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111th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    111-160

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              LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2010

                                _______
                                

 June 17, 2009.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

Ms. Wasserman Schultz, from the Committee on Appropriations, submitted 
                             the following

                              R E P O R T

                             together with

                            ADDITIONAL VIEWS

                        [To accompany H.R. 2918]

    The Committee on Appropriations submits the following 
report in explanation of the accompanying bill making 
appropriations for the legislative branch for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes.

                        INDEX TO BILL AND REPORT

_______________________________________________________________________


                                                            Page number

                                                            Bill Report
Highlights of bill.........................................
                                                                      4
Title I--Legislative Branch Appropriations.................
                                                                      7
        House of Representatives...........................     2
                                                                      7
        Joint Items:
                Joint Economic Committee...................     8
                                                                     13
                Joint Committee on Taxation................     8
                                                                     14
                Office of the Attending Physician..........     8
                                                                     14
                Office of Congressional Accessibility 
                    Services...............................     9
                                                                     14
                Capitol Police.............................    10
                                                                     15
        Office of Compliance...............................    11
                                                                     16
        Congressional Budget Office........................    12
                                                                     17
        Architect of the Capitol (except Senate Office 
            Buildings).....................................    13
                                                                     17
        Library of Congress................................    19
                                                                     24
        Government Printing Office.........................    26
                                                                     27
        Government Accountability Office...................    30
                                                                     28
        Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund............    31
                                                                     29
        John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training 
            and Development................................    32
                                                                     29
Title II--General Provisions...............................    32
                                                                     29
Bill-wide Reporting Requirements...........................
                                                                     30
Additional Views...........................................
                                                                     47

                            SUMMARY OF BILL

    The bill, as recommended by the Committee, provides 
appropriations for fiscal year 2010 legislative branch 
operations, which total $3,674,600,000. Conforming to long 
practice under which each body of Congress determines its own 
housekeeping requirements and the other concurs without 
intervention, funds for the Senate are not included in the bill 
as reported to the House. Current appropriations estimates for 
the Senate for fiscal year 2010, including those under the 
Architect of the Capitol, total $1,025,000,000.
    A comparative summary of the bill by title and agency 
follows:

                                                                   SUMMARY OF THE BILL
                               [Note.--Excludes Senate items including those Senate items under Architect of the Capitol]
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                                                                                                                            Bill compared with--
                                                                               Budget estimates      New budget    -------------------------------------
                                                               New budget           of new         (obligational)                       Budget estimates
                          Agency                             (obligational)     (obligational)       authority          New budget           of new
                                                           authority, fiscal  authority, fiscal    recommended in     (obligational)     (obligational)
                                                               year 2009          year 2010             bill        authority, fiscal  authority, fiscal
                                                                                                                        year 2009          year 2010
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        TITLE I--LEGISLATIVE BRANCH-APPROPRIATIONS

House of Representatives.................................     $1,301,267,000     $1,497,055,000     $1,375,300,000       +$74,033,000      -$121,755,000
Joint items..............................................         29,220,000         22,876,000         21,414,000         -7,806,000         -1,462,000
Capitol Police...........................................        305,750,000        410,069,000        325,112,000        +19,362,000        -84,957,000
Office of Compliance.....................................          4,072,000          4,474,000          4,335,000           +263,000           -139,000
Congressional Budget Office..............................         44,082,000         46,365,000         45,165,000         +1,083,000         -1,200,000
Architect of the Capitol (except Senate office buildings)        460,227,000        568,577,000        541,391,000        +81,164,000        -27,186,000
Library of Congress......................................        607,096,000        658,409,000        647,397,000        +40,301,000        -11,012,000
Government Printing Office...............................        140,567,000        166,307,000        146,207,000         +5,640,000        -20,100,000
Government Accountability Office.........................        531,000,000        567,497,000        558,849,000        +27,849,000         -8,648,000
Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund..................         13,900,000         14,456,000          9,000,000         -4,900,000         -5,456,000
John C. Stennis Center...................................            430,000            430,000            430,000  .................  .................
                                                          ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Grand total, new budget, (obligational) authority       $3,437,611,000     $3,956,515,000     $3,674,600,000      +$211,989,000      -$281,915,000
       (for items considered by House)...................
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                         HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BILL

    Overall funding levels.--The bill provides for a funding 
level of $4,700 million for legislative branch agencies, 
including funds reserved for Senate items. This is an increase 
of $298 million over the comparable amount provided for fiscal 
year 2009 but $342 million below the amounts requested. This is 
the full amount permitted for this bill under the Committee's 
302(b) allocation.
    Senate.--The Committee has reserved $1,025 million for 
action by the Senate on items under their jurisdiction. This is 
an increase of $61 million, 6 percent, over the fiscal year 
2009 enacted level for these items.
    House of Representatives.--The bill includes $1,375 million 
for expenses of the House of Representatives. This is an 
increase of $74 million over the fiscal year 2009 enacted 
level, 5.7 percent, but $122 million below the budget request.
    Members' Representational Allowances (MRA).--The bill 
includes $660 million for the basic MRA account which funds the 
staff and related expenses of Member offices. This is an 
increase of $51 million over the fiscal year 2009 enacted level 
and reflects the revised estimate of the basic MRA 
authorization submitted to the Committee on May 27, 2009. The 
Committee has deferred consideration at this time of additional 
MRA funding requirements related to legislative proposals 
currently being considered by the Committee on House 
Administration.
    Leadership and Committee funding.--The bill provides $25.9 
million for Leadership Offices of the House of Representatives, 
the same as the amount requested. This is an increase of $.8 
million, 5 percent, over the fiscal year 2009 enacted level. 
The bill also includes $148.9 million for expenses of standing, 
special and select committees, an increase of $5.1 million, 3.5 
percent, which reflects the authorization levels passed by the 
House earlier this year. $10 million of fiscal year 2010 
committee costs are financed with unobligated balances from 
fiscal year 2009.
    Officers of the House.--The bill includes $200.3 million 
for the Officers of the House. This is an increase of $12.3 
million over the fiscal year 2009 enacted level, 6.6 percent, 
but is $5.8 million below the request. Within this amount the 
Committee has included $4.6 million under the Office of the 
Clerk for the acquisition and installation of a new electronic 
voting system for the House chamber.
    Capitol Police (USCP).--The bill includes $325.1 million 
for expenses of the Capitol Police, an increase of $19.4 
million, 6.3 percent, over the fiscal year 2009 enacted level. 
This amount funds the full year cost of the officer strength 
estimated to be on board at the end of fiscal year 2009 (1799 
FTEs). The amount also includes the full cost of the merger of 
the Library of Congress police force into the USCP. The 
Committee has deferred consideration of funds requested by the 
USCP for additional FTEs in fiscal year 2010. This decision 
reflects continuing concern that the Capitol Police have not 
yet implemented necessary staff management and overtime control 
procedures. The amount provided is $85.0 million below the 
request, principally because the $71.6 million request for a 
modernized radio system for the USCP has been provided in the 
fiscal year 2009 supplemental.
    Architect of the Capitol.--The bill includes $541.4 million 
for the Architect of the Capitol, excluding Senate office 
buildings. This is an increase of $81.2 million over the fiscal 
year 2009 enacted level and is $27.2 million below the amount 
requested. The significant size of the increase reflects the 
high priority the Committee continues to place on addressing 
the Capitol Complex's large backlog of infrastructure projects. 
The bill supports the Architect of the Capitol's top 20 
projects and includes funding for more than two-thirds of the 
projects submitted for the House of Representatives' 
consideration. This includes all life safety projects, 
significant investments in energy saving efforts, and almost 
$70 million worth of deferred maintenance projects. Key 
projects funded include $37.6 million to rehabilitate the East 
House Underground Garage, $5 million to begin the design of the 
Cannon House Office Building Renewal, $16.9 million to continue 
the abatement of life safety issues in the utility tunnels, and 
$9.5 million to convert an additional boiler at the Capitol 
Power Plant so that Capitol Complex heating needs can be 
supplied entirely through the use of natural gas.
    Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund.--Within the 
amount provided to the Architect, the bill includes $60 million 
to establish a Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund. 
This fund has been established as a financing mechanism to more 
evenly spread the cost of the very expensive construction 
projects which will have to be undertaken during the next 
decade to repair and revitalize the historic icon buildings of 
the U.S. Capitol complex. This fund is intended to be used only 
for very expensive projects involving buildings of ``icon'' 
status such as the repair of the Capitol Dome which is 
estimated to cost approximately $100 million and the 
revitalization of the 100 year old Cannon House Office Building 
which is estimated to cost in excess of $500 million.
    Library of Congress.--The bill includes $647.4 million for 
the Library of Congress, an increase of $40.3 million, 6.6 
percent, over the fiscal year 2009 enacted level. This is $11.0 
million below the amount requested. The increase provided 
includes, in addition to mandatory cost increases, $22 million 
for the Library to fund high priority initiatives including $15 
million for technology upgrades as requested. The bill includes 
the full amount requested for the Copyright Office and for the 
Books for the Blind program.
    Government Printing Office.--The bill includes $146.2 
million for the Government Printing Office, an increase of $5.6 
million, 4.0 percent, over the fiscal year 2009 enacted level. 
This is $20.1 million below the amount requested. The increase 
provided includes $7 million to continue the development of the 
Federal Digital System, the Government Printing Office's 
digital content system for managing the publications of all 
three branches of the Federal Government.
    Government Accountability Office (GAO).--The bill includes 
$558.8 million for the GAO, an increase of $27.8 million, 5.2 
percent over the enacted level.
    Open World Leadership Center.--The bill includes $9.0 
million for the Open World Leadership Center which is an 
independent agency sponsoring cultural exchange programs with 
Russia and former Soviet republics. The amount recommended is 
$5.5 million below the request and $4.9 million below the 
fiscal year 2009 enacted level. The Committee recommendation 
begins a phase out of Legislative Branch financial support for 
the Open World program.

