2 USC Ch. 51: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES LEADERSHIP

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2 USC Ch. 51: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES LEADERSHIP

From Title 2—THE CONGRESS

CHAPTER 51—HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES LEADERSHIP

SUBCHAPTER I—GENERAL

Sec.

5101.
Employment of administrative assistants for Speaker and House Majority and Minority Leaders; compensation; appropriations.

5102.
Appointment of consultants by Speaker, Majority Leader, and Minority Leader of House; compensation.

5103.
Single per annum gross rates of allowances for personal services in offices of Speaker, Leaders, and Whips.

5104.
Authority of Speaker and Minority Leader to allocate funds among certain House leadership offices.

5105.
Transfer of appropriations by House Leadership Offices.

        
SUBCHAPTER II—THE SPEAKER

5121.
Expense allowance of Speaker of House of Representatives.

5122.
Personal services in office of Speaker; payments.

5123.
Speaker's Office for Legislative Floor Activities.

5124.
Lump sum allowance for Speaker.

5125.
Former Speakers of House of Representatives; retention of office, furniture, etc., in Congressional district following expiration of term as Representative; exceptions.

5126.
Allowance available to former Speaker for payment of office and other expenses for administration, etc., of matters pertaining to incumbency in office as Representative and Speaker.

5127.
Franked mail and printing privileges of former Speaker.

5128.
Staff assistance to former Speaker for administration, etc., of matters pertaining to incumbency in office as Representative and Speaker; compensation and status of staff.

5129.
Availability of entitlements of former Speaker for 5 years.

        
SUBCHAPTER III—MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND WHIPS

5141.
Additional employees in offices of House Minority Leader, Majority Whip, and Chief Deputy Majority Whip; authorization; compensation.

5142.
Additional amounts for personnel and equipment for House Majority and Minority Leaders and Majority and Minority Whips.

5143.
Compensation of certain House minority employees.

5144.
Lump-sum allowances for House Minority Leader and Majority Whip.

5145.
Lump-sum allowances for House Majority Floor Leader, Minority Floor Leader, Majority Whip, and Minority Whip.

5146.
Lump-sum allowances for House Majority Whip and Minority Whip.

        
SUBCHAPTER IV—POLICY COMMITTEES AND CONFERENCES

5161.
Training and program development activities of Republican Conference and Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

5162.
Republican Policy Committee.

        

SUBCHAPTER I—GENERAL

§5101. Employment of administrative assistants for Speaker and House Majority and Minority Leaders; compensation; appropriations

The Speaker, the majority leader, and the minority leader of the House of Representatives are each authorized to employ an administrative assistant, who shall receive basic compensation at a rate not to exceed $8,000 a year. There is authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary for the payment of such compensation.

(Aug. 2, 1946, ch. 753, title II, §201(c), 60 Stat. 834.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 74a of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.

Effective Date

Section effective Aug. 2, 1946, see section 245 of act Aug. 2, 1946, set out as a note under section 4301 of this title.

Basic Compensation of Administrative Assistants

Pub. L. 85–462, §4(n), June 20, 1958, 72 Stat. 209, provided that: "The basic compensation of the Administrative Assistants to the Speaker, Majority Leader, Minority Leader, Majority Whip, and Minority Whip, shall be at the rate of $8,880 per annum."
House Resolution No. 127, Eighty-ninth Congress, Jan. 19, 1965, which was enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 89–90, §103, July 27, 1965, 79 Stat. 281, provided: "That effective January 3, 1965, there shall be payable from the contingent fund of the House, until otherwise provided by law, for any Member of the House who has served as majority leader and as minority leader of the House, an additional $8,880 basic per annum for an administrative assistant."
House Resolution No. 258, Eighty-ninth Congress, Mar. 9, 1965, which was enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 89–90, §103, July 27, 1965, 79 Stat. 281, provided: "That, effective March 1, 1965, there shall be payable from the contingent fund of the House of Representatives, until otherwise provided by law, an amount which will permit the payment of basic compensation per annum, at a rate not in excess of the highest amount which, together with additional compensation authorized by law, will not exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Classification Act of 1949, as amended [act Oct. 28, 1949, ch. 782], to the administrative assistant of each of the following:
"(1) the Speaker of the House;
"(2) the majority leader of the House;
"(3) the minority leader of the House;
"(4) the majority whip of the House;
"(5) the minority whip of the House;
"(6) each Member of the House who has served as Speaker of the House; and
"(7) each Member of the House who has served as majority leader, and as minority leader, of the House."
Section 207(c) of House Resolution 988, Ninety-third Congress, Oct. 8, 1974, provided for the compensation of the administrative assistants referred to in House Resolution 1015, Ninetieth Congress, Jan. 15, 1968, at a rate not in excess of the minimum rate of pay in effect for one pay level above that of employees (referred to in clause 6(a)(1) of Rule XI) to whom clause 6(c) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives applied.
Increases in Compensation

Increases in compensation for House officers and employees under authority of Federal Salary Act of 1967 (Pub. L. 90–206), Federal Pay Comparability Act of 1970 (Pub. L. 91–656), and Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1988 (Pub. L. 100–202), see sections 4531 and 4532 of this title, and Salary Directives of Speaker of the House, set out as notes under those sections.

