Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Appropriations Committee Approval of the Fiscal Year 2018 Legislative Branch Bill
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement in response to the Appropriations Committee Passing the FY 18 Legislative Branch Bill:
“It takes over 10,000 employees to make the House of Representatives run smoothly every day – from the Capitol Police who ensure the safety of students on school trips, to the men and women who keep the cafeterias running, to the Member of Congress and Congressional staff. I am proud to serve as the Ranking Member on the Legislative Branch Subcommittee on Appropriations, which is tasked to ensure that Congress is operating as efficiently and effectively as possible in the service of our citizens. I am pleased that the Appropriations Committee passed this funding bill, which while not perfect, will provide the resources necessary to keep these important branch of government running smoothly. I am also proud that in light of the recent, tragic shooting at a Congressional baseball game practice, this bill includes an increase for Congressional security.”
The FY 2018 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill contains several important provisions and funding measures. Highlights below:
- Fiscal Year 2018 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill provides $3.58 billion for the Legislative Branch of the Federal government, excluding the Senate.
- The bill provides $1.194 billion for the House of Representatives, which is the same level as fiscal year 2017 plus $5 million extra given to the Sergeant at Arms for the security of Members, staff, and visitors to our offices in light of the recent, tragic shooting at a Congressional baseball game practice.
- The bill also provides $347.7 million for the Capitol Police, a $29.2 million increase, which includes $7.5 million for overtime, equipment and training requested in the wake of the shooting, as well as the funding the Police asked for to bring on more civilians and the maximum number of new sworn officers next year.
- The goal is to give them the resources they need to maintain security on the Capitol campus and also increase their coverage of Members and gatherings of Members that might be targeted.
- The Architect of the Capitol receives $577.8 million, a 9.1% increase over last year. At that funding level AOC will be able to complete many of the important projects we know are necessary to maintain the buildings belonging to the Congress, the Library, the Police, and the Botanic Garden, and catch up on some of the deferred maintenance.
- The Library of Congress and its sub-agencies -- the Congressional Research Service and the Copyright Office -- are given sorely needed increases for IT modernization. The bill provides $648 million -- a $16.1 million increase compared to last year.
- The Government Publishing Office, Open World, and the Stennis Center all receive the same level of funding as last year.
- Funding for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is at just about the same funding level as last year, but because of cost increases GAO will end up with over 200 fewer staff at the end of the year.
- GAO is charged with conducting investigations and audits on behalf of Congress, and rooting out waste, fraud and abuse.
- With an Administration refusing to comply with basic oversight requests, we need a functionating GAO more than ever.