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        H.R.2209

                       One Hundred Fifth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America


                          AT THE FIRST SESSION

          Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,
 the seventh day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-seven


                                 An Act


 
  Making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year 
           ending September 30, 1998, 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, 1998, and for other purposes, namely:

                   TITLE I--CONGRESSIONAL OPERATIONS

                                 SENATE

                           expense allowances

    For expense allowances of the Vice President, $10,000; the 
President pro tempore of the Senate, $10,000; Majority Leader of the 
Senate, $10,000; Minority Leader of the Senate, $10,000; Majority Whip 
of the Senate, $5,000; Minority Whip of the Senate, $5,000; and 
Chairmen of the Majority and Minority Conference Committees, $3,000 for 
each Chairman; in all, $56,000.

    representation allowances for the majority and minority leaders

    For representation allowances of the Majority and Minority Leaders 
of the Senate, $15,000 for each such Leader; in all, $30,000.

                    Salaries, Officers and Employees

    For compensation of officers, employees, and others as authorized 
by law, including agency contributions, $77,254,000, which shall be 
paid from this appropriation without regard to the below limitations, 
as follows:

                      office of the vice president

    For the Office of the Vice President, $1,612,000.

                  office of the president pro tempore

    For the Office of the President pro tempore, $371,000.

              offices of the majority and minority leaders

    For Offices of the Majority and Minority Leaders, $2,388,000.

               offices of the majority and minority whips

    For Offices of the Majority and Minority Whips, $1,221,000.

                         conference committees

    For the Conference of the Majority and the Conference of the 
Minority, at rates of compensation to be fixed by the Chairman of each 
such committee, $1,061,000 for each such committee; in all, $2,122,000.

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

    For Offices of the Secretaries of the Conference of the Majority 
and the Conference of the Minority, $409,000.

                           policy committees

    For salaries of the Majority Policy Committee and the Minority 
Policy Committee, $1,077,500 for each such committee; in all, 
$2,155,000.

                         office of the chaplain

    For Office of the Chaplain, $260,000.

                        office of the secretary

    For Office of the Secretary, $13,306,000.

             office of the sergeant at arms and doorkeeper

    For Office of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper, $33,037,000.

        offices of the secretaries for the majority and minority

    For Offices of the Secretary for the Majority and the Secretary for 
the Minority, $1,165,000.

               agency contributions and related expenses

    For agency contributions for employee benefits, as authorized by 
law, and related expenses, $19,208,000.

            office of the legislative counsel of the senate

    For salaries and expenses of the Office of the Legislative Counsel 
of the Senate, $3,605,000.

                     office of senate legal counsel

    For salaries and expenses of the Office of Senate Legal Counsel, 
$966,000.

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

    For expense allowances of the Secretary of the Senate, $3,000; 
Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate, $3,000; Secretary for 
the Majority of the Senate, $3,000; Secretary for the Minority of the 
Senate, $3,000; in all, $12,000.

                   Contingent Expenses of the Senate

                      inquiries and investigations

    For expenses of inquiries and investigations ordered by the Senate, 
or conducted pursuant to section 134(a) of Public Law 601, Seventy-
ninth Congress, as amended, section 112 of Public Law 96-304 and Senate 
Resolution 281, agreed to March 11, 1980, $75,600,000.


      expenses of the united states senate caucus on international 
                           narcotics control

    For expenses of the United States Senate Caucus on International 
Narcotics Control, $370,000.

                        secretary of the senate

    For expenses of the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, 
$1,511,000.

             sergeant at arms and doorkeeper of the senate

    For expenses of the Office of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper 
of the Senate, $64,833,000, of which $7,000,000 shall remain available 
until September 30, 1999.

                          miscellaneous items

    For miscellaneous items, $7,905,000.

        senators' official personnel and office expense account

    For Senators' Official Personnel and Office Expense Account, 
$228,600,000.

                      stationery (revolving fund)

    For stationery for the President of the Senate, $4,500, for 
officers of the Senate and the Conference of the Majority and 
Conference of the Minority of the Senate, $8,500; in all, $13,000.

                          official mail costs

    For expenses necessary for official mail costs of the Senate, 
$300,000, to remain available until September 30, 1999.

