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                                                       Calendar No. 635
108th Congress                                                   Report
                                 SENATE
 2d Session                                                     108-307

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                LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS, 2005

                                _______
                                

                 July 15, 2004.--Ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

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

                              R E P O R T

                    [To accompany S. 2666]

    The Committee on Appropriations, to which was referred the 
bill (H.R. 0000) making appropriations for the legislative 
branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005, and for 
other purposes, reports the same to the Senate with amendments 
and recommends that the bill as amended do pass. deg.
    The Committee on Appropriations reports the bill (S. 2666) 
making appropriations for the legislative branch for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2005, and for other purposes, reports 
favorably thereon and recommends that the bill do pass.



Amount of new budget (obligational) authority \1\

Amount of bill as reported to Senate....................  $2,464,589,000
Amount of 2005 budget estimate..........................   2,796,454,000
Legislative branch appropriations, 2004.................   2,456,536,000
Amount of bill below budget estimate, 2005..............    -331,865,000
Amount of bill above legislative branch appropriations, 
    2004................................................      +8,053,000

\1\ Excludes House items.


                            C O N T E N T S

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                                                                   Page
Title I--Legislative Branch Appropriations:
    Senate.......................................................     4
    Joint Items..................................................    21
    Office of Compliance.........................................    25
    Congressional Budget Office..................................    25
    Architect of the Capitol.....................................    25
    Library of Congress..........................................    34
    Government Printing Office...................................    40
    Government Accountability Office.............................    41
    Payment to the Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund.......    43
Title II--General Provisions.....................................    44
Compliance With Paragraph 7, Rule XVI, of the Standing Rules of 
  the Sen- 
  ate............................................................    46
Compliance With Paragraph 7(c), Rule XXVI of the Standing Rules 
  of the Senate..................................................    46
Compliance With Paragraph 12, Rule XXVI, of the Standing Rules of 
  the Senate.....................................................    47

                     GENERAL STATEMENT AND SUMMARY

    The Committee recommends new budget (obligational 
authority) of $2,464,589,000 for the legislative branch, for 
fiscal year 2005. This total is $331,865,000 below the budget 
request and $8,053,000 above the fiscal year 2004 level. The 
bill excludes House items pursuant to the normal protocol.
    The bill includes $226,925,000 for the U.S. Capitol Police; 
$308,042,000 for the Architect of the Capitol to maintain, 
improve, and construct buildings and facilities of the 
Congress; $470,000,000 for the Government Accountability 
Office; $544,092,000 for the Library of Congress; and 
$725,067,000 for operations of the Senate.
    The Committee expects all agencies to notify the Committee 
of any significant departures from budget plans presented to 
the Committee in any agency's budget justifications. In 
particular, agencies funded through this bill are required to 
notify the Committee prior to each reprogramming of funds in 
excess of the lesser of 10 percent or $500,000 between 
programs, projects or activities, or in excess of $500,000 
between object classifications (except for shifts within the 
pay categories, object class 11, 12, and 13 or as further 
specified in each agency's respective section). This includes 
cumulative reprogrammings that together total at least $500,000 
from or to a particular program, activity, or object 
classification as well as reprogramming of FTE's or funds to 
create new organizational entities within the Agency or to 
restructure entities which already exist. The Committee desires 
to be notified of reprogramming actions which involve less than 
the above-mentioned amounts if such actions would have the 
effect of changing an agency's funding requirements in future 
years or if programs or projects specifically cited in the 
Committee's reports are affected.
    The Committee also expects all agencies to submit operating 
plans for the Committee's approval within 30 days of the bill's 
enactment.

               TITLE I--LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS

                                 SENATE

                           Expense Allowances

Appropriations, 2004....................................        $127,500
Budget estimate, 2005...................................         127,500
Committee recommendation................................         127,500

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $127,500 for 
the expense allowances of the Vice President, the President pro 
tempore of the Senate, the President pro tempore emeritus of 
the Senate, the majority and minority leaders, the majority and 
minority whips, the chairmen of the majority and minority 
conference committees, and the chairmen of the majority and 
minority policy committees. The recommended allowances are as 
follows:
    For the expense allowance of the Vice President, the 
Committee recommends an amount of $20,000.
    For the expense allowance of the President pro tempore, the 
Committee recommends an amount of $20,000.
    For the expense allowance of the majority and minority 
leaders, the Committee recommends $20,000 for each leader, for 
a total of $40,000.
    For the expense allowance of the majority and minority 
whips, the Committee recommends $10,000 for each whip, for a 
total of $20,000.
    For the expense allowance of the President pro tempore 
emeritus, $7,500.
    For the expense allowance for the chairmen of the majority 
and minority conference committees, the Committee recommends 
$5,000 for each chairman, for a total of $10,000.
    For the expense allowance for the chairmen of the majority 
and minority policy committees, the Committee recommends $5,000 
for each chairman, for a total of $10,000.
    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, 2004....................................         $30,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................          30,000
Committee recommendation................................          30,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $30,000 for 
representation allowances for the majority and minority 
leaders.
    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, 2004....................................    $125,307,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................     134,440,000
Committee recommendation................................     134,440,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $134,440,000 
for the subaccounts funded under the overall account for the 
salaries of officers and employees of the Senate.
    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 2005 are 1,394 positions.

                    SALARIES, OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES
         [Estimated staffing levels--fiscal years 2004 and 2005]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                           2005 Request        2004
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Office of the Vice President............              45              45
Office of the President Pro Tempore.....              11              11
Office of the President Pro Tempore                    1               1
 Emeritus...............................
Offices of the majority and minority                  43              47
 leaders................................
Offices of the majority and minority                  30              28
 whips..................................
Conference committees...................              48              48
Offices of the the secretaries of the                 12              12
 conference of the majority and the
 conference of the minority.............
Policy Committees.......................              55              55
Office of the Chaplain..................               4               4
Office of the Secretary.................             252             252
Office of the Sergeant at Arms and                   859             873
 Doorkeeper.............................
Offices of the secretaries for the                    18              18
 majority and minority..................
                                         -------------------------------
      Totals............................           1,378           1,394
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    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, 2004....................................      $2,028,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................       2,108,000
Committee recommendation................................       2,108,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $2,108,000 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.

                  OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

Appropriations, 2004....................................        $539,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................         561,000
Committee recommendation................................         561,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $561,000 for 
the Office of the President pro tempore.

              OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE EMERITUS

Appropriations, 2004....................................        $156,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................         163,000
Committee recommendation................................         163,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $163,000 for 
the Office of the President pro tempore emeritus.

              OFFICES OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS

Appropriations, 2004....................................      $3,220,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................       3,408,000
Committee recommendation................................       3,408,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $3,408,000 for 
the offices of the majority and minority leaders.
    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 $1,704,000 for each office.

               OFFICES OF THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY WHIPS

Appropriations, 2004....................................      $2,324,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................       2,556,000
Committee recommendation................................       2,556,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $2,556,000 for 
the offices of the majority and minority whips. It is to be 
equally divided, providing $1,278,000 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.

                      COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

Appropriations, 2004....................................     $12,799,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      13,301,000
Committee recommendation................................      13,301,000

    For the salaries of the staff of the Committee on 
Appropriations, the Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$13,301,000.

                         CONFERENCE COMMITTEES

Appropriations, 2004....................................      $2,716,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................       2,826,000
Committee recommendation................................       2,826,000

    For the administrative and clerical staffs of the majority 
and minority conference committees, the Committee recommends an 
appropriation of $2,826,000. The appropriation provides 
$1,413,000 in salaries for the staff of each conference 
committee.
    The chairman of each conference committee may transfer to 
or from amounts 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, 2004....................................        $674,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................         702,000
Committee recommendation................................         702,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $702,000 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, 2004....................................      $2,834,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................       2,946,000
Committee recommendation................................       2,946,000

    For the salaries of the administrative and clerical staffs 
of the majority and minority policy committees, the Committee 
recommends an appropriation of $2,946,000, or $1,473,000 for 
each committee.
    The chairman of each policy Committee may transfer to or 
from amounts provided for salaries of each policy Committee to 
the account for policy Committee expenses within the 
``Miscellaneous items'' appropriation.

                         OFFICE OF THE CHAPLAIN

Appropriations, 2004....................................        $327,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................         341,000
Committee recommendation................................         341,000

    For the Office of the Chaplain, the Committee recommends an 
appropriation of $341,000. 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 $137,000.

                        OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

Appropriations, 2004....................................     $18,299,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      19,586,000
Committee recommendation................................      19,586,000

    The Committee recommends $19,586,000 for salaries of the 
Office of the Secretary. Fiscal year 2005 staffing levels are 
estimated at 252 positions.
    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 2005 
have been submitted by the Secretary to the Committee. The 
departmental budgets grouped in the apportionment schedule 
under executive offices include: the Executive Office of the 
Secretary of the Senate, Page school, Senate Security, 
Information Systems, and Web Technology. The departmental 
budgets grouped in the apportionment schedule under 
administrative services include: conservation and preservation, 
curator, disbursing office, gift shop, historical office, human 
resources, interparliamentary services, library, printing and 
document services, public records, chief counsel for 
employment, and the stationery room. The departmental budgets 
grouped in the apportionment schedule under legislative 
services include: the bill clerk, daily digest, enrolling 
clerk, journal clerk, legislative clerk, Official Reporters of 
Debate, captioning services, executive clerk, LIS project 
office, and Parliamentarian.
    The Committee is aware of the pilot program being conducted 
by the Secretary of the Senate and the Judiciary Committee to 
provide closed captioning services during Judiciary Committee 
proceedings. The Committee understands that at the conclusion 
of the pilot, the Secretary of the Senate will provide a report 
on the pilot assessing its feasibility, cost and use.

                                      OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE
                             [Estimated staffing levels--fiscal years 2004 and 2005]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                   2005 request        2004         Difference
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Executive offices...............................................              35              35  ..............
Administrative services.........................................             167             167  ..............
Legislative services............................................              50              50  ..............
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
      Totals....................................................             252             252  ..............
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             OFFICE OF THE SERGEANT AT ARMS AND DOORKEEPER

Appropriations, 2004....................................     $45,789,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      50,635,000
Committee recommendation................................      50,635,000

    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 $50,635,000 for fiscal 
year 2005. This is an increase of $4,846,000 over the fiscal 
year 2004 level.
    The offices and personnel covered by this appropriation are 
shown in the following table.

         SALARIES--OFFICE OF THE SERGEANT AT ARMS AND DOORKEEPER
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Committee
                                            2004 level    recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Capitol Division........................      $6,355,000      $7,317,000
    Positions...........................             144             146
Operations Division.....................     $16,349,000     $17,817,000
    Positions...........................             374             375
Technology Development Services Division      $9,319,000     $10,381,000
    Positions...........................             126             127
IT Support Services Division............      $5,960,000      $6,615,000
    Positions...........................             102             105
Office Support Services Division........      $1,895,000      $1,995,000
    Positions...........................              28              27
Staff Offices...........................      $5,911,000      $6,510,000
    Positions...........................              92              95
                                         -------------------------------
      Total.............................     $45,789,000     $50,635,000
          Positions.....................             866             875
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    The Committee expects to be notified in writing in a timely 
manner of any changes to the staffing levels or distribution of 
staff.

        OFFICES OF THE SECRETARIES FOR THE MAJORITY AND MINORITY

Appropriations, 2004....................................      $1,468,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................       1,528,000
Committee recommendation................................       1,528,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,528,000 for 
the offices of the secretaries for the majority and minority. 
The appropriation is to be equally divided, providing $764,000 
for each office.

                          AGENCY CONTRIBUTIONS

Appropriations, 2004....................................     $32,134,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      33,779,000
Committee recommendation................................      33,779,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $33,779,000 
for agency contributions for employees paid under the 
appropriation, ``Salaries, officers and employees,'' and 
employees paid under the appropriation ``Expenses of the United 
States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control'' and 
employees paid under the appropriation ``Joint Economic 
Committee.''
    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, 2004....................................      $4,843,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................       5,152,000
Committee recommendation................................       5,152,000

    For the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the Senate, 
the Committee recommends an appropriation of $5,152,000. The 
fiscal year 2005 staffing level is estimated to be 36 
positions. The amount provided pays for the salaries, expenses, 
and agency contributions of the office.

