommended is an increase of $500,000 above the amount 
provided for fiscal year 1996. It is to be equally divided, 
providing $578,000 for each office.
    The authority for the administrative and clerical staff 
funded by this appropriation was created by Public Law 84-242, 
effective July 1, 1955.

                         conference committees

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $1,992,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       2,068,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                               1,992,000

    For the administrative and clerical staffs of the majority 
and minority conference committees, the Committee recommends an 
appropriation of $1,992,000 which is the same as the amount 
provided for fiscal year 1996 and $76,000 below the budget 
estimate. The appropriation provides $996,000 in salaries for 
the staff of each conference committee.
    Pursuant to Public Law 102-90, the Legislative Branch 
Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 1992, the chairman of each 
conference committee may transfer up to $275,000 of the amount 
provided for salaries of each conference to the account for 
conference committee expenses within the ``Miscellaneous 
items'' appropriation.

 offices of the secretaries of the conference of the majority and the 
                       conference of the minority

Appropriations, 1996....................................        $360,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................         367,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                                 384,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $384,000 for 
the majority and minority conference secretaries.
    These offices were created by section 6 of Senate 
Resolution 17, agreed to January 10, 1977, and two positions in 
each office were first funded in the Supplemental 
Appropriations Act, 1977 (Public Law 95-26).
    Section 102 of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1979 
(Public Law 96-38), abolished the specific positions and 
established a lump-sum allowance for the employment of staff, 
effective October 1, 1979. The amount recommended is to be 
divided equally between the majority secretary and the minority 
secretary.

                           POLICY COMMITTEES

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $1,930,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       2,002,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                               1,930,000

    For the salaries of the administrative and clerical staffs 
of the majority and minority policy committees, the Committee 
recommends an appropriation of $1,930,000, or $965,000 for each 
committee. Agency contributions for the policy committees are 
funded in the amount provided for agency contributions within 
the entire ``Salaries, officers and employees'' account, and 
expenses are provided under the ``Miscellaneous items'' 
account.

                         office of the chaplain

Appropriations, 1996....................................        $192,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................         234,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                                 234,000

    For the Office of the Chaplain, the Committee recommends an 
appropriation of $234,000, an increase of $42,000 from fiscal 
year 1996 and the same as the budget estimate. The amount 
recommended would provide the salaries for the Chaplain of the 
Senate and support staff to assist the Chaplain with his 
pastoral duties. The Fiscal Year 1988 Legislative Branch 
Appropriations Act, Public Law 100-202, established the rate of 
pay for the Chaplain at Executive Level IV, currently $115,700. 
Authorization for a part-time counselor was included in Public 
Law 101-163, the Fiscal Year 1990 Legislative Branch 
Appropriations Act.

                        office of the secretary

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $12,128,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................      12,959,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                              12,714,000

    The Committee recommends $12,714,000 for salaries of the 
Office of the Secretary. The recommendation is based on 
testimony presented to the Committee on July 11, 1996, in which 
the Secretary revised his original request for fiscal year 1997 
by reducing salaries by $245,000 and increasing expenses by a 
like amount. Fiscal year 1997 staffing levels are estimated at 
213 to 223 positions, as listed in the table below.
    This appropriation provides funds for four statutory 
positions (Secretary of the Senate, Assistant Secretary of the 
Senate, Financial Clerk of the Senate, and Parliamentarian of 
the Senate) and lump-sum allowances for the employment and 
adjustment of salaries of personnel in the Office of the 
Secretary of the Senate, as authorized by Public Law 97-51, 
effective October 1, 1981 (2 U.S.C. 61a-11).
    The following departmental guidelines for fiscal year 1997 
have been submitted by the Secretary to the Committee:

                  OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE                 
     [Estimated staffing levels ranges--fiscal years 1996 and 1997]     
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                            Staffing ranges             
                             -------------------------------------------
                                  1997 request              1996        
                             -------------------------------------------
                                 From        To        From        To   
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Administrative services.....         16         18         19         20
Captioning services.........          4          4          5          5
Conservation and                                                        
 preservation...............          2          2          2          2
Curator.....................          5          5          5          5
Daily Digest................          3          3          3          3
Disbursing Office...........         41         43         44         44
Document Room...............         15         18         21         21
Historian...................          9          9          9          9
Interparliamentary services.          4          4          4          4
Legislative departments.....         13         14         14         14
Library.....................         22         22         22         22
Office services.............    ( \1\ )    ( \1\ )          5          5
Official Reporters of                                                   
 Debates....................         14         14         14         14
Parliamentarian.............          5          5          5          5
Printing (and office)                                                   
 services...................          7          7          4          4
Public records..............          6          6          6          6
Senate chief counsel for                                                
 employment.................          9          9          5         10
Senate Page School..........          6          6          3          6
Senate security.............          7          7          7          7
Stationery Room.............         25         27         29         29
                             -------------------------------------------
      Totals................        213        223        226        235
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ Merged with printing services.                                      

    The Committee is well aware of the challenges the Secretary 
faces in personnel management under the requirements of the 
Congressional Accountability Act, and appreciates the efforts 
made to thoroughly review the personnel structure, work 
characteristics, and compensation schedules within the office. 
The Committee is also well aware, however, that some positions 
in the Secretary's Office may have little comparability to any 
occupation in the private sector, and that the roles performed 
by the individuals in those positions are essential to the 
proper execution of the constitutional responsibilities of the 
Senate.

             office of the sergeant at arms and doorkeeper

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $31,889,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................      34,037,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                              34,037,000

    This appropriation provides funds for the salaries of three 
statutory positions (Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper, Deputy 
Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper, and Administrative Assistant 
to the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper) and lump-sum allowances 
for employment and adjustments of salaries of personnel in the 
Office of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate, as 
authorized by Public Law 97-51, effective October 1, 1981 (2 
U.S.C. 61f-7).
    The Committee recommends a total of $34,037,000 for fiscal 
1997. The amount recommended is $2,148,000 more than the amount 
provided for fiscal year 1996, and is the same as the budget 
request.
    The offices and personnel covered by this appropriation are 
shown in the following table.

                      STAFFING--OFFICE OF THE SERGEANT AT ARMS AND DOORKEEPER OF THE SENATE                     
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                 1997 budget     1997 Committee 
                                                               1996 level          request       recommendation 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Executive office..........................................        $9,374,000        $9,860,000        $9,860,000
    Positions.............................................               296               300               300
Computer center...........................................        $8,198,000        $8,526,000        $8,526,000
    Positions.............................................               158               158               158
Service department........................................        $5,700,000        $5,995,000        $5,995,000
    Positions.............................................               145               145               145
Telecommunications........................................        $3,514,000        $4,127,000        $4,127,000
    Positions.............................................                82                84                84
Studios...................................................        $2,599,000        $2,925,000        $2,925,000
    Positions.............................................                62                62                62
Post Office...............................................        $1,412,000        $1,468,000        $1,468,000
    Positions.............................................                57                57                57
News media galleries......................................        $1,092,000        $1,136,000        $1,136,000
    Positions.............................................                20                20                20
                                                           -----------------------------------------------------
      Total...............................................       $31,889,000       $34,037,000       $34,037,000
      Total positions.....................................               820               826               826
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

        offices of the secretaries for the majority and minority

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $1,047,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       1,135,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                               1,135,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,135,000 for 
the offices of the secretaries for the majority and minority. 
This is $88,000 above the amount provided for fiscal year 1996 
and is the same as the budget request. The appropriation is to 
be equally divided, providing $567,500 for each office.

                          agency contributions

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $15,500,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................      18,482,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                              17,000,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $17,000,000 
for agency contributions for employees paid under the 
appropriation, ``Salaries, officers and employees.'' This is 
$1,500,000 above the amount provided in fiscal year 1996 and 
represents a reduction of $1,482,000 from the budget request.
    Agency contributions include the Senate's contributions as 
an employer to the civil service retirement system, the Federal 
Employees' Retirement System, the thrift savings plan, Federal 
employee group life insurance, Federal employee health 
insurance programs, and FICA. The Senate is required by law to 
make these payments, and the total required is dependent upon 
the number of Senate employees, their compensation levels, the 
benefit programs in which they are enrolled, and the extent of 
the benefits elected.

            Office of the Legislative Counsel of the Senate

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $3,381,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       3,447,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                               3,447,000

    For the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the Senate, 
the Committee recommends an appropriation of $3,447,000 which 
is $66,000 above the amount provided for fiscal year 1996 and 
the same as the budget request. Fiscal year 1997 staffing 
levels are estimated to be 30 to 32 positions, unchanged from 
fiscal year 1996.

                     Office of Senate Legal Counsel

Appropriations, 1996....................................        $936,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................         960,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                                 936,000

    For the Office of Senate Legal Counsel, the Committee 
recommends an appropriation of $936,000 which is the same as 
the amount provided for fiscal year 1996 and is $24,000 less 
than the budget request. The amount provided pays for the 
salaries, expenses, and agency contributions of the Office.
    This Office was established pursuant to section 701 of 
Public Law 95-521.

Expense Allowances of the Secretary of the Senate, Sergeant at Arms and 
Doorkeeper of the Senate, and Secretaries for the Majority and Minority 
                             of the Senate

Appropriations, 1996....................................         $12,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................          12,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                                  12,000

    Section 119 of Public Law 97-51 authorized an expense 
allowance for the Secretary of the Senate, the Sergeant at Arms 
and Doorkeeper of the Senate, the Secretary for the Majority, 
and the Secretary for the Minority. Since fiscal year 1983, the 
amount has been provided through a direct appropriation. The 
Committee recommends providing an allowance of $3,000 for each 
office.

                   Contingent Expenses of the Senate

                      inquiries and investigations

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $66,395,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................      70,561,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                              69,561,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $69,561,000 
for inquiries and investigations by all Senate standing, 
special, and select committees. This is $3,166,000 above the 
amount provided for fiscal year 1996 and $1,000,000 below the 
budget request. This recommendation is made in keeping with the 
Senate's action on Senate Resolution 73, the biennial committee 
funding resolution adopted February 13, 1995.
    This appropriation funds the liquidation of obligations 
incurred by committees under the authorization provided in 
Committee funding resolutions.

         u.s. senate caucus on international narcotics control

Appropriations, 1996....................................        $305,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................................
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                                 305,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $305,000 for 
the Caucus on International Narcotics Control.

                        secretary of the senate

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $1,266,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       1,266,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                               1,511,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,511,000 for 
expenses of the Office of the Secretary. The recommendation is 
based on testimony presented to the Committee on July 11, 1996, 
in which the Secretary revised his original request for fiscal 
year 1997 by reducing salaries by $245,000 and increaing 
expenses by a like amount.
    The table printed below sets forth the apportionment of 
funds under this appropriation, followed by a brief description 
of the line items. Any deviation of more than 10 percent 
cumulatively from the stated levels for each item will require 
the customary prior approval of the Committee.

