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114th Congress   }                                      {       Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session     }                                      {      114-110

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              LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2016

                                _______
                                

  May 12, 2015.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

     Mr. Graves of Georgia, from the Committee on Appropriations, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                             together with

                            ADDITIONAL VIEWS

                        [To accompany H.R. 2250]


    The Committee on Appropriations submits the following 
report in explanation of the accompanying bill making 
appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year 
ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes.

		[excerpts on CRS]

[...]

                         HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BILL

    The Committee recommends $3,341,401,898 in discretionary 
resources for operations of the Legislative Branch of 
government (excluding Senate items). The fiscal year 2016 
recommendation is the same as the current fiscal year level and 
is a decrease of $172,291,202 below the budget request as 
amended.
    Conforming to longstanding 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. The 
budget request for the Senate for fiscal year 2016 including 
those under the Architect of the Capitol totals $1,015,150,816 
as amended.
    This bill reflects a continued acknowledgment that the 
Legislative Branch must set itself as an example for fiscal 
restraint while continuing to serve the Nation. This bill will 
require strict fiscal discipline on the part of all 
congressional offices and all agency heads in the Legislative 
Branch.

[...]

                          LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

    The Committee recommends $591,431,000 for the operations of 
the Library of Congress. This is $33,071,000 below the budget 
request and is $510,000 above the current level. In addition to 
the appropriation, the Committee recommends offsetting 
collections of $42,127,000.
    Established by Congress in 1800, the Library of Congress is 
one of the largest libraries in the world, with a collection of 
more than 130,000,000 print, audio, and video items in 460 
languages. Among its major programs are acquisitions, 
preservation, administration of U.S. copyright laws by the 
Copyright Office, research and analysis of policy issues for 
the Congress by the Congressional Research Service, and 
administration of a national program to provide reading 
material to the blind and physically handicapped. The Library 
maintains a significant number of collections and provides a 
range of services to libraries in the United States and abroad.
    A good business practice for any customer service 
organization is to periodically survey that customer base to 
determine if the products and services being provided are 
meeting the expectations of the customer. A proper survey can 
help the service provider to determine the strengths and 
weaknesses of the organization and what if any corrective 
action needs to be addressed. The Committee believes that such 
a survey of the Library's customer base would be beneficial. 
Therefore, the Committee directs the Library of Congress to 
commission an independent survey of all Members and committees 
of the House of Representatives to ascertain their fundamental 
and optimal requirements for services and support from the 
Library of Congress and especially the Congressional Research 
Service. A report and analysis of the survey results is to be 
provided to the Committees on Appropriations of the House no 
later than 180 days after enactment of this Act.


[...]

                     Congressional Research Service

 
 
Appropriation, fiscal year 2015.......................      $106,945,000
Budget request, fiscal year 2016......................       111,956,000
Recommended in the bill...............................       106,945,000
 

    The Committee recommends $106,945,000 for salaries and 
expenses of the Congressional Research Service (CRS). This 
amount is $5,011,000 below the budget request and is the same 
as the current level.
    CRS works for Members and committees of Congress to support 
their legislative, oversight, and representational functions by 
providing nonpartisan and confidential research and policy 
analysis.

[...]

    33. The bill contains language which provides that no funds 
in the Congressional Research Service can be used to publish or 
prepare material to be issued by the Library of Congress unless 
approved by the appropriate committees.

[...]

      ADDITIONAL VIEWS OF NITA LOWEY AND DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ

    The Legislative Branch appropriations bill is essential to 
Congress' ability to serve the Nation and fulfill its 
constitutional duties as an equal branch of government.
    Regrettably, this bill falls short in providing Congress 
with the resources needed to fulfill its constitutional duties. 
The Legislative Branch bill provides another year of flat 
funding, the third in a row. The bill reflects the Republican 
budget that set discretionary spending at levels not sufficient 
to grow the economy or invest in infrastructure. The President 
put forward a specific plan to avoid sequestration's harmful 
budget cuts and reduce the deficit in a balanced way. 
Unfortunately, the Republican Budget does not even meet the 
President's plan half way.

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                                   Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
                                   Nita M. Lowey.

                                  [all]





Source: HR 2250

                                                  Union Calendar No. 78
114th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 2250

                          [Report No. 114-110]

 Making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year 
           ending September 30, 2016, and for other purposes.

[...]

                     Congressional Research Service

                         salaries and expenses

    For necessary expenses to carry out the provisions of section 203 
of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (2 U.S.C. 166) and to 
revise and extend the Annotated Constitution of the United States of 
America, $106,945,000: Provided, That no part of such amount may be 
used to pay any salary or expense in connection with any publication, 
or preparation of material therefor (except the Digest of Public 
General Bills), to be issued by the Library of Congress unless such 
publication has obtained prior approval of either the Committee on 
House Administration of the House of Representatives or the Committee 
on Rules and Administration of the Senate.

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