                     Office of Senate Legal Counsel

Appropriations, 2004....................................      $1,222,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................       1,265,000
Committee recommendation................................       1,265,000

    The Office of Senate Legal Counsel was established pursuant 
to section 701 of Public Law 95-521. The Committee recommends 
an appropriation of $1,265,000 for the Office. The amount 
provided pays for the salaries, expenses, and agency 
contributions of the Office.

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, 2004..........................................   $24,000
Budget estimate, 2005.........................................    24,000
Committee recommendation......................................    24,000

    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 an appropriation of $24,000, providing an 
allowance of $6,000 for each office.

                   Contingent Expenses of the Senate


                      INQUIRIES AND INVESTIGATIONS

Appropriations, 2004....................................    $118,462,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................     120,435,000
Committee recommendation................................     110,000,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $110,000,000 
for inquiries and investigations by all Senate standing, 
special, and select committees.
    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, 2004....................................        $520,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................         520,000
Committee recommendation................................         520,000

    The Committee recommends $520,000 for the expenses of the 
U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control. 
Established in 1985 by ``The Foreign Relations Authorization 
Act'', the Caucus was created to monitor and promote 
international compliance with narcotics control treaties and 
monitor and encourage U.S. Government and private programs 
seeking to expand international cooperation against drug abuse. 
The Caucus is composed of seven Senators and five members from 
the public sector with a chairman from the majority party and a 
co-chairman from the minority party. It was the intent of the 
original conferees that the caucus operate in the manner of the 
Helsinki Commission.

                        SECRETARY OF THE SENATE

Appropriations, 2004....................................      $2,265,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................       1,700,000
Committee recommendation................................       1,700,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $1,700,000 for 
expenses of the Office of the Secretary. The reduction below 
the enacted level is due primarily to $500,000 in one-time 
funding provided in fiscal year 2004 for the Senate 
Preservation Fund.
    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
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           AMOUNT AVAILABLE
                                                           FISCAL YEAR 2004   BUDGET ESTIMATE
                           ITEM                             PUBLIC LAW 108-     FISCAL YEAR        DIFFERENCE
                                                                  83               2005
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
DEPARTMENTAL OPERATING BUDGET:
    EXECUTIVE OFFICE.....................................          $525,000          $525,000  .................
    ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES..............................         1,100,000         1,135,000           $35,000
    LEGISLATIVE SERVICES.................................            75,000            40,000           (35,000)
                                                          ------------------------------------------------------
      TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET.............................         1,700,000         1,700,000  .................
                                                          ======================================================
SPECIAL PROJECTS.........................................           565,000  ................          (565,000)
                                                          ------------------------------------------------------
      TOTALS.............................................         2,265,000         1,700,000          (565,000)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Typical expenditures of the Secretary of the Senate 
include:
    Consultants.--Funding is provided for not to exceed two 
individual consultants as authorized by section 110 of Public 
Law 95-94, August 5, 1977, 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 be paid to employees of a standing committee of the 
Senate.
    Legal Reference Volumes and Dictionaries.--Funding is 
provided to furnish U.S. Senators with volumes of the U.S. Code 
Annotated or U.S. Code service, pocket parts and supplements, 
as authorized by Public Law 92-51, July 9, 1971.
    The Disbursing Office is responsible for providing the U.S. 
Code Annotated or the U.S. Code Service to Senators when they 
assume office and upon receipt of a written request of a 
Senator. In addition, dictionary and dictionary stands are also 
furnished to Senators from funds provided for in this account.
    Contractual Legal and Administrative Services and 
Miscellaneous Expenses.--Funding is provided 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 Public 
Law 92-342, for 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.
    Travel and Registration Fees.--Funding is provided for 
travel expenses and registration fees incurred by the Secretary 
of the Senate and the employees of the Office of the Secretary. 
This line item excludes funding for travel expenses for the 
Federal Election Campaign Act under the Office of Public 
Records, which is provided separately under the authority of 
Public Law 93-342.
    The authority for the travel portion of this account was 
provided for by section 101 of Public Law 94-59, July 25, 1975. 
The current limitation for travel expenses was increased to 
$10,000 (Section 102 of Public Law 97-12, June 5, 1981). 
Section 1 of Public Law 98-367, July 17, 1984, removed the not-
to-exceed limitation on travel expenses for the Secretary of 
the Senate, during any fiscal year.
    Orientation and Training.--Funding is provided for expenses 
incurred by the Secretary of the Senate to conduct orientation 
seminars or similar meetings for Senators, Senate officials, or 
members of staffs of Senators or Senate officials, not to 
exceed $25,000, under the authority of 2 U.S.C. 69a.
    The Office of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the 
Senate is also authorized under these provisions to conduct 
seminars or similar meetings in the same manner and to the same 
extent as the Office of the Secretary of the Senate.
    Newspapers.--Funding is provided 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.--Funding is provided 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 regulation 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.--This account also provides funding for postage 
for the Office of the Secretary of the Senate for special 
delivery, registered mail, and additional postage not covered 
under the frank.
    Education of Senate Pages.--Funding is provided for the 
education of Senate pages. Senate Resolution 184, July 29, 
1983, authorized the Secretary of the Senate to enter into a 
contract, agreement, or other arrangement with the board of 
education of the District of Columbia, or to provide such 
educational services and items in such other manner as he may 
deem appropriate. Public Law 98-125, October 13, 1983, amended 
Public Law 98-51, July 14, 1983, striking out the heading and 
paragraph ``Education of Pages'' under the heading ``Joint 
Items,'' and redesignated the funds provided in Public Law 98-
51 for the education of pages between the House of 
Representatives and the Senate. Each House is to provide for 
the education of its own pages.
    Stationery.--Funding is provided for stationery supplies 
for the Office of the Secretary of the Senate. The funds 
provided have been allocated to the various departments of the 
Office of the Secretary.
    Senate Commission on Art.--Funding is provided for the 
Senate Commission on Art, authorized by Public Law 100-696, 
November 18, 1988, 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 Senate 
historical objects inventory and calendar of exhibits on 
display within the Senate wing of the Capitol and Senate office 
buildings.
    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.--Funding is provided (not to 
exceed $50,000) to the Secretary of the 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 101-163, 
November 21, 1989.
    Office of Conservation and Preservation.--Funding is 
provided for the Office of Conservation and Preservation to 
develop and coordinate programs directly related to the 
conservation and protection of Senate records and materials for 
which the Secretary of the Senate has statutory authority.
    Book Preservation.--Funding is provided 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.--Funding is provided for expenses 
of the Office of Public Records. This office has evolved 
through various pieces of legislation and various 
responsibilities authorized by the Federal Election Campaign 
Act, as amended, the Ethics in Government Act, as amended, and 
the Lobbying Disclosure Act, as amended. Public Law 92-342, 
July 10, 1972, authorizes the Secretary of the Senate to 
procure technical support services, consultants, use of 
detailed employees and travel expenses in carrying out his 
duties under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971. The 
Office of Public Records is mentioned for the first time in 
Public Law 93-145, November 1, 1973, which authorizes the 
Secretary of the Senate to appoint and fix the compensation of 
a superintendent and other position for the Office of Public 
Records. In addition, under the authority of Public Law 95-521, 
October 26, 1978 (Ethics in Government Act) reports filed under 
section 101 shall be available for public inspection and a copy 
of the report shall be provided to any person upon request. Any 
person requesting a copy of a report may be required to pay a 
reasonable fee to cover the cost of reproduction. Any moneys 
received by the Secretary shall be deposited into the Office of 
Public Records Revolving Fund under the authority of Public Law 
101-163, November 21, 1989. The office also performs functions 
such as registration of mass mailings; and under the Lobbying 
Disclosure Act.
    Disbursing Office.--Funding is provided for expenses 
incurred in the operation of the disbursing office. Typical 
expenses for this office include online access charges for 
Department of Treasury systems, notary bonds, seals and 
supplies, necessary supplies in conjunction with the various 
machinery maintained in the office, which are not available in 
the stationery room, and necessary insurance policies required 
for the protection of the disbursing officer of the Senate for 
moneys assigned to his accountability.
    Office of Captioning Services.--Funding is provided 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.--Funding is provided 
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, 2004....................................    $135,243,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................     136,066,000
Committee recommendation................................     127,182,000

    The Committee recommends the appropriation of $127,182,000 
for expenses of the Sergeant at Arms, a reduction of $8,061,000 
below the enacted level and $8,884,000 below the request, due 
to the deferral of funds related to operations of the Capitol 
Visitor Center and funding certain expense items through a 
fiscal year 2004 reprogramming.
    The amount recommended includes $20,045,000 to remain 
available for obligation until September 30, 2007. This 
includes $10,315,000 for the purchase of computer equipment and 
software for Member offices and Committees. In addition, 
$4,255,000 for procurement and maintenance of members' 
constituent mail systems is made available for obligation until 
September 30, 2009.
    The Sergeant at Arms structure reflects seven major 
divisions: Capitol Division, Operations Division, Technology 
Development Services Division, IT Support Services Division, 
Office Support Services Division, Staff Offices Division, and 
the SMI Project Division. The Capitol Division consists of the 
Executive Office of the Sergeant at Arms and the Office of 
Security and Emergency Preparedness. These Offices provide the 
executive management and leadership of the Sergeant at Arms for 
day to day operations; for security of the Senate side of the 
Capitol complex; and for liaison with the United States Capitol 
Police. The Operations Division provides printing, mailing, 
photographic and recording studio services and also furnishes 
and maintains the Senate side of the Capitol Building. The 
Technology Development Services Division supports enterprise 
information technology systems, applications development, 
Internet/intranet services, information security, and network 
engineering. The IT Support Services Division provides desktop 
computer support; correspondence management system acquisition, 
maintenance and support; telecommunications equipment and 
services; general office equipment; and new technology 
assessment. The Office Support Division includes desktop 
computer acquisition, state office liaison, and customer 
support. The Staff Offices Division includes Financial 
Management, Human Resources, The Joint Office of Education and 
Training, Administrative Services, and Information Technology 
Advisor.
    The following table compares the component categories 
within this account for fiscal year 2004 and 2005 Committee 
recommendation.

         EXPENSES--OFFICE OF THE SERGEANT AT ARMS AND DOORKEEPER
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                            Committee
                                         2004 level      recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Capitol Division....................        $4,410,000        $2,433,000
Operations Division.................        27,124,000        16,116,000
Technology Development Services             25,059,000        26,667,000
 Division...........................
IT Support Services Division........        48,995,000        51,170,000
Office Support Services Division....        27,335,000        28,266,000
Staff Offices.......................         2,320,000         2,530,000
                                     -----------------------------------
      Total.........................       135,243,000       127,182,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    The Committee directs that the Sergeant at Arms provide to 
the Committee a spending plan prior to the beginning of fiscal 
year 2005. Any deviation of more than 10 percent cumulatively 
from the level for each item in the spending plan will require 
the customary approval of the Committee.

