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                                                       Calendar No. 629
106th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 4516


_______________________________________________________________________


                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                             June 22, 2000

            Received; read twice and placed on the calendar

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 AN ACT


 
 Making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year 
           ending September 30, 2001, 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, 2001, and for other purposes, namely:

                   TITLE I--CONGRESSIONAL OPERATIONS

                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                         Salaries and Expenses

    For salaries and expenses of the House of Representatives, 
$769,551,000, as follows:

                        house leadership offices

    For salaries and expenses, as authorized by law, $14,378,000, 
including: Office of the Speaker, $1,759,000, including $25,000 for 
official expenses of the Speaker; Office of the Majority Floor Leader, 
$1,726,000, including $10,000 for official expenses of the Majority 
Leader; Office of the Minority Floor Leader, $2,096,000, including 
$10,000 for official expenses of the Minority Leader; Office of the 
Majority Whip, including the Chief Deputy Majority Whip, $1,466,000, 
including $5,000 for official expenses of the Majority Whip; Office of 
the Minority Whip, including the Chief Deputy Minority Whip, 
$1,096,000, including $5,000 for official expenses of the Minority 
Whip; Speaker's Office for Legislative Floor Activities, $410,000; 
Republican Steering Committee, $765,000; Republican Conference, 
$1,225,000; Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, $1,352,000; 
Democratic Caucus, $668,000; nine minority employees, $1,229,000; 
training and program development--majority $278,000; and training and 
program development--minority, $278,000.

                  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, $410,182,000.

                          Committee Employees

                Standing Committees, Special and Select

    For salaries and expenses of standing committees, special and 
select, authorized by House resolutions, $92,196,000: Provided, That 
such amount shall remain available for such salaries and expenses until 
December 31, 2002.

                      Committee on Appropriations

    For salaries and expenses of the Committee on Appropriations, 
$20,628,000, 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, 2002.

                    salaries, officers and employees

    For compensation and expenses of officers and employees, as 
authorized by law, $90,403,000, 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, $14,590,000; 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, $3,692,000; for 
salaries and expenses of the Office of the Chief Administrative 
Officer, $58,550,000, of which $1,054,000 shall remain available until 
expended, including $26,605,000 for salaries, expenses and temporary 
personal services of House Information Resources, of which $26,020,000 
is provided herein: Provided, That of the amount provided for House 
Information Resources, $6,497,000 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, $3,249,000; for salaries and expenses of the Office of General 
Counsel, $806,000; for the Office of the Chaplain, $140,000; for 
salaries and expenses of the Office of the Parliamentarian, including 
the Parliamentarian and $2,000 for preparing the Digest of Rules, 
$1,201,000; 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, $832,000; and 
for other authorized employees, $213,000.

                        allowances and expenses

    For allowances and expenses as authorized by House resolution or 
law, $141,764,000, including: supplies, materials, administrative costs 
and Federal tort claims, $2,235,000; 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, $138,726,000; 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, $393,000.

                           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. During fiscal year 2001 and any succeeding fiscal year, 
the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives may--
            (1) enter into contracts for the acquisition of severable 
        services for a period that begins in 1 fiscal year and ends in 
        the next fiscal year to the same extent as the head of an 
        executive agency under the authority of section 303L of the 
        Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (41 
        U.S.C. 253l); and
            (2) enter into multi-year contracts for the acquisitions of 
        property and nonaudit-related services to the same extent as 
        executive agencies under the authority of section 304B of the 
        Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (41 
        U.S.C. 254c).
    Sec. 102. (a) Permitting New House Employees To Be Placed Above 
Minimum Step of Compensation Level.--The House Employees Position 
Classification Act (2 U.S.C. 291 et seq.) is amended by striking 
section 10 (2 U.S.C. 299).
    (b) Effective Date.--The amendment made by subsection (a) shall 
apply with respect to employees appointed on or after October 1, 2000.
    Sec. 103. (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 2001. Any amount 
remaining after all payments are made under such allowances for fiscal 
year 2001 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) Regulations.--The Committee on House Administration of the 
House of Representatives shall have authority to prescribe regulations 
to carry out this section.
    (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.

                              JOINT ITEMS

    For Joint Committees, as follows:

                        Joint Economic Committee

    For salaries and expenses of the Joint Economic Committee, 
$3,072,000, to be disbursed by the Secretary of the Senate.

