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109th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    109-139

======================================================================
 
              LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2006

                                _______
                                

 June 20, 2005.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

    Mr. Lewis of California, from the Committee on Appropriations, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                             together with

                            ADDITIONAL VIEWS

                        [To accompany H.R. 2985]

    The Committee on Appropriations submits the following 
report in explanation of the accompanying bill making 
appropriations for the legislative branch for the fiscal year 
2006, and for other purposes.

                        INDEX TO BILL AND REPORT

_______________________________________________________________________


                                                            Page number

                                                            Bill Report
Summary of bill............................................
                                                                      2
Highlights of bill.........................................
                                                                      4
Structure of bill..........................................
                                                                      4
Legislative branch wide matters............................
                                                                      4
Title I--Legislative Branch Appropriations:
                                                                      6
        House of Representatives...........................     2
                                                                      6
        Joint Items:                                            7
                                                                     10
                Joint Economic Committee...................     7
                                                                     10
                Joint Committee on Taxation................     7
                                                                     10
                Office of the Attending Physician..........     7
                                                                     10
                Capitol Guide Service and Special Services 
                    Office.................................     8
                                                                     10
                Statements of Appropriations...............     9
                                                                     11
        Capitol Police.....................................     9
                                                                     11
        Office of Compliance...............................    21
                                                                     13
        Congressional Budget Office........................    22
                                                                     13
        Architect of the Capitol (except Senate Office 
            Buildings).....................................    23
                                                                     13
        Library of Congress................................    29
                                                                     21
        Government Printing Office.........................    35
                                                                     23
        Government Accountability Office...................    39
                                                                     24
        Payment to the Open World Leadership Center Trust 
            Fund...........................................
                                                                     25
Title II--General Provisions...............................    41
                                                                     25
Title III--Continuity in Representation....................    44
                                                                     25
Constitutional authority...................................
                                                                     25
Comparison with budget resolution..........................
                                                                     25
Five-year projection of outlays............................
                                                                     26
Assistance to State and local governments..................
                                                                     26
Transfers of funds.........................................
                                                                     26
Statement of General Performance Goals and Objectives......
                                                                     26
Rescissions................................................
                                                                     27
Changes in the application of existing law.................
                                                                     27
Compliance with clause 3--rule XIII........................
                                                                     30
Appropriations not authorized by law.......................
                                                                     36
Full Committee Vote........................................
                                                                     37

                            SUMMARY OF BILL

    The bill, as recommended by the Committee, provides 
appropriations for fiscal year 2006 legislative branch 
operations, which total $2,869,818,000.
    Conforming with long practice under which each body of 
Congress determines its own housekeeping requirements and the 
other concurs without intervention, funds for the Senate are 
not included in the bill as reported to the House. Current 
appropriations estimates for the Senate for fiscal year 2006, 
including those under the Architect of the Capitol, total 
$888,630,000.
    A comparative summary of the bill by title and agency 
follows:

                                                                   SUMMARY OF THE BILL
                               [Note.--Excludes Senate items including those Senate items under Architect of the Capitol]
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                                                                                                                           Bill compared with--
                                                                           Budget estimates       New budget     ---------------------------------------
                                                          New budget            of new          (obligational)                         Budget estimates
                       Agency                           (obligational)      (obligational)         authority          New budget            of new
                                                       authority, fiscal   authority, fiscal    recommended in      (obligational)      (obligational)
                                                           year 2005           year 2006             bill          authority, fiscal   authority, fiscal
                                                                                                                       year 2005           year 2006
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
     TITLE I--LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS

House of Representatives............................      $1,079,354,000      $1,127,817,000      $1,092,407,000        +$13,053,000        -$35,410,000
Joint items.........................................          18,887,000          19,900,000          19,900,000          +1,013,000  ..................
Capitol Police......................................         241,469,000         290,139,000         239,695,000          -1,774,000         -50,444,000
Office of Compliance................................           2,402,000       \1\ 3,112,000           3,112,000            +710,000  ..................
Congressional Budget Office.........................          34,640,000          35,853,000          35,450,000            +810,000            -403,000
Architect of the Capitol (except Senate office               300,614,000         440,916,000         317,282,000         +16,668,000        -123,634,000
 buildings).........................................
Library of Congress.................................         545,362,000         590,795,000     \2\ 542,950,000          +7,588,000         -37,845,000
Government Printing Office..........................         119,787,000         131,120,000         122,627,000          +2,840,000          -8,493,000
Government Accountability Office....................         467,205,000         486,383,000         482,395,000         +15,190,000          -3,988,000
Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund.............          13,392,000          14,000,000          14,000,000            +608,000  ..................
                                                     ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Grand total, new budget, (obligational)               $2,823,112,000      $3,140,035,000      $2,869,818,000        +$46,706,000      -$270,217,000
     authority (for items considered by House)......
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ Includes pending budget amendment of $470,000.
\2\ Offset by $15,500,000 in rescinded previous year funds.

                           HIGHLIGHTS OF BILL


                Summary of Estimates and Recommendations

    Budget estimates.--The budget estimates considered by the 
Committee total $3,140,035,000, including a pending budget 
amendment of $470,000 for the Compliance Board. By law, budget 
requests for the legislative branch are transmitted to the 
Congress by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the 
President without change in the amounts submitted by the 
originating agency.
    Committee recommendations.--A total of $2,885,318,000 in 
new budget (obligational) authority is recommended for fiscal 
year 2006, offset by $15,500,000 in prior year rescinded funds 
to total $2,869,818,000. The bill does not include Senate 
items.
    Comparison with fiscal year 2005 appropriations.--Compared 
with the appropriations enacted for fiscal year 2005 the 
recommendation of $2,869,818,000 in net new budget 
(obligational) authority for fiscal year 2006 is an increase of 
$46,706,000 above fiscal year 2005 and $270,217,000 below the 
budget request.

                         STRUCTURE OF THE BILL

    The bill is divided into two titles:
    Title I--Contains the appropriations for the House of 
Representatives, Joint Items, the Capitol Police, the Office of 
Compliance, the Congressional Budget Office, the Architect of 
the Capitol (except Senate office buildings), the Library of 
Congress, the Government Printing Office, the Government 
Accountability Office and the Open World Leadership Center.
    Title II--Contains general provisions.
    Title III--Continuity in representation.

                    LEGISLATIVE BRANCH WIDE MATTERS

    Mandatory and Price Level Increases.--After reviewing 
budget presentation materials submitted by Legislative Branch 
entities, it is apparent to the Committee that there is a wide 
variance in how the agencies formulate and present budget 
estimates, especially estimates for mandatory, or 
uncontrollable budget increases. To facilitate the Committee's 
review and analysis of budget requests, the Government 
Accountability Office (GAO) is directed to review and evaluate 
the basis of each Legislative Branch agency's budget estimates 
with the exception of those of the House and the Senate. This 
review should place particular emphasis on evaluating the basis 
of each agency's estimates of uncontrollable costs, including 
what the agency presents as ``mandatory'' and ``price level 
expenses''. GAO shall recommend to the Committee budget 
formulation policy changes that address the composition of 
estimates as well as presentation format. Also, GAO is directed 
to examine each agency's treatment of Full-Time Equivalents 
(FTE's) in its budget submission and recommend consistent 
guidelines each agency can follow in formulating, presenting, 
and justifying its FTE requirements. GAO should also evaluate 
each agency's treatment of non-recurring requirements. This 
evaluation should be of requirements below the program level 
not simply a list of non-recurring programs. GAO shall 
recommend to the Committee a consistent analytical approach, 
which can be used by each agency to identify non-recurring 
requirements of individual programs and reflect those changes 
in budget presentation materials. GAO shall report to the 
Committee on Appropriations of the House and Senate the results 
of its efforts by October 1, 2005 to provide sufficient time 
for the Committee to review and analyze so that Legislative 
Branch agencies incorporate the appropriate changes in the 
formulation of their FY 2007 budget requests.
    Legislative Branch Agency Reforms.--The Congress and the 
nation are faced with increased demands for Federal funds for 
every increasing domestic and international program. The 
Committee is impressed with the management and operational 
reforms implemented in several Legislative Branch agencies over 
the past few years, including the Government Printing Office, 
the Government Accountability Office and the Chief 
Administrative Office of the House of Representatives. The 
Committee believes that other legislative agencies can benefit 
by the examples set by these agencies. Further opportunities 
exist for increases in efficiency resulting from new 
technology, performance based management, and other management 
improvements. The Committee understands that organizational 
reform is difficult, however, the task can be achieved if 
strong and dynamic leadership is attained. The Committee 
extends the following advice gleaned from these successful 
agencies. It is critical that agency heads look to the future 
in planning these endeavors and that mid-managers and employees 
are participants as well as stakeholders in the process. The 
leaders and employees are guided in developing and embracing 
their own logical and clear strategic vision for the 
organization's future. Agency management needs to identify 
leaders at all levels that will embrace change, and never lose 
sight of the most important asset of any organization, the 
staff and workforce. The Committee expects that all agencies 
will continue to look within for ways to complete their 
missions by using the guidance and experiences of their 
successful sister agencies as models to reduce the demand for 
additional staff and larger budget increases in the coming 
fiscal years.
    Dispute Resolution Procedures.--The Committee is concerned 
with the duplicate costs resulting from the continuing 
multiplicity of employment dispute resolution procedures in the 
Legislative Branch since the creation of the Office of 
Compliance. The Committee directs that the Office of Compliance 
prepare a report with recommendations regarding the duplication 
of administrative dispute resolution programs between the 
agencies of the Legislative Branch. The Committee directs that 
the report and recommendations include proposed measures that 
will reduce the redundancy in employment dispute resolution 
procedures in the Legislative Branch, and make the operation 
and administration of employment dispute resolution more 
efficient and effective, together with an estimate of cost 
savings. This report is to be provided to the Committee on 
Appropriations of the House and Senate by April 30, 2006.
    Mass transit benefits.--The Committee has included funding 
for the Federal Mass Transit Benefit Program, for the agencies 
of the Legislative Branch. The Committee allowance provides a 
$105 per month allowance to the employees who participate in 
the program. The Committee encourages the agencies of the 
Legislative Branch to support employee participation in this 
very important program.
    Review statutes of legislative branch agency heads.--There 
currently exist various laws, processes, and practices 
governing the selection, appointment, removal, compensation, 
and term of service of the Heads and the Deputies of various 
agencies in the Legislative Branch, including the Office of 
Compliance, the Congressional Budget Office, and the Architect 
of the Capitol, the Library of Congress, the Government 
Printing Office, and the General Accounting Office. The 
Committee suggests that the Joint Leadership of Congress, in 
order to establish uniformity, should review, evaluate and 
consider the appropriate changes to current legislation and 
regulations governing these positions.
    South Capitol Street corridor.--The Committee directs any 
legislative entity, including the Architect of the Capitol and 
U.S. Capitol Police, to prepare a report on any current or 
future plans to locate, relocate, expand, or modify any 
facility in the South Capitol Street corridor. The report 
including recommendations is to be provided to the Committees 
on Appropriations of the House and Senate, the Committee on 
Rules and Administration of the Senate by December 31, 2005.

