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Public Law 105-55
105th Congress

                                 An Act


 
  <<NOTE: Oct. 7, 1997 -  [H.R. 2209]>> 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, <<NOTE: Legislative 
Branch Appropriations Act, 1998.>>  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:

  <<NOTE: Congressional Operations Appropriations Act, 1998. 2 USC 60a 
note.>> 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.

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               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.

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           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

<<NOTE: Contracts. 2 USC 68e.>>     Section 1. (a) For fiscal year 1998, 
and each fiscal year thereafter, the Secretary of the Senate is 
authorized to make advance

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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.
<<NOTE: Regulations.>>     (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).
<<NOTE: 2 USC 31a-2c.>>     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).
<<NOTE: Effective date.>>     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:
<<NOTE: Effective date.>>     ``(6) Effective on and after October 1, 
1997, the Senators' Account shall be available for the payment of 
franked mail expenses of Senators.''.

<<NOTE: 2 USC 58c-1.>>     (c)(1) Section 12 of Public Law 101-520 is 
repealed.

<<NOTE: Effective date. 2 USC 58c-1 note. 2 USC 58c note.>>     (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

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 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.

<<NOTE: Effective date.>>     (b) This section is effective on and after 
October 1, 1997.

<<NOTE: Effective date. 2 USC 61-1.>>     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.

<<NOTE: 2 USC 72d.>>     (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.

<<NOTE: Effective date. 2 USC 72d note.>>     (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, 

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