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   112th Congress 
     1st Session            COMMITTEE PRINT
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                    RULES ADOPTED BY THE COMMITTEES
                    OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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                             112th Congress
                               2011-2012

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                            compiled by the

                           COMMITTEE ON RULES





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112th Congress 
 1st Session                COMMITTEE PRINT
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                    RULES ADOPTED BY THE COMMITTEES
                    OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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                             112th Congress

                               2011-2012

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                            compiled by the

                           COMMITTEE ON RULES






             Printed for the use of the Committee on Rules

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                           COMMITTEE ON RULES

                   DAVID DREIER, California, Chairman
PETE SESSIONS, Texas                 LOUISE McINTOSH SLAUGHTER,
  Vice Chairman                        Ranking Member
VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina        JAMES P. McGOVERN, Massachusetts
ROB BISHOP, Utah                     ALCEE L. HASTINGS, Florida
ROB WOODALL, Georgia                 JARED POLIS, Colorado
RICHARD B. NUGENT, Florida
TIM SCOTT, South Carolina
DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida
                 Hugh Nathanial Halpern, Staff Director
                Miles M. Lackey, Minority Staff Director
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             Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process

                     PETE SESSIONS, Texas, Chairman
VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina        ALCEE L. HASTINGS, Florida
ROB WOODALL, Georgia                   Ranking Member
DANIEL WEBSER, Florida               JARED POLIS, Colorado
DAVID DREIER, California
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          Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House

                  RICHARD B. NUGENT, Florida, Chairman
ROB BISHOP, Utah                     JAMES P. McGOVERN, Massachusetts
TIM SCOTT, South Carolina              Ranking Member
DAVID DREIER, California             LOUISE McINTOSH SLAUGHTER,
                                       New York










                            C O N T E N T S

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               Part I.--Standing Committees of the House

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Committee on Agriculture.........................................     3
Committee on Appropriations......................................    25
Committee on Armed Services......................................    37
Committee on the Budget..........................................    49
Committee on Education and the Workforce.........................    59
Committee on Energy and Commerce.................................    75
Committee on Ethics..............................................    85
Committee on Financial Services..................................   113
Committee on Foreign Affairs.....................................   127
Committee on Homeland Security...................................   145
Committee on House Administration................................   159
Committee on the Judiciary.......................................   169
Committee on Natural Resources...................................   175
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.....................   189
Committee on Rules...............................................   199
Committee on Science, Space and Technology.......................   209
Committee on Small Business......................................   225
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure...................   237
Committee on Veterans' Affairs...................................   253
Committee on Ways and Means......................................   261

           Part II.--Permanent Select Committee of the House

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.......................   273

               Part III.--Congressional Joint Committees

Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction......................   293
Joint Economic Committee.........................................   297
Joint Committee of Congress on the Library.......................   303
Joint Committee on Printing......................................   307
Joint Committee on Taxation......................................   313

                                Appendix

Rule X. Organization of Committees...............................   315
Rule XI. Procedures of Committees and Unfinished Business........   342
Rule XIII. Calendars and Committee Reports.......................   316
      
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                PART I--STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE

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                        Committee on Agriculture

  FRANK LUCAS, Oklahoma, Chairman

COLLIN PETERSON, Minnesota,          BOB GOODLATTE, Virginia,
  Ranking Member                       Vice Chairman
TIM HOLDEN, Pennsylvania             TIMOTHY V. JOHNSON, Illinois
MIKE McINTRYRE, North Carolina       STEVE KING, Iowa
LEONARD BOSWELL, Iowa                RANDY NEUGEBAUER, Texas
JOE BACA, California                 K. MICHAEL CONAWAY, Texas
DENNIS CARDOZA, California           JEFF FORTENBERRY, Nebraska
DAVID SCOTT, Georgia                 JEAN SCHMIDT, Ohio
HENRY CUELLAR, Texas                 GLENN THOMPSON, Pennsylvania
JIM COSTA, California                THOMAS J. ROONEY, Florida
TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota           MARLIN STUTZMAN, Indiana
KURT SCHRADER, Oregon                BOB GIBBS, Ohio
LARRY KISSEL, North Carolina         AUSTIN SCOTT, Georgia
BILL OWENS, New York                 SCOTT R. TIPTON, Colorado
CHELLIE PINGREE, Maine               STEVE SOUTHERLAND, Florida
JOE COURTNEY, Connecticut            RICK CRAWFORD, Arkansas
PETER WELCH, Vermont                 MARTHA ROBY, Alabama
MARCIA L. FUDGE, Ohio                TIM HUELSKAMP, Kansas
GREGORIO SABLAN, Northern Mariana IslandsT DESJARLAIS, Tennessee
TERRI A. SEWELL, Alabama             RENEE L. ELLMERS, North Carolina
JAMES McGOVERN, Massachusetts        CHRISTOPHER P. GIBSON, New York
                                     RANDY HULTGREN, Illinois
                                     VICKY HARTZLER, Missouri
                                     ROBERT T. SCHILLING, Illinois
                                     REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin
                                     KRISTI NOEM, South Dakota

                       (Adopted January 25, 2011)


                       Rule 1. General Provisions

    (a) Applicability of House Rules.--(1) The Rules of the 
House shall govern the procedure of the Committee and its 
subcommittees, and the rules of the Committee on Agriculture so 
far as applicable shall be interpreted in accordance with the 
Rules of the House, except that a motion to recess from day to 
day, and a motion to dispense with the first reading (in full) 
of a bill or resolution, if printed copies are available, are 
non-debatable privileged motions in the Committee and its 
subcommittees. (See Appendix A for the applicable Rules of the 
U.S. House of Representatives.)
    (2) As provided in clause 1(a)(2) of House rule XI, each 
subcommittee is part of the Committee and is subject to the 
authority and direction of the Committee and its rules so far 
as applicable. (See also Committee rules III, IV, V, VI, VII 
and X, infra.)
    (b) Authority to Conduct Investigations.--The Committee and 
its subcommittees, after consultation with the Chairman of the 
Committee, may conduct such investigations and studies as they 
may consider necessary or appropriate in the exercise of their 
responsibilities under rule X of the Rules of the House and in 
accordance with clause 2(m) of House rule XI.
    (c) Authority to Print.--The Committee is authorized by the 
Rules of the House to have printed and bound testimony and 
other data presented at hearings held by the Committee and its 
subcommittees. All costs of stenographic services and 
transcripts in connection with any meeting or hearing of the 
Committee and its subcommittees shall be paid from applicable 
accounts of the House described in clause 1(i)(1) of House Rule 
X in accordance with clause 1(c) of House rule XI. (See also 
paragraphs (d), (e) and (f) of Committee rule VIII.)
    (d) Vice Chairman.--The Member of the majority party on the 
Committee or subcommittee designated by the Chairman of the 
full Committee shall be the vice chairman of the Committee or 
subcommittee in accordance with clause 2(d) of House rule XI.
    (e) Presiding Member.--If the Chairman of the Committee or 
subcommittee is not present at any Committee or subcommittee 
meeting or hearing, the vice chairman shall preside. If the 
Chairman and vice chairman of the Committee or subcommittee are 
not present at a Committee or subcommittee meeting or hearing 
the ranking Member of the majority party who is present shall 
preside in accordance with clause 2(d), House rule XI.
    (f) Publication of Rules.--The Committee's rules shall be 
publicly available in electronic form and published in the 
Congressional Record not later than 30 days after the Chair is 
elected in each odd-numbered year as provided in clause 2(a) of 
House rule XI.
    (g) Joint Committee Reports of Investigation or Study.--A 
report of an investigation or study conducted jointly by more 
than one committee may be filed jointly, provided that each of 
the committees complies independently with all requirements for 
approval and filing of the report.

 Rule 2.--Committee Business Meetings--Regular, Additional and Special

    (a) Regular Meetings.--(1) Regular meetings of the 
Committee, in accordance with clause 2(b) of House rule XI, 
shall be held on the first Wednesday of every month to transact 
its business unless such day is a holiday, or Congress is in 
recess or is adjourned, in which case the Chairman shall 
determine the regular meeting day of the Committee, if any, for 
that month. The Chairman shall provide each member of the 
Committee, as far in advance of the day of the regular meeting 
as practicable, a written agenda of such meeting. Items may be 
placed on the agenda by the Chairman or a majority of the 
Committee. If the Chairman believes that there will not be any 
bill, resolution or other matter considered before the full 
Committee and there is no other business to be transacted at a 
regular meeting, the meeting may be cancelled or it may be 
deferred until such time as, in the judgment of the Chairman, 
there may be matters which require the Committee's 
consideration. This paragraph shall not apply to meetings of 
any subcommittee. (See paragraph (f) of Committee rule X for 
provisions that apply to meetings of subcommittees.)
    (b) Additional Meetings.--(1) The Chairman may call and 
convene, as he or she considers necessary, which may not 
commence earlier than the third day on which members have 
notice thereof after consultation with the Ranking Minority 
Member of the Committee or after concurrence with the Ranking 
Minority Member, additional meetings of the Committee for the 
consideration of any bill or resolution pending before the 
Committee or for the conduct of other Committee business. The 
Committee shall meet for such additional meetings pursuant to 
the notice from the Chairman.
    (2) A hearing or meeting may begin sooner than specified in 
clause (1) (in which case the chair shall make the announcement 
specified at the earliest possible time) if the committee so 
determines by majority vote in the presence of the number of 
members required under the rules of the committee for the 
transaction of business.
    (3) At least 24 hours prior to the commencement of a 
meeting for the markup of a measure or matter the Chair shall 
cause the text of such measure or matter to be made publicly 
available in electronic form.
    (c) Special Meetings.--If at least three members of the 
Committee desire that a special meeting of the Committee be 
called by the Chairman, those members may file in the offices 
of the Committee their written request to the Chairman for such 
special meeting. Such request shall specify the measure or 
matters to be considered. Immediately upon the filing of the 
request, the Majority Staff Director (serving as the clerk of 
the Committee for such purpose) shall notify the Chairman of 
the filing of the request. If, within three calendar days after 
the filing of the request, the Chairman does not call the 
requested special meeting to be held within 7 calendar days 
after the filing of the request, a majority of the members of 
the Committee may file in the offices of the Committee their 
written notice that a special meeting of the Committee will be 
held, specifying the date and hour thereof, and the measures or 
matter to be considered at that special meeting in accordance 
with clause 2(c)(2) of House rule XI. The Committee shall meet 
on that date and hour. Immediately upon the filing of the 
notice, the Majority Staff Director (serving as the clerk) of 
the Committee shall notify all members of the Committee that 
such meeting will be held and inform them of its date and hour 
and the measure or matter to be considered, and only the 
measure or matter specified in that notice may be considered at 
that special meeting.

           Rule 3.--Open Meetings and Hearings; Broadcasting

    (a) Open Meetings and Hearings.--Each meeting for the 
transaction of business, including the markup of legislation, 
and each hearing by the Committee or a subcommittee shall be 
open to the public unless closed in accordance with clause 2(g) 
of House rule XI. (See Appendix A.)
    (b) Broadcasting and Photography.--Whenever a Committee or 
subcommittee meeting for the transaction of business, including 
the markup of legislation, or a hearing is open to the public, 
that meeting or hearing shall:
          (1) To the maximum extent practicable the Committee 
        shall provide audio and video coverage of each hearing 
        or meeting for the transaction of business in a manner 
        that allows the public to easily listen to and view the 
        proceedings and shall maintain the recordings of such 
        coverage in a manner that is easily accessible to the 
        public.
          (2) Be open to coverage by television, radio, and 
        still photography in accordance with clause 4 of House 
        rule XI (See Appendix A). When such radio coverage is 
        conducted in the Committee or subcommittee, written 
        notice to that effect shall be placed on the desk of 
        each Member. The Chairman of the Committee or 
        subcommittee, shall not limit the number of television 
        or still cameras permitted in a hearing or meeting room 
        to fewer than two representatives from each medium 
        (except for legitimate space or safety considerations, 
        in which case pool coverage shall be authorized).
    (c) Closed Meetings--Attendees.--No person other than 
Members of the Committee or subcommittee and such congressional 
staff and departmental representatives as the Committee or 
subcommittee may authorize shall be present at any business or 
markup session that has been closed to the public as provided 
in clause 2(g)(1) of House rule XI.
    (d) Addressing the Committee.--A Committee member may 
address the Committee or a subcommittee on any bill, motion, or 
other matter under consideration (See Committee rule VII (e) 
relating to questioning a witness at a hearing). The time a 
member may address the Committee or subcommittee for any such 
purpose shall be limited to five minutes, except that this time 
limit may be waived by unanimous consent. A member shall also 
be limited in his or her remarks to the subject matter under 
consideration, unless the Member receives unanimous consent to 
extend his or her remarks beyond such subject
    (e) Meetings to Begin Promptly.--Subject to the presence of 
a quorum, each meeting or hearing of the Committee and its 
subcommittees shall begin promptly at the time so stipulated in 
the public announcement of the meeting or hearing.
    (f) Prohibition on Proxy Voting.--No vote by any Member of 
the Committee or subcommittee with respect to any measure or 
matter may be cast by proxy.
    (g) Location of Persons at Meetings.--No person other than 
the Committee or subcommittee Members and Committee or 
subcommittee staff may be seated in the rostrum area during a 
meeting of the Committee or subcommittee unless by unanimous 
consent of Committee or subcommittee.
    (h) Consideration of Amendments and Motions.--A Member, 
upon request, shall be recognized by the Chairman to address 
the Committee or subcommittee at a meeting for a period limited 
to five minutes on behalf of an amendment or motion offered by 
the Member or another Member, or upon any other matter under 
consideration, unless the Member receives unanimous consent to 
extend the time limit. Every amendment or motion made in 
Committee or subcommittee shall, upon the demand of any Member 
present, be reduced to writing, and a copy thereof shall be 
made available to all Members present. Such amendment or motion 
shall not be pending before the Committee or subcommittee or 
voted on until the requirements of this paragraph have been 
met.
    (i) Demanding Record Vote.--(1) A record vote of the 
Committee or subcommittee on a question or action shall be 
ordered on a demand by one-fifth of the Members present.
    (2) The Chairman of the Committee or Subcommittee may 
postpone further proceedings when a record vote is ordered on 
the question of approving a measure or matter or on adopting an 
amendment. If the Chairman postpones further proceedings:
                  (A) the Chairman may resume such postponed 
                proceedings, after giving Members adequate 
                notice, at a time chosen in consultation with 
                the Ranking Minority Member; and
                  (B) not withstanding any intervening order 
                for the previous question, the underlying 
                proposition on which proceedings were postponed 
                shall remain subject to further debate or 
                amendment to the same extent as when the 
                question was postponed.
    (j) Submission of Motions or Amendments In Advance of 
Business Meetings.--The Committee and subcommittee-Chairman may 
request and Committee and subcommittee Members should, insofar 
as practicable, cooperate in providing copies of proposed 
amendments or motions to the Chairman and the Ranking Minority 
Member of the Committee or the subcommittee twenty-four hours 
before a Committee or subcommittee business meeting.
    (k) Points of Order.--No point of order against the hearing 
or meeting procedures of the Committee or subcommittee shall be 
entertained unless it is made in a timely fashion.
    (l) Limitation on Committee Sittings.--The Committee or 
subcommittees may not sit during a joint session of the House 
and Senate or during a recess when a joint meeting of the House 
and Senate is in progress.
    (m) Prohibition of Wireless Telephones.--Use of wireless 
phones during a committee or subcommittee hearing or meeting is 
prohibited.

                            Rule 4.--Quorums

    (a) Working Quorum.--One-third of the members of the 
Committee or a subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for 
taking any action, other than as noted in paragraphs (b) and 
(c).
    (b) Majority Quorum.--A majority of the members of the 
Committee or subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for:
          (1) the reporting of a bill, resolution or other 
        measure (See clause 2(h)(1) of House rules XI, and 
        Committee rule VIII);
          (2) the closing of a meeting or hearing to the public 
        pursuant to clauses 2(g), 2(k)(5) and 2(k)(7) of the 
        rule XI of the Rules of the House;
          (3) the authorizing of a subpoena as provided in 
        clause 2(m)(3), of House rule XI (See also Committee 
        rule VI.); and
          (4) as where required by a rule of the House.
    (c) Quorum for Taking Testimony.--Two members of the 
Committee or subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for the 
purpose of taking testimony and receiving evidence.

                            Rule 5.--Records

    (a) Maintenance of Records.--The Committee shall keep a 
complete record of all Committee and subcommittee action which 
shall include--
          (1) in the case of any meeting or hearing 
        transcripts, a substantially verbatim account of 
        remarks actually made during the proceedings, subject 
        only to technical, grammatical and typographical 
        corrections authorized by the person making the remarks 
        involved, and
          (2) written minutes shall include a record of all 
        Committee and subcommittee action and a record of all 
        votes on any question and a tally on all record votes.
    The result of each such record vote shall be made available 
by the Committee for inspection by the public at reasonable 
times in the offices of the Committee and by telephone request 
and also made publicly available in electronic form within 48 
hours of such record vote. Not later than 24 hours after 
adoption of an amendment to a measure or matter, the chair of 
the Committee shall cause the text of such amendment adopted 
thereto to be made publicly available in electronic form. 
Information so available for public inspection shall include a 
description of the amendment, motion, order or other 
proposition and the name of each member voting for and each 
member voting against such amendment, motion, order, or 
proposition, and the names of those members present but not 
voting.
    (b) Access to and Correction of Records.--Any public 
witness, or person authorized by such witness, during Committee 
office hours in the Committee offices and within two weeks of 
the close of hearings, may obtain a transcript copy of that 
public witness's testimony and make such technical, grammatical 
and typographical corrections as authorized by the person 
making the remarks involved as will not alter the nature of 
testimony given. There shall be prompt return of such corrected 
copy of the transcript to the Committee. Members of the 
Committee or subcommittee shall receive copies of transcripts 
for their prompt review and correction and prompt return to the 
Committee. The Committee or subcommittee may order the printing 
of a hearing record without the corrections of any Member or 
witness if it determines that such Member or witness has been 
afforded a reasonable time in which to make such corrections 
and further delay would seriously impede the consideration of 
the legislative action that is subject of the hearing. The 
record of a hearing shall be closed ten calendar days after the 
last oral testimony, unless the Committee or subcommittee 
determines otherwise. Any person requesting to file a statement 
for the record of a hearing must so request before the hearing 
concludes and must file the statement before the record is 
closed unless the Committee or subcommittee determines 
otherwise. The Committee or subcommittee may reject any 
statement in light of its length or its tendency to defame, 
degrade, or incriminate any person.
    (c) Property of the House.--All Committee and subcommittee 
hearings, records, data, charts, and files shall be kept 
separate and distinct from the congressional office records of 
the Members serving as Chairman and such records shall be the 
property of the House and all Members of the House shall have 
access thereto. The Majority Staff Director shall promptly 
notify the Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member of any 
request for access to such records.
    (d) Availability of Archived Records.--The records of the 
Committee at the National Archives and Records Administration 
shall be made available for public use in accordance with House 
rule VII. The Chairman shall notify the Ranking Minority Member 
of the Committee of the need for a Committee order pursuant to 
clause 3(b)(3) or clause 4(b) of such House rule, to withhold a 
record otherwise available.
    (e) Special Rules for Certain Records and Proceedings.--A 
stenographic record of a business meeting of the Committee or 
subcommittee may be kept and thereafter may be published if the 
Chairman of the Committee, after consultation with the Ranking 
Minority Member, determines there is need for such a record. 
The proceedings of the Committee or subcommittee in a closed 
meeting, evidence or testimony in such meeting, shall not be 
divulged unless otherwise determined by a majority of the 
Committee or subcommittee.
    (f) Electronic Availability of Committee Publications.--To 
the maximum extent feasible, the Committee shall make its 
publications available in electronic form.

             Rule 6.--Power to Sit and Act; Subpoena Power

    (a) Authority to Sit and Act.--For the purpose of carrying 
out any of its function and duties under House rules X and XI, 
the Committee and each of its subcommittees is authorized 
(subject to paragraph (b)(1) of this rule)--
          (1) to sit and act at such times and places within 
        the United States whether the House is in session, has 
        recessed, or has adjourned and to hold such hearings, 
        and
          (2) to require, by subpoena or otherwise, the 
        attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the 
        production of such books, records, correspondence, 
        memoranda, papers and documents, as it deems necessary. 
        The Chairman of the Committee or subcommittee, or any 
        member designated by the Chairman, may administer oaths 
        to any witness.
    (b) Issuance of Subpoenas.--(1) A subpoena may be 
authorized and issued by the Committee or subcommittee under 
paragraph (a)(2) in the conduct of any investigation or series 
of investigations or activities, only when authorized by a 
majority of the members voting, a majority being present, as 
provided in clause 2(m)(3)(A) of House rule XI. Such authorized 
subpoenas shall be signed by the Chairman of the Committee or 
by any member designated by the Committee. As soon as 
practicable after a subpoena is issued under this rule, the 
Chairman shall notify all members of the Committee of such 
action.
    (2) Notice of a meeting to consider a motion to authorize 
and issue a subpoena should be given to all Members of the 
Committee by 5 p.m. of the day preceding such meeting.
    (3) Compliance with any subpoena issued by the Committee or 
subcommittee under paragraph (a)(2) may be enforced only as 
authorized or directed by the House.
    (4) A subpoena duces tecum may specify terms of return 
other than at a meeting or hearing of the committee or 
subcommittee authorizing the subpoena.
    (c) Expenses of Subpoenaed Witnesses.--Each witness who has 
been subpoenaed, upon the completion of his or her testimony 
before the Committee or any subcommittee, may report to the 
offices of the Committee, and there sign appropriate vouchers 
for travel allowances and attendance fees to which he or she is 
entitled. If hearings are held in cities other than Washington 
D.C., the subpoenaed witness may contact the Majority Staff 
Director of the Committee, or his or her representative, before 
leaving the hearing room.

                      Rule 7.--Hearing Procedures

    (a) Power to Hear.--For the purpose of carrying out any of 
its functions and duties under House rules X and XI, the 
Committee and its subcommittees are authorized to sit and hold 
hearings at any time or place within the United States whether 
the House is in session, has recessed, or has adjourned. (See 
paragraph (a) of Committee rule VI and paragraph (f) of 
Committee rule X for provisions relating to subcommittee 
hearings and meetings.)
    (b) Announcement.--The Chairman of the Committee shall 
after consultation with the Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee, make a public announcement of the date, place and 
subject matter of any Committee hearing at least one week 
before the commencement of the hearing. The Chairman of a 
subcommittee shall schedule a hearing only after consultation 
with the Chairman of the Committee and after consultation with 
the Ranking Minority Member of the subcommittee, and the 
Chairmen of the other subcommittees after such consultation 
with the Committee Chairman, and shall request the Majority 
Staff Director to make a public announcement of the date, 
place, and subject matter of such hearing at least one week 
before the hearing. If the Chairman of the Committee or the 
subcommittee, with concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member 
of the Committee or subcommittee, determines there is good 
cause to begin the hearing sooner, or if the Committee or 
subcommittee so determines by majority vote, a quorum being 
present for the transaction of business, the Chairman of the 
Committee or subcommittee, as appropriate, shall request the 
Majority Staff Director to make such public announcement at the 
earliest possible date. The clerk of the Committee shall 
promptly notify the Daily Digest Clerk of the Congressional 
Record, and shall promptly enter the appropriate information 
into the Committee scheduling service of the House Information 
Systems as soon as possible after such public announcement is 
made.
    (c) Scheduling of Witnesses.--Except as otherwise provided 
in this rule, the scheduling of witnesses and determination of 
the time allowed for the presentation of testimony at hearings 
shall be at the discretion of the Chairman of the Committee or 
subcommittee, unless a majority of the Committee or 
subcommittee determines otherwise.
    (d) Written Statement; Oral Testimony.--(1) Each witness 
who is to appear before the Committee or a subcommittee, shall 
insofar as practicable file with the Majority Staff Director of 
the Committee, at least two working days before day of his or 
her appearance, a written statement of proposed testimony. 
Witnesses shall provide sufficient copies of their statement 
for distribution to Committee or subcommittee Members, staff, 
and the news media. Insofar as practicable, the Committee or 
subcommittee staff shall distribute such written statements to 
all Members of the Committee or subcommittee as soon as they 
are received as well as any official reports from departments 
and agencies on such subject matter. All witnesses may be 
limited in their oral presentations to brief summaries of their 
statements within the time allotted to them, at the discretion 
of the Chairman of the Committee or subcommittee, in light of 
the nature of the testimony and the length of time available.
    (2) As noted in paragraph (a) of Committee rule VI, the 
Chairman of the Committee or one of its subcommittees, or any 
Member designated by the Chairman, may administer an oath to 
any witness.
    (3) To the greatest extent practicable, each witness 
appearing in a non-governmental capacity shall include with the 
written statement of proposed testimony a curriculum vitae and 
disclosure of the amount and source (by agency and program) of 
any Federal grant (or subgrant thereof) or contract (or 
subcontract thereof) received during the current fiscal year or 
either of the two preceding fiscal years. Such statements, with 
appropriate redactions to protect the privacy of witnesses, 
shall be made publicly available in electronic form not later 
than one day after the witness appears.
    (e) Questioning of Witnesses.--Committee or subcommittee 
Members may question witnesses only when they have been 
recognized by the Chairman of the Committee or subcommittee for 
that purpose. Each Member so recognized shall be limited to 
questioning a witness for five minutes until such time as each 
Member of the Committee or subcommittee who so desires has had 
an opportunity to question the witness for five minutes; and 
thereafter the Chairman of the Committee or subcommittee may 
limit the time of a further round of questioning after giving 
due consideration to the importance of the subject matter and 
the length of time available. All questions put to witnesses 
shall be germane to the measure or matter under consideration. 
Unless a majority of the Committee or subcommittee determines 
otherwise, no committee or subcommittee staff shall interrogate 
witnesses.
    (f) Extended Questioning for Designated Members.--
Notwithstanding paragraph (e), the Chairman and Ranking 
Minority member may designate an equal number of Members from 
each party to question a witness for a period not longer than 
60 minutes.
    (g) Witnesses for the Minority.--When any hearing is 
conducted by the Committee or any subcommittee upon any measure 
or matter, the minority party members on the Committee or 
subcommittee shall be entitled, upon request to the Chairman by 
a majority of those minority members before the completion of 
such hearing, to call witnesses selected by the minority to 
testify with respect to that measure or matter during at least 
one day of hearing thereon as provided in clause 2(j)(1) of 
House rule XI.
    (h) Summary of Subject Matter.--Upon announcement of a 
hearing, to the extent practicable, the Committee shall make 
available immediately to all members of the Committee a concise 
summary of the subject matter (including legislative reports 
and other material) under consideration. In addition, upon 
announcement of a hearing and subsequently as they are 
received, the Chairman of the Committee or subcommittee shall, 
to the extent practicable, make available to the members of the 
Committee any official reports from departments and agencies on 
such matter. (See Committee rule X(f).)
    (i) Open Hearings.--Each hearing conducted by the Committee 
or subcommittee shall be open to the public, including radio, 
television and still photography coverage, except as provided 
in clause 4 of House rule XI (see also Committee rule III 
(b).). In any event, no Member of the House may be excluded 
from nonparticipatory attendance at any hearing unless the 
House by majority vote shall authorize the Committee or 
subcommittee, for purposes of a particular series of hearings 
on a particular bill or resolution or on a particular subject 
of investigation, to close its hearings to Members by means of 
the above procedure.
    (j) Hearings and Reports.--(1)(i) The Chairman of the 
Committee or subcommittee at a hearing shall announce in an 
opening statement the subject of the investigation. A copy of 
the Committee rules (and the applicable provisions of clause 2 
of House rule XI, regarding hearing procedures, an excerpt of 
which appears in Appendix A thereto) shall be made available to 
each witness upon request. Witnesses at hearings may be 
accompanied by their own counsel for the purpose of advising 
them concerning their constitutional rights. The Chairman of 
the Committee or subcommittee may punish breaches of order and 
decorum, and of professional ethics on the part of counsel, by 
censure and exclusion from the hearings; but only the full 
Committee may cite the offender to the House for contempt.
    (ii) Whenever it is asserted by a member of the committee 
that the evidence or testimony at a hearing may tend to defame, 
degrade, or incriminate any person, or it is asserted by a 
witness that the evidence or testimony that the witness would 
give at a hearing may tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate 
the witness, such testimony or evidence shall be presented in 
executive session, notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 
(i) of this rule, if by a majority of those present, there 
being in attendance the requisite number required under the 
rules of the Committee to be present for the purpose of taking 
testimony, the Committee or subcommittee determines that such 
evidence or testimony may tend to defame, degrade, or 
incriminate any person. The Committee or subcommittee shall 
afford a person an opportunity voluntarily to appear as a 
witness; and the Committee or subcommittee shall receive and 
shall dispose of requests from such person to subpoena 
additional witnesses.
    (iii) No evidence or testimony taken in executive session 
may be released or used in public sessions without the consent 
of the Committee or subcommittee. In the discretion of the 
Committee or subcommittee, witnesses may submit brief and 
pertinent statements in writing for inclusion in the record. 
The Committee or subcommittee is the sole judge of the 
pertinency of testimony and evidence adduced at its hearings. A 
witness may obtain a transcript copy of his or her testimony 
given at a public session or, if given at an executive session, 
when authorized by the Committee or subcommittee. (See 
paragraph (c) of Committee rule V.)
    (2) A proposed investigative or oversight report shall be 
considered as read if it has been available to the members of 
the Committee for at least 24 hours (excluding Saturdays, 
Sundays, or legal holidays except when the House is in session 
on such day) in advance of their consideration.

            Rule 8.--The Reporting of Bills and Resolutions

    (a) Filing of Reports.--The Chairman shall report or cause 
to be reported promptly to the House any bill, resolution, or 
other measure approved by the Committee and shall take or cause 
to be taken all necessary steps to bring such bill, resolution, 
or other measure to a vote. No bill, resolution, or measure 
shall be reported from the Committee unless a majority of 
Committee is actually present. A Committee report on any bill, 
resolution, or other measure approved by the Committee shall be 
filed within seven calendar days (not counting days on which 
the House is not in session) after the day on which there has 
been filed with the Majority Staff Director of the Committee a 
written request, signed by a majority of the Committee, for the 
reporting of that bill or resolution. The Majority Staff 
Director of the Committee shall notify the Chairman immediately 
when such a request is filed.
    (b) Content of Reports.--Each Committee report on any bill 
or resolution approved by the Committee shall include as 
separately identified sections:
          (1) a statement of the intent or purpose of the bill 
        or resolution;
          (2) a statement describing the need for such bill or 
        resolution;
          (3) a statement of Committee and subcommittee 
        consideration of the measure including a summary of 
        amendments and motions offered and the actions taken 
        thereon;
          (4) the results of the each record vote on any 
        amendment in the Committee and subcommittee and on the 
        motion to report the measure or matter, including the 
        names of those Members and the total voting for and the 
        names of those Members and the total voting against 
        such amendment or motion (See clause 3(b) of House rule 
        XIII);
          (5) the oversight findings and recommendations of the 
        Committee with respect to the subject matter of the 
        bill or resolution as required pursuant to clause 
        3(c)(1) of House rule XIII and clause 2(b)(1) of House 
        rule X;
          (6) the detailed statement described in section 
        308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 if the 
        bill or resolution provides new budget authority (other 
        than continuing appropriations), new spending authority 
        described in section 401(c)(2) of such Act, new credit 
        authority, or an increase or decrease in revenues or 
        tax expenditures, except that the estimates with 
        respect to new budget authority shall include, when 
        practicable, a comparison of the total estimated 
        funding level for the relevant program (or programs) to 
        the appropriate levels under current law;
          (7) the estimate of costs and comparison of such 
        estimates, if any, prepared by the Director of the 
        Congressional Budget Office in connection with such 
        bill or resolution pursuant to section 402 of the 
        Congressional Budget Act of 1974 if submitted in timely 
        fashion to the Committee;
          (8) a statement of general performance goals and 
        objectives, including outcome-related goals and 
        objectives, for which the measure authorizes funding;
          (9) a statement citing the specific powers granted to 
        the Congress in the Constitution to enact the law 
        proposed by the bill or joint resolution;
          (10) an estimate by the committee of the costs that 
        would be incurred in carrying out such bill or joint 
        resolution in the fiscal year in which it is reported 
        and for its authorized duration or for each of the five 
        fiscal years following the fiscal year of reporting, 
        whichever period is less (see rule XIII, clause 
        3(d)(2), (3) and (h)(2), (3)), together with--(i) a 
        comparison of these estimates with those made and 
        submitted to the Committee by any Government agency 
        when practicable, and (ii) a comparison of the total 
        estimated funding level for the relevant program (or 
        programs) with appropriate levels under current law 
        (The provisions of this clause do not apply if a cost 
        estimate and comparison prepared by the Director of the 
        Congressional Budget Office under section 403 of the 
        Congressional Budget Act of 1974 has been timely 
        submitted prior to the filing of the report and 
        included in the report);
          (11) a list of congressional earmarks, limited tax 
        benefits, and limited tariff benefits in the bill or in 
        the report (and the name of any Member, Delegate, or 
        Resident Commissioner who submitted a request to the 
        committee for each respective item included in such 
        list) or a statement that the proposition contains no 
        congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or 
        limited tariff benefits;
          (12) the changes in existing law (if any) shown in 
        accordance with clause 3 of House rule XIII;
          (13) the determination required pursuant to section 
        5(b) of Public Law 92-463, if the legislation reported 
        establishes or authorizes the establishment of an 
        advisory committee; and
          (14) the information on Federal and intergovernmental 
        mandates required by section 423(c) and (d) of the 
        Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as added by the 
        Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (P.L. 104-4).
          (15) a statement regarding the applicability of 
        section 102(b)(3) of the Congressional Accountability 
        Act, Public Law 104-1.
    (c) Supplemental, Minority, or Additional Views.--If, at 
the time of approval of any measure or matter by the Committee, 
any Member of the Committee gives notice of intention to file 
supplemental, minority, or additional views, that Member shall 
be entitled to not less than two subsequent calendar days 
(excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays except when 
the House is in session on such date) in which to file such 
views, in writing and signed by that Member, with the Majority 
Staff Director of the Committee. When time guaranteed by this 
paragraph has expired (or if sooner, when all separate views 
have been received), the Committee may arrange to file its 
report with the Clerk of the House not later than one hour 
after the expiration of such time. All such views (in 
accordance with House rule XI, clause 2(1) and House rule XIII, 
clause 3(a)(1)), as filed by one or more Members of the 
Committee, shall be included within and made a part of the 
report filed by the Committee with respect to that bill or 
resolution.
    (d) Printing of Reports.--The report of the Committee on 
the measure or matter noted in paragraph (a) above shall be 
printed in a single volume, which shall:
          (1) include all supplemental, minority or additional 
        views that have been submitted by the time of the 
        filing of the report; and
          (2) bear on its cover a recital that any such 
        supplemental, minority, or additional views (and any 
        material submitted under House rule XII, clause 
        3(a)(1)) are included as part of the report.
    (e) Immediate Printing; Supplemental Reports.--Nothing in 
this rule shall preclude (1) the immediate filing or printing 
of a Committee report unless timely request for the opportunity 
to file supplemental, minority, or additional views has been 
made as provided by paragraph (c), or (2) the filing by the 
Committee of any supplemental report on any bill or resolution 
that may be required for the correction of any technical error 
in a previous report made by the Committee on that bill or 
resolution.
    (f) Availability of Printed Hearing Records.--If hearings 
have been held on any reported bill or resolution, the 
Committee shall make every reasonable effort to have the record 
of such hearings printed and available for distribution to the 
Members of the House prior to the consideration of such bill or 
resolution by the House. Each printed hearing of the Committee 
or any of its subcommittees shall include a record of the 
attendance of the Members.
    (g) Committee Prints.--All Committee or subcommittee prints 
or other Committee or subcommittee documents, other than 
reports or prints of bills, that are prepared for public 
distribution shall be approved by the Chairman of the Committee 
or the Committee prior to public distribution.
    (h) Post Adjournment Filing of Committee Reports.--(1) 
After an adjournment of the last regular session of a Congress 
sine die, an investigative or oversight report approved by the 
Committee may be filed with the Clerk at any time, provided 
that if a member gives notice at the time of approval of 
intention to file supplemental, minority, or additional views, 
that member shall be entitled to not less than seven calendar 
days in which to submit such views for inclusion with the 
report.
    (2) After an adjournment of the last regular session of a 
Congress sine die, the Chairman of the Committee may file at 
any time with the Clerk the Committee's activity report for 
that Congress pursuant to clause 1(d)(1) of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House without the approval of the Committee, 
provided that a copy of the report has been available to each 
member of the Committee for at least seven calendar days and 
the report includes any supplemental, minority, or additional 
views submitted by a member of the Committee.
    (i) The Chairman is directed to offer a motion under clause 
1 of rule XXII of the Rules of the House whenever the Chairman 
considers it appropriate.