               TITLE I--LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS


                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    The Committee bill recommends a total of $1,092,407,000 for 
the operations of the House of Representatives during fiscal 
year 2006. The allowance is $13,053,000 above the current level 
and is $35,410,000 below the request.
    The following tabulation summarizes the recommendations:
        Item                                                      Amount
Salaries and expenses:
    House leadership offices............................     $19,844,000
    Members' representational allowances................     538,109,000
    Committee salaries and expenses.....................     143,581,000
    Salaries, officers and employees....................     167,749,000
    Allowances and expenses.............................     223,124,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Total, Salaries and Expenses......................  $1,092,407,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
      Total, House of Representatives...................  $1,092,407,000

                         Salaries and Expenses





2005 appropriation....................................    $1,079,354,000
2006 budget estimate..................................     1,127,817,000
Committee recommendation..............................     1,092,407,000



    The appropriation for the operations of the House of 
Representatives is the salaries and expenses appropriation. The 
account includes the following House activities: House 
leadership offices; Members' representational allowances; 
committee salaries and expenses; salaries, officers and 
employees; allowances and expenses; and the child care center. 
The amount provided is $1,092,407,000.

                        House Leadership Offices





2005 appropriation....................................       $18,678,000
2006 budget estimate..................................        19,844,000
Committee recommendation..............................        19,844,000


    The Committee recommends a total of $19,844,000 for the 
operations of the leadership offices during fiscal year 2006.
    The allocation by office follows:

House Leadership Offices

        Item                                                      Amount
Office of the Speaker...................................      $2,788,000
Office of the Majority Floor Leader.....................       2,089,000
Office of the Minority Floor Leader.....................       2,928,000
Office of the Majority Whip.............................       1,797,000
Office of the Minority Whip.............................       1,345,000
Speaker's Office for Legislative Floor Activities.......         482,000
Republican Steering Committee...........................         906,000
Republican Conference...................................       1,548,000
Republican Policy Committee.............................         307,000
Democratic Steering and Policy Committee................       1,945,000
Democratic Caucus.......................................         816,000
Nine Minority Employees.................................       1,445,000
Training and Program Development:
    Majority............................................         290,000
    Minority............................................         290,000
Cloakroom Personnel:
    Majority............................................         434,000
    Minority............................................         434,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Total.............................................     $19,844,000

                  Members' Representational Allowances





2005 appropriation....................................      $525,195,000
2006 budget estimate..................................       564,536,000
Committee recommendation..............................       538,109,000


    A total of $538,109,000 is recommended for the 
representational allowances of the Members of the House, the 
so-called MRA account. The Committee bill provides $389,247,000 
for clerk hire salaries, $131,922,000 for official expenses, 
and $16,940,000 for official mail. It should be noted that 
these components are fungible under regulations prescribed by 
the Committee on House Administration. Each Member has an 
overall consolidated allowance established by the Committee on 
House Administration from which staff salaries, office 
expenses, and mail costs are drawn.

                          Committee Employees





2005 appropriation....................................      $138,225,000
2006 budget estimate..................................       143,581,000
Committee recommendation..............................       143,581,000


    Standing Committees, special and select.--For the salaries 
and expenses of committees funded in the biennial funding 
resolution, $117,913,000 is provided.
    Committee on Appropriations.--For the salaries and expenses 
of the Committee on Appropriations (including the studies and 
investigation activities authorized by section 202(b) of the 
Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946), $25,668,000 is 
provided.
    Details of the funding resolution, H. Res. 224 (House 
Report 109-54) approved by the House for the 109th Congress, 
follow:

                                COMMITTEE FUNDING AUTHORIZATIONS, 109TH CONGRESS
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                          Committee                              1st session      2nd session         Total
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Agriculture..................................................       $5,495,805       $5,761,204      $11,257,009
Armed Services...............................................        6,292,249        6,533,959       12,826,208
Budget.......................................................        6,013,239        6,013,239       12,026,478
Education and the Workforce..................................        7,705,970        7,787,316       15,493,286
Energy and Commerce..........................................        9,812,619       10,113,068       19,925,687
Financial Services...........................................        7,427,648        7,775,452       15,203,100
Government Reform............................................       10,121,443       10,375,642       20,497,085
Homeland Security............................................        6,100,026        7,899,974       14,000,000
House Administration.........................................        4,648,683        4,905,885        9,554,568
Intelligence.................................................        4,500,653        5,027,217        9,527,870
International Relations......................................        7,946,084        8,352,934       16,299,018
Judiciary....................................................        7,461,565        7,851,427       15,312,992
Resources....................................................        7,178,224        7,342,738       14,520,962
Rules........................................................        3,074,229        3,291,371        6,365,600
Science......................................................        6,101,648        6,226,348       12,327,996
Small Business...............................................        2,721,600        2,865,373        5,586,973
Standards of Official Conduct................................        1,891,890        2,398,646        4,290,536
Transportation and Infrastructure............................        8,856,869        9,251,213       18,108,082
Veterans' Affairs............................................        3,075,732        3,398,686        6,474,418
Ways and Means...............................................        8,674,514        9,144,980       17,819,494
                                                              --------------------------------------------------
        Total................................................     $125,100,690     $132,316,672     $257,417,362
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Since the funding resolution is done on a biennial basis 
and the resolution for the 109th Congress will expire on 
December 31, 2007, this funding is provided through December 
31, 2006.

                    Salaries, Officers and Employees





2005 appropriation....................................      $187,744,000
2006 budget estimate..................................       170,177,000
Committee recommendation..............................       167,749,000


    The Committee recommendation for the salaries and expenses 
of House officers and employees of the various activities 
funded through this consolidated item is $167,749,000. This 
amount represents an overall decrease of $19,995,000 below the 
amount enacted in fiscal year 2005 and is $2,428,000 below the 
request.
    The Committee directs the Chief Administrative Officer of 
the House (CAO) to conduct a study and develop a ``House 
Orientation Program'' to be available to all new House staff. 
The Committee believes that such a program would benefit new 
and recent hires by providing information on the operations of 
the House, the services provided by the House to the Members, 
and would inform and educate new staff about facilities, 
programs, and other factors regarding employment.
    Every two years, the House faces the challenge of assisting 
freshman Members in opening and operating their personal 
offices. This transition requires freshman Members and staff to 
rely extensively on a wide range of House services to complete 
this critical transition. Therefore, the Committee directs the 
CAO to conduct a study on assessing the needs of freshman 
member offices, by researching the experiences of the freshman 
Members and staff of the class of 2004 in setting up and 
managing their offices. This study will provide the House with 
valuable and actionable management data for future freshman 
classes.
    The following table summarizes the funding allocation 
provided to each component of the account.

Salaries, Officers and Employees

        Item                                                      Amount
Office of the Clerk.....................................     $21,911,000
Office of the Sergeant at Arms..........................       6,284,000
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer..............     116,971,000
Office of the Inspector General.........................       3,991,000
Office of Emergency Planning, Preparedness and 
    Operations..........................................       5,000,000
Office of General Counsel...............................         962,000
Office of the Chaplain..................................         161,000
Office of the Parliamentarian...........................       1,767,000
Parliamentarian.........................................     (1,546,000)
Compilation of Precedents...............................       (221,000)
Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the House.........       2,453,000
Office of the Legislative Counsel of the House..........       6,963,000
Office of Interparliamentary Affairs....................         720,000
Other authorized employees..............................         161,000
Office of the Historian.................................         405,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Total.............................................    $167,749,000

                        Allowances and Expenses





2005 appropriation....................................      $209,350,000
2006 budget estimate..................................       229,679,000
Committee recommendation..............................       223,124,000


    A total of $223,124,000 is recommended for fiscal year 2006 
for allowances and expenses. This amount is $13,774,000 above 
the current level and is $6,555,000 below the request. These 
funds include supplies, materials, administrative costs, and 
Federal tort claims; the costs of official mail for the 
committees, leadership, and administrative offices; employee 
benefits; and miscellaneous items. Over 96% of these funds 
provide the employer share of retirement, health care, and 
unemployment compensation payments for House employees.
    The following table sets forth the various expense 
categories within this appropriation:

Allowances and Expenses

        Detail                                          Recommended 2006
Supplies, materials, administrative costs and Federal 
    tort claims.........................................      $4,179,000
Official mail (committees, administrative, and 
    leadership offices).................................         410,000
Government contributions................................     214,422,000
Miscellaneous items:
    House automobiles...................................         143,000
    Gratuities to beneficiaries of deceased staff.......         520,000
    Interparliamentary receptions.......................          40,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Subtotal, miscellaneous items.....................        $703,000
Capitol Visitor Center..................................       3,410,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
      Total, allowances and expenses....................    $223,124,000

    House of Representatives Child Care Center.--The bill 
provides authority for the House child care center budget, as 
required by Sec. 312(d)(1) of Public Law 102-990, as presented 
to the Committee by the Chief Administrative Officer. It should 
be noted that tuition and other center-generated revenues fund 
child care center operations.

                        Administrative Provision

    Section 101 provides for unspent amounts remaining in 
Members' Representational Allowances account to be used for 
deficit reduction.

                              JOINT ITEMS

    The Committee recommends appropriations totaling 
$19,900,000 for fiscal year 2006 for the various joint 
committees and activities carried under this heading. The 
recommendation is $1,013,000 above the amount provided for 
fiscal year 2005 and is the same as the budget request.
    The following summarizes the recommendations:

Joint Items

        Item                                                      Amount
Joint Economic Committee................................      $4,276,000
Joint Committee on Taxation.............................       8,781,000
Office of the Attending Physician.......................       2,545,000
Capitol Guide Service and Special Services Office.......       4,268,000
Statements of Appropriations............................          30,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Total.............................................     $19,900,000

                        Joint Economic Committee





2005 appropriation....................................        $4,139,000
2006 budget estimate..................................         4,276,000
Committee recommendation..............................         4,276,000


    The Committee has provided $4,276,000 for the Joint 
Economic Committee. This amount reflects an increase of 
$137,000 above the enacted amount and is the same as the budget 
request.

                      Joint Committee on Taxation





2005 appropriation....................................        $8,366,000
2006 budget estimate..................................         8,781,000
Committee recommendation..............................         8,781,000


    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $8,781,000 for 
the Joint Committee on Taxation. This amount reflects an 
increase of $415,000 above the enacted amount and is the same 
as the budget request.

