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LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS

FOR 1984

HEARINGS

BEFORE A

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

NINETY-EIGHTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

SUBCOMMITTEE ON LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS

VIC FAZIO, California, Chairman DAVID R. OBEY, Wisconsin

JERRY LEWIS, California JOHN P. MURTHA, Pennsylvania

SILVIO O. CONTE, Massachusetts BOB TRAXLER, Michigan

JOHN T. MYERS, Indiana LINDY (MRS. HALE) BOGGS, Louisiana JOHN EDWARD PORTER, Illinois JACK HIGHTOWER, Texas

EDWARD E. LOMBARD, Staff Assistant

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COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

JAMIE L. WHITTEN, Mississippi, Chairman EDWARD P. BOLAND, Massachusetts

SILVIO O. CONTE, Massachusetts WILLIAM H. NATCHER, Kentucky

JOSEPH M. McDADE, Pennsylvania NEAL SMITH, Iowa

JACK EDWARDS, Alabama JOSEPH P. ADDABBO, New York

JOHN T. MYERS, Indiana CLARENCE D. LONG, Maryland

J. KENNETH ROBINSON, Virginia SIDNEY R. YATES, Illinois

CLARENCE E. MILLER, Ohio DAVID R. OBEY, Wisconsin

LAWRENCE COUGHLIN, Pennsylvania EDWARD R. ROYBAL, California

C. W. BILL YOUNG, Florida LOUIS STOKES, Ohio

JACK F. KEMP, New York TOM BEVILL, Alabama

RALPH S. REGULA, Ohio BILL CHAPPELL, JR., Florida

GEORGE M. O'BRIEN, Illinois BILL ALEXANDER, Arkansas

VIRGINIA SMITH, Nebraska JOHN P. MURTHA, Pennsylvania

ELDON RUDD, Arizona BOB TRAXLER, Michigan

CARL D. PURSELL, Michigan JOSEPH D. EARLY, Massachusetts

MICKEY EDWARDS, Oklahoma CHARLES WILSON, Texas

BOB LIVINGSTON, Louisiana LINDY (MRS. HALE) BOGGS, Louisiana BILL GREEN, New York NORMAN D. DICKS, Washington

TOM LOEFFLER, Texas MATTHEW F. McHUGH, New York

JERRY LEWIS, California WILLIAM LEHMAN, Florida

JOHN EDWARD PORTER, Nlinois JACK HIGHTOWER, Texas

HAROLD ROGERS, Kentucky
MARTIN OLAV SABO, Minnesota
JULIAN C. DIXON, California
VIC FAZIO, California
W. G. (BILL) HEFNER, North Carolina
LES AUCOIN, Oregon
DANIEL K. AKAKA, Hawaii
WES WATKINS, Oklahoma
WILLIAM H. GRAY, III, Pennsylvania
BERNARD J. DWYER, New Jersey
WILLIAM R. RATCHFORD, Connecticut
BILL BONER, Tennessee
STENY H. HOYER, Maryland
BOB CARR, Michigan
ROBERT J. MRAZEK, New York

KEITH F. MAINLAND, Clerk and Staff Director

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS FOR

FISCAL YEAR 1984

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1983. Mr. Fazio. I would like to welcome you to the first hearing of the Fiscal Year 1984 budgets for the various Legislative Branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations.

Before we begin, I would like to welcome the other Members of the Subcommittee: David Obey of Wisconsin; John Murtha of Pennsylvania; Bob Traxler of Michigan; Lindy (Mrs. Hale) Boggs of Louisiana; and Jack Hightower of Texas; Jerry Lewis of California, the ranking minority member; Silvio Conte of Massachusetts; John Myers of Indiana; and John Porter of Illinois. Mr. Whitten, the Chairman of the Full Committee, will also be in attendance at various times.

The budget we are going to consider totals $1,227,238,000. This does not include $269 million in Senate items which will be considered by that body.

With the Senate items included, the total budget for the Legislative Branch would be $1.5 billion. With the Senate items included, the Fiscal Year 1984 budget is an increase of $160 million, or 12 percent over the already enacted amounts for 1983. When you include the pending supplementals for 1983, the increase is a more modest 5.2 percent increase over the already enacted budget for 1983.

Of the portion of this budget which will be considered by the Subcommittee, $726 million is for congressional operations. This is an increase of slightly over $100 million of the $623 million already enacted for congressional operations in Fiscal Year 1983.

Factoring in the supplementals being requested for Fiscal Year 1983, the increase is $49 million, or a 7.2 percent increase.

The balance of the funds requested, which total slightly over $500 million, support statutory and administrative responsibilities in the Executive Branch and for the public conducted by agencies that come before this Subcommittee such as the Library of Congress, Copyright Royalty Tribunal, which sometimes has importance far beyond its budget figures, Botanic Garden, Government Printing Office, and the General Accounting Office.

The Subcommittee will also be considering Fiscal Year 1983 supplemental requests of slightly over $69 million. Of this amount, $32 million is for increases in Wage Board pay, Civilian Pay Act, Executive level pay supplementals, health benefits and Medicare increases as a result of legislation enacted last year.

We also have $37 million requested by the agencies that are of a policy and program nature.

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