§5102. Appointment of consultants by Speaker, Majority Leader, and Minority Leader of House; compensation

(a) The Speaker, Majority Leader, and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives are each authorized to appoint and fix the compensation of one consultant, on a temporary or intermittent basis, at a daily rate of compensation not in excess of the per diem equivalent of the highest gross rate of annual compensation which may be paid to employees of a standing committee of the House.

(b) This section shall apply with respect to fiscal year 1999 and each succeeding fiscal year.

(Pub. L. 105–275, title I, §107, Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2439.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 74a–9 of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is from the Congressional Operations Appropriations Act, 1999, which is title I of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1999.

§5103. Single per annum gross rates of allowances for personal services in offices of Speaker, Leaders, and Whips

The allowance for additional office personnel in the office of each of the following officials of the House of Representatives shall be at a single per annum gross rate, as follows:

(1) the Speaker, $110,000.

(2) the Majority Leader, $90,000.

(3) the Minority Leader, $55,000.

(4) the Majority Whip, $55,000.

(5) the Minority Whip, $55,000.

(Pub. L. 91–510, title IV, §473, Oct. 26, 1970, 84 Stat. 1194.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 333 of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.

Effective Date

Section effective immediately prior to noon on Jan. 3, 1971, see section 601(1) of Pub. L. 91–510, set out as an Effective Date of 1970 Amendment note under section 4301 of this title.

Limits on Uses of Funds

Funds provided under this section limited to use for compensation of additional personnel and other necessary official expenses, see section 112 of Pub. L. 98–51, set out as a note under section 5142 of this title.

§5104. Authority of Speaker and Minority Leader to allocate funds among certain House leadership offices

(a) Authority of Speaker

(1) Authority described

Notwithstanding any other provision of law (including any provision of law that sets forth an allowance for official expenses), the amount appropriated or otherwise made available during a Congress for the salaries and expenses of any office or authority described in paragraph (2) shall be the amount allocated for such office or authority by the Speaker of the House of Representatives from the aggregate amount appropriated or otherwise made available for all such offices and authorities.

(2) Offices and authorities described

The offices and authorities described in this paragraph are as follows:

(A) The Office of the Speaker.

(B) The Speaker's Office for Legislative Floor Activities.

(C) The Republican Steering Committee (if the Speaker is a member of the Republican party) or the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee (if the Speaker is a member of the Democratic party).

(D) The Republican Policy Committee (if the Speaker is a member of the Republican party).

(E) Training and program development—majority (as described under the heading "House leadership offices" in the most recent bill making appropriations for the legislative branch that was enacted prior to December 23, 2011).

(F) Cloakroom personnel—majority (as so described).

(b) Authority of Minority Leader

(1) Authority described

Notwithstanding any other provision of law (including any provision of law that sets forth an allowance for official expenses), the amount appropriated or otherwise made available during a Congress for the salaries and expenses of any office or authority described in paragraph (2) shall be the amount allocated for such office or authority by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives from the aggregate amount appropriated or otherwise made available for all such offices and authorities.

(2) Offices and authorities described

The offices and authorities described in this paragraph are as follows:

(A) The Office of the Minority Leader.

(B) The Democratic Steering and Policy Committee (if the Minority Leader is a member of the Democratic party) or the Republican Steering Committee (if the Minority Leader is a member of the Republican party).

(C) The Republican Policy Committee (if the Minority Leader is a member of the Republican party).

(D) Training and program development—minority (as described under the heading "House leadership offices" in the most recent bill making appropriations for the legislative branch that was enacted prior to December 23, 2011).

(E) Cloakroom personnel—minority (as so described).

(F) Nine minority employees (as so described).

(c) Effective date

This section shall apply with respect to any months occurring during the One Hundred Twelfth Congress that begin after December 23, 2011, and to any succeeding Congress.

(Pub. L. 112–74, div. G, title I, §103, Dec. 23, 2011, 125 Stat. 1121.)

References in Text

The most recent bill making appropriations for the legislative branch that was enacted prior to December 23, 2011, containing the heading "House leadership offices", referred to in subsecs. (a)(2)(E) and (b)(2)(D), is Pub. L. 111–68, div. A, Oct. 1, 2009, 123 Stat. 2023. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Tables.

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 74a–11a of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is from the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2012, which is div. G of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012.

§5105. Transfer of appropriations by House Leadership Offices

(a) In general

Each office described under the heading "HOUSE LEADERSHIP OFFICES" in the Act making appropriations for the legislative branch for a fiscal year may transfer any amounts appropriated for the office under such heading among the various categories of allowances and expenses for the office under such heading.

(b) Official expenses

Subsection (a) shall not apply with respect to any amounts appropriated for official expenses.

(c) Applicability

This section shall apply with respect to fiscal year 1999 and each succeeding fiscal year.