                                        EXPENSES--OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY                                       
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                       1996         1997 budget   1997 Committee
                              Item                                 appropriation      request     recommendation
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Historical office:                                                                                              
    Books and documents.........................................          $2,500          $2,500          $2,500
    Photographic supplies.......................................           7,000           7,000           7,000
Library:                                                                                                        
    Online information services.................................          47,000          47,000          47,000
    Microform publications......................................          31,000          31,000          31,000
    Books.......................................................          12,000          12,000          12,000
    Subscriptions...............................................          20,000          20,000          20,000
    Standing orders.............................................          20,000          20,000          20,000
    CD-ROM......................................................           4,000           4,000           4,000
    Audio/visual materials......................................             500             500             500
Office of Conservation and Preservation.........................           3,000           3,000           3,000
    Book preservation...........................................           5,000           5,000           5,000
Travel and registration fees (Public Law 94-59).................          12,000          12,000          12,000
Office of Public Records (Public Law 92-342)....................           8,000           8,000           8,000
Consultants (not more than two) (Public Law 95-26)..............          25,000          25,000          25,000
Legal reference volumes and dictionaries (Senators' offices)                                                    
 (Public Law 92-51).............................................          80,000          80,000          80,000
Contractual legal and administrative services and miscellaneous                                                 
 expenses.......................................................          50,000         295,000         295,000
Disbursing office: Payroll forms, notary fees, supplies, and                                                    
 insurance......................................................          29,000          29,000          29,000
Orientation and training (Public Law 95-94).....................          10,000          10,000          10,000
Newspapers......................................................          25,000          25,000          25,000
Senate service awards (S. Res. 21, Sept. 10, 1965)..............          23,000          23,000          23,000
Postage.........................................................           1,000           1,000           1,000
Education of Senate pages (Public Law 98-51 and Public Law 98-                                                  
 125) (S. Res. 184, July 29, 1983)..............................          58,000          58,000          58,000
Stationery......................................................          50,000          50,000          50,000
Senate Commission on Art (Public Law 100-696, Nov. 18, 1988)....          28,000          28,000          28,000
Representation expenses (Public Law 100-71, July 11, 1987)......          30,000          30,000          30,000
Office of Captioning Services (Public Law 101-163, Nov. 21,                                                     
 1989)..........................................................         235,000         235,000         235,000
Senate Chief Counsel for Employment.............................         450,000         450,000         450,000
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
      Total.....................................................       1,266,000       1,511,000       1,511,000
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    The first nine items, pertaining to the Historical Office 
and the Library, all relate to the basic operations of these 
offices and are self-explanatory.
    Office of Conservation and Preservation.--Provides funding 
for the Office of Conservation and Preservation to develop and 
coordinate programs directly related to the conservation and 
preservation of Senate records and materials for which the 
Secretary of the Senate has statutory authority.
    Office of Conservation and Preservation: Book 
preservation.--Provides funding for the Office of Conservation 
and Preservation to use outside sources for the preservation 
and protection of the Senate book collection, including 
historically valuable documents under the care of the Secretary 
of the Senate.
    Office of Public Records.--Provides the funding for 
expenses of the Office of Public Records to process, maintain, 
and make available reports and other documents filed with the 
Secretary as required by Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971; 
the Federal Regulation of Lobbying Act; the Senate Code of 
Official Conduct: Rule 34, Public Financial Disclosure; Rule 
40, Registration of Mass Mailing; Rule 41, Political Fund 
Designees and Rule 41(6), Supervisor's Reports on Individuals 
Performing Senate Services; foreign travel reports; and Byrd 
amendment reports.
    Moneys received by the Secretary in payment for photocopies 
or microfilm are deposited into the Office of Public Records 
revolving fund.
    Travel and registration fees.--Provides funding for travel 
expenses and registration fees incurred by the Secretary of the 
Senate and the employees of the Office of the Secretary under 
the authority of 2 U.S.C. 61a-9a. The authority for the travel 
portion of this account was provided for by section 101 of 
Public Law 94-59, July 25, 1975.
    Substitute reporters and transcribers.--Provides funding 
for substitute reporters of debate and expert transcribers at 
daily rates or annual rates of pay for a period of not more 
than 90 days in any fiscal year. Substitute reporters of debate 
and expert transcribers were authorized by section 101 of 
Public Law 89-90, July 27, 1965, (2 U.S.C. 126b) and was 
amended by section 105 of Public Law 97-12, June 5, 1981. Funds 
in this line have not been utilized for several years, and the 
Secretary has not requested any funds for fiscal year 1996.
    Consultants.--Provides funding for two individual 
consultants as authorized by section 110 of Public Law 95-94, 
August 5, 1977, (2 U.S.C. 61h-6) which amends section 101 of 
Public Law 95-26, May 4, 1977. Consultants employed under this 
authority shall not be paid in excess of the per diem 
equivalent of the highest gross rate of annual compensation 
which may by paid to employees of a standing committee of the 
Senate.
    Legal reference volumes.--Provides funding to furnish U.S. 
Senators with volumes of the United States Code Annotated or 
United States Code Service, pocket parts and supplements, as 
authorized by section 101 of Public Law 92-51, July 9, 1971 (2 
U.S.C. 55).
    The Disbursing Office provides the United States Code 
Annotated or the United States Code Service to Senators upon 
receipt of a written request of a Senator. In addition, 
dictionaries and dictionary stands are also furnished to 
Senators from funds provided in this account.
    Contractual legal and administrative services and 
miscellaneous expenses.--Provides funding for various 
contractual, administrative, and miscellaneous expenses 
incurred by the Office of the Secretary. The Office of the 
Secretary of the Senate has contractual authority under the 
authority of Public Law 92-342, the Federal Election Campaign 
Act and has utilized this authority to employ professional 
legal services in the past. In addition, the Office of the 
Secretary has incurred various types of legal and other 
expenses which have been authorized by the Senate. 
Administrative services and miscellaneous expenses are 
housekeeping expenses of the Office of the Secretary.
    Disbursing Office.--Provides funds for expenses incurred in 
the operation of the Disbursing Office. Typical expenses for 
this office include payroll information notices, annual W-2 
forms, notary bonds, seals, and supplies, and necessary 
supplies in conjunction with the various machinery maintained 
in the office, which are not available in the stationery room.
    Orientation and training.--Provides funding for expenses 
incurred by the Secretary of the Senate to conduct orientation 
seminars or similar meetings for members, officers, and 
employees and Senate officials and their staff not to exceed 
$10,000 each fiscal year, under the authority of 2 U.S.C. 69a.
    Newspapers.--Provides funding to furnish newspapers and 
magazines for official purposes to the Marble Room, leadership 
offices, Republican and Democratic cloakrooms, Senate officers, 
and certain other offices.
    Senate service awards.--Provides funding for the issuance 
of service pins or emblems as authorized by Senate Resolution 
21, September 10, 1965. Senate Resolution 21 authorizes the 
Secretary of the Senate, under the direction of the Committee 
on Rules and Administration and in accordance with regulations 
promulgated by the Committee, to procure such pins or emblems 
and award them to members, officers, and employees of the 
Senate who are entitled.
    Postage.--Provides funding for postage for the Office of 
the Secretary of the Senate for special delivery, foreign 
postage, registered mail, and additional postage not covered 
under the frank.
    Education of Senate pages.--Provides funding for the 
education of Senate pages.
    Stationery.--Provides funding for stationery and office 
supplies for the Office of the Secretary of the Senate.
    Senate Commission on Art.--Provides funding for the Senate 
Commission on Art, authorized by Public Law 100-696, November 
18, 1988 (40 U.S.C. 188b), to acquire any work of art, 
historical object, documents, or material relating to 
historical matters, or exhibits for placement or exhibition 
within the Senate wing of the Capitol, any Senate office 
building, or in rooms, spaces, or corridors thereof, and to 
publish a catalog of Senate historical objects and exhibits 
currently within the Senate wing of the Capitol and any Senate 
office building.
    The Senate Commission on Art was formerly the Commission on 
Arts and Antiquities, which was authorized by Senate Resolution 
382, October 1, 1968, as amended by Senate Resolution 95, April 
1, 1977, and Senate Resolution 400, March 23, 1988.
    Representation expenses.--Provides funding (not to exceed 
$50,000) to the Secretary of Senate to coordinate and carry out 
responsibilities in connection with foreign parliamentary 
groups or other foreign officials visiting the United States. 
Authorized by section 2 of Public Law 100-71, July 11, 1987, (2 
U.S.C. 65f).
    Office of Captioning Services.--Provides funding for the 
closed captioning of the televised Senate floor proceedings for 
the hearing impaired. Closed captioning was first authorized 
under the authority of Public Law 101-163, November 21, 1989.
    Senate Chief Counsel for Employment.--Provides funding for 
the Office of the Senate Chief Counsel for Employment. This 
office is a nonpartisan office formed in May 1993 at the 
direction of the joint leadership and is charged with providing 
legal advice and representation of Senate offices in all areas 
of employment law.

             sergeant at arms and doorkeeper of the senate

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $61,347,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................      65,931,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                              65,931,000

    The Committee recommends the appropriation of $65,931,000 
for expenses of the Sergeant at Arms, which is $4,584,000 above 
the amount appropriated for fiscal year 1996 and the same as 
the budget estimate.
    The following table sets forth the apportionment of funds 
under this appropriation. Any deviation of more than 10 percent 
cumulatively from the stated levels for each item will require 
the customary prior approval of the Committee.

                      EXPENSES--OFFICE OF THE SERGEANT AT ARMS AND DOORKEEPER OF THE SENATE                     
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                                                                               1997 budget       1997 Committee 
                                                             1996 level          request         recommendation 
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Computer center.........................................       $25,144,000       $26,601,000        $26,601,000 
Telecommunications......................................        17,369,000        20,162,000         20,162,000 
State office coordination...............................        12,384,000        12,156,000         12,156,000 
Service department......................................         4,983,000         5,416,000          5,416,000 
Executive office........................................         1,467,000         1,596,000          1,596,000 
Administration: Seminars................................  ................            (5,000)            (5,000)
                                                         -------------------------------------------------------
      Total.............................................        61,347,000        65,931,000         65,931,000 
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                          miscellaneous items

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $6,644,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       6,791,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                               6,791,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $6,791,000 for 
miscellaneous items, which is $147,000 above the amount 
provided in fiscal year 1996 and the same as the budget 
request.
    Any deviation of more than 10 percent cumulatively from the 
stated levels for each item will require the customary prior 
approval of the Committee.
    The following table sets forth the apportionment of funds 
under this appropriation:

                                   MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS APPORTIONMENT SCHEDULE                                   
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                     Committee                  
                                                                                  recommendation                
                              Item                                  1996 level      fiscal year     Difference  
                                                                                       1997                     
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Resolution and reorganization reserve...........................      $1,566,000      $2,000,000       +$434,000
Reserve for contingencies (miscellaneous items).................         750,000         750,000  ..............
Employees compensation fund reimbursement (workmen's                                                            
 compensation)..................................................         777,000         810,000         +33,000
Civil service retirement fund reemployed annuitants.............          50,000          50,000  ..............
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program--(S. Res. 75, dated Mar. 3,                                                  
 1993, as amended) (expires Sept. 30, 1998).....................         300,000         300,000  ..............
John Heinz Fellowship Program--(S. Res. 356, dated Oct. 7, 1992)                                                
 (expires Sept. 30, 1997).......................................          71,000          71,000  ..............
Reception of foreign dignitaries (S. Res. 247, dated Feb. 7,                                                    
 1962, as amended)..............................................          25,000          25,000  ..............
Foreign travel--Members and employees (S. Res. 179, dated May                                                   
 25, 1977)......................................................         125,000         125,000  ..............
Federal employees compensation account (Public Law 96-499, dated                                                
 Dec. 5, 1980) (unemployment compensation)......................       1,500,000       1,500,000  ..............
Conferences for the majority and minority (Public Law 97-51,                                                    
 dated Jan. 3, 1983 and Public Law 101-520, dated Nov. 5, 1990).         150,000         150,000  ..............
Policy committees for the majority and minority (Public Law 104-                                                
 53, dated Nov. 19, 1995).......................................         144,000         144,000  ..............
Postage.........................................................           6,000       \1\ 6,000  ..............
Consultants--including agency contributions (Public Law 95-26,                                                  
 dated May 4, 1977 and Public Law 95-94, dated Aug. 5, 1977)....         550,000         600,000         +50,000
Senate observer group (expires Dec. 31, 1996--S. Res. 105, dated                                                
 Apr. 13, 1989, as amended).....................................         580,000         145,000        -435,000
Contribution costs authorized by Public Law 102-90, dated Aug.                                                  
 14, 1991, and Public Law 103-50, dated July 2, 1993............          50,000         115,000         +65,000
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
      Total.....................................................       6,644,000       6,791,000        +147,000
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

\1\ Postage apportionment (fiscal year 1997):
        President of the Senate............................      $2,700
        Secretary for the Majority.........................       1,100
        Secretary for the Minority.........................       1,100
        Chaplain...........................................       1,100
                                                                 ------

          Total............................................       6,000

    Resolution and reorganization reserve.--This line item is 
used to cover the costs of Senate resolutions and public laws 
that authorize the expenditures from the contingent fund of the 
Senate that do not have specific appropriations for such 
purpose. For example, Senate Resolution 280, agreed to October 
7, 1994, extended the Senate observer group from December 31, 
1994, to December 31, 1996. This resolution required a 
reprogramming from the resolution and reorganization reserve to 
the line item for the Senate observer group to fully fund the 
account for fiscal year 1996. Other examples include: payments 
made to displaced Committee staff members authorized by Senate 
Resolution 9, agreed to January 7, 1993, and paying for 
Senator-elect expenses.
    Reserve for contingencies.--This is a Committee on Rules 
and Administration line item which is used for items such as 
paying for gratuities for family members of deceased Senate 
employees, paying for damage to automobiles in the Senate 
parking lots, contractual, legal, and administrative services, 
and miscellaneous expenses.
    Employees compensation fund reimbursements (worker's 
compensation).--Reimbursements made to the U.S. Department of 
Labor for total benefits and other payments made on behalf of 
Senate employees from the employees compensation fund.
    Civil service retirement fund reemployed annuitants.--
Payments to the Office of Personnel Management's civil service 
retirement and disability fund for amounts equal to the annuity 
allocable to the period of actual employment of reemployed 
annuitants in accordance with Public Law 94-397, agreed to 
September 3, 1976, for individuals who served continuously as 
an officer or employee of the Senate prior to October 1, 1979 
(Public Law 95-391).
    Jacobs K. Javits Fellowship Program.--Provides funding for 
the fellowship program established by Senate Resolution 75, 
agreed to March 3, 1993, and amended by Senate Resolution 105, 
agreed to April 19, 1993. The sum of $300,000 is authorized on 
a fiscal year basis through fiscal year 1998.
    John Heinz Fellowship Program.--Provides funding for the 
fellowship program established by Senate Resolution 356, agreed 
to October 7, 1992. The sum of $71,000 is authorized on a 
fiscal year basis through fiscal year 1997.
    Reception of foreign dignitaries.--The Committee on Foreign 
Relations is authorized to expend not to exceed $25,000 each 
fiscal year to receive foreign dignitaries under the authority 
of Senate Resolution 247, agreed to February 7, 1962, as 
amended.
    Foreign travel--members and employees.--Senate Resolution 
179, agreed to May 25, 1977, authorized the payment from the 
contingent fund of the Senate of transportation costs and 
travel expenses incurred by Members and employees of the Senate 
when engaged in authorized foreign travel.
    Federal employees compensation account (unemployment 
compensation).--This line item provides for expenses incurred 
for the Senate to reimburse the ``Federal employees 
compensation'' account, pursuant to Public Law 96-499, approved 
December 5, 1980, for unemployment compensation payments made 
to Senate employees.
    Conferences for the majority and minority.--The amount 
recommended provides for the expenses of the majority and 
minority conference committees. In addition, the Committee 
recommends an administrative provision, section 7, authorizing 
the chairmen of the conference committees to transfer salary 
funds into this into expenses, and vice versa.
    Policy committees for the majority and the minority.--The 
amount recommended provides for the expenses of the policy 
committees for the majority and minority. Prior to fiscal year 
1996, these expenses were carried within a lump sum 
appropriation for the salaries, agency contributions, and 
expenses of the policy committees.
    Postage.--Provides for postage allowances for the President 
of the Senate, Secretary of the Majority, Secretary of the 
Minority, and Senate Chaplain.
    Consultants--including agency contributions.--The authority 
providing for the appointment and payment of consultants to the 
majority and minority leaders and the legislative counsel has 
been amended several times. The following summarizes the 
current authority and limitations:
    Majority leader: Four consultants at not to exceed the 
daily rate for maximum standing committee rate. One of the 
consultants may be appointed at an annual rate of compensation 
not to exceed the maximum annual rate for a standing committee.
    Minority leader: Four consultants at not to exceed the 
daily rate for maximum standing committee rate. One of the 
consultants may be appointed at an annual rate of compensation 
not to exceed the maximum annual rate for a standing committee.
    Legislative counsel (subject to the approval of the 
President pro tempore): Two consultants at not to exceed the 
daily rate for maximum standing committee rate, as authorized 
by 2 U.S.C. 61h-6 16.
    Senate Arms Control Observer Group.--Provides funding for 
the Senate Arms Control Observer Group, under the authority of 
Senate Resolution 105, agreed to April 13, 1989, as amended. 
The Senate Arms Control Observer Group is authorized through 
December 31, 1996.
    Contribution costs.--Provides for the payment of agency 
contribution costs as authorized by Public Law 102-90, approved 
August 14, 1991, and Public Law 103-50, approved July 2, 1993, 
for employees of the Senate Employees Child Care Center.

        senators' official personnel and office expense account

Appropriations, 1996....................................    $204,029,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................     226,825,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                             208,000,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation for fiscal year 
1997 of $208,000,000. This amount is $3,971,000 greater than 
the fiscal year 1996 level and $18,825,000 less than the budget 
request.
    This account funds salaries and benefits of Senators' 
staffs as well as the office expense allowance for Senators' 
offices. These funds were formerly carried under several 
accounts including: ``Administrative, clerical and legislative 
assistance to Senators;'' ``Agency contributions,'' under the 
heading ``Salaries, officers and employees;'' and ``Official 
office expense allowances.'' Those separate appropriations were 
merged into this single account in Public Law 100-137.
    The Senators' official personnel and office expense 
allowance [SOPOEA] is comprised of three components. Two of 
these are for salaries of personnel in Senators' offices. The 
allowance for administrative and clerical assistance is based 
on the population of States, beginning with States with a 
population of fewer than 5 million people to States with a 
population of 28 million or more. The tables below illustrate 
the allowances per population category and the States which 
fall into those categories.
    The second component of the salaries allowance is for 
legislative assistance to Senators, as authorized by Public Law 
95-94. This allowance provides funding for three positions in 
each Senator's office at an annual rate of $128,350 for a total 
of $385,050 per office, or $38,505,000 for all 100 Senators.
    The third component of the SOPOEA is for office expenses. 
Each Senator's office is allocated an amount for office 
expenses, as displayed in the following table. In addition, an 
amount of $200,000 is provided to cover additional expenses 
that may be incurred in the event of the death or resignation 
of a Senator, and to provide for transitional expenses during 
election years.
    It should be noted that the amounts provided for the 
various components of the SOPOEA are entirely fungible. That is 
to say, amounts provided for salaries may be used for expenses, 
and vice versa.
    The following tables illustrate the several components of 
the SOPOEA.