                       Areas of Committee Concern

    Compensation and benefits for House employees.--The 
Congress has historically been a highly attractive workplace 
for recruiting entry level professional and support staff. The 
institution has not been as successful, however, in retaining 
staff who often find better pay and benefits in the executive 
branch or private sector once they are trained in the 
legislative process and develop policy expertise through their 
legislative jobs. The Committee has continued its efforts to 
address the retention problem in two ways. First, funding for 
the Members' Representational Allowances account has been 
increased to allow for compensation improvements beyond 
inflation for the staff of Member offices, especially among 
younger staff where current salaries are often less 
competitive. In addition, increased funding has been included 
in the House of Representatives ``Allowances'' account to 
finance new or expanded benefits for House employees as 
proposed in the budget request. This includes $5.5 million to 
fully fund the previously authorized enhanced transit benefit, 
$3.5 million for a new tuition reimbursement program and $1 
million for assistance in the cost of child care for lower 
income employees. Funding for the new benefits has been 
included in the bill subject to authorization by the Committee 
on House Administration. The Committee considers these 
recommendations as merely the next steps in a multi-year effort 
to give House of Representatives employees a fully competitive 
pay and benefits system.
    The Committee has been pleased by the leadership of the 
Chief Administrative Officer in this effort to create a better 
work environment for House employees and encourages him to 
continue to look for additional ways to support professional 
development of House of Representatives professional and 
support staff commensurate with similar opportunities available 
to executive branch employees.
    Diversity in Hiring and Advancement.--The Committee has 
recently received the affirmative action plans and reports from 
legislative branch agencies required by the fiscal year 2009 
appropriations bill. Maximizing diversity in the legislative 
branch workforce remains a high priority and the Committee will 
be reviewing these reports to determine how best to proceed in 
our efforts to reach the goal of an equal opportunity work 
environment.
    Reprogramming Requirements and Operating Plans for 
Legislative Branch Agencies.--Committee policy requires that 
agency proposals to adjust funding beyond specified thresholds 
be submitted to the Committees on Appropriations for formal 
approval. The existing funding thresholds for triggering 
reprogramming requirements of $500,000 or 10 percent remain in 
place for fiscal year 2010. The Committee notes, however, that 
in addition to the simple dollar thresholds, agencies are 
expected to request approval for any ``significant'' changes in 
spending whether they exceed these thresholds or not. All 
formal reprogramming requests must be communicated through 
letters from the agency head to the Chairman and the Ranking 
Member of the Subcommittee. Given this requirement, the 
Committee no longer requires Legislative Branch agencies to 
submit operating plans.

               TITLE I--LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS


                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    The Committee bill recommends a total of $1,375,300,000 for 
the operations of the House of Representatives during fiscal 
year 2010. The allowance is $74,033,000 above the fiscal year 
2009 enacted level, and is $121,755,000 below the budget 
request.
    The following tabulation summarizes the recommendations:

        Item                                                      Amount
House leadership offices................................     $25,881,000
Members' representational allowances....................     660,000,000
Committee salaries and expenses.........................     171,178,000
Salaries, officers and employees........................     200,301,000
Allowances and expenses.................................     317,940,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
    Total, House of Representatives.....................  $1,375,300,000

                        House Leadership Offices

2009 appropriation......................................     $25,113,000
2010 budget estimate....................................      25,881,000
Committee recommendation................................      25,881,000

    The Committee recommends a total of $25,881,000 for the 
operations of the leadership offices during fiscal year 2010. 
This is an increase of $768,000 above the fiscal year 2009 
enacted level and the same as the budget request.
    The allocation by office follows:

House Leadership Offices

        Item                                                      Amount
Office of the Speaker...................................      $5,077,000
Office of the Majority Floor Leader.....................       2,530,000
Office of the Minority Floor Leader.....................       4,565,000
Office of the Majority Whip.............................       2,194,000
Office of the Minority Whip.............................       1,690,000
Speaker's Office for Legislative Floor Activities.......         517,000
Republican Steering Committee...........................         981,000
Republican Conference...................................       1,748,000
Republican Policy Committee.............................         362,000
Democratic Steering and Policy Committee................       1,366,000
Democratic Caucus.......................................       1,725,000
Nine Minority Employees.................................       1,552,000
Training and Program Development:
    Majority............................................         290,000
    Minority............................................         290,000
Cloakroom Personnel:
    Majority............................................         497,000
    Minority............................................         497,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
        Total...........................................     $25,881,000

                  Members' Representational Allowances

2009 appropriation......................................    $609,000,000
2010 budget estimate....................................     699,344,000
Committee recommendation................................     660,000,000

    The Committee recommends a total of $660,000,000 for the 
representational allowances of the Members of the House, the 
so-called MRA account. This includes funding for staff 
salaries, official expenses, and official mail. The bill does 
not set specific allocations for each of these three categories 
of expenditure, as funding for these components is fungible 
under regulations prescribed by the Committee on House 
Administration. Each Member has an overall consolidated 
allowance established by the Committee on House Administration 
from which staff salaries, office expenses, and mail costs are 
drawn. The amount in the bill funds 97 percent of the 
authorization recommended by the Committee on House 
Administration for the base MRA account, as is traditional 
during the second year of a Congress. The Committee is also 
aware that the authorizing committee is considering a proposal 
to convert the four temporary positions authorized for each 
Member or delegate to permanent status at a potential cost of 
$44 million. The Committee has deferred without prejudice 
consideration of funding for these new positions at this time 
pending final action by the House on this matter.

                          Committee Employees

2009 appropriation......................................    $185,300,000
2010 budget estimate....................................     208,492,000
Committee recommendation................................     171,178,000

    Standing Committees, special and select.--For the salaries 
and expenses of committees funded in the biennial funding 
resolution, the Committee recommends $148,878,000. This 
includes $138,878,000 of new funding together with $10,000,000 
of funding provided in fiscal year 2009 which carries over for 
use in fiscal year 2010 as a result of passage of H. Res. 279. 
The overall funding level for Committees is $5,067,000 above 
the level appropriated for Committees in fiscal year 2009.
    Committee hearing room renovations program.--The bill also 
includes $1,000,000 for continuation of the program to 
modernize hearing rooms of the standing, special and select 
committees. This is $9,189,000 below the budget request. The 
Committee is fully supportive of this program to modernize 
these rooms to allow the public better physical and electronic 
access to the Committee proceedings. The reduction below the 
request reflects scheduling delays and a back-up of the 
renovations not related to funding. As of the date of Committee 
action on this bill, almost none of the $10,189,000 provided 
for room renovations in the fiscal year 2009 bill had been 
obligated.
    Committee on Appropriations.--For the salaries and expenses 
of the Committee on Appropriations (including the studies and 
investigation activities authorized by section 202(b) of the 
Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946), the Committee 
recommends $31,300,000. This is the same as the fiscal year 
2009 enacted level and is $2,003,000 below the budget request.
    Electronic Access to Hearing Documents.--To reduce costs 
and expand public access to congressional information, the 
Committee continues to encourage all committees of the House to 
post their hearings online on the Government Printing Office 
web site. Online posting of hearings can help reduce the need 
for printing and storage of paper copies of hearing records and 
facilitate accessibility for congressional staff and the 
general public.
    Details of the funding resolution, H. Res. 279 (House 
Report 111-59) approved by the House for the 111th Congress, 
follow:

                                COMMITTEE FUNDING AUTHORIZATIONS, 111TH CONGRESS
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                       Committee                            1st session        2nd session           Total
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Agriculture............................................         $6,316,330         $6,562,667        $12,878,997
Armed Services.........................................          7,769,820          8,072,843         15,842,663
Budget.................................................          6,350,721          6,350,721         12,701,442
Education and Labor....................................          8,617,490          8,953,572         17,571,062
Energy and Commerce....................................         11,569,181         12,020,379         23,589,560
Energy Independence and Global Warming.................          2,096,900          2,070,600          4,167,500
Financial Services.....................................          8,982,361          9,332,673         18,315,034
Foreign Affairs........................................          9,243,406          9,603,899         18,847,305
Homeland Security......................................          8,718,127          9,058,134         17,776,261
House Administration...................................          5,428,881          5,640,608         11,069,489
Intelligence...........................................          5,387,500          5,462,500         10,850,000
Judiciary..............................................          9,238,436          9,598,735         18,837,171
Natural Resources......................................          8,125,517          8,442,412         16,567,929
Oversight and Government Reform........................         10,957,956         11,385,317         22,343,273
Rules..................................................          3,538,663          3,602,358          7,141,021
Science and Technology.................................          6,809,114          7,158,828         14,048,942
Small Business.........................................          3,548,839          3,687,243          7,236,082
Standards of Official Conduct..........................          2,735,247          2,841,922          5,557,169
Transportation and Infrastructure......................         10,237,447         10,636,707         20,874,154
Veterans' Affairs......................................          3,761,006          3,907,685          7,668,691
Ways and Means.........................................         10,119,889         10,514,565         20,634,454
                                                        --------------------------------------------------------
      Total............................................       $149,633,831       $154,904,368       $304,538,199
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Since the funding resolution is done on a biennial basis, 
the resolution for the 111th Congress will expire on January 2, 
2011. This funding will support the second session of the 111th 
Congress and is provided through January 2, 2011.

                    Salaries, Officers and Employees

2009 appropriation......................................    $187,954,000
2010 budget estimate....................................     206,124,000
Committee recommendation................................     200,301,000


    The Committee recommends a total of $200,301,000 for the 
salaries and expenses of House officers and employees of the 
various activities funded through this consolidated item. This 
is an increase of $12,347,000 above the fiscal year 2009 
enacted level and $5,823,000 below the budget request.
    The following table summarizes the funding allocation 
provided to each component of the account.

Salaries, Officers and Employees

        Item                                                      Amount
Office of the Clerk.....................................     $32,089,000
Office of the Sergeant at Arms..........................       9,509,000
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer..............     130,782,000
Office of the Inspector General.........................       5,045,000
Office of Emergency Planning, Preparedness and 
    Operations..........................................       4,445,000
Office of General Counsel...............................       1,415,000
Office of the Chaplain..................................         179,000
Office of the Parliamentarian...........................       2,060,000
    Parliamentarian.....................................     (1,466,000)
    Compilation of Precedents...........................       (594,000)
Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the House.........       3,258,000
Office of the Legislative Counsel of the House..........       8,814,000
Office of Interparliamentary Affairs....................         859,000
Other authorized employees..............................       1,249,000
Office of the Historian.................................         597,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
    Total...............................................    $200,301,000

    The Committee in making these recommendations for the 
Officers of the House has included the following additional 
instructions:

clerk of the house

    New electronic voting system for the House chamber.--The 
bill includes $4,600,000 to fully fund the revised estimate by 
the Clerk of the House to acquire and install a modernized 
voting system for the House chamber. The Committee considers 
this project to be of the highest priority and is hopeful that 
the new system will be fully operational prior to the convening 
of the 112th Congress.

sergeant at arms

    New ID badge system.--The bill includes the full $570,000 
requested for security equipment upgrades including funding for 
the new ID badge system proposed by the Sergeant at Arms.
    Access to the Capitol and House Office Buildings.--The 
Committee is discouraged by the continuing problem of speedy 
access to House Office Buildings and the House side of the 
Capitol Building through the Rayburn and Cannon tunnels. The 
Sergeant at Arms is directed to conduct a thorough review of 
the causes for these delays and to submit a proposal for 
expediting visitor and staff processing through Capitol Police 
security checkpoints not later than September 30, 2009.

chief administrative officer (cao)

