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Submission of the Planning Phase Obligation Plan.
Approval of the Planning Phase Obligation Plan.
Selection of consultants to work with prime consultant and
project designer, RTKL.

Reassessment of the site options and confirmation of the East
Front of the Capitol as the preferred site.

Revalidation Study conducted by RTKL and consultants.
Initial presentation of the results of the revalidation study to
the Capitol Preservation Commission.

Open meeting of the Capitol Preservation Commission.
Approval of the revised Concept Design by the Capitol
Preservation Commission.

Submission of the Design and Engineering Obligation Plan.
AOC receives approval of the Design and Engineering
Obligation Plan by the House Legislative Branch
Appropriations Committee.

40ves November 12, 1999 letter granting approval,
win qualifications, of the Design and Engineering Obligation
by the Senate Legislative Branch Appropriations
Commitee.

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he Senate Legislative Branch Appropriations Committee.
AX receives verbal approval to proceed with Design
Development portion of the Design and Engineering
Obligation.

Design Development work begins.

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Capitol Visitor Center estimated construction cost
Includes three recommended enhancements of the 1995 plan:
Excavate and construct maximum feasible shell space2
Extend loading dock tunnel beneath Constitution Avenue
East Front Capitol stairs and elevators

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Post-construction fit-out

Technical security systems (allowance)3
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$ 18 million
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Mr. TAYLOR. We have a few questions, but we will yield to you for a summarization of your statement or reading in full.

STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN ARCHER

Mr. ARCHER. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I appreciate the inference that this will be short and that you will just approve our request so you can get back to the Architect of the Capitol.

As briefly as I can, I have been here every year on behalf of the Joint Committee on Taxation, which is one of those rare bodies that serves both the Senate and the House and does so professionally and in a nonpartisan way, and does an outstanding job. Sadly enough, Mr. Chairman, you are probably aware that our tax code becomes more and more complex, it seems, every year. Maybe the day will occur when I will win and we will abolish the income tax and go to a simple system, but we won't belabor you about that today.

In the meantime, we need enormous expertise relative to the Code, which no one individual fully understands. We need to be able to respond to the requests that are made by individual Members, both on and off the Committee, for revenue estimates, which become vital as to what we do in the tax code, and the Joint Committee has to crank out all of those estimates. They have done an outstanding job, and I would just like to cite to you verbally that they have done, in this last year, over 3,000 estimates responding to requests of over 4,000. The requests from Members is 55 percent more than it was in the previous year, and so they have been efficiently cranking these out, and obviously it requires staff and it requires assets in order to be able to do that.

In addition, the IRS Reform Act, which most all of us voted for on a bipartisan basis, put added responsibilities on them and required that they issue a report in each Congress about the overall state of the Federal tax system and how it might be simplified, et cetera. $200,000 was appropriated to fund that report for this year, and we are asking that there be another $200,000 for next year because the law requires it, that the study be done subject to appropriation, and you have control over that, of course.

They also have completed two major studies that were mandated also by the IRS Reform Act, and that is the study of the presentlaw system of penalties and interest and the study of taxpayer confidentiality. Those two studies resulted in over 1,500 pages of documentation. All of this is just an enormous drain on their assets as long as the Congress requires that they do additional work. We really, unfortunately, need to appropriate the money to see that it is done. As you will see in the requests, they are asking for the standard amount for salary increases, and I guess that is really about it, Mr. Chairman. I think it is a reasonable request and I hope that your committee will grant it.

STUDY ON THE STATE OF THE FEDERAL TAX SYSTEM

Mr. TAYLOR. Thank you, Mr. Archer. It is difficult for me to deny my good friend Bill Archer anything. The Committee's courtesy is not to be indicated as a total approval.

You asked for $291,000 covering staff cost of living salary adjust

provided last year for a study required by the IRS Reform Act. Since this is a two-year study, will these funds be removed from your budget next year?

Mr. ARCHER. The problem is the Reform Act required that a separate study be done for each Congress, and it is a continuing legal requirement. Now, the Congress can decide, because it is subject to appropriated funds, you don't want it and not appropriate the money, and thereby deny the will of the Congress in the IRS Reform Act. What I would hope is that we would take a look at the effectiveness of these studies and reports, and although I won't be around in the next Congress, that the Congress will then decide again whether they want to appropriate the money to continue it or not. But in the meantime, it is, of course, the law and they are required to do it subject to appropriated funds.

Mr. TAYLOR. Mr. Pastor, do you have any questions?

Mr. PASTOR. No.

Mr. TAYLOR. Mr. Lewis?

Mr. LEWIS. No, Mr. Chairman, except by way of suggesting to Chairman Archer how much I appreciate the work that he has done, not just through this responsibility, but his work in Ways and Means in general. When one is making plans to leave this place, you can say things that you might not say other times. Mr. ARCHER. I have noticed that.

Mr. LEWIS. One of the thoughts that occurs to me as I go through this whole series of studies, if there a way the staff can come up with a reasonable mechanism for charging the individual office or agency requesting the report from Joint Tax Committee? It might not only help with your budget, it might very well cut down that 55 percent that you were describing earlier. Just a thought. I wonder how many of these are from the Senate and how many from the House.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Mr. ARCHER. Just very quickly. Our tax code has so many unseen costs. The costs of compliance with this tax code, which is not just the IRS, is not just the Joint Committee, is not just what we see as the tip of the iceberg. The cost is estimated to be $250 billion. Most of that has to be carried by the private sector. It is atrocious that we continue to keep this kind of a code, but that is an issue for another day, Mr. Chairman, and I thank you for letting me just express those sentiments.

Mr. TAYLOR. Thank you. I appreciate it.

Mr. Hoyer, questions?

Mr. HOYER. I have no questions, Mr. Chairman, thank you.
Mr. TAYLOR. Ms. Granger.

Ms. GRANGER. No questions.

Mr. TAYLOR. Thank you. We appreciate your presentation. There

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