House Panel Advances Spending Bill Slashing CBO, JCT Budgets to Floor
The House Appropriations Committee approved a bill July 18 that would cut annual funding to Congress by 4 percent.
The Fiscal Year 2014 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill–approved by a voice vote–provides $3.2 billion for House and joint operations, excluding Senate-only items. The budget comes in at $113 million below the fiscal year 2013 level.
The bill allocates $41.5 million for the Congressional Budget Office, $2.2 million less than the 2013 level, and $486.2 million for the Government Accountability Office, $19 million less than the 2013 level. The Joint Committee on Taxation would receive $9.4 million, $500,000 less than the prior year’s funding, according to the bill report.
Committee Republicans characterized the bill as representative of cost-cutting efforts in a era of fiscal austerity.
“With this bill, we will have reduced our own office budgets by 17.6 percent over the last three years–showing that we can live within the same financial boundaries facing every agency of the federal government, and every family in the country,” committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said in a statement announcing the approval.
Text of the bill is at http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-113hr-fc-ap-fy2014-ap00-legbranch.pdf.
Text of the bill report is at http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-113-fy2014-legbranch.pdf.