    Increased Liaison with Member and Committee Offices.--The 
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer provides a wide 
range of services for Member Offices and Committees including 
payroll, furniture and supplies, mail delivery and pick-up, 
food service for Members and employees as well as guests to the 
Capitol complex, and a host of other responsibilities. The 
Committee believes that it is critical that the CAO maintain 
close liaison with the offices and employees who depend on 
these services. To better facilitate this liaison, the CAO is 
requested to establish a formal process for meeting with 
Members and their staff directly or through established 
employees organizations such as the Chiefs of Staff 
organization to better facilitate communication of policy 
changes and administrative issues which may affect them. The 
Committee will look forward to discussing this new liaison 
system at next year's appropriations hearing.
    Wireless and cell phone service in the Capitol Visitor 
Center.--The CAO is directed to give the highest priority to 
expanding wireless and Blackberry service to the Capitol 
Visitor Center and the CVC House expansion space.
    Capacity of House Child Care Center.--The need for high 
quality child care for House employees is a continuing 
challenge. This is especially true in the case of infants. 
While the Committee recognizes that there are limitations 
imposed by the amount of space currently available, the CAO is 
encouraged to work with the Child Care Center to look for ways 
to expand the number of children who can be accommodated.
    Cost of food in the House cafeterias.--As discussed at this 
year's appropriations hearing with the CAO, the Committee is 
concerned by the high cost for House employees eating in the 
cafeterias and carry-outs. These costs have escalated by over 
30 percent in the last two years. The CAO is directed to work 
with the food service vendors to develop specific proposals for 
reducing these costs. The Committee is pleased that the CAO has 
already initiated discussions about alternatives to address the 
food cost problem and looks forward to a report of these 
efforts within the next 90 days.
    Employee surveys and staff training opportunities.--The 
Committee is supportive of a the broad range of employee 
training opportunities offered over the years by the House 
Learning Center and is pleased that that the CAO has reversed 
his decision to curtail certain employee training courses which 
are very valuable opportunities for staff to improve their 
ability to serve the Members and the public. The Committee also 
finds the employee surveys conducted by the CAO shop very 
valuable as a gauge for determining how best to recruit, train 
and retain our workforce. The Committee encourages that these 
surveys include race, gender and language fluency as part of 
the data being collected.
    U.S. Capitol Historical Society.--The U.S. Capitol 
Historical Society is chartered by the Congress to preserve the 
heritage of the Capitol Building as both the workplace of the 
Congress and as the iconic symbol of American democracy within 
in the United States and to the world. Its role in addition to 
support of preservation activities also extends to education 
programming. The Committee is fully supportive of the work of 
the Society. The Committee is also aware that the Society is 
conducting a strategic planning process to determine its future 
role and how to finance its important work. The Committee looks 
forward to completion of this planning process and urges the 
CAO to work with the Society to identify partnership 
opportunities which are mutually beneficial.
    Centralized Computing Services.--Traditionally, 
congressional offices have employed their own server for 
computing operations. The Committee is aware, however, that use 
of centralized computing service can allow multiple clients to 
take advantage of shared computing resources lowering costs and 
increasing efficiency. The Committee believes that increased 
use of centralized computing should be considered for broader 
use in the House. Initial implementation, such as the 
centralized Information Hosting Services provided to freshman 
Members of the 111th Congress, has shown significant potential 
benefits of strengthened security and reduced costs. The Chief 
Administrative Officer is requested to conduct a review of the 
feasibility of increased use by Congressional offices and 
legislative branch agencies of centralized server 
infrastructures and submit a report of this review to the 
Committee not later than January 15, 2010. This report should 
make recommendations with respect to privacy, security, and 
legal issues, as well as the potential benefits in cost savings 
and energy efficiency.

office of the house historian

    House Historian Office and fellows program.--The bill 
includes the full $597,000 requested by the Office of the House 
Historian including funding to expand the House Fellows 
program.

                        Allowances and Expenses

2009 appropriation......................................    $293,900,000
2010 budget estimate....................................     357,214,000
Committee recommendation................................     317,940,000

    The Committee recommends a total of $317,940,000 for 
allowances and expenses. This amount is $24,040,000 above the 
fiscal year 2009 enacted level and $39,274,000 below the budget 
request. These funds include supplies, materials, 
administrative costs, and Federal tort claims; the costs of 
official mail for the committees, leadership, and 
administrative offices; employee benefits; miscellaneous items; 
and Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. Eighty-seven 
percent of these funds provide the employer share of 
retirement, health care, and unemployment compensation payments 
for House employees.
    The following table summarizes the funding allocation 
provided to each component of the account.

Allowances and Expenses

        Item                                                      Amount
Supplies, materials, administrative costs and Federal 
    tort claims.........................................      $3,948,000
Official mail (committees, administrative, and 
    leadership offices).................................         201,000
Government contributions................................     278,378,000
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery...............      27,698,000
Transition Activities...................................       2,907,000
Wounded Warrior Program.................................      *2,500,000
Office of Congressional Ethics..........................       1,548,000
Energy demonstration projects...........................       2,500,000
Miscellaneous items.....................................         760,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
    Total, allowances and expenses......................    $317,940,000

*Funded with prior year balances.

    The Committee in making these recommendations has included 
the following additional instructions:
    New tuition reimbursement and child care subsidy 
benefits.--The Committee bill includes $3,500,000, instead of 
the $7,500,000 requested by the Chief Administrative Officer 
(CAO), to establish a new benefit for all House of 
Representatives employees to reimburse them for a portion of 
the cost of academic tuition and professional dues. The amount 
provided is based on the revised estimate by the Chief 
Administrator's Office of the cost of implementing this program 
in fiscal year 2010. The Committee agrees with the CAO that a 
tuition benefit program is a key aspect of an employee 
retention effort for the House where turnover often robs Member 
and Committee Offices of their most productive staff. These 
funds are provided contingent on the issuance of program 
regulations by the Committee on House Administration detailing 
the exact scope of benefits and the terms under which they will 
be available.
    The Committee bill also includes $1,000,000, as requested, 
to fund a new program to subsidize child care costs for low 
income employees of the House. This program would be modeled on 
similar benefits already provided to executive branch 
employees. These funds are provided contingent on issuance of 
program regulations by the Committee on House Administration.
    Wounded Warrior program.--The bill includes authority for a 
total of 50 FTE positions in fiscal year 2010 for the newly 
established Wounded Warrior program which places disabled 
veterans in House of Representatives offices for a career 
orientation program. The program has been financed using 
$2,500,000 of unused fiscal year 2009 funding, all of which is 
expected to carry over to fiscal year 2010.
    Wheels for Wellness program.--The Committee has reduced 
funding for the Wheels for Wellness program to $100,000 because 
this program has not been well utilized by House employees. 
This is $100,000 below the request and the enacted level. The 
Committee directs that the CAO evaluate this program to see if 
it can better meet employee needs. If not, the Committee 
believes that funding should be transferred to other employee 
benefit programs in future years.
    Energy Demonstration Projects.--The Committee has included 
$2,500,000 for the Chief Administrative Officer of the House, 
in consultation with the Architect of the Capitol, to carry out 
a series of demonstration projects at House facilities to 
promote the use of innovative technologies in reducing energy 
consumption and promoting energy efficiency. The Committee 
expects the Chief Administrative Officer to select these 
projects based on a competitive process that takes full 
advantage of the procurement and related capacities of the 
Architect of the Capitol.

                           Child Care Center

    The bill provides authority for the House child care center 
budget, as required by Sec. 312(d)(1) of Public Law 102-90, as 
presented to the Committee by the Chief Administrative Officer. 
It should be noted that tuition and other center-generated 
revenues fund child care center operations.

                       Administrative Provisions

    Section 101 provides for unspent amounts remaining in 
Members' Representational Allowances account to be used for 
deficit reduction. Section 102 reflects adjustments in the 
lump-sum allowance for certain Leadership offices.

                              JOINT ITEMS

    The Committee recommends appropriations totaling 
$21,414,000 for fiscal year 2010 for the various joint 
committees and activities carried under this heading. The 
recommendation is $7,806,000 below the fiscal year 2009 enacted 
level and is $1,462,000 below the budget request.

                        JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE

2009 appropriation......................................      $4,626,000
2010 budget estimate....................................       4,814,000
Committee recommendation................................       4,814,000

    The Committee recommends $4,814,000 for the Joint Economic 
Committee. This amount is $188,000 above the fiscal year 2009 
enacted level and is the same as the budget request. The 
increase covers the cost of annual pay adjustments for 
committee staff.
    The Joint Economic Committee was created by the Employment 
Act of 1946. The primary tasks of the Committee are to review 
economic conditions and to recommend improvements in economic 
policy. The Committee performs research and economic analysis, 
and monitors and analyzes current economic, financial, and 
employment conditions.

                      JOINT COMMITTEE ON TAXATION

2009 appropriation......................................     $10,719,000
2010 budget estimate....................................      12,823,000
Committee recommendation................................      11,451,000

    The Committee recommends $11,451,000 for the Joint 
Committee on Taxation. This amount is $732,000 above the fiscal 
year 2009 enacted level and is $1,372,000 below the budget 
request. The increase covers the cost of annual pay adjustments 
for committee staff as well as equipment upgrades.
    The Joint Committee is established under the Internal 
Revenue Code of 1986 to: (1) investigate the operation and 
effects of internal revenue taxes and the administration of 
such taxes; (2) investigate measures and methods for the 
simplification of such taxes; (3) make reports to the House 
Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance 
(or to the House and the Senate) on the results of such 
investigations and studies and to make recommendations; and (4) 
review any proposed refund or credit of income or estate and 
gift taxes or certain other taxes set forth in Code section 
6405 in excess of $2,000,000. In addition to these functions 
that are specified in the Internal Revenue Code, the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974 requires the Joint Committee 
to provide revenue estimates for all tax legislation considered 
by either the House or the Senate.

                   OFFICE OF THE ATTENDING PHYSICIAN

2009 appropriation......................................      $3,105,000
2010 budget estimate....................................       3,832,000
Committee recommendation................................       3,805,000

    The Committee recommends $3,805,000 for the Office of the 
Attending Physician. This amount is $700,000 above the fiscal 
year 2009 enacted level and $27,000 below the budget request. 
The increase includes $528,000 to upgrade the Office's 
radiology suite and replace existing equipment that is beyond 
its serviceable life.

             OFFICE OF CONGRESSIONAL ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES

2009 appropriation......................................        $800,000
2010 budget estimate....................................       1,377,000
Committee recommendation................................       1,314,000

    The Committee recommends $1,314,000 for the operation of 
the Office of Congressional Accessibility Services during the 
next fiscal year. This amount is $514,000 above the fiscal year 
2009 enacted level and $63,000 below the budget request. The 
increase covers the cost of the Office's expanded jurisdiction 
and responsibilities. The Office of Congressional Accessibility 
Services is a successor office to the Special Services Office 
following enactment of the Capitol Visitor Center Act of 2008 
(P.L. 110-437).