                   Office of the Attending Physician





2005 appropriation....................................        $2,508,000
2006 budget estimate..................................         2,545,000
Committee recommendation..............................         2,545,000


    The Committee has approved $2,545,000 for medical supplies, 
equipment, expenses, and allowances of Navy personnel detailed 
to the Office of the Attending Physician. This amount reflects 
an increase of $37,000 above the enacted level.

           Capitol Guide Service and Special Services Office





2005 appropriation....................................        $3,844,000
2006 budget estimate..................................         4,268,000
Committee recommendation..............................         4,268,000


    The Committee bill provides $4,268,000 for the operation of 
the Capitol Guide Service and Special Services Office during 
the next fiscal year. This amount reflects an increase of 
$424,000 above the enacted level and is the same as the budget 
request.

                      Statements of Appropriations





2005 appropriation....................................           $30,000
2006 budget estimate..................................            30,000
Committee recommendation..............................            30,000


    The sum of $30,000 is included for the preparation of the 
usual compilation of the statements of appropriations for the 
1st session of the 109th Congress. The House and Senate 
Committees on Appropriations compile this publication jointly.

                             Capitol Police





2005 appropriation....................................      $241,469,000
2006 budget estimate..................................       290,139,000
Committee recommendation..............................       239,695,000


    The recommendations in the bill provide a total of 
$239,695,000 for the Salaries and Expenses of the Capitol 
Police during fiscal year 2006. This amount reflects 
$210,350,000 for salaries and $29,345,000 for general expenses.
    Beginning in fiscal year 2001 the Committee has requested 
the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to assist, as 
required, and review operational and management issues within 
the United States Capitol Police (USCP). For example, in fiscal 
year 2001 the Committee directed the GAO to participate in the 
selection of a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), monitor 
implementation of management improvements in budgeting, 
financial management, information technology, and human 
resources and for the GAO to provide semi-annual reports.
    In fiscal year 2003 the Committee noted that progress had 
been made but still had significant concerns for the need for 
the USCP to update their strategic plan, and to implement an 
effective management strategy in the agency, particularly with 
respect to human resources. At that time the Committee directed 
the GAO to continue to monitor all CAO operations and continue 
to provide semi-annual reports through FY 2006.
    Included in the fiscal year 2003 appropriation bill was 
language that either provided or made changes to pay and 
allowances of the USCP regarding recruitment and relocation 
bonuses, retention allowances, overtime compensation, annual 
compensation of the Chief and Assistant Chief and the transfer 
of disbursing functions to the Chief of the Capitol Police from 
the Chief Administrative Officer of the House and the 
Disbursing Officer of the Senate.
    In fiscal year 2005 the Committee provided further 
legislative changes to the Chief and the Capitol Police Board 
to determine rates of pay for members of the Capitol Police, 
with the approval of the appropriate committees of the House 
and Senate.
    The legislative history, since fiscal year 2001, shows that 
the Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate have 
been very cognizant of the growth and changes, not only 
administratively, but also in the need to acquire new personnel 
and technology to address the increased security requirements 
as a result of the attack of September 11, 2001.
    The Committee believes there are still many issues that 
need to be addressed by the USCP. Considering the changes that 
have been provided, the Committee needs assurance that the USCP 
has implemented all the legislative changes within the 
requirements of statute and intent of the Congress. Therefore, 
the Committee directs the GAO to continue to monitor and 
provide semi-annual reports to the Committee on Appropriations 
of the House and Senate through FY 2007, for the CAO. In 
addition the GAO should at a minimum review the annual leave 
policies, pay policies, compensatory time policies and the 
application ofthe Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for all 
matters of compensation and leave as applied to all the 
employees of the Capitol Police and how the compensation and 
leave compares with other employees of the Federal government. 
The Committee further directs that the GAO review all the 
legislation provided in the past fiscal years to assure that 
internal regulations, policies, and practices are being 
conducted in accordance with the requirements of the 
legislation and report their findings to the Committee on 
Appropriations of the House and Senate by October 31, 2005 with 
semi-annual reports through FY 2007.
    The Committee has included language providing for an Office 
of Inspector General to advise and report to the Chief and the 
Capitol Police Board that, the management and operations of the 
USCP are accomplished using required accounting standards and 
appropriate management practices within the limits of the law.

                                Salaries





2005 appropriation....................................      $201,812,000
2006 budget estimate..................................       230,191,000
Committee recommendation..............................       210,350,000


    The Committee bill provides $210,350,000 for the salaries 
and benefits authorized for police services throughout the 
Capitol Police jurisdiction during fiscal year 2006.
    Capitol Police--salaries.--The Committee recommends a total 
of 414 civilian FTEs over the current level of 411. Four FTEs 
have been added for the Inspector General's office and one has 
been deleted for the position of a civilian Public Information 
Officer.
    The budget request includes an additional 122 sworn FTEs, 
including 62 FTEs for the opening of Capitol Visitor Center 
(CVC). The Committee is concerned over the timing for 
additional personnel due to construction delays resulting in a 
delayed opening. The Committee encourages the United States 
Capitol Police and the Police Board to work with the House and 
Senate Committees on Appropriations, the Committee on House 
Administration and the Senate Rules and Administration 
Committee to determine an appropriate requirement for the 
opening of the CVC. In addition, should additional FTEs be 
approved, the Committee believes this need can be met within 
the fiscal year 2006 appropriation of $210,350,000.

                            General Expenses





2005 appropriation....................................       $39,657,000
2006 budget estimate..................................        59,948,000
Committee recommendation..............................        29,345,000


    The amount of $29,345,000 is recommended for all general 
expenses of the Capitol Police for fiscal year 2006.

                       Administrative Provisions

    Section 1001 authorizes transfers between the various 
accounts of the Capitol Police. Section 1002 terminates the 
mounted horse unit and transfers the horses, equipment, and 
supplies to the United States Park Police. Section 1003 
requires Capitol Police employees to file annual reports under 
the Ethics in Government Act with the Clerk of the House of 
Representatives. Section 1004 repeals the expanded jurisdiction 
for the Truck Interdiction Monitoring Program. Section 1005 
establishes reprogramming guidelines for the Capitol Police. 
Section 1006 establishes an office of Inspector General for the 
USCP. Section 1007 requires a semiannual report of 
disbursements.

                          OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE


                         Salaries and Expenses





2005 appropriation....................................        $2,402,000
2006 budget estimate..................................     \1\ 3,112,000
Committee recommendation..............................        3,112,000

\1\ Includes pending budget amendment of $470,000.

    The bill provides $3,112,000 for the Office of Compliance. 
This amount is $710,000 above the current level and is the same 
as the amended request. This amount fully funds 17 FTEs, 
including a new position for an industrial hygienist. The 
Committee recommendation includes language for official 
representation and reception expenses.

                      CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE


                         Salaries and Expenses





2005 appropriation....................................       $34,640,000
2006 budget estimate..................................        35,853,000
Committee recommendation..............................        35,450,000


    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $35,450,000 
for the Congressional Budget Office. This is $810,000 above the 
current year and is $403,000 below the budget request.

                        Administrative Provision

    Section 1100 authorizes the settlement of claims for 
overpayment of pay and allowances, travel, and transportation 
and relocation expenses.

                        ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL





2005 appropriation....................................      $300,614,000
2006 budget estimate..................................       440,916,000
Committee recommendation..............................       317,282,000


    The Committee recommends a total of $317,282,000 for fiscal 
year 2006 for the various operational and maintenance 
activities under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the 
Capitol (AOC). Excluded is the Senate office building account, 
which will be considered by the Senate. This amount is 
$123,634,000 below the amount requested, and $16,668,000 above 
the fiscal year 2005 appropriation.
    A summary of the appropriations recommended follows:

Architect of the Capitol (Excluding Senate)

        Item                                                      Amount
Architect of the Capitol:
    General Administration..............................     $77,002,000
    Capitol building....................................      22,097,000
    Capitol grounds.....................................       7,723,000
    House office buildings..............................      59,616,000
    Capitol Power Plant.................................      58,585,000
    Library buildings and grounds.......................      31,318,000
    Capitol Police buildings and grounds................      16,830,000
    Botanic Garden......................................       7,211,000
    Capitol Visitor Center..............................      36,900,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Total.............................................    $317,282,000

    FTE (Full-time Equivalent Employment) Planning, Management, 
and Systems Development.--To ensure that the AOC makes progress 
in improving its management of FTEs, the Chief Financial 
Officer (CFO) will report quarterly on planned actions and the 
status of completed work in developing an integrated system for 
estimating, monitoring, and reporting FTE usage. Included in 
this report should be a description of any obstacles or delays, 
reasons for these problems, and what the AOC is doing to 
resolve issues. When faced with a problem in implementing the 
system as designed, the Committee recommends that AOC look to 
other agencies' experiences and solutions in considering what 
steps to take. Further, the AOC is expected to use the 
historical records on FTE usage on file since 1992 to develop 
the automated database.
    Benefits for temporary employees.--The Committee directs 
the Architect of the Capitol to submit a report describing the 
steps taken by the Architect of the Capitol to comply with the 
requirements of Section 133 of the Legislative Branch 
Appropriations Act, 2002. This report is to be provided to the 
Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate, the 
Committee on House Administration of the House of 
Representatives and the Committee on Rules and Administration 
of the Senate by September 30, 2005.

