Committee Markup: H. Res. 245, Committee Funding Resolution and Committee Resolution 116-09

1310 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 | Mar 25, 2019 7:00pm

Opening Statements

Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) - Opening Remarks As Prepared

"A quorum being present, the Committee shall come to order. I would like to thank the members of the Committee for attending this evening, and we shall work as expeditiously as possible.

"Today, we will consider H. Res. 245, the primary expense resolution for the 116th Congress, and Committee Resolution 116-09, to approve franked mail allowances for committees.

"The funding resolution represents a best effort between what is needed, and what is available. In determining these authorizations, the Committee consulted with the Appropriations Committee to determine the most prudent overall amount - understanding that we are working under an appropriation that was enacted last fall.

" We have increased the amount available in the reserve fund for the 2nd session to better enable this Committee, working together, to meet new responsibilities of the Committees and to give us the ability to move quickly assuming there is a new appropriation enacted this fall. 

"It is my intention to work closely with Ranking Member Davis to reach agreement on expenditures from the reserve fund.  If, for some reason we are not able to reach agreement, then it is my intention that expenditures will be subject to a vote of the Committee.

"In addition to considering the primary expense resolution, we will also consider Committee Resolution 116-09, to approve franked mail allowances for committees for the 116th Congress.

"This resolution enables committees to meet their incidental postal needs. These levels have proved more than sufficient in previous Congresses.  

"I am pleased to now recognize Ranking Member Davis for any opening statement he may have before we proceed to the business before us."