                             SENATORS' OFFICIAL PERSONNEL AND OFFICE EXPENSE ACCOUNT                            
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                                                  Administrative    Legislative      Official                   
                                                   and clerical      assistant    office expense    Fiscal year 
                      State                        assistance as   assistance as   allowance as     1997 total  
                                                   of October 1,   of October 1,   of October 1,     allowance  
                                                       1996            1996            1996                     
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Alabama.........................................      $1,087,597        $385,050        $116,300      $1,588,947
Alaska..........................................       1,087,597         385,050         221,600       1,694,247
Arizona.........................................       1,087,597         385,050         128,975       1,601,622
Arkansas........................................       1,087,597         385,050         118,250       1,590,897
California......................................       1,974,051         385,050         168,950       2,528,051
Colorado........................................       1,087,597         385,050         124,100       1,596,747
Connecticut.....................................       1,087,597         385,050         105,575       1,578,222
Delaware........................................       1,087,597         385,050          95,825       1,568,472
Florida.........................................       1,529,993         385,050         120,200       2,035,243
Georgia.........................................       1,220,315         385,050         116,300       1,721,665
Hawaii..........................................       1,087,597         385,050         245,000       1,717,647
Idaho...........................................       1,087,597         385,050         128,000       1,600,647
Illinois........................................       1,397,274         385,050         138,725       1,921,049
Indiana.........................................       1,131,836         385,050         116,300       1,633,186
Iowa............................................       1,087,597         385,050         119,225       1,591,872
Kansas..........................................       1,087,597         385,050         119,225       1,591,872
Kentucky........................................       1,087,597         385,050         115,325       1,587,972
Louisiana.......................................       1,087,597         385,050         120,200       1,592,847
Maine...........................................       1,087,597         385,050         110,450       1,583,097
Maryland........................................       1,131,836         385,050         100,700       1,617,586
Massachusetts...................................       1,176,076         385,050         114,350       1,675,476
Michigan........................................       1,308,794         385,050         124,100       1,817,944
Minnesota.......................................       1,087,597         385,050         120,200       1,592,847
Mississippi.....................................       1,087,597         385,050         118,250       1,590,897
Missouri........................................       1,131,836         385,050         121,175       1,638,061
Montana.........................................       1,087,597         385,050         128,000       1,600,647
Nebraska........................................       1,087,597         385,050         120,200       1,592,847
Nevada..........................................       1,087,597         385,050         129,950       1,602,597
New Hampshire...................................       1,087,597         385,050         106,550       1,579,197
New Jersey......................................       1,220,315         385,050         110,450       1,715,815
New Mexico......................................       1,087,597         385,050         125,075       1,597,722
New York........................................       1,691,015         385,050         145,550       2,221,615
North Carolina..................................       1,220,315         385,050         112,400       1,717,765
North Dakota....................................       1,087,597         385,050         119,225       1,591,872
Ohio............................................       1,397,274         385,050         129,950       1,912,274
Oklahoma........................................       1,087,597         385,050         123,125       1,595,772
Oregon..........................................       1,087,597         385,050         132,875       1,605,522
Pennsylvania....................................       1,441,513         385,050         128,975       1,955,538
Rhode Island....................................       1,087,597         385,050         104,600       1,577,247
South Carolina..................................       1,087,597         385,050         110,450       1,583,097
South Dakota....................................       1,087,597         385,050         120,200       1,592,847
Tennessee.......................................       1,131,836         385,050         116,300       1,633,186
Texas...........................................       1,691,015         385,050         149,450       2,225,515
Utah............................................       1,087,597         385,050         128,000       1,600,647
Vermont.........................................       1,087,597         385,050         105,575       1,578,222
Virginia........................................       1,176,076         385,050         106,550       1,667,676
Washington......................................       1,131,836         385,050         135,800       1,652,686
West Virginia...................................       1,087,597         385,050         105,575       1,578,222
Wisconsin.......................................       1,131,836         385,050         119,225       1,636,111
Wyoming.........................................       1,087,597         385,050         123,125       1,595,772
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
      Total.....................................     117,812,618      38,505,000      12,528,950     168,846,568
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    According to the most recent employment data compiled by 
the Secretary of the Senate, as of March 31, 1996, there were 
4,035 individuals employed in Senators' offices throughout the 
United States and covered by this appropriation.


U.S. Senate Senator's staff as of September 30, 1985-95 and March 31, 
1996

              Year                                       Number of staff
1985.............................................................. 4,116
1986.............................................................. 3,835
1987.............................................................. 4,082
1988.............................................................. 4,036
1989.............................................................. 4,111
1990.............................................................. 4,035
1991.............................................................. 4,197
1992.............................................................. 4,135
1993.............................................................. 4,262
1994.............................................................. 4,142
1995.............................................................. 4,112
1996.............................................................. 4,035

    In addition to providing funds for compensation of 
employees within Senators' offices, this appropriation also 
provides for agency contributions for those employees; that is, 
the Senate's share, as an employer, of the various employee 
benefit programs for which Senate employees are eligible. These 
payments are mandatory, and fluctuate according to the programs 
in which employees are enrolled, the level of compensation, and 
the degree of participation. Budget requests for this account 
prepared by the Financial Clerk must be based on both 
experience and evaluation of trends. The fiscal year 1997 
request for this account anticipates $51,932,000 in agency 
contribution costs.
    The amount recommended by the Committee for the SOPOEA is 
less than would be required to cover all obligations that could 
be incurred under the authorized allowances for all Senators. 
The Committee is able to recommend an appropriation of a lesser 
amount than potentially necessary because Senators typically do 
not obligate funds up to the absolute ceiling of their 
respective allowances. In fact, a number of offices spend less 
than their total allowances. Evidence of this can be found in 
the semiannual report of the Secretary of the Senate. At the 
direction of this Committee in the Fiscal Year 1996 Legislative 
Branch Appropriations Act, the Secretary's report now includes 
summary information on each Senator's authorized allowance, 
expenditures made, and the balance, if any.
    In the alternative, the Committee could recommend an 
appropriation to fully fund the sum total of all the authorized 
allowances. For the fiscal year 1997, that would mean an 
appropriation of $226,825,000, $18,825,000 more than 
recommended. To follow that course, however, particularly in 
this time of severe fiscal retrenchment, would drain resources 
from other Senate activities only to have those funds lapse in 
the SOPOEA account at the end of the year.

                  office of fair employment practices

Appropriations, 1996....................................        $778,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................................
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                             ...........................

    Section 303 of title III of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, 
(Public Law 102-166) established an Office of Senate Fair 
Employment Practices [OFEP]. The mission of this Office is to 
establish procedures to protect the rights of Senate employees 
with respect to their public employment to be free of 
discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, 
national origin, age, or disability. While the responsibilities 
of the Office will eventually be taken over by the Office of 
Compliance established by the Congressional Accountability Act, 
OFEP must continue to handle cases brought before July 23, 
1996.
    Given the current caseload of the Office, the Committee 
does not believe a separate appropriation for the Office in 
fiscal year 1997 is warranted. If circumstances require 
additional funding, it can be drawn from the resolution and 
reorganization reserve within the ``Miscellaneous items'' 
appropriation.

                     settlements and awards reserve

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $1,000,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       1,000,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                             ...........................

    The Committee recommends no appropriation for the 
settlements and awards reserve.
    This account provides a contingency fund for the potential 
costs associated with the disposition of cases resolved through 
the process established by the Civil Rights Act of 1991 (Public 
Law 102-166). Funds are available from prior-year balances to 
provide for payments of settlements in cases arising prior to 
July 23, 1996. Subsequent to that date, funds are provided 
under the terms of the Congressional Accountability Act.

                      stationery (revolving fund)

Appropriations, 1996....................................         $13,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................          13,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                                  13,000

    The Committee recommends the request of $13,000 for 
stationery and office supplies for the President of the Senate, 
conference committees of the Senate, the Chaplain, and the 
Senate Chamber. The sum recommended is the same as the amount 
enacted for fiscal year 1996.
    The funds are allocated as follows:


Stationery (revolving fund) allocation--fiscal year 1997

President of the Senate...........................................$4,500
Chaplain..........................................................   700
Senate Chamber.................................................... 7,200
Conference of the majority and conference of the minority.........   600
                        -----------------------------------------------------------------
                        ________________________________________________

      Total

                                                                  13,000

                       senate official mail costs

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $11,000,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................      36,500,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                              10,000,000

    For the official mail costs of the Senate, the Committee 
recommends an appropriation of $10,000,000, which is 
$26,500,000 below the request and $1,000,000 below the amount 
provided for fiscal year 1996. The Committee also recommends an 
administrative provision, section 2, authorizing the transfer 
of funds from this account to the ``Senators' official 
personnel and office expense allowance'' account subject to 
procedures established by the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.

                       Administrative Provisions

    The Committee recommends four administrative provisions 
relative to Senate operations.
    Section 1 amends statutory language authorizing the 
majority and minority conference committees to utilize 
consultants on matters of jurisdictional oversight by 
broadening the scope to include the administration of the 
affairs of the committee.
    Section 2 authorizes the Secretary of the Senate to provide 
stationery to Senators-elect.
    Section 3 amends statutory language to allow the rental of 
mobile offices for a period of up to 3 years, rather than the 
existing limit of 1 year.
    Section 4 has been recommended at the request of the 
Sergeant at Arms to streamline certain bill payment practices. 
The provision will allow all Senate offices to pay telephone 
bills from the appropriation for the fiscal year in which the 
underlying base service period ends, eliminating the labor-
intensive task of reviewing thousands of calls to ascertain 
when they were made, and preparing separate vouchers for calls 
made in different fiscal years. A similar provision was 
included in last year's bill for the office of Sergeant at 
Arms.
    Section 5 pertains to the disposal of surplus computer 
equipment. The Committee is aware that the Senate transfers 
approximately 1,500 computers and peripheral devices per year 
to the General Services Administration [GSA] to be disposed of 
through the normal surplus property program. Most of the 
computers being transferred at this time are IBM-compatible 386 
machines. The Committee believes that this equipment may be 
useful to public schools throughout the country which are 
attempting to improve their computer curricula. Therefore, the 
Committee has included language in the bill to allow the 
Sergeant at Arms to make educationally useful equipment surplus 
or excess to Senate needs available to public schools at the 
least possible cost to both the Senate and such schools. The 
Committee expects the Sergeant at Arms to take appropriate 
steps to facilitate such transfers of educationally useful 
equipment to public schools consistent with appropriate 
guidelines prescribed by the Senate Committee on Rules and 
Administration.
    To minimize costs to the Senate, the Committee expects the 
Sergeant at Arms to ensure the equipment is in good working 
order when it is transferred to a public school, or to another 
agency for transfer to a public school, but not to expend 
significant money or labor to repair nonoperable equipment. 
Further, when making such computers and peripheral equipment 
available to public schools, the Sergeant at Arms shall not 
include computer software, except the operating system for 
microcomputers, consistent with applicable licensing 
requirements. Finally, the Committee expects that recipients of 
the equipment will bear the costs of its transportation from 
the Senate or GSA, as appropriate, will accept the equipment as 
is, without warranty from the Senate, and will use it for 
public education purposes.
    The Committee recognizes that when a Senate office no 
longer has a use for a piece of equipment, that equipment is 
not necessarily surplus or excess to the needs of the Senate. 
Many items of office automation equipment which are returned to 
the Sergeant at Arms are used for other Senate purposes before 
they are ultimately deemed to be surplus or excess to the needs 
of the Senate. Therefore, the Committee recommends the Sergeant 
at Arms provide such equipment to public schools in 
appropriately sized lots based on his or her estimate of the 
total numbers of equipment which will become surplus or excess 
during the year.

                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Appropriations, 1996....................................    $671,061,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................     738,777,000
House allowance.........................................     683,831,000

Committee recommendation

                                                             683,831,000

    The Committee recommends a total appropriation of 
$683,831,000 for the House of Representatives. In keeping with 
the longstanding tradition of comity between the Houses on 
matters pertaining solely to one House, the Committee concurs 
with the House allowance.

                              JOINT ITEMS

            joint committee on inaugural ceremonies of 1997

Appropriations, 1996....................................................
Budget estimate, 1997...................................        $950,000
House allowance.........................................         950,000

Committee recommendation

                                                                 950,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $950,000, the 
same as the budget estimate and the House allowance, for the 
Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies of 1997. The Committee 
also recommends a proviso authorizing the reimbursement from 
this appropriation of expenses incurred by the Committee on 
Rules and Administration.

                        joint economic committee

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $3,000,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       3,000,000
House allowance.........................................       3,000,000

Committee recommendation

                                                                 750,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $750,000 for 
the Joint Economic Committee. The Committee's recommendation is 
based on its expectation that the Joint Committee will cease 
operations at the end of the current Congress and that its 
functions will be assumed by standing committees of the House 
and Senate. The Committee on Rules and Administration may wish 
to consider the assignment of these additional responsibilities 
as it reviews the funding requests of the Senate committees for 
the 105th Congress. Funding is provided for the first quarter 
of fiscal year 1997.

                      joint committee on printing

Appropriations, 1996....................................        $750,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................         777,000
House allowance.........................................         777,000

Committee recommendation

                                                                 777,000

    The Committee recommends the appropriation of $777,000 for 
the Joint Committee on Printing. This is $27,000 above the 
amount appropriated for fiscal year 1996 and is the same as the 
budget request.

                      joint committee on taxation

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $5,116,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       7,716,000
House allowance.........................................       5,470,000

Committee recommendation

                                                               5,470,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $5,470,000 for 
salaries and expenses of the Joint Committee on Taxation. This 
is $354,000 above the amounts provided for fiscal year 1996 and 
is $2,246,000 less than the budget request.