                         General Administration





2005 appropriation....................................       $79,704,000
2006 budget estimate..................................        76,982,000
Committee recommendation..............................        77,002,000


    The Committee recommends an appropriation of $77,002,000, 
for fiscal year 2006. This amount is $2,702,000 below the 
amount provided in fiscal year 2005 and is $20,000 above the 
budget request. This account provides funds for personal 
services, equipment, communications, and other central support 
activities of the Architect of the Capitol.
    A tabulation of the increases in the annual operating 
budget and the project budget follows:

                         GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
                     [Request versus recommendation]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                             Amount         Committee
                 Item                      requested      recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
   Fiscal Year 2006 Operating Budget

Personal Services.....................      $45,167,000      $45,367,000
Rent, Communications, Utilities, and          6,047,000        6,037,000
 Travel...............................
Other Services........................       18,688,000       18,628,000
Supplies..............................          927,000          927,000
Equipment.............................        5,693,000        5,693,000
                                       ---------------------------------
        Subtotal, Operating Budget....      $76,522,000      $76,652,000
                                       =================================
    Fiscal Year 2006 Project Budget

Load Bank.............................          $40,000  ...............
Load Bank Connections.................           70,000  ...............
Study, Emergency Power Requirements...          350,000         $350,000
                                       ---------------------------------
        Subtotal, Project Budget......         $460,000         $350,000
                                       =================================
        Total, General Administration.      $76,982,000      $77,002,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                            Capitol Building





2005 appropriation....................................       $28,626,000
2006 budget estimate..................................        27,105,000
Committee recommendation..............................        22,097,000


    A total of $22,097,000 is recommended for the operation and 
maintenance of the Capitol building during fiscal year 2006. 
This amount is $6,529,000 below the amount provided in fiscal 
year 2005 and is $5,008,000 below the budget request.
    Items related to the Senate in this account have not been 
funded.
    A tabulation of the increases in the annual operating 
budget and the project budget follows:

                            CAPITOL BUILDING
                     [Request versus recommendation]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                             Amount         Committee
                 Item                      requested      recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
   Fiscal Year 2006 Operating Budget

Personal Services.....................      $10,518,000      $10,518,000
Other Services........................        3,101,000        2,830,000
Supplies..............................          666,000          666,000
Equipment.............................          245,000          245,000
                                       ---------------------------------
    Subtotal, Operating Budget........      $14,530,000      $14,259,000
                                       =================================
    Fiscal Year 2006 Project Budget

Replacement of Minton Tile............         $625,000         $240,000
Computer, Telecom, and Electrical               300,000          298,000
 Support..............................
Restoration of East Front Doors.......          720,000          720,000
Emergency Power Upgrades, House                 120,000          120,000
 Chamber..............................
Minor Construction....................        2,500,000        2,480,000
Emergency Exit Signs and Lighting, CB.        1,000,000        1,000,000
Emergency Electrical Service Upgrade,         2,980,000        2,980,000
 CB...................................
Compartment Barriers and Horizontal           2,630,000  ...............
 Exits, CB............................
West Terrace Egress Doors and Stairs,         1,700,000  ...............
 CB...................................
                                       ---------------------------------
    Subtotal, Project Budget..........      $12,575,000       $7,838,000
                                       =================================
    Total, Capitol Building...........      $27,105,000      $22,097,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                            Capitol Grounds





2005 appropriation....................................       $15,118,000
2006 budget estimate..................................         7,801,000
Committee recommendation..............................         7,723,000


    The appropriation of $7,723,000 is recommended for the care 
and improvement of the grounds surrounding the Capitol, the 
Senate and House office buildings, and the Capitol power plant. 
This amount is a decrease of $78,000 below the request and is 
$7,395,000 below the amount provided for fiscal year 2005.
    A tabulation of the increases in the annual operating 
budget and the project budget follows:

                             CAPITOL GROUNDS
                     [Request versus recommendation]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                             Amount         Committee
                 Item                      requested      recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
   Fiscal Year 2006 Operating Budget

Personal Services.....................       $5,122,000       $5,122,000
Travel................................            2,000            2,000
Other Services........................        1,131,000        1,053,000
Supplies..............................          392,000          392,000
Equipment.............................          197,000          197,000
Insurance Claims and Indemnities......            2,000            2,000
                                       ---------------------------------
    Subtotal, Operating Budget........       $6,846,000       $6,768,000
                                       =================================
    Fiscal Year 2006 Project Budget

CVC Land restoration..................          $50,000          $50,000
National Garden Sidewalks.............          165,000          165,000
East Front Plantings..................          740,000          740,000
                                       ---------------------------------
    Subtotal, Project Budget..........         $955,000         $955,000
                                       =================================
    Total, Capitol Grounds............       $7,801,000       $7,723,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                         House Office Buildings





2005 appropriation....................................       $64,830,000
2006 budget estimate..................................        68,698,000
Committee recommendation..............................        59,616,000


    For House office buildings $59,616,000 has been provided. 
This amount is a decrease of $9,082,000 below the budget 
request and is $5,214,000 below the amount provided for fiscal 
year 2005.
    A tabulation of the increases in the annual operating 
budget and the project budget follows:

                         HOUSE OFFICE BUILDINGS
                     [Request versus recommendation]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                             Amount         Committee
                 Item                      requested      recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
   Fiscal Year 2006 Operating Budget

Personal Services.....................      $33,570,000      $33,223,000
Other Services........................        3,997,000        3,832,000
Supplies..............................        1,039,000        1,039,000
Equipment.............................          250,000          250,000
                                       ---------------------------------
    Subtotal, Operating Budget........      $38,856,000      $38,344,000
                                       =================================
    Fiscal Year 2006 Project Budget

Repairs of Rayburn Garage Fire Doors..          $50,000          $50,000
Fire Pump Installation, LHOB..........          120,000          120,000
Replace Sprinkler Valves and Drains,            180,000          180,000
 HOB..................................
Minor Construction....................        5,000,000        4,960,000
Design, Parking Garage (Lot 9)........        4,000,000        4,000,000
Window Replacement, FHOB..............        3,710,000        3,710,000
Fiber Optics Pathway..................        1,050,000        1,050,000
Committee Broadcast Rooms                     1,200,000  ...............
 Infrastructure.......................
Modular Furniture Infrastructure......        1,040,000  ...............
Remodel/Refurbish Gift Shop...........          175,000          175,000
Carpet Replacement, HOB...............          502,000          502,000
House Campus Data Closets Environment           100,000          100,000
 Upgrade..............................
Remodel/Refurbish Supply Store........          100,000          100,000
Modification to House Barber Shop.....           75,000           75,000
Modification to House Beauty Salon....          100,000          100,000
High Voltage Switchgear Replacement,          1,050,000        1,050,000
 RHOB.................................
High Voltage Switchgear Replacement,          1,070,000        1,070,000
 FHOB.................................
Emergency Lighting Upgrade, LHOB......        2,700,000        2,700,000
Emergency Lighting Upgrade, RHOB......        4,790,000  ...............
Emergency Lighting Upgrade, FHOB......        1,030,000        1,030,000
Public Restroom Upgrade I, HOB........        1,500,000  ...............
Interior Access.......................          300,000          300,000
                                       ---------------------------------
    Subtotal, Project Budget..........      $29,842,000      $21,272,000
                                       =================================
    Total, House Office Buildings.....      $68,698,000      $59,616,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                          Capitol Power Plant





2005 appropriation....................................       $56,379,000
2006 budget estimate..................................        59,255,000
Committee recommendation (net)........................        58,585,000
Offsetting collections................................         6,600,000
                                                       -----------------
    Total available...................................        65,185,000


    The Committee recommends the appropriation of $58,585,000 
for the Capitol power plant for fiscal year 2006, plus 
offsetting collections of $6,600,000. This is an increase of 
$2,206,000 above the amount provided in fiscal year 2005 and 
$670,000 below the budget request.
    A tabulation of the increases in the annual operating 
budget and the project budget follows:

                           CAPITOL POWER PLANT
                     [Request versus recommendation]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                             Amount         Committee
                 Item                      requested      recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
   Fiscal Year 2006 Operating Budget

Personal Services.....................       $9,500,000       $9,400,000
Rent, Communications, Utilities, and         41,551,000       41,551,000
 Travel...............................
Other Services........................        2,240,000        2,208,000
Supplies..............................        9,190,000        9,190,000
Equipment.............................          556,000          556,000
Reimbursement.........................      (6,500,000)      (6,600,000)
                                       ---------------------------------
    Subtotal, Operating Budget........      $56,537,000      $56,305,000
                                       =================================
    Fiscal Year 2006 Project Budget

Replace Air Compressors with                   $230,000         $230,000
 Centrifugal Units....................
Replace Ash Handling System...........          230,000  ...............
Replace Hotwell with Condensate                 240,000          240,000
 Receiver.............................
Main Dozer and Track Mobile...........          418,000          218,000
CPP Beautification (Design)...........        1,000,000          992,000
Egress Improvements (Design)..........          600,000          600,000
                                       ---------------------------------
    Subtotal, Project Budget..........       $2,718,000       $2,280,000
                                       =================================
    Total, Capitol Power Plant........      $59,255,000      $58,585,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                     Library Buildings and Grounds





2005 appropriation....................................       $39,776,000
2006 budget estimate..................................        83,318,000
Committee recommendation..............................        31,318,000


    For Library buildings and grounds $31,318,000 has been 
provided. This amount is a decrease of $8,458,000 below the 
current fiscal year and is $52,000,000 below the request.
    A tabulation of the increases in the annual operating 
budget and the project budget follows:

                      LIBRARY BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
                     [Request versus recommendation]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                             Amount         Committee
                 Item                      requested      recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
   Fiscal Year 2006 Operating Budget

Personal Services.....................      $11,524,000      $11,274,000
Transportation of Things..............           15,000           15,000
Other Services........................        6,784,000        5,174,000
Supplies..............................        2,041,000        2,041,000
Equipment.............................          359,000          359,000
                                       ---------------------------------
    Subtotal, Operating Budget........      $20,723,000      $18,863,000
                                       =================================
    Fiscal Year 2006 Project Budget

Preservation Environmental Monitoring.          $80,000  ...............
Replace Sidewalks, JAB & TJB..........          100,000  ...............
Replace Partitions Support, JMMB......          250,000  ...............
Painting of Interior, TJB.............          245,000         $240,000
Repair Life Safety Deficiencies.......          400,000          390,000
Upgrade Filtration Efficiency to 95%..          700,000  ...............
Copyright Office Reconfiguration......        5,500,000        5,500,000
Book Storage Modules 3 & 4............       40,700,000  ...............
Smoke Detector Upgrades, JAB..........        3,700,000        3,700,000
Smoke Detector Upgrades, JMMB.........        3,700,000  ...............
High Voltage Switchgear Replacement,          1,180,000  ...............
 JMMB.................................
High Voltage Switchgear Replacement,          1,090,000          500,000
 TJB..................................
Condition Assessment--All LOC                 2,400,000  ...............
 Facilities...........................
Design, Copyright Deposit Facility,     ...............          835,000
 Fort Meade...........................
Copyright Deposit Facility, Fort Meade          800,000  ...............
TJB Decks, B, C, & D (Design).........          450,000  ...............
Minor Construction....................        1,300,000        1,290,000
                                       ---------------------------------
    Subtotal, Project Budget..........      $62,595,000      $12,455,000
                                       =================================
    Total, Library Buildings and            $83,318,000      $31,318,000
     Grounds..........................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                  Capitol Police Buildings and Grounds





2005 appropriation....................................        $9,906,000
2006 budget estimate..................................        34,959,000
Committee recommendation..............................        16,830,000


    For Capitol Police buildings and grounds $16,830,000 has 
been provided. This amount is a decrease of $18,129,000 below 
the budget request and $6,924,000 above the current level.
    A tabulation of the increases in the annual operating 
budget and the project budget follows:

                  CAPITOL POLICE BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
                     [Request versus recommendation]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                             Amount         Committee
                 Item                      requested      recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
   Fiscal Year 2006 Operating Budget

Personal Services.....................         $421,000         $421,000
Rent, Communications, and                     8,068,000        8,068,000
 Transportation of Things.............
Other Services........................        2,134,000        2,009,000
Supplies..............................           50,000           50,000
                                       ---------------------------------
    Subtotal, Operating Budget........      $10,673,000      $10,548,000
                                       =================================
    Fiscal Year 2006 Project Budget