                  Rule 9.--Other Committee Activities

    (a) Oversight Plan.--Not later than February 15 of the 
first session of a Congress, the Chairman shall convene the 
Committee in a meeting that is open to the public and with a 
quorum present to adopt its oversight plans for that Congress. 
Such plans shall be submitted simultaneously to the Committee 
on Government Reform and to the Committee on House 
Administration. In developing such plans the Committee shall, 
to the maximum extent feasible--
          (1) consult with other committees of the House that 
        have jurisdiction over the same or related laws, 
        programs, or agencies within its jurisdiction, with the 
        objective of ensuring that such laws, programs, or 
        agencies are reviewed in the same Congress and that 
        there is a maximum of coordination between such 
        committees in the conduct of such reviews; and such 
        plans shall include an explanation of what steps have 
        been and will be taken to ensure such coordination and 
        cooperation;
          (2) review specific problems with federal rules, 
        regulations, statutes, and court decisions that are 
        ambiguous, arbitrary, or nonsensical, or that impose 
        severe financial burdens on individuals;
          (3) give priority consideration to including in its 
        plans the review of those laws, programs, or agencies 
        operating under permanent budget authority or permanent 
        statutory authority;
          (4) have a view toward ensuring that all significant 
        laws, programs, or agencies within its jurisdiction are 
        subject to review at least once every ten years; and
          (5) include proposals to cut or eliminate programs, 
        including mandatory spending programs, that are 
        inefficient, duplicative, outdated, or more 
        appropriately administered by State or local 
        governments.
    The Committee and its appropriate subcommittees shall 
review and study, on a continuing basis, the impact or probable 
impact of tax policies affecting subjects within its 
jurisdiction as provided in clause 2(d) of House rule X. The 
Committee shall include in the report filed pursuant to clause 
1(d) of House rule XI a summary of the oversight plans 
submitted by the Committee under clause 2(d) of House rule X, a 
summary of actions taken and recommendations made with respect 
to each such plan, and a summary of any additional oversight 
activities undertaken by the Committee and any recommendations 
made or actions taken thereon.
    (b) Annual Appropriations.--The Committee shall, in its 
consideration of all bills and joint resolutions of a public 
character within its jurisdiction, ensure that appropriations 
for continuing programs and activities of the Federal 
government and the District of Columbia government will be made 
annually to the maximum extent feasible and consistent with the 
nature, requirements, and objectives of the programs and 
activities involved. The Committee shall review, from time to 
time, each continuing program within its jurisdiction for which 
appropriations are not made annually in order to ascertain 
whether such program could be modified so that appropriations 
therefor would be made annually.
    (c) Budget Act Compliance: Views and Estimates.--(See 
Appendix B).--Not later than six weeks after the President 
submits his budget under section 1105(a) of title 31, United 
State Code, or at such time as the Committee on the Budget may 
request, the Committee shall, submit to the Committee on the 
Budget (1) its views and estimates with respect to all matters 
to be set forth in the concurrent resolution on the budget for 
the ensuing fiscal year (under section 301 of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974--see Appendix B) that are within its 
jurisdiction or functions; and (2) an estimate of the total 
amounts of new budget authority, and budget outlays resulting 
therefrom, to be provided or authorized in all bills and 
resolutions within its jurisdiction that it intends to be 
effective during that fiscal year.
    (d) Budget Act Compliance: Recommended Changes.--Whenever 
the Committee is directed in a concurrent resolution on the 
budget to determine and recommend changes in laws, bills, or 
resolutions under the reconciliation process, it shall promptly 
make such determination and recommendations, and report a 
reconciliation bill or resolution (or both) to the House or 
submit such recommendations to the Committee on the Budget, in 
accordance with the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (See 
Appendix B).
    (e) Conference Committees.--Whenever in the legislative 
process it becomes necessary to appoint conferees, the Chairman 
shall, after consultation with the Ranking Minority Member, 
determine the number of conferees the Chairman deems most 
suitable and then recommend to the Speaker as conferees, in 
keeping with the number to be appointed by the Speaker as 
provided in House rule I, clause 11, the names of those Members 
of the Committee of not less than a majority who generally 
supported the House position and who were primarily responsible 
for the legislation. The Chairman shall, to the fullest extent 
feasible, include those Members of the Committee who were the 
principal proponents of the major provisions of the bill as it 
passed the House and such other Committee Members of the 
majority party as the Chairman may designate in consultation 
with the Members of the majority party. Such recommendations 
shall provide a ratio of majority party Members to minority 
party Members no less favorable to the majority party than the 
ratio of majority party Members to minority party Members on 
the Committee. In making recommendations of Minority Party 
Members as conferees, the Chairman shall consult with the 
Ranking Minority Member of the Committee.
    (f)(1) The Committee, or a subcommittee, shall hold at 
least one hearing during each 120-day period following the 
establishment of the committee on the topic of waste, fraud, 
abuse, or mismanagement in Government programs which the 
committee may authorize.
    (2) A hearing described in subparagraph (1) shall include a 
focus on the most egregious instances of waste, fraud, abuse, 
or mismanagement as documented by any report the committee has 
received from a Federal Office of the Inspector General or the 
Comptroller General of the United States.
    (g) The Committee or a subcommittee, shall hold at least 
one hearing in any session in which the committee has received 
disclaimers of agency financial statements from auditors of any 
Federal agency that the committee may authorize to hear 
testimony on such disclaimers from representatives of any such 
agency.
    (h) The Committee or a subcommittee, shall hold at least 
one hearing on issues raised by reports issued by the 
Comptroller General of the United States indicating that 
Federal programs or operations that the committee may authorize 
are at high risk for waste, fraud, and mismanagement, known as 
the ``high-risk-list'' or the ``high-risk series''.
    (i)(1) Not later than the 30th day after June 1 and 
December 1, the Committee shall submit to the House a 
semiannual report on the activities of the committee. After 
adjournment sine die of a regular session of Congress, or after 
December 15, whichever occurs first, the Chair may file the 
second or fourth semiannual report, a copy of which shall be 
made available to each member of the committee for at least 
seven calendar days, with the Clerk at any time.
    (2) Such report shall include separate sections summarizing 
the legislative and oversight activities of the Committee 
during that Congress.
    (3) The oversight section of such report shall include a 
summary of the oversight plans submitted by the Committee 
pursuant to clause 2(d) of House rule X, a summary of the 
actions taken and recommendations made with respect to each 
such plan, and a summary of any additional oversight activities 
undertaken by the Committee, and any recommendations made or 
actions taken with respect thereto.

                        Rule 10.--Subcommittees

    (a) Number and Composition.--There shall be such 
subcommittees as specified in paragraph (c) of this rule. Each 
of such subcommittees shall be composed of the number of 
members set forth in paragraph (c) of this rule, including ex 
officio members. The Chairman may create additional 
subcommittees of an ad hoc nature as the Chairman determines to 
be appropriate subject to any limitations provided for in the 
House Rules.
    (b) Ratios.--On each subcommittee, there shall be a ratio 
of majority party members to minority party members which shall 
be consistent with the ratio on the full Committee. In 
calculating the ratio of majority party members to minority 
party members, there shall be included the ex officio members 
of the subcommittees and ratios below reflect that fact.
    (c) Jurisdiction.--Each subcommittee shall have the 
following general jurisdiction and number of members:
          Conservation, Energy, and Forestry (22 members, 12 
        majority and 10 minority).--Soil, water, and resource 
        conservation, small watershed program, energy and 
        biobased energy production, rural electrification, 
        forestry in general and forest reserves other than 
        those created from the public domain.
          Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit (10 
        members, 6 majority and 4 minority).--Agency oversight, 
        review and analysis, special investigations, and 
        agricultural credit.
          General Farm Commodities and Risk Management (26 
        members, 15 majority and 11 minority).--Program and 
        markets related to cotton, cottonseed, wheat, feed 
        grains, soybeans, oilseeds, rice, dry beans, peas, 
        lentils, the Commodity Credit Corporation, risk 
        management, including crop insurance, commodity 
        exchanges and specialty crops.
          Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry (20 members, 11 
        majority and 9 minority).--Livestock, dairy, poultry, 
        meat, seafood and seafood products, inspection, 
        marketing, and promotion of such commodities, 
        aquaculture, animal welfare, and grazing.
          Nutrition and Horticulture (10 members, 6 majority 
        and 4 minority).--Food stamps, nutrition and consumer 
        programs, fruits and vegetables, honey and bees, 
        marketing and promotion orders, plant pesticides, 
        quarantine, adulteration of seeds and insect pests, and 
        organic agriculture.
          Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and 
        Foreign Agriculture (14 members, 8 majority and 6 
        minority).--Rural Development, farm security and family 
        farming, research, education and extension, 
        biotechnology, foreign agriculture assistance, and 
        trade promotion programs, generally.
    (d) Referral of Legislation.--
          (1)(a) In General.--All bills, resolutions, and other 
        matters referred to the Committee shall be referred to 
        all subcommittees of appropriate jurisdiction within 2 
        weeks after being referred to the Committee. After 
        consultation with the Ranking Minority Member, the 
        Chairman may determine that the Committee will consider 
        certain bills, resolutions, or other matters.
          (b) Trade Matters.--Unless action is otherwise taken 
        under subparagraph (3), bills, resolutions, and other 
        matters referred to the Committee relating to foreign 
        agriculture, foreign food or commodity assistance, and 
        foreign trade and marketing issues will be considered 
        by the Committee.
          (2) The Chairman, by a majority vote of the 
        Committee, may discharge a subcommittee from further 
        consideration of any bill, resolution, or other matter 
        referred to the subcommittee and have such bill, 
        resolution or other matter considered by the Committee. 
        The Committee having referred a bill, resolution, or 
        other matter to a subcommittee in accordance with this 
        rule may discharge such subcommittee from further 
        consideration thereof at any time by a vote of the 
        majority members of the Committee for the Committee's 
        direct consideration or for reference to another 
        subcommittee.
          (3) Unless the Committee, a quorum being present, 
        decides otherwise by a majority vote, the Chairman may 
        refer bills, resolutions, legislation or other matters 
        not specifically within the jurisdiction of a 
        subcommittee, or that is within the jurisdiction of 
        more than one subcommittee, jointly or exclusively as 
        the Chairman deems appropriate, including concurrently 
        to the subcommittees with jurisdiction, sequentially to 
        the subcommittees with jurisdiction (subject to any 
        time limits deemed appropriate), divided by subject 
        matter among the subcommittees with jurisdiction, or to 
        an ad hoc subcommittee appointed by the Chairman for 
        the purpose of considering the matter and reporting to 
        the Committee thereon, or make such other provisions 
        deemed appropriate.
    (e) Participation and Service of Committee Members on 
Subcommittees.--(1) The Chairman and the Ranking Minority 
Member shall serve as ex officio members of all subcommittees 
and shall have the right to vote on all matters before the 
subcommittees. The Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member may 
not be counted for the purpose of establishing a quorum.
    (2) Any member of the Committee who is not a member of the 
subcommittee may have the privilege of sitting and 
nonparticipatory attendance at subcommittee hearings or 
meetings in accordance with clause 2(g)(2) of House rule XI. 
Such member may not:
          (i) vote on any matter;
          (ii) be counted for the purpose of a establishing a 
        quorum;
          (iii) participate in questioning a witness under the 
        five minute rule, unless permitted to do so by the 
        subcommittee Chairman in consultation with the Ranking 
        Minority Member or a majority of the subcommittee, a 
        quorum being present;
          (iv) raise points of order; or
          (v) offer amendments or motions.
    (f) Subcommittee Hearings and Meetings.--(1) Each 
subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold hearings, receive 
evidence, and make recommendations to the Committee on all 
matters referred to it or under its jurisdiction after 
consultation by the subcommittee Chairmen with the Committee 
Chairman. (See Committee rule VII.)
    (2) After consultation with the Committee Chairman, 
subcommittee Chairmen shall set dates for hearings and meetings 
of their subcommittees and shall request the Majority Staff 
Director to make any announcement relating thereto. (See 
Committee rule VII(b).) In setting the dates, the Committee 
Chairman and subcommittee Chairman shall consult with other 
subcommittee Chairmen and relevant Committee and Subcommittee 
Ranking Minority Members in an effort to avoid simultaneously 
scheduling Committee and subcommittee meetings or hearings to 
the extent practicable.
    (3) Notice of all subcommittee meetings shall be provided 
to the Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee by the Majority Staff Director.
    (4) Subcommittees may hold meetings or hearings outside of 
the House if the Chairman of the Committee and other 
subcommittee Chairmen and the Ranking Minority Member of the 
subcommittee is consulted in advance to ensure that there is no 
scheduling problem. However, the majority of the Committee may 
authorize such meeting or hearing.
    (5) The provisions regarding notice and the agenda of 
Committee meetings under Committee rule II(a) and special or 
additional meetings under Committee rule II(b) shall apply to 
subcommittee meetings.
    (6) If a vacancy occurs in a subcommittee chairmanship, the 
Chairman may set the dates for hearings and meetings of the 
subcommittee during the period of vacancy. The Chairman may 
also appoint an acting subcommittee Chairman until the vacancy 
is filled.
    (g) Subcommittee Action.--(1) Any bill, resolution, 
recommendation, or other matter forwarded to the Committee by a 
subcommittee shall be promptly forwarded by the subcommittee 
Chairman or any subcommittee member authorized to do so by the 
subcommittee.
    (2) Upon receipt of such recommendation, the Majority Staff 
Director of the Committee shall promptly advise all members of 
the Committee of the subcommittee action.
    (3) The Committee shall not consider any matters 
recommended by subcommittees until two calendar days have 
elapsed from the date of action, unless the Chairman or a 
majority of the Committee determines otherwise.
    (h) Subcommittee Investigations.--No investigation shall be 
initiated by a subcommittee without the prior consultation with 
the Chairman of the Committee or a majority of the Committee.

             Rule 11.--Committee Budget, Staff, and Travel

    (a) Committee Budget.--The Chairman, in consultation with 
the majority members of the Committee, and the minority members 
of the Committee, shall prepare a preliminary budget for each 
session of the Congress. Such budget shall include necessary 
amounts for staff personnel, travel, investigation, and other 
expenses of the Committee and subcommittees. After consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member, the Chairman shall include an 
amount budgeted to minority members for staff under their 
direction and supervision. Thereafter, the Chairman shall 
combine such proposals into a consolidated Committee budget, 
and shall take whatever action is necessary to have such budget 
duly authorized by the House.
    (b) Committee Staff.--(1) The Chairman shall appoint and 
determine the remuneration of, and may remove, the professional 
and clerical employees of the Committee not assigned to the 
minority. The professional and clerical staff of the Committee 
not assigned to the minority shall be under the general 
supervision and direction of the Chairman, who shall establish 
and assign the duties and responsibilities of such staff 
members and delegate such authority as he or she determines 
appropriate. (See House rule X, clause 9)
    (2) The Ranking Minority member of the Committee shall 
appoint and determine the remuneration of, and may remove, the 
professional and clerical staff assigned to the minority within 
the budget approved for such purposes. The professional and 
clerical staff assigned to the minority shall be under the 
general supervision and direction of the Ranking Minority 
Member of the Committee who may delegate such authority as he 
or she determines appropriate.
    (3) From the funds made available for the appointment of 
Committee staff pursuant to any primary or additional expense 
resolution, the Chairman shall ensure that each subcommittee is 
adequately funded and staffed to discharge its responsibilities 
and that the minority party is fairly treated in the 
appointment of such staff (See House rule X, clause 6(d)).
    (c) Committee Travel.--(1) Consistent with the primary 
expense resolution and such additional expense resolution as 
may have been approved, the provisions of this rule shall 
govern official travel of Committee members and Committee staff 
regarding domestic and foreign travel (See House rule XI, 
clause 2(n) and House rule X, clause 8 (reprinted in Appendix 
A)). Official travel for any member or any Committee staff 
member shall be paid only upon the prior authorization of the 
Chairman. Official travel may be authorized by the Chairman for 
any Committee Member and any Committee staff member in 
connection with the attendance of hearings conducted by the 
Committee and its subcommittees and meetings, conferences, 
facility inspections, and investigations which involve 
activities or subject matter relevant to the general 
jurisdiction of the Committee. Before such authorization is 
given there shall be submitted to the Chairman in writing the 
following:
          (i) The purpose of the official travel;
          (ii) The dates during which the official travel is to 
        be made and the date or dates of the event for which 
        the official travel is being made;
          (iii) The location of the event for which the 
        official travel is to be made; and
          (iv) The names of members and Committee staff seeking 
        authorization.
    (2) In the case of official travel of members and staff of 
a subcommittee to hearings, meetings, conferences, facility 
inspections and investigations involving activities or subject 
matter under the jurisdiction of such subcommittee to be paid 
for out of funds allocated to the Committee, prior 
authorization must be obtained from the subcommittee Chairman 
and the full Committee Chairman. Such prior authorization shall 
be given by the Chairman only upon the representation by the 
applicable subcommittee Chairman in writing setting forth those 
items enumerated in clause (1).
    (3) Within 60 days of the conclusion of any official travel 
authorized under this rule, there shall be submitted to the 
Committee Chairman a written report covering the information 
gained as a result of the hearing, meeting, conference, 
facility inspection or investigation attended pursuant to such 
official travel.
    (4) Local currencies owned by the United States shall be 
made available to the Committee and its employees engaged in 
carrying out their official duties outside the United States, 
its territories or possessions. No appropriated funds shall be 
expended for the purpose of defraying expenses of Members of 
the Committee or is employees in any country where local 
currencies are available for this purpose; and the following 
conditions shall apply with respect to their use of such 
currencies:
          (i) No Member or employee of the Committee shall 
        receive or expend local currencies for subsistence in 
        any country at a rate in excess of the maximum per diem 
        rate set forth in applicable Federal law; and
          (ii) Each Member or employee of the Committee shall 
        make an itemized report to the Chairman within 60 days 
        following the completion of travel showing the dates 
        each country was visited, the amount of per diem 
        furnished, the cost of transportation furnished, and 
        any funds expended for any other official purpose, and 
        shall summarize in these categories the total foreign 
        currencies and appropriated funds expended. All such 
        individual reports shall be filed by the Chairman with 
        the Committee on House Administration and shall be open 
        to public inspection.

                      Rule 12.--Amendment of Rules

    These rules may be amended by a majority vote of the 
Committee. A proposed change in these rules shall not be 
considered by the Committee as provided in clause 2 of House 
rule XI, unless written notice of the proposed change has been 
provided to each Committee member two legislative days in 
advance of the date on which the matter is to be considered. 
Any such change in the rules of the Committee shall be 
published in the Congressional Record within 30 calendar days 
after its approval.
                      Committee on Appropriations

 HAROLD ROGERS, Kentucky, Chairman

NORMAN D. DICKS, Washington,         C. W. BILL YOUNG, Florida
  Ranking Member                     JERRY LEWIS, California
MARCY KAPTUR, Ohio                   FRANK R. WOLF, Virginia
PETER J. VISCLOSKY, Indiana          JACK KINGSTON, Georgia
NITA M. LOWEY, New York              RODNEY P. FRELINGHUYSEN, New 
JOSE E. SERRANO, New York            Jersey
ROSA L. DeLAURO, Connecticut         TOM LATHAM, Iowa
JAMES P. MORAN, Virginia             ROBERT B. ADERHOLT, Alabama
JOHN W. OLVER, Massachusetts         JO ANN EMERSON, Missouri
ED PASTOR, Arizona                   KAY GRANGER, Texas
DAVID E. PRICE, North Carolina       MICHAEL K. SIMPSON, Idaho
MAURICE D. HINCHEY, New York         JOHN ABNEY CULBERSON, Texas
LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD, California    ANDER CRENSHAW, Florida
SAM FARR, California                 DENNY REHBERG, Montana
JESSE L. JACKSON, Jr., Illinois      JOHN R. CARTER, Texas
CHAKA FATTAH, Pennsylvania           RODNEY ALEXANDER, Louisiana
STEVEN R. ROTHMAN, New Jersey        KEN CALVERT, California
SANFORD D. BISHOP, Jr., Georgia      JO BONNER, Alabama
BARBARA LEE, California              STEVEN C. LaTOURETTE, Ohio
ADAM B. SCHIFF, California           TOM COLE, Oklahoma
MICHAEL M. HONDA, California         JEFF FLAKE, Arizona
BETTY McCOLLUM, Minnesota            MARIO DIAZ-BALART, Florida
                                     CHARLES W. DENT, Pennsylvania
                                     STEVE AUSTRIA, Ohio
                                     CYNTHIA M. LUMMIS, Wyoming
                                     TOM GRAVES, Georgia
                                     KEVIN YODER, Kansas
                                     STEVE WOMACK, Arkansas
                                     ALAN NUNNELEE, Mississippi

                      (Approved February 8, 2011)

    RESOLVED, That the rules and practices of the Committee on 
Appropriations, House of Representatives, in the One Hundred 
Eleventh Congress, except as otherwise provided hereinafter, 
shall be and are hereby adopted as the rules and practices of 
the Committee on Appropriations in the One Hundred Twelfth 
Congress. The foregoing resolution adopts the following rules:

                     Rule 1.--Power To Sit and Act

    (a) For the purpose of carrying out any of its functions 
and duties under rules X and XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives, the Committee and each of its subcommittees is 
authorized:
          (1) To sit and act at such times and places within 
        the United States whether the House is in session, has 
        recessed, or has adjourned, and to hold such hearings 
        as it deems necessary; and
          (2) To require, by subpoena or otherwise, the 
        attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the 
        production of such books, reports, correspondence, 
        memorandums, papers, and documents as it deems 
        necessary.
    (b) The Chairman, or any Member designated by the Chairman, 
may administer oaths to any witness.
    (c) A subpoena may be authorized and issued by the 
Committee or its subcommittees under subsection (a)(2) in the 
conduct of any investigation or activity or series of 
investigations or activities, only when authorized by a 
majority of the Members of the Committee voting, a majority 
being present. The power to authorize and issue subpoenas under 
subsection (a)(2) may be delegated to the Chairman pursuant to 
such rules and under such limitations as the Committee may 
prescribe. Authorized subpoenas shall be signed by the Chairman 
or by any Member designated by the Committee.
    (d) Compliance with any subpoena issued by the Committee or 
its subcommittees may be enforced only as authorized or 
directed by the House.

                         Rule 2.--Subcommittees

    (a) The Majority Caucus of the Committee shall establish 
the number of subcommittees and shall determine the 
jurisdiction of each subcommittee.
    (b) Each subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold hearings, 
receive evidence, and report to the Committee all matters 
referred to it.
    (c) All legislation and other matters referred to the 
Committee shall be referred to the subcommittee of appropriate 
jurisdiction within two weeks unless, by majority vote of the 
Majority Members of the full Committee, consideration is to be 
by the full Committee.
    (d) The Majority Caucus of the Committee shall determine an 
appropriate ratio of Majority to Minority Members for each 
subcommittee. The Chairman is authorized to negotiate that 
ratio with the Minority; Provided, however, That party 
representation in each subcommittee, including ex-officio 
members, shall be no less favorable to the Majority than the 
ratio for the full Committee.
    (e) The Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the full 
Committee are each authorized to sit as a member of all 
subcommittees and to participate, including voting, in all of 
the work of the subcommittees.

                           Rule 3.--Staffing

    (a) Committee Staff.--The Chairman is authorized to appoint 
the staff of the Committee, and make adjustments in the job 
titles and compensation thereof subject to the maximum rates 
and conditions established in clause 9(c) of rule X of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives. In addition, he is 
authorized, in his discretion, to arrange for their specialized 
training. The Chairman is also authorized to employ additional 
personnel as necessary.
    (b) Assistants to Members.--(1) Each Chairman and Ranking 
Minority Member of a Subcommittee or the Full Committee, 
including a Chairman Emeritus may select and designate one 
staff member who shall serve at the pleasure of that Member.
    (2) Notwithstanding, (b)(1) The Chairman may prescribe such 
terms and conditions necessary to achieve a reduction in the 
number of Assistants to Members previously designated by a 
Member of the Committee prior to the adoption of the Rules of 
the House establishing the Committee for the 112th Congress.
    (3) Staff members designated under this subsection shall be 
compensated at a rate, determined by the Member, not to exceed 
75 per centum of the maximum established in clause 9 (c) of 
rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives.
    (4) Members designating staff members under this subsection 
must specifically certify by letter to the Chairman that the 
employees are needed and will be utilized for Committee work.

                      Rule 4.--Committee Meetings

    (a) Regular Meeting Day.--The regular meeting day of the 
Committee shall be the first Wednesday of each month while the 
House is in session, unless the Committee has met within the 
past 30 days or the Chairman considers a specific meeting 
unnecessary in the light of the requirements of the Committee 
business schedule.
    (b) Additional and Special Meetings.--(1) The Chairman may 
call and convene, as he considers necessary, additional 
meetings of the Committee for the consideration of any bill or 
resolution pending before the Committee or for the conduct of 
other Committee business. The Committee shall meet for such 
purpose pursuant to that call of the Chairman.
    (2) If at least three Committee Members desire that a 
special meeting of the Committee be called by the Chairman, 
those Members may file in the Committee Offices a written 
request to the Chairman for that special meeting. Such request 
shall specify the measure or matter to be considered. Upon the 
filing of the request, the Committee Clerk shall notify the 
Chairman.
    (3) If within three calendar days after the filing of the 
request, the Chairman does not call the requested special 
meeting to be held within seven calendar days after the filing 
of the request, a majority of the Committee Members may file in 
the Committee Offices their written notice that a special 
meeting will be held, specifying the date and hour of such 
meeting, and the measure or matter to be considered. The 
Committee shall meet on that date and hour.
    (4) Immediately upon the filing of the notice, the 
Committee Clerk shall notify all Committee Members that such 
special meeting will be held and inform them of its date and 
hour and the measure or matter to be considered. Only the 
measure or matter specified in that notice may be considered at 
the special meeting.
    (c) Vice Chairman To Preside in Absence of Chairman.--A 
member of the majority party on the Committee or subcommittee 
thereof designated by the Chairman of the full Committee shall 
be vice chairman of the Committee or subcommittee, as the case 
may be, and shall preside at any meeting during the temporary 
absence of the chairman. If the chairman and vice chairman of 
the Committee or subcommittee are not present at any meeting of 
the Committee or subcommittee, the ranking member of the 
majority party who is present shall preside at that meeting.
    (d) Business Meetings.--(1) Each meeting for the 
transaction of business, including the markup of legislation, 
of the Committee and its subcommittees shall be open to the 
public except when the Committee or the subcommittee concerned, 
in open session and with a majority present, determines by roll 
call vote that all or part of the remainder of the meeting on 
that day shall be closed.
    (2) No person other than Committee Members and such 
congressional staff and departmental representatives as they 
may authorize shall be present at any business or markup 
session which has been closed.
    (3) The Chairman shall announce the date, place, and 
subject matter of each committee meeting for the transaction of 
business, which may not commence earlier than the third day on 
which members have notice thereof, unless the Chairman, with 
the concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member, or the 
Committee by majority vote with a quorum present for the 
transaction of business, determines there is good cause to 
begin the meeting sooner, in which case the Chairman shall make 
the announcement at the earliest possible date. An announcement 
shall be published promptly in the Daily Digest and made 
publicly available in electronic form.
    (4) At least 24 hours prior to the commencement of a 
meeting for the markup of a bill or resolution, or at the time 
an announcement is made pursuant to the preceding subparagraph 
within 24 hours before such meeting, the Chairman shall cause 
the text of such bill or resolution to be made publicly 
available in electronic form.
    (e) Committee Records.--(1) The Committee shall keep a 
complete record of all Committee action, including a record of 
the votes on any question on which a roll call is demanded. The 
result of each roll call vote shall be available for inspection 
by the public during regular business hours in the Committee 
Offices and also made available in electronic form within 48 
hours of such record vote. The information made available for 
public inspection shall include a description of the amendment, 
motion, or other proposition, and the name of each Member 
voting for and each Member voting against, and the names of 
those Members present but not voting.
    (2) All hearings, records, data, charts, and files of the 
Committee shall be kept separate and distinct from the 
congressional office records of the Chairman of the Committee. 
Such records shall be the property of the House, and all 
Members of the House shall have access thereto.
    (3) The records of the Committee at the National Archives 
and Records Administration shall be made available in 
accordance with rule VII of the Rules of the House, except that 
the Committee authorizes use of any record to which clause 3 
(b)(4) of rule VII of the Rules of the House would otherwise 
apply after such record has been in existence for 20 years. The 
Chairman shall notify the Ranking Minority Member of any 
decision, pursuant to clause 3 (b)(3) or clause 4 (b) of rule 
VII of the Rules of the House, to withhold a record otherwise 
available, and the matter shall be presented to the Committee 
for a determination upon the written request of any Member of 
the Committee.
    (f) Availability of Amendments Adopted.--Not later than 24 
hours after the adoption of amendment to a bill or resolution, 
the Chairman shall cause the text of any amendment adopted 
thereto to be made publicly available in electronic form.