                          MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

Appropriations, 2004....................................     $18,425,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      18,676,000
Committee recommendation................................      18,326,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $18,326,000 
for miscellaneous items, a decrease of $350,000 below the 
budget estimate.
    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
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                                                                      AMOUNT
                                                                    AUTHORIZED        BUDGET
                              ITEM                                  FISCAL YEAR      ESTIMATE       DIFFERENCE
                                                                    2004 PUBLIC     FISCAL YEAR
                                                                    LAW 108-83         2005
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Resolution and reorganization reserve...........................      $2,500,000      $2,500,000              $0
Unallocated.....................................................       5,950,000       5,949,600            -400
Reserve for contingencies (miscellaneous items).................         900,000       1,000,000        +100,000
Employees' compensation fund reimbursement (worker's compensat-          805,500         906,900        +101,400
 ion)...........................................................
Mailing of Town Meeting Notices (Public Law 107-68, dated Nov.           500,000         500,000               0
 12, 2001)......................................................
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program (S. Res. 193, dated Sep. 30,          350,000               0        -350,000
 1999, as amended) (expires Sep. 30, 2004)......................
John Heinz Fellowship Program (S. Res. 356, dated Oct. 7, 1992,           71,000          71,000               0
 S. Res. 238, dated Jul. 1, 1994, and S. Res. 180, dated Sep.
 30, 1999) (expires Sep. 30, 2004)..............................
Reception of foreign dignitaries (S. Res. 247, dated Feb. 7,              30,000          30,000               0
 1962, as amended by S. Res. 370, dated Oct. 10, 2000)..........
Foreign travel--Members and employees (S. Res. 179, dated May            125,000         125,000               0
 25, 1977)......................................................
Federal employees compensation account (Public Law 96-499, dated       1,750,000       1,750,000               0
 Dec. 5, 1980) (Unemployment Compensation)......................
Conferences for the Majority and Minority (Public Laws: 97-51,           250,000         300,000         +50,000
 dated Jan. 3, 1983, 101-250, dated Nov. 5, 1990, and 107-68,
 dated Nov. 12, 2001)...........................................
Policy Committees for the Majority and Minority (Public Law 104-         150,000         150,000               0
 53, dated Nov. 19, 1995).......................................
Postage.........................................................           6,000           6,000               0
Stationery......................................................          16,500          16,500               0
Consultants--including agency contributions (2 USC 61h-6 as            3,000,000       3,000,000               0
 amended).......................................................
National Security Working Group (S. Res. 75, March 25, 1999)             700,000         700,000               0
 (expires Dec. 31, 2004)........................................
Committee on Appropriations (Public Law 105-275, dated Oct. 21,          950,000         950,000               0
 1998)..........................................................
Office of the Chaplain (Public Law 108-199, dated Jan. 23, 2004)          50,000          50,000               0
Senate Child Care Center:
    Agency Contribution costs authorized by Public Laws 102-90,          300,000         300,000               0
     dated Aug. 14, 1991 and 103-50, dated Jul. 2, 1993.........
    Training classes, conferences, & travel expenses as                   21,000          21,000               0
     authorized by Public Law 104-197, dated Sep. 16, 1996......
                                                                 -----------------------------------------------
        Total...................................................      18,425,000      18,326,000         -99,000
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

\1\ Postage Apportionment (Fiscal Year 2005):
        President of the Senate............................      $2,700
        Secretary for the Majority.........................       1,100
        Secretary for the Minority.........................       1,100
        Chaplain...........................................       1,100
                                                       ---------------

          TOTAL............................................       6,000
\2\ Stationery Apportionment (Fiscal year 2005):
        President of the Senate............................      $8,000
        Conference of the Majority.........................         300
        Conference of the Minority.........................         300
        Chaplain...........................................         700
        Senate Chamber.....................................       7,200
                                                       ---------------

          TOTAL............................................      16,500

    Resolution and Reorganization Reserve.--This line item is 
used to cover the costs of Senate resolutions and public laws 
that authorize expenditures from the contingent fund of the 
Senate that do not have specific appropriations for such 
purpose.
    Reserve for Contingencies.--This line item includes payment 
for gratuities for family members of deceased Senate employees; 
damage to automobiles in the Senate parking lots; contractual, 
legal, and administrative services; and miscellaneous expenses, 
and is controlled by the Committee on Rules and Administration.
    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.
    Reception of Foreign Dignitaries.--The Committee on Foreign 
Relations is authorized to expend not to exceed $30,000 each 
fiscal year to receive foreign dignitaries under the authority 
of Senate Resolution 247, agreed to February 7, 1962, as 
amended.
    John Heinz Fellowship Program.--This fellowship program was 
first authorized by S. Res. 356 and extended by S. Res. 238, 
and S. Res. 180. It is authorized through September 30, 2004 
and provides for up to 2 fellows each calendar year. The 
appointing authority is the Secretary of the Senate.
    Foreign travel--Members and Employees.--Senate Resolution 
179, agreed to May 25, 1977, authorized payment from the 
contingent fund of the Senate, of the domestic portion 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.
    Policy Committees for the Majority and Minority.--The 
amount recommended provides for the expenses of the majority 
and minority policy committees.
    Postage.--Provides for postage allowances for the President 
of the Senate, Secretary of the Majority, Secretary of the 
Minority, and Senate Chaplain.
    Stationery.--Provides funds for stationery and office 
supplies for the President of the Senate, conference committees 
of the Senate, Office of the Chaplain, and the Senate Chamber.
    Consultants--Including Agency Contributions.--Provides 
authority for the appointment and payment of consultants to the 
majority and minority leaders, president pro tempore, president 
pro tempore emeritus, and the legislative counsel. The 
following summarizes the current authority and limitations:
    Majority leader: Nine consultants at not to exceed the 
daily rate for maximum standing committee rate. All 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: Nine consultants at not to exceed the 
daily rate for maximum standing committee rate. All 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 President Pro Tempore 
approval): Two consultants at not to exceed the daily rate for 
maximum standing committee rate. All of the consultants may be 
appointed at an annual rate of compensation not to exceed the 
maximum annual rate for a standing committee.
    President Pro Tempore: Two consultants at not to exceed the 
daily rate for maximum standing committee rate. The consultants 
may be appointed at an annual rate of compensation not to 
exceed the maximum annual rate for a standing committee.
    President Pro Tempore Emeritus: One consultant at not to 
exceed the daily rate for maximum standing committee rate. The 
consultants may be appointed at an annual rate of compensation 
not to exceed the maximum annual rate for a standing committee.
    Senate National Security Working Group.--Provides funding 
for the Senate National Security Working Group, under the 
authority of Senate Resolution 75, agreed to March 25, 1999. 
The Senate National Security Working Group was formerly the 
Senate Arms Control Observer Group.
    Committee on Appropriations.--Pursuant to Public Law 105-
275 provides funding for administrative expenses for the 
Committee on Appropriations.
    Senate Employees' Child Care Center--Agency 
Contributions.--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.
    Senate Employees' Child Care Center--Training Classes and 
Conference Costs.--Provides for the reimbursement of any 
individual employed by the Senate Employees' Child Care Center 
for the cost of training classes and conferences in connection 
with the provision of child care services and for travel, 
transportation, and subsistence expenses incurred in connection 
with the training classes and conferences, as authorized by 
Public Law 104-197, approved September 16, 1996.
    Student Loan Repayment Program.--Provides for the repayment 
of student loans at a maximum of $500 per month, for eligible 
employees at the discretion of the employing office, to enhance 
recruitment and retention of Senate staff.

        SENATORS' OFFICIAL PERSONNEL AND OFFICE EXPENSE ACCOUNT

Appropriations, 2004....................................    $305,719,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................     340,972,000
Committee recommendation................................     326,000,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation for fiscal year 
2005 of $326,000,000 for the Senators' Official Personnel and 
Office Expense Account.
    This account funds salaries and benefits of Senators' 
staffs as well as the office expense allowance for Senators' 
offices. 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 table illustrates 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 $153,599 for a total 
of $460,677 per office, or $46,067,700 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, including the 
Committee on Rules and Administration's reallocations of the 
official mail. In addition, an amount of $20,328,942 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 subject 
to regulations set by the Committee on Rules and Administration 
with respect to official mail.
    It should be noted that the amounts provided for the 
various components of the SOPOEA are interchangeable. Amounts 
provided for salaries may be used for expenses, and vice versa, 
subject to regulations set by the Committee on Rules and 
Administration with respect to official mail. It should also be 
noted that the figures in the following table are preliminary, 
and that official notification of member budgets is issued by 
the Financial Clerk of the Senate after final passage of this 
bill.
    The following table illustrates the several components of 
the SOPOEA.

                   SENATORS' OFFICIAL PERSONNEL AND OFFICE EXPENSE ALLOWANCE--FISCAL YEAR 2005
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                     Admin. &       Legislative
                                                   cler. assist.      assist.         O.O.E.A          Total
                      State                       allowance  10/  allowance  10/  allowance  10/  allowance  10/
                                                      1/2004          1/2004          1/2004          1/2004
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Alabama.........................................      $1,809,792        $460,677        $185,009      $2,455,478
Alaska..........................................       1,809,792         460,677         253,340       2,523,809
Arizona.........................................       1,869,636         460,677         203,282       2,533,595
Arkansas........................................       1,809,792         460,677         169,769       2,440,238
California......................................       3,008,969         460,677         466,908       3,936,554
Colorado........................................       1,809,792         460,677         191,557       2,462,026
Connecticut.....................................       1,809,792         460,677         161,036       2,431,505
Delaware........................................       1,809,792         460,677         128,553       2,399,022
Florida.........................................       2,587,797         460,677         311,069       3,359,543
Georgia.........................................       2,049,178         460,677         219,908       2,729,763
Hawaii..........................................       1,809,792         460,677         280,413       2,550,882
Idaho...........................................       1,809,792         460,677         165,533       2,436,002
Illinois........................................       2,288,563         460,677         266,793       3,016,033
Indiana.........................................       1,929,484         460,677         196,905       2,587,066
Iowa............................................       1,809,792         460,677         171,530       2,441,999
Kansas..........................................       1,809,792         460,677         169,418       2,439,887
Kentucky........................................       1,809,792         460,677         178,942       2,449,411
Louisiana.......................................       1,809,792         460,677         187,063       2,457,532
Maine...........................................       1,809,792         460,677         148,933       2,419,402
Maryland........................................       1,869,636         460,677         172,344       2,502,657
Massachusetts...................................       1,929,484         460,677         195,852       2,586,013
Michigan........................................       2,168,871         460,677         236,906       2,866,454
Minnesota.......................................       1,869,636         460,677         189,505       2,519,818
Mississippi.....................................       1,809,792         460,677         170,511       2,440,980
Missouri........................................       1,869,636         460,677         198,869       2,529,182
Montana.........................................       1,809,792         460,677         162,824       2,433,293
Nebraska........................................       1,809,792         460,677         161,337       2,431,806
Nevada..........................................       1,809,792         460,677         175,129       2,445,598
New Hampshire...................................       1,809,792         460,677         143,597       2,414,066
New Jersey......................................       2,049,178         460,677         206,397       2,716,252
New Mexico......................................       1,809,792         460,677         167,597       2,438,066
New York........................................       2,664,371         460,677         321,636       3,446,684
North Carolina..................................       2,049,178         460,677         218,087       2,727,942
North Dakota....................................       1,809,792         460,677         150,581       2,421,050
Ohio............................................       2,228,718         460,677         257,118       2,946,513
Oklahoma........................................       1,809,792         460,677         181,712       2,452,181
Oregon..........................................       1,809,792         460,677         190,909       2,461,378
Pennsylvania....................................       2,288,563         460,677         264,210       3,013,450
Rhode Island....................................       1,809,792         460,677         139,216       2,409,685
South Carolina..................................       1,809,792         460,677         175,051       2,445,520
South Dakota....................................       1,809,792         460,677         152,438       2,422,907
Tennessee.......................................       1,869,636         460,677         195,975       2,526,288
Texas...........................................       2,779,240         460,677         364,281       3,604,198
Utah............................................       1,809,792         460,677         170,857       2,441,326
Vermont.........................................       1,809,792         460,677         137,110       2,407,579
Virginia........................................       1,989,330         460,677         196,450       2,646,457
Washington......................................       1,929,484         460,677         216,006       2,606,167
West Virginia...................................       1,809,792         460,677         149,045       2,419,514
Wisconsin.......................................       1,869,636         460,677         193,194       2,523,507
Wyoming.........................................       1,809,792         460,677         153,766       2,424,235
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
      TOTAL.....................................      97,642,192      23,033,850      10,064,471     130,740,513
                                                               2               2               2               2
      GRAND TOTAL...............................     195,284,384      46,067,700      20,128,942     261,481,026
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    According to the most recent employment data compiled by 
the Secretary of the Senate, as of April 30, 2004, there were 
4,246 individuals employed in Senators' offices throughout the 
United States and covered by this appropriation.

  U.S. SENATORS' STAFF AS OF SEPTEMBER 30, 1994-2003 AND APRIL 30, 2004
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                               Number of
                             Year                                staff
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1994.........................................................      4,142
1995.........................................................      4,112
1996.........................................................      3,959
1997.........................................................      4,044
1998.........................................................      4,022
1999.........................................................      4,039
2000.........................................................      4,072
2001.........................................................      3,964
2002.........................................................      4,121
2003.........................................................      4,148
2004.........................................................      4,246
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    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 2005 
request for this account anticipates $77,732,000 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. Evidence of this can be found in the 
semiannual report of the Secretary of the Senate.

                       SENATE OFFICIAL MAIL COSTS

Appropriations, 2004....................................        $300,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................         300,000
Committee recommendation................................         300,000

    For the official mail costs of the Senate, the Committee 
recommends an appropriation of $300,000, which is the same as 
the budget request.