USCP Furniture Replacement............         $500,000         $496,000
HVAC Replacement, Crib................          116,000          116,000
Backup Power-Farichild Building.......           70,000           70,000
Update USCP Master Plan...............           50,000           50,000
Energy Survey, USCP...................           50,000           50,000
Minor Construction....................          500,000          500,000
Vehicle Maintenance Facility Purchase.  ...............        5,000,000
Off-site Delivery/Screening Center,          23,000,000  ...............
 USCP.................................
                                       ---------------------------------
    Subtotal, Project Budget..........      $24,286,000       $6,282,000
                                       =================================
    Total, Capitol Police Buildings         $34,959,000      $16,830,000
     and Grounds......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                             Botanic Garden





2005 appropriation....................................        $6,275,000
2006 budget estimate..................................        10,613,000
Committee recommendation..............................         7,211,000


    The amount recommended for the Botanic Garden is 
$7,211,000. This amount is $3,402,000 below the budget request 
and $936,000 above the current level.
    Botanic Garden facility.--The Committee directs the 
Architect of the Capitol to prepare a report on the feasibility 
and desirability of establishing and operating within the 
United States Botanic Garden a facility such as a snack bar, 
kiosk, or commissary for the sale of beverages and food items 
to visitors to the Botanic Garden. This report is to be 
submitted to the Committees on Appropriations of the House and 
Senate by November 30, 2005.
    The following tabulation summarizes the recommendations:

                             BOTANIC GARDEN
                     [Request versus recommendation]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                             Amount         Committee
                 Item                      requested      recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
   Fiscal Year 2006 Operating Budget

Personal Services.....................       $4,883,000       $4,883,000
Travel & Transportation of Things.....            8,000            8,000
Other Services........................          605,000          445,000
Supplies..............................          745,000          745,000
Equipment.............................          125,000          125,000
                                       ---------------------------------
    Subtotal, Operating Budget........       $6,366,000       $6,206,000
                                       =================================
    Fiscal Year 2006 Project Budget

Partnership Support...................         $300,000         $298,000
Fire Alarm System Upgrade, Production           187,000          187,000
 Facility.............................
National Garden Operations............  ...............          520,000
Vehicle Replacement...................           60,000  ...............
Conservatory Construction Claim.......        3,500,000  ...............
Administration Building Improvements..          200,000  ...............
                                       ---------------------------------
    Subtotal, Project Budget..........       $4,247,000       $1,005,000
                                       =================================
    Total, Botanic Garden.............      $10,613,000       $7,211,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                         Capitol Visitor Center





2005 appropriation....................................  ................
2006 budget estimate..................................       $72,185,000
Committee recommendation..............................        36,900,000


    The Committee recommends funding in the amount of 
$36,900,000 for the cost to complete construction of the 
Capitol Visitor Center, as requested by the Architect. This 
amount is $35,285,000 under the budget request. Of this amount, 
$10,930,000 has been withdrawn by the Architect. The balance of 
the request, $24,355,000, for operations is not recommended in 
this bill. Section 1203 establishes a ``Capitol Visitor Center 
Governing Board'' to address the issue of daily operations of 
the Visitor Center. The composition of the Board be as follows: 
The Speaker of the House or his designee, The Minority Leader 
of the House or his designee, the Chairman and Ranking Minority 
Member of the Committee on House Administration, the Majority 
and Minority Leaders of the Senate or their designees, and the 
Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Senate 
Rules and Administration.

                         CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER
                     [Request versus recommendation]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                             Amount         Committee
                 Item                      requested      recommendation
------------------------------------------------------------------------
   Fiscal Year 2006 Operating Budget

Personal Services.....................      $12,098,000  ...............
Travel & Printing and Reproduction....          647,000  ...............
Supplies..............................          295,000  ...............
Equipment.............................        2,254,000  ...............
                                       ---------------------------------
    Subtotal, Operating Budget........      $15,294,000  ...............
                                       =================================
    Fiscal Year 2006 Project Budget
Transition Support....................       $3,789,000  ...............
Visitor Services......................        1,472,000  ...............
Exhibits..............................          407,000  ...............
Gift Shops............................        1,268,000  ...............
USCP CVC Fit-Out......................          350,000  ...............
U.S. House of Representatives CAO             1,775,000  ...............
 Shell Space..........................
U.S. House of Representatives CAO.....       10,930,000  ...............
CVC Construction Cost to Complete.....       36,900,000      $36,900,000
                                       ---------------------------------
    Subtotal, Project Budget..........      $56,891,000      $36,900,000
                                       =================================
    Total, Capitol Visitor Center.....      $72,185,000      $36,900,000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

                       Administrative Provisions

    Section 1201 amends the number of positions that the 
Architect of the Capitol can set for per annum compensation. 
Section 1202 provides for the Architect to enter into or assume 
a lease for a tenant in a government owned facility.

                          LIBRARY OF CONGRESS


                         (INCLUDING RESCISSION)

    The Committee recommends appropriations totaling 
$552,950,000 for the operations of the Library of Congress for 
fiscal year 2006. The following table summarizes the allocation 
of funds by appropriation account:

                           Library of Congress

                           Item                              Amount

Fiscal year 2006:
    Salaries and expenses.............................      $381,794,000
    Copyright Office..................................        22,655,000
    Congressional Research Service....................        99,952,000
    Books for the blind and physically handicapped....        54,049,000
    (Rescission)......................................       -15,500,000
                                                       -----------------
      Total...........................................      $542,950,000


                         Salaries and Expenses





2005 appropriation....................................      $375,294,000
2006 budget estimate..................................       402,729,000
Committee recommendation..............................       381,794,000
(Plus: Authority to spend receipts)...................       (6,350,000)
                                                       -----------------
    Total available...................................      $381,794,000


    The sum of $381,794,000, plus $6,350,000 in offsetting 
receipts, is recommended for salaries and expenses, which is 
the basic appropriation for the operation of Library programs, 
an increase of $6,500,000 above the current level and a 
decrease of $20,935,000 below the request. This level of 
funding provides $10,480,000 for mandatory pay increases and 
$1,967,000 for price level increases. The recommendation 
includes program increases of $1,000,000 for acquisition of 
books, $1,465,000 for preservation activities, $3,680,000 for 
information technology and emergency preparedness, and 
$1,200,000 to cover the second year costs of a multi-year 
requirement for the Department of State Capital Security Cost-
Sharing Program. The level of funding provided supports 2,908 
FTEs.
    The Committee has included a rescission of $15,500,000 from 
funds made available for the National Digital Information 
Infrastructure and Preservation Program to fund the multi-year 
Copyright Reengineering Project. This rescission provides 
$5,500,000 required by the Architect of the Capitol, Library 
Buildings and Grounds account to complete the building 
renovation required for the Copyright Office and $10,000,000 
required for the Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund.
    The Committee is very concerned with the lack of 
notification to the Congress concerning awards made under the 
National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation 
Program. On two occasions in September, 2004 and May, 2005 
awards were granted and the Congress learned of the awards, 
after the fact, from a Library of Congress press release or an 
article in the newspaper. This type of notification is not 
acceptable. The Congress has fully supported this program and 
expects that the Library will take the necessary steps to 
ensure that when future grants are made that Members and the 
Committee on Appropriations of the House and Senate will 
receive appropriate advance notification.

                            Copyright Office





2005 appropriation....................................       $19,973,000
2006 budget request...................................        27,534,000
Committee recommendation..............................        22,655,000
(Plus: Authority to spend receipts)...................      (35,946,000)
                                                       -----------------
      Total available.................................       $58,601,000


    Salaries and expenses.--The Committee recommends an 
appropriation of $22,655,000, plus authority to spend 
$35,946,000 in receipts, for the Copyright Office. The total 
available in this recommendation is $2,682,000 above the amount 
provided in the current fiscal year. This recommendation 
provides $1,507,000 for mandatory pay increases and $24,000 for 
price level increases. The Committee has included funding to 
complete the multi-year Copyright Re-engineering Project.
    The Committee recommendation includes language that funds 
the new Copyright Royalty Judges Program at the request level 
which is funded by using offsetting collections.

                     Congressional Research Service





2005 appropriation....................................       $96,118,000
2006 budget estimate..................................       105,289,000
Committee recommendation..............................        99,952,000


    Salaries and expenses.--The Committee recommends 
$99,952,000 for fiscal year 2006. This amount is $3,834,000 
above the current year and is $5,337,000 below the request. 
This recommendation provides $3,470,000 for mandatory pay 
increases and $409,000 for price level increases. The 
recommendation also provides an additional $500,000 for 
research materials.

             Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped





2005 appropriation....................................       $53,977,000
2006 budget estimate..................................        55,243,000
Committee recommendation..............................        54,049,000


    Salaries and expenses.--A total of $54,049,000 is 
recommended for the National Library Service for the Blind and 
Physically Handicapped, an increase of $72,000 over the amount 
provided in fiscal year 2005. This recommendation provides 
$381,000 for mandatory pay increases and $164,000 for price 
level increases, which are offset by a $198,000 reduction for 
the National Federation for the Blind NEWSLINE Program and a 
reduction of $275,000 for digital talking books.

                       Administrative Provisions

    The Committee has included four administrative provisions. 
Section 1301 provides for expenses related to official 
representation for the incentive awards program. Section 1302 
provides obligational authority for various Library programs. 
Section 1303 limits the amount of reimbursement to the 
Department of State for maintenance, upgrade, and construction. 
Section 1304 repeals Section 208 of the Legislative Branch 
Appropriations Act, 1996 related to parliamentary development.

                       GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE


                   Congressional Printing and Binding





2005 appropriation....................................       $88,090,000
2006 budget estimate..................................        92,283,000
Committee recommendation..............................        88,090,000


    The Committee has included an appropriation of $88,090,000 
for printing and binding of congressional documents at the 
Government Printing Office for use by Congress. The Committee 
has maintained the level of funding at the fiscal year 2005 
level because for the past three fiscal years the unobligated 
balance/surplus in the Congressional Printing and Binding 
account has ranged from $4.2 million to $6.4 million. Retaining 
the current level of funding should be more than adequate to 
sustain the fiscal year 2006 program requirements.
    A comparative summary of the recommendation by category of 
work follows:

                                       CONGRESSIONAL PRINTING AND BINDING
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                Appropriation                      Recommended
                                                                     2005        Requested 2006        2006
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Congressional Record program.................................      $21,752,000      $22,211,000  ...............
Miscellaneous publications...................................        3,564,000        3,903,000  ...............
Miscellaneous printing and binding...........................       18,579,000       18,470,000  ...............
Details to Congress..........................................        2,780,000        2,841,000  ...............
Document envelopes and document franks.......................          722,000          948,000  ...............
Business and committee calendars.............................        2,940,000        3,485,000  ...............
Bills, resolutions, and amendments...........................        5,421,000        6,192,000  ...............
Committee reports............................................        6,253,000        6,894,000  ...............
Documents....................................................        3,985,000        3,888,000  ...............
Hearings.....................................................       19,639,000       21,815,000  ...............
Committee prints.............................................        2,455,000        1,636,000  ...............
                                                              --------------------------------------------------
    Total....................................................      $88,090,000      $92,283,000      $88,090,000
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                 Office of Superintendent of Documents





2005 appropriation....................................       $31,697,000
2006 budget estimate..................................        33,837,000
Committee recommendation..............................        33,337,000


    The Committee recommends the appropriation of $33,337,000 
for the salaries and expenses of the Superintendent of 
Documents, a part of the Government Printing Office. This 
amount is $1,640,000 above the fiscal year 2005 level and is 
$500,000 below the budget request. The amount below the budget 
reflects half the amount required for the transportation and 
shipping of materials for the legacy digitization initiative 
and the National Collection. The Committee will consider any 
reprogramming request made by the GPO for the funding required 
for the transportation costs if the GPO considers this to be a 
top priority program need.