              Rule 5.--Committee and Subcommittee Hearings

    (a) Overall Budget Hearings.--Overall budget hearings by 
the Committee, including the hearing required by Section 242 
(c) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970 and clause 4 
(a)(1) of rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives 
shall be conducted in open session except when the Committee in 
open session and with a majority present, determines by roll 
call vote that the testimony to be taken at that hearing on 
that day may be related to a matter of national security; 
except that the Committee may by the same procedure close one 
subsequent day of hearing. A transcript of all such hearings 
shall be printed and a copy furnished to each Member, Delegate, 
and the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.
    (b) Other Hearings.--(1) All other hearings conducted by 
the Committee or its subcommittees shall be open to the public 
except when the Committee or subcommittee in open session and 
with a majority present determines by roll call vote that all 
or part of the remainder of that hearing on that day shall be 
closed to the public because disclosure of testimony, evidence, 
or other matters to be considered would endanger the national 
security or would violate any law or rule of the House of 
Representatives. Notwithstanding the requirements of the 
preceding sentence, a majority of those present at a hearing 
conducted by the Committee or any of its subcommittees, there 
being in attendance the number required under Section 5 (c) of 
these rules to be present for the purpose of taking testimony, 
(1) may vote to close the hearing for the sole purpose of 
discussing whether testimony or evidence to be received would 
endanger the national security or violate clause 2 (k)(5) of 
rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives or (2) may 
vote to close the hearing, as provided in clause 2 (k)(5) of 
such rule. No Member of the House of Representatives may be 
excluded from nonparticipatory attendance at any hearing of the 
Committee or its subcommittees unless the House of 
Representatives shall by majority vote authorize the Committee 
or any of its subcommittees, for purposes of a particular 
series of hearings on a particular article of legislation or on 
a particular subject of investigation, to close its hearings to 
Members by the same procedures designated in this subsection 
for closing hearings to the public; Provided, however, That the 
Committee or its subcommittees may by the same procedure vote 
to close five subsequent days of hearings.
    (2) Subcommittee chairmen shall coordinate the development 
of schedules for meetings or hearings after consultation with 
the Chairman and other subcommittee chairmen with a view toward 
avoiding simultaneous scheduling of Committee and subcommittee 
meetings or hearings.
    (3) Each witness who is to appear before the Committee or 
any of its subcommittees as the case may be, insofar as is 
practicable, shall file in advance of such appearance, a 
written statement of the proposed testimony and shall limit the 
oral presentation at such appearance to a brief summary, except 
that this provision shall not apply to any witness appearing 
before the Committee in the overall budget hearings.
    (4) Each witness appearing in a nongovernmental capacity 
before the Committee, or any of its subcommittees as the case 
may be, shall to the greatest extent practicable, submit a 
written statement including a curriculum vitae and a disclosure 
of the amount and source (by agency and program) of any Federal 
grant (or subgrant thereof) or contract (or subcontract 
thereof) received during the current fiscal year or either of 
the two previous fiscal years by the witness or by an entity 
represented by the witness. Such statements, with appropriate 
redactions to protect the privacy of witnesses, shall be made 
publicly available in electronic form not later than one day 
after the witness appears.
    (c) Quorum for Taking Testimony.--The number of Members of 
the Committee which shall constitute a quorum for taking 
testimony and receiving evidence in any hearing of the 
Committee shall be two.
    (d) Calling and Interrogation of Witnesses.--(1) The 
Minority Members of the Committee or its subcommittees shall be 
entitled, upon request to the Chairman or subcommittee 
chairman, by a majority of them before completion of any 
hearing, to call witnesses selected by the Minority to testify 
with respect to the matter under consideration during at least 
one day of hearings thereon.
    (2) The Committee and its subcommittees shall observe the 
five-minute rule during the interrogation of witnesses until 
such time as each Member of the Committee or subcommittee who 
so desires has had an opportunity to question the witness.
    (e) Broadcasting and Photographing of Committee Meetings 
and Hearings.--Whenever a hearing or meeting conducted by the 
full Committee or any of its subcommittees is open to the 
public, those proceedings shall be open to coverage by 
television, radio, and still photography, as provided in clause 
(4)(f) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives. 
Neither the full Committee Chairman or subcommittee chairman 
shall limit the number of television or still cameras to fewer 
than two representatives from each medium (except for 
legitimate space or safety, in which case pool coverage shall 
be authorized). To the maximum practicable, the Committee shall 
provide audio and video coverage of each hearing or meeting for 
the transaction of business in a manner that allows the public 
to easily listen to and view the proceedings and shall maintain 
the recordings of such coverage in a manner that is easily 
accessible to the public.
    (f) Subcommittee Meetings.--No subcommittee shall sit while 
the House is reading an appropriation measure for amendment 
under the five-minute rule or while the Committee is in 
session.
    (g) Public Notice of Committee Hearings.--The Chairman of 
the Committee shall make public announcement of the date, 
place, and subject matter of any Committee or subcommittee 
hearing at least one week before the commencement of the 
hearing. If the Chairman of the Committee or subcommittee, with 
the concurrence of the ranking minority member of the Committee 
or respective subcommittee, determines there is good cause to 
begin the hearing sooner, or if the Committee or subcommittee 
so determines by majority vote, a quorum being present for the 
transaction of business, the Chairman or subcommittee chairman 
shall make the announcement at the earliest possible date. Any 
announcement made under this subsection shall be promptly 
published in the Daily Digest and made publicly available in 
electronic form.

        Rule 6.--Procedures for Reporting Bills and Resolutions

    (a) Prompt Reporting Requirement.--(1) It shall be the duty 
of the Chairman to report, or cause to be reported promptly to 
the House any bill or resolution approved by the Committee and 
to take or cause to be taken necessary steps to bring the 
matter to a vote.
    (2) In any event, a report on a bill or resolution which 
the Committee has approved shall be filed within seven calendar 
days (exclusive of days in which the House is not in session) 
after the day on which there has been filed with the Committee 
Clerk a written request, signed by a majority of Committee 
Members, for the reporting of such bill or resolution. Upon the 
filing of any such request, the Committee Clerk shall notify 
the Chairman immediately of the filing of the request. This 
subsection does not apply to the reporting of a regular 
appropriation bill or to the reporting of a resolution of 
inquiry addressed to the head of an executive department.
    (b) Presence of Committee Majority.--No measure or 
recommendation shall be reported from the Committee unless a 
majority of the Committee was actually present.
    (c) Roll Call Votes.--With respect to each roll call vote 
on a motion to report any measure or matter of a public 
character, and on any amendment offered to the measure of 
matter, the total number of votes cast for and against, and the 
names of those Members voting for and against, shall be 
included in the Committee report on the measure or matter.
    (d) Compliance With Congressional Budget Act.--A Committee 
report on a bill or resolution which has been approved by the 
Committee shall include the statement required by Section 
308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, separately set 
out and clearly identified, if the bill or resolution provides 
new budget authority.
    (e) Constitutional Authority Statement.--Each report of the 
Committee on a bill or joint resolution of a public character 
shall include a statement citing the specific powers granted to 
the Congress in the Constitution to enact the law proposed by 
the bill or joint resolution.
    (f) Changes in Existing Law.--Each Committee report on a 
general appropriation bill shall contain a concise statement 
describing fully the effect of any provision of the bill which 
directly or indirectly changes the application of existing law.
    (g) Rescissions and Transfers.--Each bill or resolution 
reported by the Committee shall include separate headings for 
rescissions and transfers of unexpended balances with all 
proposed rescissions and transfers listed therein. The report 
of the Committee accompanying such a bill or resolution shall 
include a separate section with respect to such rescissions or 
transfers.
    (h) Listing of Unauthorized Appropriations.--Each Committee 
report on a general appropriation bill shall contain a list of 
all appropriations contained in the bill for any expenditure 
not currently authorized by law for the period concerned 
(except for classified intelligence or national security 
programs, projects, or activities) along with a statement of 
the last year for which such expenditures were authorized, the 
level of expenditures authorized for that year, the actual 
level of expenditures for that year, and the level of 
appropriations in the bill for such expenditures.
    (i) Supplemental or Minority Views.--(1) If, at the time 
the Committee approves any measure or matter, any Committee 
Member gives notice of intention to file supplemental, 
minority, or additional views, the Member shall be entitled to 
not less than two additional calendar days after the day of 
such notice (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) 
in which to file such views in writing and signed by the 
Member, with the Clerk of the Committee. All such views so 
filed shall be included in and shall be a part of the report 
filed by the Committee with respect to that measure or matter.
    (2) The Committee report on that measure or matter shall be 
printed in a single volume which--
          (i) shall include all supplemental, minority, or 
        additional views which have been submitted by the time 
        of the filing of the report, and
          (ii) shall have on its cover a recital that any such 
        supplemental, minority, or additional views are 
        included as part of the report.
    (3) This subsection does not preclude--
          (i) the immediate filing or printing of a Committee 
        report unless timely request for the opportunity to 
        file supplemental, minority, or additional views has 
        been made as provided by such subsection; or
          (ii) the filing by the Committee of a supplemental 
        report on a measure or matter which may be required for 
        correction of any technical error in a previous report 
        made by the Committee on that measure or matter.
    (4) If, at the time a subcommittee approves any measure or 
matter for recommendation to the full Committee, any Member of 
that subcommittee who gives notice of intention to offer 
supplemental, minority, or additional views shall be entitled, 
insofar as is practicable and in accordance with the printing 
requirements as determined by the subcommittee, to include such 
views in the Committee Print with respect to that measure or 
matter.
    (j) Availability of Reports.--A copy of each bill, 
resolution, or report shall be made available to each Member of 
the Committee at least three calendar days (excluding 
Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) in advance of the date 
on which the Committee is to consider each bill, resolution, or 
report; Provided, That this subsection may be waived by 
agreement between the Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member 
of the full Committee.
    (k) Performance Goals and Objectives.--Each Committee 
report shall contain a statement of general performance goals 
and objectives, including outcome-related goals and objectives, 
for which the measure authorizes funding.
    (l) Motion to go to Conference.--The Chairman is directed 
to offer a motion under clause 1 of rule XXII of the Rules of 
the House whenever the Chairman considers it appropriate.

                            Rule 7.--Voting

    (a) No vote by any Member of the Committee or any of its 
subcommittees with respect to any measure or matter may be cast 
by proxy.
    (b) The vote on any question before the Committee shall be 
taken by the yeas and nays on the demand of one-fifth of the 
Members present.
    (c) The Chairman of the Committee or the chairman of any of 
its subcommittees may--
          (1) postpone further proceedings when a record vote 
        is ordered on the question of approving a measure or 
        matter or on adopting an amendment;
          (2) resume proceedings on a postponed question at any 
        time after reasonable notice.
    When proceedings resume on a postponed question, 
notwithstanding any intervening order for the previous 
question, an underlying proposition shall remain subject to 
further debate or amendment to the same extent as when the 
question was postponed.

                   Rule 8.--Studies and Examinations

    The following procedure shall be applicable with respect to 
the conduct of studies and examinations of the organization and 
operation of Executive Agencies under authority contained in 
Section 202 (b) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 
and in clause (3)(a) of rule X of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives:
    (a) The Chairman is authorized to appoint such staff and, 
in his discretion, arrange for the procurement of temporary 
services of consultants, as from time to time may be required.
    (b) Studies and examinations will be initiated upon the 
written request of a subcommittee which shall be reasonably 
specific and definite in character, and shall be initiated only 
by a majority vote of the subcommittee, with the chairman of 
the subcommittee and the ranking minority member thereof 
participating as part of such majority vote. When so initiated 
such request shall be filed with the Clerk of the Committee for 
submission to the Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member and 
their approval shall be required to make the same effective. 
Notwithstanding any action taken on such request by the 
chairman and ranking minority member of the subcommittee, a 
request may be approved by a majority of the Committee.
    (c) Any request approved as provided under subsection (b) 
shall be immediately turned over to the staff appointed for 
action.
    (d) Any information obtained by such staff shall be 
reported to the chairman of the subcommittee requesting such 
study and examination and to the Chairman and Ranking Minority 
Member, shall be made available to the members of the 
subcommittee concerned, and shall not be released for 
publication until the subcommittee so determines.
    (e) Any hearings or investigations which may be desired, 
aside from the regular hearings on appropriation items, when 
approved by the Committee, shall be conducted by the 
subcommittee having jurisdiction over the matter.

              Rule 9.--Temporary Investigative Task Forces

    (a) The Chairman of the Full Committee, in consultation 
with the Ranking Member of the Full Committee, may establish 
and appoint members to serve on task forces of the Committee, 
to examine specific activities for a limited period of time in 
accordance with clause 5(b)2(C) of rule X of the Rules of the 
House.
    (b) The Chairman of the Full Committee shall issue a 
written directive, in consultation with the Ranking Member of 
the Full Committee, delineating the specific activities to be 
reviewed by a task force constituted pursuant to the preceding 
paragraph.
    (c) A task force constituted under this section shall 
provide a written report of its findings and recommendations to 
the Full Committee Chairman and Ranking Member and members of 
the relevant subcommittees having jurisdiction over the matters 
reviewed. Such report shall be approved by a majority vote of 
the task force and shall include any supplemental, minority, or 
additional views submitted by a Member of the task force or a 
member of a subcommittee having jurisdiction over the matter 
reviewed.
    (d) Any information obtained during the course of such 
investigation, and any report produced by, a task force 
pursuant to this section, shall not be released until the 
Chairman of the Full Committee has authorized such release.
    (e) The Chairman is authorized to appoint such staff, and, 
in his discretion, arrange for the procurement of temporary 
services, as from time to time may be required.

                       Rule 10.--Official Travel

    (a) The chairman of a subcommittee shall approve requests 
for travel by subcommittee members and staff for official 
business within the jurisdiction of that subcommittee. The 
ranking minority member of a subcommittee shall concur in such 
travel requests by minority members of that subcommittee and 
the Ranking Minority Member shall concur in such travel 
requests for Minority Members of the Committee. Requests in 
writing covering the purpose, itinerary, and dates of proposed 
travel shall be submitted for final approval to the Chairman. 
Specific approval shall be required for each and every trip.
    (b) The Chairman is authorized during the recess of the 
Congress to approve travel authorizations for Committee Members 
and staff, including travel outside the United States.
    (c) As soon as practicable, the Chairman shall direct the 
head of each Government agency concerned not to honor requests 
of subcommittees, individual Members, or staff for travel, the 
direct or indirect expenses of which are to be defrayed from an 
executive appropriation, except upon request from the Chairman.
    (d) In accordance with clause 8 of rule X of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives and Section 502 (b) of the Mutual 
Security Act of 1954, as amended, local currencies owned by the 
United States shall be available to Committee Members and staff 
engaged in carrying out their official duties outside the 
United States, its territories, or possessions. No Committee 
Member or staff member shall receive or expend local currencies 
for subsistence in any country at a rate in excess of the 
maximum per diem rate set forth in applicable Federal law.
    (e) Travel Report.--(1) Members or staff shall make a 
report to the Chairman on their travel, covering the purpose, 
results, itinerary, expenses, and other pertinent comments.
    (2) With respect to travel outside the United States or its 
territories or possessions, the report shall include: (1) an 
itemized list showing the dates each country was visited, the 
amount of per diem furnished, the cost of transportation 
furnished, and any funds expended for any other official 
purpose; and (2) a summary in these categories of the total 
foreign currencies and/or appropriated funds expended. All such 
individual reports on foreign travel shall be filed with the 
Chairman no later than sixty days following completion of the 
travel for use in complying with reporting requirements in 
applicable Federal law, and shall be open for public 
inspection.
    (3) Each Member or employee performing such travel shall be 
solely responsible for supporting the amounts reported by the 
Member or employee.
    (4) No report or statement as to any trip shall be 
publicized making any recommendations in behalf of the 
Committee without the authorization of a majority of the 
Committee.
    (f) Members and staff of the Committee performing 
authorized travel on official business pertaining to the 
jurisdiction of the Committee shall be governed by applicable 
laws or regulations of the House and of the Committee on House 
Administration pertaining to such travel, and as promulgated 
from time to time by the Chairman.

                      Rule 11.--Activities Reports

    (a) Not later than the 30th day after June 1 and December 
1, the Committee shall submit to the House a semiannual report 
on the activities of the Committee.
    (b) After adjournment sine die of a regular session of 
Congress, or after December 15, whichever occurs first, the 
Chairman may file the second or fourth semiannual report with 
the Clerk of the House at any time and without the approval of 
the Committee, provided that a copy of the report has been 
available to each Member of the Committee for at least seven 
calendar days and the report includes any supplemental, 
minority, or additional views submitted by a Member of the 
Committee.
                      Committee on Armed Services

    HOWARD P. ``BUCK'' McKEON, 
       California, Chairman

ADAM SMITH, Washington,              ROSCOE G. BARTLETT, Maryland
  Ranking Member                     MAC THORNBERRY, Texas,
SILVERSTER REYES, Texas                Vice Chairman
LORETTA SANCHEZ, California          WALTER B. JONES, North Carolina
MIKE McINTYRE, North Carolina        W. TODD AKIN, Missouri
ROBERT A. BRADY, Pennsylvania        J. RANDY FORBES, Virginia
ROB ANDREWS, New Jersey              JEFF MILLER, Florida
SUSAN A. DAVIS, California           JOE WILSON, South Carolina
JAMES R. LANGEVIN, Rhode Island      FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey
RICK LARSEN, Washington              MICHAEL TURNER, Ohio
JIM COOPER, Tennessee                JOHN KLINE, Minnesota
MADELEINE Z. BORDALLO, Guam          MIKE ROGERS, Alabama
JOE COURTNEY, Connecticut            TRENT FRANKS, Arizona
DAVID LOEBSACK, Iowa                 BILL SCHUSTER, Pennsylvania
GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, Arizona          K. MICHAEL CONAWAY, Texas
NIKI TSONGAS, Massachusetts          DOUG LAMBORN, Colorado
CHELLIE PINGREE, Maine               ROB WITTMAN, Virginia
LARRY KISSELL, North Carolina        DUNCAN HUNTER, California
MARTIN HEINRICH, New Mexico          JOHN C. FLEMING, Louisiana
WILLIAM L. OWENS, New York           MIKE COFFMAN, Colorado
JOHN GARAMENDI, California           THOMAS J. ROONEY, Florida
MARK CRITZ, Pennsylvania             TODD RUSSELL PLATTS, Pennsylvania
TIM RYAN, Ohio                       SCOTT RIGELL, Virginia
C.A. DUTCH RUPPERSBERGER, Maryland   CHRIS GIBSON, New York
HANK JOHNSON, Georgia                VICKY HARTZLER, Missouri
BETTY SUTTON, Ohio                   JOE HECK, Nevada
COLLEEN HANABUSA, Hawaii             BOBBY SCHILLING, Illinois
                                     JON RUNYAN, New Jersey
                                     AUSTIN SCOTT, Georgia
                                     TIM GRIFFIN, Arkansas
                                     STEVE PALAZZO, Mississippi
                                     ALLEN WEST, Florida
                                     MARTHA ROBY, Alabama
                                     MO BROOKS, Alabama
                                     TODD YOUNG, Indiana

                       (Adopted January 20, 2011)


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) The Rules of the House of Representatives are the rules 
of the Committee on Armed Services (hereinafter referred to in 
these rules as the ``Committee'') and its subcommittees so far 
as applicable.
    (b) Pursuant to clause 2(a)(2) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the Committee's rules shall be 
publicly available in electronic form and published in the 
Congressional Record not later than 30 days after the chair of 
the committee is elected in each odd-numbered year.

                  Rule 2.--Full Committee Meeting Date

    (a) The Committee shall meet every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., 
when the House of Representatives is in session, and at such 
other times as may be fixed by the Chairman of the Committee 
(hereinafter referred to as the ``Chairman''), or by written 
request of members of the Committee pursuant to clause 2(c) of 
rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives.
    (b) A Wednesday meeting of the Committee may be dispensed 
with by the Chairman, but such action may be reversed by a 
written request of a majority of the members of the Committee.

                  Rule 3.--Subcommittee Meeting Dates

    Each subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold hearings, 
receive evidence, and report to the Committee on all matters 
referred to it. Insofar as possible, meetings of the Committee 
and its subcommittees shall not conflict. A subcommittee 
Chairman shall set meeting dates after consultation with the 
Chairman, other subcommittee Chairmen, and the Ranking Minority 
Member of the subcommittee with a view toward avoiding, 
whenever possible, simultaneous scheduling of Committee and 
subcommittee meetings or hearings.

  Rule 4.--Jurisdiction and Membership of Committee and Subcommittees

    (a) Jurisdiction.--(1) The Committee retains jurisdiction 
of all subjects listed in clause 1(c) and clause 3(b) of rule X 
of the Rules of the House of Representatives and retains 
exclusive jurisdiction for: defense policy generally, ongoing 
military operations, the organization and reform of the 
Department of Defense and Department of Energy, counter-drug 
programs, security and humanitarian assistance (except special 
operations-related activities) of the Department of Defense, 
acquisition and industrial base policy, technology transfer and 
export controls, joint interoperability, the Cooperative Threat 
Reduction program, Department of Energy nonproliferation 
programs, detainee affairs and policy, intelligence policy, 
force protection policy and inter-agency reform as it pertains 
to the Department of Defense and the nuclear weapons programs 
of the Department of Energy. While subcommittees are provided 
jurisdictional responsibilities in subparagraph (2), the 
Committee retains the right to exercise oversight and 
legislative jurisdiction over all subjects within its purview 
under rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives.
    (2) The Committee shall be organized to consist of seven 
standing subcommittees with the following jurisdictions:
          Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces: All 
        Army, Air Force and Marine Corps acquisition programs 
        (except Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicle 
        programs, strategic missiles, space, lift programs, 
        special operations, science and technology programs, 
        and information technology accounts). In addition, the 
        subcommittee will be responsible for Navy and Marine 
        Corps aviation programs, National Guard and Army, Air 
        Force and Marine Corps Reserve modernization, and 
        ammunition programs.
          Subcommittee on Military Personnel: Military 
        personnel policy, Reserve Component integration and 
        employment issues, military health care, military 
        education, and POW/MIA issues. In addition, the 
        subcommittee will be responsible for Morale, Welfare 
        and Recreation issues and programs.
          Subcommittee on Readiness: Military readiness, 
        training, logistics and maintenance issues and 
        programs. In addition, the subcommittee will be 
        responsible for all military construction, depot 
        policy, civilian personnel policy, environmental 
        policy, installations and family housing issues, 
        including the base closure process, and energy policy 
        and programs of the Department of Defense.
          Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces: Navy 
        acquisition programs, Naval Reserve equipment, and 
        Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicle programs 
        (except strategic weapons, space, special operations, 
        science and technology programs, and information 
        technology programs), deep strike bombers and related 
        systems, lift programs, and seaborne unmanned aerial 
        systems. In addition, the subcommittee will be 
        responsible for Maritime programs under the 
        jurisdiction of the Committee as delineated in 
        paragraphs 5, 6, and 9 of clause 1(c) of rule X of the 
        Rules of the House of Representatives.
          Subcommittee on Strategic Forces: Strategic weapons 
        (except deep strike bombers and related systems), space 
        programs, ballistic missile defense, national 
        intelligence programs, and Department of Energy 
        national security programs (except non-proliferation 
        programs).
          Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities: 
        Defense-wide and joint enabling activities and programs 
        to include: Special Operations Forces; counter-
        proliferation and counter-terrorism programs and 
        initiatives; science and technology policy and 
        programs; information technology programs; homeland 
        defense and Department of Defense related consequence 
        management programs; related intelligence support; and 
        other enabling programs and activities to include cyber 
        operations, strategic communications, and information 
        operations.
          Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations: Any 
        matter within the jurisdiction of the Committee, 
        subject to the concurrence of the Chairman of the 
        Committee and, as appropriate, affected subcommittee 
        chairmen. The subcommittee shall have no legislative 
        jurisdiction.
    (b) Membership of the Subcommittees.--(1) Subcommittee 
memberships, with the exception of membership on the 
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, shall be filled 
in accordance with the rules of the Majority party's conference 
and the Minority party's caucus, respectively.
    (2) The Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the 
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations shall be filled in 
accordance with the rules of the Majority party's conference 
and the Minority party's caucus, respectively. Consistent with 
the party ratios established by the Majority party, all other 
Majority members of the subcommittee shall be appointed by the 
Chairman of the Committee, and all other Minority members shall 
be appointed by the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee.
    (3) The Chairman of the Committee and Ranking Minority 
Member thereof may sit as ex officio members of all 
subcommittees. Ex officio members shall not vote in 
subcommittee hearings or meetings or be taken into 
consideration for the purpose of determining the ratio of the 
subcommittees or establishing a quorum at subcommittee hearings 
or meetings.
    (4) A member of the Committee who is not a member of a 
particular subcommittee may sit with the subcommittee and 
participate during any of its hearings but shall not have 
authority to vote, cannot be counted for the purpose of 
achieving a quorum, and cannot raise a point of order at the 
hearing.

               Rule 5.--Committee Panels and Task Forces

    (a) Committee Panels.--(1) The Chairman may designate a 
panel of the Committee consisting of members of the Committee 
to inquire into and take testimony on a matter or matters that 
fall within the jurisdiction of more than one subcommittee and 
to report to the Committee.
    (2) No panel appointed by the Chairman shall continue in 
existence for more than six months after the appointment. A 
panel so appointed may, upon the expiration of six months, be 
reappointed by the Chairman for a period of time which is not 
to exceed six months.
    (3) Consistent with the party ratios established by the 
Majority party, all Majority members of the panels shall be 
appointed by the Chairman of the Committee, and all Minority 
members shall be appointed by the Ranking Minority Member of 
the Committee. The Chairman of the Committee shall choose one 
of the Majority members so appointed who does not currently 
chair another subcommittee of the Committee to serve as 
Chairman of the panel. The Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee shall similarly choose the Ranking Minority Member of 
the panel.
    (4) No panel shall have legislative jurisdiction.
    (b) Committee and Subcommittee Task Forces.--(1) The 
Chairman of the Committee, or a Chairman of a subcommittee with 
the concurrence of the Chairman of the Committee, may designate 
a task force to inquire into and take testimony on a matter 
that falls within the jurisdiction of the Committee or 
subcommittee, respectively. The Chairman and Ranking Minority 
Member of the Committee or subcommittee shall each appoint an 
equal number of members to the task force. The Chairman of the 
Committee or subcommittee shall choose one of the members so 
appointed, who does not currently chair another subcommittee of 
the Committee, to serve as Chairman of the task force. The 
Ranking Minority Member of the Committee or subcommittee shall 
similarly appoint the Ranking Minority Member of the task 
force.
    (2) No task force appointed by the Chairman of the 
Committee or subcommittee shall continue in existence for more 
than three months. A task force may only be reappointed for an 
additional three months with the written concurrence of the 
Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee or 
subcommittee whose Chairman appointed the task force.
    (3) No task force shall have legislative jurisdiction.

          Rule 6.--Reference and Consideration of Legislation

    (a) The Chairman shall refer legislation and other matters 
to the appropriate subcommittee or to the full Committee.
    (b) Legislation shall be taken up for a hearing or markup 
only when called by the Chairman of the Committee or 
subcommittee, as appropriate, or by a majority of the Committee 
or subcommittee, as appropriate.
    (c) The Chairman, with approval of a majority vote of a 
quorum of the Committee, shall have authority to discharge a 
subcommittee from consideration of any measure or matter 
referred thereto and have such measure or matter considered by 
the Committee.
    (d) Reports and recommendations of a subcommittee may not 
be considered by the Committee until after the intervention of 
three calendar days from the time the report is approved by the 
subcommittee and available to the members of the Committee, 
except that this rule may be waived by a majority vote of a 
quorum of the Committee.
    (e) The Chairman, in consultation with the Ranking Minority 
Member, shall establish criteria for recommending legislation 
and other matters to be considered by the House of 
Representatives, pursuant to clause 1 of rule XV of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives. Such criteria shall not 
conflict with the Rules of the House of Representatives and 
other applicable rules.

         Rule 7.--Public Announcement of Hearings and Meetings

    (a) Pursuant to clause 2(g)(3) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the Chairman of the Committee, or 
of any subcommittee, panel, or task force, shall make a public 
announcement of the date, place, and subject matter of any 
hearing or meeting before that body at least one week before 
the commencement of a hearing and at least three days before 
the commencement of a meeting. However, if the Chairman of the 
Committee, or of any subcommittee, panel, or task force, with 
the concurrence of the respective Ranking Minority Member, 
determines that there is good cause to begin the hearing or 
meeting sooner, or if the Committee, subcommittee, panel, or 
task force so determines by majority vote, a quorum being 
present for the transaction of business, such chairman shall 
make the announcement at the earliest possible date. Any 
announcement made under this rule shall be promptly published 
in the Daily Digest, promptly entered into the committee 
scheduling service of the House Information Resources, and 
promptly made publicly available in electronic form.
    (b) At least 24 hours prior to the commencement of a 
meeting for the markup of legislation, or at the time of an 
announcement under paragraph (a) made within 24 hours before 
such meeting, the Chairman of the Committee, or of any 
subcommittee, panel, or task force shall cause the text of such 
measure or matter to be made publicly available in electronic 
form as provided in clause 2(g)(4) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives.

        Rule 8.--Broacasting of Committee Hearings and Meetings

    (a) Pursuant to clause 2(e)(5) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the Committee shall, to the 
maximum extent practicable, provide audio and video coverage of 
each hearing or meeting for the transaction of business in a 
manner that allows the public to easily listen to and view the 
proceedings. The Committee shall maintain the recordings of 
such coverage in a manner that is easily accessible to the 
public.
    (b) Clause 4 of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives shall apply to the Committee.

           Rule 9.--Meetings and Hearings Open to the Public

    (a) Each hearing and meeting for the transaction of 
business, including the markup of legislation, conducted by the 
Committee, or any subcommittee, panel, or task force, to the 
extent that the respective body is authorized to conduct 
markups, shall be open to the public except when the Committee, 
subcommittee, panel, or task force in open session and with a 
majority being present, determines by record vote that all or 
part of the remainder of that hearing or meeting on that day 
shall be in executive session because disclosure of testimony, 
evidence, or other matters to be considered would endanger the 
national security, would compromise sensitive law enforcement 
information, or would violate any law or rule of the House of 
Representatives. Notwithstanding the requirements of the 
preceding sentence, a majority of those present, there being in 
attendance no fewer than two members of the Committee, 
subcommittee, panel, or task force may vote to close a hearing 
or meeting for the sole purpose of discussing whether testimony 
or evidence to be received would endanger the national 
security, would compromise sensitive law enforcement 
information, or would violate any law or rule of the House of 
Representatives. If the decision is to proceed in executive 
session, the vote must be by record vote and in open session, a 
majority of the Committee, subcommittee, panel, or task force 
being present.
    (b) Whenever it is asserted by a member of the Committee or 
subcommittee that the evidence or testimony at a hearing may 
tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate any person, or it is 
asserted by a witness that the evidence or testimony that the 
witness would give at a hearing may tend to defame, degrade, or 
incriminate the witness, notwithstanding the requirements of 
(a) and the provisions of clause 2(g)(2) of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives, such evidence or 
testimony shall be presented in executive session, if by a 
majority vote of those present, there being in attendance no 
fewer than two members of the Committee or subcommittee, the 
Committee or subcommittee determines that such evidence may 
tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate any person. A majority 
of those present, there being in attendance no fewer than two 
members of the Committee or subcommittee may also vote to close 
the hearing or meeting for the sole purpose of discussing 
whether evidence or testimony to be received would tend to 
defame, degrade, or incriminate any person. The Committee or 
subcommittee shall proceed to receive such testimony in open 
session only if the Committee or subcommittee, a majority being 
present, determines that such evidence or testimony will not 
tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate any person.
    (c) Notwithstanding the foregoing, and with the approval of 
the Chairman, each member of the Committee may designate by 
letter to the Chairman, one member of that member's personal 
staff, and an alternate, which may include fellows, with Top 
Secret security clearance to attend hearings of the Committee, 
or that member's subcommittee(s), panel(s), or task force(s) 
(excluding briefings or meetings held under the provisions of 
Committee rule 9(a)), which have been closed under the 
provisions of rule 9(a) above for national security purposes 
for the taking of testimony. The attendance of such a staff 
member or fellow at such hearings is subject to the approval of 
the Committee, subcommittee, panel, or task force as dictated 
by national security requirements at that time. The attainment 
of any required security clearances is the responsibility of 
individual members of the Committee.
    (d) Pursuant to clause 2(g)(2) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, no Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner may be excluded from nonparticipatory attendance 
at any hearing of the Committee or a subcommittee, unless the 
House of Representatives shall by majority vote authorize the 
Committee or subcommittee, for purposes of a particular series 
of hearings on a particular article of legislation or on a 
particular subject of investigation, to close its hearings to 
Members, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner by the same 
procedures designated in this rule for closing hearings to the 
public.
    (e) The Committee or the subcommittee may vote, by the same 
procedure, to meet in executive session for up to five 
additional consecutive days of hearings.

                            Rule 10.--Quorum

    (a) For purposes of taking testimony and receiving 
evidence, two members shall constitute a quorum.
    (b) One-third of the members of the Committee or 
subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for taking any action, 
with the following exceptions, in which case a majority of the 
Committee or subcommittee shall constitute a quorum:
          (1) Reporting a measure or recommendation;
          (2) Closing Committee or subcommittee meetings and 
        hearings to the public;
          (3) Authorizing the issuance of subpoenas;
          (4) Authorizing the use of executive session 
        material; and
          (5) Voting to proceed in open session after voting to 
        close to discuss whether evidence or testimony to be 
        received would tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate 
        any person.
    (c) No measure or recommendation shall be reported to the 
House of Representatives unless a majority of the Committee is 
actually present.

