House Lawmakers Reveal Priorities in Spending Bill
Ranges from student loan debt to staffers’ pay
The fiscal 2020 House Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill telegraphs clearly the priorities of lawmakers on how they want to spend taxpayer dollars on Capitol Hill.
Among the highlights are issues of paid family leave, equal pay, climate change, student debt relief, and changing depictions of Native Americans throughout the Capitol. The bill pushes for increased funding for legislative branch agencies. Some appropriators are urging the Capitol Visitor Center to hire Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians as tour guides in order to “accurately and respectfully” convey the history of Native Americans.
They want the Capitol and other buildings to be retrofitted to be more energy efficient, and more funding for staff salaries, official travel expenses and constituent mail. The Capitol Police and greater security also require additional funds. They want more opportunities for employment of non-U.S. citizens, such as the Dreamers, and expanded paid family and medical leave programs.
- For the House Appropriations Committee and the many places they are looking to spend taxpayer dollars.
For wisdom for members of the House of Representatives when votes are set on appropriations bills.