(Pub. L. 106–31, title III, §3009, May 21, 1999, 113 Stat. 93.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 74a–11 of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is from the 1999 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act.

SUBCHAPTER II—THE SPEAKER

§5121. Expense allowance of Speaker of House of Representatives

There shall be paid to the Speaker of the House of Representatives in equal monthly installments an expense allowance of $10,000 per annum to assist in defraying expenses relating to or resulting from the discharge of his official duties, for which no accounting, other than for income tax purposes, shall be made by him.

(Jan. 19, 1949, ch. 2, §1(e), 63 Stat. 4; Oct. 20, 1951, ch. 521, title VI, §619(c), 65 Stat. 570; Pub. L. 104–186, title II, §203(1), Aug. 20, 1996, 110 Stat. 1725.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 31b of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.

Amendments

1996—Pub. L. 104–186 struck out "(which shall be in lieu of the allowance provided by section 601(b) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, as amended)" after "per annum".
1951—Act Oct. 20, 1951, made Speaker's expense allowance taxable.

Effective Date of 1951 Amendment

Amendment by act Oct. 20, 1951, effective at noon, Jan. 3, 1953, see section 619(e) of act Oct. 20, 1951, set out as a note under section 102 of Title 3, The President.

Effective Date

Section effective at noon, Jan. 20, 1949, see section 3 of act Jan. 19, 1949.

§5122. Personal services in office of Speaker; payments

There shall be paid from the applicable accounts of the House of Representatives until otherwise provided by law, for personal services in the office of the Speaker of the House, an additional basic sum of $10,000 per annum.

(Pub. L. 87–730, §103, Oct. 2, 1962, 76 Stat. 693; Pub. L. 104–186, title II, §204(14), Aug. 20, 1996, 110 Stat. 1732.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 74–1 of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is based on House Resolution No. 487, Eighty-seventh Congress, Jan. 10, 1962, which was enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 87–730.

Amendments

1996—Pub. L. 104–186 substituted "applicable accounts of the House of Representatives" for "contingent fund of the House".

§5123. Speaker's Office for Legislative Floor Activities

There is established in the House of Representatives an office to be known as the Speaker's Office for Legislative Floor Activities. The Speaker shall appoint and set the annual rate of pay for employees of the Office. The Office shall have the responsibility of assisting the Speaker in the management of legislative floor activity.

(Pub. L. 104–53, title I, §103, Nov. 19, 1995, 109 Stat. 520.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 74a–7 of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is based on section 223(b) of House Resolution No. 6, One Hundred Fourth Congress, Jan. 4, 1995, which was enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 104–53.

Transfer of Majority and Minority Positions

Pub. L. 107–68, title I, §113, Nov. 12, 2001, 115 Stat. 572, provided that:
"(a) Effective October 1, 2001, the following four majority positions shall be transferred from the Clerk to the Speaker:
"(1) The position of chief of floor service.
"(2) Two positions of assistant floor chief.
"(3) One position of cloakroom attendant.
"(b) Effective October 1, 2001, the following four minority positions shall be transferred from the Clerk to the minority leader:
"(1) The position of chief of floor service.
"(2) Two positions of assistant floor chief.
"(3) One position of cloakroom attendant.
"(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in the case of an individual who is an incumbent of a position transferred under subsection (a) or subsection (b) at the time of the transfer, the total number of days of annual leave and the total number of days of sick leave which were provided by the Clerk to the individual and which remain unused as of the date of the transfer shall remain available for the individual to use after the transfer."

§5124. Lump sum allowance for Speaker

(a) The aggregate amount otherwise authorized to be appropriated for a fiscal year for the lump-sum allowance for the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall be increased by $40,000.

(b) This section shall apply with respect to fiscal year 2002 and each succeeding fiscal year.

(Pub. L. 107–68, title I, §117, Nov. 12, 2001, 115 Stat. 573.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 74a–12 of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is from the Congressional Operations Appropriations Act, 2002, which is title I of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2002.

§5125. Former Speakers of House of Representatives; retention of office, furniture, etc., in Congressional district following expiration of term as Representative; exceptions

(a) Each former Speaker of the House of Representatives (hereafter referred to in sections 5125 to 5129 of this title as the "Speaker") is entitled to retain, for as long as he determines there is need therefor, commencing at the expiration of his term of office as a Representative in Congress the complete and exclusive use of one office selected by him in order to facilitate the administration, settlement, and conclusion of matters pertaining to or arising out of his incumbency in office as a Representative in Congress and as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Such office shall be located in the United States and shall be furnished and maintained by the Government in a condition appropriate for his use.

(b) Sections 5125 to 5129 of this title shall not apply with respect to any former Speaker of the House of Representatives for any period during which such former Speaker holds an appointive or elective office or position in or under the Federal Government or the government of the District of Columbia to which is attached a rate of pay other than a nominal rate or to any former Speaker separated from the service by reason of expulsion from the House.