                      STATEMENTS OF APPROPRIATIONS

2009 appropriation......................................         $30,000
2010 budget estimate....................................          30,000
Committee recommendation................................          30,000

    The sum of $30,000 is included for the preparation of the 
usual compilation of the statements of appropriations for the 
1st session of the 111th Congress. The House and Senate 
Committees on Appropriations compile this publication jointly.

                             CAPITOL POLICE

    The Committee recommends a total of $325,112,000 in the two 
appropriations accounts which fund the U.S. Capitol Police, the 
Salaries account and the General Expenses account. This amount 
is $19,362,000 above the fiscal year 2009 enacted level and is 
$84,957,000 below the budget request. $71,606,000 of the 
reduction below the request reflects the decision to fund the 
police radio modernization request as part of the fiscal year 
2009 supplemental rather than in 2010. This level of funding 
will support a staffing level of 1799 sworn officers and 418 
civilian positions.

                                Salaries

2009 appropriation......................................    $248,000,000
2010 budget estimate....................................     268,675,000
Committee recommendation................................     263,198,000

    The Committee recommends $263,198,000 for the salaries and 
benefits authorized for police services throughout the Capitol 
Police jurisdiction. This is $15,198,000 above the fiscal year 
2009 enacted level and is $5,477,000 below the budget request.
    Workforce Management and Overtime Costs.--The Committee 
remains concerned about chronic problems with the management of 
staff resources by the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), especially 
as relates to the deployment of sworn officers. The 
responsibilities of the force cover a wide range of security 
and protection services both for the Congress and for the 
public. Adequate staffing of the force is a priority. Recent 
studies confirm, however, that while the force may in fact need 
additional officers in the future, its inability to manage its 
current workforce makes it hard to determine legitimate needs. 
In particular, the failure of the Capitol Police to implement 
the staffing models and other recommendations of its own 
consultants (the ELS study) leaves the Committee with little 
confidence in the staffing recommendations included in the 
fiscal year 2010 budget request. The Committee has therefore 
recommended a funding level which fully funds the current 
officer strength level for 2009 of 1799 officers but has not 
approved the request for additional sworn positions. The 
Committee further directs that the Chief carryout an 
accelerated program to reform the management of staff resources 
in the department. This should include full implementation of 
the staffing recommendation of the ELS study. The Committee 
requests that the Government Accountability Office assist the 
USCP in dealing with these staff management challenges and that 
it report to the Committees on Appropriations progress in this 
matter not less than quarterly for the next year.
    Among the most frustrating parts of the staff management 
challenge is the continuing problem of excessive overtime 
costs. The current projection of overtime use in 2010 is 
$25,500,000 which is more than $3 million above the request and 
above level three years ago despite efforts to curtail these 
costs. The Committee finds this unacceptable and has capped 
overtime for 2010 at not to exceed $24 million unless the 
Capitol Police Board notifies the Committees that this cap 
needs to be exceeded due to unanticipated security or public 
safety factors. GAO in reviewing workforce issues for the 
Committee is requested to make overtime management a key part 
of their work.
    2009 Presidential Inauguration.--The Committee was 
disappointed by a series of missteps by the Capitol Police, the 
Secret Service and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department in 
the orchestration of the security plan for the 2009 
presidential inauguration. A variety of factors led to 
thousands of ticketed guests being unable to witness the 
inauguration from the observation areas to which they were 
supposed to have been admitted. Problems such as insufficient 
pedestrian traffic direction, inadequate crowd control, and the 
narrow entry gates that became bottlenecks all led to 
significant delays in processing attendees through ticket 
checkpoints and security screening. The Committee directs the 
Capitol Police, in conjunction with the Secret Service and the 
Metropolitan Police Department, to further study the issues 
highlighted in the ``Multi-Agency Response to Concerns Raised 
by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies 
for the 56th Presidential Inauguration'' and develop specific 
plans for implementing its recommendations so that these 
mistakes are not repeated at any future inaugural celebration.

                            General Expenses

2009 appropriation......................................     $57,750,000
2010 budget estimate....................................     141,394,000
Committee recommendation................................      61,914,000

    The Committee recommends $61,914,000 for all general 
expenses of the Capitol Police. This is $4,164,000 above the 
fiscal year 2009 enacted level, and is $79,480,000 below the 
budget request. The reduction below the budget relates 
principally to the decision to consider the request for funding 
to modernize the police radio systems in the fiscal year 2009 
supplemental. Up to $2 million of the amount provided has been 
designated for security upgrades related to evacuation planning 
for the House Office Buildings and the Capitol. This amount 
includes installation of two security cameras in stairwells 
rather than the single camera originally planned.
    Vehicle management.--The Committee believes that management 
of the USCP vehicle inventory continues to be a challenge. The 
Committee requests that the Chief prepare an updated report on 
the vehicle management program including changes in the number 
and age of vehicles used by the department, whether owned or 
leased, by January 15, 2010.

                        Administrative Provision

    Section 1001 authorizes transfers between the Salaries and 
General Expenses accounts of the Capitol Police.

                          OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE


                         Salaries and Expenses

2009 appropriation......................................      $4,072,000
2010 budget estimate....................................       4,474,000
Committee recommendation................................       4,335,000

    The Committee recommends $4,335,000 for the Office of 
Compliance. This amount is $263,000 above the fiscal year 2009 
enacted level and is $139,000 below the budget request. This 
funding level will enable the Office of Compliance to maintain 
its current service levels and supports an additional FTE for 
the hiring of an Occupational Safety and Health Program 
Supervisor.
    The Office of Compliance was established to administer and 
enforce the Congressional Accountability Act (P.L. 104-1). The 
act applies various employment and workplace safety laws to 
Congress and certain legislative branch entities.

                      CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE


                         Salaries and Expenses

2009 appropriation......................................     $44,082,000
2010 budget estimate....................................      46,365,000
Committee recommendation................................      45,165,000

    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $45,165,000 
for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). This is $1,083,000 
above the fiscal year 2009 enacted level and is $1,200,000 
below the budget request. This amount, along with a portion of 
the $2,000,000 included in the FY 2009 supplemental, supports 
an additional 12 FTE's to increase CBO's capacity to analyze 
health care policy, financial and housing markets, and other 
areas of high congressional interest.
    The Congressional Budget Office is a nonpartisan 
congressional agency created to provide objective economic and 
budgetary analysis to Congress.
    Timely Scoring of Bills.--The Congressional Budget Office 
plays a critical role in support of Congress through its 
production of cost estimates. The timely production of these 
estimates and scorekeeping reports is essential if Congress is 
to move forward on its legislative agenda. The Committee notes 
that it has increased CBO's FTE level by 10 percent since FY 
2007. It expects CBO to use these additional resources to 
continue to improve the speed at which it produces cost 
estimates for the Congress.

                        Administrative Provision

    Section 1101 extends CBO's existing Executive Exchange 
Program and increases the number of potential participants from 
three to five.

                        ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL

2009 appropriation......................................    $460,227,000
2010 budget estimate....................................     568,577,000
Committee recommendation................................     541,391,000

    The Committee recommends a total of $541,391,000 for fiscal 
year 2010 for the operation and maintenance activities of the 
Architect of the Capitol, excluding the Senate office 
buildings. This amount is $81,164,000 above the fiscal year 
2009 enacted level and is $27,186,000 below the budget request.
    The recommendation reflects the high priority the Committee 
continues to place on addressing the Capitol complex's large 
backlog of infrastructure projects. The amount provided 
supports 23 of the 30 capital projects submitted to the House 
of Representatives for consideration. This includes funding for 
all requested life safety projects, significant investments in 
energy saving efforts, and almost $70,000,000 worth of deferred 
maintenance projects. The recommendation also includes 
$60,000,000 to establish a Historic Buildings Revitalization 
Trust Fund as a mechanism to more evenly spread the cost of the 
major projects that will have to be undertaken during the next 
decade to repair and revitalize the historic icon buildings of 
the Capitol Complex.
    The Architect of the Capitol is responsible for the 
maintenance, operation, development, and preservation of the 
United States Capitol Complex. This includes mechanical and 
structural maintenance of the Capitol, congressional office 
buildings, the Library of Congress buildings, the Supreme Court 
building, the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Capitol Power Plant, and 
other facilities, as well as the upkeep and improvement of the 
Capitol complex grounds.
    The following table summarizes the allocation of funds by 
appropriation account:

Architect of the Capitol (Excluding Senate)

        Item                                                      Amount
Architect of the Capitol:
    General Administration..............................    $109,392,000
    Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund........      60,000,000
    Capitol building....................................      32,800,000
    Capitol grounds.....................................      10,920,000
    House office buildings..............................     100,466,000
    Capitol Power Plant.................................     125,083,000
    Library buildings and grounds.......................      41,937,000
    Capitol Police buildings and grounds................      26,364,000
    Botanic Garden......................................      11,263,000
    Capitol Visitor Center..............................      23,166,000
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                    ____________________________________________________
        Total...........................................    $541,391,000

                         General Administration

2009 appropriation......................................     $90,659,000
2010 budget estimate....................................     121,460,000
Committee recommendation................................     109,392,000

    The Committee recommends $109,392,000 for personnel 
services, equipment, communications, and other central support 
activities of the Architect of the Capitol. This amount is 
$18,733,000 above the fiscal year 2009 enacted level and is 
$12,068,000 below the budget request. It includes $8,950,000 
for projects aimed at better managing and reducing energy usage 
around the Capitol Complex. The amounts provided below the 
request for these projects reflect a phased approach and the 
portion of the projects that can be executed in fiscal year 
2010. The recommendation also includes $500,000 to continue 
Capitol Power Plant worker efforts.
    The recommendation supports an operating budget of 
$100,442,000 and a project budget of $8,950,000, including the 
following capital projects:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Committee
               Item                  Amount requested    recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tertiary Pumping Options (Study)..           $150,000           $150,000
ESPC Management Program...........          3,360,000          2,000,000
Energy Reduction Program..........          6,500,000          3,250,000
Utility Metering..................          7,100,000          3,550,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Assisted Care Restrooms.--The creation of assisted care 
restrooms is an important way in which the accessibility of 
buildings can be improved for families, the elderly, and the 
physically challenged who require an attendant. The Capitol 
Complex currently has several of these restrooms in place, but 
not in each of its buildings. The Committee encourages the 
Architect of the Capitol to continue exploring the development 
of additional assisted care restrooms in the Capitol Complex's 
facilities.

              Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund

2009 appropriation......................................................
2010 budget estimate....................................................
Committee recommendation................................     $60,000,000

    The Committee recommends funding in the amount of 
$60,000,000 for a new ``Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust 
Fund'' for the Architect of the Capitol. This fund has been 
established as a financing mechanism to more evenly spread the 
cost of the very expensive construction projects that will have 
to be undertaken during the next decade to repair and 
revitalize the historic icon buildings of the Capitol Complex. 
This fund is intended to be used only for very expensive 
projects involving buildings of ``icon'' status, such as the 
repair of the Capitol Dome which is estimated to cost 
approximately $100 million and the revitalization of the 100 
year old Cannon House Office Building which is estimated to 
cost in excess of $500 million.
    The Capitol Complex faces a large and growing backlog of 
deferred maintenance and capital renewal projects. Its 
facilities are aging and continue to deteriorate. Without a 
significant infusion of additional funds, key facilities and 
building systems may eventually fail. At the same time, the 
Architect of the Capitol must meet energy savings requirements, 
address increased security needs, and cover the cost of 
operating and maintaining additional facilities. In all, over 
$4.9 billion worth of capital projects are planned over the 
next ten years.
    The normal appropriations process is not an effective 
mechanism for addressing a backlog of this magnitude. The 
Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund will improve this 
situation by enabling the Architect of the Capitol, upon 
approval of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, to 
move forward on large-scale historic building projects while 
preserving resources for more routine but critical deferred 
maintenance and capital renewal projects.

                            Capitol Building

2009 appropriation......................................     $35,840,000
2010 budget estimate....................................      33,305,000
Committee recommendation................................      32,800,000

    The Committee recommends a total of $32,800,000 for the 
operation, maintenance, and care of the Capitol building. This 
amount is $3,040,000 below the fiscal year 2009 enacted level 
and is $505,000 below the budget request. It includes 
$6,241,000 for projects, including $2,500,000 to repaint the 
Capitol Dome in order to prevent moisture penetration and 
corrosion.
    The recommendation supports an operating budget of 
$26,559,000 and a project budget of $6,241,000, including the 
following capital projects:

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                                                           Committee
               Item                  Amount requested    recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Conservation of Fine and                     $499,000           $499,000
 Architectural Art................
Dome Rehabilitation (Interim                2,500,000          2,500,000
 Repainting)......................
Minor Construction................          3,500,000          3,242,000
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                            Capitol Grounds

2009 appropriation......................................      $9,649,000
2010 budget estimate....................................      10,974,000
Committee recommendation................................      10,920,000

    The Committee recommends $10,920,000 for the care and 
improvement of the grounds surrounding the Capitol, the Senate 
and House office buildings, and the Capitol power plant. This 
amount is $1,271,000 above the fiscal year 2009 enacted level 
and is $54,000 below the budget request.
    The recommendation supports an operating budget of 
$9,510,000 and a project budget of $1,410,000, including the 
following capital projects:

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                                                           Committee
               Item                  Amount requested    recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Independence Avenue Repaving......           $910,000           $910,000
Capitol Grounds Study.............            500,000            500,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                         House Office Buildings

2009 appropriation......................................     $65,814,000
2010 budget estimate....................................     111,926,000
Committee recommendation................................     100,466,000

    The Committee recommends $100,466,000 for the operation, 
maintenance, and care of the House Office Buildings. This 
amount is an increase of $34,652,000 above fiscal year 2009 and 
is $11,460,000 below the budget request. It includes 
$37,640,000 to renovate the badly deteriorated East House 
Underground Garage. It also includes $6,330,000 to replace the 
Rayburn Building's antiquated roof system; the Committee has 
deferred consideration of the remainder of the project pending 
a cost benefit review. The Ford Building HVAC Controls 
Replacement project will move forward using existing funds. The 
Cannon Building Renewal Design project will be funded through 
the newly-established Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust 
Fund.
    The recommendation supports an operating budget of 
$47,106,000 and a project budget of $53,360,000, including the 
following capital projects:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Committee
               Item                  Amount requested    recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
CAO Project Support...............         $5,890,000         $4,390,000
Interior Rehabilitation of the             37,640,000         37,640,000
 East House Underground Garage....
Rayburn Roof Replacement..........          9,030,000          6,330,000
Minor Construction................          5,000,000          5,000,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Cannon Building Renewal.--The Committee directs the 
Architect of the Capitol to use $5,000,000 from the newly-
established Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust Fund to 
support the Cannon Building Renewal Design project. This 
project will be the first step towards renewing the historic 
Cannon Building.
    The Cannon Building was built in 1908 and has not undergone 
a major renovation to replace its aging infrastructure systems. 
As a result, it has major deficiencies and is reaching the end 
of its useful life. Both the Architect of the Capitol and the 
Government Accountability Office have identified a thorough 
design effort as being critical for a project of this scope and 
importance. The Committee fully supports the development of a 
solid design and cost estimate and asks the Government 
Accountability Office to continue to monitor the progress of 
this effort and provide assistance to the Architect of the 
Capitol as needed.
    The Committee encourages a review of long-term space needs 
be included as part of the Cannon Renewal design effort. There 
are currently significant limitations on the amount of space 
available for Members, committees, and staff to do their work. 
Given the size of this project, it is an appropriate time to 
consider the steps that might be taken to address the House of 
Representatives' long-term space needs.

                          Capitol Power Plant

2009 appropriation......................................    $149,042,000
2010 budget estimate....................................     154,503,000
Committee recommendation net............................     125,083,000
Offsetting collections..................................       8,000,000
    Total available.....................................    $133,083,000

    The Committee recommends $125,083,000 for the Capitol power 
plant supplemented by offsetting collections of $8,000,000. 
This amount is $23,959,000 below the fiscal year 2009 enacted 
level and is $29,420,000 below the budget request.
    The Committee has provided $16,850,000 of the $45,770,000 
requested for the asbestos abatement and repairs of the power 
plant utility tunnels. This amount reflects the revised funding 
request from the Architect of the Capitol based on lower costs 
than anticipated and the re-phasing of abatement work. The 
amount provided will continue to fund this very important life 
safety project so that it can be completed on time per the 
Architect of the Capitol's agreement with the Office of 
Compliance.
    The Committee has also provided $9,500,000 to convert an 
additional boiler at the power plant so that the Capitol 
Complex's heating needs can be provided entirely through the 
use of natural gas. This will allow the power plant to 
dramatically reduce its carbon and criteria pollutant 
emissions.
    The recommendation supports an operating budget of 
$93,523,000 and a project budget of $31,560,000, including the 
following capital projects:

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                                                           Committee
               Item                  Amount requested    recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tunnel Program....................        $45,770,000        $16,850,000
Replacement Switchgear............            740,000            740,000
Natural Gas Conversion............         10,000,000          9,500,000
Mechanical System Survey..........            250,000            250,000
Structural Fireproofing Study.....            220,000            220,000
Minor Construction................          4,000,000          4,000,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                     Library Buildings and Grounds

2009 appropriation......................................     $39,094,000
2010 budget estimate....................................      69,144,000
Committee recommendation................................      41,937,000

    The Committee recommends $41,937,000 for the care and 
maintenance of the Library buildings and grounds by the 
Architect of the Capitol. This amount is $2,843,000 above the 
fiscal year 2009 enacted level and is $27,207,000 below the 
budget request. It includes $8,880,000 to address life safety 
issues in the Library buildings.
    The recommendation supports an operating budget of 
$26,187,000 and a project budget of $15,750,000, including the 
following capital projects:

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                                                           Committee
               Item                  Amount requested    recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sprinkler System (Design).........           $500,000           $500,000
Egress Improvements II............          1,780,000          1,780,000
Book Conveyor (Design)............          1,170,000          1,170,000
Monumental Exterior Doors.........          1,600,000          1,600,000
Fire Door Improvements............            730,000            730,000
ADA Bathroom Renovations..........          3,100,000          3,100,000
Rain Leader Replacement, JAB......          4,870,000          4,870,000
Minor Construction................          2,000,000          2,000,000
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            Capitol Police Buildings, Grounds, and Security

2009 appropriation......................................     $18,996,000
2010 budget estimate....................................      30,777,000
Committee recommendation................................      26,364,000

    The Committee recommends $26,364,000 for Capitol Police 
buildings, grounds, and security. This amount is an increase of 
$7,368,000 above the fiscal year 2009 enacted level and is 
$4,413,000 below the budget request. It includes $7,750,000 for 
projects, including $1,500,000 in minor construction funds to 
install emergency call boxes and camera equipment in 
congressional building stairwells to facilitate safe and timely 
evacuations. An additional $2,000,000 has been included in the 
Capitol Police General Expense appropriation for this purpose.
    The recommendation supports an operating budget of 
$18,614,000 and a project budget of $7,750,000, including the 
following capital projects:

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                                                           Committee
               Item                  Amount requested    recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Security Upgrades, Power Plant and         $2,000,000         $2,000,000
 Coal Yards.......................
Hazardous Device Unit Facility              3,000,000          3,000,000
 Purchase.........................
Replacement Switchgear............            250,000            250,000
Minor Construction................          3,000,000          2,500,000
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                             Botanic Garden

2009 appropriation......................................     $10,906,000
2010 budget estimate....................................      11,920,000
Committee recommendation................................      11,263,000

    The Committee recommends $11,263,000 for salaries and 
expenses of the Botanic Garden. This amount is $357,000 above 
the fiscal year 2009 enacted level and is $657,000 below the 
budget request. It includes $900,000 to continue the renovation 
of the Botanic Garden's administration building. The 
recommendation supports an operating budget of $10,363,000.
    Education and Outreach Efforts.--The Committee encourages 
the Botanic Garden to continue expanding its partnerships and 
education and outreach efforts, particularly in regards to 
community gardens to local food needs and medicinal plant 
demonstrations that highlight naturally occurring plants that 
have proven useful for innovative medical treatments. The 
Garden's resources are first rate and it should continue to be 
a teaching and demonstration center in these important areas.

                         Capitol Visitor Center

2009 appropriation......................................     $40,227,000
2010 budget estimate....................................      24,568,000
Committee recommendation................................      23,166,000

    The Committee recommends $23,166,000 for the operation of 
the Capitol Visitor Center. This amount is $17,061,000 below 
the fiscal year 2009 enacted level and is $1,402,000 below the 
budget request. When the $31,124,000 provided in fiscal year 
2009 for the Center's construction is excluded and the 
$9,940,000 provided in fiscal year 2009 to the Capitol Guide 
Service is included, the Committee recommendation represents an 
increase of $4,123,000 for Capitol Visitor Center operations. 
This increase reflects the cost of full-year operations at the 
Center as well as provides for improvements to the existing 
online reservation system ($480,000), training programs 
($220,000), and wayfinding signage at the Center ($250,000).
    The Capitol Visitor Center was established to improve 
security for all persons working in or visiting the U.S. 
Capitol and to enhance the educational experience of visitors.
    Staff-Led Tours.--Staff-led tours are an important service 
that Members provide to their constituents. The Committee 
expects the Office of the Capitol Visitor Center to place a 
high priority on facilitating these tours and to devote 
additional staff resources to better meeting Member office 
needs. The Committee further expects the Office of the Capitol 
Visitor Center to promptly resolve any issues that may develop 
with staff-led tours and communicate clearly and on a regular 
basis with Member offices on how it can help facilitate staff-
led tours when difficulties arise.
    Moreover, the Committee directs the Architect of the 
Capitol to not restrict where staff-led tours may go in the 
United States Capitol except as deemed necessary by the Capitol 
Police Board to maintain public safety and the orderly conduct 
of the business of Congress. The Committee has serious concerns 
about reports of Capitol Visitor Center staff directing staff-
led tours not to proceed to particular areas of the Capitol. 
That is a responsibility of the Capitol Police, not the Capitol 
Visitor Center staff. Within appropriate limits established by 
the Capitol Police Board or approved by the committees of 
jurisdiction, staff-led tours should be allowed free access to 
the Capitol and should not be tied to the tour route used by 
the Capitol Visitor Center guides.

