Did You Get Your Money’s Worth from Congress Last Week?

Money's Worth | June 11, 2012

The Senate was back in session last week and reached cloture on the 2012 farm bill reauthorization. The chamber continues debate on the bill, which is estimated to spend $969 billion over five years, this week. The Chamber also rejected cloture on a paycheck fairness bill. That legislation is unlikely to come up again this year.

The House last week continued its work on the FY 2013 appropriations bills. The chamber passed the $3.33 billion legislative branch appropriations bill, a $46 billion homeland security spending bill and the $32.1 billion energy and water spending bill.

The House also passed a measure to repeal a $29 billion tax on medical device manufacturers that was part of the 2010 health care reform legislation.

What you paid

Last week taxpayers spent roughly $100 million on Congress.

Salaries of Members of Congress and their allowances/week:

Speaker of the House: $223,500/52 = $4,299

House and Senate Majority and Minority Leaders: ($193,400/52) x 4 = $14,877

Other Representatives and Senators: ($174,000/52) x 530 = $1,773,462

Average weekly budget for all House offices: ($1,446,009/52) x 435 = $2,096,421

Average weekly budget for all Senate offices: ($3,409,093/52) x 100 = $6,555,958

Non-salary money allocated for Congress: $4.656 billion/52 = $89,538,462

What you got

In addition to the final votes on the legislation mentioned above, the House cast votes on several amendments that affected the spending levels in the bills.

On the Legislative Branch spending bill, the House cast roll call votes on three spending reductions:

  • Passed an amendment to reduce the budget for the Botanic Garden by $1,235,000.
  • Passed an amendment to reduce funding forthe Congressional Research Service by $878,000.
  • Passed an amendment to reduce by $1,000,000 the amount provided for the Open World Leadership Center.

On the Homeland Security spending bill, the House cast roll call votes on several proposed increases and reductions:

The chamber passed amendments to -

  • Reduce funds for the Office of the Under Secretary for Management by $10 million and increase funds for the Federal Emergency Management Agency State and Local Programs by $10 million.
  • Reduce funds for the Under Secretary for Management by $10 million and increase funds for U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Security Fencing, Infrastructure, and Technology by $10 million.
  • Reduce funds for border security fencing, infrastructure, and technology by $3 million and increase funds for air and marine interdiction, operations, maintenance, and procurement by $624,000.

The chamber rejected amendments to -

  • Increase funds for Departmental Operations Office of the Secretary and Executive Management by $3 million and reduce funds for Security, Enforcement, and Investigations Automation Modernization by $4,800,000.
  • Reduce funding for various accounts and apply the savings of $498,099,270 to the spending reduction account.
  • Reduce the funds for various accounts and apply $50 million to the Federal Emergency Management Agency State and Local Programs.
  • Increase funds for U.S. Customs and Border Protection salaries and expenses by $10 million and reduce funds Research and Development, Training, and Services research, development, acquisition, and operations by $24,250,000.
  • Redirect $40 million in funding within immigration and customs enforcement to combat child exploitation.
  • Reduce funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement salaries and expenses by $10 million and increase funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency state and local programs by $10 million.
  • Reduce the Transportation Security Administration Aviation Security account by $61 million and increase the Federal Air Marshals account by $50 million.
  • Increase the State and Local Programs within the Federal Emergency Management Agency account by $75 million and reducing the Science and Technology Research, Development, Acquisition, andOperations account by $75 million.
  • Increase the State and Local Programs within the Federal Emergency Management Agency account by $58 million and reducing the Science and Technology Research, Development, Acquisition, andOperations account by $58 million.
  • Redirect funding within the Science and Technology Research, Development, Acquisition, and Operations account by $75 million.
  • Limit the amount of funds available for surface transportation security inspectors to $20 million. The limitation shall not apply to the National Explosives Detection Canine Training Program and Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response Teams.
  • Rejected an amendment to reduce funds made available by this Act by 2 percent. The reduction shall not apply to counter-terrorism accounts.

On the energy and water spending bill, the House cast roll call votes on several proposed increases reductions:

The chamber passed amendments to -

  • Increase the Army Corps of Engineers Construction Account for Louisiana Coastal Restoration by $10 million and reduce the Department of Energy Administration Account by the same amount.
  • Reduce the Army Corps of Engineers Construction Account by $1 million and increase the Army Corps of Engineers Operation and Maintenance Account by $571,429.
  • Reduce oil shale development by $25,000,000, and to apply the savings to the spending reduction account.
  • Reduce the Department of Energy salary and expenses account by $10,000,000, and increase the Nuclear Regulatory Commission salaries and expenses account by $10,000,000.
  • Increase funding for the Non-defense Environmental Cleanup account by $36 million by decreasing funds from the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Departmental Administration and Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Office of the Administrator.

The chamber rejected amendments to -

  • Increase the Department of Energy, Energy Programs, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Account by $10 million and reduce the Department of Energy Administrative Account by the same amount.
  • Reduce the Department of Energy, Energy Programs, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Account by $30 million and increase the Science Administrative and Facility Account for National Laboratories by the same amount.
  • Reduce the Department of Energy, Energy Programs, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Account by $1,450,960,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account.
  • Increase the the Department of Energy, Energy Programs, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Account by $180,440,000 and reduce the Atomic Energy Defense Activities, National Nuclear Security Administration, Weapons Activities Account by the same amount.
  • Reduce funds for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $74,000,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account.
  • Increase funds for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $50,000,000 and reduce funds for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $100,000,000.
  • Reduce the construction and expansion account of nuclear energy by $514,391,000, and to apply the savings to the spending reduction account.
  • Reduce the fossil energy research and development account by $133,400,000, and increase funds for the advanced research project agency account by $133,400,000.
  • Reduce the fossil energy research and development account by $554,000,000, and to apply the savings to the spending reduction account.
  • Increase the construction and expansion account of Non-Defense environmental cleanup by $9,600,000, and reduce the National Nuclear Security construction and expansion account by $9,600,000.
  • Reduce the Department of Energy’s departmental administration account by $16,000,000, and increase the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation account by $16,000,000.
  • Reduce the nuclear weapons technology account by $298,000,000, and to apply the savings to the spending reduction account.
  • Reduce the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation construction and expansion account by $100,000,000, and to apply the savings to the spending reduction account.
  • Reduce funds for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Office of the Administrator by $21,899,000 and increase funds for Environmental and Other Defense Activities Defense Environmental Cleanup by $21,899,000.
  • Reduce funds from various accounts and applying the savings to the spending reduction accounts.
  • Reduce each amount made available by thisAct (other than an amount required to be made available by a provision of law) by 1 percent.
  • Increase the funds for the “Department of Energy-Energy Programs-Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy” Account by $10 million and reduce the “Atomic Energy Defense Activities-National Nuclear Security Administration-Weapons Activities’ Account by the same amount.
  • Reduce the funds available for the “Atomic Energy Defense Activities-National Nuclear Security Administration-Weapons Activities” Account by $10 million and increase the funds available for the “Corps of Engineers-Civil-Department of the Army-Construction” Account by the same amount.
  • Reduce each amount in this Act by 24 percent. The reduction shall not apply to the 1) Corps of Engineers Account, 2) Nuclear Energy Account, 3) Non-Defense Environmental Cleanup Account, 4) Nuclear Waste Disposal Account, and 5) National Nuclear Security Administration-Weapons Activities Account.
  • To make an across the board reduction of funds by 0.27260690084897576 percent.

In addition to the votes above, the Senate confirmed Timothy S. Hillman and Jeffrey J. Helmick to be U.S. District Court judges.

 

Tags:, , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *