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                                                       Calendar No. 154

106th CONGRESS

  1st Session

                               H. R. 1905

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 AN ACT

 Making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year 
           ending September 30, 2000, and for other purposes.

_______________________________________________________________________

                             June 14, 1999

            Received; read twice and placed on the calendar
                                                       Calendar No. 154
106th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 1905


_______________________________________________________________________


                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                             June 14, 1999

            Received; read twice and placed on the calendar

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 AN ACT


 
 Making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year 
           ending September 30, 2000, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums 
are appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise 
appropriated, for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2000, and for other purposes, namely:

                   TITLE I--CONGRESSIONAL OPERATIONS

                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                         Salaries and Expenses

    For salaries and expenses of the House of Representatives, 
$769,019,000, as follows:

                        house leadership offices

    For salaries and expenses, as authorized by law, $14,202,000, 
including: Office of the Speaker, $1,740,000, including $25,000 for 
official expenses of the Speaker; Office of the Majority Floor Leader, 
$1,705,000, including $10,000 for official expenses of the Majority 
Leader; Office of the Minority Floor Leader, $2,071,000, including 
$10,000 for official expenses of the Minority Leader; Office of the 
Majority Whip, including the Chief Deputy Majority Whip, $1,423,000, 
including $5,000 for official expenses of the Majority Whip; Office of 
the Minority Whip, including the Chief Deputy Minority Whip, 
$1,057,000, including $5,000 for official expenses of the Minority 
Whip; Speaker's Office for Legislative Floor Activities, $406,000; 
Republican Steering Committee, $757,000; Republican Conference, 
$1,244,000; Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, $1,337,000; 
Democratic Caucus, $664,000; nine minority employees, $1,218,000; 
training and program development--majority, $290,000; and training and 
program development--minority, $290,000.

                  Members' Representational Allowances

   Including Members' Clerk Hire, Official Expenses of Members, and 
                             Official Mail

    For Members' representational allowances, including Members' clerk 
hire, official expenses, and official mail, $413,576,000.

                          Committee Employees

                Standing Committees, Special and Select

    For salaries and expenses of standing committees, special and 
select, authorized by House resolutions, $93,878,000: Provided, That 
such amount shall remain available for such salaries and expenses until 
December 31, 2000.

                      Committee on Appropriations

    For salaries and expenses of the Committee on Appropriations, 
$21,308,000, including studies and examinations of executive agencies 
and temporary personal services for such committee, to be expended in 
accordance with section 202(b) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 
1946 and to be available for reimbursement to agencies for services 
performed: Provided, That such amount shall remain available for such 
salaries and expenses until December 31, 2000.

                    salaries, officers and employees

    For compensation and expenses of officers and employees, as 
authorized by law, $90,633,000, including: for salaries and expenses of 
the Office of the Clerk, including not more than $3,500, of which not 
more than $2,500 is for the Family Room, for official representation 
and reception expenses, $14,881,000; for salaries and expenses of the 
Office of the Sergeant at Arms, including the position of 
Superintendent of Garages, and including not more than $750 for 
official representation and reception expenses, $3,746,000; for 
salaries and expenses of the Office of the Chief Administrative 
Officer, $57,289,000, of which $2,500,000 shall remain available until 
expended, including $25,169,000 for salaries, expenses and temporary 
personal services of House Information Resources, of which $24,641,000 
is provided herein: Provided, That of the amount provided for House 
Information Resources, $6,260,000 shall be for net expenses of 
telecommunications: Provided further, That House Information Resources 
is authorized to receive reimbursement from Members of the House of 
Representatives and other governmental entities for services provided 
and such reimbursement shall be deposited in the Treasury for credit to 
this account; for salaries and expenses of the Office of the Inspector 
General, $3,926,000; for salaries and expenses of the Office of General 
Counsel, $840,000; for the Office of the Chaplain, $136,000; for 
salaries and expenses of the Office of the Parliamentarian, including 
the Parliamentarian and $2,000 for preparing the Digest of Rules, 
$1,172,000; for salaries and expenses of the Office of the Law Revision 
Counsel of the House, $2,045,000; for salaries and expenses of the 
Office of the Legislative Counsel of the House, $5,085,000; for 
salaries and expenses of the Corrections Calendar Office, $825,000; and 
for other authorized employees, $688,000.

                        allowances and expenses

    For allowances and expenses as authorized by House resolution or 
law, $135,422,000, including: supplies, materials, administrative costs 
and Federal tort claims, $2,741,000; official mail for committees, 
leadership offices, and administrative offices of the House, $410,000; 
Government contributions for health, retirement, Social Security, and 
other applicable employee benefits, $131,595,000; and miscellaneous 
items including purchase, exchange, maintenance, repair and operation 
of House motor vehicles, interparliamentary receptions, and gratuities 
to heirs of deceased employees of the House, $676,000.

                           child care center

    For salaries and expenses of the House of Representatives Child 
Care Center, such amounts as are deposited in the account established 
by section 312(d)(1) of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1992 
(40 U.S.C. 184g(d)(1)), subject to the level specified in the budget of 
the Center, as submitted to the Committee on Appropriations of the 
House of Representatives.

                       Administrative Provisions

    Sec. 101. (a) Compliance With Admission Requirements.--The General 
Counsel of the House of Representatives and any other counsel in the 
Office of the General Counsel of the House of Representatives, 
including any counsel specially retained by the Office of General 
Counsel, shall be entitled, for the purpose of performing the counsel's 
functions, to enter an appearance in any proceeding before any court of 
the United States or of any State or political subdivision thereof 
without compliance with any requirements for admission to practice 
before such court, except that the authorization conferred by this 
subsection shall not apply with respect to the admission of any such 
person to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
    (b) Notification by Attorney General.--The Attorney General shall 
notify the General Counsel of the House of Representatives with respect 
to any proceeding in which the United States is a party of any 
determination by the Attorney General or Solicitor General not to 
appeal any court decision affecting the constitutionality of an Act or 
joint resolution of Congress within such time as will enable the House 
to direct the General Counsel to intervene as a party in such 
proceeding pursuant to applicable rules of the House of 
Representatives.
    (c) General Counsel Definition.--In this section, the term 
``General Counsel of the House of Representatives'' means--
            (1) the head of the Office of General Counsel established 
        and operating under clause 8 of rule II of the Rules of the 
        House of Representatives;
            (2) the head of any successor office to the Office of 
        General Counsel which is established after the date of the 
        enactment of this Act; and
            (3) any other person authorized and directed in accordance 
        with the Rules of the House of Representatives to provide legal 
        assistance and representation to the House in connection with 
        the matters described in this section.
    Sec. 102. section 104(a) of the Legislative Branch Appropriations 
Act, 1999 (Public Law 105-275; 112 Stat. 2439) is amended by striking 
``(2 U.S.C. 59(e)(2))'' and inserting ``(2 U.S.C. 59e(e)(2))''.
    Sec. 103. (a) Clarification of Rules Regarding Use of Funds for 
Official Mail.--
            (1) In general.--Section 311(e)(1) of the Legislative 
        Branch Appropriations Act, 1991 (2 U.S.C. 59e(e)(1)) is 
        amended--
                    (A) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by 
                striking ``There is established'' and all that follows 
                through ``shall be prescribed--'' and inserting the 
                following: ``The use of funds of the House of 
                Representatives which are made available for official 
                mail of Members, officers, and employees of the House 
                of Representatives who are persons entitled to use the 
                congressional frank shall be governed by regulations 
                promulgated--''; and
                    (B) in subparagraph (A), by striking ``the 
                Allowance'' and inserting ``official mail (except as 
                provided in subparagraph (B))''.
            (2) Limitations on availability of funds.--Section 
        311(e)(2) of such Act (2 U.S.C. 59e(e)(2)), as amended by 
