Congressman Tim Ryan Statement On Fiscal Year 2018 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Advancement
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan, Ranking Member on the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, today supported the passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill that passed out of Subcommittee and now goes to the Full Appropriations Committee for consideration. This bill provides $3.58 billion for the Legislative Branch of the Federal government, including the U.S. House of Representatives, Library of Congress, Architect of Capitol and more, but excluding the Senate. This bill also includes additional funding to bolster Congressional security for the Capitol Police and Sergeant at Arms in the wake of last week’s shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.
“I was sickened to hear news of the shooting last week at the Republican practice for the Congressional Baseball Game. My thoughts and prayers remain with Congressman Steve Scalise, the Capitol Police Officers, the congressional staffer, and lobbyist who were injured and continue to recover. In the wake of this horrific event, I will do everything in my power to ensure the continued safety and security of Members, their families, congressional staff, and those visiting the Capitol complex. It is the responsibility of the House as an institution to protect us all, and this Subcommittee needs to make sure the resources are there to keep everyone safe. I am pleased that this year’s appropriation has, in a bipartisan way with Chairman Yoder, begun to address recent security concerns,” said Congressman Ryan.
The total recommended funding level for the Capitol Police (USCP) is $422.5 million, a $29.2 million (7.42%) increase above FY 2017. This would allow USCP to hire 72 new officers, and hire 48 more civilians. In addition to the budget request, USCP produced a list of $7.5 million in personnel, training, equipment, and other expenses they could incur to increase Member security. The total recommended funding level for the House Sergeant at Arms (SAA) is $20.5 million, a $5 million (32.3%) increase over FY 2017. Part of this funding will be used to help increase security in district offices through duress alarms and video intercom security systems.
This bill also includes significant increases for cyber-security, an expansion of the Wounded Warrior program, language to study expanding the United States Botanic Garden urban agriculture outreach and education programs, and directs the House’s Chief Administrative Officer to produce a plan for a comprehensive House wellness program that includes stress management, nutrition, physical activity and overall general good health.