               Government Printing Office Revolving Fund





2005 appropriation....................................  ................
2006 budget estimate..................................        $5,000,000
Committee recommendation..............................         1,200,000


    The Committee recommendation has provided $1,200,000 to the 
revolving fund to be used towards workforce retraining. Because 
of budgetary constraints the Committee has not been able to 
fund the entire request of $5 million for the workforce-
retraining program. The bill includes the usual language 
authorizing the operation of the revolving fund, authority to 
hire or purchase automobiles, advisory councils, and 
consultants, and authorization for expenditure of funds for the 
Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Commission. The limit on full-
time equivalent employment has been set at 2,621.

                    GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE


                         Salaries and Expenses





2005 appropriation....................................      $467,205,000
2006 budget estimate..................................       486,383,000
Committee recommendation..............................       482,395,000
Offsetting collections................................       (7,165,000)
 Total available.....................................       489,560,000


    The Committee has provided $482,395,000 in direct 
appropriations for the Government Accountability Office, plus 
$7,165,000 in offsetting collections derived from 
reimbursements for conducting financial audits of government 
corporations and rental of space in the GAO building. This 
funding provides for 3,215 FTEs.

         Payment to the Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund





2005 appropriation....................................       $13,392,000
2006 budget estimate..................................        14,000,000
Committee recommendation..............................        14,000,000


    The Committee recommends $14,000,000 for payment to the 
Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund. This amount is 
$608,000 above the FY 2005 level and is the same as the budget 
request.

                      TITLE II--GENERAL PROVISIONS

    The customary language regarding emergency assistance for 
vehicles, fiscal year limitation, positions and allowances, 
consulting services, awards and settlements, the Legislative 
Branch Financial Managers Council, the Architect to maintain 
and landscape areas on Washington Avenue SW and a limitation on 
transfers of funds is included in this bill (Sec. 201-208). The 
Committee has included section 209 which places a limitation on 
the aggregate compensation of Legislative Branch employees.

                TITLE III--CONTINUITY IN REPRESENTATION

    The Committee recommends language that provides for 
continuity in representation regarding the House of 
Representatives.

                        CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY

    Clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives states that:

          Each report of a committee on a bill or joint 
        resolution of a public character shall include a 
        statement citing the specific powers granted to the 
        Congress in the Constitution to enact the law proposed 
        by the bill or joint resolution.

    The Committee on Appropriations bases its authority to 
report this legislation on Clause 7 of Section 9 of Article I 
of the Constitution of the United States of America, which 
states:

          No money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in 
        consequence of Appropriations made by law. * * *

    Appropriations contained in this Act are made pursuant to 
this specific power granted by the Constitution.

                   COMPARISON WITH BUDGET RESOLUTION

    Clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives requires an explanation of compliance with 
section 308(a)(1)(A) of the Congressional Budget and 
Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-09344), as amended, 
which requires that the report accompanying a bill providing 
new budget authority contain a statement detailing how that 
authority compares with the reports submitted under section 302 
of the Act for the most recently agreed to concurrent 
resolution on the budget for the fiscal year from the 
Committee's section 302(b) allocation.
    This information follows:

                    COMPARISON WITH BUDGET RESOLUTION
                        [In millions of dollars]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                   Sec. 302(b)           This bill--
                             -------------------------------------------
                                Budget                Budget
                              authority   Outlays   authority   Outlays
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Discretionary...............     $3,719     $3,804     $2,870  \1\ $3,08
                                                                       9
Mandatory...................        118        117        118        117
                             -------------------------------------------
    Total...................     $3,837     $3,921     $2,988    $3,206
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Note.--Bill amounts excludes discretionary Senate-related items.
\1\ Includes outlays from House and Senate prior-year budget authority.

                    FIVE-YEAR PROJECTION OF OUTLAYS

    In compliance with section 308(a)(1)(B) of the 
Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (P.L. 
93-09344), as amended, the following table contains five-year 
projections associated with the budget authority provided in 
the accompanying bill:

                     Five-Year Projection of Outlays

                                                           Millions

Outlays:
    2006..............................................             2,572
    2007..............................................               287
    2008..............................................                79
    2009..............................................                19
    2010..............................................                14


               ASSISTANCE TO STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

    In accordance with section 308(a)(1)(C) of the 
Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 (P.L. 
93-09344), as amended, the financial assistance to State and 
local governments is as follows:
    The accompanying bill contains no funding for State and 
local assistance programs.

                           TRANSFERS OF FUNDS

    Indefinite transfer authority is authorized in Library of 
Congress, Congressional printing and binding, the 
Superintendent of Documents, and the Capitol Police programs.

         STATEMENT OF GENERAL PERFORMANCE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

    Pursuant to clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the following is a statement of 
general performance goals and objectives for which this measure 
authorizes funding:
    The Committee on Appropriations considers program 
performance, including a program's success in developing and 
attaining outcome-related goals and objectives, in developing 
funding recommendations.

                              RESCISSIONS

    Pursuant to clause 3(f)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the following table is submitted 
describing the rescissions recommended in the accompanying 
bill:

Library of Congress, Salaries and Expenses..............     $15,500,000

               CHANGES IN THE APPLICATION OF EXISTING LAW

    Pursuant to clause 3(f)(1), of rule XIII of the House of 
Representatives, the following statements are submitted 
describing the effect of provisions in the accompanying bill 
which directly or indirectly change the application of existing 
law:
    1. The bill provides that certain appropriation items 
remain available for more than one year where programs or 
projects are continuing in nature under the provisions of 
authorizing legislation but for which that legislation does not 
specifically authorize such extended availability. Most of 
these items have been carried in previous appropriation bills. 
This authority tends to result in savings by removing the 
incentive to commit funds at the end of the fiscal year.
    2. The bill includes a number of provisions which place 
limitations on, or which authorize or reauthorize, the use of 
funds in the bill, or change or extend existing limitations, 
appropriations, or authorizations, and which under some 
circumstances might be construed as changing the application of 
existing law.
    3. There is language that allows reimbursement for service 
to be used by the servicing entity.
    4. The bill continues the practice of providing official 
reception and representation allowances for officers and 
offices of the legislative branch.
    5. The bill authorizes expenses for employee awards, such 
as certificates or plaques and related ceremonial 
presentations, by certain agencies.
    6. The bill authorizes salaries and expenses of the House 
Child Care Center.
    7. The bill requires unspent funds remaining in Members 
Representational Allowances to be used for deficit or debt 
reduction.
    8. There is language that authorizes allowances for 
employees of the Office of the Attending Physician.
    9. There is language that authorizes additional employees 
for the Guide Service during emergencies.
    10. There is language under ``Capitol Police, General 
Expenses'' authorizing advance payments for travel by Capitol 
Police personnel for training or other purposes, expenses 
associated with the relocation of liaison or instructor 
personnel from the Capitol Police force to and from the Federal 
Law Enforcement Training Center and for the costs of basic 
training of police personnel.
    11. The bill authorizes the transfer of funds within 
``Capitol Police, Salaries'' and ``Capitol Police, General 
Expenses'', subject to approval.
    12. There is language under Capitol Police, which transfers 
the horses, equipment, and supplies of the Capitol Police horse 
unit to the United States Park Service.
    13. There is language that requires the Capitol Police to 
file financial disclosure reports with the Clerk of the House.
    14. There is language under Capitol Police that repeals 
expanded jurisdiction for certain programs.
    15. There is language under Capitol Police that establishes 
reprogramming guidelines.
    16. There is language under Capitol Police establishing an 
office of Inspector General.
    17. There is language under the Office of Compliance 
providing for the disposal of personal property.
    18. There is language under the Congressional Budget Office 
providing for the waiver of erroneous overpayments.
    19. There is language under ``Capitol Power Plant'', 
Architect of the Capitol, allowing reimbursements for chilled 
water and steam provided to the Government Printing Office, the 
Washington City Post Office, the Supreme Court, the Thurgood 
Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, Union Station Complex and 
the Folger Shakespeare Library to be credited to this 
appropriation and made available for obligation.
    20. There is language under the Architect of the Capitol, 
Botanic Garden that authorizes expenditures for the National 
Garden.
    21. There is language under the Architect of the Capitol 
changing the number of positions authorized to have annual 
salaries established by the Architect.
    22. There is language under the Architect of the Capitol 
authorizing the Architect to assume or enter into a lease for a 
tenant in a government owned facility.
    23. There is language under the Architect of the Capitol 
that establishes a Capitol Visitor Center Governing Board.
    24. There is authority to expend funds collected under the 
authority of 2 U.S.C. 150 and for international legal 
information, the balance to remain available until expended.
    25. There is language authorizing the expenditure of funds 
for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
    26. There is language rescinding funds for ``Library of 
Congress, Salaries and Expenses.''
    27. There is language authorizing expenditure of receipts 
for the Copyright Royalty Judges.
    28. There is language under ``Congressional Research 
Service'' which prohibits the publication of material unless 
approved by the appropriate committees.
    29. There is language authorizing the temporary transfer of 
funds under the heading ``Library of Congress, Salaries and 
Expenses''.
    30. There is language under Library of Congress related to 
assistance for parliamentary development.
    31. There is language under ``Congressional printing and 
binding'' restricting the use of funds appropriated to the 
Government Printing Office for the permanent edition of the 
Congressional Record for individual Representatives and 
Senators, Resident Commissioners, or Delegates, and language 
providing that appropriations recommended shall be available 
for the payment of obligations incurred under appropriations 
for similar purposes for preceding fiscal years, primarily due 
to the unpredictability of the volume of work generated by the 
Congress, limiting the printing of certain documents to a time 
certain, and authorizing the transfer of unobligated balances.
    32. Authorization of appropriations for Congressional 
printing and binding is included.
    33. There is language under ``Salaries and Expenses'', 
Office of Superintendent of Documents, which authorizes the use 
of current appropriations to pay for printing certain 
publications in prior years for the depository library program. 
There is language authorizing the transfer of unexpended 
balances.
    34. There is language authorizing the operation of the 
Government Printing Office revolving fund, and which authorizes 
travel expenses for advisory councils.
    35. There is language authorizing the expenditure of funds 
from the Government Printing Office revolving fund for the 
Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Commission.
    36. The bill includes a limitation on GPO employment of not 
more than 2,621 full-time equivalent work years.
    37. There is language relating to the Government 
Accountability Office authorizing the direct procurement of 
expert and consultant services under 5 U.S.C. 3109, at certain 
rates; authorizing the hire of one passenger motor vehicle, as 
required by 31 U.S.C. 1343; authorizing the General Accounting 
Office to make advance payments in foreign countries in 
accordance with 31 U.S.C. 3324; and to provide certain 
benefits, including rental of living quarters in foreign 
countries; appropriations are authorized for administrative 
expenses of any other member department or agency to finance an 
appropriate share of the costs of the National 
Intergovernmental Audit Forum or a Regional Intergovernmental 
Audit Forum.
    38. In Section 201, there is language prohibiting the use 
of funds in the Act for the maintenance or care of private 
vehicles except for emergency assistance and cleaning as may be 
provided under regulations relating to parking facilities for 
the House issued by the Committee on House Administration and 
for the Senate by the Committee on Rules and Administration.
    39. Section 203 provides that whenever any office or 
position not specifically established by the Legislative Pay 
Act of 1929 is appropriated for herein or whenever the rate of 
compensation or designation of any position appropriated for 
herein is different from that specifically established for such 
position by such Act, the rate of compensation and the 
designation of the position, or either, appropriated for or 
provided herein, shall be the permanent law with respect 
thereto: Provided that the provisions herein for the various 
items of official expenses of Members, officers, and committees 
of the Senate and House, and clerk hire for Senators and 
Members shall be the permanent law with respect thereto.
    40. Section 204 requires that certain information regarding 
consulting services shall be a matter of public record.
    41. Section 206 authorizes legislative branch entities to 
share the costs of the Legislative Branch Financial Managers 
Council.
    42. Section 207 authorizes the Architect of the Capitol to 
maintain certain property.
    43. Section 208 limits the transfer of funds in this Act.
    44. Section 209 caps compensation of employees in the Act 
to not exceed the annual rate of pay for Members.
    45. There is language under Title III that provides for 
continuity in representation regarding the House of 
Representatives.