(Pub. L. 91–665, ch. VIII, Jan. 8, 1971, 84 Stat. 1989; Pub. L. 93–532, §1, Dec. 22, 1974, 88 Stat. 1723; Pub. L. 99–225, Dec. 28, 1985, 99 Stat. 1743.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 31b–1 of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Subsection (a) of this section is based on section 1 of House Resolution No. 1238, Ninety-first Congress, Dec. 23, 1970, which was enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 91–665.
Subsection (b) of this section is based on section 1(b) of Pub. L. 93–532.
As originally enacted into permanent law, section applied to Speaker of House of Representatives in 91st Congress and has been extended to apply to each former Speaker of House of Representatives. See section 1(a) of Pub. L. 93–532, set out as a note under this section.

Amendments

1985—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 99–225 substituted "one office selected by him in order to facilitate the administration, settlement, and conclusion of matters pertaining to or arising out of his incumbency in office as a Representative in Congress and as Speaker of the House of Representatives. Such office shall be located in the United States and shall be furnished and maintained by the Government in a condition appropriate for his use" for "the Federal office space which is currently made available for his use in the congressional district represented by him and which shall be maintained by the Government in a condition appropriate for his use as he may request, together with all furniture, equipment, and furnishings currently made available by the Government for his use in connection with such office space, including any necessary replacements of such office furniture, equipment, and furnishings, in order to facilitate the administration, settlement, and conclusion of matters pertaining to or arising out of his incumbency in office as a Representative in Congress and as Speaker of the House of Representatives".

Effective Date

Section 7 of House Resolution No. 1238, Ninety-first Congress, Dec. 23, 1970, as enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 91–665, ch. VIII, Jan. 8, 1971, 84 Stat. 1989, provided that: "The foregoing provisions of this resolution [enacting this section, former sections 31b–3 and 31b–6 of this title, and sections 5126 to 5128 of this title] shall become effective on the date of the enactment of this resolution as permanent law [Jan. 8, 1971]."

Extension of House Resolution No. 1238, 91st Congress, to Former Speakers of House of Representatives

Pub. L. 93–532, §1(a), Dec. 22, 1974, 88 Stat. 1723, provided that: "The provisions of H. Res. 1238, Ninety-first Congress, as enacted into permanent law by the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1971 (84 Stat. 1989) [enacting this section, former sections 31b–3 and 31b–6 of this title, sections 5126 to 5128 of this title, and provisions set out as a note under this section], are hereby extended to, and made applicable with respect to, each former Speaker of the House of Representatives, as long as he determines there is need therefor, commencing at the expiration of his term of office as Representative in Congress."

§5126. Allowance available to former Speaker for payment of office and other expenses for administration, etc., of matters pertaining to incumbency in office as Representative and Speaker

The Speaker is entitled to have the applicable accounts of the House of Representatives be available for payment of, for as long as he determines there is need therefor, commencing at the expiration of his term of office as a Representative in Congress, an allowance equal to the Members' Representational Allowance (to be paid in the same manner as such Allowance) for office and other expenses incurred in connection with the administration, settlement, and conclusion of matters pertaining to or arising out of his incumbency in office as a Representative in Congress and as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(Pub. L. 91–665, ch. VIII, Jan. 8, 1971, 84 Stat. 1989; Pub. L. 93–532, §1(a), Dec. 22, 1974, 88 Stat. 1723; Pub. L. 99–151, title I, §102(b), Nov. 13, 1985, 99 Stat. 797; Pub. L. 104–186, title II, §203(2), Aug. 20, 1996, 110 Stat. 1725.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 31b–2 of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is based on section 2 of House Resolution No. 1238, Ninety-first Congress, Dec. 23, 1970, which was enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 91–665.
As originally enacted into permanent law, section applied to Speaker of House of Representatives in 91st Congress and has been extended to apply to each former Speaker of House of Representatives. See section 1(a) of Pub. L. 93–532, set out as a note under section 5125 of this title.

Amendments

1996—Pub. L. 104–186 substituted "applicable accounts of the House of Representatives" for "contingent fund of the House" and "Members' Representational Allowance" for "base allowance component of the Official Expenses Allowance then currently in effect for each Member of the House".
1985—Pub. L. 99–151 substituted "have the contingent fund of the House be available for payment of" for "reimbursement, from the contingent fund of the House" and "an allowance equal to the base allowance component of the Official Expenses Allowance then currently in effect for each Member of the House (to be paid in the same manner as such Allowance)" for "in the manner provided by applicable provisions of the Legislative Appropriation Act, 1955, as amended by the Act of June 13, 1957 (71 Stat. 82; Public Law 85–54), and by the provisions of House Resolution 831, Eighty-eighth Congress, adopted August 14, 1964, enacted as permanent law by section 103 of the Legislative Branch Appropriation Act, 1966 (79 Stat. 281; Public Law 89–90; 2 U.S.C. 122a), in an aggregate quarterly amount equal to the aggregate quarterly amount to which a Member of the House of Representatives is entitled under such provisions of law as in effect on January 8, 1971, or as amended or supplemented after such date,".

Effective Date

Section effective Jan. 8, 1971, see Effective Date note set out under section 5125 of this title.

Cross References

For establishment of Members' Representational Allowance, see section 5341 of this title.

