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H.R. 2739 (rh) To provide for a representational allowance for Members of the House of Representatives, to make technical and conforming changes to sundry provisions of law in consequence of administrative reforms in the House of Representatives, and for...


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104th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 2739


_______________________________________________________________________


                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                             March 20, 1996

  Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Governmental 
                                Affairs

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 AN ACT


 
To provide for a representational allowance for Members of the House of 
  Representatives, to make technical and conforming changes to sundry 
provisions of law in consequence of administrative reforms in the House 
              of Representatives, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

    (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``House of 
Representatives Administrative Reform Technical Corrections Act''.
    (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as 
follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.
TITLE I--PROVISIONS RELATING TO ALLOWANCES AND ACCOUNTS IN THE HOUSE OF 
            REPRESENTATIVES AND OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

Sec. 101. Representational allowance for Members of House of 
                            Representatives.
Sec. 102. Adjustment of House of Representatives allowances by 
                            Committee on House Oversight.
Sec. 103. Limitation on allowance authority of Committee on House 
                            Oversight.
Sec. 104. Clerk hire employees of Members of House of Representatives.
Sec. 105. Payments from applicable accounts of House of 
                            Representatives.
Sec. 106. Report of disbursements for House of Representatives.
Sec. 107. Cafeteria plan provision.
Sec. 108. Annotated United States Code for Members of House of 
                            Representatives to be paid for from 
                            Members' Representational Allowance.
Sec. 109. Capitol Police citation release.
 TITLE II--TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING AMENDMENTS AND REPEALS RELATING TO 
         ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Sec. 201. Provisions relating to election of Representatives.
Sec. 202. Provisions relating to organization of Congress.
Sec. 203. Provisions relating to compensation and allowances of 
                            Members.
Sec. 204. Provisions relating to officers and employees of House of 
                            Representatives.
Sec. 205. Provisions relating to Library of Congress.
Sec. 206. Provisions relating to congressional and committee procedure; 
                            investigations.
Sec. 207. Provisions relating to Office of Law Revision Counsel.
Sec. 208. Provisions relating to Legislative Classification Office.
Sec. 209. Provisions relating to classification of employees of House 
                            of Representatives.
Sec. 210. Provisions relating to payroll administration in House of 
                            Representatives.
Sec. 211. Provisions relating to contested elections.
Sec. 212. Provisions relating to Joint Committee on Congressional 
                            Operations.
Sec. 213. Provisions relating to Congressional Budget Office.
Sec. 214. Provisions relating to the States.
Sec. 215. Provisions relating to Government organization and employees.
Sec. 216. Provisions codified in appendices to title 5, United States 
                            Code.
Sec. 217. Provisions relating to commerce and trade.
Sec. 218. Provisions relating to foreign relations and intercourse.
Sec. 219. Provisions relating to money and finance.
Sec. 220. Provisions relating to Postal Service.
Sec. 221. Provisions relating to public buildings, property, and works.
Sec. 222. Provisions relating to the public health and welfare.
Sec. 223. Provisions relating to public printing and documents.
Sec. 224. Provisions relating to territories and insular possessions.
Sec. 225. Miscellaneous uncodified provisions relating to House of 
                            Representatives.

TITLE I--PROVISIONS RELATING TO ALLOWANCES AND ACCOUNTS IN THE HOUSE OF 
            REPRESENTATIVES AND OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

SEC. 101. REPRESENTATIONAL ALLOWANCE FOR MEMBERS OF HOUSE OF 
              REPRESENTATIVES.

    (a) In General.--There is established for the House of 
Representatives a single allowance, to be known as the ``Members' 
Representational Allowance'', which shall be available to support the 
conduct of the official and representational duties of a Member of the 
House of Representatives with respect to the district from which the 
Member is elected.
    (b) Merger.--The Clerk Hire Allowance, the Official Expenses 
Allowance, and the Official Mail Allowance, as in effect on the day 
before the effective date of this section, are merged into the Members' 
Representational Allowance.
    (c) 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.
    (d) Regulations.--The Committee on House Oversight of the House of 
Representatives shall have authority to prescribe regulations to carry 
out this section.
    (e) Effective Date.--This section shall take effect on September 1, 
1995 and shall apply with respect to official and representational 
duties carried out on or after that date.