                   Office of the Attending Physician

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $1,260,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       1,225,000
House allowance.........................................       1,225,000

Committee recommendation

                                                               1,225,000

    The Committee recommends the appropriation of $1,225,000 
for the Office of the Attending Physician. The amount is 
$35,000 below the appropriation for fiscal year 1996 and is the 
same as the budget estimate. The Office was first established 
by House Resolution 253, adopted December 5, 1928.

                          Capitol Police Board

                             capitol police

                                                             Recommended

Salaries................................................     $70,132,000
Expenses................................................       2,880,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________

      Total, Capitol Police Board

                                                              73,012,000

    The Committee continues funding the operations of the 
entire U.S. Capitol Police Force within joint items under the 
heading ``Capitol Police Board.''

                             Capitol Police

                                salaries

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $70,132,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................      76,394,000
House allowance.........................................      68,392,000

Committee recommendation

                                                              70,132,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $70,132,000 
for the salaries of the U.S. Capitol Police, $1,740,000 above 
the House allowance and the same as the fiscal year 1996 
enacted level.
    The amount provided covers salaries, benefits, and overtime 
costs. Capitol Police personnel are also eligible for hazardous 
duty pay, a clothing allowance, and comparability pay similar 
to locality pay adjustments granted other Federal law 
enforcement personnel in the Washington, DC, area. Capitol 
Police personnel on the Senate detail are the only Senate 
employees eligible for such comparability pay. The Committee 
notes that approximately $4,000,000 in funds appropriated for 
salaries in fiscal year 1995 were unspent, and believes a 
reduction from the request is justified.
    The Committee recommends a general provision, section 313, 
amending Public Law 104-1 to allow law enforcement personnel of 
the Capitol Police to elect to receive compensatory time off in 
lieu of overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of the 
maximum for their work period. This provision was recommended 
by the Capitol Police in testimony before the Committee on May 
23, 1996.

                            general expenses

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $2,560,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       7,606,000
House allowance.........................................       2,685,000

Committee recommendation

                                                               2,880,000

    The Committee recommends $2,880,000 for general expenses of 
the Capitol Police, $4,726,000 below the budget request and 
$320,000 above the enacted amount for fiscal year 1996.
    These expenses include office supplies and equipment, 
laundry and dry-cleaning, communications, motor vehicles, 
uniforms and equipment, investigations, training, and 
miscellaneous items. The amount recommended includes funds for 
vehicle replacement.
    The Committee appreciates the efforts of the Sergeant at 
Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate in providing computer, 
telecommunications, and other support to the Capitol Police 
force. The expertise residing in the Sergeant at Arms helps to 
make possible the successful operation of the entire police 
force. The Committee recognizes that the Sergeant at Arms has 
borne the full cost of supporting the police in these 
technology areas. However, the Committee expects that 
commencing with the fiscal year 1998 appropriation request that 
the Capitol Police will budget and provide justification for 
these costs on a basis to reimburse the Senate Sergeant at 
Arms. The Committee further expects that the Sergeant at Arms 
will work with the Capitol Police to develop appropriate and 
justified plans to maintain and upgrade as necessary their 
computer and telecommunications systems.

               Capitol Guide and Special Services Office

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $1,991,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       1,991,000
House allowance.........................................       1,991,000

Committee recommendation

                                                               1,991,000

    The Committee concurs with the House recommendation to 
combine the Capitol Guide Service and the Special Services 
Office, under the auspices of the Capitol Guide Board. The 
Board is composed of the Sergeants at Arms of the House and 
Senate, and the Architect of the Capitol.
    The amount recommended is the same as the House allowance 
and the amounts appropriated to the two separate offices for 
fiscal year 1996.

                      Statements of Appropriations

Appropriations, 1996....................................         $30,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................          30,000
House allowance.........................................          30,000

Committee recommendation

                                                                  30,000

    The Committee concurs with the House and recommends 
$30,000, the same as the budget estimate, for the preparation 
of detailed statements of appropriations as required by law. 
This account is used as payment for the preparation of the 
volumes, ``Statements on Appropriations,'' for the second 
session of the 104th Congress. These volumes show annual 
appropriations made, indefinite appropriations, and contracts 
authorized, along with a chronological history of regular 
appropriations bills. The volumes are compiled jointly by the 
Senate and House Committees on Appropriations pursuant to a 
directive in the Legislative Appropriations Act of June 7, 
1924.

                          Office of Compliance

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $2,500,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       3,268,000
House allowance.........................................       2,609,000

Committee recommendation

                                                               2,609,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $2,609,000, 
the same as the House allowance, for the salaries and expenses 
of the Office of Compliance, as authorized by section 305 of 
Public Law 104-1, the Congressional Accountability Act of 1996.

                      CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE

                         Salaries and Expenses

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $24,288,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................      24,775,000
House allowance.........................................      24,288,000

Committee recommendation

                                                              24,775,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $24,775,000 
for the Congressional Budget Office. The amount is the same as 
the budget estimate, and $487,000 above the House allowance and 
the amount enacted for fiscal year 1996.
    The increase over the fiscal year 1996 enacted amount will 
enable CBO to maintain its current workload with no increase in 
staff. Funding for a 2.3-percent ECI adjustment and merit 
increases will be partially offset by the absorption of 
nonmandatory price increases and the delayed replacement of 
computers and data bases.
    The Committee concurs with the House in recommending two 
administrative provisions, requested in the budget, pertaining 
to the disposal of surplus property and lump sum payment for 
terminal leave.
    In order to enhance the usefulness and relevance of 
Congressional Budget Office's work, without diminishing any 
objectivity and impartiality of its analyses, the Committee 
recommends that the Congressional Budget Office develop and 
implement policies that provide for the full explanation and 
disclosure of critical assumptions and methodologies as well as 
closer consultation with the recipients of its budget estimates 
and studies. It is expected that these consultations would 
occur prior to the commencement of such estimates and studies.
    The Director of the Congressional Budget Office is 
requested to transmit the written policy to the subcommittee 
within 60 days of the beginning of the 105th Congress.

                        ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL

    The Committee has recommended a funding level of 
$140,074,000 for all activities of the Architect of the Capitol 
pertaining to direct support of the Congress. Additional funds 
are recommended in title II of the bill for the Architect's 
activities relative to the structural and mechanical care of 
the Library's buildings and grounds, and the Botanic Garden.
    The amount recommended in title I is $2,896,000 below the 
fiscal year 1996 amount and $384,000 below the budget estimate. 
The Committee commends the Architect for presenting a budget 
with funding levels lower than those provided for the previous 
fiscal year.
    While the requested budget contemplates a reduction in 
overall personnel levels, the reduction can be achieved through 
attrition and there will be sufficient funding to avoid 
layoffs, furloughs, or reductions in force. Should the Congress 
take any action relative to privatization of certain functions 
of the Architect or adopt any other policies that could have 
adverse effects on existing personnel, the Committee will 
endeavor to provide the Architect with the authorities 
necessary to provide severance pay, early retirement 
incentives, or other personnel management tools that have 
proven effective in administering significant downsizing in 
other Federal agencies.
    The following table shows the request and the Committee 
recommendation:

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                 Fiscal year--                  
                                                              --------------------------------------------------
                        Appropriation                                1996                              1997     
                                                                appropriation     1997 request    recommendation
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Salaries.....................................................       $8,569,000       $8,714,000       $8,454,000
Contingent expenses..........................................          100,000          100,000          100,000
Capitol buildings............................................       22,882,000       23,679,000       23,555,000
Capitol Grounds..............................................        5,143,000        5,020,000        5,020,000
Senate office buildings......................................       41,757,000       39,640,000       39,640,000
House office buildings.......................................       33,001,000       32,556,000       32,556,000
Capitol Power Plant..........................................       31,518,000       30,749,000       30,749,000
                                                              --------------------------------------------------
      Total, title I.........................................      142,970,000      140,458,000      140,074,000
                                                              ==================================================
Botanic Garden...............................................        3,053,000        2,902,000        2,902,000
Library buildings and grounds, structural and mechanical care       12,428,000        9,003,000       10,453,000
                                                              --------------------------------------------------
      Total, title II........................................       15,481,000       11,905,000       13,355,000
                                                              --------------------------------------------------
      Total..................................................      158,451,000      152,363,000      153,429,000
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                   Office of the Architect--Salaries

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $8,569,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       8,714,000
House allowance.........................................       8,454,000

Committee recommendation

                                                               8,454,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $8,454,000 for 
the Office of the Architect of the Capitol--Salaries.
    The Committee has also recommended the authority for 
travel, with a $20,000 limitation.

              Office of the Architect--Contingent Expenses

Appropriations, 1996....................................        $100,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................         100,000
House allowance.........................................         100,000

Committee recommendation

                                                                 100,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $100,000 for 
contingent expenses of the Architect. This is the same as the 
budget request, the enacted level in 1996, and the House 
allowance.
    The recommended amount will enable the Architect to make 
surveys and studies and meet unforeseen expenses in connection 
with activities under the care of the Architect. The Committee 
again directs the Architect to apprise the Committee before 
obligations are made from this account for any project or 
activity in or concerning the Senate wing of the Capitol, the 
Senate office buildings or any other space occupied by Senate 
entities, or the Capitol Grounds on the Senate side.

                     Capitol Buildings and Grounds

                           capitol buildings

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $22,882,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................      23,679,000
House allowance.........................................      23,255,000

Committee recommendation

                                                              23,555,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $23,555,000 
for the operation and maintenance of the Capitol Building and 
the electrical substations of the House and Senate office 
buildings. The amount recommended is $673,000 above the amount 
provided for fiscal year 1996 and represents a reduction of 
$124,000 from the request.
    The Committee recommends language to continue the 
operations of the flag office on a reimbursable basis, and 
concurs with the recommended funding level of $379,000. Funds 
are also included for a new canine facility for the Capitol 
Police.
    The Committee directs that no new Senate projects or 
activities other than those listed below be undertaken with 
funds provided in this or previous appropriations acts without 
the prior written approval of the Committee, and that the 
Committee be notified in writing in advance of any new Senate 
projects or activities to be undertaken with the funds provided 
for annual maintenance, repairs, alterations, or miscellaneous 
improvements.
    The following table displays the request and the Committee 
recommendation.

                      REQUEST VERSUS RECOMMENDATION                     
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Committee  
                  Item                        Request     recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Personnel compensation and benefits.....     $13,270,000     $13,461,000
Travel, rent, and communications........         775,600         775,600
Annual maintenance, repairs, and                                        
 alterations............................       5,373,000       5,058,000
Supplies, materials, and equipment......         610,400         610,400
                                         -------------------------------
      Subtotal..........................      20,029,000      19,905,000
                                         ===============================
1997 budget projects:                                                   
    Cyclical maintenance:                                               
        Ongoing projects:                                               
            Plumbing renovations,                                       
             Capitol Building...........         400,000         400,000
            Elevator/escalator                                          
             modernization program......         400,000         400,000
            Conservation of wall                                        
             paintings..................         100,000         100,000
            Replace Minton tile.........         200,000         200,000
            Replace roof, Senate wing,                                  
             east front.................         250,000         250,000
                                         -------------------------------
              Subtotal, cyclical                                        
               maintenance..............       1,350,000       1,350,000
                                         ===============================
    Continuing and initiating other                                     
     programs:                                                          
        Ongoing projects:                                               
            ADA improvements............         300,000         300,000
            Replace/repair underground                                  
             storage tanks..............         200,000         200,000
            Telecommunications network                                  
             management.................         100,000         100,000
            Implementation of AOCNET....         400,000         400,000
            Legislative branch warehouse                                
             operations and maintenance,                                
             Fort Meade.................         400,000         400,000
            Installation of smoke                                       
             detectors and fire alarms..         400,000         400,000
        New requests:                                                   
            Lightning protection,                                       
             Capitol Building...........         200,000         200,000
            Capitol Police canine                                       
             facility...................         300,000         300,000
                                         -------------------------------
              Subtotal, continuing and                                  
               initiating other programs       2,300,000       2,300,000
                                         -------------------------------
              Total, Capitol buildings..      23,679,000      23,555,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                            capitol grounds

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $5,143,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       5,020,000
House allowance.........................................       5,020,000

Committee recommendation

                                                               5,020,000

    The Committee concurs with the House in recommending an 
appropriation of $5,020,000 for Capitol Grounds for the care 
and improvements of the grounds surrounding the Capitol, the 
Senate and House office buildings, and the Capitol Power Plant. 
This is the same as the request, and $123,000 below the enacted 
level.
    Again this year, the Committee wishes to commend the 
Architect and the landscape architect for the care and 
maintenance of the Capitol Grounds. The weather in the 
Washington area is not the most conducive for sustaining 
ornamental plants, and the Grounds endure the pedestrian 
traffic of millions of visitors a year. Nonetheless, the 
Capitol Grounds are a magnificent showpiece in keeping with the 
grandeur of the Capitol Building itself.
    The Committee remains concerned, however, about the 
sections of concrete pipe used as vehicle barriers along 
sidewalks on the Capitol Grounds, and again directs the 
Architect to submit to the Committee by August 15 a report with 
a schedule and cost estimate for the replacement of those 
concrete pipe sections with more decorative planters such as 
those currently placed at the north and south entrances to the 
Capitol plaza. Last year the Architect responded to this 
request with a report outlining a far more ambitious and 
expensive alternative. The Committee is not interested in such 
schemes, but seeks a low-cost and readily achievable solution, 
and will consider a reprogramming to fund the project.
    The Committee directs that no new Senate projects or 
activities other than those listed below be undertaken with 
funds provided in this or previous appropriations acts without 
the prior written approval of the Committee, and that the 
Committee be notified in writing in advance of any new Senate 
projects or activities to be undertaken with the funds provided 
for annual maintenance, repairs, alterations, or miscellaneous 
improvements.
    The following table displays the request and the Committee 
recommendation.