                       Administrative Provisions

    Sec. 1. This provision increases by $50,000 the allowance 
for administrative and clerical assistance.
    Sec. 2. This provision increases by one each, the number of 
consultants authorized for the majority and minority leaders 
for fiscal year 2005.
    Sec. 3. Extends for 1 year the availability of funds for 
the Senate art collection.
    Sec. 4. Extends to the 109th Congress authority pertaining 
to the President Pro Tempore Emeritus.
    Sec. 5. Authorizes the transfer of funds from the 
appropriations accounts of the Vice President, and the Offices 
of the Secretaries for the Majority and the Minority, to the 
Senate Contingency Fund, for purposes of incurring certain 
expenses.
    Sec. 6. Technical change to 2 U.S.C. 65(f)(c) relative to 
the Secretary of the Senate's representation expenses for 
activities in relation to foreign parliamentary groups or other 
foreign officials visiting the United States.
    Sec. 7. Authorizes the payment of reasonable transportation 
expenses of official records and papers to a Senator's State.
    Sec. 8. Authorizes the Sergeant at Arms to retain funds 
received as compensation for damage to, loss of, or loss of use 
of property of the Sergeant at Arms.
    Sec. 9. Authorizes a change in the minimum age of Senate 
pages to 16.
    Sec. 10. Clarifies treatment of electronic information 
stored by the Sergeant at Arms.

                              JOINT ITEMS


                        Joint Economic Committee

Appropriations, 2004....................................      $3,988,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................       4,139,000
Committee recommendation................................       4,139,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $4,139,000 for 
the Joint Economic Committee. This is an increase of $15,000 
over the enacted level owing to anticipated cost-of-living 
increases.
    The Committee does not support a GAO study of the statutory 
responsibilities of Joint Committees of Congress.

                      Joint Committee on Taxation

Appropriations, 2004....................................      $8,064,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................       8,476,000
Committee recommendation................................       8,476,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $8,476,000 for 
salaries and expenses of the Joint Committee on Taxation. This 
is an increase of $412,000 over the enacted level primarily to 
accommodate cost-of-living increases.

                   Office of the Attending Physician

Appropriations, 2004....................................      $2,223,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................       2,528,000
Committee recommendation................................       2,528,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $2,528,000 for 
the Office of the Attending Physician. The Office was first 
established by House Resolution 253, adopted December 5, 1928.

               Capitol Guide and Special Services Office

Appropriations, 2004....................................      $3,511,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................       3,844,000
Committee recommendation................................       3,844,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $3,844,000 for 
the Capitol Guide and Special Services Office. This provides 
for 72 full-time equivalent employees.

                      Statements of Appropriations

Appropriations, 2004....................................         $30,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................          30,000
Committee recommendation................................          30,000

    The Committee recommends $30,000 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 
108th 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.

                             Capitol Police

                                                             Recommended

Salaries................................................    $198,000,000
Expenses................................................      28,925,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Total, Capitol Police.............................     226,925,000

    The Committee recommends $226,925,000 for the U.S. Capitol 
Police. This is an increase of $7,130,000 over fiscal year 
2004. In addition to the amount recommended, another 
$12,815,000 will be available from prior-year funds, for a 
total of $239,740,000 in operational resources.
    The Committee directs that no organizational changes be 
implemented prior to notification of the Committees on 
Appropriations.

                                SALARIES

Appropriations, 2004....................................    $196,434,000
Budget estimate, 2005 \1\...............................     231,777,000
Committee recommendation................................     198,000,000

\1\ The USC requested a single ``salaries and expenses'' appropriation. 
The amount displayed reflects the salaries estimate only.

    The Committee recommendation totals $198,000,000 for 
salaries. In addition, the Committee directs that $12,815,000 
of prior-year funds be made available to support personnel 
requirements. A total of $210,815,000 would support 1,602 sworn 
officers and 451 civilian FTEs. This represents an increase of 
50 administrative personnel over the fiscal year 2004 level. 
The amount recommended will enable USCP to continue to enhance 
security for the Capitol complex and strengthen administrative 
functions.
    The amount provided covers salaries, benefits, and overtime 
costs. Capitol Police personnel are also eligible for hazardous 
duty pay and comparability pay similar to locality pay 
adjustments granted other Federal law enforcement personnel in 
the Washington, DC, area.
    The Committee believes key staff must be hired for 
financial management and other critical administrative 
activities. According to the Government Accountability Office, 
without additional staffing USCP will likely encounter future 
difficulties in ensuring accountability for the organization's 
assets and resources. The Committee expects USCP will act 
expeditiously to hire critical administrative personnel.
    The Committee supports GAO's recommendation that the Chief 
Administrative Officer action plan must be updated to address 
goals and timetables for a dual track approach of improving the 
controls of current management processes and implementing the 
strategic initiatives necessary to make long-term progress that 
will assist USCP in determining and targeting the highest 
priorities across its management functions.

                            general expenses

Appropriations, 2004....................................     $23,361,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      32,859,000
Committee recommendation................................      28,925,000

    The Committee recommends $28,925,000 for general expenses 
of the Capitol Police, an increase of $5,564,000 over fiscal 
year 2004. The Committee has included funds for all critical 
expense items. The Committee notes that almost $7,000,000 in 
items requested in the fiscal year 2005 budget will be funded 
through a fiscal year 2004 reprogramming.
    The Committee strongly supports the new mounted patrol and 
expects the new unit will be a great asset in helping the 
Capitol Police become a world-class law enforcement agency. 
According to experts, a mounted patrol in a crowd provides the 
protection of at least 15 foot patrol officers. The Committee 
directs the USCP and AOC to coordinate the purchase, site 
selection, grading, access issues and utility and installation 
requirements of prefabricated stables and support sheds at the 
D.C. Village facility. Funds necessary to purchase and install 
this unit have been included in the Committee's recommendation. 
The AOC and USCP are directed to submit, not later than 30 days 
from the date of this report, a plan of action that addresses 
the concept of operations, funding and scheduling issues to the 
Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and House of 
Representatives. Upon completion of the plan, the AOC and USCP 
are directed to initiate expeditiously actions outlined in the 
plan of action to effect the completion of the stabling 
facility.
    Expenses include office supplies and equipment, laundry and 
dry-cleaning, communications, motor vehicles, uniforms and 
equipment, investigations, training, and miscellaneous items.

                       Administrative Provisions

    Sec. 1001. The Committee has included a routine provision 
which allows for funds to be transferred between the 
``Salaries'' and ``General expenses'' accounts.
    Sec. 1002. This provision makes technical changes to Public 
Law 108-83, section 1006, regarding detailing of Capitol Police 
officers for protection of the Library of Congress. The 
Committee fully expects USCP officers detailed to the Library 
of Congress will be fully trained, experienced officers capable 
of handling diverse security situations, the unique 
requirements and sensitivities of the Library's collections as 
well as transitional situations that will lead to a seamless, 
unified police organization.
    Sec. 1003. This provision authorizes USCP to retain 
compensation for damaged or lost property.
    Sec. 1004. This provision authorizes voluntary transfer of 
leave with other agencies, subject to requirements of section 
6334(c) of title 5.
    Sec. 1005. This provision authorizes Capitol Police to 
carry a weapon that is different from the weapon furnished by 
the Department during periods when the member or officer is not 
on duty. Such weapons would be specifically authorized by the 
USCP but would not be purchased with appropriated funds.
    Sec. 1006. This provision relates to the protection of 
information that is sensitive to the policing, protection, 
physical security, counterterrorism, emergency response, and 
preparedness of the Congress and the Capitol buildings and 
grounds.
    Sec. 1007. This provision authorizes the acceptance of 
donations of animals to be used in the Department's canine or 
equine units.
    Sec. 1008. This provision authorizes the Chief of Police to 
settle and pay administrative claims under the Federal Torts 
Claims Act [FTCA] and the Military Personnel and Civilian 
Employees' Claims Act [MPCECA].
    Sec. 1009. This provision authorizes, subject to the 
approval of the Capitol Police Board, the Capitol Police to 
travel in a non-law enforcement capacity to assist overseas 
congressional delegations in a security advisory and liaison 
role, including advance security liaison preparations for such 
congressional foreign travel.

                          OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE


                         Salaries and Expenses

Appropriations, 2004....................................      $2,242,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................       2,950,000
Committee recommendation................................       2,421,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $2,421,000 for 
the salaries and expenses of the Office of Compliance, an 
increase of $179,000 over fiscal year 2004, to support the 
current level of operations including a cost-of-living 
adjustment. Funding is not recommended for two additional FTE 
or new initiatives.

                      CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE


                         Salaries and Expenses

Appropriations, 2004....................................     $33,620,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      35,455,000
Committee recommendation................................      34,790,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $34,790,000 
for the Congressional Budget Office. The amount recommended 
represents an increase of $1,170,000 over the enacted level to 
cover anticipated pay and price level increases.

                        ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL

    The Committee has recommended a funding level of 
$308,042,000 and an FTE level of 1,489 for all activities of 
the Architect of the Capitol. Excluded are House items which 
are traditionally left for consideration by that body.
    The following table shows the request and the Committee 
recommendation:

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                    2004          Fiscal year          2005
                       Appropriation                         appropriation \1\    2005 request    recommendation
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
General Administration.....................................       $76,598,000       $89,245,000      $74,558,000
Capitol Building...........................................        28,021,000        32,239,000       24,784,000
Capitol Grounds............................................         6,846,000         8,080,000        6,940,000
Senate Office Buildings....................................        63,014,000        65,309,000       62,303,000
Capitol Power Plant........................................        81,062,000        63,376,000       60,928,000
Library Buildings and Grounds..............................        38,928,000       160,678,000       65,145,000
Capitol Visitor Center.....................................        36,621,000         8,469,000  ...............
Capitol Police Buildings and Grounds.......................         3,289,000        40,292,000        7,090,000
Botanic Garden.............................................         6,152,000        11,581,000        6,294,000
                                                            ----------------------------------------------------
      Total................................................       340,531,000       479,269,000      308,042,000
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ Including rescission.

                         General Administration

Appropriations, 2004....................................     $76,598,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      89,245,000
Committee recommendation................................      74,558,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $74,558,000 
for general administration. This will accommodate an FTE level 
of 322. A total of $720,000 is made available until September 
30, 2009.
    The reduction of $14,687,000 below the request is due to 
the elimination of lower priority projects, the rejection of 
new staffing requests, and the denial of funds for projects 
against which unobligated balances currently exist. The 
Committee strongly urges the Architect to take necessary steps 
to reduce unobligated prior-year balances. In addition, the 
Committee expects that completion of the Capitol Visitor Center 
project in a timely way within current funds will be the 
highest priority for the Architect of the Capitol.
    The General Administration appropriation provides funding 
for salaries and related benefits of the Architect, officers, 
administrative and support staff, including engineering and 
architecture employees. This account also provides for 
administrative items such as agency-wide contractual services; 
surveys and studies; information technology; and safety 
engineering operations.
    The following table displays the budget detail.