§5127. Franked mail and printing privileges of former Speaker

(a) The Speaker may send mail as franked mail under sections 3210 and 3213 of title 39, and send and receive mail as franked mail under section 3211 of that title, for as long as he determines there is need therefor, commencing at the close of the period specified in those sections following the expiration of his term of office as a Representative in Congress. The postage on such mail, including registry fees if registration is required, shall be paid and credited as provided by section 3216(a) of title 39.

(b) For as long as he determines there is need therefor, commencing at the expiration of his term of office as a Representative in Congress, the Speaker shall be entitled to the benefits afforded by section 733 of title 44.

(Pub. L. 91–665, ch. VIII, Jan. 8, 1971, 84 Stat. 1989; Pub. L. 93–532, §1(a), Dec. 22, 1974, 88 Stat. 1723.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 31b–4 of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is based on section 4 of House Resolution No. 1238, Ninety-first Congress, Dec. 23, 1970, which was enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 91–665.
As originally enacted into permanent law, section applied to Speaker of House of Representatives in 91st Congress and has been extended to apply to each former Speaker of House of Representatives. See section 1(a) of Pub. L. 93–532, set out as a note under section 5125 of this title.
References to sections of Title 39, Postal Service, have been substituted for references to obsolete sections of Title 39, The Postal Service, in view of revision and reenactment of such Title by the Postal Reorganization Act, Pub. L. 91–375, Aug. 12, 1970, 84 Stat. 719.

Effective Date

Section effective Jan. 8, 1971, see Effective Date note set out under section 5125 of this title.

§5128. Staff assistance to former Speaker for administration, etc., of matters pertaining to incumbency in office as Representative and Speaker; compensation and status of staff

In order to provide staff assistance to the Speaker in connection with the administration, settlement, and conclusion of matters pertaining to or arising out of his incumbency in office as a Representative in Congress and as Speaker of the House of Representatives, the contingent fund of the House is hereby made available, for as long as he determines there is need therefor, commencing at the expiration of the term of office of the Speaker as a Representative in Congress for payment of the salaries of an Administrative Assistant, who shall be paid at a basic per annum rate of not to exceed the then current rate for step 11 of level 13 of the House Employees Schedule, as determined by the Speaker, a Secretary, who shall be paid at a basic per annum rate of not to exceed the then current rate for step 8 of level 12 of such Schedule, as determined by the Speaker, and an additional Secretary, who shall be paid at a gross per annum rate of not to exceed the then current rate for step 7 of level 11 of such Schedule as determined by the Speaker, designated and appointed by the Speaker to serve as members of his office staff in such period. Each person so designated and appointed shall be held and considered, for the duration of such appointment, as—

(1) an "employee" for the purposes of subchapter I of chapter 81 (relating to compensation for work injuries) of title 5, and

(2) a "congressional employee" within the meaning of section 2107 of title 5, for the purposes of—

(A) subchapter III (relating to civil service retirement) of chapter 83 of such title,

(B) chapter 87 (relating to Federal employees group life insurance) of such title, and

(C) chapter 89 (relating to Federal employees group health insurance) of such title.

(Pub. L. 91–665, ch. VIII, Jan. 8, 1971, 84 Stat. 1989; Pub. L. 93–532, §1(a), Dec. 22, 1974, 88 Stat. 1723; Pub. L. 95–94, title I, §115, Aug. 5, 1977, 91 Stat. 668; Pub. L. 99–151, title I, §102(a), Nov. 13, 1985, 99 Stat. 797; Pub. L. 104–186, title II, §203(3), Aug. 20, 1996, 110 Stat. 1725; Pub. L. 108–447, div. G, title I, §110, Dec. 8, 2004, 118 Stat. 3177; Pub. L. 110–161, div. H, title I, §105, Dec. 26, 2007, 121 Stat. 2225.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 31b–5 of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is based on section 5 of House Resolution No. 1238, Ninety-first Congress, Dec. 22, 1970, which was enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 91–665.
Amendment by Pub. L. 95–94 is based on section 2 of House Resolution No. 1576, Ninety-fourth Congress, Sept. 30, 1976, which was enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 95–94.
As originally enacted into permanent law, section applied to Speaker of House of Representatives in 91st Congress and has been extended to apply to each former Speaker of House of Representatives. See section 1(a) of Pub. L. 93–532, set out as a note under section 5125 of this title.

Amendments

2007—Pub. L. 110–161 substituted "step 7 of level 11" for "step 1 of level 6".
2004—Pub. L. 108–447 substituted "step 11 of level 13" for "step 5 of level 11" and "step 8 of level 12" for "step 9 of level 8".
1996—Pub. L. 104–186 substituted "for payment of" for "to enable the Clerk of the House to pay".
1985—Pub. L. 99–151 substituted "not to exceed the then current rate for step 5 of level 11 of the House Employees Schedule" for "not to exceed $3,000" the first place it appeared, "not to exceed the then current rate for step 9 of level 8 of such Schedule" for "not to exceed $3,000" the second place it appeared, and "not to exceed the then current rate for step 1 of level 6 of such Schedule" for "not to exceed $9,000".
1977—Pub. L. 95–94 inserted reference to an additional Secretary paid at a gross per annum of not to exceed $9,000 as determined by the Speaker and struck out "as Administrative Assistant or Secretary" after "Each person so designated and appointed".

