For instance, the 2010 legislative branch spending bill included $2.5 million for “demonstration projects” on new energy technologies, such as fuel cell, wind turbine and lighting projects. The effort was a pet project of former Chief Administrative Officer Dan Beard and part of then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) “Green the Capitol” initiative.
The plan is defunded under the CR.
Republicans had long said the project was a waste of money. And it turns out Democrats will not miss it either, one Democratic aide said.
“We didn’t spend the money,” the senior aide said. “We didn’t like the initiatives Beard came up with.”
Two other unauthorized Beard projects would be cut in the House bill: a tuition assistance benefit and a child care benefit for staffers.
“The money was set up but the program was never created,” Crenshaw said. “That’s money that doesn’t really affect anybody. You’re not laying off anybody, you’re not stopping a program that exists.”
Those projects are separate from the House child care center and employee student loan repayment benefits, which the bill still funds.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.