SEC. 102. ADJUSTMENT OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ALLOWANCES BY 
              COMMITTEE ON HOUSE OVERSIGHT.

    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), is amended to read as follows:

``SECTION 1. ADJUSTMENT OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ALLOWANCES BY 
              COMMITTEE ON HOUSE OVERSIGHT.

    ``(a) In General.--Subject to the provision of law specified in 
subsection (b), the Committee on House Oversight of the House of 
Representatives may, by order of the Committee, fix and adjust the 
amounts, terms, and conditions of, and other matters relating to, 
allowances of the House of Representatives within the following 
categories:
            ``(1) For Members of the House of Representatives, the 
        Members' Representational Allowance, including all aspects of 
        the Official Mail Allowance within the jurisdiction of the 
        Committee under section 311 of the Legislative Branch 
        Appropriations Act, 1991.
            ``(2) For committees, the Speaker, the majority and 
        minority leaders, the Clerk, the Sergeant at Arms, and the 
        Chief Administrative Officer, allowances for official mail 
        (including all aspects of the Official Mail Allowance within 
        the jurisdiction of the Committee under section 311 of the 
        Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1991), stationery, and 
        telephone and telegraph and other communications.
    ``(b) Provision Specified.--The provision of law referred to in 
subsection (a) is House Resolution 1372, Ninety-fourth Congress, agreed 
to July 1, 1976, as enacted into permanent law by section 101 of the 
Legislative Branch Appropriation Act, 1977 (2 U.S.C. 57a).
    ``(c) 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.''.

SEC. 103. LIMITATION ON ALLOWANCE AUTHORITY OF COMMITTEE ON HOUSE 
              OVERSIGHT.

    House Resolution 1372, Ninety-fourth Congress, agreed to July 1, 
1976, as enacted into permanent law by section 101 of the Legislative 
Branch Appropriation Act, 1977 (2 U.S.C. 57a), is amended to read as 
follows:

``SECTION 1. LIMITATION ON ALLOWANCE AUTHORITY OF COMMITTEE ON HOUSE 
              OVERSIGHT.

    ``(a) In General.--An order under the provision of law specified in 
subsection (c) may fix or adjust the allowances of the House of 
Representatives only by reason of--
            ``(1) a change in the price of materials, services, or 
        office space;
            ``(2) a technological change or other improvement in office 
        equipment; or
            ``(3) an increase under section 5303 of title 5, United 
        States Code, in rates of pay under the General Schedule.
    ``(b) Resolution Requirement.--In the case of reasons other than 
the reasons specified in paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of subsection (a), 
the fixing and adjustment of the allowances of the House of 
Representatives in the categories described in the provision of law 
specified in subsection (c) may be carried out only by resolution of 
the House of Representatives.
    ``(c) Provision Specified.--The provision of law referred to in 
subsections (a) and (b) is 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).''.

SEC. 104. CLERK HIRE EMPLOYEES OF MEMBERS OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