Effective Date of 1977 Amendment

Section 2 of H. Res. 1576 provided that amendment is effective on the date of enactment of such section 2 into permanent law, Aug. 5, 1977, the date of approval of Pub. L. 95–94. See Codification note above.

Effective Date

Section effective Jan. 8, 1971, see Effective Date note set out under section 5125 of this title.

§5129. Availability of entitlements of former Speaker for 5 years

The entitlements of a former Speaker of the House of Representatives under sections 5125 to 5129 of this title shall be available—

(1) in the case of an individual who is a former Speaker on October 1, 1993, for 5 years, commencing on October 1, 1993; and

(2) in the case of an individual who becomes a former Speaker after October 1, 1993, for 5 years, commencing at the expiration of the term of office of the individual as a Representative in Congress.

(Pub. L. 103–69, title I, §101A(a), Aug. 11, 1993, 107 Stat. 699.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 31b–7 of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is based on section 8 of House Resolution No. 1238, Ninety-first Congress, Dec. 23, 1970, as added by Pub. L. 103–69. House Resolution No. 1238 was enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 91–665, ch. VIII, Jan. 8, 1971, 84 Stat. 1989.

Effective Date

Pub. L. 103–69, title I, §101A(b), Aug. 11, 1993, 107 Stat. 699, provided that: "The amendment made by subsection (a) [enacting this section] shall take effect on October 1, 1993."

SUBCHAPTER III—MAJORITY AND MINORITY LEADERS AND WHIPS

§5141. Additional employees in offices of House Minority Leader, Majority Whip, and Chief Deputy Majority Whip; authorization; compensation

(a) Subject to the provisions of subsection (b), effective March 1, 1977, there shall be two additional employees in the office of the minority leader, and one additional employee each in the offices of the majority whip and the chief deputy majority whip.

(b) The annual rate of compensation for any individual employed under subsection (a) shall not exceed the annual rate of basic pay of level V of the Executive Schedule of section 5316 of title 5, and until otherwise provided by law such compensation as may be necessary shall be paid from the applicable accounts of the House of Representatives.

(Pub. L. 95–94, title I, §115, Aug. 5, 1977, 91 Stat. 668; Pub. L. 104–53, title I, §103, Nov. 19, 1995, 109 Stat. 520; Pub. L. 104–186, title II, §204(15)(A), Aug. 20, 1996, 110 Stat. 1732.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 74a–3 of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is based on section 1 of House Resolution No. 393, Ninety-fifth Congress, Mar. 31, 1977, which was enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 95–94.
Amendment by Pub. L. 104–53 is based on section 3(b) of House Resolution No. 113, One Hundred Fourth Congress, Mar. 10, 1995, which was enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 104–53.

Amendments

1996—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 104–186 substituted "applicable accounts of the House of Representatives" for "contingent fund of the House".
1995—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 104–53 substituted "chief deputy majority whip" for "chief majority whip".

Effective Date of 1995 Amendment

Section 3(a) of House Resolution No. 113, One Hundred Fourth Congress, Mar. 10, 1995, as enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 104–53, title I, §103, Nov. 19, 1995, 109 Stat. 520, provided that: "Upon the enactment of this section into permanent law, the amendment made by subsection (b) [amending this section] shall take effect."

Increases in Compensation

Increases in compensation for House officers and employees under authority of Federal Salary Act of 1967 (Pub. L. 90–206), Federal Pay Comparability Act of 1970 (Pub. L. 91–656), and Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1988 (Pub. L. 100–202), see sections 4531 and 4532 of this title, and Salary Directives of Speaker of the House, set out as notes under those sections.

§5142. Additional amounts for personnel and equipment for House Majority and Minority Leaders and Majority and Minority Whips

Effective March 1, 1977, and until otherwise provided by law, there shall be paid out of the applicable accounts of the House of Representatives such additional amounts as may be necessary for office personnel, and rental or lease of necessary equipment, of each of the following officials of the House the following per annum amounts:

(1) The majority leader, $30,000.

(2) The minority leader, $30,000.

(3) The majority whip, $15,000.

(4) The minority whip, $15,000.

(Pub. L. 95–94, title I, §115, Aug. 5, 1977, 91 Stat. 668; Pub. L. 104–186, title II, §204(15)(B), Aug. 20, 1996, 110 Stat. 1732.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 74a–4 of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is based on section 2 of House Resolution No. 393, Ninety-fifth Congress, Mar. 31, 1977, which was enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 95–94.

Amendments

1996—Pub. L. 104–186 substituted "applicable accounts of the House of Representatives" for "contingent fund of the House".