                      Joint Committee on Taxation

    For salaries and expenses of the Joint Committee on Taxation, 
$6,174,000, 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 11 assistants on the basis heretofore provided for such 
assistants; and (4) $1,159,904 for reimbursement to the Department of 
the Navy for expenses incurred for staff and equipment assigned to the 
Office of the Attending Physician, which shall be advanced and credited 
to the applicable appropriation or appropriations from which such 
salaries, allowances, and other expenses are payable and shall be 
available for all the purposes thereof, $1,835,000, to be disbursed by 
the Chief Administrative Officer of the House.

                          Capitol Police Board

                             Capitol Police

                                salaries

    For the Capitol Police Board for salaries of officers, members, and 
employees of the Capitol Police, including overtime, hazardous duty pay 
differential, clothing allowance of not more than $600 each for members 
required to wear civilian attire, and Government contributions for 
health, retirement, Social Security, and other applicable employee 
benefits, $92,769,000, of which $45,683,000 is provided to the Sergeant 
at Arms of the House of Representatives, to be disbursed by the Chief 
Administrative Officer of the House, and $47,086,000 is provided to the 
Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate, to be disbursed by the 
Secretary of the Senate: Provided, That, of the amounts appropriated 
under this heading, such amounts as may be necessary may be transferred 
between the Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives and the 
Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate, upon approval of the 
Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the 
Committee on Appropriations of the Senate.

                            general expenses

    For the Capitol Police Board for necessary expenses of the Capitol 
Police, including motor vehicles, communications and other equipment, 
security equipment and installation, uniforms, weapons, supplies, 
materials, training, medical services, forensic services, stenographic 
services, personal and professional services, the employee assistance 
program, not more than $2,000 for the awards program, postage, 
telephone service, travel advances, relocation of instructor and 
liaison personnel for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and 
$85 per month for extra services performed for the Capitol Police Board 
by an employee of the Sergeant at Arms of the Senate or the House of 
Representatives designated by the Chairman of the Board, $6,549,000, to 
be disbursed by the Capitol Police Board or their delegee: Provided, 
That, notwithstanding any other provision of law, the cost of basic 
training for the Capitol Police at the Federal Law Enforcement Training 
Center for fiscal year 2001 shall be paid by the Secretary of the 
Treasury from funds available to the Department of the Treasury.

                       Administrative Provisions

    Sec. 104. Amounts appropriated for fiscal year 2001 for the Capitol 
Police Board for the Capitol Police may be transferred between the 
headings ``salaries'' and ``general expenses'' upon the approval of--
            (1) the Committee on Appropriations of the House of 
        Representatives, in the case of amounts transferred from the 
        appropriation provided to the Sergeant at Arms of the House of 
        Representatives under the heading ``salaries'';
            (2) the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate, in the 
        case of amounts transferred from the appropriation provided to 
        the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate under the 
        heading ``salaries''; and
            (3) the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the 
        House of Representatives, in the case of other transfers.
    Sec. 105. (a) Appointment of Certifying Officers of the Capitol 
Police.--The Chief Administrative Officer of the United States Capitol 
Police, or when there is not a Chief Administrative Officer the Capitol 
Police Board, shall appoint certifying officers to certify all vouchers 
for payment from funds made available to the United States Capitol 
Police.
    (b) Responsibility and Accountability of Certifying Officers.--
            (1) In general.--Each officer or employee of the Capitol 
        Police who has been duly authorized in writing by the Chief 
        Administrative Officer, or the Capitol Police Board if there is 
        not a Chief Administrative Officer, to certify vouchers 
        pursuant to subsection (a) shall--
                    (A) be held responsible for the existence and 
                correctness of the facts recited in the certificate or 
                otherwise stated on the voucher or its supporting 
                papers and for the legality of the proposed payment 
                under the appropriation or fund involved;
                    (B) be held responsible and accountable for the 
                correctness of the computations of certified vouchers; 
                and
                    (C) be held accountable for and required to make 
                good to the United States the amount of any illegal, 
                improper, or incorrect payment resulting from any 
                false, inaccurate, or misleading certificate made by 
                such officer or employee, as well as for any payment 
                prohibited by law or which did not represent a legal 
                obligation under the appropriation or fund involved.
            (2) Relief by comptroller general.--The Comptroller General 
        may, at the Comptroller General's discretion, relieve such 
        certifying officer or employee of liability for any payment 
        otherwise proper if the Comptroller General finds--
                    (A) that the certification was based on official 
                records and that the certifying officer or employee did 
                not know, and by reasonable diligence and inquiry could 

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