        section 104(a) of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 
        1999, is amended--
                    (A) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by 
                striking ``The Official Mail Allowance'' and inserting 
                ``Funds used for official mail'';
                    (B) by striking subparagraph (A); and
                    (C) by redesignating subparagraphs (B) and (C) as 
                subparagraphs (A) and (B).
            (3) Repeal of obsolete transfer authority.--Section 311(e) 
        of such Act (2 U.S.C. 59e(e)) is amended by striking paragraph 
        (3).
            (4) Conforming amendments.--(A) section 1(a) of House 
        Resolution 457, Ninety-second Congress, agreed to July 21, 
        1971, as enacted into permanent law by chapter IV of the 
        Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1972 (2 U.S.C. 57(a)), is 
        amended by striking ``the Official Mail Allowance'' each place 
        it appears and inserting ``official mail''.
            (B) section 311(a)(3) of the Legislative Branch 
        Appropriations Act, 1991 (2 U.S.C. 59e(a)(3)) is amended by 
        striking ``costs charged against the Official Mail Allowance 
        for'' and inserting ``costs incurred for official mail by''.
    (b) Repeal of Obsolete References to Clerk Hire Allowance.--
            (1) In general.--Section 104(a) of the House of 
        Representatives Administrative Reform Technical Corrections Act 
        (2 U.S.C. 92(a)) is amended by striking ``clerk hire'' each 
        place it appears.
            (2) Conforming amendment.--The heading of section 104 of 
        such Act (2 U.S.C. 92(a)) is amended by striking ``clerk 
        hire''.
    (c) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section shall 
apply with respect to the first session of the One Hundred Sixth 
Congress and each succeeding session of Congress.
    Sec. 104. (a) Requiring Amounts Remaining in Members' 
Representational Allowances to be Used For Deficit Reduction or to 
Reduce the Federal Debt.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, 
any amounts appropriated under this Act for ``HOUSE OF 
REPRESENTATIVES--Salaries and Expenses--Members' Representational 
Allowances'' shall be available only for fiscal year 2000. Any amount 
remaining after all payments are made under such allowances for fiscal 
year 2000 shall be deposited in the Treasury and used for deficit 
reduction (or, if there is no Federal budget deficit after all such 
payments have been made, for reducing the Federal debt, in such manner 
as the Secretary of the Treasury considers appropriate).
    (b) Publication.--After each session of Congress or other period 
for which the amounts described in subsection (a) are made available, 
there shall be published in the Congressional Record a statement 
showing, with respect to such session or period, the amount deposited 
with respect to each Member under subsection (a) and the total 
deposited with respect to all Members.
    (c) Regulations.--The Committee on House Administration of the 
House of Representatives shall have authority to prescribe regulations 
to carry out this section.
    (d) Definition.--As used in this section, the term ``Member of the 
House of Representatives'' means a Representative in, or a Delegate or 
Resident Commissioner to, the Congress.

                              JOINT ITEMS

    For Joint Committees, as follows:

                        Joint Economic Committee

    For salaries and expenses of the Joint Economic Committee, 
$3,200,000, to be disbursed by the Secretary of the Senate.

                      Joint Committee on Taxation

    For salaries and expenses of the Joint Committee on Taxation, 
$6,188,000, to be disbursed by the Chief Administrative Officer of the 
House.
    For other joint items, as follows:

                   Office of the Attending Physician

    For medical supplies, equipment, and contingent expenses of the 
emergency rooms, and for the Attending Physician and his assistants, 
including: (1) an allowance of $1,500 per month to the Attending 
Physician; (2) an allowance of $500 per month each to three medical 
officers while on duty in the Office of the Attending Physician; (3) an 
allowance of $500 per month to one assistant and $400 per month each 
not to exceed eleven assistants on the basis heretofore provided for 
such assistants; and (4) $1,002,600 for reimbursement to the Department 

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