Limits on Uses of Funds

Pub. L. 98–51, title I, §112, July 14, 1983, 97 Stat. 270, as amended by Pub. L. 104–186, title II, §204(16), Aug. 20, 1996, 110 Stat. 1732, provided that: "The funds provided under the provisions of section 2 of House Resolution 393, Ninety-fifth Congress, agreed to March 31, 1977, as enacted into permanent law by section 115 of the Congressional Operations Appropriation Act, 1978 [2 U.S.C. 5142], and section 473 of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970 [2 U.S.C. 5103], shall be limited to use for the compensation of additional personnel and other necessary official expenses."

§5143. Compensation of certain House minority employees

Effective January 3, 1977, and until otherwise provided by law, the rate of pay for each of the six positions of minority employee authorized by the Legislative Pay Act of 1929 and referred to in House Resolution 441 of the Ninety-first Congress shall be a per annum gross rate equal to the annual rate of basic pay of level IV of the Executive Schedule of section 5315 of title 5, unless a lower rate is established by the Minority Leader.

(Pub. L. 95–94, title I, §115, Aug. 5, 1977, 91 Stat. 668.)

References in Text

The Legislative Pay Act of 1929, referred to in text, is act June 20, 1929, ch. 33, 46 Stat. 32. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Tables.
House Resolution 441, referred to in text, is set out as a Prior Provisions note below.

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 74c of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is based on section 1 of House Resolution 119, Ninety-fifth Congress, Jan. 19, 1977, which was enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 95–94.

Prior Provisions

Provisions similar to those in this section were contained in House Resolution 441, Ninety-first Congress, June 17, 1969, as enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 91–145, §103, Dec. 12, 1969, 83 Stat. 359, which provided: "That, until otherwise provided by law—
"(1) The six positions of minority employee listed in House Resolution 8, Ninety-first Congress, as supplemented by House Resolution 238, Ninety-first Congress, and House Resolution 265, Ninety-first Congress, are hereby given position titles in the descending order in which those six positions are listed in House Resolution 8, as follows:
"(A) the position title of the position listed first is 'Floor Assistant to the Minority';
"(B) the position title of the position listed second is 'Floor Assistant to the Minority';
"(C) the position title of the position listed third is 'Floor Assistant to the Minority';
"(D) the position title of the position listed fourth is 'Floor Assistant to the Minority';
"(E) the position title of the position listed fifth is 'Pair Clerk to the Minority'; and
"(F) the position title of the position listed sixth is 'Staff Director to the Minority'.
"(2) Appointments to each position for which a position title is provided by subparagraph (1) of this section shall be made by action of the House of Representatives.
"(3) The rate of pay of each position for which a position title is provided by subparagraph (1) of this section shall be a per annum gross rate equal to the annual rate of basic pay of Level V of the Executive Schedule in section 5316 of title 5, United States Code, unless a different rate is provided for such position by action of the House of Representatives.
"Sec. 2. (a) The first section of this resolution shall not affect or change the appointments or continuity of employment of those employees who hold such positions on the date of adoption of this resolution [June 17, 1969].
"(b) In accordance with the authority of the House of Representatives under subparagraph (3) of the first section of this resolution, the respective per annum gross rates of pay of those positions for which position titles are provided by clauses (C), (D), (E), and (F) of subparagraph (1) of the first section of this resolution are as follows:
"(1) for the position subject to clause (C)—$29,160;
"(2) for the position subject to clause (D)—$25,200;
"(3) for the position subject to clause (E)—$28,440; and
"(4) for the position subject to subparagraph (F)—$28,080.
"Sec. 3. This resolution shall become effective as of the beginning of the calendar month in which this resolution is adopted [June 1969]."

Designation and Compensation of Three Further Minority Employees

House Resolution No. 7, One Hundred Fourth Congress, Jan. 4, 1995, which was enacted into permanent law by Pub. L. 104–53, title I, §103, Nov. 19, 1995, 109 Stat. 520, provided that: "In addition, the minority leader may appoint and set the annual rate of pay for up to three further minority employees."

§5144. Lump-sum allowances for House Minority Leader and Majority Whip

(a) The aggregate amount otherwise authorized to be appropriated for a fiscal year for the lump-sum allowance for the Office of the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives and the aggregate amount otherwise authorized to be appropriated for a fiscal year for the lump-sum allowance for the Office of the Majority Whip of the House of Representatives shall each be increased by $333,000.

(b) This section shall apply with respect to fiscal year 2000 and each succeeding fiscal year.

(Pub. L. 106–31, title III, §3008, May 21, 1999, 113 Stat. 93.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 74a–10 of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is from the 1999 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act.

§5145. Lump-sum allowances for House Majority Floor Leader, Minority Floor Leader, Majority Whip, and Minority Whip

(a) Effective with respect to fiscal year 2008 and each succeeding fiscal year, the aggregate amount otherwise authorized to be appropriated for a fiscal year for the lump-sum allowance for each of the following offices is increased as follows:

(1) The allowance for the office of the Majority Floor Leader is increased by $200,000.

(2) The allowance for the office of the Minority Floor Leader is increased by $200,000.