                       administrative provisions

    Section 1. (a) For fiscal year 1998, and each fiscal year 
thereafter, the Secretary of the Senate is authorized to make advance 
payments under a contract or other agreement to provide a service or 
deliver an article for the United States Government without regard to 
the provisions of section 3324 of title 31, United States Code.
    (b) An advance payment authorized by subsection (a) shall be made 
in accordance with regulations issued by the Committee on Rules and 
Administration of the Senate.
    (c) The authority granted by subsection (a) shall not take effect 
until regulations are issued pursuant to subsection (b).
    Sec. 2. (a) Upon the written request of the Majority or Minority 
Whip of the Senate, the Secretary of the Senate shall transfer during 
any fiscal year, from the appropriations account appropriated under the 
headings ``Salaries, Officers and Employees'' and ``offices of the 
majority and minority whips'', such amount as either whip shall specify 
to the appropriations account, within the contingent fund of the 
Senate, ``miscellaneous items''.
    (b) The Majority and Minority Whips of the Senate are each 
authorized to incur such expenses as may be necessary or appropriate. 
Expenses incurred by either such whip shall be paid from the amount 
transferred pursuant to subsection (a) by such whip and upon vouchers 
approved by such whip.
    (c) The Secretary of the Senate is authorized to advance such sums 
as may be necessary to defray expenses incurred in carrying out 
subsections (a) and (b).
    Sec. 3. (a) Effective in the case of any fiscal year which begins 
on or after October 1, 1997, clause (iii) of paragraph (3)(A) of 
section 506(b) of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1973 (2 U.S.C. 
58(b)) is amended to read as follows:
        ``(iii) subject to subparagraph (B), in case the Senator 
    represents Alabama, $182,567, Alaska, $251,901, Arizona, $197,079, 
    Arkansas, $168,282, California, $468,724, Colorado, $186,350, 
    Connecticut, $160,903, Delaware, $127,198, Florida, $299,746, 
    Georgia, $210,214, Hawaii, $279,512, Idaho, $163,335, Illinois, 
    $266,248, Indiana, $194,770, Iowa, $170,565, Kansas, $168,177, 
    Kentucky, $177,338, Louisiana, $185,647, Maine, $147,746, Maryland, 
    $173,020, Massachusetts, $195,799, Michigan, $236,459, Minnesota, 
    $187,702, Mississippi, $168,103, Missouri, $197,941, Montana, 
    $161,725, Nebraska, $160,361, Nevada, $171,096, New Hampshire, 
    $142,394, New Jersey, $206,260, New Mexico, $166,140, New York, 
    $327,955, North Carolina, $210,946, North Dakota, $149,824, Ohio, 
    $259,452, Oklahoma, $181,761, Oregon, $189,345, Pennsylvania, 
    $266,148, Rhode Island, $138,582, South Carolina, $170,451, South 
    Dakota, $151,450, Tennessee, $191,954, Texas, $348,681, Utah, 
    $168,632, Vermont, $135,925, Virginia, $193,467, Washington, 
    $214,694, West Virginia, $147,772, Wisconsin, $191,569, Wyoming, 
    $152,438, plus''.
    (b) Subsection (a) of the first section of Public Law 100-137 (2 
U.S.C. 58c) is amended by adding at the end the following:
    ``(6) Effective on and after October 1, 1997, the Senators' Account 
shall be available for the payment of franked mail expenses of 
Senators.''.
    (c)(1) Section 12 of Public Law 101-520 is repealed.
    (2) The amendment made by paragraph (1) shall be effective on and 
after October 1, 1997.
    (d) Nothing in this section affects the authority of the Committee 
on Rules and Administration of the Senate to prescribe regulations 
relating to the frank by Senators and officers of the Senate.
    Sec. 4. (a) The aggregate amount authorized by Senate Resolution 
54, agreed to February 13, 1997, is increased--
        (1) by $401,635 for the period March 1, 1997, through September 
    30, 1998, and
        (2) by $994,150 for the period March 1, 1998, through February 
    28, 1999.
    (b) This section is effective on and after October 1, 1997.
    Sec. 5. Effective on and after October 1, 1997, each of the dollar 
amounts contained in the table under section 105(d)(1) of the 
Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1968 (2 U.S.C. 61-1) shall be 
deemed to be the dollar amounts in that table on December 31, 1995, 
increased by 2 percent on January 1, 1996, and by 2.3 percent on 
January 1, 1997.
    Sec. 6. (a) The aggregate amount authorized by Senate Resolution 
54, agreed to February 13, 1997, is increased--
        (1) by $125,000 for the period March 1, 1997, through September 
    30, 1998; and
        (2) by $175,000 for the period March 1, 1998, through February 
    28, 1999.
    (b) Funds in the account, within the contingent fund of the Senate, 
available for the expenses of inquiries and investigations shall be 
available for franked mail expenses incurred by committees of the 
Senate the other expenses of which are paid from that account.
    (c) This section is effective for fiscal years beginning on and 
after October 1, 1997.
    Sec. 7. Section 1101 of Public Law 85-58 (2 U.S.C. 46a-1) is 
amended by adding at the end the following: ``Disbursements from the 
fund shall be made upon vouchers approved by the Secretary of the 
Senate, or his designee.''.

                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                         Salaries and Expenses

    For salaries and expenses of the House of Representatives, 
$708,738,000, as follows:

                        house leadership offices

    For salaries and expenses, as authorized by law, $12,293,000, 
including: Office of the Speaker, $1,590,000, including $25,000 for 
official expenses of the Speaker; Office of the Majority Floor Leader, 
$1,626,000, including $10,000 for official expenses of the Majority 
Leader; Office of the Minority Floor Leader, $1,652,000, including 
$10,000 for official expenses of the Minority Leader; Office of the 
Majority Whip, including the Chief Deputy Majority Whip, $1,024,000, 
including $5,000 for official expenses of the Majority Whip; Office of 
the Minority Whip, including the Chief Deputy Minority Whip, $998,000, 
including $5,000 for official expenses of the Minority Whip; Speaker's 
Office for Legislative Floor Activities, $397,000; Republican Steering 
Committee, $736,000; Republican Conference, $1,172,000; Democratic 
Steering and Policy Committee, $1,277,000; Democratic Caucus, $631,000; 
and nine minority employees, $1,190,000.

                  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, $379,789,000.

                          Committee Employees

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