                      REQUEST VERSUS RECOMMENDATION                     
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Committee  
                  Item                        Request     recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Personnel compensation and benefits.....      $3,334,000      $3,334,000
Annual maintenance, repairs, and                                        
 alterations............................       1,129,000       1,129,000
Supplies, materials, and equipment......         137,000         137,000
                                         -------------------------------
      Subtotal..........................       4,600,000       4,600,000
                                         ===============================
1997 budget projects:                                                   
    Cyclical maintenance:                                               
        Ongoing projects:                                               
            Replace bituminous paving,                                  
             various locations..........         160,000         160,000
            Replace sidewalks, various                                  
             locations..................         235,000         235,000
                                         -------------------------------
              Subtotal, cyclical                                        
               maintenance..............         395,000         395,000
                                         ===============================
Continuing and initiating other                                         
 programs: Ongoing projects--ADA                                        
 improvements...........................          25,000          25,000
                                         ===============================
      Total, Capitol Grounds............       5,020,000       5,020,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                        senate office buildings

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $41,757,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................      39,640,000
House allowance.........................................  Not considered

Committee recommendation

                                                              39,640,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $39,640,000 
for maintenance of the Senate office buildings. The recommended 
amount is $2,117,000 below the amount provided for fiscal year 
1996 and is the same as the request. Since this item pertains 
solely to the Senate, it was not considered by the House.
    The Committee has allowed $200,000 for uniforms for Senate 
office buildings employees; funding in the amount of $52,000 
for contractual cleaning of Webster Hall, the Senate page 
dormitory; an amount of $250,000 to cover election year cycle 
costs related to moving Senate offices; and $180,000 for 
expanding the centralized building monitoring system.
    The Committee believes that the provision of uniforms to 
employees of the Architect working in the Senate office 
buildings should be viewed as a pilot project, and, therefore, 
expects the Architect to report to the Committee with an 
assessment of the value of providing uniforms relative to 
employee morale, personnel management, building security, and 
other relevant issues.
    The Committee directs that no new Senate projects or 
activities other than those listed below be undertaken with 
funds provided in this or previous appropriations acts without 
the prior written approval of the Committee, and that the 
Committee be notified in writing in advance of any new Senate 
projects or activities to be undertaken with the funds provided 
for annual maintenance, repairs, alterations, or miscellaneous 
improvements.
    The following table displays the request and the Committee 
recommendation.

                      REQUEST VERSUS RECOMMENDATION                     
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Committee  
                  Item                        Request     recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Personnel compensation and benefits.....     $23,358,000     $23,358,000
Annual rent, maintenance, repairs, and                                  
 alterations............................      10,196,000      10,196,000
Supplies, materials, and equipment......       2,706,000       2,706,000
                                         -------------------------------
      Subtotal..........................      36,260,000      36,260,000
                                         ===============================
1997 budget projects:                                                   
    Cyclical maintenance:                                               
        Ongoing projects:                                               
            Replace air-conditioning                                    
             units, Dirksen Senate                                      
             Office Building............         300,000         300,000
            Replace air-conditioning                                    
             units, Russell Senate                                      
             Office Building............         300,000         300,000
            Electrical/                                                 
             telecommunications                                         
             modernization, Russell                                     
             Senate Office Building.....       1,000,000       1,000,000
            Plumbing renovations,                                       
             Russell Senate Office                                      
             Building...................         400,000         400,000
                                         -------------------------------
              Subtotal, cyclical                                        
               maintenance..............       2,000,000       2,000,000
                                         ===============================
    Continuing and initiating other                                     
     programs:                                                          
        Ongoing projects:                                               
            ADA improvements............         300,000         300,000
            Lightning protection                                        
             systems, Senate office                                     
             buildings..................         100,000         100,000
            Install fire sprinkler                                      
             system, Dirksen Senate                                     
             Office Building............         600,000         600,000
            Renovate toilet rooms, ADA,                                 
             Hart Senate Office Building         200,000         200,000
        New request: Expand central                                     
         monitoring system..............         180,000         180,000
                                         -------------------------------
          Subtotal, continuing and                                      
           initiating other programs....       1,380,000       1,380,000
                                         -------------------------------
          Total, Senate office buildings      39,640,000      39,640,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                         house office buildings

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $33,001,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................      32,556,000
House allowance.........................................      32,556,000

Committee recommendation

                                                              32,556,000

    The Committee recommends funds for maintenance of House 
office buildings at the level proposed by the House. As this 
item pertains solely to the House, the Committee concurs in the 
House allowance.

                          capitol power plant

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $31,518,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................      30,749,000
House allowance.........................................      30,749,000

Committee recommendation

                                                              30,749,000

    The Committee concurs with the House in recommending an 
appropriation of $30,749,000 for the operations of the Capitol 
Power Plant. The amount recommended is $769,000 below the 
amount provided for fiscal year 1996 and the same as the 
request.
    More than 80 percent of the recommended amount is for the 
purchase of electricity from the local private utility, payment 
to the government of the District of Columbia for the provision 
of water and sewer services, and the procurement of boiler 
fuel, as displayed in the following table.


Fiscal year 1997 estimated utility costs

Purchase of electricity.................................     $20,875,000
Purchase of natural gas.................................         640,000
Purchase of steam.......................................         248,000
Purchase of chilled water...............................         252,000
Purchase of coal........................................       3,000,000
Purchase of oil.........................................         500,000
Water and sewer payments................................       3,040,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________

      Total

                                                              28,555,000

    The balance of this appropriation supports a work force to 
operate and maintain the Power Plant. The Power Plant provides 
heat, light, power, and air-conditioning for the Capitol, 
Senate and House office buildings, and the Library of Congress 
buildings; heat, light, and power for the Botanic Garden and 
the Senate and House Garages; light for the Capitol Grounds' 
street, park, and floodlighting system; steam heat for the 
Government Printing Office and Washington City Post Office, 
also known as Postal Square; and steam heat and air-
conditioning for the Union Station complex, Folger Shakespeare 
Library, the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, and 
the U.S. Supreme Court Building on a reimbursable basis.
    With regard to the reimbursements, the Committee concurs 
with the House in recommending that reimbursements continue at 
the fiscal year 1996 level of $4,000,000.
    The following table displays the request and the Committee 
recommendation.

                      REQUEST VERSUS RECOMMENDATION                     
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                            Committee   
                 Item                       Request       recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Personnel compensation and benefits...      $4,703,000       $4,703,000 
Utilities and communications..........      25,056,000       25,056,000 
Annual maintenance and supplies.......       4,990,000        4,990,000 
                                       ---------------------------------
      Subtotal........................      34,749,000       34,749,000 
                                       =================================
Less: Estimated reimbursements........      (4,000,000)      (4,000,000)
                                       ---------------------------------
      Total, Capitol Power Plant......      30,749,000       30,749,000 
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                          LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

                     Congressional Research Service

                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $60,084,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................      63,056,000
House allowance.........................................      62,641,000

Committee recommendation

                                                              62,641,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $62,641,000 
for the Congressional Research Service. The amount recommended 
is $2,557,000 above the fiscal year 1996 amount, $415,000 below 
the request, and the same as the House allowance.

                       GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

                   Congressional Printing and Binding

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $83,770,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................      83,770,000
House allowance.........................................      81,669,000

Committee recommendation

                                                              81,669,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $81,669,000, 
which is $2,101,000 below the request and the enacted level, 
and the same as the House allowance. The Committee does not 
agree, however, with the application of the general reduction 
recommended by the House. Any such general reduction should be 
applied proportionally to all activities funded within this 
appropriation.
    The following table compares the component categories 
within this account for fiscal year 1997. The Committee has not 
recommended separate amounts for each activity in order to give 
the GPO the flexibility needed to meet changing requirements.

                                       CONGRESSIONAL PRINTING AND BINDING                                       
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                  Appropriations                    Recommended 
                                                                       1996       Requested 1997       1997     
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Congressional Record program....................................     $21,833,000     $18,504,000  ..............
Other electronic products.......................................         809,000         716,000  ..............
Miscellaneous publications......................................       5,428,000       6,240,000  ..............
Miscellaneous printing and binding..............................      15,600,000      15,826,000  ..............
Details to Congress.............................................       2,800,000       3,042,000  ..............
Document envelopes and document franks..........................       1,394,000       1,428,000  ..............
Business and committee calendars................................       2,368,000       1,748,000  ..............
Bills, resolutions, and amendments..............................       9,506,000      11,110,000  ..............
Committee reports...............................................       4,048,000       3,510,000  ..............
Documents.......................................................       2,528,000       2,349,000  ..............
Hearings........................................................      15,776,000      16,632,000  ..............
Committee prints................................................       1,680,000       2,665,000  ..............
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
      Total.....................................................      83,770,000      83,770,000     $81,669,000
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                        TITLE II--OTHER AGENCIES

                             BOTANIC GARDEN

                         Salaries and Expenses

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $3,053,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       2,902,000
House allowance.........................................       2,902,000

Committee recommendation

                                                               2,902,000

    The Committee concurs with the House in recommending 
$2,902,000 for salaries and expenses of the Botanic Garden.
    This appropriation supports a regular work force to provide 
for the care and upkeep of the Botanic Garden and grounds. The 
purpose of the Botanic Garden is to collect, cultivate, and 
grow the various flora of the United States and other countries 
for exhibition and display to the public and for study material 
for students, scientists, and garden clubs.
    The following table displays the request and the Committee 
recommendation.

                      REQUEST VERSUS RECOMMENDATION                     
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Committee  
                  Item                        Request     recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Personnel compensation and benefits.....      $2,536,000      $2,536,000
Travel, transportation, and                                             
 communications.........................           9,000           9,000
Annual maintenance, repairs, and                                        
 alterations............................         131,000         131,000
Supplies, materials, equipment, and land         226,000         226,000
                                         -------------------------------
      Total, Botanic Garden.............       2,902,000       2,902,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                          LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

                (Except Congressional Research Service)

                         Salaries and Expenses

Appropriations, 1996:
    Salaries and expenses...............................   $211,664,000 
    Authority to spend receipts.........................     (7,869,000)
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Net, salaries and expenses........................    203,795,000 
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
Budget estimate, 1997:
    Salaries and expenses...............................    226,235,000 
    Authority to spend receipts.........................     (7,869,000)
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Net, salaries and expenses........................    218,366,000 
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
House allowance:
    Salaries and expenses...............................    215,007,000 
    Authority to spend receipts.........................     (7,869,000)
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Net, salaries and expenses........................    207,138,000 
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
Committee recommendation:
    Salaries and expenses...............................    216,007,000 
    Authority to spend receipts.........................     (7,869,000)
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Net, salaries and expenses........................    208,138,000 

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $208,138,000 
for salaries and expenses of the Library of Congress. The 
amount recommended is $4,343,000 over the amount provided for 
fiscal year 1996 and $10,228,000 below the budget request. The 
amount recommended above the House allowance is to reimburse 
the General Accounting Office for the cost of the recent 
management audit of the Library, and the Library is directed to 
make that reimbursement in the amount of $1,000,000.
    The Committee recommendation includes funding in the amount 
of $928,800 for the American Folklife Center, the same level as 
provided in fiscal year 1996. The Committee wishes to reaffirm 
its strong commitment to the Center, which was created within 
the Library in 1976 by passage of Public Law 94-201, the 
American Folklife Preservation Act. Within the Center resides 
the archive of folk culture, the Nation's preeminent collection 
of folklife documentation, including 1.5 million sound 
recordings, manuscripts, still photographs, motion pictures, 
and other materials documenting the grassroots cultural 
traditions of the American people.
    The Center's staff of 14 people manages collections, 
provides assistance to local and regional folklife efforts, and 
develops programs. Those programs, combined with presentations, 
research projects, publications, and exhibitions benefit 
hundreds of thousands of Americans annually and strengthen 
public education about America's cultural heritage. The 
Committee believes this vibrant element of the Library provides 
a benefit to the American people far greater than its 
relatively low cost, and strongly supports its activities. The 
Committee is gratified, therefore, by the statement of the 
Librarian of Congress in testimony before the Committee on July 
10, 1996, that ``the Library has a deep institutional 
commitment'' to folklife and the Center.
    Accordingly, the Committee has earmarked $928,800 for the 
American Folklife Center, the same as the fiscal year 1996 
level, and has recommended an administrative provision to 
reauthorize its activities. The Committee does not agree at 
this time with the proposal of the House to relocate the Center 
and its collections to the Smithsonian Institution. The 
Committee will support such a proposal, however, if appropriate 
support for the Center's activities is not forthcoming in the 
Library.
    The Committee has reviewed the findings and recommendations 
of the recent audits of the Library, and believes that the 
single most important action to be taken would be the 
appointment of a Deputy Librarian fully empowered to be the 
chief executive officer of the Library. The management tasks 
identified in the audit reports are daunting, and must be given 
full-time attention. The extraordinary demands already placed 
upon the Librarian in any number of external arenas and in 
developing a vision for the Library's transition into a digital 
future make it impossible for him to deal with the day-to-day 
administration of the Library's operations. Those 
responsibilities must be delegated to the Deputy Librarian, and 
the Committee looks forward to that being done as soon as the 
deputy position is filled.
    The Committee agrees with the various administrative 
provisions proposed by the House, except that it recommends 
striking section 208 relative to the transfer authority 
proposed by that section.

                            Copyright Office

                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 1996:
    Salaries and expenses...............................    $30,818,000 
    Authority to spend receipts.........................    (19,830,000)
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Net, salaries and expenses........................     10,988,000 
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
Budget estimate, 1997:
    Salaries and expenses...............................     34,566,000 
    Authority to spend receipts.........................    (22,278,000)
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Net, salaries and expenses........................     12,288,000 
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
House allowance:
    Salaries and expenses...............................     33,402,000 
    Authority to spend receipts.........................    (22,269,000)
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Net, salaries and expenses........................     11,133,000 
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
Committee recommendation:
    Salaries and expenses...............................     33,402,000 
    Authority to spend receipts.........................    (22,269,000)
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Net, salaries and expenses........................     11,133,000 

    The Committee recommends the direct appropriation of 
$33,204,000 for the Copyright Office and approves authority to 
spend receipts of -$22,269,000 in fiscal year 1997. This is a 
reduction of $1,155,000 from the request, $145,000 above the 
enacted level, and is the same as the House allowance.

             Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $44,951,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................      46,057,000
House allowance.........................................      44,964,000

Committee recommendation

                                                              44,964,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $44,964,000 
for salaries and expenses for Books for the Blind and 
Physically Handicapped. The amount is $13,000 above the enacted 
amount and the same as the House allowance, and is $1,093,000 
below the request. The Committee concurs with the House 
language that centralization of the braille distribution system 
can be achieved out of savings.
    This appropriation supports a National Reading Program for 
blind and physically handicapped citizens. Books and magazines 
in braille and various recorded formats are produced by the 
National Library Services for the Blind and Physically 
Handicapped for distribution through a network of State and 
locally supported libraries. At present, 56 regional libraries 
in 48 States, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, 
Puerto Rico, and Guam house and circulate books and magazines 
to eligible readers. Eighty-six subregional libraries in 18 
States assist at the local public library level; 53 libraries 
and 4 cooperating agencies distribute sound reproducers. Two 
multistate centers, under contract to the National Library 
Service, store and distribute books and other materials in 
their geographical regions. The Librarian has estimated a 
readership of 785,000 individuals in fiscal year 1996.

