House Passes Legislative Branch Spending Bill That Maintains Pay Freeze for Lawmakers

The House voted 233-175 to pass a legislative spending bill that would provide $3.5 billion for congressional operations in fiscal year 2017, a $73 million boost compared with current funding levels.

Ten Democrats joined 223 Republicans in voting for the bill; 14 Republicans opposed it.

“This increase is directed to essential health and safety improvements to aging or damaged facilities, as well as to the Capitol Police, to protect Members, staff, and visitors,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said in a statement. “At the same time, this bill keeps the belt tight, continuing our trajectory of trimming funding for the House of Representatives by 13.2 percent since 2011 and extending the pay freeze for Members of Congress.”