(b) Effective with respect to fiscal year 2009 and each succeeding fiscal year, the aggregate amount otherwise authorized to be appropriated for a fiscal year for the lump-sum allowance for each of the following offices is increased as follows:

(1) The allowance for the office of the Majority Whip is increased by $72,000.

(2) The allowance for the office of the Minority Whip is increased by $72,000.

(Pub. L. 111–8, div. G, title I, §104, Mar. 11, 2009, 123 Stat. 818.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 74a–10a of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is from the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2009, which is div. G of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009.

§5146. Lump-sum allowances for House Majority Whip and Minority Whip

Effective with respect to fiscal year 2010 and each succeeding fiscal year, the aggregate amount otherwise authorized to be appropriated for a fiscal year for the lump-sum allowance for each of the following offices is increased as follows:

(1) The allowance for the office of the Majority Whip is increased by $96,000.

(2) The allowance for the office of the Minority Whip is increased by $96,000.

(Pub. L. 111–68, div. A, title I, §102, Oct. 1, 2009, 123 Stat. 2029.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 74a–10b of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is from the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2010, which is div. A of Pub. L. 111–68.

SUBCHAPTER IV—POLICY COMMITTEES AND CONFERENCES

§5161. Training and program development activities of Republican Conference and Democratic Steering and Policy Committee

(a) In general

There is hereby established an account in the House of Representatives for purposes of carrying out training and program development activities of the Republican Conference and the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

(b) Amounts, times, terms, and conditions of payment

Funds in the account established under subsection (a) shall be paid—

(1) for activities of the Republican Conference in such amounts, at such times, and under such terms and conditions as the Speaker of the House of Representatives may direct (or, if the Speaker is not a member of the Republican Party, under such terms and conditions as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives may direct); and

(2) for activities of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee in such amounts, at such times, and under such terms and conditions as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives may direct (or, if the Speaker is a member of the Democratic Party, under such terms and conditions as the Speaker may direct).

(c) Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to the account under this section for fiscal year 1999 and each succeeding fiscal year such sums as may be necessary for training and program development activities of the Republican Conference and the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee during the fiscal year.

(Pub. L. 105–275, title I, §103, Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2438; Pub. L. 112–74, div. G, title I, §104(a), (b), Dec. 23, 2011, 125 Stat. 1122.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 74a–8 of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is from the Congressional Operations Appropriations Act, 1999, which is title I of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1999.

Amendments

2011—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 112–74, §104(a)(1), substituted "Funds" for "Subject to the allocation described in subsection (c) of this section, funds" in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 112–74, §104(a)(2), substituted "direct (or, if the Speaker is not a member of the Republican Party, under such terms and conditions as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives may direct);" for "direct;".
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 112–74, §104(a)(3), substituted "direct (or, if the Speaker is a member of the Democratic Party, under such terms and conditions as the Speaker may direct)." for "direct."
Subsecs. (c), (d). Pub. L. 112–74, §104(b), redesignated subsec. (d) as (c) and struck out former subsec. (c). Prior to amendment, text of subsec. (c) read as follows: "Of the total amount in the account established under subsection (a) of this section—
"(1) 50 percent shall be allocated to the Speaker for payments for activities of the Republican Conference; and
"(2) 50 percent shall be allocated to the Minority Leader for payments for activities of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee."

Effective Date of 2011 Amendment

Pub. L. 112–74, div. G, title I, §104(c), Dec. 23, 2011, 125 Stat. 1123, provided that: "The amendments made by this section [amending this section] shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1999 [Pub. L. 105–275]."

§5162. Republican Policy Committee

(a) In general

There is established in the House of Representatives an office to be known as the Republican Policy Committee, which shall have such responsibilities as may be assigned by the Speaker of the House of Representatives (or, if the Speaker is not a member of the Republican Party, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives).

(b) Salaries and expenses

There shall be a lump sum allowance for the salaries and expenses of the Republican Policy Committee, which shall be treated as a category of House leadership offices for purposes of section 5507(c) of this title, and which shall be obligated and expended as directed by the Speaker (or, if the Speaker is not a member of the Republican party, the Minority Leader).

(c) Applicability

This section shall apply with respect to fiscal year 2005 and each succeeding fiscal year.

(Pub. L. 108–447, div. G, title I, §109, Dec. 8, 2004, 118 Stat. 3177; Pub. L. 112–74, div. G, title I, §102(a), (b), Dec. 23, 2011, 125 Stat. 1121.)

Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 74a–13 of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Section is from the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2005, which is div. G of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005.

Amendments

2011—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 112–74, §102(a), substituted "the Speaker of the House of Representatives (or, if the Speaker is not a member of the Republican Party, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives)" for "the chair of the Republican Conference".
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 112–74, §102(b), inserted ", and which shall be obligated and expended as directed by the Speaker (or, if the Speaker is not a member of the Republican party, the Minority Leader)" before period at end.

Effective Date of 2011 Amendment

Pub. L. 112–74, div. G, title I, §102(c), Dec. 23, 2011, 125 Stat. 1121, provided that: "The amendment made by subsection (a) [amending this section] shall apply with respect to fiscal year 2012 and each succeeding fiscal year."