                       Furniture and Furnishings

Appropriations, 1996....................................      $4,882,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       4,882,000
House allowance.........................................       4,882,000

Committee recommendation

                                                               4,882,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $4,882,000 for 
Library furniture and furnishings in 1997. The amount is the 
same as the enacted level, budget request, and House allowance.

                        ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL

                     Library Buildings and Grounds

                     structural and mechanical care

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $12,428,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................       9,003,000
House allowance.........................................       9,003,000

Committee recommendation

                                                              10,453,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $10,453,000 
for the care and maintenance of the Library buildings and 
grounds by the Architect of the Capitol. This is a reduction of 
$1,975,000 from the enacted level and an increase of $1,450,000 
over the House allowance.
    The Committee has provided $1,450,000 above the requested 
amount for fiscal year 1997. During the fiscal year 1997 
hearings, the Acting Architect brought to the Committee's 
attention three projects that had been deferred during the 
fiscal year 1997 budget preparation cycle. Due to revised 
priorities on the part of the Librarian of Congress, the 
Committee has added funding to renovate the air-conditioning 
system, northwest curtain, Thomas Jefferson Building 
($600,000), a new uninterruptible power supply system for the 
Library's computer system ($750,000), and design for a ground 
floor air-conditioning system in the Thomas Jefferson Building 
($100,000).
    The following table shows the request and the Committee 
recommendation.

                      REQUEST VERSUS RECOMMENDATION                     
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Committee  
                  Item                        Request     recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Personnel compensation and benefits.....      $6,818,000      $6,818,000
Annual maintenance, repairs, and                                        
 alterations............................         829,000         829,000
Supplies, materials, equipment, and land         596,000         596,000
                                         -------------------------------
      Subtotal..........................       8,243,000       8,243,000
                                         ===============================
1997 budget projects:                                                   
    Cyclical maintenance:                                               
        Ongoing projects:                                               
            Clean air distribution duct                                 
             system.....................         100,000         100,000
            Elevator modernization,                                     
             Thomas Jefferson Building/                                 
             John Adams Building........         360,000         360,000
            Replace smoke detectors,                                    
             James Madison Building.....         100,000         100,000
        New requests:                                                   
            Renovate northwest curtain                                  
             air-conditioning system,                                   
             Thomas Jefferson Building..  ..............         600,000
            Design, ground floor air-                                   
             conditioning system, Thomas                                
             Jefferson Building.........  ..............         100,000
            Upgrade 60 hertz UPS, James                                 
             Madison Building...........  ..............         750,000
                                         -------------------------------
              Subtotal, cyclical                                        
               maintenance..............         560,000       2,010,000
                                         ===============================
    Continuing and initiating other                                     
     programs: Ongoing projects--ADA                                    
     improvements.......................         200,000         200,000
                                         ===============================
        Total, Library buildings and                                    
         grounds........................       9,003,000      10,453,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                       GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

                 Office of Superintendent of Documents

                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 1996....................................     $30,307,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................      30,827,000
House allowance.........................................      29,077,000

Committee recommendation

                                                              29,077,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $29,077,000, 
which is the same as the House allowance, $1,230,000 below the 
enacted level, and $1,750,000 below the request.
    The Committee recognizes that the development of a CD-ROM 
of the congressional serial set will require that an electronic 
data base of reports and documents be developed. The 
utilization of standardized electronic formats will increase 
the efficiency and utility of this process. Congressional 
offices should supply electronic input to GPO for this purpose.
    This appropriation provides for salaries and expenses 
associated with the distribution of Government documents to 
depository and international exchange libraries, the cataloging 
and indexing of Government publications, and the distribution 
of publications authorized by law at the request of Members of 
Congress and other Government agencies.

                             revolving fund

    The Committee bill concurs with the House in continuing the 
limitations on reception and representation expenses and costs 
of attendance at meetings.

                       GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE

                         Salaries and Expenses

Appropriations, 1996....................................    $382,806,000
Budget estimate, 1997...................................     377,773,000
House allowance.........................................     338,425,000

Committee recommendation

                                                             338,425,000

    The Committee recommends funding of $338,425,000 for 
salaries and expenses of the General Accounting Office, which 
will support an FTE level of 3,500 FTE's. Additionally, 
$5,905,000 is authorized in offsetting collections derived from 
rent receipts and reimbursements for conducting financial 
audits of Government corporations. The direct appropriation is 
a reduction of $39,153,000 from the budget request and a 
reduction of $41,886,000 from the fiscal year 1996 level.
    The recommended level will fulfill the Committee's 
commitment to reduce GAO funding by 25 percent from fiscal year 
1995 levels. Managing a funding reduction of such magnitude in 
the relatively short period of 2 years has been very difficult, 
and the Committee wishes to commend the Comptroller General for 
an outstanding job. The Committee believes that the experience 
of the General Accounting Office in managing a sharp reduction 
in funding and personnel while sustaining efficiency and 
effectiveness can and should be a model for other Federal 
agencies facing similar reductions. Accordingly, the Committee 
recommends that the GAO produce an assessment of its 
experience, with lessons learned and recommendations for 
similar or different procedures in future situations.
                     TITLE III--GENERAL PROVISIONS

    In addition to several routine general provisions carried 
annually in the bill, the Committee recommends concurrence with 
new provisions proposed by the House, and proposes additional 
general provisions, as follows:
    Section 301 bans the use of appropriated funds for service 
and maintenance of private vehicles, except under such 
regulations as may be promulgated by the House Oversight 
Committee and the Senate Rules and Administration Committee 
respectively.
    Section 302 limits the availability for obligation of 
appropriation to the fiscal year for which it is expressly 
provided in the bill accompanying this report.
    Section 303 provides that any pay rate and title 
designation for staff position created in this act, and not 
specifically established by the Legislative Pay Act of 1929, is 
to be made permanent law by this act. Further, any pay rate and 
title change for a position provided for in the 1929 act is to 
be made permanent law by this act and any changes in the 
official expenses of Members, officers and committees and in 
the clerk hire of the House and Senate are to be made permanent 
law by this act.
    Section 304 bans the use of funds for contracts unless such 
contracts are matters of public record and are available for 
public inspection.
    Section 305 expresses the sense of the Congress that 
whenever possible, products and equipment made in America be 
procured by entities funded in this bill.
    Section 306 authorizes the Architect of the Capitol to 
transfer funds between certain accounts with the approval of 
the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations.
    Section 307 relates to the transfer of positions and 
funding in connection with the public address sound system 
activities of the House.
    Section 308 relates to the transfer of positions and 
funding for the maintenance of security systems for the Capitol 
buildings and grounds from the Architect of the Capitol to the 
Capitol Police Board.
    Section 309 appropriates such sums as may be necessary for 
the payment of settlements and awards pursuant to Public Law 
104-1.
    Section 310 relates to the representational allowances of 
Members of the House of Representatives.
    Section 311 relates to mass mailings by Members of the 
House of Representatives.
    The Committee recommends striking section 312 relating to 
certain estimates prepared by the Director of the Congressional 
Budget Office and the Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on 
Taxation.
    The Committee recommends a new section 312 to amend Public 
Law 104-1 to authorize law enforcement personnel of the Capitol 
Police to elect to receive compensatory time off in lieu of 
overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of the maximum 
for their work period.
    Section 313 amends section 316 of Public Law 101-302 to 
extend for 1 year the availability of funds for the Senate art 
collection.
    Section 314 provides the Government Printing Office with 
the authority to enter into contracts for energy conservation 
services with performance guarantees, at an estimated annual 
savings of $500,000.
    Section 315 creates a legislative branch information 
technology planning group. The Committee notes that a plan 
submitted by the Library of Congress for an integrated 
legislative system cites numerous opportunities for 
collaboration within the legislative branch in the evaluation 
and development of technology to better serve the information 
needs of Members and committees. The Committee believes that 
this finding can be expanded to cover a wide range of 
technology requirements within the Congress, and that there 
could be significant benefits and savings from a collaborative 
approach to these issues. The legislative branch 
telecommunications network [LBTN] group, established by the 
Architect of the Capitol several years ago to ensure 
coordination of effort in the area of voice and data 
communications, serves as a model of what such a program can 
accomplish.
    Today there is an almost unprecedented pace of development 
within the field of information technology, a great deal of 
which is of interest to both Chambers as well as to the support 
agencies. At the same time, there is a potential high cost to 
the legislative branch inherent in these new developments, 
especially in the absence of coordination.
    The Committee, therefore, recommends the establishment of a 
program to provide the widest possible exchange of information 
within the legislative branch with the long-range goal of 
improving technology planning, evaluation, development, and 
management among legislative branch organizations. The 
Committee foresees that the result of such improved information 
exchange would be a more coordinated approach to common 
technical goals, better testing and evaluation through joint 
efforts, greater cost savings through reduction in duplication, 
and improved strategic planning for information technology.
    The Committee requests that all appropriate offices and 
agencies involved in the management of information technology 
participate in this group. The Library of Congress, in 
consultation with these legislative branch organizations, 
should submit a plan, within 90 days of the enactment of this 
bill, for a program for information exchange for calendar year 
1997.
    The Library, in developing this plan, should consider the 
relationship of the legislative branch telecommunication 
network [LBTN] group, established by the Architect of the 
Capitol.
    Finally, the Committee recommends section 316 amending 
sections 2302 and 3303 of title 5, United States Code to allow 
certain personnel recommendations by Members of Congress.

  COMPLIANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 7, RULE XVI, OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE 
                                 SENATE

    Paragraph 7 of rule XVI requires that Committee reports on 
general appropriations bills identify, with particularity, each 
Committee amendment to the House bill ``which proposes an item 
of appropriation which is not made to carry out the provisions 
of an existing law, a treaty stipulation, or an act or 
resolution previously passed by the Senate during that 
session.''
    The Committee has proposed no amendments which fall under 
this rule.

COMPLIANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 7(C), RULE XXVI OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE 
                                 SENATE

    Pursuant to paragraph 7(c) of rule XXVI, the Committee 
ordered reported H.R. 3754, the legislative branch 
appropriations bill, 1997, subject to amendment and subject to 
its budget allocation, by a recorded vote of 28-0, a quorum 
being present. The vote was as follows:
        Yeas                          Nays
Chairman Hatfield
Mr. Stevens
Mr. Cochran
Mr. Specter
Mr. Domenici
Mr. Bond
Mr. Gorton
Mr. McConnell
Mr. Mack
Mr. Burns
Mr. Shelby
Mr. Jeffords
Mr. Gregg
Mr. Bennett
Mr. Campbell
Mr. Byrd
Mr. Inouye
Mr. Hollings
Mr. Johnston
Mr. Leahy
Mr. Bumpers
Mr. Lautenberg
Mr. Harkin
Ms. Mikulski
Mr. Reid
Mr. Kerrey
Mr. Kohl
Mrs. Murray

 COMPLIANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 12, RULE XXVI, OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE 
                                 SENATE

    Paragraph 12 of rule XXVI requires that Committee reports 
on a bill or joint resolution repealing or amending any statute 
or part of any statute include ``(a) the text of the statute or 
part thereof which is proposed to be repealed; and (b) a 
comparative print of that part of the bill or joint resolution 
making the amendment and of the statute or part thereof 
proposed to be amended, showing by stricken-through type and 
italics, parallel columns, or other appropriate typographical 
devices the omissions and insertions which would be made by the 
bill or joint resolution if enacted in the form recommended by 
the committee.''
    In compliance with this rule, the following changes in 
existing law proposed to be made by the bill are shown as 
follows: existing law to be omitted is enclosed in black 
brackets; new matter is printed in italic; and existing law in 
which no change is proposed is shown in roman.

    1. In connection with section 1, section 195(a) of chapter 
IX of title I of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1995 is 
amended as follows:

                      Title 2, United States Code

          * * * * * * *

Sec. 61g-7. Services of consultants to Majority and Minority Conference 
                    Committee of Senate

(a) Authorization of expenditure with approval of Committee on Rules 
        and Administration
    Funds authorized to be expended under section 61g-6 of this 
title may be used by the Majority or Minority Conference 
Committee of the Senate, with the approval of the Committee on 
Rules and Administration, to procure the temporary services 
(not in excess of 1 year) or intermittent services of 
individual consultants, or organizations thereof, to make 
studies or advise the committee with respect to any matter 
within its jurisdiction [.] or with respect to the 
administration of the affairs of the committee.
          * * * * * * *
    2. In connection with section 2, section 105(d)(1) of 
chapter VI of title I of the Second Supplemental Appropriations 
Act, 1978 is amended as follows:

                      Title 2, United States Code

          * * * * * * *

Sec. 43d(d). Payment of telegram and telephone charges incurred by 
                    Senator-elect; funding; maximum amount

    (1) Each Senator-elect is authorized to be reimbursed for 
expenses incurred for telegrams [and telephone services] , 
telephone services, and stationery related to his position as a 
Senator-elect in an amount not exceeding one-twelfth of the 
total amount of expenses authorized to be paid to or on behalf 
of a Senator from the State which he will represent under 
section 58 of this title. Reimbursement to a Senator-elect 
under this subsection shall be paid from the contingent fund of 
the Senate upon itemized vouchers certified by such Senator-
elect and approved by the Secretary of the Senate.

    3. In connection with section 3, section 3(e)(1) under the 
heading ``administrative provisions'' in the appropriation for 
the Senate of the Legislative Branch Appropriation Act, 1975 is 
amended as follows:

                      Title 2, United States Code

Sec. 59(e). Mobile office

    (1) Subject to the provisions of paragraphs (2), (3), (4), 
and (5), a Senator may lease one mobile office for use only in 
the State he represents and the contingent fund of the Senate 
is available for the rental payments (including by way of 
reimbursement) made under such lease together with the actual 
nonpersonnel cost of operating such mobile office. The term of 
any such lease shall not exceed [one year] 3 years. A copy of 
each such lease shall be furnished to the Sergeant at Arms of 
the Senate.
          * * * * * * *
    4. In connection with section 4, section (a) section 5 
under the heading ``administrative provisions'' in the 
appropriation for the Senate of the Legislative Branch 
Appropriations Act, 1996 is amended as follows:

                      Title 2, United States Code

          * * * * * * *

Sec. 58a-1. Payments for telecommunications equipment and services; 
                    definitions

    (a) Any payment for local and long distance 
telecommunications service provided to any user [by the 
Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate] shall cover the 
total invoiced amount, including any amount relating to 
separately identified toll calls, and shall be charged to the 
appropriation for the fiscal year in which the underlying base 
service period covered by the invoice ends.
    [(b) As used in subsection (a), the term ``user'' means any 
Senator, Officer of the Senate, Committee, office, or entity 
provided telephone equipment and services by the Sergeant at 
Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate.] (b) As used in subsection 
(a), the term ``user'' means a Senator, an Officer of the 
Senate, and any office, committee, or other entity the funds of 
which are disbursed by the Secretary of the Senate.
    (b) The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect 
on October 1, 1996, and shall apply to all payments made on or 
after such date for local and long distance telecommunications 
service.

