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.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.