                     Rule 11.--The Five-Minute Rule

    (a) Subject to rule 15, the time any one member may address 
the Committee or subcommittee on any measure or matter under 
consideration shall not exceed five minutes and then only when 
the member has been recognized by the Chairman or subcommittee 
chairman, as appropriate, except that this time limit may be 
exceeded by unanimous consent. Any member, upon request, shall 
be recognized for not more than five minutes to address the 
Committee or subcommittee on behalf of an amendment which the 
member has offered to any pending bill or resolution. The five-
minute limitation shall not apply to the Chairman and Ranking 
Minority Member of the Committee or subcommittee.
    (b)(1) Members who are present at a hearing of the 
Committee or subcommittee when a hearing is originally convened 
shall be recognized by the Chairman or subcommittee chairman, 
as appropriate, in order of seniority. Those members arriving 
subsequently shall be recognized in order of their arrival. 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Chairman and the Ranking 
Minority Member will take precedence upon their arrival. In 
recognizing members to question witnesses in this fashion, the 
Chairman shall take into consideration the ratio of the 
Majority to Minority members present and shall establish the 
order of recognition for questioning in such a manner as not to 
disadvantage the members of either party.
    (2) Pursuant to rule 4 and subject to rule 15, a member of 
the Committee who is not a member of a subcommittee may be 
recognized by a subcommittee chairman in order of their arrival 
and after all present subcommittee members have been 
recognized.
    (3) The Chairman of the Committee or a subcommittee, with 
the concurrence of the respective Ranking Minority Member, may 
depart with the regular order for questioning which is 
specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this rule provided that 
such a decision is announced prior to the hearing or prior to 
the opening statements of the witnesses and that any such 
departure applies equally to the Majority and the Minority.
    (c) No person other than a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner of Congress and committee staff may be seated in 
or behind the dais area during Committee, subcommittee, panel, 
or task force hearings and meetings.

             Rule 12.--Power To Sit and Act; Subpoena Power

    (a) For the purpose of carrying out any of its functions 
and duties under rules X and XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives, the Committee and any subcommittee is 
authorized (subject to subparagraph (b)(1) of this paragraph):
          (1) to sit and act at such times and places within 
        the United States, whether the House is in session, has 
        recessed, or has adjourned, and to hold hearings, and
          (2) to require by subpoena, or otherwise, the 
        attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the 
        production of such books, records, correspondence, 
        memorandums, papers and documents, including, but not 
        limited to, those in electronic form, as it considers 
        necessary.
    (b)(1) A subpoena may be authorized and issued by the 
Committee, or any subcommittee with the concurrence of the full 
Committee Chairman and after consultation with the Ranking 
Minority Member of the Committee, under subparagraph (a)(2) in 
the conduct of any investigation, or series of investigations 
or activities, only when authorized by a majority of the 
members voting, a majority of the Committee or subcommittee 
being present. Authorized subpoenas shall be signed only by the 
Chairman, or by any member designated by the Committee.
    (2) Pursuant to clause 2(m) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, compliance with any subpoena issued 
by the Committee or any subcommittee under subparagraph (a)(2) 
may be enforced only as authorized or directed by the House of 
Representatives.

                      Rule 13.--Witness Statements

    (a) Any prepared statement to be presented by a witness to 
the Committee or a subcommittee shall be submitted to the 
Committee or subcommittee at least 48 hours in advance of 
presentation and shall be distributed to all members of the 
Committee or subcommittee as soon as practicable but not less 
than 24 hours in advance of presentation. A copy of any such 
prepared statement shall also be submitted to the Committee in 
electronic form. If a prepared statement contains national 
security information bearing a classification of Secret or 
higher, the statement shall be made available in the Committee 
rooms to all members of the Committee or subcommittee as soon 
as practicable but not less than 24 hours in advance of 
presentation; however, no such statement shall be removed from 
the Committee offices. The requirement of this rule may be 
waived by a majority vote of the Committee or subcommittee, a 
quorum being present. In cases where a witness does not submit 
a statement by the time required under this rule, the Chairman 
of the Committee or subcommittee, as appropriate, with the 
concurrence of the respective Ranking Minority Member, may 
elect to exclude the witness from the hearing.
    (b) The Committee and each subcommittee shall require each 
witness who is to appear before it to file with the Committee 
in advance of his or her appearance a written statement of the 
proposed testimony and to limit the oral presentation at such 
appearance to a brief summary of the submitted written 
statement.
    (c) Pursuant to clause 2(g)(5) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, written witness statements, with 
appropriate redactions to protect the privacy of the witness, 
shall be made publicly available in electronic form not later 
than one day after the witness appears.

               Rule 14.--Administering Oaths to Witnesses

    (a) The Chairman, or any member designated by the Chairman, 
may administer oaths to any witness.
    (b) Witnesses, when sworn, shall subscribe to the following 
oath:
          ``Do you solemnly swear (or affirm) that the 
        testimony you will give before this Committee (or 
        subcommittee) in the matters now under consideration 
        will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the 
        truth, so help you God?''

                   Rule 15.--Questioning of Witnesses

    (a) When a witness is before the Committee or a 
subcommittee, members of the Committee or subcommittee may put 
questions to the witness only when recognized by the Chairman 
or subcommittee chairman, as appropriate, for that purpose 
according to rule 11 of the Committee.
    (b) Members of the Committee or subcommittee who so desire 
shall have not more than five minutes to question each witness 
or panel of witnesses, the responses of the witness or 
witnesses being included in the five-minute period, until such 
time as each member has had an opportunity to question each 
witness or panel of witnesses. Thereafter, additional rounds 
for questioning witnesses by members are within the discretion 
of the Chairman or subcommittee chairman, as appropriate.
    (c) Questions put to witnesses before the Committee or 
subcommittee shall be pertinent to the measure or matter that 
may be before the Committee or subcommittee for consideration.

        Rule 16.--Publication of Committee Hearings and Markups

    The transcripts of those hearings conducted by the 
Committee, subcommittee, or panel will be published officially 
in substantially verbatim form, with the material requested for 
the record inserted at that place requested, or at the end of 
the record, as appropriate. The transcripts of markups 
conducted by the Committee or any subcommittee may be published 
officially in verbatim form. Any requests to correct any 
errors, other than those in transcription, will be appended to 
the record, and the appropriate place where the change is 
requested will be footnoted. Any transcript published under 
this rule shall include the results of record votes conducted 
in the session covered by the transcript and shall also include 
materials that have been submitted for the record and are 
covered under rule 19. The handling and safekeeping of these 
materials shall fully satisfy the requirements of rule 20. No 
transcript of an executive session conducted under rule 9 shall 
be published under this rule.

                     Rule 17.--Voting and Rollcalls

    (a) Voting on a measure or matter may be by record vote, 
division vote, voice vote, or unanimous consent.
    (b) A record vote shall be ordered upon the request of one-
fifth of those members present.
    (c) No vote by any member of the Committee or a 
subcommittee with respect to any measure or matter shall be 
cast by proxy.
    (d) In the event of a vote or votes, when a member is in 
attendance at any other committee, subcommittee, or conference 
committee meeting during that time, the necessary absence of 
that member shall be so noted in the record vote record, upon 
timely notification to the Chairman by that member.
    (e) The Chairman of the Committee or a subcommittee, as 
appropriate, with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority 
Member or the most senior Minority member who is present at the 
time, may elect to postpone requested record votes until such 
time or point at a markup as is mutually decided. When 
proceedings resume on a postponed question, notwithstanding any 
intervening order for the previous question, the underlying 
proposition shall remain subject to further debate or amendment 
to the same extent as when the question was postponed.

                      Rule 18.--Committee Reports

    (a) If, at the time of approval of any measure or matter by 
the Committee, any member of the Committee gives timely notice 
of intention to file supplemental, Minority, additional or 
dissenting views, that member shall be entitled to not less 
than two calendar days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal 
holidays except when the House is in session on such days) in 
which to file such views, in writing and signed by that member, 
with the Staff Director of the Committee, or the Staff 
Director's designee. All such views so filed by one or more 
members of the Committee shall be included within, and shall be 
a part of, the report filed by the Committee with respect to 
that measure or matter.
    (b) With respect to each record vote on a motion to report 
any measure or matter, and on any amendment offered to the 
measure or matter, the total number of votes cast for and 
against, the names of those voting for and against, and a brief 
description of the question, shall be included in the Committee 
report on the measure or matter.
    (c) Not later than 24 hours after the adoption of any 
amendment to a measure or matter considered by the Committee, 
the Chairman shall cause the text of each such amendment to be 
made publicly available in electronic form as provided in 
clause 2(e)(6) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.

           Rule 19.--Public Inspection of Committee Rollcalls

    The result of each record vote in any meeting of the 
Committee shall be made available by the Committee for 
inspection by the public at reasonable times in the offices of 
the Committee and also made publicly available in electronic 
form within 48 hours of such record vote pursuant to clause 
2(e)(1)B(i) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives. Information so available shall include a 
description of the amendment, motion, order, or other 
proposition and the name of each member voting for and each 
member voting against such amendment, motion, order, or 
proposition and the names of those members present but not 
voting.

    Rule 20.--Protection of National Security and Other Information

    (a) Except as provided in clause 2(g) of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives, all national security 
information bearing a classification of Secret or higher which 
has been received by the Committee or a subcommittee shall be 
deemed to have been received in executive session and shall be 
given appropriate safekeeping.
    (b) The Chairman of the Committee shall, with the approval 
of a majority of the Committee, establish such procedures as in 
his judgment may be necessary to prevent the unauthorized 
disclosure of any national security information that is 
received which is classified as Secret or higher. Such 
procedures shall, however, ensure access to this information by 
any member of the Committee or any other Member, Delegate, or 
Resident Commissioner of the House of Representatives, staff of 
the Committee, or staff designated under rule 9(c) who have the 
appropriate security clearances and the need to know, who has 
requested the opportunity to review such material.
    (c) The Chairman of the Committee shall, in consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member, establish such procedures as 
in his judgment may be necessary to prevent the unauthorized 
disclosure of any proprietary information that is received by 
the Committee, subcommittee, panel, or task force. Such 
procedures shall be consistent with the Rules of the House of 
Representatives and applicable law.

                      Rule 21.--Committee Staffing

    The staffing of the Committee, the standing subcommittees, 
and any panel or task force designated by the Chairman or 
chairmen of the subcommittees shall be subject to the Rules of 
the House of Representatives.

                      Rule 22.--Committee Records

    The records of the Committee at the National Archives and 
Records Administration shall be made available for public use 
in accordance with rule VII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives. The Chairman shall notify the Ranking Minority 
Member of any decision, pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 
4(b) of rule VII, to withhold a record otherwise available, and 
the matter shall be presented to the Committee for a 
determination on the written request of any member of the 
Committee.

                      Rule 23.--Hearing Procedures

    Clause 2(k) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives shall apply to the Committee.

                  Rule 24.--Committee Activity Reports

    Not later than the 30th day after June 1 and December 1, 
the Committee shall submit to the House a semiannual report on 
its activities, pursuant to clause 1(d) of rule XI of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives.
                        Committee on the Budget

  PAUL RYAN, Wisconsin, Chairman

CHRIS VAN HOLLEN, Maryland,          SCOTT GARRETT, New Jersey,
  Ranking Member                       Vice Chairman
ALLYSON SCHWARTZ, Pennsylvania       MIKE SIMPSON, Idaho
MARCY KAPTUR, Ohio                   JOHN CAMPBELL, California
LLOYD DOGGETT, Texas                 KEN CALVERT, California
EARL BLUMENAUER, Oregon              TODD AKIN, Missouri
BETTY McCOLLUM, Minnesota            TOM COLE, Oklahoma
JOHN YARMUTH, Kentucky               TOM PRICE, Georgia
BILL PASCRELL, New Jersey            TOM McCLINTOCK, California
MIKE HONDA, California               JASON CHAFFETZ, Utah
TIM RYAN, Ohio                       MARLIN STUTZMAN, Indiana
DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Florida    JAMES LANKFORD, Oklahoma
GWEN MOORE, Wisconsin                DIANE BLACK, Tennessee
KATHY CASTOR, Florida                REID RIBBLE, Wisconsin
HEATH SCHULER, North Carolina        BILL FLORES, Texas
PAUL TONKO, New York                 MICK MULVANEY, South Carolina
KAREN BASS, California               TIM HUELSKAMP, Kansas
                                     TODD YOUNG, Indiana
                                     JUSTIN AMASH, Michigan
                                     TODD ROKITA, Indiana
                                     FRANK GUINTA, New Hampshire
                                     ROB WOODALL, Georgia

                       (Adopted January 26, 2011)


                         GENERAL APPLICABILITY


                 Rule 1.--Applicability of House Rules

    (a) Except as otherwise specified herein, the Rules of the 
House are the rules of the Committee so far as applicable, 
except that a motion to recess from day to day, or a motion to 
recess subject to the call of the Chair (within 24 hours), or a 
motion to dispense with the first reading (in full) of a bill 
or resolution, if printed copies are available, is a non-
debatable motion of privilege in the Committee. A proposed 
investigative or oversight report shall be considered as read 
if it has been available to the members of the Committee for at 
least 24 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays 
except when the House is in session on such day).
    (b) The Committee's rules shall be publicly available in 
electronic form and published in the Congressional Record not 
later than 30 days after the Chair of the Committee is elected 
in each odd-numbered year.

                                MEETINGS


                       Rule 2.--Regular Meetings

    (a) The regular meeting day of the Committee shall be the 
second Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m., while the House is 
in session.
    (b) The Chairman is authorized to dispense with a regular 
meeting when the Chairman determines there is no business to be 
considered by the Committee.
    (c) Regular meetings shall be canceled when they conflict 
with meetings of either party's caucus or conference.
    (d) The Chairman shall give written notice of the date, 
place, and subject matter of any Committee meeting, which may 
not commence earlier than the third day on which members have 
notice thereof, unless the Chairman, with the concurrence of 
the Ranking Minority Member, or the Committee by majority vote 
with a quorum present for the transaction of business, 
determines there is good cause to begin the hearing sooner, in 
which case the Chair shall make the announcement at the 
earliest possible date. An announcement shall be published 
promptly in the Daily Digest and made publicly available in 
electronic form.

                Rule 3.--Additional and Special Meetings

    (a) The Chairman may call and convene additional meetings 
of the Committee as the Chairman considers necessary or special 
meetings at the request of a majority of the members of the 
Committee in accordance with House rule XI, clause 2(c).
    (b) In the absence of exceptional circumstances, the 
Chairman shall provide written notice of additional meetings to 
the office of each member at least 24 hours in advance while 
Congress is in session, and at least 3 days in advance when 
Congress is not in session.

                    Rule 4.--Open Business Meetings

    (a) Meetings and hearings of the Committee shall be called 
to order and presided over by the Chair or, in the Chair's 
absence, by the member designated by the Chair as the Vice 
Chair of the Committee, or by the Ranking majority member of 
the Committee present as Acting Chair.
    (b) Each meeting for the transaction of Committee business, 
including the markup of measures, shall be open to the public 
except when the Committee, in open session and with a quorum 
present, determines by roll call vote that all or part of the 
remainder of the meeting on that day shall be closed to the 
public in accordance with House rule XI, clause 2(g)(1).
    (c) No person, other than members of the Committee and such 
congressional staff and departmental representatives as the 
Committee may authorize, shall be present at any business or 
markup session which has been closed to the public.
    (d) Not later than 24 hours after commencing a meeting to 
consider a measure or matter, the Chair of the Committee shall 
cause the text of such measure or matter and any amendment 
adopted thereto to be made publicly available in electronic 
form.

                            Rule 5.--Quorums

    (a) A majority of the Committee shall constitute a quorum. 
No business shall be transacted and no measure or 
recommendation shall be reported unless a quorum is actually 
present.

                          Rule 6.--Recognition

    Any member, when recognized by the Chairman, may address 
the Committee on any bill, motion, or other matter under 
consideration before the Committee. The time of such member 
shall be limited to 5 minutes until all members present have 
been afforded an opportunity to comment.

                   Rule 7.--Consideration of Business

    Measures or matters may be placed before the Committee, for 
its consideration, by the Chairman or by a majority vote of the 
Committee members, a quorum being present.

                  Rule 8.--Availability of Legislation

    (a) The Committee shall consider no bill, joint resolution, 
or concurrent resolution unless copies of the measure have been 
made available to all Committee members at least 24 hours prior 
to the time at which such measure is to be considered. When 
considering concurrent resolutions on the budget, this 
requirement shall be satisfied by making available copies of 
the complete Chairman's mark (or such material as will provide 
the basis for Committee consideration). The provisions of this 
rule may be suspended with the concurrence of the Chairman and 
Ranking Minority Member.
    (b) At least 24 hours prior to the commencement of a 
meeting for the markup of legislation the Chair shall cause the 
text of such legislation to be made publicly available in 
electronic form.

       Rule 9.--Procedure for Consideration of Budget Resolution

    (a) It shall be the policy of the Committee that the 
starting point for any deliberations on a concurrent resolution 
on the budget should be the estimated or actual levels for the 
fiscal year preceding the budget year.
    (b) In the consideration of a concurrent resolution on the 
budget, the Committee shall first proceed, unless otherwise 
determined by the Committee, to consider budget aggregates, 
functional categories, and other appropriate matters on a 
tentative basis, with the document before the Committee open to 
amendment. Subsequent amendments may be offered to aggregates, 
functional categories, or other appropriate matters, which have 
already been amended in their entirety.
    (c) Following adoption of the aggregates, functional 
categories, and other matters, the text of a concurrent 
resolution on the budget incorporating such aggregates, 
functional categories, and other appropriate matters shall be 
considered for amendment and a final vote.

                       Rule 10.--Roll Call Votes

    (a) A roll call of the members may be had upon the request 
of at least one-fifth of those present. In the apparent absence 
of a quorum, a roll call may be had on the request of any 
member.
    (b) No vote may be conducted on any measure or motion 
pending before the Committee unless a quorum is present for 
such purpose.
    (c) No vote by any member of the Committee on any measure 
or matter may be cast by proxy.
    (d) In accordance with clause 2(e)(1)(B) of rule XI, a 
record of the vote of each Committee member on each recorded 
vote shall be available for public inspection at the offices of 
the Committee and also made publicly available in electronic 
form within 48 hours of such record vote, and, with respect to 
any roll call vote on any motion to amend or report, shall be 
included in the report of the Committee showing the total 
number of votes cast for and against and the names of those 
members voting for and against.

                   Rule 11.--Announcement of Hearings

    The Chairman shall make a public announcement of the date, 
place, and subject matter of any Committee hearing at least 1 
week before the hearing, beginning with the day in which the 
announcement is made and ending the day preceding the scheduled 
hearing unless the Chairman, with the concurrence of the 
Ranking Minority Member, or the Committee by majority vote with 
a quorum present for the transaction of business, determines 
there is good cause to begin the hearing sooner, in which case 
the Chairman shall make the announcement at the earliest 
possible date. Such announcement shall be published promptly in 
the Daily Digest and made publicly available in electronic 
form.

                        Rule 12.--Open Hearings

    (a) Each hearing conducted by the Committee or any of its 
task forces shall be open to the public except when the 
Committee or task force, in open session and with a quorum 
present, determines by roll call vote that all or part of the 
remainder of that hearing on that day shall be closed to the 
public because disclosure of testimony, evidence, or other 
matters to be considered would endanger the national security, 
or would compromise sensitive law enforcement information, or 
would tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate any person, or 
would violate any law or rule of the House of Representatives. 
The Committee or task forces may by the same procedure vote to 
close one subsequent day of hearing.
    (b) For the purposes of House rule XI, clause 2(g)(2), the 
task forces of the Committee are considered to be 
subcommittees.

                           Rule 13.--Quorums

    For the purpose of hearing testimony, not less than two 
members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum.

                    Rule 14.--Questioning Witnesses

    (a) Questioning of witnesses will be conducted under the 5-
minute rule unless the Committee adopts a motion pursuant to 
House Rule XI clause 2(j).
    (b) In questioning witnesses under the 5-minute rule:
          (1) First, the Chairman and the Ranking Minority 
        Member shall be recognized;
          (2) Next, the Committee members present at the time 
        the hearing is called to order shall be recognized in 
        order of seniority; and
          (3) Finally, the Committee members not present at the 
        time the hearing is called to order may be recognized 
        in the order of their arrival at the hearing.
    (c) In recognizing Committee members to question witnesses, 
the Chairman may take into consideration the ratio of majority 
members to minority members and the number of majority and 
minority members present and shall apportion the recognition 
for questioning in such a manner as not to disadvantage the 
members of the majority.
    (d) Notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraph (A), the 
Chair and Ranking Minority Member may designate an equal number 
of members from each party to question a witness for a period 
not longer than 30 minutes, or may designate staff from each 
party to question a witness for a period not longer than 30 
minutes.

                     Rule 15.--Subpoenas and Oaths

    (a) In accordance with House rule XI, clause 2(m) subpoenas 
authorized by a majority of the Committee or by the Chair 
(pursuant to such rules and limitations as the Committee may 
prescribe) may be issued over the signature of the Chairman or 
of any member of the Committee designated by him, and may be 
served by any person designated by the Chairman or such member.
    (b) The Chairman, or any member of the Committee designated 
by the Chairman, may administer oaths to witnesses.

                    Rule 16.--Witnesses' Statements

    (a) So far as practicable, any prepared statement to be 
presented by a witness shall be submitted to the Committee at 
least 24 hours in advance of presentation, and shall be 
distributed to all members of the Committee in advance of 
presentation.
    (b) To the greatest extent possible, each witness appearing 
in a nongovernmental capacity shall include with the written 
statement of proposed testimony a curriculum vitae and a 
disclosure of the amount and source (by agency and program) of 
any Federal grant (or sub-grant thereof) or contract (or 
subcontract thereof) received during the current fiscal year or 
either of the two preceding fiscal years.
    (c) Such statements, with appropriate redactions to protect 
the privacy of witnesses, shall be made publicly available in 
electronic form not later than one day after the witness 
appears.

                        PRINTS AND PUBLICATIONS


                       Rule 17.--Committee Prints

    All Committee prints and other materials prepared for 
public distribution shall be approved by the Committee prior to 
any distribution, unless such print or other material shows 
clearly on its face that it has not been approved by the 
Committee.

            Rule 18.--Committee Publications on the Internet

    (a) To the maximum extent feasible, the Committee shall 
make its publications available in electronic form.

                                 STAFF


                       Rule 19.--Committee Staff

    (a) Subject to approval by the Committee, and to the 
provisions of the following paragraphs, the professional and 
clerical staff of the Committee shall be appointed, and may be 
removed, by the Chairman.
    (b) Committee staff shall not be assigned any duties other 
than those pertaining to Committee business, and shall be 
selected without regard to race, creed, gender, or age, and 
solely on the basis of fitness to perform the duties of their 
respective positions.
    (c) All Committee staff shall be entitled to equitable 
treatment, including comparable salaries, facilities, access to 
official Committee records, leave, and hours of work.
    (d) Notwithstanding paragraphs a, b, and c, staff shall be 
employed in compliance with House rules, the Employment and 
Accountability Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, and 
any other applicable Federal statutes.

                      Rule 20.--Staff Supervision

    (a) Staff shall be under the general supervision and 
direction of the chairman, who shall establish and assign their 
duties and responsibilities, delegate such authority as he 
deems appropriate, fix and adjust staff salaries (in accordance 
with House Rule X, clause 9(c)) and job titles, and, at his 
discretion, arrange for their specialized training.
    (b) Staff assigned to the minority shall be under the 
general supervision and direction of the minority members of 
the committee, who may delegate such authority, as they deem 
appropriate.

                                RECORDS


       Rule 21.--Preparation and Maintenance of Committee Records

    (a) A substantially verbatim account of remarks actually 
made during the proceedings shall be made of all hearings and 
business meetings subject only to technical, grammatical, and 
typographical corrections.
    (b) The proceedings of the Committee shall be recorded in a 
journal, which shall among other things, include a record of 
the votes on any question on which a record vote is demanded.
    (c) Members of the Committee shall correct and return 
transcripts of hearings as soon as practicable after receipt 
thereof, except that any changes shall be limited to technical, 
grammatical, and typographical corrections.
    (d) Any witness may examine the transcript of his own 
testimony and make grammatical, technical, and typographical 
corrections.
    (e) The Chairman may order the printing of a hearing record 
without the corrections of any member or witness if he 
determines that such member or witness has been afforded a 
reasonable time for correction, and that further delay would 
seriously impede the Committee's responsibility for meeting its 
deadlines under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.
    (f) Transcripts of hearings and meetings may be printed if 
the Chairman decides it is appropriate, or if a majority of the 
members so request.

                 Rule 22.--Access to Committee Records

    (a)(1) The chairman shall promulgate regulations to provide 
for public inspection of roll call votes and to provide access 
by members to committee records (in accordance with House rule 
XI, clause 2(e)).
    (2) Access to classified testimony and information shall be 
limited to Members of Congress and to House Budget Committee 
staff and staff of the Office of Official Reporters who have 
appropriate security clearance.
    (3) Notice of the receipt of such information shall be sent 
to the committee members. Such information shall be kept in the 
committee safe, and shall be available to members in the 
committee office.
    (b) The records of the committee at the National Archives 
and Records Administration shall be made available for public 
use in accordance with rule VII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives. The chairman shall notify the ranking minority 
member of any decision, pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 
4(b) of the rule, to withhold a record otherwise available, and 
the matter shall be presented to the committee for a 
determination on the written request of any member of the 
committee.

                               OVERSIGHT


                      Rule 23.--General Oversight

    (a) The Committee shall review and study, on a continuing 
basis, the application, administration, execution, and 
effectiveness of those laws, or parts of laws, the subject of 
which is within its jurisdiction.
    (b) The Committee is authorized at any time to conduct such 
investigations and studies as it may consider necessary or 
appropriate in the exercise of its responsibilities under 
clause (1)(d) of rule X of the Rules of the House, and, subject 
to the adoption of expense resolutions as required by clause 6 
of rule X, to incur expenses (including travel expenses) in 
connection therewith.
    (c) Not later than February 15 of the first session of a 
Congress, the Committee shall meet in open session, with a 
quorum present, to adopt its oversight plans for that Congress 
for submission to the Committee on House Administration and the 
Committee on Government Reform in accordance with the 
provisions of clause (2)(d) of House rule X.

                                REPORTS


                  Rule 24.--Availability Before Filing

    (a) Any report accompanying any bill or resolution ordered 
reported to the House by the Committee shall be available to 
all Committee members at least 36 hours prior to filing with 
the House.
    (b) No material change shall be made in any report made 
available to members pursuant to section (a) without the 
concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member or by a majority 
vote of the Committee.
    (c) Notwithstanding any other rule of the Committee, either 
or both subsections (a) and (b) may be waived by the Chairman 
or with a majority vote by the Committee.

               Rule 25.--Report on the Budget Resolution

    The report of the Committee to accompany a concurrent 
resolution on the budget shall include a comparison of the 
estimated or actual levels for the year preceding the budget 
year with the proposed spending and revenue levels for the 
budget year and each out year along with the appropriate 
percentage increase or decrease for each budget function and 
aggregate. The report shall include any roll call vote on any 
motion to amend or report any measure.

Rule 26.--Parliamentarian's Status Report and Section 302 Status Report

    (a)(1) In order to carry out its duty under sections 311 
and 312 of the Congressional Budget Act to advise the House of 
Representatives as to the current level of spending and 
revenues as compared to the levels set forth in the latest 
agreed-upon concurrent resolution on the budget, the Committee 
shall advise the Speaker on at least a monthly basis when the 
House is in session as to its estimate of the current level of 
spending and revenue. Such estimates shall be prepared by the 
staff of the Committee, transmitted to the Speaker in the form 
of a Parliamentarian's Status Report, and printed in the 
Congressional Record.
    (2) The Committee authorizes the Chairman, in consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member, to transmit to the Speaker 
the Parliamentarian's Status Report described above.
    (b)(1) In order to carry out its duty under sections 302 
and 312 of the Congressional Budget Act to advise the House of 
Representative as to the current level of spending within the 
jurisdiction of Committees as compared to the appropriate 
allocations made pursuant to the Budget Act in conformity with 
the latest agreed-upon concurrent resolution on the budget, the 
Committee shall, as necessary, advise the Speaker as to its 
estimate of the current level of spending within the 
jurisdiction of appropriate Committees. Such estimates shall be 
prepared by the staff of the Committee and transmitted to the 
Speaker in the form of a Section 302 Status Report.
    (2) The Committee authorizes the Chairman, in consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member, to transmit to the Speaker 
the Section 302 Status Report described above.

                       Rule 27.--Activity Report

    (a) After an adjournment of the last regular session of a 
Congress sine die, the Chair of the Committee may file any time 
with the Clerk the Committee's activity report for that 
Congress pursuant to clause (1)(d)(1) of rule XI of the Rules 
of the House without the approval of the Committee, if a copy 
of the report has been available to each member of the 
Committee for at least seven calendar days and the report 
includes any supplemental, minority, or additional views 
submitted by a member of the Committee.
    (b) Not later than the 30th day after June 1 and December 
1, the Committee shall submit to the House a semiannual report 
on the activities of the Committee. After adjournment sine die 
of a regular session of Congress, or after December 15, 
whichever occurs first, the Chair may file the second or fourth 
semiannual report with the Clerk at any time and without 
approval of the Committee, provided that a copy of the report 
has been available to each member of the Committee for at least 
seven calendar days and the report includes any supplemental, 
minority, or additional views submitted by a member of the 
Committee.

                             MISCELLANEOUS


            Rule 28.--Broadcasting of Meetings and Hearings

    (a) It shall be the policy of the Committee to give all 
news media access to open hearings of the Committee, subject to 
the requirements and limitations set forth in House rule XI, 
clause 4.
    (b) Whenever any Committee business meeting is open to the 
public, that meeting may be covered, in whole or in part, by 
television broadcast, radio broadcast, still photography, or by 
any of such methods of coverage, in accordance with House rule 
XI, clause 4.

                   Rule 29.--Appointment of Conferees

    (a) Majority party members recommended to the Speaker as 
conferees shall be recommended by the Chairman subject to the 
approval of the majority party members of the Committee.
    (b) The Chairman shall recommend such minority party 
members as conferees as shall be determined by the minority 
party; the recommended party representation shall be in 
approximately the same proportion as that in the Committee.

                           Rule 30.--Waivers

    When a reported bill or joint resolution, conference 
report, or anticipated floor amendment violates any provision 
of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Chairman may, if 
practical, consult with the Committee members on whether the 
Chairman should recommend, in writing, that the Committee on 
Rules report a special rule that enforces the Act by not 
waiving the applicable points of order during the consideration 
of such measure.
                Committee on Education and the Workforce

  JOHN KLINE, Minnesota, Chairman

GEORGE MILLER, California,           THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin
  Ranking Member                     HOWARD P. ``BUCK'' McKEON, 
DALE E. KILDEE, Michigan             California
DONALD M. PAYNE, New Jersey          JUDY BIGGERT, Illinois
ROBERT E. ANDREWS, New Jersey        TODD RUSSELL PLATTS, Pennsylvania
ROBERT C. SCOTT, Virginia            JOE WILSON, South Carolina
LYNN C. WOOLSEY, California          VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina
RUBEN HINOJOSA, Texas                BOB GOODLATTE, Virginia
CAROLYN McCARTHY, New York           DUNCAN D. HUNTER, California
JOHN F. TIERNEY, Massachusetts       DAVID P. ROE, Tennessee
DENNIS J. KUCINICH, Ohio             GLENN THOMPSON, Pennsylvania
DAVID WU, Oregon                     TIM WALBERG, Michigan
RUSH D. HOLT, New Jersey             SCOTT DesJARLAIS, Tennessee
SUSAN A. DAVIS, California           RICHARD HANNA, New York
RAUL M. GRIJALVA, Arizona            TODD ROKITA, Indiana
                                     LARRY BUCSHON, Indiana
                                     TREY GOWDY, South Carolina
                                     LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania
                                     KRISTI NOEM, South Dakota
                                     MARTHA ROBY, Alabama
                                     JOE HECK, Nevada
                                     DENNIS ROSS, Florida
                                     MIKE KELLY, Pennsylvania

                       (Adopted January 25, 2011)


           Rule 1.--Regular, Additional, and Special Meetings

    (a) Regular meetings of the Committee shall be held on the 
second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m., while the House 
is in session. When the Chair determines that the Committee 
will not consider any bill or resolution before the Committee 
and that there is no other business to be transacted at a 
regular meeting, he or she will give each member of the 
Committee, as far in advance of the day of the regular meeting 
as the circumstances make practicable, written notice to that 
effect, and no regular Committee meeting shall be held on that 
day.
    (b) The Chair may call and convene, as he or she considers 
necessary, additional meetings of the Committee for the 
consideration of any bill or resolution pending before the 
Committee or for the conduct of other Committee business.
    (c) If at least three members of the Committee desire that 
a special meeting of the Committee be called by the Chair, 
those members may file in the offices of the Committee their 
written request to the Chair for that special meeting. 
Immediately upon the filing of the request, the staff director 
of the Committee shall notify the Chair of the filing of the 
request. If, within three calendar days after the filing of the 
request, the Chair does not call the requested special meeting 
to be held within seven calendar days after the filing of the 
request, a majority of the members of the Committee may file in 
the offices of the Committee their written notice that a 
special meeting of the Committee will be held, specifying the 
date and hour thereof, and the measure or matter to be 
considered at that special meeting. Immediately upon the filing 
of the notice, the staff director of the Committee shall notify 
all members of the Committee that such meeting will be held and 
inform them of its date and hour and the measure or matter to 
be considered. The Committee shall meet on that date and hour 
and only the measure or matter specified in that notice may be 
considered at that special meeting.
    (d) Legislative meetings of the Committee and its 
subcommittees shall be open to the public, including radio, 
television, and still photography coverage, unless such 
meetings are closed pursuant to the requirements of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives. No business meeting of the 
Committee, other than regularly scheduled meetings, may be held 
without each member being given reasonable notice.
    (e) The Chair of the Committee or of a subcommittee, as 
appropriate, shall preside at meetings or hearings. In the 
absence of the Chair of the Committee or of a subcommittee, 
members shall preside as provided in clause 2(d) of rule XI of 
the Rules of the House of Representatives. No person other than 
a Member of Congress or Congressional staff may walk in, stand 
in, or be seated at the rostrum area during a meeting or 
hearing of the Committee or subcommittee unless authorized by 
the Chair.