                         GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
                     [Request versus recommendation]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                            Committee
                Item                  Amount requested   recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  FISCAL YEAR 2005 OPERATING BUDGET

Personal Services...................       $41,273,000       $39,551,000
Rent, Communications, Utilities &            7,298,000         7,298,000
 Travel.............................
Other Services......................        20,232,500        18,827,500
Supplies............................           692,500           692,500
Equipment...........................         6,809,000         6,809,000
                                     -----------------------------------
      Subtotal, Operating Budget....        76,305,000        73,178,000
                                     ===================================
   FISCAL YEAR 2005 PROJECT BUDGET

Emergency Defibrillators............           660,000           660,000
Alternate Computer Facility [ACF]            7,000,000  ................
 Fit Out............................
Study, Design, & Condition                   2,180,000           720,000
 Assessment.........................
CATV System Upgrade Design..........         1,500,000  ................
Enhanced Filtration.................           750,000  ................
ACF Security........................           650,000  ................
Minor Construction..................           100,000  ................
ACF Camera System Infrastructure....           100,000  ................
                                     -----------------------------------
      Subtotal, Project Budget......        12,940,000         1,380,000
                                     ===================================
      Total, General Administration.        89,245,000        74,558,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Chief Operating Officer Function.--The Committee is 
concerned that little has been accomplished through the new 
Chief Operating Officer [COO] function which this Committee 
created in fiscal year 2003. This function was intended to 
improve management, streamline day-to-day AOC operations, and 
effectuate team-building.
    Specifically, Public Law 108-7 required that the COO 
prepare an action plan describing ``the policies, procedures, 
and actions'' to be implemented ``and timeframes for carrying 
out the responsibilities under this section.'' The Committee 
notes that the action plan submitted to Congress did not 
adequately describe how the COO will carry out the assigned 
responsibilities detailed in the legislation. Because the 
action plan is outlined at such a general level, it fails to 
convey how the listed items link together to move the agency 
forward and address the Agency's longstanding and well-known 
weaknesses--the reason the Chief Operating Officer position was 
created. In addition, the plan lacks details of the steps 
necessary for completing the listed items, nor does it explain 
how individual items will be measured in order to monitor AOC's 
performance. Further, the plan does not specify how the items 
listed in the action plan relate to and link with the Agency's 
strategic plan, released on December 15, 2003, even though the 
legislation required that the action plan be ``developed 
concurrently and consistent with the development of a strategic 
plan.''
    In addition, this action plan was to be submitted not later 
than 90 days after the appointment of the Chief Operating 
Officer on July 28, 2003, but the plan was not submitted until 
December 22, 2003--almost 2 months late and with no evidence of 
having benefited from additional work over that period. The 
Committee notes that the action plan was delivered without 
briefing or discussion, which could have provided the relevant 
Committees with better understanding regarding the details of 
the implementation of the plan.
    Based on ongoing monitoring efforts conducted by the 
Government Accountability Office [GAO], it appears that there 
have been no substantive improvements made to overall AOC 
operations by the new COO. In fact, the Committee is concerned 
that efforts by the COO to direct changes without the context 
of strategic objectives and a transparent, well-organized 
change management process are having a negative impact on 
morale, productivity, and effectiveness of the AOC as an 
institution. It is apparent that the intended results of this 
law have not been seriously addressed by the COO and that he 
has either misunderstood or intentionally ignored the purpose 
for which his position was created.
    The Committee expects that substantive action will be taken 
by the Architect of the Capitol and his Chief Operating Officer 
to address management deficiencies by implementing changes and 
practices that will reflect the full intent of the law which 
established the COO position, and communicate regularly the 
status of these efforts to this Committee.
    Personnel Realignments.--The Committee recognizes and 
supports the responsibility of the Architect of the Capitol to 
make organizational changes and decisions that will enhance the 
ability of the AOC to achieve its mission and result in the 
most effective and efficient use of resources. As such, the 
Committee approves the realignment of the electronic 
engineering, electrical power and energy related maintenance 
functions from General Administration to other jurisdictions in 
order to bring common responsibilities, functions and processes 
under direct, mission related (line) functions. These 
realignments assist in better capturing the true cost of the 
daily operations in a jurisdiction and reduce the size of 
overhead in the General Administration appropriation. The 
Committee expects to be kept informed regarding any potential 
impacts on current services and project delivery in the 
jurisdictions as a result of these realignments.
    Slave Laborers and Capitol Construction.--The Committee 
directs the Architect, working with the Historians of the 
Senate and House and the Librarian of Congress, to study the 
history and contributions of slave laborers in construction of 
the U.S. Capitol, and provide a report within 180 days of 
enactment of this Act.

                            Capitol Building

Appropriations, 2004....................................     $28,021,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      32,239,000
Committee recommendation................................      24,784,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $24,784,000 
for necessary expenses for the maintenance, care and operation 
of the Capitol. Of this, $8,770,000 is available until 
September 30, 2009. The authorized FTE level is 193.
    The following table displays the budget detail.

                            CAPITOL BUILDING
                     [Request versus recommendation]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                            Committee
                Item                  Amount requested   recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  FISCAL YEAR 2005 OPERATING BUDGET

Personal Services...................       $11,605,000       $11,497,000
Other Services......................         2,170,000         2,003,000
Supplies............................         1,094,000         1,094,000
Equipment...........................           382,000           382,000
                                     -----------------------------------
      Subtotal, Operating Budget....        15,251,000        14,976,000
                                     ===================================
   FISCAL YEAR 2005 PROJECT BUDGET

Replacement of Minton Tile..........           473,000           473,000
Computer, Telecom, & Electrical                300,000           300,000
 Support............................
Wayfinding & ADA Signage............            90,000            90,000
ADA Requirements....................            75,000            75,000
Client Support......................           250,000  ................
U.S. Capitol Master Plan............         4,500,000  ................
Minor Construction..................         2,500,000         1,500,000
Study, Design, & Condition                     100,000           100,000
 Assessment.........................
Restore Shutters & Upgrade Window              400,000  ................
 Lighting...........................
Install Emergency Exit Signs &               2,000,000         1,000,000
 Lighting...........................
CVC Facility Maintenance............         6,300,000         3,000,000
CVC Start-up Operations.............  ................         3,270,000
                                     -----------------------------------
      Subtotal, Project Budget......        16,988,000         9,808,000
                                     ===================================
      Total, Capitol Building.......        32,239,000        24,784,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    The Committee notes that $7,600,000 has been included in 
the Capitol Building account for costs associated with the care 
and maintenance of the Capitol Visitor Center, including 
equipment, furniture, materials, and supplies, as well as 
start-up activities for visitor services and the hiring of key 
personnel.

                            Capitol Grounds

Appropriations, 2004....................................      $6,846,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................       8,080,000
Committee recommendation................................       6,940,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $6,940,000 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. The authorized FTE level is 69.
    The following table displays the budget detail.

                             CAPITOL GROUNDS
                     [Request versus recommendation]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                            Committee
                Item                  Amount requested   recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  FISCAL YEAR 2005 OPERATING BUDGET

Personal Services...................        $4,822,000        $4,822,000
Other Services......................         1,393,000           853,000
Supplies............................           660,000           660,000
Equipment...........................           140,000           140,000
                                     -----------------------------------
      Subtotal, Operating Budget....         7,015,000         6,475,000
                                     ===================================
   FISCAL YEAR 2005 PROJECT BUDGET

Restore Decorative Vases/Lights--               78,000            78,000
 West Terrace.......................
Inaugural Support...................            10,000            10,000
Renovate Former D.C. Street Lights..           177,000           177,000
Study, Design, and Condition                   100,000           100,000
 Assessment.........................
Wayfinding and ADA-Compliant Signage           100,000           100,000
Minor Construction..................           600,000  ................
                                     -----------------------------------
      Subtotal, Project Budget......         1,065,000           465,000
                                     ===================================
      Total, Capitol Grounds........         8,080,000         6,940,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                        Senate Office Buildings

Appropriations, 2004....................................     $63,014,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      65,309,000
Committee recommendation................................      62,303,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $62,303,000 
for maintenance of the Senate office buildings, of which 
$9,070,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2009.
    The FTE authorized level is 562 FTEs.
    The following table displays the budget detail.

                         SENATE OFFICE BUILDINGS
                     [Request versus recommendation]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                            Committee
                Item                  Amount requested   recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  FISCAL YEAR 2005 OPERATING BUDGET

Personal Services...................       $31,299,000       $31,165,000
Rent, Communications, Utilities &            6,701,000         6,701,000
 Travel.............................
Other Services......................         3,319,000         2,945,000
Supplies............................         2,623,500         2,623,500
Equipment...........................         3,896,000         3,896,000
Insurance Claims and Indemnities....             1,500             1,500
                                     -----------------------------------
      Subtotal, Operating Budget....        47,840,000        47,332,000
                                     ===================================
   FISCAL YEAR 2005 PROJECT BUDGET

Refinish Historic Woodwork..........           285,000           285,000
Repair Marble Floors & Clean                   510,000           510,000
 Architectural Surfaces.............
USCP Furniture Replacement..........         1,500,000  ................
Roof Maintenance, SOB...............           300,000           300,000
Seal Fire Wall Penetrations, HSOB,             300,000           300,000
 DSOB...............................
Ramp Repair, HSOB Garage............           200,000           200,000
Replace Suite Counters, Sinks and              100,000           100,000
 Faucets-HSOB.......................
General Painting--Senate Office                150,000           150,000
 Buildings..........................
Workman Vehicle.....................            25,000            25,000
Man-Lift (Masonry Shop).............            19,000            19,000
General Purpose Utility Vehicle.....            12,000            12,000
Minor Construction..................         3,000,000         5,000,000
Replace Modular Furniture, HSOB.....         3,700,000         3,700,000
Renovate Restrooms ADA, HSOB........         1,300,000         1,300,000
Study, Design, and Condition                 1,350,000         2,350,000
 Assessment.........................
Design, Smoke Management Systems,            2,195,000  ................
 HSOB...............................
Design, Smoke Management Systems,            1,803,000  ................
 DSOB...............................
HVAC: Elevator Machine Room Mod, SOB           420,000           420,000
Furniture--Special Allowance........           300,000           300,000
                                     -----------------------------------
      Subtotal, Project Budget......        17,469,000        14,971,000
                                     ===================================
      Total, Senate Office Buildings        65,309,000        62,303,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    The Architect of the Capitol is directed to administer fire 
code regulations in the Senate Office Buildings under the same 
protocols used for administration of fire codes in the Capitol 
Building.

                          Capitol Power Plant

Appropriations, 2004....................................     $81,062,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      63,376,000
Committee recommendation................................      60,928,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $60,928,000 
for the operations of the Capitol Power Plant. This is 
supplemented by $4,400,000 in reimbursements. Of the amount 
provided, $2,190,000 shall remain available until September 30, 
2009.
    The FTE authorized level will be 116.
    The Committee has reduced funding by $2,448,000 below the 
request owing to the elimination of lower priority projects. 
Due to the significant increase anticipated in utility costs, 
the Committee has increased by $1,500,000 funds recommended for 
such costs based on the most current estimates.
    The reduction of $20,108,000 below the enacted level 
reflects the fact that $22,021,000 was provided in fiscal year 
2004 for the last installment of funding for the West 
Refrigeration Plant expansion project. While the project has 
been delayed owing to weather-related problems, unforeseen site 
conditions, and other factors, it is the Committee's 
expectation that this project will be completed within budget 
and in a timeframe necessary to support new requirements 
associated with the Capitol Visitor Center. The Committee 
recognizes the positive steps AOC has taken to ensure this goal 
is met.
    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.
    Within the operating budget, 76 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 2005 ESTIMATED UTILITY COSTS
------------------------------------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Purchase of electrical energy.........................       $24,340,000
Purchase of natural gas...............................         7,620,000
Purchase of steam.....................................           521,000
Purchase of chilled water.............................           576,000
Purchase of coal......................................         3,320,000
Purchase of oil.......................................         2,450,000
Water and sewer payments..............................         3,710,000
                                                       -----------------
      Total...........................................        42,537,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    The balance of this appropriation supports a work force to 
operate and maintain the Power Plant.
    The following table displays the budget detail.

                           CAPITOL POWER PLANT
                     [Request versus recommendation]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Committee
               Item                  Amount requested    recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 FISCAL YEAR 2005 OPERATING BUDGET

Personal Services.................       $10,198,000         $9,981,000
Rent, Communications, Utilities &         36,792,000         38,292,000
 Travel...........................
Other Services....................         3,079,000          2,543,000
Supplies..........................         9,055,000          9,055,000
Equipment.........................           448,000            448,000
Reimbursement.....................        (4,400,000)        (4,400,000)
                                   -------------------------------------
      Subtotal, Operating Budget..        55,172,000         55,919,000
                                   =====================================
  FISCAL YEAR 2005 PROJECT BUDGET

Implement Emergency Shoring &                100,000            100,000
 Repairs to Tunnels...............
Replace Expansion Joints..........         1,342,000          1,342,000
Retube Condensers WRP.............           866,000            866,000
Replace Water Treatment Equipment            850,000   .................
 & Controls.......................
Remove Tar paper/Reinsulate Violet           261,000            261,000
 Tunnel...........................
Repair/Maintenance Chiller Motors            250,000            250,000
 6A & 5...........................
Paint Baghouse....................           200,000   .................
Generator Load Bank (2000kw, 15kv            100,000   .................
 or 480v).........................
Procure Two Trucks................            79,000   .................
Install Load Bank Connections for             70,000   .................
 Various Bldgs....................
Purchase Loader...................            37,000   .................
Generator Load Bank (1000kw, 480-             35,000   .................
 208v)............................
Install Backflow Preventer........            13,000   .................
Replace Reverse Gas Fans..........            11,000   .................
Study, Design, and Condition               2,990,000          2,190,000
 Assessment.......................
Minor Construction................         1,000,000   .................
                                   -------------------------------------
      Subtotal, Project Budget....         8,204,000          5,009,000
                                   =====================================
      Total, Capitol Power Plant..        63,376,000         60,928,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                     Library Buildings and Grounds

Appropriations, 2004....................................     $38,928,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................     160,678,000
Committee recommendation................................      65,145,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $65,145,000 
for the care and maintenance of the Library buildings and 
grounds by the Architect of the Capitol, of which $47,114,000 
shall remain available until September 30, 2009. The 
recommendation is $26,217,000 above the enacted amount for 
fiscal year 2004. The FTE ceiling is 156.
    The Committee notes that the amount provided represents an 
increase of 67 percent over the current year, and includes such 
major projects as additional storage modules at Fort Meade, and 
sprinkler upgrades in the Thomas Jefferson building. Owing to 
budget constraints, the Committee was unable to recommend funds 
for a number of LOC projects.
    The following table displays the budget detail.

