Committee Fundingby Senator Mitch McConnell
Posted on 2013-01-24
McCONNELL. Mr. President, I, too, would like to continue this
approach for the 113th and future Congresses. It serves the interest of
the Senate and the public by helping to retain core committee staff
with institutional knowledge, regardless of which party is in the
majority. We made a transition in the last Congress to restore special
reserves to its historic purpose, but appropriations cuts prevented
special reserves from being funded. To the extent possible, we should
try to fund special reserves in order to be able to assist committees
that face urgent, unanticipated, nonrecurring needs. We know that we
will continue to face tight budgets for the foreseeable future, and we
have to bring funding authorizations more in line with our actual
resources while ensuring that committees e able to fulfill their
responsibilities. I look forward to continuing to work with my friend
the majority leader to accomplish this.
Mr. REID. I thank my friend the Republican leader and ask unanimous consent that a joint leadership letter be printed in the Record.
There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in the Record, as follows: Joint Leadership Letter We mutually commit to the following for the 113th Congress: The budgets of the Committees of the Senate, including Joint and Special Committees, and all other subgroups, shall be apportioned to reflect the ratio of the Senate as of this date, including an additional ten percent (10%) from the majority and minority salary baseline to be allocated to the Chairman for administrative expenses, to be determined by the Rules Committee.
Special Reserves has been restored to its historic purpose. Requests for funding will only be considered when submitted by a Committee Chairman and Ranking Member for unanticipated, non-recurring needs. Such requests shall be granted only upon the approval of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Rules Committee.
Funds for Committee expenses shall be available to each Chairman consistent with Senate rules and practices of the 112th Congress.
The Chairman and Ranking Member of any Committee may, by mutual consent, modifying the apportionment of Committee funding and office space.
The division of Committee office space shall be commensurate with this funding agreement.