Committee Advances DC Budget Autonomy, Audit the Fed, and Other Legislation

Published: May 17, 2016

 WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a mark-up to consider multiple pieces of legislation, including Audit the Fed and DC Budget Autonomy. The following actions were taken by the Committee.

The Committee approved the following legislation:

H.R. 5233, the Clarifying Congressional Intent in Providing for DC Home Rule Act of 2016 (Rep. Meadows, R-NC);

  • Repeals the Local Budget Autonomy Act of 2012 passed by the District of Columbia and amends sections 450 and 603 of the Home Rule Act of 1973.
  • Del. Norton (D-DC) offered an amendment which was not agreed to.
  • The bill was agreed to in a recorded vote (22-14)) and reported favorably to the House.

H.R. 5226, the Regulatory Integrity Act of 2016 (Rep. Walberg, R-MI);

  • Requires agencies to make information available on their websites for all public communications about proposed regulations or other pending regulatory actions.
  • The bill was agreed to in a recorded vote (22-14) and reported favorably to the House.

H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015 (Rep. Massie, R-KY);

  • Rep. Massie (R-KY) offered an Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) which was agreed to by voice vote.
  • As amended, the bill requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to complete an audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and Federal Reserve banks and repeals certain restrictions on GAO audits of the Federal Reserve.
  • By voice vote, the bill, as amended, was reported favorably to the House.

H.R. 5199, the Construction Consensus Procurement Improvement Act of 2016 (Rep. Meadows, R-NC);

  • Rep. Cummings offered an amendment which was agreed to by voice vote.
  • The bill, as amended, reduces participation costs for small business construction firms seeking to participate in the government contracts marketplace by encouraging the use of a two phase design-build selection process for complex construction projects.
  • The bill, as amended, was reported favorably to the House by voice vote.
  1. 1550, the Program Management Improvement Accountability Act (Sen. Ernst, R-IA);
  • Chairman Chaffetz offered an amendment which was agreed to by voice.
  • The bill, as amended, requires the Office of Management and Budget to establish government-wide policies for program and project management.
  • The bill, as amended, was reported favorable to the House by voice vote.

The following post office designations were reported favorably to the House under Unanimous Consent.

H.R. 2607, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7802 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, New York, as the “Jeanne and Jules Manford Post Office Building” (Rep. Crowley, D-NY);

H.R. 433, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 523 East Railroad Street in Knox, Pennsylvania, as the “Specialist Ross A. McGinnis Memorial Post Office” (Rep. Thompson, R-PA);

H.R. 3218, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 836 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, California as the “Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis ‘Lou’ J. Langlais Post Office Building” (Rep. Capps, D-CA);

H.R. 5028, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 10721 E Jefferson Ave in Detroit, Michigan, as the “Mary Eleanora McCoy Post Office Building” (Rep. Lawrence, D-MI).

H.R. 3931, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 620 Central Avenue Suite 1A in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, as the “Chief Petty Officer Adam Brown United States Post Office” (Rep. Westerman, R-AR);

H.R. 3953, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4122 Madison Street, Elfers, Florida, as the “Private First Class Felton Roger Fussell Memorial Post Office” (Rep. Bilirakis, R-FL);

H.R. 4010, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 522 North Central Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona, as the “Ed Pastor Post Office” (Rep. Gallego, D-AZ);

H.R. 4425, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 110 East Powerhouse Road in Collegeville, Minnesota, as the “Eugene J. McCarthy Post Office” (Rep. Emmer, R-MN);

H.R. 4747, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 6691 Church Street in Riverdale, Georgia, as the “Major Gregory E. Barney Post Office Building” (Rep. Scott, D-GA);

H.R. 4761, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 61 South Baldwin Avenue in Sierra Madre, California, as the “Louis Van Iersel Post Office” (Rep. Chu, D-CA);

H.R. 4777, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1301 Alabama Avenue in Selma, Alabama as the “Amelia Boynton Robinson Post Office Building” (Rep. Sewell, D-AL);

H.R. 4877, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3130 Grants Lake Boulevard in Sugar Land, Texas, as the “LCpl Garrett W. Gamble, USMC Post Office Building” (Rep. Olson, R-TX);

H.R. 4925, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 229 West Main Cross Street, in Findlay, Ohio, as the “Michael Garver Oxley Memorial Post Office Building” (Rep. Latta, R-OH);

H.R. 4960, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 525 N Broadway in Aurora, Illinois, as the “Kenneth M. Christy Post Office Building” (Rep. Foster, D-IL);

H.R. 4975, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5720 South 142nd Street in Omaha, Nebraska, as the “Petty Officer 1st Class Caleb A. Nelson Post Office Building” (Rep. Ashford, D-NE); and

H.R. 4987, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3957 2nd Avenue in Laurel Hill, Florida, as the “Sergeant First Class William ‘Kelly’ Lacey Post Office” (Rep. Miller, R-FL).