                       Administrative Provisions

    Section 1201 establishes the Historic Buildings 
Revitalization Trust Fund. Section 1202 is in regards to 
appointment authority for the Architect of the Capitol. Section 
1203 provides for support and maintenance to Architect of the 
Capitol employees during emergencies. Section 1204 provides the 
Architect of the Capitol permanent authority to use flexible 
and compressed work schedules. Section 1205 gives the Architect 
of the Capitol authority to accept voluntary services from 
students.

                          LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

    The Committee recommends a total of $647,397,000 for the 
operations of the Library of Congress. This is $40,301,000 
above the fiscal year 2009 enacted level and $11,012,000 below 
the budget request. In addition to the appropriation, the 
Library estimates offsetting collections of $40,962,000. Total 
funds available to support Library operations, including the 
Architect of the Capitol account, are expected to be over 
$725,000,000 under the Committee recommendation.
    Established by Congress in 1800, the Library of Congress is 
among the largest libraries in the world, with a collection of 
more than 130 million print, audio, and video items in 460 
languages. Among its major programs are acquisitions, 
preservation, administration of U.S. copyright laws by the 
Copyright Office, research and analysis of policy issues by the 
Congressional Research Service, and administration of a 
national program to provide reading material to the blind and 
physically handicapped. The Library also maintains a number of 
collections and provides a range of services to libraries in 
the United States and abroad.

                         Salaries and Expenses

2009 appropriation......................................    $412,680,000
2010 budget estimate....................................     452,227,000
Committee recommendation................................     443,861,000
(Plus: Authority to spend receipts).....................     (6,350,000)
    Total available.....................................    $450,211,000

    The Committee recommends $443,861,000, plus authority to 
spend $6,350,000 in receipts, for salaries and expenses. This 
amount is $31,181,000 above the fiscal year 2009 enacted level 
and is $8,366,000 below the budget request. The funding 
provided will support 2,492 FTE's. Within this recommendation 
the Committee has provided $3,554,000 for initial operations 
costs of the new storage modules at Ft. Meade; $7,511,000 for 
the National Digital Information and Infrastructure 
Preservation Program (NDIIPP), $750,000 for the last year of 
the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, $1,956,000 for 
State Department overseas security charges, $2,700,000 for the 
Global Law Information Network (GLIN), and $2,213,000 for the 
Veterans Oral History program. This amount also provides 
$22,000,000 for the Library to fund high priority initiatives, 
including $15,000,000, as requested, for technology 
infrastructure improvements.
    Civil Rights Oral History Act.--The Committee is aware that 
the Civil Rights Oral History Act has just been signed by the 
President. This Act calls for the Library of Congress to work 
in partnership with the Smithsonian's National Museum of 
African American History and Culture to develop an oral history 
of the Civil Rights movement in the United States. The 
Committee directs the Library to work with the Smithsonian 
Institution to develop a plan for implementing this newly 
authorized program for consideration by the Congress in the FY 
2011 budget cycle.
    Veterans oral history program.--The Committee has fully 
funded the request for the Veterans Oral History program at the 
Library of Congress and directs that the Library include a 
Hispanic veteran component for this important program.
    Law Library gifts and fund raising.--The Committee is fully 
supportive of the efforts of the Law Library to expand support 
from private sources. While recognizing that the Law Library is 
a public resource, the Librarian is directed to work with the 
Law Library and potential benefactors to create the most 
mutually beneficial system for generating funding from private 
sources to support this critical function.
    American Folklife Center Traditional Music Preservation 
Program.--The Committee is encouraged by the Library of 
Congress's efforts to digitize, preserve and make available to 
the public its collections of American folk, traditional and 
ethnic music. The Committee expects the Library to continue 
this effort in 2010 at not less than the level provided in 
fiscal year 2009.
    Franklin Collection.--The Committee continues to support 
the goal of bringing the Library's extensive 3,000 text 
collection of American books that were translated into Arabic, 
Persian, Pashtu, and Indonesian online in a digital format. To 
further the availability and use of this invaluable collection 
the Committee directs the Library of Congress to continue its 
ongoing program to obtain copyright permission and bring this 
collection online in a digital format.
    Teaching with Primary Sources.--The Committee remains 
supportive of the Teaching with Primary Sources program which 
has been very successful in creating curriculum materials and 
lesson plans using the resources in the library's many 
collections and expects this program to continue in fiscal year 
2010.

                            Copyright Office

2009 appropriation......................................     $18,277,000
2010 budget request.....................................      20,864,000
Committee recommendation................................      20,864,000
(Plus: Authority to spend receipts).....................    (34,612,000)
    Total available.....................................     $55,476,000

    The Committee recommends $20,864,000, plus authority to 
spend $34,612,000 in receipts, for the Copyright Office. This 
amount is $2,587,000 above the fiscal year 2009 enacted level 
and is the same as the budget request.
    The Committee remains concerned about the continuing 
backlog of copyright applications pending approval by the 
Copyright Office but appreciates that the Office has put in 
place a variety of initiatives to address this problem as an 
urgent priority. The Committee requests that the Office submit 
a report to the Committee not later than December 31, 2009 
indicating progress in this area.

                     Congressional Research Service

2009 appropriation......................................    $107,323,000
2010 budget estimate....................................     115,136,000
Committee recommendation................................     112,490,000

    The Committee recommends $112,490,000 for salaries and 
expenses of the Congressional Research Service. This amount is 
$5,167,000 above the fiscal year 2009 enacted level and is 
$2,646,000 below the budget request. CRS works for Members and 
committees of Congress to support their legislative, oversight, 
and representational functions by providing nonpartisan and 
confidential research and policy analysis.
    CRS Services Evaluation.--The Congressional Research 
Service (CRS) is an invaluable and highly productive asset for 
the U.S. Congress and for the public. Its staff provides high 
quality research to Members and Committees and functions in 
many cases essentially as extensions of the Congressional 
legislative staff of the House and the Senate. Notwithstanding 
this record of accomplishment, the Committee is concerned that 
the CRS, partially because of the increased use of electronic 
communications and the adoption of new staff structures, may 
have become less connected to the Committees and Member Offices 
it serves. The Committee requests that the Director take steps 
to evaluate the validity of these concerns including the 
conduct of a formal evaluation of how well its current staffing 
models and procedures meet user needs. The Committee also 
directs that the Congressional Research Service consider 
creation of a new mechanism such as a Member Advisory Committee 
which would allow routine discussions between CRS leadership 
and users.
    Telework and Flexwork schedules for CRS employees.--The 
Committee believes that modern workplaces should have in place 
staff management policies and systems which help the 
organization and its employees manage the complex balance 
between work and family. Telework systems can be a valuable 
tool in this effort and the Committee understands that the 
Library of Congress has in place a formal telework system. This 
LOC system is very flexible and recognizes that management and 
work needs must be met while also helping employees. The 
Committee understands, however, that CRS has resisted adoption 
of such a system despite its high level of flexibility. The 
Committee believes this view is antiquated and directs that CRS 
adopt and implement as soon as practicable a telework system 
modeled on the Library's existing system. The Committee expects 
this new telework policy to be in effect not later than January 
1, 2010.

             Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

2009 appropriation......................................     $68,816,000
2010 budget estimate....................................      70,182,000
Committee recommendation................................      70,182,000

    The Committee recommends $70,182,000 for salaries and 
expenses of the National Library Service for the Blind and 
Physically Handicapped. This amount is $1,366,000 above the 
fiscal year 2009 enacted level and is the same as the budget 
request. The National Library Service for the Blind and 
Physically Handicapped administers the free program that loans 
recorded and braille books and magazines, music scores in 
braille and large print, and specially designed playback 
equipment to residents of the United States who are unable to 
read or use standard print materials because of visual or 
physical impairment.

                       Administrative Provisions

    The Committee has updated for fiscal year 2010 three 
recurring administrative provisions related to Library of 
Congress incentive award programs, reimbursable and revolving 
funds and transfer authorities (sec. 1301, 1302 and 1303). In 
addition the bill includes two new administrative provisions 
for the Library. Section 1304 provides a technical 
clarification regarding the classification of senior positions 
above the GS 15 level throughout the Library. Section 1305 
provides carryover leave authority for all Library positions at 
the senior level, eliminating a technical inconsistency. 
Section 1306 renames the American Folklife Center as the Archie 
Green American Folklife Center.

                       GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE


                   Congressional Printing and Binding

2009 appropriation......................................     $96,828,000
2010 budget estimate....................................      93,296,000
Committee recommendation................................      93,296,000

    The Committee recommends $93,296,000 for printing and 
binding of congressional documents at the Government Printing 
Office for use by Congress. This amount is $3,532,000 below the 
fiscal year 2009 enacted level and is the same as the budget 
request. The amount is provided as a lump-sum to cover various 
categories of printing. It fully supports the cost of Congress' 
estimated printing and binding needs during the second session 
of the 111th Congress.

                 Office of Superintendent of Documents

2009 appropriation......................................     $38,744,000
2010 budget estimate....................................      40,911,000
Committee recommendation................................      40,911,000

    The Committee recommends $40,911,000 for the salaries and 
expenses of the Superintendent of Documents. This amount is 
$2,167,000 above the fiscal year 2009 enacted level and is the 
same as the budget request. The increase covers the cost of 
annual pay adjustments as well as supports enhancements to the 
Federal Depository Library Program.
    The Office of Superintendent of Documents account funds the 
mailing of government documents for Members of Congress and 
federal agencies, as statutorily authorized; the compilation of 
catalogs and indexes of government publications; and the 
cataloging, indexing, and distribution of government 
publications to the Federal Depository and International 
Exchange libraries, and to other individuals and entities, as 
authorized by law.