          COMPLIANCE WITH RULE XIII, CL. 3(e) (RAMSEYER RULE)

    In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by 
the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (existing law 
proposed to be omitted is enclosed in black brackets, new 
matter is printed in italic, existing law in which no change is 
proposed is shown in roman):
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          SECTION 103 OF THE ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT ACT OF 1978


                           FILING OF REPORTS

  Sec. 103. (a) * * *

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  (h)(1) The reports required under this title shall be filed 
by a reporting individual with--
          (A)(i)(I) the Clerk of the House of Representatives, 
        in the case of a Representative in Congress, a Delegate 
        to Congress, the Resident Commissioner from Puerto 
        Rico, an officer or employee of the Congress whose 
        compensation is disbursed by the Chief Administrator 
        Officer of the House of Representatives, an officer or 
        employee of the Architect of the Capitol, United States 
        Capitol Police, the United States Botanic Garden, the 
        Congressional Budget Office, the Government Printing 
        Office, the Library of Congress, or the Copyright 
        Royalty Tribunal (including any individual terminating 
        service, under section 101(e), in any office or 
        position referred to in this subclause), or an 
        individual described in section 101(c) who is a 
        candidate for nomination or election as a 
        Representative in Congress, a Delegate to Congress, or 
        the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico; and

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    SECTION 1003 OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2004

  [Sec. 1003. Extended Capitol Police Jurisdiction Zone for the 
Truck Interdiction Program. (a) In General.--Section 9B of the 
Act entitled ``An Act to define the area of the United States 
Capitol Grounds, to regulate the use thereof, and for other 
purposes'', approved July 31, 1946 (2 U.S.C. 1967) is amended--
          [(1) in subsection (a)--
                  [(A) in paragraph (3), by striking ``and'' 
                after the semicolon;
                  [(B) in paragraph (4), by striking ``in 
                subsection (b) of this section.'' and inserting 
                ``under subsection (b)(1); and''; and
                  [(C) by adding at the end the following:
          [``(5) within the area described under subsection 
        (b)(2)--
                  [``(A) with respect to any crime of violence 
                committed in the presence of the member, if the 
                member is in the performance of official 
                duties, as defined under such regulations, when 
                the crime is committed; and
                  [``(B) to prevent imminent loss of life or 
                injury to person or property, if the officer is 
                in the performance of official duties, as 
                defined under such regulations, when the 
                authority is exercised.''; and
          [(2) in subsection (b)--
                  [(A) by inserting ``(1)'' after ``(b)''; and
                  [(B) by adding at the end the following:
          [``(2) The area referred to under subsection (a)(5) 
        is that area bounded by the north curb of Constitution 
        Avenue from 14th Street, N.W., to 3rd Street, N.W., the 
        east curb of 3rd Street from Constitution Avenue, N.W., 
        to Independence Avenue, S.W., the south curb of 
        Independence Avenue from 3rd Street, S.W., to 14th 
        Street, S.W., and the west curb of 14th Street from 
        Independence Avenue, S.W., to Constitution Avenue, 
        N.W.''.
  [(b) Rule of Construction.--Nothing in the amendments made by 
this section may be construed to limit the authority of the 
Capitol Police as in effect before the effective date of this 
section.
  [(c) Effective Date.--This section shall take effect on the 
date on which the Committee on Rules and Administration of the 
Senate and the Committee on House Administration of the House 
of Representatives approve regulations prescribed by the 
Capitol Police Board for the sole implementation, execution and 
maintenance of the truck interdiction program.]
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                 SECTION 9B OF THE ACT OF JULY 31, 1946


  AN ACT to define the area of the United States Capitol Grounds, to 
           regulate the use thereof, and for other purposes.

  Sec. 9B. (a) Subject to such regulations as may be prescribed 
by the Capitol Police Board and approved by the Committee on 
House Administration of the House of Representatives and the 
Committee on Rules and Administration of the Senate, a member 
of the Capitol Police shall have authority to make arrests and 
otherwise enforce the laws of the United States, including the 
laws of the District of Columbia--
          (1) * * *

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

          (3) within the District of Columbia, to prevent 
        imminent loss of life or injury to person or property, 
        if the officer is in the performance of official duties 
        when the authority is exercised; and
          (4) within the area described under [subsection 
        (b)(1); and] in subsection (b).
          [(5) within the area described under subsection 
        (b)(2)--
                  [(A) with respect to any crime of violence 
                committed in the presence of the member, if the 
                member is in the performance of official 
                duties, as defined under such regulations, when 
                the crime is committed; and
                  [(B) to prevent imminent loss of life or 
                injury to person or property, if the officer is 
                in the performance of official duties, as 
                defined under such regulations, when the 
                authority is exercised.]
  (b)[(1)] The area referred to in subsection (a)(4) is that 
area bounded by the north curb of H Street from 3rd Street, 
N.W. to 7th Street, N.E., the east curb of 7th Street from H 
Street, N.E., to M Street, S.E., the south curb of M Street 
from 7th Street, S.E. to 1st Street, S.E., the east curb of 1st 
Street from M Street, S.E. to Potomac Avenue S.E., the 
southeast curb of Potomac Avenue from 1st Street, S.E. to South 
Capitol Street, S.W., the west curb of South Capitol Street 
from Potomac Avenue, S.W. to P Street, S.W., the north curb of 
P Street from South Capitol Street, S.W. to 3rd Street, S.W., 
and the west curb of 3rd Street from P Street, S.W. to H 
Street, N.W.
          [(2) The area referred to under subsection (a)(5) is 
        that area bounded by the north curb of Constitution 
        Avenue from 14th Street, N.W., to 3rd Street, N.W., the 
        east curb of 3rd Street from Constitution Avenue, N.W., 
        to Independence Avenue, S.W., the south curb of 
        Independence Avenue from 3rd Street, S.W., to 14th 
        Street, S.W., and the west curb of 14th Street from 
        Independence Avenue, S.W., to Constitution Avenue, 
        N.W.]

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     SECTION 108 OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 1991


                       ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

  Sec. 108. (a) * * *
  (b) Effective beginning with any pay period beginning on or 
after the date of enactment of the Legislative Branch 
Appropriations Act, 1992, the rate of basic pay for up to [8] 
10 positions under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the 
Capitol may be fixed at such rate as the Architect considers 
appropriate for each, not to exceed 135 percent of the minimum 
rate payable for grade GS-15 of the General Schedule.
  (c) The Architect of the Capitol may fix the rate of basic 
pay for not more than [4] 2 positions for Executive Project 
Directors whose salary is payable from project funds, at a rate 
not to exceed 95 percent of the highest total rate of pay for 
the Senior Executive Service under subchapter VIII of chapter 
53 of title 5, United States Code, for the locality involved.
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  SECTION 905 OF THE 2002 SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT FOR FURTHER 
  RECOVERY FROM AND RESPONSE TO TERRORIST ATTACKS ON THE UNITED STATES

  Sec. 905. (a) * * *

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  (d) In the case of a building or facility acquired through 
purchase pursuant to subsection (a), the Architect of the 
Capitol may enter into or assume a lease with another person 
for the use of any portion of the building or facility that the 
Architect determines is not required to be used to carry out 
the purposes of this section, subject to the approval of the 
entity which approved the acquisition of such building or 
facility under subsection (b).
  [(d)] (e) This section shall apply with respect to fiscal 
year 2002 and each succeeding fiscal year.
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     SECTION 208 OF THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 1996

  [Sec. 208. Notwithstanding this or any other Act, 
obligational authority under the heading ``Library of 
Congress'' for activities in support of parliamentary 
development is prohibited, except for Russia, Ukraine, Albania, 
Slovakia, and Romania, for other than incidental purposes.]
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              SECTION 5584 of TITLE 5, UNITED STATES CODE


Sec. 5584. Claims for overpayment of pay and allowances, and of travel, 
                    transportation and relocation expenses and 
                    allowances

  (a) * * *

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

  (g) For the purpose of this section, ``agency'' means--
          (1) * * *

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

          (5) the Botanic Garden; [and]
          (6) the Administrative Office of the United States 
        Courts, the Federal Judicial Center, and any of the 
        courts set forth in section 610 of title 28[.]; and
          (7) the Congressional Budget Office.

