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Title: Continuing Appropriations Resolution and 2009-2010 Legislative Appropriations
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to adopt a conference report that continues appropriations for all of the departments and for various agencies at fiscal year 2008-2009 rates for a period of time not to extend past October 31, 2009 and appropriates a total of $4.65 billion to the Legislative Branch for fiscal year 2009-2010.
- Appropriates a total of $2.32 billion to the United States Congress, $926.16 million of which shall fund the operations of the Senate, and $1.37 billion of which shall fund the operations of the House of Representatives (Title I).
- Appropriates a total of $2.33 billion to other Legislative offices, including, but not limited to, the following (Title I):
- $684.3 million for the Library of Congress;
- $556.85 million for the Government Accountability Office;
- $551.59 million for the Architect of the Capitol; and
- $328.32 million for the Capitol Police.
- Reduces the amount that the United States Postal Service is required to pay into the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund by September 30, 2009 from $5.4 billion to $1.4 billion (Title II, Sec. 164).
- Increases the gross rate of employee compensation in the Offices of the Senators by $50,000 (Title I, Sec. 1).
- Mandates that Senate expenditure reports be posted online in a "searchable, itemized format" (Title I, Sec. 2).
- Increases allowances for the Office of the House Majority Whip and the Office of the House Minority Whip by $96,000 for each of the offices per fiscal year (Title I, Sec. 102).
- Prohibits funds made available under this or any prior act from being provided to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) or its affiliates, subsidiaries, or allied organizations (Title II, Sec. 163).
- Appropriates $50 million to be used for the "revitalization" of historical buildings and assets of the House of Representatives that are under the purview of the Architect of the Capitol (Title I, Sec. 1304)