                      LIBRARY BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
                     [Request versus recommendation]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                            Committee
                Item                  Amount requested   recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  FISCAL YEAR 2005 OPERATING BUDGET

Personal Services...................       $11,111,000       $11,044,000
Rent, Communications, & Utilities...            15,000            15,000
Other Services......................         4,793,000           962,000
Supplies............................         1,182,000         1,182,000
Equipment...........................         2,368,000         2,368,000
                                     -----------------------------------
      Subtotal, Operating Budget....        19,469,000        15,571,000
                                     ===================================
   FISCAL YEAR 2005 PROJECT BUDGET

Repair Life Safety Deficiencies.....           800,000           400,000
Replace Partitions Supports, JMMB...           250,000           250,000
Fire Safety Project Management......           250,000  ................
Painting, TJB Arches & Ft. Meade Mod           245,000           245,000
 1..................................
Replace Sidewalks, JAB & TJB........           100,000           100,000
Preservation Environmental                      80,000            80,000
 Monitoring.........................
Upgrade Filtration Efficiency to 95            700,000           700,000
 percent............................
Replace Lighting Computerized                  475,000           475,000
 Control System.....................
Replace Dish Machine................           210,000           210,000
Minor Construction..................         1,500,000  ................
Elevator Modernization..............         1,715,000  ................
Collections Security................           860,000           860,000
Copyright Deposit Facility..........        59,200,000  ................
Ft. Meade Modules 3 & 4.............        39,500,000        39,500,000
Sprinkler System Upgrades; TJB......         6,754,000         6,754,000
Smoke Detector Upgrades; TJB........         3,850,000  ................
ADA Bathroom Renovations; JAB.......         3,700,000  ................
Smoke Detector Upgrades; JAB........         3,600,000  ................
Smoke Detector Upgrades; JMMB.......         3,600,000  ................
Condition Assessment--All Building           3,200,000  ................
 Systems............................
Sprinkler System Upgrades; JAB......         2,400,000  ................
SDCA--Infrastructure Maint/Future              895,000  ................
 Support............................
Design--LOC Egress Improvements.....         1,800,000  ................
Design--Fire Alarm Aud &                     1,500,000  ................
 Intelligibility....................
Ft. Meade Temporary Storage Fit Out.         1,350,000  ................
Study/Design--Fire Alarm System              1,175,000  ................
 Upgrade............................
SDCA--Client Requests...............           525,000  ................
SDCA--Fire & Safety.................           625,000  ................
Ft. Meade Bldgs #70, 70A, 70B                  250,000  ................
 Renovations........................
Vehicle Barrier Controls............           100,000  ................
                                     -----------------------------------
      Total, Project Budget.........       141,209,000        49,574,000
                                     ===================================
      Total, Library Buildings and         160,678,000        65,145,000
       Grounds......................
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                  Capitol Police Buildings and Grounds

Appropriations, 2004....................................      $3,289,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      40,292,000
Committee recommendation................................       7,090,000

    The Committee recommends $7,090,000 for Capitol Police 
Buildings and Grounds, an increase of $3,801,000 over the 
current level. A total of $1,500,000 shall remain available 
until September 30, 2009. The FTE authorized level will be 3.
    The increase over the enacted level is due primarily to new 
lease costs at the Fairchild and GPO buildings. The Committee 
has not funded a new firing range as this requirement will be 
met at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Cheltenham 
facility. The Committee has not recommended funds for an off-
site delivery facility as no suitable site has been identified 
to date. Fairchild and GPO build-out requirements will be 
accommodated through the reprogramming of prior year funds.
    The following table displays the budget detail.

                  CAPITOL POLICE BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
                     [Request versus recommendation]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                            Committee
                Item                  Amount requested   recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  FISCAL YEAR 2005 OPERATING BUDGET

Personal Services...................          $399,000          $399,000
Rent, Communications, Utilities &            6,350,000         3,727,000
 Transportation of Things...........
Other Services......................           723,000           704,000
Equipment...........................            20,000            20,000
                                     -----------------------------------
      Subtotal, Operating Budget....         7,492,000         4,850,000
                                     ===================================
   FISCAL YEAR 2005 PROJECT BUDGET

Minor Construction..................         1,000,000         1,000,000
Study, Design, & Condition                     900,000           740,000
 Assessment.........................
Firing Range Design.................         1,200,000  ................
Fairchild & GPO Build-Out...........        12,500,000  ................
Off-site Delivery...................         6,400,000  ................
Firing Range........................        10,800,000  ................
USCP Furniture Replacement..........  ................           500,000
                                     -----------------------------------
      Subtotal, Project Budget......        32,800,000         2,240,000
                                     ===================================
      Total, Capitol Police                 40,292,000         7,090,000
       Buildings and Grounds........
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                             Botanic Garden

Appropriations, 2004....................................      $6,152,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      11,581,000
Committee recommendation................................       6,294,000

    The Committee recommends $6,294,000 for salaries and 
expenses of the Botanic Garden, and an FTE ceiling of 57. One 
additional staff has been recommended for activities associated 
with the opening of the National Garden in 2006.
    The following table displays the budget detail.

                             BOTANIC GARDEN
                     [Request versus recommendation]
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                                                            Committee
                Item                  Amount requested   recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  FISCAL YEAR 2005 OPERATING BUDGET

Personal Services...................        $4,514,000        $4,514,000
Rent, Communications, Utilities &                4,000             4,000
 Travel.............................
Other Services......................           593,000           556,000
Supplies............................           627,000           627,000
Equipment...........................            50,000            50,000
                                     -----------------------------------
      Subtotal, Operating Budget....         5,788,000         5,751,000
                                     ===================================
   FISCAL YEAR 2005 PROJECT BUDGET

Partnership Support.................           450,000           300,000
D.C. Village Roof Replacement.......           243,000           243,000
Bartholdi Park and Fountain.........         5,100,000  ................
                                     -----------------------------------
      Subtotal, Project Budget......         5,793,000           543,000
                                     ===================================
      Total, Botanic Garden.........        11,581,000         6,294,000
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                          LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

    The Committee recommends a total of $544,092,000 for the 
Library of Congress, an increase of $21,291,000 over the fiscal 
year 2004 level. Increases are provided to accommodate all 
mandatory pay and price level increases, as well as to increase 
programs in selected areas such as the Veterans History Project 
and the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center. In addition 
to the appropriation, the Library estimates receipts and 
reimbursements of $41,563,000, funds from gifts and trusts 
totaling $21,504,000, and revolving funds totaling 
$105,921,000. Total funds available to support Library 
operations, including the Architect of the Capitol account, are 
expected to be $778,225,000 in fiscal year 2005 under the 
Committee recommendation.
    The following table displays the Committee recommendation 
for the Libray of Congress appropriations compared to the 
budget request and the fiscal year 2004 level.

  COMPARATIVE STATEMENT OF NEW BUDGET (OBLIGATIONAL) AUTHORITY FOR FISCAL YEAR 2004 AND BUDGET ESTIMATES AND AMOUNTS RECOMMENDED IN THE BILL FOR FISCAL
                                                                        YEAR 2005
                                                                [In thousands of dollars]
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                        Senate Committee recommendation
                                                                                                                            compared with (+ or -)
                             Item                                     2004         Budget estimate      Committee    -----------------------------------
                                                                  appropriation                      recommendation         2004
                                                                                                                        appropriation    Budget estimate
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                      LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Salaries and Expenses.........................................          368,709           393,931           379,648           +10,939           -14,283
    Authority to spend receipts...............................           -6,810            -6,350            -6,350              +460   ................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal, Salaries and expenses.........................          361,899           387,581           373,298           +11,399           -14,283
                                                               =========================================================================================
Copyright Office, salaries and expenses.......................           48,005            53,518            53,518            +5,513   ................
    Authority to spend receipts...............................          -29,485           -34,149           -33,339            -3,850              +810
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal, Copyright Office..............................           18,516            19,369            20,179            +1,663              +810
                                                               =========================================================================================
Congressional Research Service, salaries and expenses.........           91,185           100,934            96,678            +5,493            -4,256
Books for the blind and physically handicapped, Salaries and             51,401            53,937            53,937            +2,536   ................
 expenses.....................................................
                                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Library of Congress..............................          523,001           561,821           544,092           +21,091           -17,729
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                         Salaries and Expenses

Appropriations, 2004:
    Salaries and expenses...............................    $361,899,000
    Authority to spend receipts.........................       6,810,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Net, salaries and expenses........................     368,709,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
Budget estimate, 2005:
    Salaries and expenses...............................     387,581,000
    Authority to spend receipts.........................       6,350,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Net, salaries and expenses........................     393,931,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
Committee recommendation:
    Salaries and expenses...............................     373,298,000
    Authority to spend receipts.........................       6,350,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Net, salaries and expenses........................     379,648,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $373,298,000 
for salaries and expenses of the Library of Congress and 
approves authority to spend receipts of $6,350,000 in fiscal 
year 2005. This is $14,283,000 below the request and 
$11,399,000 above the enacted level.
    The Committee has funded all costs for current staffing 
levels, as well as inflationary increases. The Committee has 
funded program increases in the following areas only: National 
Audio-Visual Conservation Center ($4,744,000), Veterans History 
($1,000,000), security equipment maintenance ($930,000), 
information technology system maintenance ($1,000,000), and ITS 
XML capability ($750,000). The Committee has increased to 
$500,000 the budget for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial 
Commission, the same level as fiscal year 2003, and has 
included $1,175,000 for the Adventure of the American Mind 
program. Owing to budget constraints, no other program 
increases are recommended, and a general reduction of $710,000 
has been taken.
    THOMAS Website.--The Committee urges the Library to 
continue to improve the accessibility and comprehensiveness of 
the THOMAS website so that the public has easy electronic 
access to publicly available legislative information, including 
the ability for users to search across multiple Congresses at 
one time.
    Collections Security.--The Librarian has continued to 
express concern about collections security and the impact of 
many post-9/11 changes to security policies and procedures. In 
addition, while noting considerable effort and progress in 
safeguarding the collections since 1996, the Library's 
reporting on safeguarding controls does not provide the 
Committee with a comprehensive picture of where the Library is 
in its efforts to establish appropriate safeguarding controls 
and does not link its ongoing safeguarding efforts to its 
strategic plan.
    The Committee shares the Librarians concerns regarding 
collection security and is therefore directing the LOC to 
provide an update to the Committee on its efforts to deal with 
security-related issues previously reported on by the General 
Accounting Office in March 2003; identify major security-
related gaps and vulnerabilities and the LOC's efforts to 
address them; and identify other apparent security-related 
gaps, vulnerabilities, and issues warranting the LOC's 
attention.
    The Committee is also directing the Library to provide the 
Committee with a comprehensive report on the status of the 
Library's efforts to establish appropriate safeguarding 
controls over the collections. The report should address: the 
Library's current goals/objectives in establishing appropriate 
safeguarding controls over the different collection categories 
and how those goals/objectives relate to the Library's entity-
wide strategic plan, the Library's current strategy or plan for 
establishing and maintaining appropriate safeguarding controls, 
and the significant actions taken to date and those that still 
need to be taken (including expected completion timeframes) to 
establish appropriate safeguarding controls over the 
collections. The report should clearly distinguish the types of 
controls that are appropriate for each category of the 
Library's collections and indicate, for each category of 
collection, whether or not the applicable types of controls 
have been established. In preparing the report, the Committee 
further directs the Library to consult with the Library's 
external auditor and the Office of Inspector General, which is 
responsible for overseeing the external auditor's annual work 
related to safeguarding controls.
    Amistad Incident.--The Committee encourages the Library 
within available resources to create a digital archive of 
historic documents currently held by the Library related to the 
Amistad Incident of 1839.
    Middle Eastern Text Initiative.--The Committee is aware of 
the important work of fostering greater understanding between 
the Islamic and American cultures through the Middle Eastern 
Text Initiative [METI] which for several years has published 
several of the important scientific, philosophic and medical 
writers of the Golden Age of Islam. The Committee directs that 
the LOC make available, through a grant, $500,000 to METI for 
the purpose of furthering this important translation and 
publishing effort.
    Brademas Center.--The Committee is aware of efforts to 
create a John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress at New 
York University. This initiative would facilitate a better 
understanding of Federal policymaking in one of our Nation's 
major financial and media centers. The Committee believes that 
there would exist opportunities for the Center to collaborate 
with the Library of Congress through activities in Washington, 
DC, and in New York City.
    Lewis and Clark Exhibit.--The Committee commends the 
Library for its outstanding Lewis & Clark exhibit entitled, 
``Rivers, Edens, Empires'', and directs the Library to support 
the traveling portion of the schedule, which includes the 
Museum of Art at Grand Forks, North Dakota.