    5. In connection with section 209, section 8 of the 
American Folklife Preservation Act, is amended as follows:

                      Title 2, United States Code

          * * * * * * *

Sec. 2107. Authorization of appropriations; limitation on use for new 
                    positions

          * * * * * * *
    There are authorized to be appropriated to the Center to 
carry out this Act for each fiscal year such sums as may be 
necessary.

    6. In connection with section 313, section 203(a)(3) of 
Public Law 104-1, is amended as follows:

                      Title 2, United States Code

          * * * * * * *

Sec. 203. Rights and Protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 
                    1938

(a) Fair Labor Standards.--
          * * * * * * *
    (3) Compensatory Time.--Except as provided in regulations 
under subsection (c)(3) and in subsection (c)(4), covered 
employees may not receive compensatory time in lieu of overtime 
compensation.
    (4) Law Enforcement._Law enforcement personnel of the 
Capitol Police who are subject to the exemption under section 
7(k) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 207(k)) 
may elect to receive compensation time off in lieu of overtime 
compensation for hours worked in excess of the maximum for 
their work period.
          * * * * * * *
    7. In connection with section 314, section 316(a) of Public 
Law 101-302 is amended as follows:

    Sec. 316. (a) Effective with the fiscal year ending 
September 30, [1996] 1997 and each fiscal year thereafter, 
subject to the approval of the Committee * * *

    8. In connection with section 316, sections 2302 and 3303 
of title 5, United States Code are amended as follows:

                      Title 5, United States Code

          * * * * * * *

Sec. 2302. Prohibited personnel practices

          * * * * * * *
    (b) Any employee who has authority to take, direct others 
to take, recommend, or approve any personnel action, shall not, 
with respect to such authority--
          * * * * * * *
          (2) solicit or consider any recommendation or 
        statement, oral or written, with respect to any 
        individual who requests or is under consideration for 
        any personnel action [except as provided under section 
        3303(f);] unless such recommendation or statement is 
        based on the personal knowledge or records of the 
        person furnishing it and consists of--
                  (A) an evaluation of the work performance, 
                ability, aptitude, or general qualifications of 
                such individual; or
                  (B) an evaluation of the character, loyalty, 
                or suitability of such individual;
          * * * * * * *

[Sec. 3303. Political recommendations

    [(a) For the purposes of this section--
          [(1) ``agency'' means--
                  [(A) an Executive agency; and
                  [(B) an agency in the legislative branch with 
                positions in the competitive service;
          [(2) ``applicant'' means an individual who has 
        applied for appointment to be an employee;
          [(3) ``employee'' means an employee of an agency who 
        is--
                  [(A) in the competitive service;
                  [(B) a career appointee in the Senior 
                Executive Service or an employee under a 
                similar appointment in a similar executive 
                service; or
                  [(C) in the excepted service other than--
                          [(i) an employee who is appointed by 
                        the President; or
                          [(ii) an employee whose position has 
                        been determined to be of a 
                        confidential, policy-determining, 
                        policy-making, or policy-advocating 
                        character; and
          [(4) ``personnel action'' means any action described 
        under clauses (i) through (x) of section 2302(a)(2)(A).
    [(b) Except as provided under subsection (f), each 
personnel action with respect to an employee or applicant shall 
be taken without regard to any recommendation or statement, 
oral or written, with respect to any employee or applicant who 
requests or is under consideration for such personnel action, 
made by--
          [(1) any Member of Congress or congressional 
        employee;
          [(2) any elected official of the government of any 
        State (including the District of Columbia and the 
        Commonwealth of Puerto Rico), county, city, or other 
        subdivision thereof;
          [(3) any official of a political party; or
          [(4) any other individual or organization making such 
        recommendation or statement on the basis of the party 
        affiliation of the employee or applicant.
    [(c) Except as provided under subsection (f), a person or 
organization referred to under subsection (b)(1) through (4) is 
prohibited from making or transmitting to any officer or 
employee of an agency, any recommendation or statement, oral or 
written, with respect to any employee or applicant who requests 
or is under consideration for any personnel action in such 
agency. Except as provided under subsection (f), the agency, or 
any officer or employee of the agency--
          [(1) shall not solicit, request, consider, or accept 
        any such recommendation or statement; and
          [(2) shall return any such written recommendation or 
        statement, appropriately marked as in violation of this 
        section, to the person or organization transmitting the 
        same.
    [(d) Except as provided under subsection (f), an employee 
or applicant who requests or is under consideration for a 
personnel action in an agency is prohibited from requesting or 
soliciting from a person or organization referred to under 
subsection (b)(1) through (4) a recommendation or statement.
    [(e) Under regulations prescribed by the Office of 
Personnel Management, the head of each agency shall ensure that 
employees and applicants are given notice of the provisions of 
this section.
    [(f) An agency, or any authorized officer or employee of an 
agency, may solicit, accept, and consider, and any other 
individual or organization may furnish or transmit to the 
agency or such authorized officer or employee, any statement 
with respect to an employee or applicant who requests or is 
under consideration for a personnel action, if--
          [(1) the statement is furnished pursuant to a request 
        or requirement of the agency and consists solely of an 
        evaluation of the work performance, ability, aptitude, 
        and general qualification of the employee or applicant;
          [(2) the statement relates solely to the character 
        and residence of the employee or applicant;
          [(3) the statement is furnished pursuant to a request 
        made by an authorized representative of the Government 
        of the United States solely in order to determine 
        whether the employee or applicant meets suitability or 
        security standards;
          [(4) the statement is furnished by a former employer 
        of the employee or applicant pursuant to a request of 
        an agency, and consists solely of an evaluation of the 
        work performance, ability, aptitude, and general 
        qualification of such employee or applicant during 
        employment with such former employer; or
          [(5) the statement is furnished pursuant to a 
        provision of law or regulation authorizing 
        consideration of such statement with respect to a 
        specific position or category of positions.
    [(g) An agency shall take any action it determines 
necessary and proper under subchapter I or II of chapter 75 to 
enforce the provisions of this section.
    [(h) The provisions of this section shall not affect the 
right of any employee to petition Congress as authorized by 
section 7211.]

Sec. 3303. Competitive service; recommendations of Senators or 
                    Representatives

    An individual concerned in examining an applicant for or 
appointing him in the competitive service may not receive or 
consider a recommendation of the applicant by a Senator or 
Representative, except as to the character or residence of the 
applicant.

                                            BUDGETARY IMPACT OF BILL                                            
  PREPARED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE PURSUANT TO SEC. 308(a), PUBLIC LAW 93-344, AS  
                                                     AMENDED                                                    
                                            [In millions of dollars]                                            
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                                                                  Budget authority               Outlays        
                                                             ---------------------------------------------------
                                                               Committee    Amount  of   Committee    Amount  of
                                                               allocation      bill      allocation      bill   
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Comparison of amounts in the bill with Committee allocations                                                    
 to its subcommittees of amounts in the First Concurrent                                                        
 Resolution for 1997: Subcommittee on Legislative Branch:                                                       
    Nondefense discretionary................................        2,188        2,165        2,179    \1\ 2,130
    Mandatory...............................................           92           92           92           92
Projections of outlays associated with the recommendation:                                                      
    1997....................................................  ...........  ...........  ...........    \2\ 1,916
    1998....................................................  ...........  ...........  ...........          187
    1999....................................................  ...........  ...........  ...........           36
    2000....................................................  ...........  ...........  ...........           17
    2001 and future year....................................  ...........  ...........  ...........            7
Financial assistance to State and local governments for 1997                                                    
 in bill....................................................           NA  ...........           NA  ...........
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\1\ Includes outlays from prior-year budget authority.                                                          
\2\ Excludes outlays from prior-year budget authority.                                                          
                                                                                                                
NA: Not applicable.                                                                                             


                 COMPARATIVE STATEMENT OF NEW BUDGET (OBLIGATIONAL) AUTHORITY FOR FISCAL YEAR 1996 AND BUDGET ESTIMATES AND AMOUNTS RECOMMENDED IN THE BILL FOR FISCAL YEAR 1997                
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                               Item                                       1996         Budget estimate   House allowance      Committee    -----------------------------------------------------
                                                                      appropriation                                        recommendation         1996                                          
                                                                                                                                              appropriation    Budget estimate   House allowance
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                 TITLE I--CONGRESSIONAL OPERATIONS                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                                                                
                              SENATE                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                                                                
                        Expense Allowances                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Expense allowances:                                                                                                                                                                             
    Vice President................................................          $10,000           $10,000   ................          $10,000   ................  ................         +$10,000 
    President Pro Tempore of the Senate...........................           10,000            10,000   ................           10,000   ................  ................          +10,000 
    Majority Leader of the Senate.................................           10,000            10,000   ................           10,000   ................  ................          +10,000 
    Minority Leader of the Senate.................................           10,000            10,000   ................           10,000   ................  ................          +10,000 
    Majority Whip of the Senate...................................            5,000             5,000   ................            5,000   ................  ................           +5,000 
    Minority Whip of the Senate...................................            5,000             5,000   ................            5,000   ................  ................           +5,000 
    Chairman of the Majority Conference Committee.................            3,000             3,000   ................            3,000   ................  ................           +3,000 
    Chairman of the Minority Conference Committee.................            3,000             3,000   ................            3,000   ................  ................           +3,000 
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Subtotal, expense allowances..............................           56,000            56,000   ................           56,000   ................  ................          +56,000 
Representation allowances for the Majority and Minority Leaders...           30,000            30,000   ................           30,000   ................  ................          +30,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
      Total, Expense allowances and representation................           86,000            86,000   ................           86,000   ................  ................          +86,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                 Salaries, Officers and Employees                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Office of the Vice President......................................        1,513,000         1,570,000   ................        1,513,000   ................         -$57,000        +1,513,000 
Office of the President Pro Tempore...............................          325,000           325,000   ................          325,000   ................  ................         +325,000 
Offices of the Majority and Minority Leaders......................        2,195,000         2,377,000   ................        2,195,000   ................         -182,000        +2,195,000 
Offices of the Majority and Minority Whips........................          656,000           682,000   ................        1,156,000         +$500,000          +474,000        +1,156,000 
Conference committees.............................................        1,992,000         2,068,000   ................        1,992,000   ................          -76,000        +1,992,000 
Offices of the Secretaries of the Conference of the Majority and                                                                                                                                
 the Conference of the Minority...................................          360,000           367,000   ................          384,000           +24,000           +17,000          +384,000 
Policy Committees.................................................        1,930,000         2,002,000   ................        1,930,000   ................          -72,000        +1,930,000 
Office of the Chaplain............................................          192,000           234,000   ................          234,000           +42,000   ................         +234,000 
Office of the Secretary...........................................       12,128,000        12,959,000   ................       12,714,000          +586,000          -245,000       +12,714,000 
Office of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeep-  er..................       31,889,000        34,037,000   ................       34,037,000        +2,148,000   ................      +34,037,000 
Offices of the Secretaries for the Majority and Minority..........        1,047,000         1,135,000   ................        1,135,000           +88,000   ................       +1,135,000 
Agency contributions and related expenses.........................       15,500,000        18,482,000   ................       17,000,000        +1,500,000        -1,482,000       +17,000,000 
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, salaries, officers and employ-  ees..................       69,727,000        76,238,000   ................       74,615,000        +4,888,000        -1,623,000       +74,615,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
          Office of the Legislative Counsel of the Senate                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Salaries and expenses.............................................        3,381,000         3,447,000   ................        3,447,000           +66,000   ................       +3,447,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                  Office of Senate Legal Counsel                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Salaries and expenses.............................................          936,000           960,000   ................          936,000   ................          -24,000          +936,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
  Expense Allowances of the Secretary of the Senate, Sergeant at                                                                                                                                
    Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate, and Secretaries for the                                                                                                                                  
                Majority and Minority of the Senate                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Expenses allowances...............................................           12,000            12,000   ................           12,000   ................  ................          +12,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                 Contingent Expenses of the Senate                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Inquiries and investigations......................................       66,395,000        70,561,000   ................       69,561,000        +3,166,000        -1,000,000       +69,561,000 
Expenses of United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics                                                                                                                              
 Control..........................................................          305,000   ................  ................          305,000   ................         +305,000          +305,000 
Secretary of the Senate...........................................        1,266,000         1,266,000   ................        1,511,000          +245,000          +245,000        +1,511,000 
Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate.....................       61,347,000        65,931,000   ................       65,931,000        +4,584,000   ................      +65,931,000 
Miscellaneous items...............................................        6,644,000         6,791,000   ................        6,791,000          +147,000   ................       +6,791,000 
Senators' Official Personnel and Office Expense Account...........      204,029,000       226,825,000   ................      208,000,000        +3,971,000       -18,825,000      +208,000,000 
Office of Senate Fair Employment Practices........................          778,000   ................  ................  ................         -778,000   ................  ................
Settlements and Awards Reserve....................................        1,000,000         1,000,000   ................  ................       -1,000,000        -1,000,000   ................
Stationery (revolving fund).......................................           13,000            13,000   ................           13,000   ................  ................          +13,000 
                                                                                                                                                                                                