            Rule 2.--Standing Subcommittees and Jurisdiction

    (a) There shall be four standing subcommittees. In addition 
to conducting oversight in the area of their respective 
jurisdictions as required in clause 2 of rule X of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, each subcommittee shall have the 
following jurisdiction:
          Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and 
        Secondary Education.--Education from early learning 
        through the high school level including, but not 
        limited to, elementary and secondary education, special 
        education, homeless education, and migrant education; 
        overseas dependent schools; career and technical 
        education; school safety and alcohol and drug abuse 
        prevention; school lunch and child nutrition programs; 
        educational research and improvement including the 
        Institute of Education Sciences; environmental 
        education; pre-service and in-service teacher 
        professional development including Title II of the 
        Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Title II of 
        the Higher Education Act; early care and education 
        programs including the Head Start Act and the Child 
        Care and Development Block Grant Act; adolescent 
        development and training programs including, but not 
        limited to, those providing for the care and treatment 
        of certain at-risk youth including the Juvenile Justice 
        and Delinquency Prevention Act and the Runaway and 
        Homeless Youth Act; and all matters dealing with child 
        abuse and domestic violence including the Child Abuse 
        Prevention and Treatment Act and child adoption.
          Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce 
        Training.--Education and training beyond the high 
        school level including, but not limited to, higher 
        education generally, postsecondary student assistance 
        and employment services, and the Higher Education Act; 
        Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; all 
        domestic volunteer programs; all programs related to 
        the arts and humanities, museum and library services, 
        and arts and artifacts indemnity; postsecondary career 
        and technical education, apprenticeship programs, and 
        job training including the Workforce Investment Act, 
        vocational rehabilitation, and training programs from 
        immigration funding; science and technology programs; 
        adult basic education (family literacy); all welfare 
        reform programs including work incentive programs and 
        welfare-to-work requirements; poverty programs 
        including the Community Services Block Grant Act and 
        the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); 
        the Native American Programs Act; the Institute of 
        Peace; and all matters dealing with programs and 
        services for the elderly including nutrition programs 
        and the Older Americans Act.
          Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.--Wages and 
        hours of workers including, but not limited to, the 
        Davis-Bacon Act, the Walsh-Healey Act, the Service 
        Contract Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act; 
        workers' compensation including the Federal Employees' 
        Compensation Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' 
        Compensation Act, and the Black Lung Benefits Act; the 
        Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection 
        Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act; the Worker 
        Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act; the 
        Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988; trade and 
        immigration issues as they impact employers and 
        workers; and workers' safety and health including, but 
        not limited to, occupational safety and health, mine 
        safety and health, and migrant and agricultural worker 
        safety and health.
          Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and 
        Pensions.--All matters dealing with relationships 
        between employers and employees including, but not 
        limited to, the National Labor Relations Act, the 
        Labor-Management Relations Act, and the Labor-
        Management Reporting and Disclosure Act; the Bureau of 
        Labor Statistics; employment-related health and 
        retirement security including pension, health, and 
        other employee benefits and the Employee Retirement 
        Income Security Act (ERISA); and all matters related to 
        equal employment opportunity and civil rights in 
        employment.
    (b) The majority party members of the Committee may provide 
for such temporary, ad hoc subcommittees as determined to be 
appropriate.

                     Rule 3.--Ex Officio Membership

    The Chair of the Committee and the ranking minority party 
member shall be ex officio members, but not voting members, of 
each subcommittee to which such Chair or ranking minority party 
member has not been assigned.

                    Rule 4.--Subcommittee Scheduling

    (a) Subcommittee chair shall set meeting or hearing dates 
after consultation with the Chair and other subcommittee chair 
with a view toward avoiding simultaneous scheduling of 
Committee and subcommittee meetings or hearings, wherever 
possible. No such meetings or hearings, however, shall be held 
outside of Washington, D.C., or during a recess or adjournment 
of the House of Representatives without the prior authorization 
of the Committee Chair. Where practicable, 14 days' notice will 
be given of such meeting or hearing.
    (b) Available dates for subcommittee meetings during the 
session shall be assigned by the Chair to the subcommittees as 
nearly as practicable in rotation and in accordance with their 
workloads. As far as practicable, the Chair shall not schedule 
simultaneous subcommittee markups, a subcommittee markup during 
a full Committee markup, or any hearing during a markup.

                      Rule 5.--Subcommittee Rules

    The rules of the Committee shall be the rules of its 
subcommittees.

                 Rule 6.--Special Assignment of Members

    To facilitate the oversight and other legislative and 
investigative activities of the Committee, the Chair of the 
Committee may, at the request of a subcommittee chair, make a 
temporary assignment of any member of the Committee to such 
subcommittee for the purpose of constituting a quorum and of 
enabling such member to participate in any public hearing, 
investigation, or study by such subcommittee to be held outside 
of Washington, D.C. Any member of the Committee may attend 
public hearings of any subcommittee and any member of the 
Committee may question witnesses only when they have been 
recognized by the Chair for that purpose.

                       Rule 7.--Hearing Procedure

    (a) The Chair, in the case of hearings to be conducted by 
the Committee, and the appropriate subcommittee chair, in the 
case of hearings to be conducted by a subcommittee, shall make 
public announcement of the date, place, and subject matter of 
any hearing to be conducted on any measure or matter at least 
one week before the commencement of that hearing unless the 
Chair of the Committee, with the concurrence of the ranking 
minority member, determines that there is good cause to begin 
such hearing at an earlier date or the Committee so determines 
by majority vote in the presence of the number of members 
required under the rules of the Committee for the transaction 
of business. In the latter event, the Chair or the subcommittee 
chair, as the case may be, shall have such an announcement 
promptly published in the Daily Digest and made publicly 
available in electronic form. To the extent practicable, the 
Chair or the subcommittee chair shall make public announcement 
of the final list of witnesses scheduled to testify at least 48 
hours before the commencement of the hearing. The staff 
director of the Committee shall promptly notify the Daily 
Digest Clerk of the Congressional Record as soon as practicable 
after such public announcement is made.
    (b) Subcommittees are authorized to hold hearings, receive 
exhibits, hear witnesses, and report to the Committee for final 
action, together with such recommendations as may be agreed 
upon by the subcommittee.
    (c) All opening statements at hearings conducted by the 
Committee or any subcommittee will be made part of the 
permanent written record. Opening statements by members may not 
be presented orally, unless the Chair of the Committee or any 
subcommittee determines that one statement from the Chair or a 
designee will be presented, in which case the ranking minority 
party member or a designee may also make a statement. If a 
witness scheduled to testify at any hearing of the Committee or 
any subcommittee is a constituent of a member of the Committee 
or subcommittee, such member shall be entitled to briefly 
introduce such witness at the hearing.
    (d) To the extent practicable, witnesses who are to appear 
before the Committee or a subcommittee shall file with the 
staff director of the Committee, at least 48 hours in advance 
of their appearance, a written statement of their proposed 
testimony, together with a brief summary thereof, and shall 
limit their oral presentation to a summary thereof. The staff 
director of the Committee shall promptly furnish to the staff 
director of the minority a copy of such testimony submitted to 
the Committee pursuant to this rule.
    (e) When any hearing is conducted by the Committee or any 
subcommittee upon any measure or matter, the minority party 
members on the Committee shall be entitled, upon request to the 
Chair by a majority of those minority party members before the 
completion of such hearing, to call witnesses selected by the 
minority to testify with respect to that measure or matter 
during at least one day of hearing thereon. The minority party 
may waive this right by calling at least one witness during a 
Committee hearing or subcommittee hearing.
    (f) In the conduct of hearings of subcommittees sitting 
jointly, the rules otherwise applicable to all subcommittees 
shall likewise apply to joint subcommittee hearings for 
purposes of such shared consideration.

               Rule 8.--Questioning of Hearing Witnesses

    (a) Subject to clauses (b), (c), and (d), a Committee 
member may question hearing witnesses only when the member has 
been recognized by the Chair for that purpose, and only for a 
5-minute period until all members present have had an 
opportunity to question a witness. The questioning of witnesses 
in both Committee and subcommittee hearings shall be initiated 
by the Chair, followed by the ranking minority party member and 
all other members alternating between the majority and minority 
party. The Chair shall exercise discretion in determining the 
order in which members will be recognized. In recognizing 
members to question witnesses in this fashion, the Chair shall 
take into consideration the ratio of the majority to minority 
party members present and shall establish the order of 
recognition for questioning in such a manner as not to place 
the members of the majority party in a disadvantageous 
position.
    (b) The Chair may permit a specified number of members to 
question a witness for longer than five minutes. The time for 
extended questioning of a witness under this clause shall be 
equal for the majority party and the minority party and may not 
exceed one hour in the aggregate.
    (c) The Chair may permit Committee staff for the majority 
and the minority party members to question a witness for equal 
specified periods. The time for extended questioning of a 
witness under this clause shall be equal for the majority party 
and the minority party and may not exceed one hour in the 
aggregate.
    (d) In an investigative hearing or in an executive session, 
the Chair's authority to extend questioning under subsection 
(b) and (c) of this rule shall be equal for the majority and 
the minority party and may not exceed one hour in the 
aggregate, and shall only be conducted by counsel for the 
majority and the minority party when authorized under 
subsection (c) of this rule.

                      Rule 9.--Subpoena Authority

    The power to authorize and issue subpoenas is delegated to 
the Chair of the full Committee, as provided for under clause 
2(m)(3)(A)(i) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives. The Chair shall notify the ranking minority 
member prior to issuing any subpoena under such authority. To 
the extent practicable, the Chair shall consult with the 
ranking minority member at least 24 hours in advance of a 
subpoena being issued under such authority, excluding 
Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays. As soon as 
practicable after issuing any subpoena under such authority, 
the Chair shall notify in writing all members of the Committee 
of the issuance of the subpoena.

                     Rule 10.--Deposition Procedure

    (a) In accordance with the Committee receiving 
authorization by the House of Representatives for the taking of 
depositions in furtherance of a Committee investigation, the 
Chair, upon consultation with the ranking minority member, may 
order the taking of depositions pursuant to notice or subpoena 
as contemplated by this rule.
    (b) The Chair or majority staff shall consult with the 
ranking minority member or minority staff no less than three 
business days before any notice or subpoena for a deposition is 
issued. After such consultation, all members shall receive 
written notice that a notice or subpoena for a deposition will 
be issued.
    (c) A notice or subpoena issued under this rule shall 
specify the date, time, and place of the deposition and the 
method or methods by which the deposition will be recorded. 
Prior to testifying, a deponent shall be provided with a copy 
of the Committee's rules, the House Resolution authorizing the 
taking of the deposition, and rule X of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives.
    (d)(1) A deposition shall be conducted by one or more 
members or Committee counsel as designated by the Chair or 
ranking minority member.
    (2) A deposition shall be taken under oath or affirmation 
administered by a member or a person otherwise authorized to 
administer oaths and affirmations.
    (3) A deposition shall be, unless waived by the deponent, 
attended by a member of the Committee.
    (e) A deponent may be accompanied at a deposition by 
counsel to advise the deponent of the deponent's rights. Only 
members and Committee counsel, however, may examine the 
deponent. No one may be present at a deposition other than 
members, Committee staff designated by the Chair or ranking 
minority member, such individuals as may be required to 
administer the oath or affirmation and transcribe or record the 
proceedings, the deponent, and the deponent's counsel 
(including personal counsel and counsel for the entity 
employing the deponent if the scope of the deposition is 
expected to cover actions taken as part of the deponent's 
employment). Observers or counsel for other persons or entities 
may not attend.
    (f)(1) Unless the majority, minority, and deponent agree 
otherwise, questions in a deposition shall be propounded in 
rounds, alternating between the majority and minority. A single 
round shall not exceed 60 minutes per side, unless the members 
or counsel conducting the deposition agree to a different 
length of questioning. In each round, a member or Committee 
counsel designated by the Chair shall ask questions first, and 
the member or Committee counsel designated by the ranking 
minority member shall ask questions second.
    (2) Any objection made during a deposition must be stated 
concisely and in a non-argumentative and non-suggestive manner. 
Deponent may refuse to answer a question only to preserve a 
privilege. When the deponent has objected and refused to answer 
a question to preserve a privilege, the Chair may rule on any 
such objection after the deposition has adjourned. If the Chair 
overrules any such objection and thereby orders a deponent to 
answer any question to which a privilege objection was lodged, 
such ruling shall be filed with the clerk of the Committee and 
shall be provided to members and the deponent no less than 
three days before the ruling is enforced at a reconvened 
deposition. If a member of the Committee appeals in writing the 
ruling of the Chair, the appeal shall be preserved for 
Committee consideration. A deponent who refuses to answer a 
question after being directed to answer by the Chair in writing 
may be subject to sanction, except that no sanctions may be 
imposed if the ruling of the Chair is reversed on appeal. In 
all cases, when deposition testimony for which an objection has 
been made is offered for admission in evidence before the 
Committee, all properly lodged objections then made shall be 
timely and shall be considered by the Committee prior to 
admission in evidence before the Committee.
    (g) Deposition testimony shall be transcribed by 
stenographic means and may also be video recorded. The clerk of 
the Committee shall receive the transcript and any video 
recording and promptly forward such to minority staff at the 
same time the clerk distributes such to other majority staff.
    (h) The individual administering the oath shall certify on 
the transcript that the deponent was duly sworn. The 
transcriber shall certify that the transcript is a true, 
verbatim record of the testimony, and the transcript and any 
exhibits shall be filed, as shall any video recording, with the 
clerk of the Committee. In no case shall any video recording be 
considered the official transcript of a deposition or otherwise 
supersede the certified written transcript.
    (i) After receiving the transcript, majority staff shall 
make available the transcript for review by the deponent or 
deponent's counsel. No later than ten business days thereafter, 
the deponent may submit suggested changes to the Chair. 
Committee majority staff may direct the clerk of the Committee 
to note any typographical errors, including any requested by 
the deponent or minority staff, via an errata sheet appended to 
the transcript. Any proposed substantive changes, 
modifications, clarifications, or amendments to the deposition 
testimony must be submitted by the deponent as an affidavit 
that includes the deponent's reasons therefore. Any substantive 
changes, modifications, clarifications, or amendments shall be 
included as an appendix to the transcript, a copy of which 
shall be promptly forwarded to minority staff.
    (j) The Chair and ranking minority member shall consult 
regarding the release of deposition transcript or electronic 
recordings. If either objects in writing to a proposed release 
of a deposition transcript or electronic recording or a portion 
thereof, the matter shall be promptly referred to the Committee 
for resolution.

                           Rule 11.--Quorums

    One-third of the members of the Committee or subcommittee 
shall constitute a quorum for taking any action other than 
amending Committee rules, closing a meeting from the public, 
reporting a measure or recommendation, or in the case of the 
Committee or a subcommittee authorizing a subpoena. For the 
enumerated actions, a majority of the Committee or subcommittee 
shall constitute a quorum. Any two members shall constitute a 
quorum for the purpose of taking testimony and receiving 
evidence.

      Rule 12.--Referral of Bills, Resolutions, and Other Matters

    (a) The Chair shall consult with subcommittee chair 
regarding referral to the appropriate subcommittees of such 
bills, resolutions, and other matters that have been referred 
to the Committee. Once copies of a bill, resolution, or other 
matter are available to the Committee, the Chair shall, within 
three weeks of such availability, provide notice of referral, 
if any, to the appropriate subcommittee.
    (b) Referral to a subcommittee shall not be made until 
three days have elapsed after written notification of such 
proposed referral to all subcommittee chair, at which time such 
proposed referral shall be made unless one or more subcommittee 
chair shall have given written notice to the Chair of the full 
Committee and to the chair of each subcommittee that he or she 
intends to question such proposed referral at the next 
regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee, or at a special 
meeting of the Committee called for that purpose, at which time 
referral shall be made by the majority members of the 
Committee. All bills shall be referred under this rule to the 
subcommittee of proper jurisdiction without regard to whether 
the author is or is not a member of the subcommittee. Upon a 
majority vote of the Committee, a bill, resolution, or other 
matter referred to a subcommittee in accordance with this rule 
may be recalled at any time for the Committee's direct 
consideration or for reference to another subcommittee.
    (c) The Chair shall announce the date, place, and subject 
matter of a Committee meeting, which may not commence earlier 
than the third day on which members have notice thereof; but 
this requirement may be waived if the Chair of the Committee, 
with the concurrence of the ranking minority member, determines 
that there is good cause or the Committee so determines by 
majority vote in the presence of the number of members required 
under the rules of the Committee for the transaction of such 
business.
    (d) When a bill or resolution is being considered by the 
Committee or a subcommittee, members shall provide the clerk in 
a timely manner a sufficient number of written copies of any 
amendment offered, so as to enable each member present to 
receive a copy thereof prior to taking action. A point of order 
may be made against any amendment not reduced to writing. A 
copy of each such amendment shall be maintained in the public 
records of the Committee or subcommittee, as the case may be.
    (e) In determining the order in which amendments to a 
matter pending before the Committee or a subcommittee will be 
considered, the Chair may give priority to:
          (1) The Chair's mark, and
          (2) Amendments, otherwise in order, that have been 
        filed with the Committee at least 24 hours prior to the 
        Committee or subcommittee business meeting on said 
        measure or matter.

                            Rule 13.--Votes

    (a) With respect to each roll call vote on a motion to 
report any bill, resolution, or matter of a public character, 
and on any amendment offered thereto, the total number of votes 
cast for and against, and the names of those members voting for 
and against, shall be included in the Committee report on the 
measure or matter.
    (b) In accordance with clause 2(h) of rule XI of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives, the Chair of the Committee or 
a subcommittee is authorized to postpone further proceedings 
when a record vote is ordered on the question of approving a 
measure or matter or on adopting an amendment. Such Chair may 
resume proceedings on a postponed request at any time after 
reasonable notice. When proceedings resume on a postponed 
question, notwithstanding any intervening order for the 
previous question, an underlying proposition shall remain 
subject to further debate or amendment to the same extent as 
when the question was postponed.

                    Rule 14.--Records and Rollcalls

    (a) Written records shall be kept of the proceedings of the 
Committee and of each subcommittee, including a record of the 
votes on any question on which a roll call is demanded. The 
result of each such roll call vote shall be made available by 
the Committee or subcommittee for inspection by the public at 
reasonable times in the offices of the Committee or 
subcommittee and shall be made available on the Committee's 
website within 48 hours of such record vote. Information so 
available for public inspection and on the Committee's website 
shall include a description of the amendment, motion, order, or 
other proposition; the name of each member voting for and each 
member voting against such amendment, motion, order, or 
proposition; and the names of those members present but not 
voting. The text of an amendment offered to a measure or matter 
considered in Committee shall be made publicly available in 
electronic form not later than 24 hours after its final 
disposition in Committee. A record vote may be demanded by one-
fifth of the members present or, in the apparent absence of a 
quorum, by any one member.
    (b) In accordance with rule VII of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, any official permanent record of the 
Committee (including any record of a legislative, oversight, or 
other activity of the Committee or any subcommittee) shall be 
made available for public use if such record has been in 
existence for 30 years, except that--
          (1) any record that the Committee (or a subcommittee) 
        makes available for public use before such record is 
        delivered to the Archivist under clause 2 of rule VII 
        of the Rules of the House of Representatives shall be 
        made available immediately, including any record 
        described in subsection (a) of this Rule;
          (2) any investigative record that contains personal 
        data relating to a specific living individual (the 
        disclosure of which would be an unwarranted invasion of 
        personal privacy), any administrative record with 
        respect to personnel, and any record with respect to a 
        hearing closed pursuant to clause 2(g)(2) of rule XI of 
        the Rules of the House of Representatives shall be 
        available if such record has been in existence for 50 
        years; or
          (3) except as otherwise provided by order of the 
        House of Representatives, any record of the Committee 
        for which a time, schedule, or condition for 
        availability is specified by order of the Committee 
        (entered during the Congress in which the record is 
        made or acquired by the Committee) shall be made 
        available in accordance with the order of the 
        Committee.
    (c) The official permanent records of the Committee include 
noncurrent records of the Committee (including subcommittees) 
delivered by the Clerk of the House of Representatives to the 
Archivist of the United States for preservation at the National 
Archives and Records Administration, which are the property of 
and remain subject to the rules and orders of the House of 
Representatives.
    (d)(1) Any order of the Committee with respect to any 
matter described in paragraph (2) of this subsection shall be 
adopted only if the notice requirements of Committee rule 12(c) 
have been met, a quorum consisting of a majority of the members 
of the Committee is present at the time of the vote, and a 
majority of those present and voting approve the adoption of 
the order, which shall be submitted to the Clerk of the House 
of Representatives, together with any accompanying report.
    (2) This subsection applies to any order of the Committee 
which--
          (A) provides for the non-availability of any record 
        subject to subsection (b) of this rule for a period 
        longer than the period otherwise applicable; or
          (B) is subsequent to, and constitutes a later order 
        under clause 4(b) of rule VII of the Rules of the House 
        of Representatives, regarding a determination of the 
        Clerk of the House of Representatives with respect to 
        authorizing the Archivist of the United States to make 
        available for public use the records delivered to the 
        Archivist under clause 2 of rule VII of the Rules of 
        the House of Representatives; or
          (C) specifies a time, schedule, or condition for 
        availability pursuant to subsection (b)(3) of this 
        rule.

                           Rule 15.--Reports

    (a) Reports of the Committee.--All Committee reports on 
bills or resolutions shall comply with the provisions of clause 
2 of rule XI and clauses 2, 3, and 4 of rule XIII of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives.
          (1) No such report shall be filed until copies of the 
        proposed report have been available to all members at 
        least 36 hours prior to such filing in the House of 
        Representatives. No material change shall be made in 
        the report distributed to members unless agreed to by 
        the ranking minority member; but any member or members 
        of the Committee may file, as part of the printed 
        report, individual, minority, or dissenting views, 
        without regard to the preceding provisions of this 
        rule.
          (2) Such 36-hour period shall not conclude earlier 
        than the end of the period provided under clause 4 of 
        rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives 
        after the Committee approves a measure or matter if a 
        member, at the time of such approval, gives notice of 
        intention to file supplemental, minority, or additional 
        views for inclusion as part of the printed report.
          (3) To the extent practicable, any report prepared 
        pursuant to a Committee or subcommittee study or 
        investigation shall be available to members no later 
        than 48 hours prior to consideration of any such report 
        by the Committee or subcommittee, as the case may be.
    (b) Disclaimers.--(1) A report on activities of the 
Committee required under clause 1 of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives shall include the following 
disclaimer in the document transmitting the report to the Clerk 
of the House of Representatives: This report has not been 
officially adopted by the Committee on Education and the 
Workforce or any subcommittee thereof and therefore may not 
necessarily reflect the views of its members. Such disclaimer 
need not be included if the report was circulated to all 
members of the Committee at least 7 days prior to its 
submission to the House of Representatives and provision is 
made for the filing by any member, as part of the printed 
report, of individual, minority, or dissenting views.
    (2) All Committee or subcommittee reports printed pursuant 
to legislative study or investigation and not approved by a 
majority vote of the Committee or subcommittee, as appropriate, 
shall contain the following disclaimer on the cover of such 
report: This report has not been officially adopted by the 
Committee on Education and the Workforce (or pertinent 
subcommittee thereof) and therefore may not necessarily reflect 
the views of its members. The minority party members of the 
Committee or subcommittee shall have three calendar days, 
excluding weekends and holidays, to file, as part of the 
printed report, supplemental, minority, or additional views.
    (c) Reports of Subcommittees.--Whenever a subcommittee has 
ordered a bill, resolution, or other matter to be reported to 
the Committee, the chair of the subcommittee reporting the 
bill, resolution, or matter to the Committee, or any member 
authorized by the subcommittee to do so, may report such bill, 
resolution, or matter to the Committee. It shall be the duty of 
the chair of the subcommittee to report or cause to be reported 
promptly such bill, resolution, or matter, and to take or cause 
to be taken the necessary steps to bring such bill, resolution, 
or matter to a vote.
          (1) In any event, the report, described in the 
        proviso in subsection (c)(2) of this rule, of any 
        subcommittee on a measure which has been approved by 
        the subcommittee shall be filed within seven calendar 
        days (exclusive of days on which the House is not in 
        session) after the day on which there has been filed 
        with the staff director of the Committee a written 
        request, signed by a majority of the members of the 
        subcommittee, for the reporting of that measure. Upon 
        the filing of any such request, the staff director of 
        the Committee shall transmit immediately to the chair 
        of the subcommittee a notice of the filing of that 
        request.
          (2) Bills, resolutions, or other matters favorably 
        reported by a subcommittee shall automatically be 
        placed upon the agenda of the Committee as of the time 
        they are reported. No bill or resolution or other 
        matter reported by a subcommittee shall be considered 
        by the full Committee unless it has been delivered or 
        electronically sent to all members and notice of its 
        prior transmission has been in the hands of all members 
        at least 48 hours prior to such consideration. A member 
        of the Committee shall receive, upon his or her 
        request, a paper copy of such bill, resolution, or 
        other matter reported. When a bill is reported from a 
        subcommittee, such measure shall be accompanied by a 
        section-by-section analysis; and, if the Chair of the 
        Committee so requires (in response to a request from 
        the ranking minority member of the Committee or for 
        other reasons), a comparison showing proposed changes 
        in existing law.

Rule 16.--Appointment of Conferees, Notice of Conference Meetings, and 
                           Conference Motion

    (a) Whenever in the legislative process it becomes 
necessary to appoint conferees, the Chair shall recommend to 
the Speaker as conferees the names of those members of the 
subcommittee which handled the legislation in the order of 
their seniority upon such subcommittee and such other Committee 
members as the Chair may designate with the approval of the 
majority party members. Recommendations of the Chair to the 
Speaker shall provide a ratio of majority party members to 
minority party members no less favorable to the majority party 
than the ratio of majority members to minority party members on 
the full Committee. In making assignments of minority party 
members as conferees, the Chair shall consult with the ranking 
minority party member of the Committee.
    (b) After the appointment of conferees pursuant to clause 
11 of rule I of the Rules of the House of Representatives for 
matters within the jurisdiction of the Committee, the Chair 
shall notify all members appointed to the conference of 
meetings at least 48 hours before the commencement of the 
meeting. If such notice is not possible, then notice shall be 
given as soon as possible.
    (c) The Chair is directed to offer a motion under clause 1 
of rule XXII of the Rules of the House of Representatives 
whenever the Chair considers it appropriate.

          Rule 17.--Measures to be Considered Under Suspension

    A member of the Committee may not seek to suspend the Rules 
of the House of Representatives on any bill, resolution, or 
other matter which has been modified after such measure is 
ordered reported, unless notice of such action has been given 
to the Chair and ranking minority member of the full Committee.

       Rule 18.--Broadcasting of Committee Hearings and Meetings

    (a) Television, Radio and Still Photography.--(1) Whenever 
a hearing or meeting conducted by the Committee or any 
subcommittee is open to the public, those proceedings shall be 
open to coverage by television, radio, and still photography 
subject to the requirements of clause 4 of rule XI of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives and except when the hearing or 
meeting is closed pursuant to the Rules of the House of 
Representatives and of the Committee. The coverage of any 
hearing or meeting of the Committee or any subcommittee thereof 
by television, radio, or still photography shall be under the 
direct supervision of the Chair of the Committee, the 
subcommittee chair, or other member of the Committee presiding 
at such hearing or meeting and may be terminated by such member 
in accordance with the Rules of the House of Representatives.
    (2) Personnel providing coverage by the television and 
radio media shall be then currently accredited to the Radio and 
Television Correspondents' Galleries.
    (3) Personnel providing coverage by still photography shall 
be then accredited to the Press Photographers' Gallery.
    (b) Audio and Video Coverage of Committee Hearings and 
Meetings.--To the maximum extent practicable, the Committee 
shall provide audio and video coverage of each hearing or 
meeting for the transaction of business in a manner that allows 
the public to easily listen to and view the proceedings and 
shall maintain the recordings of such coverage in a manner that 
is easily accessible to the public. Such coverage shall be fair 
and nonpartisan in accordance with clause 4(b) of rule XI of 
the Rules of the House of Representatives and other applicable 
rules of the House of Representatives and of the Committee. 
Personnel providing such coverage shall be employees of the 
House of Representatives or currently accredited to the Radio 
and Television Correspondents' Galleries.

                       Rule 19.--Committee Staff

    (a) The employees of the Committee shall be appointed by 
the Chair in consultation with subcommittee chair and other 
majority party members of the Committee within the budget 
approved for such purposes by the Committee.
    (b) The staff appointed by the minority shall have their 
remuneration determined in such manner as the minority party 
members of the Committee shall determine within the budget 
approved for such purposes by the Committee.

          Rule 20.--Supervision and Duties of Committee Staff

    The staff of the Committee shall be under the general 
supervision and direction of the Chair, who shall establish and 
assign the duties and responsibilities of such staff members 
and delegate authority as he or she determines appropriate. The 
staff appointed by the minority shall be under the general 
supervision and direction of the minority party members of the 
Committee, who may delegate such authority as they determine 
appropriate. All Committee staff shall be assigned to Committee 
business and no other duties may be assigned to them.

                   Rule 21.--Authorization for Travel

    (a) Consistent with the primary expense resolution and such 
additional expense resolutions as may have been approved, the 
provisions of this rule shall govern travel of Committee 
members and staff. Travel to be paid from funds set aside for 
the full Committee for any member or any staff member shall be 
paid only upon the prior authorization of the Chair. Travel may 
be authorized by the Chair for any member and any staff member 
in connection with the attendance of hearings conducted by the 
Committee or any subcommittee thereof and meetings, 
conferences, and investigations that involve activities or 
subject matter under the general jurisdiction of the Committee. 
The Chair shall review travel requests to assure the validity 
to Committee business. Before such authorization is given, 
there shall be submitted to the Chair in writing the following:
          (1) The purpose of the travel;
          (2) The dates during which the travel is to be made 
        and the date or dates of the event for which the travel 
        is being made;
          (3) The location of the event for which the travel is 
        to be made; and
          (4) The names of members and staff seeking 
        authorization.
    (b)(1) In the case of travel outside the United States of 
members and staff of the Committee for the purpose of 
conducting hearings, investigations, studies, or attending 
meetings and conferences involving activities or subject matter 
under the legislative assignment of the Committee or pertinent 
subcommittees, prior authorization must be obtained from the 
Chair, or, in the case of a subcommittee, from the subcommittee 
chair and the Chair. Before such authorization is given, there 
shall be submitted to the Chair, in writing, a request for such 
authorization. Each request, which shall be filed in a manner 
that allows for a reasonable period of time for review before 
such travel is scheduled to begin, shall include the following:
          (A) The purpose of travel;
          (B) The dates during which the travel will occur;
          (C) The names of the countries to be visited and the 
        length of time to be spent in each;
          (D) an agenda of anticipated activities for each 
        country for which travel is authorized together with a 
        description of the purpose to be served and the areas 
        of Committee jurisdiction involved; and
          (E) The names of members and staff for whom 
        authorization is sought.
    (2) Requests for travel outside the United States may be 
initiated by the Chair or the chair of a subcommittee (except 
that individuals may submit a request to the Chair for the 
purpose of attending a conference or meeting) and shall be 
limited to members and permanent employees of the Committee.
    (3) The Chair shall not approve a request involving travel 
outside the United States while the House is in session (except 
in the case of attendance at meetings and conferences or where 
circumstances warrant an exception).
    (4) At the conclusion of any hearing, investigation, study, 
meeting, or conference for which travel outside the United 
States has been authorized pursuant to this rule, each 
subcommittee (or members and staff attending meetings or 
conferences) shall submit a written report to the Chair 
covering the activities of the subcommittee and containing the 
results of these activities and other pertinent observations or 
information gained as a result of such travel.
    (c) Members and staff of the Committee performing 
authorized travel on official business shall be governed by 
applicable laws, resolutions, or regulations of the House of 
Representatives and of the Committee on House Administration 
pertaining to such travel, including rules, procedures, and 
limitations prescribed by the Committee on House Administration 
with respect to domestic and foreign expense allowances.
    (d) Prior to the Chair's authorization for any travel, the 
ranking minority party member shall be given a copy of the 
written request therefor.

                     Rule 22.--Budget and Expenses

    (a) The Chair, in consultation with the majority party 
members of the Committee, shall prepare a preliminary budget. 
Such budget shall include necessary amounts for staff 
personnel, for necessary travel, investigation, and other 
expenses of the Committee; and, after consultation with the 
minority party membership, the Chair shall include amounts 
budgeted to the minority party members for staff personnel to 
be under the direction and supervision of the minority party, 
travel expenses of minority party members and staff, and 
minority party office expenses. All travel expenses of minority 
party members and staff shall be paid for out of the amounts so 
set aside and budgeted. The Chair shall take whatever action is 
necessary to have the budget as finally approved by the 
Committee duly authorized by the House of Representatives. 
After such budget shall have been adopted, no change shall be 
made in such budget unless approved by the Committee. The Chair 
or the chair of any standing subcommittee may initiate 
necessary travel requests as provided in Committee rule 21 
within the limits of their portion of the consolidated budget 
as approved by the House, and the Chair may execute necessary 
vouchers therefor.
    (b) Subject to the Rules of the House of Representatives 
and procedures prescribed by the Committee on House 
Administration, and with the prior authorization of the Chair 
of the Committee in each case, there may be expended in any one 
session of Congress for necessary travel expenses of witnesses 
attending hearings in Washington, D.C.:
          (1) Out of funds budgeted and set aside for each 
        subcommittee, not to exceed $5,000 for expenses of 
        witnesses attending hearings of each such subcommittee;
          (2) Out of funds budgeted for the full Committee 
        majority, not to exceed $5,000 for expenses of 
        witnesses attending full Committee hearings; and
          (3) Out of funds set aside to the minority party 
        members, (A) Not to exceed, for each of the 
        subcommittees, $5,000 for expenses of witnesses 
        attending subcommittee hearings, and (B) Not to exceed 
        $5,000 for expenses of witnesses attending full 
        Committee hearings.
    (c) A full and detailed monthly report accounting for all 
expenditures of Committee funds shall be maintained in the 
Committee office, where it shall be available to each member of 
the Committee. Such report shall show the amount and purpose of 
each expenditure, and the budget to which such expenditure is 
attributed.

                  Rule 23.--Changes in Committee Rules

    The Committee shall not consider a proposed change in these 
rules unless the text of such change has been delivered or 
electronically sent to all members and notice of its prior 
transmission has been in the hands of all members at least 48 
hours prior to such consideration; a member of the Committee 
shall receive, upon his or her request, a paper copy of the 
proposed change.
                    Committee on Energy and Commerce

  FRED UPTON, Michigan, Chairman

HENRY A. WAXMAN, California,         JOE BARTON, Texas
  Ranking Member                     CLIFF STEARNS, Florida
JOHN D. DINGELL, Michigan            ED WHITFIELD, Kentucky
EDWARD J. MARKEY, Massachusetts      JOHN SHIMKUS, Illinois
EDOLPHUS TOWNS, New York             JOSEPH R. PITTS, Pennsylvania
FRANK PALLONE, Jr., New Jersey       MARY BONO MACK, California
BOBBY L. RUSH, Illinois              GREG WALDEN, Oregon
ANNA G. ESHOO, California            LEE TERRY, Nebraska
ELIOT L. ENGEL, New York             MIKE RODGERS, Michigan
GENE GREEN, Texas                    SUE MYRICK, North Carolina
DIANA DeGETTE, Colorado              JOHN SULLIVAN, Oklahoma
LOIS CAPPS, California               TIM MURPHY, Pennsylvania
MICHAEL F. DOYLE, Pennsylvania       MICHAEL BURGESS, Texas
JAN SCHAKOWSKY, Illinois             MARSHA BLACKBURN, Tennessee
CHARLES A. GONZALEZ, Texas           BRIAN P. BILBRAY, California
JAY INSLEE, Washington               CHARLES F. BASS, New Hampshire
TAMMY BALDWIN, Wisconsin             PHIL GINGREY, Georgia
MIKE ROSS, Arkansas                  STEVE SCALISE, Louisiana
JIM MATHESON, Utah                   BOB LATTA, Ohio
G.K. BUTTERFIELD, North Carolina     CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS, Washington
JOHN BARROW, Georgia                 GREGG HARPER, Mississippi
DORIS O. MATSUI, California          LEONARD LANCE, New Jersey
DONNA CHRISTENSEN, United States Virgin IslandsDY, Louisiana
KATHY CASTOR, Florida                BRETT GUTHRIE, Kentucky
                                     PETE OLSON, Texas
                                     DAVID McKINLEY, West Virginia
                                     CORY GARDNER, Colorado
                                     MIKE POMPEO, Kansas
                                     ADAM KINZINGER, Illinois
                                     MORGAN GRIFFITH, Virginia

                       (Adopted January 20, 2011)


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) Rules of the Committee.--The Rules of the House are the 
rules of the Committee on Energy and Commerce (the 
``Committee'') and its subcommittees so far as is applicable.
    (b) Rules of the Subcommittees.--Each subcommittee of the 
Committee is part of the Committee and is subject to the 
authority and direction of the Committee and to its rules so 
far as is applicable. Written rules adopted by the Committee, 
not inconsistent with the Rules of the House, shall be binding 
on each subcommittee of the Committee.

                           Rule 2.--Meetings

    (a) Regular Meeting Days.--The Committee shall meet on the 
fourth Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m., for the consideration 
of bills, resolutions, and other business, if the House is in 
session on that day. If the House is not in session on that day 
and the Committee has not met during such month, the Committee 
shall meet at the earliest practicable opportunity when the 
House is again in session. The chairman of the Committee may, 
at his discretion, cancel, delay, or defer any meeting required 
under this section, after consultation with the ranking 
minority member.
    (b) Additional Meetings.--The chairman may call and 
convene, as he considers necessary, additional meetings of the 
Committee for the consideration of any bill or resolution 
pending before the Committee or for the conduct of other 
Committee business. The Committee shall meet for such purposes 
pursuant to that call of the chairman.
    (c) Notice.--The date, time, place, and subject matter of 
any meeting of the Committee scheduled on a Tuesday, Wednesday, 
or Thursday when the House will be in session shall be 
announced at least 36 hours (exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, 
and legal holidays except when the House is in session on such 
days) in advance of the commencement of such meeting. The date, 
time, place, and subject matter of other meetings when the 
House is in session shall be announced to allow Members to have 
at least three days notice (exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, 
and legal holidays except when the House is in session on such 
days) of such meeting. The date, time, place, and subject 
matter of all other meetings shall be announced at least 72 
hours in advance of the commencement of such meeting.
    (d) Agenda.--The agenda for each Committee meeting, setting 
out all items of business to be considered, shall be provided 
to each member of the Committee at least 36 hours in advance of 
such meeting.
    (e) Availability of Texts.--No bill, recommendation, or 
other matter shall be considered by the Committee unless the 
text of the matter, together with an explanation, has been 
available to members of the Committee for three days (or 24 
hours in the case of a substitute for introduced legislation). 
Such explanation shall include a summary of the major 
provisions of the legislation, an explanation of the 
relationship of the matter to present law, and a summary of the 
need for the legislation.
    (f) Waiver.--The requirements of subsections (c), (d), and 
(e) may be waived by a majority of those present and voting (a 
majority being present) of the Committee or by the chairman 
with the concurrence of the ranking member, as the case may be.

                           Rule 3.--Hearings

    (a) Notice.--The date, time, place, and subject matter of 
any hearing of the Committee shall be announced at least one 
week in advance of the commencement of such hearing, unless a 
determination is made in accordance with clause 2(g)(3) of rule 
XI of the Rules of the House that there is good cause to begin 
the hearing sooner.
    (b) Memorandum.--Each member of the Committee shall be 
provided, except in the case of unusual circumstances, with a 
memorandum at least 48 hours before each hearing explaining (1) 
the purpose of the hearing and (2) the names of any witnesses.
    (c) Witnesses.--(1) Each witness who is to appear before 
the Committee shall file with the clerk of the Committee, at 
least two working days in advance of his or her appearance, 
sufficient copies, as determined by the chairman of the 
Committee of a written statement of his or her proposed 
testimony to provide to members and staff of the Committee, the 
news media, and the general public. Each witness shall, to the 
greatest extent practicable, also provide a copy of such 
written testimony in an electronic format prescribed by the 
chairman. Each witness shall limit his or her oral presentation 
to a brief summary of the argument. The chairman of the 
Committee or the presiding member may waive the requirements of 
this paragraph or any part thereof.
    (2) To the greatest extent practicable, the written 
testimony of each witness appearing in a nongovernmental 
capacity shall include a curriculum vitae and a disclosure of 
the amount and source (by agency and program) of any federal 
grant (or subgrant thereof) or contract (or subcontract 
thereof) received during the current fiscal year or either of 
the two preceding fiscal years by the witness or by an entity 
represented by the witness.
    (d) Questioning.--(1) The right to interrogate the 
witnesses before the Committee shall alternate between majority 
and minority members. Each member shall be limited to 5 minutes 
in the interrogation of witnesses until such time as each 
member who so desires has had an opportunity to question 
witnesses. No member shall be recognized for a second period of 
5 minutes to interrogate a witness until each member of the 
Committee present has been recognized once for that purpose. 
The chairman shall recognize in order of appearance members who 
were not present when the meeting was called to order after all 
members who were present when the meeting was called to order 
have been recognized in the order of seniority on the 
Committee.
    (2) The chairman, with the concurrence of the ranking 
minority member, or the Committee by motion, may permit an 
equal number of majority and minority members to question a 
witness for a specified, total period that is equal for each 
side and not longer than thirty minutes for each side. The 
chairman with the concurrence of the ranking minority member, 
or the Committee by motion, may also permit committee staff of 
the majority and minority to question a witness for a 
specified, total period that is equal for each side and not 
longer than thirty minutes for each side.
    (3) Each member may submit to the chairman of the Committee 
additional questions for the record, to be answered by the 
witnesses who have appeared. Each member shall provide a copy 
of the questions in an electronic format to the clerk of the 
Committee no later than ten business days following a hearing. 
The chairman shall transmit all questions received from members 
of the Committee to the appropriate witness and include the 
transmittal letter and the responses from the witnesses in the 
hearing record.

                Rule 4.--Vice Chairmen; Presiding Member

    The chairman shall designate a member of the majority party 
to serve as vice chairman of the Committee, and shall designate 
a majority member of each subcommittee to serve as vice 
chairman of each subcommittee, other than the Oversight and 
Investigations Subcommittee. The vice chairman of the Committee 
or subcommittee, as the case may be, shall preside at any 
meeting or hearing during the temporary absence of the 
chairman. If the chairman and vice chairman of the Committee or 
subcommittee are not present at any meeting or hearing, the 
ranking member of the majority party who is present shall 
preside at the meeting or hearing.

                       Rule 5.--Open Proceedings

    Except as provided by the Rules of the House, each meeting 
and hearing of the Committee for the transaction of business, 
including the markup of legislation, and each hearing, shall be 
open to the public, including to radio, television, and still 
photography coverage, consistent with the provisions of Rule XI 
of the Rules of the House.

                            Rule 6.--Quorum

    Testimony may be taken and evidence received at any hearing 
at which there are present not fewer than two members of the 
Committee in question. A majority of the members of the 
Committee shall constitute a quorum for those actions for which 
the House Rules require a majority quorum. For the purposes of 
taking any other action, one-third of the members of the 
Committee shall constitute a quorum.

                  Rule 7.--Official Committee Records

    (a)(1) Journal.--The proceedings of the Committee shall be 
recorded in a journal which shall, among other things, show 
those present at each meeting, and include a record of the vote 
on any question on which a record vote is demanded and a 
description of the amendment, motion, order, or other 
proposition voted. A copy of the journal shall be furnished to 
the ranking minority member.
    (2) Record Votes.--A record vote may be demanded by one-
fifth of the members present or, in the apparent absence of a 
quorum, by any one member. No demand for a record vote shall be 
made or obtained except for the purpose of procuring a record 
vote or in the apparent absence of a quorum. The result of each 
record vote in any meeting of the Committee shall be made 
publicly available in electronic form on the Committee's 
website and in the Committee office for inspection by the 
public, as provided in rule XI, clause 2(e) of the Rules of the 
House, within 24 hours. Such result shall include a description 
of the amendment, motion, order, or other proposition, the name 
of each member voting for and each member voting against such 
amendment, motion, order, or proposition, and the names of 
those members of the committee present but not voting. The 
chairman, with the concurrence of the ranking minority member, 
may from time to time postpone record votes ordered on 
amendments to be held at a time certain during the 
consideration of legislation.
    (b) Archived Records.--The records of the Committee at the 
National Archives and Records Administration shall be made 
available for public use in accordance with rule VII of the 
Rules of the House. The chairman shall notify the ranking 
minority member of any decision, pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or 
clause 4(b) of the rule, to withhold a record otherwise 
available, and the matter shall be presented to the Committee 
for a determination on the written request of any member of the 
Committee. The chairman shall consult with the ranking minority 
member on any communication from the Archivist of the United 
States or the Clerk of the House concerning the disposition of 
noncurrent records pursuant to clause 3(b) of the rule.

                         Rule 8.--Subcommittees

    (a) Establishment.--There shall be such standing 
subcommittees with such jurisdiction and size as determined by 
the majority party caucus of the Committee. The jurisdiction, 
number, and size of the subcommittees shall be determined by 
the majority party caucus prior to the start of the process for 
establishing subcommittee chairmanships and assignments.
    (b) Powers and Duties.--Each subcommittee is authorized to 
meet, hold hearings, receive testimony, mark up legislation, 
and report to the Committee on all matters referred to it. 
Subcommittee chairmen shall set hearing and meeting dates only 
with the approval of the chairman of the Committee with a view 
toward assuring the availability of meeting rooms and avoiding 
simultaneous scheduling of Committee and subcommittee meetings 
or hearings whenever possible.
    (c) Ratio of Subcommittees.--The majority caucus of the 
Committee shall determine an appropriate ratio of majority to 
minority party members for each subcommittee and the chairman 
shall negotiate that ratio with the minority party, provided 
that the ratio of party members on each subcommittee shall be 
no less favorable to the majority than that of the full 
Committee, nor shall such ratio provide for a majority of less 
than two majority members.
    (d) Selection of Subcommittee Members.--Prior to any 
organizational meeting held by the Committee, the majority and 
minority caucuses shall select their respective members of the 
standing subcommittees.
    (e) Ex Officio Members.--The chairman and ranking minority 
member of the Committee shall be ex officio members with voting 
privileges of each subcommittee of which they are not assigned 
as members and may be counted for purposes of establishing a 
quorum in such subcommittees. The minority chairman emeritus 
shall be an ex officio member without voting privileges of each 
subcommittee of which the minority chairman emeritus is not 
assigned as a member and shall not be counted for purposes of 
establishing a quorum on any such subcommittee.

                      Rule 9.--Opening Statements

    (a) Written Statements.--All written opening statements at 
hearings and business meetings conducted by the committee shall 
be made part of the permanent record.
    (b) Length.--(1) At full committee hearings, the chairman 
and ranking minority member shall be limited to 5 minutes each 
for an opening statement, and may designate another member to 
give an opening statement of not more than 5 minutes. At 
subcommittee hearings, the subcommittee chairman and ranking 
minority member of the subcommittee shall be limited to 5 
minutes each for an opening statement. In addition, the full 
committee chairman and ranking minority member shall each be 
allocated 5 minutes for an opening statement for themselves or 
their designees.
    (2) At any business meeting of the Committee, statements 
shall be limited to 5 minutes each for the chairman and ranking 
minority member (or their respective designee) of the Committee 
or subcommittee, as applicable, and 3 minutes each for all 
other members. The chairman may further limit opening 
statements for Members (including, at the discretion of the 
Chairman, the chairman and ranking minority member) to one 
minute.

          Rule 10.--Reference of Legislation and Other Matters

    All legislation and other matters referred to the Committee 
shall be referred to the subcommittee of appropriate 
jurisdiction within two weeks of the date of receipt by the 
Committee unless action is taken by the full Committee within 
those two weeks, or by majority vote of the members of the 
Committee, consideration is to be by the full Committee. In the 
case of legislation or other matters within the jurisdiction of 
more than one subcommittee, the chairman of the Committee may, 
in his discretion, refer the matter simultaneously to two or 
more subcommittees for concurrent consideration, or may 
designate a subcommittee of primary jurisdiction and also refer 
the matter to one or more additional subcommittees for 
consideration in sequence (subject to appropriate time 
limitations), either on its initial referral or after the 
matter has been reported by the subcommittee of primary 
jurisdiction. Such authority shall include the authority to 
refer such legislation or matter to an ad hoc subcommittee 
appointed by the chairman, with the approval of the Committee, 
from the members of the subcommittees having legislative or 
oversight jurisdiction.

           Rule 11.--Managing Legislation on the House Floor

    The chairman, in his discretion, shall designate which 
member shall manage legislation reported by the Committee to 
the House.

    Rule 12.--Committee Professional and Clerical Staff Appointments

    (a) Delegation of Staff.--Whenever the chairman of the 
Committee determines that any professional staff member 
appointed pursuant to the provisions of clause 9 of rule X of 
the House of Representatives, who is assigned to such chairman 
and not to the ranking minority member, by reason of such 
professional staff member's expertise or qualifications will be 
of assistance to one or more subcommittees in carrying out 
their assigned responsibilities, he may delegate such member to 
such subcommittees for such purpose. A delegation of a member 
of the professional staff pursuant to this subsection shall be 
made after consultation with subcommittee chairmen and with the 
approval of the subcommittee chairman or chairmen involved.
    (b) Minority Professional Staff.--Professional staff 
members appointed pursuant to clause 9 of rule X of the House 
of Representatives, who are assigned to the ranking minority 
member of the Committee and not to the chairman of the 
Committee, shall be assigned to such Committee business as the 
minority party members of the Committee consider advisable.
    (c) Additional Staff Appointments.--In addition to the 
professional staff appointed pursuant to clause 9 of rule X of 
the House of Representatives, the chairman of the Committee 
shall be entitled to make such appointments to the professional 
and clerical staff of the Committee as may be provided within 
the budget approved for such purposes by the Committee. Such 
appointee shall be assigned to such business of the full 
Committee as the chairman of the Committee considers advisable.
    (d) Sufficient Staff.--The chairman shall ensure that 
sufficient staff is made available to each subcommittee to 
carry out its responsibilities under the rules of the 
Committee.
    (e) Fair Treatment of Minority Members in Appointment of 
Committee Staff.--The chairman shall ensure that the minority 
members of the Committee are treated fairly in appointment of 
Committee staff.
    (f) Contracts for Temporary or Intermittent Services.--Any 
contract for the temporary services or intermittent service of 
individual consultants or organizations to make studies or 
advise the Committee or its subcommittees with respect to any 
matter within their jurisdiction shall be deemed to have been 
approved by a majority of the members of the Committee if 
approved by the chairman and ranking minority member of the 
Committee. Such approval shall not be deemed to have been given 
if at least one-third of the members of the Committee request 
in writing that the Committee formally act on such a contract, 
if the request is made within 10 days after the latest date on 
which such chairman or chairmen, and such ranking minority 
member or members, approve such contract.

                 Rule 13.--Supervision, Duties of Staff

    (a) Supervision of Majority Staff.--The professional and 
clerical staff of the Committee not assigned to the minority 
shall be under the supervision and direction of the chairman 
who, in consultation with the chairmen of the subcommittees, 
shall establish and assign the duties and responsibilities of 
such staff members and delegate such authority as he determines 
appropriate.
    (b) Supervision of Minority Staff.--The professional and 
clerical staff assigned to the minority shall be under the 
supervision and direction of the minority members of the 
Committee, who may delegate such authority as they determine 
appropriate.

                       Rule 14.--Committee Budget

    (a) Administration of Committee Budget.--The chairman of 
the Committee, in consultation with the ranking minority 
member, shall for the 112th Congress attempt to ensure that the 
Committee receives necessary amounts for professional and 
clerical staff, travel, investigations, equipment and 
miscellaneous expenses of the Committee and the subcommittees, 
which shall be adequate to fully discharge the Committee's 
responsibilities for legislation and oversight.
    (b) Monthly Expenditures Report.--Committee members shall 
be furnished a copy of each monthly report, prepared by the 
chairman for the Committee on House Administration, which shows 
expenditures made during the reporting period and cumulative 
for the year by the Committee and subcommittees, anticipated 
expenditures for the projected Committee program, and detailed 
information on travel.

              Rule 15.--Broadcasting of Committee Hearings

    Any meeting or hearing that is open to the public may be 
covered in whole or in part by radio or television or still 
photography, subject to the requirements of clause 4 of rule XI 
of the Rules of the House. The coverage of any hearing or other 
proceeding of the Committee or any subcommittee thereof by 
television, radio, or still photography shall be under the 
direct supervision of the chairman of the Committee, the 
subcommittee chairman, or other member of the Committee 
presiding at such hearing or other proceeding and may be 
terminated by such member in accordance with the Rules of the 
House.

                          Rule 16.--Subpoenas

    The chairman of the Committee may, after consultation with 
the ranking minority member, authorize and issue a subpoena 
under clause 2(m) of rule XI of the House. If the ranking 
minority member objects to the proposed subpoena in writing, 
the matter shall be referred to the Committee for resolution. 
The chairman of the Committee may authorize and issue subpoenas 
without referring the matter to the Committee for resolution 
during any period for which the House has adjourned for a 
period in excess of 3 days when, in the opinion of the 
chairman, authorization and issuance of the subpoena is 
necessary. The chairman shall report to the members of the 
Committee on the authorization and issuance of a subpoena 
during the recess period as soon as practicable but in no event 
later than one week after service of such subpoena.

                 Rule 17.--Travel of Members and Staff

    (a) Approval of Travel. Consistent with the primary expense 
resolution and such additional expense resolutions as may have 
been approved, travel to be reimbursed from funds set aside for 
the Committee for any member or any staff member shall be paid 
only upon the prior authorization of the chairman. Travel may 
be authorized by the chairman for any member and any staff 
member in connection with the attendance of hearings conducted 
by the Committee or any subcommittee thereof and meetings, 
conferences, and investigations which involve activities or 
subject matter under the general jurisdiction of the Committee. 
Before such authorization is given there shall be submitted to 
the chairman in writing the following:
          (1) the purpose of the travel;
          (2) the dates during which the travel is to be made 
        and the date or dates of the event for which the travel 
        is being made;
          (3) the location of the event for which the travel is 
        to be made; and
          (4) the names of members and staff seeking 
        authorization.
    (b) Approval of Travel by Minority Members and Staff.-- In 
the case of travel by minority party members and minority party 
professional staff for the purpose set out in (a), the prior 
approval, not only of the chairman but also of the ranking 
minority member, shall be required. Such prior authorization 
shall be given by the chairman only upon the representation by 
the ranking minority member in writing setting forth those 
items enumerated in (1), (2), (3), and (4) of paragraph (a).

                           Rule 18.--Website

    The chairman shall maintain an official Committee website 
for the purposes of furthering the Committee's legislative and 
oversight responsibilities, including communicating information 
about the Committee's activities to Committee members and other 
members of the House. The ranking minority member may maintain 
an official website for the purpose of carrying out official 
responsibilities, including communicating information about the 
activities of the minority members of the Committee to 
Committee members and other members of the House.

                         Rule 19.--Conferences

    The chairman of the Committee is directed to offer a motion 
under clause 1 of rule XXII of the Rules of the House whenever 
the chairman considers it appropriate.
                          Committee on Ethics

   JO BONNER, Alabama, Chairman

LINDA T. SANCHEZ, California         MICHAEL McCAUL, Texas
  Ranking Member                     MIKE CONAWAY, Texas
MAZIE HIRONO, Hawaii                 CHARLES DENT, Pennsylvania
JOHN YARMUTH, Kentucky               GREGG HARPER, Mississippi
DONNA EDWARDS, Maryland
PEDRO PIERLUISI, Puerto Rico

                      (Adopted February 15, 2011)


                                FOREWORD

    The Committee on Ethics is unique in the House of 
Representatives. Consistent with the duty to carry out its 
advisory and enforcement responsibilities in an impartial 
manner, the Committee is the only standing committee of the 
House of Representatives the membership of which is divided 
evenly by party. These rules are intended to provide a fair 
procedural framework for the conduct of the Committee's 
activities and to help ensure that the Committee serves well 
the people of the United States, the House of Representatives, 
and the Members, officers, and employees of the House of 
Representatives.

                    PART I--GENERAL COMMITTEE RULES


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) So far as applicable, these rules and the Rules of the 
House of Representatives shall be the rules of the Committee 
and any subcommittee. The Committee adopts these rules under 
the authority of clause 2(a)(1) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, 112th Congress.
    (b) The rules of the Committee may be modified, amended, or 
repealed by a vote of a majority of the Committee.
    (c) When the interests of justice so require, the 
Committee, by a majority vote of its members, may adopt any 
special procedures, not inconsistent with these rules, deemed 
necessary to resolve a particular matter before it. Copies of 
such special procedures shall be furnished to all parties in 
the matter.
    (d) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member shall have access 
to such information that they request as necessary to conduct 
Committee business.

                          Rule 2.--Definitions

    (a) ``Committee'' means the Committee on Ethics.
    (b) ``Complaint'' means a written allegation of improper 
conduct against a Member, officer, or employee of the House of 
Representatives filed with the Committee with the intent to 
initiate an inquiry.
    (c) ``Inquiry'' means an investigation by an investigative 
subcommittee into allegations against a Member, officer, or 
employee of the House of Representatives.
    (d) ``Investigate,'' ``Investigating,'' and/or 
``Investigation'' mean review of the conduct of a Member, 
officer or employee of the House of Representatives that is 
conducted or authorized by the Committee, an investigative 
subcommittee, or the Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee.
    (e) ``Board'' means the Board of the Office of 
Congressional Ethics.
    (f) ``Referral'' means a report sent to the Committee from 
the Board pursuant to House Rules and all applicable House 
Resolutions regarding the conduct of a House Member, officer or 
employee, including any accompanying findings or other 
supporting documentation.
    (g) ``Investigative Subcommittee'' means a subcommittee 
designated pursuant to rule 19(a) to conduct an inquiry to 
determine if a Statement of Alleged Violation should be issued.
    (h) ``Statement of Alleged Violation'' means a formal 
charging document filed by an investigative subcommittee with 
the Committee containing specific allegations against a Member, 
officer, or employee of the House of Representatives of a 
violation of the Code of Official Conduct, or of a law, rule, 
regulation, or other standard of conduct applicable to the 
performance of official duties or the discharge of official 
responsibilities.
    (i) ``Adjudicatory Subcommittee'' means a subcommittee 
designated pursuant to rule 23(a) that holds an adjudicatory 
hearing and determines whether the counts in a Statement of 
Alleged Violation are proved by clear and convincing evidence.
    (j) ``Sanction Hearing'' means a Committee hearing to 
determine what sanction, if any, to adopt or to recommend to 
the House of Representatives.
    (k) ``Respondent'' means a Member, officer, or employee of 
the House of Representatives who is the subject of a complaint 
filed with the Committee or who is the subject of an inquiry or 
a Statement of Alleged Violation.
    (l) ``Office of Advice and Education'' refers to the Office 
established by section 803(i) of the Ethics Reform Act of 1989. 
The Office handles inquiries; prepares written opinions in 
response to specific requests; develops general guidance; and 
organizes seminars, workshops, and briefings for the benefit of 
the House of Representatives.
    (m) ``Member'' means a Representative in, or a Delegate to, 
or the Resident Commissioner to, the U.S. House of 
Representatives.

                 Rule 3.--Advisory Opinions and Waivers

    (a) The Office of Advice and Education shall handle 
inquiries; prepare written opinions providing specific advice, 
including reviews of requests for privately-sponsored travel 
pursuant to the Committee's travel regulations; develop general 
guidance; and organize seminars, workshops, and briefings for 
the benefit of the House of Representatives.
    (b) Any Member, officer, or employee of the House of 
Representatives may request a written opinion with respect to 
the propriety of any current or proposed conduct of such 
Member, officer, or employee.
    (c) The Office of Advice and Education may provide 
information and guidance regarding laws, rules, regulations, 
and other standards of conduct applicable to Members, officers, 
and employees in the performance of their duties or the 
discharge of their responsibilities.
    (d) In general, the Committee shall provide a written 
opinion to an individual only in response to a written request, 
and the written opinion shall address the conduct only of the 
inquiring individual, or of persons for whom the inquiring 
individual is responsible as employing authority.
    (e) A written request for an opinion shall be addressed to 
the Chair of the Committee and shall include a complete and 
accurate statement of the relevant facts. A request shall be 
signed by the requester or the requester's authorized 
representative or employing authority. A representative shall 
disclose to the Committee the identity of the principal on 
whose behalf advice is being sought.
    (f) Requests for privately-sponsored travel shall be 
treated like any other request for a written opinion for 
purposes of paragraphs (g) through (l).
          (1) The Committee's Travel Guidelines and Regulations 
        shall govern the request submission and Committee 
        approval process for privately-sponsored travel 
        consistent with House Rules.
          (2) A request for privately-sponsored travel of a 
        Member, officer, or employee shall include a completed 
        and signed Traveler Form that attaches the Private 
        Sponsor Certification Form and includes all information 
        required by the Committee's travel regulations. A 
        private sponsor offering officially-connected travel to 
        a Member, officer, or employee must complete and sign a 
        Private Sponsor Certification Form, and provide a copy 
        of that form to the invitee(s).
          (3) Any individual who knowingly and willfully 
        falsifies, or who knowingly and willfully fails to file 
        a Traveler Form or Private Sponsor Certification Form 
        may be subject to civil penalties and criminal 
        sanctions pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1001.
    (g) The Office of Advice and Education shall prepare for 
the Committee a response to each written request for an opinion 
from a Member, officer, or employee. Each response shall 
discuss all applicable laws, rules, regulations, or other 
standards.
    (h) Where a request is unclear or incomplete, the Office of 
Advice and Education may seek additional information from the 
requester.
    (i) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member are authorized to 
take action on behalf of the Committee on any proposed written 
opinion that they determine does not require consideration by 
the Committee. If the Chair or Ranking Minority Member requests 
a written opinion, or seeks a waiver, extension, or approval 
pursuant to rules 3(m), 4(c), 4(e), or 4(h), the next ranking 
member of the requester's party is authorized to act in lieu of 
the requester.
    (j) The Committee shall keep confidential any request for 
advice from a Member, officer, or employee, as well as any 
response thereto. Upon request of any Member, officer, or 
employee who has submitted a written request for an opinion or 
submitted a request for privately-sponsored travel, the 
Committee may release to the requesting individual a copy of 
their own written request for advice or submitted travel forms, 
any subsequent written communications between such individual 
and Committee staff regarding the request, and any Committee 
advisory opinion or travel letter issued to that individual in 
response. The Committee shall not release any internal 
Committee staff work product, communications or notes in 
response to such a request, except as authorized by the 
Committee.
    (k) The Committee may take no adverse action in regard to 
any conduct that has been undertaken in reliance on a written 
opinion if the conduct conforms to the specific facts addressed 
in the opinion.
    (l) Information provided to the Committee by a Member, 
officer, or employee seeking advice regarding prospective 
conduct may not be used as the basis for initiating an 
investigation under clause 3(a)(2) or clause 3(b) of rule XI of 
the Rules of the House of Representatives, if such Member, 
officer, or employee acts in good faith in accordance with the 
written advice of the Committee.
    (m) A written request for a waiver of clause 5 of House 
rule XXV (the House gift rule), or for any other waiver or 
approval, shall be treated in all respects like any other 
request for a written opinion.
    (n) A written request for a waiver of clause 5 of House 
rule XXV (the House gift rule) shall specify the nature of the 
waiver being sought and the specific circumstances justifying 
the waiver.
    (o) An employee seeking a waiver of time limits applicable 
to travel paid for by a private source shall include with the 
request evidence that the employing authority is aware of the 
request. In any other instance where proposed employee conduct 
may reflect on the performance of official duties, the 
Committee may require that the requester submit evidence that 
the employing authority knows of the conduct.