               Government Printing Office Revolving Fund

2009 appropriation......................................      $4,995,000
2010 budget estimate....................................      32,100,000
Committee recommendation................................      12,000,000

    The Committee recommends $12,000,000 for the Government 
Printing Office Revolving Fund. This amount is $7,005,000 above 
the fiscal year 2009 enacted level and is $20,100,000 below the 
budget request. It includes $7,000,000 for the continued 
development of the Federal Digital System, $1,500,000 to 
replace GPO's outdated composition system, $2,500,000 to expand 
its Oracle-based Business Information System, and $1,000,000 to 
continue the replacement of outdated elevators.
    The bill includes the usual language authorizing the 
operation of the revolving fund, authority to hire or purchase 
automobiles, and advisory councils, and consultants.
    Equal Employment Opportunity Complaints.--The Committee 
notes the significant number of Equal Employment Opportunity 
complaints that continue to be filed at the Government Printing 
Office. It expects the Office to take aggressive steps to 
ensure that discriminatory behaviors are not tolerated in the 
workplace so that the number of complaints begins to decline. 
To that end, the Committee directs the Public Printer to submit 
quarterly reports on the progress being made in reducing the 
number of Equal Employment Opportunity complaints at the 
Government Printing Office. These reports should include a 
comparison of the number of complaints outstanding at the time 
of the report compared to the previous quarter and the same 
time period the prior year, and explain the reasons for 
progress made or the lack thereof. These reports should also 
include a description of the steps the Public Printer is taking 
or plans to take to reduce the number of complaints.

                    GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE


                         Salaries and Expenses

2009 appropriation......................................    $531,000,000
2010 budget estimate....................................     567,497,000
Committee recommendation................................     558,849,000
Offsetting collections..................................    (15,222,000)
    Total available.....................................    $574,071,000

    The Committee recommends $558,849,000 in direct 
appropriations for the Government Accountability Office, plus 
$15,222,000 in offsetting collections derived from 
reimbursements for conducting financial audits of government 
corporations and rental of space in the GAO building. This 
amount is an increase of $27,849,000 above the fiscal year 2009 
enacted level, and is $8,648,000 less than the budget request. 
This amount provides for 3,250 FTEs including the additional 
FTEs requested in the budget. GAO works for Congress by 
responding to requests for studies of federal government 
programs and expenditures. GAO may also initiate its own work.
    The Committee is very appreciative of the support provided 
by the GAO to Congress generally and to the Appropriations 
Committees in particular. Its work in oversight of government 
operations throughout the executive agencies has contributed to 
significant savings and led to programmatic reforms which save 
taxpayers billions of dollars annually and improve government 
services for the public. The work of the GAO in overseeing 
expenditures under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 
(ARRA) and the Troubles Assets Relief Program (TARP) is 
especially critical.
    Technology Assessment Studies.--The Committee continues to 
provide funding at the fiscal year 2009 level for GAO to 
conduct technology assessment studies.

                Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund

2009 appropriation......................................     $13,900,000
2010 budget estimate....................................      14,456,000
Committee recommendation................................       9,000,000

    The Committee recommends $9,000,000 for payment to the Open 
World Leadership Center Trust Fund. This amount is $4,900,000 
below the fiscal year 2009 enacted level and is $5,456,000 
below the budget request. This program supports cultural 
exchanges for citizens of Russia and former Soviet republics to 
visit the United States.
    The Legislative Branch Subcommittee has been clear that it 
expects the Open World program to become financially 
independent of funding in this bill as soon as possible. Apart 
from any measure of the effectiveness of the program, the 
Committee does not believe this is essentially a legislative 
branch function. Open World submitted an initial report to the 
Committee on its fundraising efforts on May 30, 2009. The Open 
World Board and Chairman are encouraged to further accelerate 
its fundraising effort. The $4,900,000 reduction included in 
this bill is only the first step towards weaning the program 
from funding in the Legislative Branch appropriations bill.

   John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development

2009 appropriation......................................        $430,000
2010 budget estimate....................................         430,000
Committee recommendation................................         430,000

    The Committee has provided $430,000 for the John C. Stennis 
Center for Public Service Training and Development. This amount 
is the same as the fiscal year 2009 enacted level and is the 
same as the budget request. The center was created by Congress 
in 1988 to encourage public service by congressional staff 
through training and development programs.

                      TITLE II--GENERAL PROVISIONS

    The customary language regarding emergency assistance for 
vehicles, fiscal year limitation, positions and allowances, 
consulting services, awards and settlements, the Legislative 
Branch Financial Managers Council, the maintenance and 
landscaping on Washington Avenue SW., a limitation on transfers 
of funds, and modified language regarding maintaining staff-led 
tours is included in this bill (Sec. 201-209). The bill does 
not continue language included in the fiscal year 2009 bill 
related to the firearms policy for the Architect of the Capitol 
and the Library's Offices of Inspector General. The Committee 
believes that this issue should be addressed through the 
authorization process.

                        CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY

    Clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII requires each committee on 
public bill or joint resolution to contain a statement citing 
the specific powers granted to Congress in the Constitution to 
enact the law proposed by the bill or joint resolution.
    The Committee on Appropriations bases its authority to 
report this legislation on clause 7 of section 9 of article 1 
of the Constitution of the United States which states: ``No 
money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of 
Appropriations made by Law . . .''
    Appropriations contained in this Act are made pursuant to 
this specific power granted by the Constitution.

                 COMPARISON WITH THE BUDGET RESOLUTION

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives and section 308(a)(1)(A) of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the following table compares 
the levels of new budget authority and outlays provided in the 
bill, excluding Senate related items, with the appropriate 
allocation under section 302(b) of the Budget Act.

                                        COMPARISON WITH BUDGET RESOLUTION
                                            [In millions of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                            Sec. 302(b)                     This bill--
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
                                                      Budget                          Budget
                                                     authority        Outlays        authority        Outlays
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Discretionary...................................          $4,700          $4,805          $3,675       \1\$3,810
Mandatory.......................................             130             130             130             130
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
      Total.....................................          $4,830          $4,935          $3,805         $3,940
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\1\Includes outlays from House and Senate prior-year budget authority.

Note.--Bill amounts excludes discretionary Senate-related items.

                    FIVE-YEAR PROJECTION OF OUTLAYS

    Pursuant to section 308(a)(1)(B) of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974, the following table contains five-year 
projections prepared by the Congressional Budget Office of 
outlays associated with the budget authority provided in the 
accompanying bill:

                        [In millions of dollars]

Budget Authority........................................          $3,675
Outlays:
    2010................................................           3,127
    2011................................................             340
    2012................................................              95
    2013................................................              34
    2014................................................              57

               ASSISTANCE TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

    Pursuant to section 308(a)(1)(C) of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974, the amount of financial assistance to State 
and local governments is as follows:
    The accompanying bill contains no funding for State and 
local assistance programs.

                           TRANSFER OF FUNDS

    Pursuant to clause 3(f)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the following table lists the 
transfers of funds included in the accompanying bill.
    Indefinite transfer authority is authorized in Library of 
Congress, Congressional printing and binding, the 
Superintendent of Documents, and the Capitol Police programs.

                              RESCISSIONS

    Pursuant to clause 3(f)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the following table lists the 
rescissions in the accompanying bill:
    The accompanying bill contains no rescissions.

         STATEMENT OF GENERAL PERFORMANCE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII the following is a 
statement of general performance goals and objectives for which 
this measure authorizes funding:
    The Committee on Appropriations considers program 
performance, including a program's success in developing and 
attaining outcome-related goals and objectives, in developing 
funding recommendations.

                  APPROPRIATIONS NOT AUTHORIZED BY LAW

    Pursuant to clause 3(f)(1)(B) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the following table lists the 
appropriations in the accompanying bill which are not 
authorized by law for the period concerned:
    The accompanying bill contains no appropriations not 
authorized by law.

               TERMINATIONS, REDUCTIONS AND OTHER SAVINGS

    In order to invest in the critical priorities identified in 
this bill, the Committee has proposed herein a number of 
program reductions and other savings from the fiscal year 2009 
level. In addition, over $280 million in other program 
reductions and savings from the budget request are recommended. 
These adjustments, no matter their size, are important to 
setting the right priorities within the spending allocation and 
for creating a government that is as efficient as it is 
effective.

                                EARMARKS

    Pursuant to clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, this bill, as reported, contains no 
congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff 
benefits as defined in clause 9(e), 9(f), or 9(g) of rule XXI.
    The Committee has taken unprecedented action to increase 
transparency and reduce funding for Member earmarks. In this 
bill since 2006, the total funding earmarked has been reduced 
by 100 percent, as no funding is provided for earmarks in 2010.