    (a) In General.--Under the Members' Representational Allowance, 
each Member of the House of Representatives may employ not more than 18 
permanent clerk hire employees and a total of not more than 4 
additional clerk hire employees in the following categories:
            (1) Interns.
            (2) Part-time employees.
            (3) Shared employees.
            (4) Temporary employees.
            (5) Employees on leave without pay.
    (b) Benefit Exclusion.--For purposes of this section, interns and 
temporary employees shall be excluded from the operation of the 
following provisions of title 5, United States Code:
            (1) Chapter 84 (relating to the Federal Employees' 
        Retirement System).
            (2) Chapter 87 (relating to life insurance).
            (3) Chapter 89 (relating to health insurance).
    (c) Definitions.--As used in this section--
            (1) the term ``Member of the House of Representatives'' 
        means a Representative in, or a Delegate or Resident 
        Commissioner to, the Congress;
            (2) the term ``intern'' means, with respect to a Member of 
        the House of Representatives, an individual who serves in the 
        office of the Member in the District of Columbia for not more 
        than 120 days in a 12-month period and whose service is 
        primarily for the educational experience of the individual;
            (3) the term ``part-time employee'' means, with respect to 
        a Member of the House of Representatives, an individual who is 
        employed by the Member and whose normally assigned work 
        schedule is not more than the equivalent of 15 full working 
        days per month;
            (4) the term ``temporary employee'' means, with respect to 
        a Member of the House of Representatives, an individual who is 
        employed for a specific purpose or task and who is employed for 
        not more than 90 days in a 12-month period, except that the 
        term of such employment may be extended with the written 
        approval of the Committee on House Oversight; and
            (5) the term ``shared employee'' means an employee who is 
        paid by more than one employing authority of the House of 
        Representatives.
    (d) Regulations.--The Committee on House Oversight shall have 
authority to prescribe regulations to carry out this section.
    (e) Conforming Amendments.--The following provisions of law are 
repealed:
            (1) The first section of the Joint Resolution entitled 
        ``Joint resolution providing for pay to clerks to Members of 
        Congress and Delegates'', approved January 25, 1923 (2 U.S.C. 
        92).
            (2) House Resolution 359, Ninety-sixth Congress, agreed to 
        July 20, 1979, as enacted into permanent law by the bill H.R. 
        7593, entitled the ``Legislative Branch Appropriation Act, 
        1981'', as passed by the House of Representatives on July 21, 
        1980, and enacted into permanent law by section 101(c) of 
        Public Law 96-536 (2 U.S.C. 92 note).
            (3) The first section of House Resolution 357, Ninety-first 
        Congress, agreed to June 25, 1969, as enacted into permanent 
        law by section 103 of the Legislative Branch Appropriation Act, 
        1970 (2 U.S.C. 92 note).

SEC. 105. PAYMENTS FROM APPLICABLE ACCOUNTS OF HOUSE OF 
              REPRESENTATIVES.

    (a) In General.--No payment may be made from the applicable 
accounts of the House of Representatives (as determined by the 
Committee on House Oversight of the House of Representatives), unless 
sanctioned by that Committee. Payments on vouchers approved in the 
manner directed by that Committee shall be deemed, held, and taken, and 
are declared to be conclusive upon all the departments and officers of 
the Government.
    (b) Definitions.--As used in this section--
            (1) the term ``applicable accounts of the House of 
        Representatives'' means accounts for salaries and expenses of 
        committees (other than the Committee on Appropriations), the 
        computer support organization of the House of Representatives, 
        and allowances and expenses of Members of the House of 
        Representatives, officers of the House of Representatives, and 
        administrative and support offices of the House of 
        Representatives; and
            (2) the term ``Member of the House of Representatives'' 
        means a Representative in, or a Delegate or Resident 
        Commissioner to, the Congress.
    (c) Conforming Amendments.--The paragraph beginning ``Hereafter'' 
under the heading ``UNDER LEGISLATIVE.'' and the subheading ``house of 
representatives.'' in the first section of the Act entitled ``An Act 
making appropriations for sundry civil expenses of the Government for 
the fiscal year ending June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and eighty-
nine, and for other purposes'', approved October 2, 1888 (2 U.S.C. 95), 
is amended--
            (1) in the first sentence, by striking out ``, or from the 
        contingent fund'' and all that follows through the end of the 
        sentence and inserting in lieu thereof a period; and
            (2) in the second sentence--
                    (A) by striking out ``made upon vouchers approved 
                by the Committee on House Administration of the House 
                of Representatives, and payments''; and
                    (B) in the proviso, by striking out ``funds'' and 
                all that follows through the end of the sentence and 
                inserting in lieu thereof ``fund as additional salary 
                or compensation to any officer or employee of the 
                Senate.''.

SEC. 106. REPORT OF DISBURSEMENTS FOR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

    (a) In General.--Not later than 60 days after the last day of each 
semiannual period, the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of 
Representatives shall submit to the House of Representatives, with 
respect to that period, a detailed, itemized report of the 
disbursements for the operations of the House of Representatives.
    (b) Contents.--The report required by subsection (a) shall 
include--
            (1) the name of each person who receives a payment from the 
        House of Representatives;

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