                        Official Mail Costs                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Expenses..........................................................       11,000,000        36,500,000   ................       10,000,000        -1,000,000       -26,500,000       +10,000,000 
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, contingent expenses of the Senate....................      352,777,000       409,009,000   ................      362,112,000        +9,335,000       -46,897,000      +362,112,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
      Total, Senate...............................................      426,919,000       489,630,000   ................      441,208,000       +14,289,000       -48,422,000      +441,208,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                     HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                
                       Salaries and Expenses                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                                
                     House Leadership Offices                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Office of the Speaker.............................................        1,478,000         1,621,000        $1,535,000         1,535,000           +57,000           -86,000   ................
Office of the Majority Floor Leader...............................        1,470,000         1,561,000         1,526,000         1,526,000           +56,000           -35,000   ................
Office of the Minority Floor Leader...............................        1,480,000         1,574,000         1,534,000         1,534,000           +54,000           -40,000   ................
Office of the Majority Whip.......................................          928,000           976,000           957,000           957,000           +29,000           -19,000   ................
Office of the Minority Whip.......................................          918,000           963,000           949,000           949,000           +31,000           -14,000   ................
Speaker's Office for Legislative Floor Activi-  ties..............          376,000           385,000           376,000           376,000   ................           -9,000   ................
House Republican Steering Committee...............................          664,000           681,000           664,000           664,000   ................          -17,000   ................
House Republican Conference.......................................        1,083,000         1,146,000         1,130,000         1,130,000           +47,000           -16,000   ................
House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee....................        1,181,000         1,211,000         1,191,000         1,191,000           +10,000           -20,000   ................
House Democratic Caucus...........................................          566,000           616,000           603,000           603,000           +37,000           -13,000   ................
Nine minority employees...........................................        1,127,000         1,155,000         1,127,000         1,127,000   ................          -28,000   ................
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal, House Leadership Offices..........................       11,271,000        11,889,000        11,592,000        11,592,000          +321,000          -297,000   ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
               Members' Representational Allowances                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Expenses..........................................................      360,503,000       398,898,000       363,313,000       363,313,000        +2,810,000       -35,585,000   ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                        Committee Employees                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Standing Committees, Special and Select (except Appropriations)...       78,629,000        80,524,000        80,222,000        80,222,000        +1,593,000          -302,000   ................
Committee on Appropriations (including studies and investigations)       16,945,000        18,430,000        17,580,000        17,580,000          +635,000          -850,000   ................
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal, Committee employees...............................       95,574,000        98,954,000        97,802,000        97,802,000        +2,228,000        -1,152,000   ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                 Salaries, Officers and Employees                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Office of the Clerk...............................................       13,807,000        15,370,000        15,074,000        15,074,000        +1,267,000          -296,000   ................
Office of the Sergeant at Arms....................................        3,410,000         3,889,000         3,638,000         3,638,000          +228,000          -251,000   ................
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer........................       53,556,000        70,464,000        55,209,000        55,209,000        +1,653,000       -15,255,000   ................
Office of Inspector General.......................................        3,954,000         4,048,000         3,954,000         3,954,000   ................          -94,000   ................
Office of Compliance..............................................          858,000   ................  ................  ................         -858,000   ................  ................
    Transfer to new Office of Compliance..........................         -500,000   ................  ................  ................         +500,000   ................  ................
Office of the Chaplain............................................          126,000           128,000           126,000           126,000   ................           -2,000   ................
Office of the Parliamentarian.....................................        1,180,000         1,036,000         1,036,000         1,036,000          -144,000   ................  ................
    Office of the Parliamentarian.................................         (775,000)         (713,000)         (713,000)         (713,000)         (-62,000)  ................  ................
    Compilation of precedents of the House of Representatives.....         (405,000)         (323,000)         (323,000)         (323,000)         (-82,000)  ................  ................
Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the House...................        1,700,000         1,817,000         1,767,000         1,767,000           +67,000           -50,000   ................
Office of the Legislative Counsel of the  House...................        4,524,000         4,763,000         4,687,000         4,687,000          +163,000           -76,000   ................
Other authorized employees........................................          837,000         1,000,000           768,000           768,000           -69,000          -232,000   ................
    Former Speakers...............................................         (666,000)         (825,000)         (594,000)         (594,000)         (-72,000)        (-231,000)  ................
    Technical Assistants, Office of the Attending Physician.......         (171,000)         (175,000)         (174,000)         (174,000)          (+3,000)          (-1,000)  ................
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Subtotal, Salaries, Officers and Employees................       83,452,000       102,515,000        86,259,000        86,259,000        +2,807,000       -16,256,000   ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                      Allowances and Expenses                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Supplies, materials, administrative costs and Federal tort claims.          994,000         2,301,000         2,374,000         2,374,000        +1,380,000           +73,000   ................
Official mail (committees, leadership, administrative and                                                                                                                                       
 legislative offices).............................................        1,000,000         1,000,000         1,000,000         1,000,000   ................  ................  ................
Reemployed annuitants reimbursements..............................           68,000            71,000            71,000            71,000            +3,000   ................  ................
Government contributions..........................................      117,541,000       122,508,000       120,779,000       120,779,000        +3,238,000        -1,729,000   ................
Miscellaneous items...............................................          658,000           641,000           641,000           641,000           -17,000   ................  ................
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal, Allowances and expenses...........................      120,261,000       126,521,000       124,865,000       124,865,000        +4,604,000        -1,656,000   ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
      Total, House of Representatives.............................      671,061,000       738,777,000       683,831,000       683,831,000       +12,770,000       -54,946,000   ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                            JOINT ITEMS                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies of 1997...................  ................          950,000           950,000           950,000          +950,000   ................  ................
Joint Economic Committee..........................................        3,000,000         3,000,000         3,000,000           750,000        -2,250,000        -2,250,000        -2,250,000 
Joint Committee on Printing.......................................          750,000           777,000           777,000           777,000           +27,000   ................  ................
Joint Committee on Taxation.......................................        5,116,000         7,716,000         5,470,000         5,470,000          +354,000        -2,246,000   ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                 Office of the Attending Physician                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Medical supplies, equipment, expenses, and allowances.............        1,260,000         1,225,000         1,225,000         1,225,000           -35,000   ................  ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                       Capitol Police Board                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                
                          Capitol Police                                                                                                                                                        
Salaries:                                                                                                                                                                                       
    Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives..............       34,213,000        37,286,000        32,927,000        34,213,000   ................       -3,073,000        +1,286,000 
    Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate.................       35,919,000        39,108,000        35,465,000        35,919,000   ................       -3,189,000          +454,000 
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Subtotal, salaries........................................       70,132,000        76,394,000        68,392,000        70,132,000   ................       -6,262,000        +1,740,000 
General expenses..................................................        2,560,000         7,606,000         2,685,000         2,880,000          +320,000        -4,726,000          +195,000 
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal, Capitol Police....................................       72,692,000        84,000,000        71,077,000        73,012,000          +320,000       -10,988,000        +1,935,000 
Capitol Guide Service and Special Services Office.................        1,991,000         1,991,000         1,991,000         1,991,000   ................  ................  ................
Statements of Appropriations......................................           30,000            30,000            30,000            30,000   ................  ................  ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
      Total, Joint items..........................................       84,839,000        99,689,000        84,520,000        84,205,000          -634,000       -15,484,000          -315,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                       OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Salaries and expenses.............................................        2,000,000         3,268,000         2,609,000         2,609,000          +609,000          -659,000   ................
    Transfer from House of Rep. Office of Compliance..............          500,000   ................  ................  ................         -500,000   ................  ................
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Total, Office of Compliance...............................        2,500,000         3,268,000         2,609,000         2,609,000          +109,000          -659,000   ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                  OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Salaries and expenses.............................................        3,615,000   ................  ................  ................       -3,615,000   ................  ................
    Reappropriation...............................................        2,500,000   ................  ................  ................       -2,500,000   ................  ................
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Office of Technology Assessment......................        6,115,000   ................  ................  ................       -6,115,000   ................  ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                    CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Salaries and expenses.............................................       24,288,000        24,775,000        24,288,000        24,775,000          +487,000   ................         +487,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                     ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                
              Office of the Architect of the Capitol                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Salaries..........................................................        8,569,000         8,714,000         8,454,000         8,454,000          -115,000          -260,000   ................
Travel (limitation on official travel expen-  ses)................          (20,000)          (20,000)          (20,000)          (20,000)  ................  ................  ................
Contingent expenses...............................................          100,000           100,000           100,000           100,000   ................  ................  ................
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal, Office of the Architect of the Capitol............        8,669,000         8,814,000         8,554,000         8,554,000          -115,000          -260,000   ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                   Capitol Buildings and Grounds                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Capitol buildings.................................................       22,882,000        23,679,000        23,255,000        23,555,000          +673,000          -124,000          +300,000 
Capitol grounds...................................................        5,143,000         5,020,000         5,020,000         5,020,000          -123,000   ................  ................
Senate office buildings...........................................       41,757,000        39,640,000   ................       39,640,000        -2,117,000   ................      +39,640,000 
House office buildings............................................       33,001,000        32,556,000        32,556,000        32,556,000          -445,000   ................  ................
Capitol Power Plant...............................................       35,518,000        34,749,000        34,749,000        34,749,000          -769,000   ................  ................
    Offsetting collections........................................       -4,000,000        -4,000,000        -4,000,000        -4,000,000   ................  ................  ................
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Net subtotal, Capitol Power Plant...........................       31,518,000        30,749,000        30,749,000        30,749,000          -769,000   ................  ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
      Subtotal, Capitol buildings and grounds.....................      134,301,000       131,644,000        91,580,000       131,520,000        -2,781,000          -124,000       +39,940,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
      Total, Architect of the Capitol.............................      142,970,000       140,458,000       100,134,000       140,074,000        -2,896,000          -384,000       +39,940,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                        LIBRARY OF CONGRESS                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                
                  Congressional Research Service                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Salaries and expenses.............................................       60,084,000        63,056,000        62,641,000        62,641,000        +2,557,000          -415,000   ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                    GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Congressional printing and binding................................       83,770,000        83,770,000        81,669,000        81,669,000        -2,101,000        -2,101,000   ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
      Total, title I, Congressional Opera-  tions.................    1,502,546,000     1,643,423,000     1,039,692,000     1,521,012,000       +18,466,000      -122,411,000      +481,320,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                     TITLE II--OTHER AGENCIES                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                
                          BOTANIC GARDEN                                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Salaries and expenses.............................................        3,053,000         2,902,000         2,902,000         2,902,000          -151,000   ................  ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                        LIBRARY OF CONGRESS                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Salaries and expenses.............................................      211,664,000       226,235,000       215,007,000       216,007,000        +4,343,000       -10,228,000        +1,000,000 
    Authority to spend receipts...................................       -7,869,000        -7,869,000        -7,869,000        -7,869,000   ................  ................  ................
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Net subtotal, Salaries and expenses.........................      203,795,000       218,366,000       207,138,000       208,138,000        +4,343,000       -10,228,000        +1,000,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
Copyright Office, salaries and expenses...........................       30,818,000        34,566,000        33,402,000        33,402,000        +2,584,000        -1,164,000   ................
    Authority to spend receipts...................................      -19,830,000       -22,278,000       -22,269,000       -22,269,000        -2,439,000            +9,000   ................
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Net subtotal, Copyright Office..............................       10,988,000        12,288,000        11,133,000        11,133,000          +145,000        -1,155,000   ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
Books for the blind and physically handicapped, salaries and                                                                                                                                    
 expenses.........................................................       44,951,000        46,057,000        44,964,000        44,964,000           +13,000        -1,093,000   ................
Furniture and furnishings.........................................        4,882,000         4,882,000         4,882,000         4,882,000   ................  ................  ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
      Total, Library of Congress (except CRS).....................      264,616,000       281,593,000       268,117,000       269,117,000        +4,501,000       -12,476,000        +1,000,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                     ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                
                   Library Buildings and Grounds                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Structural and mechanical care....................................       12,428,000         9,003,000         9,003,000        10,453,000        -1,975,000        +1,450,000        +1,450,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                    GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                                                                
               Office of Superintendent of Documents                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Salaries and expenses.............................................       30,307,000        30,827,000        29,077,000        29,077,000        -1,230,000        -1,750,000   ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                     GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Salaries and expenses.............................................      382,806,000       377,773,000       338,425,000       338,425,000       -44,381,000       -39,348,000   ................
    Offsetting collections........................................       -8,400,000        -6,100,000        -5,905,000        -5,905,000        +2,495,000          +195,000   ................
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, General Accounting Office............................      374,406,000       371,673,000       332,520,000       332,520,000       -41,886,000       -39,153,000   ................
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
      Total, title II, Other agencies.............................      684,810,000       695,998,000       641,619,000       644,069,000       -40,741,000       -51,929,000        +2,450,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
      Grand total.................................................    2,187,356,000     2,339,421,000     1,681,311,000     2,165,081,000       -22,275,000      -174,340,000      +483,770,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                 TITLE I--CONGRESSIONAL OPERATIONS                                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Senate............................................................      426,919,000       489,630,000   ................      441,208,000       +14,289,000       -48,422,000      +441,208,000 
House of Representatives..........................................      671,061,000       738,777,000       683,831,000       683,831,000       +12,770,000       -54,946,000   ................
Joint Items.......................................................       84,839,000        99,689,000        84,520,000        84,205,000          -634,000       -15,484,000          -315,000 
Office of Compliance..............................................        2,500,000         3,268,000         2,609,000         2,609,000          +109,000          -659,000   ................
Office of Technology Assessment...................................        6,115,000   ................  ................  ................       -6,115,000   ................  ................
Congressional Budget Office.......................................       24,288,000        24,775,000        24,288,000        24,775,000          +487,000   ................         +487,000 
Architect of the Capitol..........................................      142,970,000       140,458,000       100,134,000       140,074,000        -2,896,000          -384,000       +39,940,000 
Library of Congress: Congressional Research Service...............       60,084,000        63,056,000        62,641,000        62,641,000        +2,557,000          -415,000   ................
Congressional printing and binding, Government Printing Office....       83,770,000        83,770,000        81,669,000        81,669,000        -2,101,000        -2,101,000   ................
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, title I, Congressional opera-  tions.................    1,502,546,000     1,643,423,000     1,039,692,000     1,521,012,000       +18,466,000      -122,411,000      +481,320,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
                     TITLE II--OTHER AGENCIES                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                
Botanic Garden....................................................        3,053,000         2,902,000         2,902,000         2,902,000          -151,000   ................  ................
Library of Congress (except CRS)..................................      264,616,000       281,593,000       268,117,000       269,117,000        +4,501,000       -12,476,000        +1,000,000 
Architect of the Capitol (Library buildings and grounds)..........       12,428,000         9,003,000         9,003,000        10,453,000        -1,975,000        +1,450,000        +1,450,000 
Government Printing Office (except congressional printing and                                                                                                                                   
 binding).........................................................       30,307,000        30,827,000        29,077,000        29,077,000        -1,230,000        -1,750,000   ................
General Accounting Office.........................................      374,406,000       371,673,000       332,520,000       332,520,000       -41,886,000       -39,153,000   ................
                                                                   -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, title II, Other agencies.............................      684,810,000       695,998,000       641,619,000       644,069,000       -40,741,000       -51,929,000        +2,450,000 
                                                                   =============================================================================================================================
      Grand total.................................................    2,187,356,000     2,339,421,000     1,681,311,000     2,165,081,000       -22,275,000      -174,340,000      +483,770,000 
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