               CHANGES IN THE APPLICATION OF EXISTING LAW

    Pursuant to clause 3(f)(1)(A) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the following statements are 
submitted describing the effect of provisions in the 
accompanying bill that directly or indirectly change the 
application of existing law:
    1. The bill provides that certain appropriation items 
remain available for more than one year where programs or 
projects are continuing in nature under the provisions of 
authorizing legislation but for which that legislation does not 
specifically authorize such extended availability. Most of 
these items have been carried in previous appropriation bills. 
This authority tends to result in savings by removing the 
incentive to commit funds at the end of the fiscal year.
    2. The bill includes a number of provisions which place 
limitations on or change or extend existing limitations, 
appropriations, or authorizations, and which under some 
circumstances might be construed as changing the application of 
existing law.
    3. There is language that allows reimbursement for service 
to be used by the servicing entity.
    4. The bill continues the practice of providing official 
reception and representation allowances for officers and 
offices of the legislative branch.
    5. The bill authorizes expenses for employee awards, such 
as certificates or plaques and related ceremonial 
presentations, by certain agencies.
    6. The bill authorizes salaries and expenses of the House 
Child Care Center.
    7. The bill requires unspent funds remaining in Members' 
Representational Allowances to be used for deficit or debt 
reduction.
    8. There is language that adjusts allowances for certain 
leadership offices.
    9. There is language that authorizes allowances for 
employees of the Office of the Attending Physician.
    10. There is language under ``Capitol Police, General 
Expenses'' authorizing payments for travel by Capitol Police 
personnel for training or other purposes, expenses associated 
with the relocation of liaison or instructor personnel from the 
Capitol Police force to and from the Federal Law Enforcement 
Training Center, and for the costs of basic training of police 
personnel.
    11. There is language under ``Capitol Police, General 
Expenses'' that directs the cost of Capitol Police basic 
training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center be paid 
by the Department of Homeland Security.
    12. The bill authorizes the transfer of funds within 
``Capitol Police, Salaries'' and ``Capitol Police, General 
Expenses'', subject to approval.
    13. There is language under the Office of Compliance that 
provides for the disposal of surplus or obsolete property.
    14. The bill permanently extends and expands the 
Congressional Budget Office's Executive Exchange Program.
    15. There is language under the Architect of the Capitol 
that authorizes a passenger motor vehicle.
    16. There is language under ``Capitol Power Plant'', 
Architect of the Capitol, allowing reimbursements for chilled 
water and steam provided to the Government Printing Office, the 
Washington City Post Office, the Supreme Court, the Thurgood 
Marshall Federal Judiciary Buildings, Union Station Complex and 
the Folger Shakespeare Library to be credited to this 
appropriation and made available for obligation.
    17. There is language under the Architect of the Capitol, 
Botanic Garden that authorizes expenditures for the National 
Garden.
    18. There is language under the Architect of the Capitol 
providing for support and maintenance to employees during 
emergencies and insurance coverage for works of art.
    19. There is language under the Architect of the Capitol 
that authorizes the use of flexible and compressed work 
schedules.
    20. There is language under the Architect of the Capitol 
that authorizes the acceptance of voluntary student services.
    21. There is authority to expend funds collected under the 
authority of 2 U.S.C. 150 and for international legal 
information, the balance to remain available until expended.
    22. There is language authorizing the expenditure of funds 
for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
    23. There is language authorizing expenditure of receipts, 
with the exception of salaries and benefits, for the Copyright 
Royalty Judges.
    24. There is language under ``Congressional Research 
Service'' which prohibits the publication of material unless 
approved by the appropriate committees.
    25. There is language under ``Books for the Blind and 
Physically Handicapped'' that authorizes funds to provide 
newspapers to the blind and physically handicapped.
    26. There is language authorizing the temporary transfer of 
funds under the heading ``Library of Congress, Salaries and 
Expenses''.
    27. There is language authorizing the transfer of funds 
between the account under the heading ``Library of Congress'', 
subject to approval.
    28. There is language under the heading ``Library of 
Congress'' that authorizes the Librarian of Congress to 
classify positions above GS-15 pursuant to established 
standards.
    29. There is language under the heading ``Library of 
Congress'' that authorizes leave carryover for certain Library 
of Congress executive positions.
    30. There is language under ``Congressional printing and 
binding'' restricting the use of funds appropriated to the 
Government Printing Office for the permanent edition of the 
Congressional Record for individual Representatives and 
Senators, Resident Commissioners, or Delegates, and language 
providing that appropriations recommended shall be available 
for the payment of obligations incurred under appropriations 
for similar purposes for preceding fiscal years, primarily due 
to the unpredictability of the volume of work generated by the 
Congress, limiting the printing of certain documents to a time 
certain, authorizing the transfer of unobligated balances and 
prohibiting the expenditure of funds for contract guard 
services at certain facilities.
    31. Authorization of appropriations for Congressional 
printing and binding is included.
    32. There is language under ``Salaries and Expenses'', 
Office of Superintendent of Documents, which authorizes the use 
of current appropriations to pay for printing certain 
publications in prior years for the depository library program. 
There is language authorizing the transfer of unexpended 
balances.
    33. There is language authorizing the operation of the 
Government Printing Office revolving fund, and which authorizes 
travel expenses for advisory councils.
    34. There is language relating to the Government 
Accountability Office authorizing the direct procurement of 
expert and consultant services under 5 U.S.C. 3109, at certain 
rates; authorizing the hire of one passenger motor vehicle, as 
required by 31 U.S.C. 1343; authorizing the General Accounting 
Office to make advance payments in foreign countries in 
accordance with 31 U.S.C. 3324; and to provide certain 
benefits, including rental of living quarters in foreign 
countries; appropriations are authorized for administrative 
expenses of any other member department or agency to finance an 
appropriate share of the costs of the National 
Intergovernmental Audit Forum or a Regional Intergovernmental 
Audit Forum.
    35. In Section 201, there is language prohibiting the use 
of funds in the Act for the maintenance or care of private 
vehicles except for emergency assistance and cleaning as may be 
provided under regulations relating to parking facilities for 
the House issued by the Committee on House Administration and 
for the Senate by the Committee on Rules and Administration.
    36. Section 203 provides that whenever any office or 
position not specifically established by the Legislative Pay 
Act of 1929 is appropriated for herein or whenever the rate of 
compensation or designation of any position appropriated for 
herein is different from that specifically established for such 
position by such Act, the rate of compensation and the 
designation of the position, or either, appropriated for or 
provided herein, shall be the permanent law with respect 
thereto: Provided that the provisions herein for the various 
items of official expenses of Members, officers, and committees 
of the Senate and House, and clerk hire for Senators and 
Members shall be the permanent law with respect thereto.
    37. Section 204 requires that certain information regarding 
consulting services shall be a matter of public record.
    38. Section 205 authorizes the payment of awards and 
settlements.
    39. Section 206 authorizes legislative branch entities to 
share the costs of the Legislative Branch Financial Managers 
Council.
    40. Section 207 authorizes the Architect of the Capitol to 
maintain certain property.
    41. Section 208 limits the transfer of funds in this Act.
    42. Section 209 prohibits funds in this Act being used to 
eliminate or restrict staff led guided tours.
    43. There is language renaming the American Folklife Center 
as the Archie Green American Folklife Center.

                    RECORDED VOTES IN FULL COMMITTEE

    Pursuant to the reporting requirements of clause 3(b) of 
Rule XIII of the House of Representatives, the Committee 
reports that there were no recorded votes when this bill was 
considered by the Committee on Appropriations on June 12, 2009.

        COMPLIANCE WITH CLAUSE 3(e) OF RULE XIII (RAMSEYER RULE)

    In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by 
the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (existing law 
proposed to be omitted is enclosed in black brackets, new 
matter is printed in italic, existing law in which no change is 
proposed is shown in roman):

    SECTION 1201 OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2008

  Sec. 1201. Executive Exchange Program for the Congressional 
Budget Office. (a) * * *
  (b) Limitations and Conditions.--The Director of the 
Congressional Budget Office shall--
          (1) limit the number of officers and employees who 
        are assigned to private sector organizations at any one 
        time to not more than [3] 5;
          (2) limit the number of employees from private sector 
        organizations who are assigned to the Office at any one 
        time to not more than [3] 5;

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  [(d) Termination of Assignments.--No assignment under this 
section shall commence after the end of the 2-year period 
beginning on the date of enactment of this section.]
  [(e)] (d) Effective Date.--[Subject to subsection (d), this 
section] This section shall apply to fiscal year 2008 and each 
fiscal year thereafter.
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TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE

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PART III--EMPLOYEES

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SUBPART B--EMPLOYMENT AND RETENTION

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CHAPTER 31--AUTHORITY FOR EMPLOYMENT

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SUBCHAPTER I--EMPLOYMENT AUTHORITIES

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Sec. 3111. Acceptance of volunteer service

  (a) * * *

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  (e) In this section, the term ``agency'' includes the 
Architect of the Capitol, except that in the case of the 
Architect of the Capitol, the authority granted to the Office 
of Personnel Management under this section shall be exercised 
by the Architect of the Capitol.

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                     SUBPART D--PAY AND ALLOWANCES

CHAPTER 51--CLASSIFICATION

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Sec. 5108. Classification of positions above GS-15

  (a) * * *

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  (c) The Librarian of Congress may classify positions in the 
Library of Congress above GS-15 pursuant to standards 
established by the Office in subsection (a)(2).

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                    SUBPART E--ATTENDANCE AND LEAVE

CHAPTER 61--HOURS OF WORK

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SUBCHAPTER II--FLEXIBLE AND COMPRESSED WORK SCHEDULES

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Sec. 6121. Definitions

  For purposes of this subchapter--
          (1) ``agency'' means any Executive agency, any 
        military department, the Architect of the Capitol, the 
        Government Printing Office, and the Library of 
        Congress;

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Sec. 6133. Regulations; technical assistance; program review

  (a) * * *

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  (c)(1)  * * *

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  (3) With respect to employees of the Architect of the Capitol 
(including employees of the Botanic Garden), the authority 
granted to the Office of Personnel Management under this 
subchapter shall be exercised by the Architect of the Capitol.

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CHAPTER 63--LEAVE

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                  SUBCHAPTER I--ANNUAL AND SICK LEAVE

Sec. 6304. Annual leave; accumulation

  (a) * * *

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  (f)(1) This subsection applies with respect to annual leave 
accrued by an individual while serving in--
          (A) * * *

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          (F) a position to which section 5376 applies; [or]
          (G) a position designated under section 1607(a) of 
        title 10 as an Intelligence Senior Level position[.]; 
        or
          (H) a position in the Library of Congress the 
        compensation for which is set at a rate equal to the 
        annual rate of basic pay payable for positions at level 
        III of the Executive Schedule under section 5314.

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          SECTION 4 OF THE AMERICAN FOLKLIFE PRESERVATION ACT

                        ESTABLISHMENT OF CENTER

    Sec. 4. (a) There is hereby established in the Library of 
Congress [an American Folklife Center] the Archie Green 
American Folklife Center. 

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                 ADDITIONAL VIEWS OF ROBERT B. ADERHOLT

    I commend the Chair, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, for her 
professional and courteous manner throughout the process of 
producing the Fiscal Year 2010 Legislative Branch 
Appropriations Bill. We have worked closely and very much in 
the spirit of bipartisanship to meet the funding needs of the 
Legislative Branch agencies. In addition, the Chair operated 
under an open process and was responsive to the concerns and 
input of the Republican Members of the Committee.
    The Committee addressed many competing priorities and 
individual agency challenges. A well rounded bill has been put 
forward to adequately address the needs of the Legislative 
Branch. The Committee has reduced the fiscal year 2010 
requested increase of 15% down to 6.8%, a reduction of $282 
million. However, it is important to distinguish that nearly 
one quarter of this increase, or $60 million, is for the 
establishment of the Historic Buildings Revitalization Trust 
Fund. This taken into account, the agencies will be operating 
on an average of a 5.2% increase over last year. This funding 
allows the Committee to continue to focus on critical life/
safety issues surrounding the Capitol Complex, and to maintain 
adequate funding of current staff and operations.
    Among the highlights of the bill is $1.375 million for 
expenses of the House of Representatives. This provides an 
appropriate level of funding for the Members Representational 
Allowance, the ability to address the much needed new voting 
system, additional benefits for House employees, and a new 
House ID badge system. For the United States Capitol Police, 
$325 million is included. This amount supports the current 
sworn strength at 1799 positions and fully funds the 
implementation costs of the merger with the Library of Congress 
Police. The Architect of the Capitol, excluding Senate items, 
is funded at $541 million and supports the top 20 construction 
projects. All life safety projects, significant investments in 
energy savings efforts, and almost $70 million worth of 
deferred maintenance projects have been funded. And, we have 
started a very needed new initiative, the Historic Buildings 
Revitalization Trust Fund, to begin to address the Capitol 
Complex's deteriorating infrastructure. For the Library of 
Congress, $647 million is included and includes $15 million for 
the beginning of needed new technology investments. The 
Government Printing Office's effort to continue the development 
of the Federal Digital System is included at $7 million. And, 
in order to meet Congressional demands, additional workforce is 
provided for the Congressional Budget Office and the Government 
Accountability Office.
    In conclusion, a well rounded bill has been put forward to 
adequately address the needs of the Legislative Branch. Again, 
I would like to express my appreciation to the Chair and her 
cooperative approach, and look forward to working together as 
the process continues.