                            Copyright Office


                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2004:
    Salaries and expenses...............................     $48,005,000
    Authority to spend receipts.........................     -29,489,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Net, salaries and expenses........................      18,516,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
Budget estimate, 2005:
    Salaries and expenses...............................      53,518,000
    Authority to spend receipts.........................     -34,149,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Net, salaries and expenses........................      19,369,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
Committee recommendation:
    Salaries and expenses...............................      53,518,000
    Authority to spend receipts.........................     -33,339,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
      Net, salaries and expenses........................      20,179,000

    The Committee recommends the direct appropriation of 
$20,179,000 for the Copyright Office and approves authority to 
spend receipts of $33,339,000 in fiscal year 2005, for a total 
of $53,518,000. This is the same as the revised budget request 
and provides for all pay and price level increases, and 
includes $3,660,000 for information technology reengineering.

                     Congressional Research Service


                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2004....................................     $91,185,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................     100,734,000
Committee recommendation................................      96,678,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $96,678,000 
for the Congressional Research Service. The amount recommended 
is an increase of $5,493,000 over the fiscal year 2004 level 
and is sufficient to cover all pay and price level increases 
for the current staffing level. In addition, the Committee has 
funded the request of $622,000 for security requirements at the 
Alternate Computing Facility and $549,000 for XML capability. 
Owing to budget constraints, the Committee is unable to 
recommend additional increases.

             Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped


                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2004....................................     $51,401,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      53,937,000
Committee recommendation................................      53,937,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $53,937,000 
for salaries and expenses for Books for the Blind and 
Physically Handicapped. This is an increase of $2,536,000 over 
the fiscal year 2004 level needed to accommodate mandatory pay 
and price level increases, and $1,500,000 for continued design 
of a digital talking book player and sound reproductions.
    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, 57 regional libraries 
in 49 States, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, 
Puerto Rico, and Guam house and circulate books and magazines 
to eligible readers. Seventy-eight subregional libraries in 17 
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 program supports a readership 
of approximately 700,000.

                       Administrative Provisions

    Secs. 1101-1102. The Committee has included two routine 
administrative provisions carried in prior years.
    Sec. 1103. Extends the availability of funds for the 
National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation 
Program.
    Sec. 1104. Prohibits funds in this Act from being used for 
constructing U.S. diplomatic facilities. The Committee notes 
that the Government Accountability Office is reviewing the 
State Department's capital cost-sharing proposal for overseas 
facilities and anticipates GAO will make recommendations for a 
more equitable approach that relates the services provided to 
charging agencies for the cost of utilizing space owned and 
operated by the Department of State.
    Sec. 1105. Extends through fiscal year 2005 authorization 
for the National Film Preservation program.

                       GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE


                   Congressional Printing and Binding

Appropriations, 2004....................................     $90,573,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      88,800,000
Committee recommendation................................      88,800,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $88,800,000, a 
decrease of $1,773,000 below the enacted level. Funding is 
sufficient to cover all estimated printing requirements for 
fiscal year 2005.
    The following table compares the component categories 
within this account for fiscal year 2004. The Committee has not 
recommended separate amounts for each activity in order to give 
the GPO the flexibility to meet changing requirements.

                                       CONGRESSIONAL PRINTING AND BINDING
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                Appropriations                     Recommended
                                                                     2004        Requested 2005        2005
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Congressional Record Program.................................      $21,456,000      $20,952,000
Miscellaneous publications...................................        5,792,000        5,846,000
Miscellaneous printing and binding...........................       17,711,000       18,660,000
Details to Congress..........................................        2,795,000        2,909,000
Document envelopes and document franks.......................        1,044,000          906,000
Business and committee calendars.............................        2,859,000        2,480,000
Bills, resolutions, and amendments...........................        9,802,000        7,518,000
Committee reports............................................        3,017,000        2,681,000
Documents....................................................        2,481,000        2,520,000
Hearings.....................................................       21,876,000       21,490,000
Committee prints.............................................        1,740,000        2,838,000
                                                              --------------------------------------------------
      Total..................................................       90,573,000       88,800,000      $88,800,000
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                 Office of Superintendent of Documents


                         salaries and expenses

Appropriations, 2004....................................     $34,253,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      33,033,000
Committee recommendation................................      31,935,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $31,935,000. 
This provides for anticipated pay and price level increases and 
no additional employees for the Federal Depository Library 
program owing to budget constraints.
    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

Appropriations, 2004....................................      $9,941,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      25,000,000
Committee recommendation................................................

    The Committee recommends no funds for the revolving fund. 
While the Committee supports the Government Printing Office's 
restructuring efforts, GPO has yet to submit a comprehensive 
plan, including a spending blueprint, for restructuring. This 
should include a plan for dramatically reducing building-
related expenses. The Committee looks forward to receiving such 
a plan and reviewing associated cost requirements as part of 
the fiscal year 2006 budget process.

                        Administrative Provision

    The Committee has included an administrative provision 
authorizing the Superintendent of Documents to discount sales 
copies of GPO publications below the current limitation.

                    GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE


                         Salaries and Expenses

Appropriations, 2004....................................    $457,606,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................     480,535,000
Committee recommendation................................     470,000,000

    The Committee recommends funding of $470,000,000 for 
salaries and expenses of the Government Accountability Office. 
Additionally, $7,419,000 is authorized in offsetting 
collections derived from rent receipts and reimbursements for 
conducting financial audits of Government corporations, for a 
total of $477,419,000. This is a reduction of $9,235,000 from 
the request level. This level of funding should not require 
reductions-in-force; reductions from the request level can be 
taken from travel, awards, and other non-essential increases. 
The reduction is taken without prejudice, owing to the 
constraints imposed by the budget.
    The Committee has not made a specific appropriation for 
technology assessment.
    Technology Assessment.--In fiscal year 2002, the Congress 
directed GAO to conduct a pilot technology assessment program. 
This Committee gave GAO further direction for this program in 
fiscal year 2003 and 2004 appropriations. To date, GAO has 
completed reviews of technological and policy issues involved 
in the use of biometric technologies for border security and 
the use of cyber-security technologies for critical 
infrastructure protection. GAO is currently beginning reviews 
of the role of technology in protecting structures from 
wildfires and the use of non-intrusive technologies to provide 
port and container security. Each of these studies has been 
undertaken on the basis of bi-partisan bicameral requests from 
members of Congress. Also at the direction of the Congress, GAO 
undertook an independent review of the pilot program, and more 
recently reported on the impact a technology assessment role 
would have on its mission and resources. On the basis of the 
Committee's review of GAO's technology assessment work to date, 
the Committee's view is that the performance of technology 
assessments can enhance the ability of Congress to address the 
technical and policy implications of emerging technologies. In 
order, however, to ensure efficient and effective use of GAO's 
resources, the Committee's view is that GAO should only 
undertake future technology assessments that are supported by 
the leadership of both Houses of Congress and are intended to 
address significant issues of national scope and concern. 
Further, the Committee directs the Comptroller General to 
consult with the Committee concerning the development of 
definitions and procedures to be used for technology 
assessments by GAO.
    Mail Screening Technology.--The Committee is aware that 
certain x-ray technology manufactured by a company in the 
United Kingdom is being used in the United Kingdom to screen 
mail addressed to high-ranking government officials. The 
Committee is interested in learning whether such technology 
would have application to the screening procedures for mail 
addressed to legislative branch officials in a cost-effective 
way. Therefore, the Committee directs the Government 
Accountability Office to work with appropriate entities to 
obtain the necessary equipment for testing and evaluation to 
determine its ability to detect current and future threats from 
chemical, biological, or explosive agents. The testing should 
be conducted at a facility capable of using live chemical, 
biological, and explosive agents for testing, and the 
evaluation would include efforts to decontaminate the machines 
after the tests are conducted. The GAO will provide the results 
of this testing and evaluation within 9 months of the enactment 
of the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill for 2005.

                        Administrative Provision

    The Committee has included a provision which amends the 
Antideficiency Act to require the heads of executive agencies 
and the Mayor of the District of Columbia to transmit to the 
Comptroller General copies of reports of violations at the same 
time violations are reported to the Congress and the President, 
and authorizing the Comptroller General to establish a central 
repository of Antideficiency Act reports. The Comptroller 
General will track all Antideficiency Act reports, including 
responses to Comptroller General legal decisions and opinions 
and findings in audit reports and financial statement reviews.

         PAYMENT TO THE OPEN WORLD LEADERSHIP CENTER TRUST FUND

Appropriations, 2004....................................     $13,420,000
Budget estimate, 2005...................................      15,000,000
Committee recommendation................................      13,500,000

    The Committee recommends $13,500,000 as a payment to the 
Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund. The Center for Russian 
Leadership Development was established on December 21, 2000 
(Public Law 106-554) as a legislative branch entity. The fiscal 
year 2003 Consolidated Appropriation Resolution (Public Law 
108-7) carried legislation (section 1401) changing the name to 
the Open World Leadership Center and expanding the mission of 
the program to include Newly Independent States of the former 
Soviet Union including the Baltic States. The mission of the 
Center is to enable emerging political leaders of Russia and 
Newly Independent States at all levels of government to gain 
significant, first-hand exposure to the American free market 
economic system and the operation of American democratic 
institutions through visits to comparable governments and 
communities in the United States.

                      TITLE II--GENERAL PROVISIONS

    Included are several routine general provisions carried 
annually in the bill (secs. 301-309), as follows:
    Section 201 bans the use of appropriated funds for service 
and maintenance of private vehicles, except under such 
regulations as may be promulgated by the House Administration 
Committee and the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, 
respectively.
    Section 202 limits the availability for obligation of 
appropriation to the fiscal year for which it is expressly 
provided in the bill accompanying this report.
    Section 203 provides that any pay rate and title 
designation for a 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 204 bans the use of funds for contracts unless such 
contracts are matters of public record and are available for 
public inspection.
    Section 205 appropriates such sums as may be necessary for 
the payment of settlements and awards pursuant to Public Law 
104-1.
    Section 206 authorizes legislative branch entities 
participating in the Legislative Branch Financial Managers 
Council [LBFMC] to finance the costs of the LBFMC.
    Section 207 prohibits unauthorized transfers of funds to 
other agencies.
    Section 208 addresses a proposed government-wide 
requirement in the General Services Administration's eTravel 
program. The administration plans to use eTravel to collect 
travel data for various analyses. The Congress is concerned 
that the legislative branch would be required to share with the 
executive branch confidential and sensitive details of specific 
trips of its officers and employees. The Committee has added 
language to allow legislative branch agencies, at the 
discretion of the agency head, to voluntarily comply with the 
General Services Administration's final rule requiring use of 
its eTravel Services.
    Section 209 is a technical correction to the Congressional 
Recognition for Excellence in Arts Education Act.
    Section 210. Authorizes the transfer of parcels of property 
to Capitol Grounds near the Japanese American Patriotism 
Memorial.
    Congressional Award Program.--The Committee notes that the 
Congressional Award program was established by Congress in 1979 
to recognize initiative, achievement and service in young 
Americans and encourage volunteer and community service. While 
the program has been funded entirely by the private sector, a 
decrease in donations and income has forced cutbacks in the 
program. The Congressional Award Board is due to be 
reauthorized later this year. The Committee will consider 
funding for this program in the future based on reauthorization 
legislation, but anticipates any such funding will not supplant 
private donations.