                     Rule 4.--Financial Disclosure

    (a) In matters relating to Title I of the Ethics in 
Government Act of 1978, the Committee shall coordinate with the 
Clerk of the House of Representatives, Legislative Resource 
Center, to assure that appropriate individuals are notified of 
their obligation to file Financial Disclosure Statements and 
that such individuals are provided in a timely fashion with 
filing instructions and forms developed by the Committee.
    (b) The Committee shall coordinate with the Legislative 
Resource Center to assure that information that the Ethics in 
Government Act requires to be placed on the public record is 
made public.
    (c) Any Financial Disclosure Reports filed by Members of 
the Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics that are 
forwarded to the Committee by the Clerk shall not be subject to 
paragraphs (d) through (q) of this rule regarding Financial 
Disclosure Statements filed pursuant to Title I of the Ethics 
in Government Act of 1978. The Office of Congressional Ethics 
retains jurisdiction over review of the timeliness and 
completeness of filings by Members of the Board as the Board's 
supervising ethics office.
    (d) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member are authorized to 
grant on behalf of the Committee requests for reasonable 
extensions of time for the filing of Financial Disclosure 
Statements. Any such request must be received by the Committee 
no later than the date on which the Statement in question is 
due. A request received after such date may be granted by the 
Committee only in extraordinary circumstances. Such extensions 
for one individual in a calendar year shall not exceed a total 
of 90 days. No extension shall be granted authorizing a 
nonincumbent candidate to file a statement later than 30 days 
prior to a primary or general election in which the candidate 
is participating.
    (e) An individual who takes legally sufficient action to 
withdraw as a candidate before the date on which that 
individual's Financial Disclosure Statement is due under the 
Ethics in Government Act shall not be required to file a 
Statement. An individual shall not be excused from filing a 
Financial Disclosure Statement when withdrawal as a candidate 
occurs after the date on which such Statement was due.
    (f) Any individual who files a report required to be filed 
under Title I of the Ethics in Government Act more than 30 days 
after the later of--
          (1) the date such report is required to be filed, or
          (2) if a filing extension is granted to such 
        individual, the last day of the filing extension 
        period, is required by such Act to pay a late filing 
        fee of $200. The Chair and Ranking Minority Member are 
        authorized to approve requests that the fee be waived 
        based on extraordinary circumstances.
    (g) Any late report that is submitted without a required 
filing fee shall be deemed procedurally deficient and not 
properly filed.
    (h) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member are authorized to 
approve requests for waivers of the aggregation and reporting 
of gifts as provided by section 102(a)(2)(C) of the Ethics in 
Government Act. If such a request is approved, both the 
incoming request and the Committee response shall be forwarded 
to the Legislative Resource Center for placement on the public 
record.
    (i) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member are authorized to 
approve blind trusts as qualifying under section 102(f)(3) of 
the Ethics in Government Act. The correspondence relating to 
formal approval of a blind trust, the trust document, the list 
of assets transferred to the trust, and any other documents 
required by law to be made public, shall be forwarded to the 
Legislative Resource Center for such purpose.
    (j) The Committee shall designate staff counsel who shall 
review Financial Disclosure Statements and, based upon 
information contained therein, indicate in a form and manner 
prescribed by the Committee whether the Statement appears 
substantially accurate and complete and the filer appears to be 
in compliance with applicable laws and rules.
    (k) Each Financial Disclosure Statement shall be reviewed 
within 60 days after the date of filing.
    (l) If the reviewing counsel believes that additional 
information is required because:
          (1) the Statement appears not substantially accurate 
        or complete, or
          (2) the filer may not be in compliance with 
        applicable laws or rules, then the reporting individual 
        shall be notified in writing of the additional 
        information believed to be required, or of the law or 
        rule with which the reporting individual does not 
        appear to be in compliance. Such notice shall also 
        state the time within which a response is to be 
        submitted. Any such notice shall remain confidential.
    (m) Within the time specified, including any extension 
granted in accordance with clause (d), a reporting individual 
who concurs with the Committee's notification that the 
Statement is not complete, or that other action is required, 
shall submit the necessary information or take appropriate 
action. Any amendment may be in the form of a revised Financial 
Disclosure Statement or an explanatory letter addressed to the 
Clerk of the House of Representatives.
    (n) Any amendment shall be placed on the public record in 
the same manner as other Statements. The individual designated 
by the Committee to review the original Statement shall review 
any amendment thereto.
    (o) Within the time specified, including any extension 
granted in accordance with clause (d), a reporting individual 
who does not agree with the Committee that the Statement is 
deficient or that other action is required, shall be provided 
an opportunity to respond orally or in writing. If the 
explanation is accepted, a copy of the response, if written, or 
a note summarizing an oral response, shall be retained in 
Committee files with the original report.
    (p) The Committee shall be the final arbiter of whether any 
Statement requires clarification or amendment.
    (q) If the Committee determines, by vote of a majority of 
its members, that there is reason to believe that an individual 
has willfully failed to file a Statement or has willfully 
falsified or willfully failed to file information required to 
be reported, then the Committee shall refer the name of the 
individual, together with the evidence supporting its finding, 
to the Attorney General pursuant to section 104(b) of the 
Ethics in Government Act. Such referral shall not preclude the 
Committee from initiating such other action as may be 
authorized by other provisions of law or the Rules of the House 
of Representatives.

                           Rule 5.--Meetings

    (a) The regular meeting day of the Committee shall be the 
second Tuesday of each month, except when the House of 
Representatives is not meeting on that day. When the Committee 
Chair determines that there is sufficient reason, meetings may 
be called on additional days. A regularly scheduled meeting 
need not be held when the Chair determines there is no business 
to be considered.
    (b) The Chair shall establish the agenda for meetings of 
the Committee and the Ranking Minority Member may place 
additional items on the agenda.
    (c) All meetings of the Committee or any subcommittee shall 
occur in executive session unless the Committee or 
subcommittee, by an affirmative vote of a majority of its 
members, opens the meeting to the public.
    (d) Any hearing held by an adjudicatory subcommittee or any 
sanction hearing held by the Committee shall be open to the 
public unless the Committee or subcommittee, by an affirmative 
vote of a majority of its members, closes the hearing to the 
public.
    (e) A subcommittee shall meet at the discretion of its 
Chair.
    (f) Insofar as practicable, notice for any Committee or 
subcommittee meeting shall be provided at least seven days in 
advance of the meeting. The Chair of the Committee or 
subcommittee may waive such time period for good cause.

                        Rule 6.--Committee Staff

    (a) The staff is to be assembled and retained as a 
professional, nonpartisan staff.
    (b) Each member of the staff shall be professional and 
demonstrably qualified for the position for which the 
individual is hired.
    (c) The staff as a whole and each individual member of the 
staff shall perform all official duties in a nonpartisan 
manner.
    (d) No member of the staff shall engage in any partisan 
political activity directly affecting any congressional or 
presidential election.
    (e) No member of the staff or outside counsel may accept 
public speaking engagements or write for publication on any 
subject that is in any way related to the employment or duties 
with the Committee of such individual without specific prior 
approval from the Chair and Ranking Minority Member.
    (f) All staff members shall be appointed by an affirmative 
vote of a majority of the members of the Committee. Such vote 
shall occur at the first meeting of the membership of the 
Committee during each Congress and as necessary during the 
Congress.
    (g) Subject to the approval of the Committee on House 
Administration, the Committee may retain counsel not employed 
by the House of Representatives whenever the Committee 
determines, by an affirmative vote of a majority of the members 
of the Committee, that the retention of outside counsel is 
necessary and appropriate.
    (h) If the Committee determines that it is necessary to 
retain staff members for the purpose of a particular 
investigation or other proceeding, then such staff shall be 
retained only for the duration of that particular investigation 
or proceeding.
    (i) Outside counsel may be dismissed prior to the end of a 
contract between the Committee and such counsel only by a 
majority vote of the members of the Committee.
    (j) In addition to any other staff provided for by law, 
rule, or other authority, with respect to the Committee, the 
Chair and Ranking Minority Member each may appoint one 
individual as a shared staff member from the respective 
personal staff of the Chair or Ranking Minority Member to 
perform service for the Committee. Such shared staff may assist 
the Chair or Ranking Minority Member on any subcommittee on 
which the Chair or Ranking Minority Member serves. Only 
paragraphs (c) and (e) of this rule and rule 7(b) shall apply 
to shared staff.

                        Rule 7.--Confidentiality

    (a) Before any Member or employee of the Committee, 
including members of an investigative subcommittee selected 
under clause 5(a)(4) of rule X of the House of Representatives 
and shared staff designated pursuant to Committee rule 6(j), 
may have access to information that is confidential under the 
rules of the Committee, the following oath (or affirmation) 
shall be executed in writing:

          ``I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will not 
        disclose, to any person or entity outside the Committee 
        on Ethics, any information received in the course of my 
        service with the Committee, except as authorized by the 
        Committee or in accordance with its rules.''

    Copies of the executed oath shall be provided to the Clerk 
of the House as part of the records of the House. Breaches of 
confidentiality shall be investigated by the Committee and 
appropriate action shall be taken.
    (b) No member of the staff or outside counsel may make 
public, unless approved by an affirmative vote of a majority of 
the members of the Committee, any information, document, or 
other material that is confidential, derived from executive 
session, or classified and that is obtained during the course 
of employment with the Committee.
    (c) Committee members and staff shall not disclose any 
evidence relating to an investigation to any person or 
organization outside the Committee unless authorized by the 
Committee.
    (d) Members and staff of the Committee shall not disclose 
to any person or organization outside the Committee, unless 
authorized by the Committee, any information regarding the 
Committee's or a subcommittee's investigative, adjudicatory or 
other proceedings, including but not limited to: (i) the fact 
or nature of any complaints; (ii) executive session 
proceedings; (iii) information pertaining to or copies of any 
Committee or subcommittee report, study or other document which 
purports to express the views, findings, conclusions or 
recommendations of the Committee or subcommittee in connection 
with any of its activities or proceedings; or (iv) any other 
information or allegation respecting the conduct of a Member, 
officer or employee of the House. This rule shall not prohibit 
the Chair or Ranking Minority Member from disclosing to the 
Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics the existence of a 
Committee investigation, the name of the Member, officer or 
employee of the House who is the subject of that investigation, 
and a brief statement of the scope of that investigation in a 
written request for referral pursuant to rule 17A(k). Such 
disclosures will only be made subject to written confirmation 
from the Board that the information provided by Chair or 
Ranking Minority Member will be kept confidential by the Board.
    (e) Except as otherwise specifically authorized by the 
Committee, no Committee member or staff member shall disclose 
to any person outside the Committee, the name of any witness 
subpoenaed to testify or to produce evidence.
    (f) Except as provided in rule 17A, the Committee shall not 
disclose to any person or organization outside the Committee 
any information concerning the conduct of a respondent until it 
has transmitted a Statement of Alleged Violation to such 
respondent and the respondent has been given full opportunity 
to respond pursuant to rule 22. The Statement of Alleged 
Violation and any written response thereto shall be made public 
at the first meeting or hearing on the matter that is open to 
the public after such opportunity has been provided. Any other 
materials in the possession of the Committee regarding such 
statement may be made public as authorized by the Committee to 
the extent consistent with the Rules of the House of 
Representatives. If no public hearing is held on the matter, 
the Statement of Alleged Violation and any written response 
thereto shall be included in the Committee's final report on 
the matter to the House of Representatives.
    (g) Unless otherwise determined by a vote of the Committee, 
only the Chair or Ranking Minority Member of the Committee, 
after consultation with each other, may make public statements 
regarding matters before the Committee or any subcommittee.
    (h) The Committee may establish procedures necessary to 
prevent the unauthorized disclosure of any testimony or other 
information received by the Committee or its staff.

          Rule 8.--Subcommittees--General Policy and Structure

    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of these Rules, the 
Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee may consult 
with an investigative subcommittee either on their own 
initiative or on the initiative of the subcommittee, shall have 
access to evidence and information before a subcommittee with 
whom they so consult, and shall not thereby be precluded from 
serving as full, voting members of any adjudicatory 
subcommittee. Except for the Chair and Ranking Minority Member 
of the Committee pursuant to this paragraph, evidence in the 
possession of an investigative subcommittee shall not be 
disclosed to other Committee members except by a vote of the 
subcommittee.
    (b) The Committee may establish other noninvestigative and 
nonadjudicatory subcommittees and may assign to them such 
functions as it may deem appropriate. The membership of each 
subcommittee shall provide equal representation for the 
majority and minority parties.
    (c) The Chair may refer any bill, resolution, or other 
matter before the Committee to an appropriate subcommittee for 
consideration. Any such bill, resolution, or other matter may 
be discharged from the subcommittee to which it was referred by 
a majority vote of the Committee.
    (d) Any member of the Committee may sit with any 
noninvestigative or nonadjudicatory subcommittee, but only 
regular members of such subcommittee may vote on any matter 
before that subcommittee.

              Rule 9.--Quorums and Member Disqualification

    (a) The quorum for an investigative subcommittee to take 
testimony and to receive evidence shall be two members, unless 
otherwise authorized by the House of Representatives.
    (b) The quorum for an adjudicatory subcommittee to take 
testimony, receive evidence, or conduct business shall consist 
of a majority plus one of the members of the adjudicatory 
subcommittee.
    (c) Except as stated in clauses (a) and (b) of this rule, a 
quorum for the purpose of conducting business consists of a 
majority of the members of the Committee or subcommittee.
    (d) A member of the Committee shall be ineligible to 
participate in any Committee or subcommittee proceeding in 
which such Member is the respondent.
    (e) A member of the Committee may seek disqualification 
from participating in any investigation of the conduct of a 
Member, officer, or employee of the House of Representatives 
upon the submission in writing and under oath of an affidavit 
of disqualification stating that the member cannot render an 
impartial and unbiased decision. If the Committee approves and 
accepts such affidavit of disqualification, the Chair shall so 
notify the Speaker and ask the Speaker to designate a Member of 
the House of Representatives from the same political party as 
the disqualified member of the Committee to act as a member of 
the Committee in any Committee proceeding relating to such 
investigation.

                      Rule 10.--Vote Requirements

    (a) The following actions shall be taken only upon an 
affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Committee 
or subcommittee, as appropriate:
          (1) Issuing a subpoena.
          (2) Adopting a full Committee motion to create an 
        investigative subcommittee.
          (3) Adopting or amending of a Statement of Alleged 
        Violation.
          (4) Finding that a count in a Statement of Alleged 
        Violation has been proved by clear and convincing 
        evidence.
           (5) Sending a letter of reproval.
          (6) Adopting a recommendation to the House of 
        Representatives that a sanction be imposed.
          (7) Adopting a report relating to the conduct of a 
        Member, officer, or employee.
          (8) Issuing an advisory opinion of general 
        applicability establishing new policy.
    (b) Except as stated in clause (a), action may be taken by 
the Committee or any subcommittee thereof by a simple majority, 
a quorum being present.
    (c) No motion made to take any of the actions enumerated in 
clause (a) of this rule may be entertained by the Chair unless 
a quorum of the Committee is present when such motion is made.

                      Rule 11.--Committee Records

    (a) All communications and all pleadings pursuant to these 
rules shall be filed with the Committee at the Committee's 
office or such other place as designated by the Committee.
    (b) All records of the Committee which have been delivered 
to the Archivist of the United States shall be made available 
to the public in accordance with rule VII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives.

     Rule 12.--Broadcasts of Committee and Subcommittee Proceedings

    (a) Television or radio coverage of a Committee or 
subcommittee hearing or meeting shall be without commercial 
sponsorship.
    (b) Not more than four television cameras, operating from 
fixed positions, shall be permitted in a hearing or meeting 
room. The Committee may allocate the positions of permitted 
television cameras among the television media in consultation 
with the Executive Committee of the Radio and Television 
Correspondents' Galleries.
    (c) Television cameras shall be placed so as not to 
obstruct in any way the space between any witness giving 
evidence or testimony and any member of the Committee, or the 
visibility of that witness and that member to each other.
    (d) Television cameras shall not be placed in positions 
that unnecessarily obstruct the coverage of the hearing or 
meeting by the other media.

                    PART II--INVESTIGATIVE AUTHORITY


                       Rule 13.--House Resolution

    Whenever the House of Representatives, by resolution, 
authorizes or directs the Committee to undertake an inquiry or 
investigation, the provisions of the resolution, in conjunction 
with these rules, shall govern. To the extent the provisions of 
the resolution differ from these rules, the resolution shall 
control.

      Rule 14.--Committee Authority to Investigate--General Policy

    (a) Pursuant to clause 3(b) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the Committee may exercise its 
investigative authority when:
          (1) information offered as a complaint by a Member of 
        the House of Representatives is transmitted directly to 
        the Committee;
          (2) information offered as a complaint by an 
        individual not a Member of the House is transmitted to 
        the Committee, provided that a Member of the House 
        certifies in writing that such Member believes the 
        information is submitted in good faith and warrants the 
        review and consideration of the Committee;
          (3) the Committee, on its own initiative, undertakes 
        an investigation;
          (4) a Member, officer, or employee is convicted in a 
        Federal, State, or local court of a felony;
          (5) the House of Representatives, by resolution, 
        authorizes or directs the Committee to undertake an 
        inquiry or investigation; or
          (6) a referral from the Board is transmitted to the 
        Committee.
    (b) The Committee also has investigatory authority over:
          (1) certain unauthorized disclosures of intelligence-
        related information, pursuant to House rule X, clauses 
        11(g)(4) and (g)(5); or
          (2) reports received from the Office of the Inspector 
        General pursuant to House rule II, clause 6(c)(5).

                          Rule 15.--Complaints

    (a) A complaint submitted to the Committee shall be in 
writing, dated, and properly verified (a document will be 
considered properly verified where a notary executes it with 
the language, ``Signed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me on 
(date) by (the name of the person)'' setting forth in simple, 
concise, and direct statements--
          (1) the name and legal address of the party filing 
        the complaint (hereinafter referred to as the 
        ``complainant'');
          (2) the name and position or title of the respondent;
          (3) the nature of the alleged violation of the Code 
        of Official Conduct or of other law, rule, regulation, 
        or other standard of conduct applicable to the 
        performance of duties or discharge of responsibilities; 
        and
          (4) the facts alleged to give rise to the violation. 
        The complaint shall not contain innuendo, speculative 
        assertions, or conclusory statements.
    (b) Any documents in the possession of the complainant that 
relate to the allegations may be submitted with the complaint.
    (c) Information offered as a complaint by a Member of the 
House of Representatives may be transmitted directly to the 
Committee.
    (d) Information offered as a complaint by an individual not 
a Member of the House may be transmitted to the Committee, 
provided that a Member of the House certifies in writing that 
such Member believes the information is submitted in good faith 
and warrants the review and consideration of the Committee.
    (e) A complaint must be accompanied by a certification, 
which may be unsworn, that the complainant has provided an 
exact copy of the filed complaint and all attachments to the 
respondent.
    (f) The Committee may defer action on a complaint against a 
Member, officer, or employee of the House of Representatives 
when the complaint alleges conduct that the Committee has 
reason to believe is being reviewed by appropriate law 
enforcement or regulatory authorities, or when the Committee 
determines that it is appropriate for the conduct alleged in 
the complaint to be reviewed initially by law enforcement or 
regulatory authorities.
    (g) A complaint may not be amended without leave of the 
Committee. Otherwise, any new allegations of improper conduct 
must be submitted in a new complaint that independently meets 
the procedural requirements of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives and the Committee's Rules.
    (h) The Committee shall not accept, and shall return to the 
complainant, any complaint submitted within the 60 days prior 
to an election in which the subject of the complaint is a 
candidate.
    (i) The Committee shall not consider a complaint, nor shall 
any investigation be undertaken by the Committee, of any 
alleged violation which occurred before the third previous 
Congress unless the Committee determines that the alleged 
violation is directly related to an alleged violation which 
occurred in a more recent Congress.

    Rule 16.--Duties of Committee Chair and Ranking Minority Member

    (a) Whenever information offered as a complaint is 
submitted to the Committee, the Chair and Ranking Minority 
Member shall have 14 calendar days or 5 legislative days, 
whichever occurs first, to determine whether the information 
meets the requirements of the Committee's rules for what 
constitutes a complaint.
    (b) Whenever the Chair and Ranking Minority Member jointly 
determine that information submitted to the Committee meets the 
requirements of the Committee's rules for what constitutes a 
complaint, they shall have 45 calendar days or 5 legislative 
days, whichever is later, after the date that the Chair and 
Ranking Minority Member determine that information filed meets 
the requirements of the Committee's rules for what constitutes 
a complaint, unless the Committee by an affirmative vote of a 
majority of its members votes otherwise, to--
          (1) recommend to the Committee that it dispose of the 
        complaint, or any portion thereof, in any manner that 
        does not require action by the House, which may include 
        dismissal of the complaint or resolution of the 
        complaint by a letter to the Member, officer, or 
        employee of the House against whom the complaint is 
        made;
          (2) establish an investigative subcommittee; or
          (3) request that the Committee extend the applicable 
        45-calendar day period when they determine more time is 
        necessary in order to make a recommendation under 
        paragraph (1) or (2) of rule 16(b).
    (c) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member may jointly 
gather additional information concerning alleged conduct which 
is the basis of a complaint or of information offered as a 
complaint until they have established an investigative 
subcommittee or the Chair or Ranking Minority Member has placed 
on the agenda the issue of whether to establish an 
investigative subcommittee.
    (d) If the Chair and Ranking Minority Member jointly 
determine that information submitted to the Committee meets the 
requirements of the Committee rules for what constitutes a 
complaint, and the complaint is not disposed of within 45 
calendar days or 5 legislative days, whichever is later, and no 
additional 45-day extension is made, then they shall establish 
an investigative subcommittee and forward the complaint, or any 
portion thereof, to that subcommittee for its consideration. If 
at any time during the time period either the Chair or Ranking 
Minority Member places on the agenda the issue of whether to 
establish an investigative subcommittee, then an investigative 
subcommittee may be established only by an affirmative vote of 
a majority of the members of the Committee.
    (e) Whenever the Chair and Ranking Minority Member jointly 
determine that information submitted to the Committee does not 
meet the requirements for what constitutes a complaint set 
forth in the Committee rules, they may (1) return the 
information to the complainant with a statement that it fails 
to meet the requirements for what constitutes a complaint set 
forth in the Committee's rules; or (2) recommend to the 
Committee that it authorize the establishment of an 
investigative subcommittee.

                   Rule 17.--Processing of Complaints

    (a) If a complaint is in compliance with House and 
Committee Rules, a copy of the complaint and the Committee 
Rules shall be forwarded to the respondent within 5 days with 
notice that the complaint conforms to the applicable rules.
    (b) The respondent may, within 30 days of the Committee's 
notification, provide to the Committee any information relevant 
to a complaint filed with the Committee. The respondent may 
submit a written statement in response to the complaint. Such a 
statement shall be signed by the respondent. If the statement 
is prepared by counsel for the respondent, the respondent shall 
sign a representation that the respondent has reviewed the 
response and agrees with the factual assertions contained 
therein.
    (c) The Committee staff may request information from the 
respondent or obtain additional information relevant to the 
case from other sources prior to the establishment of an 
investigative subcommittee only when so directed by the Chair 
and Ranking Minority Member.
    (d) The respondent shall be notified in writing regarding 
the Committee's decision either to dismiss the complaint or to 
create an investigative subcommittee.

  Rule 17A.--Referrals from the Board of the Office of Congressional 
                                 Ethics

    (a) The Committee has exclusive jurisdiction over the 
interpretation, administration, and enforcement of the Code of 
Official Conduct pursuant to clause 1(g) of House rule X. 
Receipt of referrals from the Board under this rule does not 
limit the Committee's discretion to address referrals in any 
way through the appropriate procedures authorized by Committee 
Rules. The Committee shall review the report and findings 
transmitted by the Board without prejudice or presumptions as 
to the merit of the allegations.
    (b)(1) Whenever the Committee receives either (A) a 
referral containing a written report and any findings and 
supporting documentation from the Board; or (B) a referral from 
the Board pursuant to a request under rule 17A(k), the Chair 
shall have 45 calendar days or 5 legislative days after the 
date the referral is received, whichever is later, to make 
public the report and findings of the Board unless the Chair 
and Ranking Minority Member jointly decide, or the Committee 
votes, to withhold such information for not more than one 
additional 45-day period.
    (2) At least one calendar day before the Committee makes 
public any report and findings of the Board the Chair shall 
notify in writing the Board and the Member, officer, or 
employee who is the subject of the referral of the impending 
public release of these documents. At the same time, the Chair 
shall transmit a copy of any public statement on the 
Committee's disposition of the matter and any accompanying 
Committee report to the individual who is the subject of the 
referral.
    (3) All public statements and reports and findings of the 
Board that are required to be made public under this Rule shall 
be posted on the Committee's website.
    (c) If the OCE report and findings are withheld for an 
additional 45-day period pursuant to paragraph (b)(1), the 
Chair shall--
          (1) make a public statement that the Committee has 
        decided or voted to extend the matter referred from the 
        Board on the day of such decision or vote; and
          (2) make public the written report and findings 
        pursuant to paragraph (b) upon the termination of such 
        additional period.
    (d) If the Board transmits a report with a recommendation 
to dismiss or noting a matter as unresolved due to a tie vote, 
and the Committee votes to extend the matter for an additional 
period as provided in paragraph (b), the Committee is not 
required to make a public statement that the Committee has 
voted to extend the matter pursuant to paragraph (b)(1).
    (e) If the Committee votes to dismiss a matter referred 
from the Board, the Committee is not required to make public 
the written report and findings of the Board pursuant to 
paragraph (c) unless the Committee's vote is inconsistent with 
the recommendation of the Board. A vote by the Committee to 
dismiss a matter is not considered inconsistent with a report 
from the Board that the matter is unresolved by the Board due 
to a tie vote.
    (f) Except as provided by paragraph (g):
          (1) If the Committee establishes an investigative 
        subcommittee respecting any matter referred by the 
        Board, then the report and findings of the Board shall 
        not be made public until the conclusion of the 
        investigative subcommittee process pursuant to rule 19. 
        The Committee shall issue a public statement noting the 
        establishment of an investigative subcommittee, which 
        shall include the name of the Member, officer, or 
        employee who is the subject of the inquiry, and shall 
        set forth the alleged violation.
          (2) If any such investigative subcommittee does not 
        conclude its review within one year after the Board's 
        referral, then the Committee shall make public the 
        report of the Board no later than one year after the 
        referral. If the investigative subcommittee does not 
        conclude its review before the end of the Congress in 
        which the report of the Board is made public, the 
        Committee shall make public any findings of the Board 
        on the last day of that Congress.
    (g) If the vote of the Committee is a tie or the Committee 
fails to act by the close of any applicable period(s) under 
this rule, the report and the findings of the Board shall be 
made public by the Committee, along with a public statement by 
the Chair explaining the status of the matter.
    (h)(1) If the Committee agrees to a request from an 
appropriate law enforcement or regulatory authority to defer 
taking action on a matter referred by the Board under paragraph 
(b)--
          (A) The Committee is not required to make public the 
        written report and findings of the Board pursuant to 
        paragraph (c), except that if the recommendation of the 
        Board is that the matter requires further review, the 
        Committee shall make public the written report of the 
        Board but not the findings; and
          (B) The Committee shall make a public statement that 
        it is deferring taking action on the matter at the 
        request of such law enforcement or regulatory authority 
        within one day (excluding weekends and public holidays) 
        of the day that the Committee agrees to the request.
    (2) If the Committee has not acted on the matter within one 
year of the date the public statement described in paragraph 
(h)(1)(B) is released, the Committee shall make a public 
statement that it continues to defer taking action on the 
matter. The Committee shall make a new statement upon the 
expiration of each succeeding one-year period during which the 
Committee has not acted on the matter.
    (i) The Committee shall not accept, and shall return to the 
Board, any referral from the Board within 60 days before a 
Federal, State, or local election in which the subject of the 
referral is a candidate.
    (j) The Committee may postpone any reporting requirement 
under this rule that falls within that 60-day period until 
after the date of the election in which the subject of the 
referral is a candidate. For purposes of calculating any 
applicable period under this rule, any days within the 60-day 
period before such an election shall not be counted.
    (k)(1) At any time after the Committee receives written 
notification from the Board of the Office of Congressional 
Ethics that the Board is undertaking a review of alleged 
conduct of any Member, officer, or employee of the House at a 
time when the Committee is investigating, or has completed an 
investigation of the same matter, the Committee may so notify 
the Board in writing and request that the Board cease its 
review and refer the matter to the Committee for its 
consideration immediately. The Committee shall also notify the 
Board in writing if the Committee has not reached a final 
resolution of the matter or has not referred the matter to the 
appropriate Federal or State authorities by the end of any 
applicable time period specified in rule 17A (including any 
permissible extension).
    (2) The Committee may not request a second referral of the 
matter from the Board if the Committee has notified the Board 
that it is unable to resolve the matter previously requested 
pursuant to this section. The Board may subsequently send a 
referral regarding a matter previously requested and returned 
by the Committee after the conclusion of the Board's review 
process.

         Rule 18.--Committee-Initiated Inquiry or Investigation

    (a) Notwithstanding the absence of a filed complaint, the 
Committee may consider any information in its possession 
indicating that a Member, officer, or employee may have 
committed a violation of the Code of Official Conduct or any 
law, rule, regulation, or other standard of conduct applicable 
to the conduct of such Member, officer, or employee in the 
performance of the duties or the discharge of the 
responsibilities of such individual. The Chair and Ranking 
Minority Member may jointly gather additional information 
concerning such an alleged violation by a Member, officer, or 
employee unless and until an investigative subcommittee has 
been established. The Chair and Ranking Minority Member may 
also jointly take appropriate action consistent with Committee 
Rules to resolve the matter.
    (b) If the Committee votes to establish an investigative 
subcommittee, the Committee shall proceed in accordance with 
rule 19.
    (c) Any written request by a Member, officer, or employee 
of the House of Representatives that the Committee conduct an 
investigation into such person's own conduct shall be 
considered in accordance with subsection (a) of this rule.
    (d) An inquiry shall not be undertaken regarding any 
alleged violation that occurred before the third previous 
Congress unless a majority of the Committee determines that the 
alleged violation is directly related to an alleged violation 
that occurred in a more recent Congress.
    (e)(1) An inquiry shall be undertaken by an investigative 
subcommittee with regard to any felony conviction of a Member, 
officer, or employee of the House of Representatives in a 
Federal, State, or local court who has been sentenced. 
Notwithstanding this provision, the Committee has the 
discretion to initiate an inquiry upon an affirmative vote of a 
majority of the members of the Committee at any time prior to 
conviction or sentencing.
    (2) Not later than 30 days after a Member, officer or 
employee of the House is indicted or otherwise formally charged 
with criminal conduct in any Federal, State or local court, the 
Committee shall either initiate an inquiry upon a majority vote 
of the members of the Committee or submit a report to the House 
describing its reasons for not initiating an inquiry and 
describing the actions, if any, that the Committee has taken in 
response to the allegations.

                  Rule 19.--Investigative Subcommittee

    (a)(1) Upon the establishment of an investigative 
subcommittee, the Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee shall designate four members (with equal 
representation from the majority and minority parties) to serve 
as an investigative subcommittee to undertake an inquiry. 
Members of the Committee and Members of the House selected 
pursuant to clause 5(a)(4)(A) of rule X of the House of 
Representatives are eligible for appointment to an 
investigative subcommittee, as determined by the Chair and 
Ranking Minority Member of the Committee. At the time of 
appointment, the Chair shall designate one member of the 
subcommittee to serve as the Chair and the Ranking Minority 
Member shall designate one member of the subcommittee to serve 
as the ranking minority member of the investigative 
subcommittee. The Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee may serve as members of an investigative 
subcommittee, but may not serve as non-voting, ex-officio 
members.
    (2) The respondent shall be notified of the membership of 
the investigative subcommittee and shall have 10 days after 
such notice is transmitted to object to the participation of 
any subcommittee member. Such objection shall be in writing and 
must be on the grounds that the subcommittee member cannot 
render an impartial and unbiased decision. The subcommittee 
member against whom the objection is made shall be the sole 
judge of any disqualification and may choose to seek 
disqualification from participating in the inquiry pursuant to 
rule 9(e).
    (b) In an inquiry undertaken by an investigative 
subcommittee--
          (1) All proceedings, including the taking of 
        testimony, shall be conducted in executive session and 
        all testimony taken by deposition or things produced 
        pursuant to subpoena or otherwise shall be deemed to 
        have been taken or produced in executive session.
          (2) The Chair of the investigative subcommittee shall 
        ask the respondent and all witnesses whether they 
        intend to be represented by counsel. If so, the 
        respondent or witnesses or their legal representatives 
        shall provide written designation of counsel. A 
        respondent or witness who is represented by counsel 
        shall not be questioned in the absence of counsel 
        unless an explicit waiver is obtained.
          (3) The subcommittee shall provide the respondent an 
        opportunity to present, orally or in writing, a 
        statement, which must be under oath or affirmation, 
        regarding the allegations and any other relevant 
        questions arising out of the inquiry.
          (4) The staff may interview witnesses, examine 
        documents and other evidence, and request that 
        submitted statements be under oath or affirmation and 
        that documents be certified as to their authenticity 
        and accuracy.
          (5) The subcommittee, by a majority vote of its 
        members, may require, by subpoena or otherwise, the 
        attendance and testimony of witnesses and the 
        production of such books, records, correspondence, 
        memoranda, papers, documents, and other items as it 
        deems necessary to the conduct of the inquiry. Unless 
        the Committee otherwise provides, the subpoena power 
        shall rest in the Chair and Ranking Minority Member of 
        the Committee and a subpoena shall be issued upon the 
        request of the investigative subcommittee.
          (6) The subcommittee shall require that testimony be 
        given under oath or affirmation. The form of the oath 
        or affirmation shall be: ``Do you solemnly swear (or 
        affirm) that the testimony you will give before this 
        subcommittee in the matter now under consideration will 
        be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the 
        truth (so help you God)?'' The oath or affirmation 
        shall be administered by the Chair or subcommittee 
        member designated by the Chair to administer oaths.
    (c) During the inquiry, the procedure respecting the 
admissibility of evidence and rulings shall be as follows:
          (1) Any relevant evidence shall be admissible unless 
        the evidence is privileged under the precedents of the 
        House of Representatives.
          (2) The Chair of the subcommittee or other presiding 
        member at any investigative subcommittee proceeding 
        shall rule upon any question of admissibility or 
        relevance of evidence, motion, procedure or any other 
        matter, and may direct any witness to answer any 
        question under penalty of contempt. A witness, witness 
        counsel, or a member of the subcommittee may appeal any 
        rulings to the members present at that proceeding. A 
        majority vote of the members present at such proceeding 
        on such appeal shall govern the question of 
        admissibility, and no appeal shall lie to the 
        Committee.
          (3) Whenever a person is determined by a majority 
        vote to be in contempt of the subcommittee, the matter 
        may be referred to the Committee to determine whether 
        to refer the matter to the House of Representatives for 
        consideration.
          (4) Committee counsel may, subject to subcommittee 
        approval, enter into stipulations with the respondent 
        and/or the respondent's counsel as to facts that are 
        not in dispute.
    (d) Upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the 
subcommittee members, and an affirmative vote of a majority of 
the full Committee, an investigative subcommittee may expand 
the scope of its inquiry.
    (e) Upon completion of the inquiry, the staff shall draft 
for the investigative subcommittee a report that shall contain 
a comprehensive summary of the information received regarding 
the alleged violations.
    (f) Upon completion of the inquiry, an investigative 
subcommittee, by a majority vote of its members, may adopt a 
Statement of Alleged Violation if it determines that there is 
substantial reason to believe that a violation of the Code of 
Official Conduct, or of a law, rule, regulation, or other 
standard of conduct applicable to the performance of official 
duties or the discharge of official responsibilities by a 
Member, officer, or employee of the House of Representatives 
has occurred. If more than one violation is alleged, such 
Statement shall be divided into separate counts. Each count 
shall relate to a separate violation, shall contain a plain and 
concise statement of the alleged facts of such violation, and 
shall include a reference to the provision of the Code of 
Official Conduct or law, rule, regulation or other applicable 
standard of conduct governing the performance of duties or 
discharge of responsibilities alleged to have been violated. A 
copy of such Statement shall be transmitted to the respondent 
and the respondent's counsel.
    (g) If the investigative subcommittee does not adopt a 
Statement of Alleged Violation, it shall transmit to the 
Committee a report containing a summary of the information 
received in the inquiry, its conclusions and reasons therefore, 
and any appropriate recommendation.

