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Thank you Mr. Chairman. The Legislative Branch Appropriations bill is $72 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted bill.
Thank you, Chairman Graves, Ranking Member Wasserman Schultz, and Chairman Rogers for your work on this bill.
Today we consider funding for the operations of our nation’s legislative branch. This is our fourth bill to reach subcommittee markup, yet the House has not passed a budget, and it’s almost certain we never will.
The 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill would keep MRA and committee budgets flat and prohibit a pay raise for Members of Congress. While a veto threat is not expected, controversial amendments could be made in order.
Highlights and Key Points
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Congratulations on your first bill as Chairman.
Thank you, Chairman Graves, Ranking Member Wasserman Schultz, and Chairman Rogers.
Chief Dine, welcome back to the subcommittee.
First, I want to thank your department, officers and civilians, for the work they do to keep us safe.
Chief Dine, as you know better than most, your mission is of the utmost importance. We have to get it right.
In previous oversight hearings, this subcommittee has stressed the need to balance security with access.