House Panel Advances Spending Bill Slashing CBO, JCT Budgets to Floor

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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

Text of the bill report is at

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