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        SECTION 26 OF THE REVISED STATUTES OF THE UNITED STATES

  Sec. 26. [The time] (a) In General.--Except as provided in 
subsection (b), the time for holding elections in any State, 
District, or Territory for a Representative or Delegate to fill 
a vacancy, whether such vacancy is caused by a failure to elect 
at the time prescribed by law, or by the death, resignation, or 
incapacity of a person elected, may be prescribed by the laws 
of the several States and Territories respectively.
  (b) Special Rules in Extraordinary Circumstances.--
          (1) In general.--In extraordinary circumstances, the 
        executive authority of any State in which a vacancy 
        exists in its representation in the House of 
        Representatives shall issue a writ of election to fill 
        such vacancy by special election.
          (2) Timing of special election.--A special election 
        held under this subsection to fill a vacancy shall take 
        place not later than 49 days after the Speaker of the 
        House of Representatives announces that the vacancy 
        exists, unless, during the 75-day period which begins 
        on the date of the announcement of the vacancy--
                  (A) a regularly scheduled general election 
                for the office involved is to be held; or
                  (B) another special election for the office 
                involved is to be held, pursuant to a writ for 
                a special election issued by the chief 
                executive of the State prior to the date of the 
                announcement of the vacancy.
          (3) Nominations by parties.--If a special election is 
        to be held under this subsection, the determination of 
        the candidates who will run in such election shall be 
        made--
                  (A) by nominations made not later than 10 
                days after the Speaker announces that the 
                vacancy exists by the political parties of the 
                State that are authorized by State law to 
                nominate candidates for the election; or
                  (B) by any other method the State considers 
                appropriate, including holding primary 
                elections, that will ensure that the State will 
                hold the special election within the deadline 
                required under paragraph (2).
          (4) Extraordinary circumstances.--
                  (A) In general.--In this subsection, 
                ``extraordinary circumstances'' occur when the 
                Speaker of the House of Representatives 
                announces that vacancies in the representation 
                from the States in the House exceed 100.
                  (B) Judicial review.--If any action is 
                brought for declaratory or injunctive relief to 
                challenge an announcement made under 
                subparagraph (A), the following rules shall 
                apply:
                          (i) Not later than 2 days after the 
                        announcement, the action shall be filed 
                        in the United States District Court 
                        having jurisdiction in the district of 
                        the Member of the House of 
                        Representatives whose seat has been 
                        announced to be vacant and shall be 
                        heard by a 3-judge court convened 
                        pursuant to section 2284 of title 28, 
                        United States Code.
                          (ii) A copy of the complaint shall be 
                        delivered promptly to the Clerk of the 
                        House of Representatives.
                          (iii) A final decision in the action 
                        shall be made within 3 days of the 
                        filing of such action and shall not be 
                        reviewable.
                          (iv) The executive authority of the 
                        State that contains the district of the 
                        Member of the House of Representatives 
                        whose seat has been announced to be 
                        vacant shall have the right to 
                        intervene either in support of or 
                        opposition to the position of a party 
                        to the case regarding the announcement 
                        of such vacancy.
          (5) Protecting ability of absent military and 
        overseas voters to participate in special elections.--
                  (A) Deadline for transmittal of absentee 
                ballots.--In conducting a special election held 
                under this subsection to fill a vacancy in its 
                representation, the State shall ensure to the 
                greatest extent practicable (including through 
                the use of electronic means) that absentee 
                ballots for the election are transmitted to 
                absent uniformed services voters and overseas 
                voters (as such terms are defined in the 
                Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting 
                Act) not later than 15 days after the Speaker 
                of the House of Representatives announces that 
                the vacancy exists.
                  (B) Period for ballot transit time.--
                Notwithstanding the deadlines referred to in 
                paragraphs (2) and (3), in the case of an 
                individual who is an absent uniformed services 
                voter or an overseas voter (as such terms are 
                defined in the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens 
                Absentee Voting Act), a State shall accept and 
                process any otherwise valid ballot or other 
                election material from the voter so long as the 
                ballot or other material is received by the 
                appropriate State election official not later 
                than 45 days after the State transmits the 
                ballot or other material to the voter.
          (6) Application to district of columbia and 
        territories.--This subsection shall apply--
                  (A) to a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to 
                the Congress in the same manner as it applies 
                to a Member of the House of Representatives; 
                and
                  (B) to the District of Columbia, the 
                Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, 
                Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands in 
                the same manner as it applies to a State, 
                except that a vacancy in the representation 
                from any such jurisdiction in the House shall 
                not be taken into account by the Speaker in 
                determining whether vacancies in the 
                representation from the States in the House 
                exceed 100 for purposes of paragraph (4)(A).
          (7) Rule of construction regarding federal election 
        laws.--Nothing in this subsection may be construed to 
        affect the application to special elections under this 
        subsection of any Federal law governing the 
        administration of elections for Federal office 
        (including any law providing for the enforcement of any 
        such law), including, but not limited to, the 
        following:
                  (A) The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 
                1973 et seq.), as amended.
                  (B) The Voting Accessibility for the Elderly 
                and Handicapped Act (42 U.S.C. 1973ee et seq.), 
                as amended.
                  (C) The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens 
                Absentee Voting Act (42 U.S.C. 1973ff et seq.), 
                as amended.
                  (D) The National Voter Registration Act of 
                1993 (42 U.S.C. 1973gg et seq.), as amended.
                  (E) The Americans With Disabilities Act of 
                1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.), as amended.
                  (F) The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 
                701 et seq.), as amended.
                  (G) The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (42 
                U.S.C. 15301 et seq.), as amended.

                  APPROPRIATIONS NOT AUTHORIZED BY LAW

    Clause 3(f)(1), Rule XIII requires a table of all 
appropriations in the bill that are not authorized by law. 
Appropriations included in this bill have been previously 
authorized by law. 



                  ADDITIONAL VIEWS OF HON. DAVID OBEY

    The construction of the Capitol Visitors Center (CVC) has 
been a story of serious mismanagement and colossal government 
waste. There is a great need for increased oversight of this 
project. However, during the reorganization of the 
Appropriations Committee, the Legislative Branch subcommittee, 
the body with the institutional knowledge and day-to-day 
responsibility for overseeing the Architect, was eliminated.
    The cost of the CVC, first estimated at $95 million, has 
ballooned to over $500 million. I have raised my concerns about 
this project several times in the past, and I continue to have 
serious objections to the current plan.
    For example, the CVC will provide the House with little, if 
any, usable new workspace. During the FY 2005 war supplemental 
conference, Senator Domenici remarked that the room we met in 
was too crowded with staff. That often occurs at conferences 
because the Congress simply does not have space in which a 
conference can convene and conduct its business in a dignified 
manner. It will not have such a space after completion of the 
CVC either because Majority Leadership staff have made 
decisions about the CVC's design without any real recognition 
of the needs of the Congress and what it would take to make the 
House space within the CVC functional.
    The current design of the CVC House space includes 87,000-
square feet of space, of which only 3,200 square feet is for 
hearing rooms where public business can be conducted, and even 
this is designed inefficiently. This is because the real work 
of the Congress was not a primary consideration in its 
construction. It was constructed in such a way as to make it 
ready for television. The media room takes up two floors, 
wasting significant space, with limited room for staff or the 
public. The chief value of this opulent hearing space, and the 
accompanying new Radio and Television Gallery, seems to be as a 
high tech propaganda tool.
    In addition, the CVC contains an enormous Congressional 
auditorium to seat 400 people. I asked the Architect of the 
Capitol why the theatre hall was needed in addition to the two 
orientation rooms. First, I was told that it could be used to 
host large constituent groups. I have never brought a group 
that large to the Capitol, and I doubt many other Members ever 
either. Then I was told that the theatre could serve as an 
alternate chamber for the House if the current chamber was 
being renovated. However, it is my understanding that the Ways 
and Means hearing room in the Longworth Building was originally 
designed to serve this same purpose. According to CQ Weekly (2/
28/2005):

          The hearing room is designated as the alternate House 
        chamber in case of an emergency. (The House of 
        Representatives held its sessions in it from 1949 to 
        1950, when the Capitol was being rebuilt.)
    Given the apparent redundancy of an alternative chamber in 
the CVC, what is the true motivation for the space? It is found 
on page 25 of the Final Design Report done 10 years ago: ``The 
Library has long needed facilities that meet the public demand 
for greater access to its historical and educational programs. 
The CVC provides a singular opportunity to do this well.'' We 
are building a movie theatre for the Library of Congress, even 
though the Center already includes two orientation theatres for 
visitors.
    Mr. Moran has also raised a valid point about the capacity 
of the CVC versus that of the Capitol. The number of people who 
can safely be in the CVC at one time is twice the number of 
people who are allowed in the Capitol. So, in reality, half of 
the people who will be allowed into the CVC will likely never 
have the chance to visit the Capitol itself.
    It is clear from these examples, and many others, that the 
Majority Leadership has not lived up to its obligation to 
responsibly manage taxpayer funds. It needed to create 
workspace. Instead, it has created Taj Mahal show space. This 
bill includes $40.3 million for the CVC. I do not support this 
funding and I will oppose any bill that contains additional 
funding for this project.

                         Continuity of Congress

    At the request of the Speaker, the Chairman of the 
Committee attached to this bill legislation providing for the 
continuity of Congress in the case of a disaster. I do not 
think it is right or advisable to add a major authorization to 
this bill that will change the law with respect to who will 
succeed members of Congress in case there is a catastrophe and 
many members are killed. It became clear during our 
deliberations that the Committee was not at that time in a 
position to make a fully informed judgment about the bill's 
content.
    While I disagree with the attached legislation itself, I 
also take issue with the process by which this bill was 
attached. House rules prohibit the inclusion of ``authorizing 
language'' on appropriations bills. Yet, for the second time 
this year, significant authorizing language has been included 
on a spending measure. Earlier this year, the REAL ID bill was 
attached to the emergency spending bill for the war in Iraq. In 
both instances, the rationale for breaking the rule was--``This 
is important and must be done.''
    Whatever the reasoning, it could appear that the rules of 
the House are being selectively applied. For example, 
authorizing committee chairmen regularly are allowed to strip 
``authorizing language'' from spending bills because it 
violates the rule against authorizing on appropriations bills. 
The continuity legislation added to this spending bill will be 
protected from such an action. In addition, some members have 
been blocked from addressing important problems on 
appropriations bills because, we are told, the solutions would 
violate this rule. Yet, the rule is being ignored in the case 
of the continuity language.
    Fairness and equal treatment demand that House rules apply 
to all Members and to both the Majority and the Minority. While 
expediency is a temptation, selective enforcement of the rules 
can only create the impression that the Majority Leadership 
will manipulate the rules when doing so serves their purposes. 
That is not an impression any House majority should seek to 
create.

                                                     David R. Obey.