  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 recommended no such funding.

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

    Pursuant to paragraph 7(c) of rule XXVI, on July 15, 2004, 
the Committee ordered reported en bloc S. 2666, an original 
bill making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2005, and S. 2674, an original 
bill making appropriations for Military Construction of the 
Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 
2005, with each subject to amendment, by a recorded vote of 29-
0, a quorum being present. The vote was as follows:
        Yeas                          Nays
Chairman Stevens
Mr. Cochran
Mr. Specter
Mr. Domenici
Mr. Bond
Mr. McConnell
Mr. Burns
Mr. Shelby
Mr. Gregg
Mr. Bennett
Mr. Campbell
Mr. Craig
Mrs. Hutchison
Mr. DeWine
Mr. Brownback
Mr. Byrd
Mr. Inouye
Mr. Hollings
Mr. Leahy
Mr. Harkin
Ms. Mikulski
Mr. Reid
Mr. Kohl
Mrs. Murray
Mr. Dorgan
Mrs. Feinstein
Mr. Durbin
Mr. Johnson
Ms. Landrieu

 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.
    With respect to this bill, it is the opinion of the 
Committee that it is necessary to dispense with these 
requirements in order to expedite the business of the Senate.

                                            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]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                  Budget authority               Outlays
                                                             ---------------------------------------------------
                                                               Committee    Amount  of   Committee    Amount  of
                                                               allocation      bill      allocation      bill
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Comparison of amounts in the bill with Committee allocations
 to its subcommittees of amounts in the Budget Resolution
 for 2005: Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch:
    Discretionary...........................................           NA        2,465           NA    \1\ 2,693
    Mandatory...............................................           NA          113           NA      \1\ 112
Projection of outlays associated with the recommendation:
    2005....................................................  ...........  ...........  ...........    \2\ 1,985
    2006....................................................  ...........  ...........  ...........          310
    2007....................................................  ...........  ...........  ...........           95
    2008....................................................  ...........  ...........  ...........           23
    2009 and future years...................................  ...........  ...........  ...........           14
Financial assistance to State and local governments for                NA  ...........           NA  ...........
 2005.......................................................
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
\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 2004 AND BUDGET ESTIMATES AND AMOUNTS RECOMMENDED IN THE BILL FOR FISCAL
                                                                        YEAR 2005
                                                                [In thousands of dollars]
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                         Senate Committee recommendation compared with (+ or
                                                                                                                                  -)
              Item                     2004              Budget       House allowance      Committee    -----------------------------------------------------
                                   appropriation   estimate        deg.        recommendation         2004              Budget            House
                                                                                                           appropriation   estimate  allowance
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  TITLE I--LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

             SENATE

Expense allowances:
    Vice President.............               20                 20                20  ................  ................
    President Pro Tempore of                  20                 20                20  ................  ................
     the Senate................
    Majority Leader of the                    20                 20                20  ................  ................
     Senate....................
    Minority Leader of the                    20                 20                20  ................  ................
     Senate....................
    Majority Whip of the Senate               10                 10                10  ................  ................
    Minority Whip of the Senate               10                 10                10  ................  ................
    President Pro Tempore                      8                  8                 8  ................  ................
     Emeritus of the Senate....
    Chairman of the Majority                   5                  5                 5  ................  ................
     Conference Committee......
    Chairman of the Minority                   5                  5                 5  ................  ................
     Conference Committee......
    Chairman of the Majority                   5                  5                 5  ................  ................
     Policy Committee..........
    Chairman of the Minority                   5                  5                 5  ................  ................
     Policy Committee..........
                                ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal, expense                      128                128               128  ................  ................
       allowances..............

Representation allowances for                 30                 30                30  ................  ................
 the Majority and Minority
 Leaders.......................
                                ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Expense allowances              158                158               158  ................  ................
       and representation......

     Salaries, Officers and
           Employees

Office of the Vice President...            2,028              2,108             2,108              +80   ................
Office of the President Pro                  539                561               561              +22   ................
 Tempore.......................
Office of the President Pro                  156                163               163               +7   ................
 Tempore Emeritus..............
Offices of the Majority and                3,220              3,408             3,408             +188   ................
 Minority Leaders..............
Offices of the Majority and                2,324              2,556             2,556             +232   ................
 Minority Whips................
Committee on Appropriations....           12,799             13,301            13,301             +502   ................
Conference committees..........            2,716              2,826             2,826             +110   ................
Offices of the Secretaries of                674                702               702              +28   ................
 the Conference of the Majority
 and the Conference of the
 Minority......................
Policy Committees..............            2,834              2,946             2,946             +112   ................
Office of the Chaplain.........              327                341               341              +14   ................
Office of the Secretary........           18,299             19,586            19,586           +1,287   ................
Office of the Sergeant at Arms            45,789             50,635            50,635           +4,846   ................
 and Doorkeeper................
Offices of the Secretaries for             1,468              1,528             1,528              +60   ................
 the Majority and Minority.....
Agency contributions and                  32,134             33,779            33,779           +1,645   ................
 related expenses..............
Outlays........................  ................  .................  ...............  ................  ................
                                ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Salaries, officers          125,307            134,440           134,440           +9,133   ................
       and employees...........

   Office of the Legislative
     Counsel of the Senate

Salaries and expenses..........            4,843              5,152             5,152             +309   ................

 Office of Senate Legal Counsel

Salaries and expenses..........            1,222              1,265             1,265              +43   ................

Expense Allowances of the                     24                 24                24  ................  ................
 Secretary of the Senate,
 Sergeant at Arms and
 Doorkeeper of the Senate, and
 Secretaries for the Majority
 and Minority of the Senate:
 Expenses allowances...........

   Contingent Expenses of the
             Senate

Inquiries and investigations...          118,462            120,435           110,000           -8,462           -10,435
Expenses of United States                    520                520               520  ................  ................
 Senate Caucus on International
 Narcotics Control.............
Secretary of the Senate........            2,265              1,700             1,700             -565   ................
Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper          135,243            136,066           127,182           -8,061            -8,884
 of the Senate.................
Miscellaneous items............           18,425             18,676            18,326              -99              -350
Senators' Official Personnel             305,719            340,972           326,000          +20,281           -14,972
 and Office Expense Account....

      Official Mail Costs

Expenses.......................              300                300               300  ................  ................
                                ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Contingent                  580,934            618,669           584,028           +3,094           -34,641
       expenses of the Senate..
                                ========================================================================================================================
      Total, Senate............          712,488            759,708           725,067          +12,579           -34,641

          JOINT ITEMS

Joint Congressional Committee              1,250   .................  ...............           -1,250   ................
 on Inaugural Ceremonies.......
Joint Economic Committee.......            3,988              4,139             4,139             +151   ................
Joint Committee on Taxation....            8,064              8,476             8,476             +412   ................

    Office of the Attending
           Physician

Medical supplies, equipment,               2,223              2,528             2,528             +305   ................
 expenses, and allowances......

Capitol Guide Service and                  3,511              3,844             3,844             +333   ................
 Special Services Office.......
Statements of Appropriations...               30                 30                30  ................  ................
                                ========================================================================================================================
      Total, Joint items.......           19,066             19,017            19,017              -49   ................

         CAPITOL POLICE

Salaries.......................          196,434   .................          198,000           +1,566          +198,000
General expenses...............           23,361   .................           28,925           +5,564           +28,925
Salaries and expenses..........  ................           291,641   ...............  ................         -291,641
                                ========================================================================================================================
      Total, Capitol Police....          219,795            291,641           226,925           +7,130           -64,716

      OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE

Salaries and expenses..........            2,242              2,950             2,421             +179              -529

  CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE

Salaries and expenses..........           33,620             35,455            34,790           +1,170              -665

    ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL

 Capitol Buildings and Grounds

General administration.........           76,598             89,245            74,558           -2,040           -14,687
Capitol building...............           28,021             32,239            24,784           -3,237            -7,455
Capitol grounds................            6,846              8,080             6,940              +94            -1,140
Senate office buildings........           63,014             65,309            62,303             -711            -3,006
Capitol Power Plant............           85,436             67,776            65,328          -20,108            -2,448
    Offsetting collections.....           -4,374             -4,400            -4,400              -26   ................
                                ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Net subtotal, Capitol               81,062             63,376            60,928          -20,134            -2,448
       Power Plant.............

Library buildings and grounds..           38,928            160,678            65,145          +26,217           -95,533
Capitol police buildings and               3,289             40,292             7,090           +3,801           -33,202
 grounds.......................
    Transfer out...............         (-12,000)  .................  ...............         (+12,000)  ................
Botanic garden.................            6,152             11,581             6,294             +142            -5,287

Capitol Visitor Center.........           36,621              8,469   ...............          -36,621            -8,469
    Transfer in (non-add)......          (12,000)  .................  ...............         (-12,000)  ................
                                ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Capitol Visitor             (48,621)            (8,469)  ...............         (-48,621)          (-8,469)
       Center..................
                                ========================================================================================================================
      Total, Architect of the            340,531            479,269           308,042          -32,489          -171,227
       Capitol.................

      LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Salaries and expenses..........          368,709            393,931           379,648          +10,939           -14,283
    Authority to spend receipts           -6,810             -6,350            -6,350             +460   ................
                                ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal, Salaries and             361,899            387,581           373,298          +11,399           -14,283
       expenses................

Copyright Office, salaries and            48,005             53,518            53,518           +5,513   ................
 expenses......................
    Authority to spend receipts          -29,489            -34,149           -33,339           -3,850              +810
                                ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Subtotal, Copyright                 18,516             19,369            20,179           +1,663              +810
       Office..................

Congressional Research Service,           91,185            100,934            96,678           +5,493            -4,256
 salaries and expenses.........
Books for the blind and                   51,401             53,937            53,937           +2,536   ................
 physically handicapped,
 Salaries and expenses.........
                                ========================================================================================================================
      Total, Library of                  523,001            561,821           544,092          +21,091           -17,729
       Congress................

   GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

Congressional printing and                90,573             88,800            88,800           -1,773   ................
 binding.......................

  Office of Superintendent of
           Documents

Salaries and expenses..........           34,253             33,033            31,935           -2,318            -1,098

Government Printing Office                 9,941             25,000   ...............           -9,941           -25,000
 Revolving Fund................

Office of the Inspector General  ................             4,225   ...............  ................           -4,225
                                ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, Government                  134,767            151,058           120,735          -14,032           -30,323
       Printing Office.........

   GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
             OFFICE

Salaries and expenses..........          463,577            486,654           477,419          +13,842            -9,235
    Offsetting collections.....           -5,971             -6,119            -7,419           -1,448            -1,300
                                ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Total, General Accounting          457,606            480,535           470,000          +12,394           -10,535
       Office..................

  OPEN WORLD LEADERSHIP CENTER

Payment to the Open World                 13,420             15,000            13,500              +80            -1,500
 Leadership Center Trust Fund..
                                ========================================================================================================================
      Grand total..............        2,456,536          2,796,454         2,464,589           +8,053          -331,865
                                ========================================================================================================================
         RECAPITULATION

Senate.........................          712,488            759,708           725,067          +12,579           -34,641
Joint Items....................           19,066             19,017            19,017              -49   ................
Capitol Police.................          219,795            291,641           226,925           +7,130           -64,716
Office of Compliance...........            2,242              2,950             2,421             +179              -529
Congressional Budget Office....           33,620             35,455            34,790           +1,170              -665
Architect of the Capitol.......          340,531            479,269           308,042          -32,489          -171,227
Library of Congress............          523,001            561,821           544,092          +21,091           -17,729
Government Printing Office.....          134,767            151,058           120,735          -14,032           -30,323
Government Accountability                457,606            480,535           470,000          +12,394           -10,535
 Office........................
Open World Leadership Center...           13,420             15,000            13,500              +80            -1,500
Prior year outlays.............  ................  .................  ...............  ................  ................
                                ========================================================================================================================
      Grand total..............        2,456,536          2,796,454         2,464,589           +8,053          -331,865
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