        Rule 20.--Amendments to Statements of Alleged Violations

    (a) An investigative subcommittee may, upon an affirmative 
vote of a majority of its members, amend its Statement of 
Alleged Violation anytime before the Statement of Alleged 
Violation is transmitted to the Committee; and
    (b) If an investigative subcommittee amends its Statement 
of Alleged Violation, the respondent shall be notified in 
writing and shall have 30 calendar days from the date of that 
notification to file an answer to the amended Statement of 
Alleged Violation.

               Rule 21.--Committee Reporting Requirements

    (a) Whenever an investigative subcommittee does not adopt a 
Statement of Alleged Violation and transmits a report to that 
effect to the Committee, the Committee may by an affirmative 
vote of a majority of its members transmit such report to the 
House of Representatives;
    (b) Whenever an investigative subcommittee adopts a 
Statement of Alleged Violation but recommends that no further 
action be taken, it shall transmit a report to the Committee 
regarding the Statement of Alleged Violation; and
    (c) Whenever an investigative subcommittee adopts a 
Statement of Alleged Violation, the respondent admits to the 
violations set forth in such Statement, the respondent waives 
the right to an adjudicatory hearing, and the respondent's 
waiver is approved by the Committee--
          (1) the subcommittee shall prepare a report for 
        transmittal to the Committee, a final draft of which 
        shall be provided to the respondent not less than 15 
        calendar days before the subcommittee votes on whether 
        to adopt the report;
          (2) the respondent may submit views in writing 
        regarding the final draft to the subcommittee within 7 
        calendar days of receipt of that draft;
          (3) the subcommittee shall transmit a report to the 
        Committee regarding the Statement of Alleged Violation 
        together with any views submitted by the respondent 
        pursuant to subparagraph (2), and the Committee shall 
        make the report, together with the respondent's views, 
        available to the public before the commencement of any 
        sanction hearing; and
          (4) the Committee shall by an affirmative vote of a 
        majority of its members issue a report and transmit 
        such report to the House of Representatives, together 
        with the respondent's views previously submitted 
        pursuant to subparagraph (2) and any additional views 
        respondent may submit for attachment to the final 
        report; and
    (d) Members of the Committee shall have not less than 72 
hours to review any report transmitted to the Committee by an 
investigative subcommittee before both the commencement of a 
sanction hearing and the Committee vote on whether to adopt the 
report.

                     Rule 22.--Respondent's Answer

    (a)(1) Within 30 days from the date of transmittal of a 
Statement of Alleged Violation, the respondent shall file with 
the investigative subcommittee an answer, in writing and under 
oath, signed by respondent and respondent's counsel. Failure to 
file an answer within the time prescribed shall be considered 
by the Committee as a denial of each count.
    (2) The answer shall contain an admission to or denial of 
each count set forth in the Statement of Alleged Violation and 
may include negative, affirmative, or alternative defenses and 
any supporting evidence or other relevant information.
    (b) The respondent may file a Motion for a Bill of 
Particulars within 10 days of the date of transmittal of the 
Statement of Alleged Violation. If a Motion for a Bill of 
Particulars is filed, the respondent shall not be required to 
file an answer until 20 days after the subcommittee has replied 
to such motion.
    (c)(1) The respondent may file a Motion to Dismiss within 
10 days of the date of transmittal of the Statement of Alleged 
Violation or, if a Motion for a Bill of Particulars has been 
filed, within 10 days of the date of the subcommittee's reply 
to the Motion for a Bill of Particulars. If a Motion to Dismiss 
is filed, the respondent shall not be required to file an 
answer until 20 days after the subcommittee has replied to the 
Motion to Dismiss, unless the respondent previously filed a 
Motion for a Bill of Particulars, in which case the respondent 
shall not be required to file an answer until 10 days after the 
subcommittee has replied to the Motion to Dismiss. The 
investigative subcommittee shall rule upon any motion to 
dismiss filed during the period between the establishment of 
the subcommittee and the subcommittee's transmittal of a report 
or Statement of Alleged Violation to the Committee or to the 
Chair and Ranking Minority Member at the conclusion of an 
inquiry, and no appeal of the subcommittee's ruling shall lie 
to the Committee.
    (2) A Motion to Dismiss may be made on the grounds that the 
Statement of Alleged Violation fails to state facts that 
constitute a violation of the Code of Official Conduct or other 
applicable law, rule, regulation, or standard of conduct, or on 
the grounds that the Committee lacks jurisdiction to consider 
the allegations contained in the Statement.
    (d) Any motion filed with the subcommittee pursuant to this 
rule shall be accompanied by a Memorandum of Points and 
Authorities.
    (e)(1) The Chair of the investigative subcommittee, for 
good cause shown, may permit the respondent to file an answer 
or motion after the day prescribed above.
    (2) If the ability of the respondent to present an adequate 
defense is not adversely affected and special circumstances so 
require, the Chair of the investigative subcommittee may direct 
the respondent to file an answer or motion prior to the day 
prescribed above.
    (f) If the day on which any answer, motion, reply, or other 
pleading must be filed falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, 
such filing shall be made on the first business day thereafter.
    (g) As soon as practicable after an answer has been filed 
or the time for such filing has expired, the Statement of 
Alleged Violation and any answer, motion, reply, or other 
pleading connected therewith shall be transmitted by the Chair 
of the investigative subcommittee to the Chair and Ranking 
Minority Member of the Committee.

                    Rule 23.--Adjudicatory Hearings

    (a) If a Statement of Alleged Violation is transmitted to 
the Chair and Ranking Minority Member pursuant to rule 22, and 
no waiver pursuant to rule 26(b) has occurred, the Chair shall 
designate the members of the Committee who did not serve on the 
investigative subcommittee to serve on an adjudicatory 
subcommittee. The Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee shall be the Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the 
adjudicatory subcommittee unless they served on the 
investigative subcommittee. The respondent shall be notified of 
the designation of the adjudicatory subcommittee and shall have 
10 days after such notice is transmitted to object to the 
participation of any subcommittee member. Such objection shall 
be in writing and shall be on the grounds that the member 
cannot render an impartial and unbiased decision. The member 
against whom the objection is made shall be the sole judge of 
any disqualification and may choose to seek disqualification 
from serving on the subcommittee pursuant to rule 9(e).
    (b) A majority of the adjudicatory subcommittee membership 
plus one must be present at all times for the conduct of any 
business pursuant to this rule.
    (c) The adjudicatory subcommittee shall hold a hearing to 
determine whether any counts in the Statement of Alleged 
Violation have been proved by clear and convincing evidence and 
shall make findings of fact, except where such violations have 
been admitted by respondent.
    (d) At an adjudicatory hearing, the subcommittee may 
require, by subpoena or otherwise, the attendance and testimony 
of such witnesses and production of such books, records, 
correspondence, memoranda, papers, documents, and other items 
as it deems necessary. Depositions, interrogatories, and sworn 
statements taken under any investigative subcommittee direction 
may be accepted into the hearing record.
    (e) The procedures set forth in clause 2(g) and (k) of rule 
XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives shall apply to 
adjudicatory hearings. All such hearings shall be open to the 
public unless the adjudicatory subcommittee, pursuant to such 
clause, determines that the hearings or any part thereof should 
be closed.
    (f)(1) The adjudicatory subcommittee shall, in writing, 
notify the respondent that the respondent and respondent's 
counsel have the right to inspect, review, copy, or photograph 
books, papers, documents, photographs, or other tangible 
objects that the adjudicatory subcommittee counsel intends to 
use as evidence against the respondent in an adjudicatory 
hearing. The respondent shall be given access to such evidence, 
and shall be provided the names of witnesses the subcommittee 
counsel intends to call, and a summary of their expected 
testimony, no less than 15 calendar days prior to any such 
hearing. Except in extraordinary circumstances, no evidence may 
be introduced or witness called in an adjudicatory hearing 
unless the respondent has been afforded a prior opportunity to 
review such evidence or has been provided the name of the 
witness.
    (2) After a witness has testified on direct examination at 
an adjudicatory hearing, the Committee, at the request of the 
respondent, shall make available to the respondent any 
statement of the witness in the possession of the Committee 
which relates to the subject matter as to which the witness has 
testified.
    (3) Any other testimony, statement, or documentary evidence 
in the possession of the Committee which is material to the 
respondent's defense shall, upon request, be made available to 
the respondent.
    (g) No less than 5 days prior to the hearing, the 
respondent or counsel shall provide the adjudicatory 
subcommittee with the names of witnesses expected to be called, 
summaries of their expected testimony, and copies of any 
documents or other evidence proposed to be introduced.
    (h) The respondent or counsel may apply to the subcommittee 
for the issuance of subpoenas for the appearance of witnesses 
or the production of evidence. The application shall be granted 
upon a showing by the respondent that the proposed testimony or 
evidence is relevant and not otherwise available to respondent. 
The application may be denied if not made at a reasonable time 
or if the testimony or evidence would be merely cumulative.
    (i) During the hearing, the procedures regarding the 
admissibility of evidence and rulings shall be as follows:
          (1) Any relevant evidence shall be admissible unless 
        the evidence is privileged under the precedents of the 
        House of Representatives.
          (2) The Chair of the subcommittee or other presiding 
        member at an adjudicatory subcommittee hearing shall 
        rule upon any question of admissibility or relevance of 
        evidence, motion, procedure, or any other matter, and 
        may direct any witness to answer any question under 
        penalty of contempt. A witness, witness counsel, or a 
        member of the subcommittee may appeal any ruling to the 
        members present at that proceeding. A majority vote of 
        the members present at such proceeding on such an 
        appeal shall govern the question of admissibility and 
        no appeal shall lie to the Committee.
          (3) Whenever a witness is deemed by a Chair or other 
        presiding member to be in contempt of the subcommittee, 
        the matter may be referred to the Committee to 
        determine whether to refer the matter to the House of 
        Representatives for consideration.
          (4) Committee counsel may, subject to subcommittee 
        approval, enter into stipulations with the respondent 
        and/or the respondent's counsel as to facts that are 
        not in dispute.
    (j) Unless otherwise provided, the order of an adjudicatory 
hearing shall be as follows:
          (1) The Chair of the subcommittee shall open the 
        hearing by stating the adjudicatory subcommittee's 
        authority to conduct the hearing and the purpose of the 
        hearing.
          (2) The Chair shall then recognize Committee counsel 
        and the respondent's counsel, in turn, for the purpose 
        of giving opening statements.
          (3) Testimony from witnesses and other relevant 
        evidence shall be received in the following order 
        whenever possible:
                  (i) Witnesses (deposition transcripts and 
                affidavits obtained during the inquiry may be 
                used in lieu of live witnesses if the witness 
                is unavailable) and other evidence offered by 
                the Committee counsel,
                  (ii) Witnesses and other evidence offered by 
                the respondent,
                  (iii) Rebuttal witnesses, as permitted by the 
                Chair.
          (4) Witnesses at a hearing shall be examined first by 
        counsel calling such witness. The opposing counsel may 
        then cross-examine the witness. Redirect examination 
        and recross examination by counsel may be permitted at 
        the Chair's discretion. Subcommittee members may then 
        question witnesses. Unless otherwise directed by the 
        Chair, questions by Subcommittee members shall be 
        conducted under the five-minute rule.
          (5) The Chair shall then recognize Committee counsel 
        and respondent's counsel, in turn, for the purpose of 
        giving closing arguments. Committee counsel may reserve 
        time for rebuttal argument, as permitted by the Chair.
    (k) Subpoena to a witness to appear at a hearing 
shall be served sufficiently in advance of that witness' 
scheduled appearance to allow the witness a reasonable period 
of time, as determined by the Chair of the adjudicatory 
subcommittee, to prepare for the hearing and to employ counsel.
    (l) Each witness appearing before the subcommittee shall be 
furnished a printed copy of the Committee rules, the relevant 
provisions of the Rules of the House of Representatives 
applicable to the rights of witnesses, and a copy of the 
Statement of Alleged Violation.
    (m) Testimony of all witnesses shall be taken under oath or 
affirmation. The form of the oath or affirmation shall be: ``Do 
you solemnly swear (or affirm) that the testimony you will give 
before this subcommittee in the matter now under consideration 
will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth 
(so help you God)?'' The oath or affirmation shall be 
administered by the Chair or Committee member designated by the 
Chair to administer oaths.
    (n) At an adjudicatory hearing, the burden of proof rests 
on Committee counsel to establish the facts alleged in the 
Statement of Alleged Violation by clear and convincing 
evidence. However, Committee counsel need not present any 
evidence regarding any count that is admitted by the respondent 
or any fact stipulated.
    (o) As soon as practicable after all testimony and evidence 
have been presented, the subcommittee shall consider each count 
contained in the Statement of Alleged Violation and shall 
determine by a majority vote of its members whether each count 
has been proved. If a majority of the subcommittee does not 
vote that a count has been proved, a motion to reconsider that 
vote may be made only by a member who voted that the count was 
not proved. A count that is not proved shall be considered as 
dismissed by the subcommittee.
    (p) The findings of the adjudicatory subcommittee shall be 
reported to the Committee.

  Rule 24.--Sanction Hearing and Consideration of Sanctions or Other 
                            Recommendations

    (a) If no count in a Statement of Alleged Violation is 
proved, the Committee shall prepare a report to the House of 
Representatives, based upon the report of the adjudicatory 
subcommittee.
    (b) If an adjudicatory subcommittee completes an 
adjudicatory hearing pursuant to rule 23 and reports that any 
count of the Statement of Alleged Violation has been proved, a 
hearing before the Committee shall be held to receive oral and/
or written submissions by counsel for the Committee and counsel 
for the respondent as to the sanction the Committee should 
recommend to the House of Representatives with respect to such 
violations. Testimony by witnesses shall not be heard except by 
written request and vote of a majority of the Committee.
    (c) Upon completion of any proceeding held pursuant to 
clause (b), the Committee shall consider and vote on a motion 
to recommend to the House of Representatives that the House 
take disciplinary action. If a majority of the Committee does 
not vote in favor of the recommendation that the House of 
Representatives take action, a motion to reconsider that vote 
may be made only by a member who voted against the 
recommendation. The Committee may also, by majority vote, adopt 
a motion to issue a Letter of Reproval or take other 
appropriate Committee action.
    (d) If the Committee determines a Letter of Reproval 
constitutes sufficient action, the Committee shall include any 
such letter as a part of its report to the House of 
Representatives.
    (e) With respect to any proved counts against a Member of 
the House of Representatives, the Committee may recommend to 
the House one or more of the following sanctions:
          (1) Expulsion from the House of Representatives.
          (2) Censure.
          (3) Reprimand.
          (4) Fine.
          (5) Denial or limitation of any right, power, 
        privilege, or immunity of the Member if under the 
        Constitution the House of Representatives may impose 
        such denial or limitation.
          (6) Any other sanction determined by the Committee to 
        be appropriate.
    (f) With respect to any proved counts against an officer or 
employee of the House of Representatives, the Committee may 
recommend to the House one or more of the following sanctions:
          (1) Dismissal from employment.
          (2) Reprimand.
          (3) Fine.
          (4) Any other sanction determined by the Committee to 
        be appropriate.
    (g) With respect to the sanctions that the Committee may 
recommend, reprimand is appropriate for serious violations, 
censure is appropriate for more serious violations, and 
expulsion of a Member or dismissal of an officer or employee is 
appropriate for the most serious violations. A recommendation 
of a fine is appropriate in a case in which it is likely that 
the violation was committed to secure a personal financial 
benefit; and a recommendation of a denial or limitation of a 
right, power, privilege, or immunity of a Member is appropriate 
when the violation bears upon the exercise or holding of such 
right, power, privilege, or immunity. This clause sets forth 
general guidelines and does not limit the authority of the 
Committee to recommend other sanctions.
    (h) The Committee report shall contain an appropriate 
statement of the evidence supporting the Committee's findings 
and a statement of the Committee's reasons for the recommended 
sanction.

     Rule 25.--Disclosure of Exculpatory Information to Respondent

    If the Committee, or any investigative or adjudicatory 
subcommittee at any time receives any exculpatory information 
respecting a Complaint or Statement of Alleged Violation 
concerning a Member, officer, or employee of the House of 
Representatives, it shall make such information known and 
available to the Member, officer, or employee as soon as 
practicable, but in no event later than the transmittal of 
evidence supporting a proposed Statement of Alleged Violation 
pursuant to rule 26(c). If an investigative subcommittee does 
not adopt a Statement of Alleged Violation, it shall identify 
any exculpatory information in its possession at the conclusion 
of its inquiry and shall include such information, if any, in 
the subcommittee's final report to the Committee regarding its 
inquiry. For purposes of this rule, exculpatory evidence shall 
be any evidence or information that is substantially favorable 
to the respondent with respect to the allegations or charges 
before an investigative or adjudicatory subcommittee.

             Rule 26.--Rights of Respondents and Witnesses

    (a) A respondent shall be informed of the right to be 
represented by counsel, to be provided at the respondent's own 
expense.
    (b) A respondent may seek to waive any procedural rights or 
steps in the disciplinary process. A request for waiver must be 
in writing, signed by the respondent, and must detail what 
procedural steps the respondent seeks to waive. Any such 
request shall be subject to the acceptance of the Committee or 
subcommittee, as appropriate.
    (c) Not less than 10 calendar days before a scheduled vote 
by an investigative subcommittee on a Statement of Alleged 
Violation, the subcommittee shall provide the respondent with a 
copy of the Statement of Alleged Violation it intends to adopt 
together with all evidence it intends to use to prove those 
charges which it intends to adopt, including documentary 
evidence, witness testimony, memoranda of witness interviews, 
and physical evidence, unless the subcommittee by an 
affirmative vote of a majority of its members decides to 
withhold certain evidence in order to protect a witness, but if 
such evidence is withheld, the subcommittee shall inform the 
respondent that evidence is being withheld and of the count to 
which such evidence relates.
    (d) Neither the respondent nor respondent's counsel shall, 
directly or indirectly, contact the subcommittee or any member 
thereof during the period of time set forth in paragraph (c) 
except for the sole purpose of settlement discussions where 
counsels for the respondent and the subcommittee are present.
    (e) If, at any time after the issuance of a Statement of 
Alleged Violation, the Committee or any subcommittee thereof 
determines that it intends to use evidence not provided to a 
respondent under paragraph (c) to prove the charges contained 
in the Statement of Alleged Violation (or any amendment 
thereof), such evidence shall be made immediately available to 
the respondent, and it may be used in any further proceeding 
under the Committee's rules.
    (f) Evidence provided pursuant to paragraph (c) or (e) 
shall be made available to the respondent and respondent's 
counsel only after each agrees, in writing, that no document, 
information, or other materials obtained pursuant to that 
paragraph shall be made public until--
          (1) such time as a Statement of Alleged Violation is 
        made public by the Committee if the respondent has 
        waived the adjudicatory hearing; or
          (2) the commencement of an adjudicatory hearing if 
        the respondent has not waived an adjudicatory hearing; 
        but the failure of respondent and respondent's counsel 
        to so agree in writing, and therefore not receive the 
        evidence, shall not preclude the issuance of a 
        Statement of Alleged Violation at the end of the period 
        referenced to in (c).
    (g) A respondent shall receive written notice whenever--
          (1) the Chair and Ranking Minority Member determine 
        that information the Committee has received constitutes 
        a complaint;
          (2) a complaint or allegation is transmitted to an 
        investigative subcommittee;
          (3) that subcommittee votes to authorize its first 
        subpoena or to take testimony under oath, whichever 
        occurs first; and
          (4) the Committee votes to expand the scope of the 
        inquiry of an investigative subcommittee.
    (h) Whenever an investigative subcommittee adopts a 
Statement of Alleged Violation and a respondent enters into an 
agreement with that subcommittee to settle a complaint on which 
the Statement is based, that agreement, unless the respondent 
requests otherwise, shall be in writing and signed by the 
respondent and the respondent's counsel, the Chair and Ranking 
Minority Member of the subcommittee, and outside counsel, if 
any.
    (i) Statements or information derived solely from a 
respondent or respondent's counsel during any settlement 
discussions between the Committee or a subcommittee thereof and 
the respondent shall not be included in any report of the 
subcommittee or the Committee or otherwise publicly disclosed 
without the consent of the respondent.
    (j) Whenever a motion to establish an investigative 
subcommittee does not prevail, the Committee shall promptly 
send a letter to the respondent informing the respondent of 
such vote.
    (k) Witnesses shall be afforded a reasonable period of 
time, as determined by the Committee or subcommittee, to 
prepare for an appearance before an investigative subcommittee 
or for an adjudicatory hearing and to obtain counsel.
    (l) Prior to their testimony, witnesses shall be furnished 
a printed copy of the Committee's Rules of Procedure and the 
provisions of the Rules of the House of Representatives 
applicable to the rights of witnesses.
    (m) Witnesses may be accompanied by their own counsel for 
the purpose of advising them concerning their constitutional 
rights. The Chair may punish breaches of order and decorum, and 
of professional responsibility on the part of counsel, by 
censure and exclusion from the hearings; and the Committee may 
cite the offender to the House of Representatives for contempt.
    (n) Each witness subpoenaed to provide testimony or other 
evidence shall be provided the same per diem rate as 
established, authorized, and regulated by the Committee on 
House Administration for Members, officers and employees of the 
House, and, as the Chair considers appropriate, actual expenses 
of travel to or from the place of examination. No compensation 
shall be authorized for attorney's fees or for a witness' lost 
earnings. Such per diem may not be paid if a witness had been 
summoned at the place of examination.
    (o) With the approval of the Committee, a witness, upon 
request, may be provided with a transcript of the witness' own 
deposition or other testimony taken in executive session, or, 
with the approval of the Chair and Ranking Minority Member, may 
be permitted to examine such transcript in the office of the 
Committee. Any such request shall be in writing and shall 
include a statement that the witness, and counsel, agree to 
maintain the confidentiality of all executive session 
proceedings covered by such transcript.

                      Rule 27.--Frivolous Filings

    If a complaint or information offered as a complaint is 
deemed frivolous by an affirmative vote of a majority of the 
members of the Committee, the Committee may take such action as 
it, by an affirmative vote of a majority deems appropriate in 
the circumstances.

          Rule 28.--Referrals to Federal or State Authorities

    Referrals made under clause 3(a)(3) of rule XI of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives may be made by an affirmative 
vote of two-thirds of the members of the Committee.
                    Committee on Financial Services

 SPENCER BACHUS, Alabama, Chairman

STEPHEN LEE FINCHER, Tennessee       JEB HENSARLING, Texas,
BARNEY FRANK, Massachusetts,           Vice Chairman
  Ranking Member                     PETER T. KING, New York
MAXINE WATERS, California            EDWARD R. ROYCE, California
CAROLYN B. MALONEY, New York         FRANK D. LUCAS, Oklahoma
LUIS V. GUTIERREZ, Illinois          RON PAUL, Texas
NYDIA M. VELAZQUEZ, New York         DONALD A. MANZULLO, Illinois
MELVIN L. WATT, North Carolina       WALTER B. JONES, North Carolina
GARY L. ACKERMAN, New York           JUDY BIGGERT, Illinois
BRAD SHERMAN, California             GARY G. MILLER, California
GREGORY W. MEEKS, New York           SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO,
MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts      West Virginia
RUBEN HINOJOSA, Texas                SCOTT GARRETT, New Jersey
WM. LACY CLAY, Missouri              RANDY NEUGEBAUER, Texas
CAROLYN McCARTHY, New York           PATRICK T. McHENRY, North Carolina
JOE BACA, California                 JOHN CAMPBELL, California
STEPHEN F. LYNCH, Massachusetts      MICHELE BACHMANN, Minnesota
BRAD MILLER, North Carolina          THADDEUS G. McCOTTER, Michigan
DAVID SCOTT, Georgia                 KEVIN McCARTHY, California
AL GREEN, Texas                      STEVAN PEARCE, New Mexico
EMANUEL CLEAVER, Missouri            BILL POSEY, Florida
GWEN MOORE, Wisconsin                MICHAEL G. FITZPATRICK,
KEITH ELLISON, Minnesota               Pennsylvania
ED PERLMUTTER, Colorado              LYNN A. WESTMORELAND, Georgia
JOE DONNELLY, Indiana                BLAINE LUETKEMEYER, Missouri
ANDRE CARSON, Indiana                BILL HUIZENGA, Michigan
JAMES A. HIMES, Connecticut          SEAN P. DUFFY, Wisconsin
GARY C. PETERS, Michigan             NAN. A. S. HAYWORTH, New York
JOHN C. CARNEY, Jr., Delaware        JAMES B. RENACCI, Ohio
                                     ROBERT HURT, Virginia
                                     ROBERT J. DOLD, Illinois
                                     DAVID SCHWEIKERT, Arizona
                                     MICHAEL G. GRIMM, New York
                                     FRANCISCO ``QUICO'' CANSECO, Texas
                                     STEVE STIVERS, Ohio

                       (Adopted January 25, 2011)


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) The rules of the House are the rules of the Committee 
on Financial Services (hereinafter in these rules referred to 
as the ``Committee'') and its subcommittees so far as 
applicable, except that a motion to recess from day to day, and 
a motion to dispense with the first reading (in full) of a bill 
or resolution, if printed copies are available, are privileged 
motions in the Committee and shall be considered without 
debate. A proposed investigative or oversight report shall be 
considered as read if it has been available to the members of 
the Committee for at least 24 hours (excluding Saturdays, 
Sundays, or legal holidays except when the House is in session 
on such day).
    (b) Each subcommittee is a part of the Committee, and is 
subject to the authority and direction of the Committee and to 
its rules so far as applicable.
    (c) The provisions of clause 2 of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House are incorporated by reference as the rules of the 
Committee to the extent applicable.

                           Rule 2.--Meetings


                          CALLING OF MEETINGS

    (a)(1) The Committee shall regularly meet on the first 
Tuesday of each month when the House is in session.
    (2) A regular meeting of the Committee may be dispensed 
with if, in the judgment of the Chairman of the Committee 
(hereinafter in these rules referred to as the ``Chair''), 
there is no need for the meeting.
    (3) Additional regular meetings and hearings of the 
Committee may be called by the Chair, in accordance with clause 
2(g)(3) of rule XI of the rules of the House.
    (4) Special meetings shall be called and convened by the 
Chair as provided in clause 2(c)(2) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House.

                          NOTICE FOR MEETINGS

    (b)(1) The Chair shall notify each member of the Committee 
of the agenda of each regular meeting of the Committee at least 
three calendar days before the time of the meeting.
    (2) The Chair shall provide to each member of the 
Committee, at least three calendar days before the time of each 
regular meeting for each measure or matter on the agenda a copy 
of--
          (A) the measure or materials relating to the matter 
        in question; and
          (B) an explanation of the measure or matter to be 
        considered, which, in the case of an explanation of a 
        bill, resolution, or similar measure, shall include a 
        summary of the major provisions of the legislation, an 
        explanation of the relationship of the measure to 
        present law, and a summary of the need for the 
        legislation.
    (3) At least 24 hours prior to the commencement of a 
meeting for the markup of legislation, the Chair shall cause 
the text of such legislation to be made publicly available in 
electronic form.
    (4) The provisions of this subsection may be waived by a 
two-thirds vote of the Committee or by the Chair with the 
concurrence of the ranking minority member.

                          NOTICE FOR MEETINGS

    (b)(1) The Chair shall notify each member of the Committee 
of the agenda of each regular meeting of the Committee at least 
two calendar days before the time of the meeting.
    (2) The Chair shall provide to each member of the 
Committee, at least two calendar days before the time of each 
regular meeting for each measure or matter on the agenda a copy 
of--
          (A) the measure or materials relating to the matter 
        in question; and
          (B) an explanation of the measure or matter to be 
        considered, which, in the case of an explanation of a 
        bill, resolution, or similar measure, shall include a 
        summary of the major provisions of the legislation, an 
        explanation of the relationship of the measure to 
        present law, and a summary of the need for the 
        legislation.
    (3) The agenda and materials required under this subsection 
shall be provided to each member of the Committee at least 
three calendar days before the time of the meeting where the 
measure or matter to be considered was not approved for full 
Committee consideration by a subcommittee of jurisdiction.
    (4) The provisions of this subsection may be waived by a 
two-thirds vote of the Committee, or by the Chair with the 
concurrence of the ranking minority member.

                Rule 3.--Meeting and Hearing Procedures


                               IN GENERAL

    (a)(1) Meetings and hearings of the Committee shall be 
called to order and presided over by the Chair or, in the 
Chair's absence, by the member designated by the Chair as the 
Vice Chair of the Committee, or by the ranking majority member 
of the Committee present as Acting Chair.
    (2) Meetings and hearings of the committee shall be open to 
the public unless closed in accordance with clause 2(g) of rule 
XI of the Rules of the House.
    (3) Any meeting or hearing of the Committee that is open to 
the public shall be open to coverage by television broadcast, 
radio broadcast, and still photography in accordance with the 
provisions of clause 4 of rule XI of the Rules of the House 
(which are incorporated by reference as part of these rules). 
Operation and use of any Committee operated broadcast system 
shall be fair and nonpartisan and in accordance with clause 
4(b) of rule XI and all other applicable rules of the Committee 
and the House.
    (4) Opening statements by members at the beginning of any 
hearing or meeting of the Committee shall be limited to 5 
minutes each for the Chair or ranking minority member, or their 
respective designee, and 3 minutes each for all other members.
    (5) To the extent feasible, members and witnesses may use 
the Committee equipment for the purpose of presenting 
information electronically during a meeting or hearing provided 
the information is transmitted to the appropriate Committee 
staff in an appropriate electronic format at least one business 
day before the meeting or hearing so as to ensure display 
capacity and quality. The content of all materials must relate 
to the pending business of the Committee and conform to the 
rules of the House. The confidentiality of the material will be 
maintained by the technical staff until its official 
presentation to the Committee members. For the purposes of 
maintaining the official records of the committee, printed 
copies of all materials presented, to the extent practicable, 
must accompany the presentations.
    (6) No person, other than a Member of Congress, Committee 
staff, or an employee of a Member when that Member has an 
amendment under consideration, may stand in or be seated at the 
rostrum area of the Committee rooms unless the Chair determines 
otherwise.

                                 QUORUM

    (b)(1) For the purpose of taking testimony and receiving 
evidence, two members of the Committee shall constitute a 
quorum.
    (2) A majority of the members of the Committee shall 
constitute a quorum for the purposes of reporting any measure 
or matter, of authorizing a subpoena, of closing a meeting or 
hearing pursuant to clause 2(g) of rule XI of the rules of the 
House (except as provided in clause 2(g)(2)(A) and (B)) or of 
releasing executive session material pursuant to clause 2(k)(7) 
of rule XI of the rules of the House.
    (3) For the purpose of taking any action other than those 
specified in paragraph (2) one-third of the members of the 
Committee shall constitute a quorum.

                                 VOTING

    (c)(1) No vote may be conducted on any measure or matter 
pending before the Committee unless the requisite number of 
members of the Committee is actually present for such purpose.
    (2) A record vote of the Committee shall be provided on any 
question before the Committee upon the request of one-fifth of 
the members present.
    (3) No vote by any member of the Committee on any measure 
or matter may be cast by proxy.
    (4) In addition to any other requirement of these rules or 
the Rules of the House, including clause 2(e)(1)(B) of rule XI, 
the Chair shall make the record of the votes on any question on 
which a record vote is demanded publicly available for 
inspection at the offices of the Committee and in electronic 
form on the Committee's Web site not later than one business 
day after such vote is taken. Such record shall include in 
electronic form the text of the amendment, motion, order, or 
other proposition, the name of each member voting for and each 
member voting against such amendment, motion, order, or 
proposition, and the names of those members of the committee 
present but not voting. With respect to any record vote on any 
motion to report or record vote on any amendment, a record of 
such votes shall be included in the report of the Committee 
showing the total number of votes cast for and against and the 
names of those members of the committee present but not voting.
    (5) Postponed Record Votes.--(A) Subject to subparagraph 
(B), the Chairman may postpone further proceedings when a 
record vote is ordered on the question of approving any measure 
or matter or adopting an amendment. The Chairman may resume 
proceedings on a postponed request at any time, but no later 
than the next meeting day.
    (B) In exercising postponement authority under subparagraph 
(A), the Chairman shall take all reasonable steps necessary to 
notify members on the resumption of proceedings on any 
postponed record vote;
    (C) When proceedings resume on a postponed question, not-
withstanding any intervening order for the previous question, 
an underlying proposition shall remain subject to further 
debate or amendment to the same extent as when the question was 
postponed.

                           HEARING PROCEDURES

    (d)(1)(A) The Chair shall make public announcement of the 
date, place, and subject matter of any committee hearing at 
least one week before the commencement of the hearing, unless 
the Chair, with the concurrence of the ranking minority member, 
or the Committee by majority vote with a quorum present for the 
transaction of business, determines there is good cause to 
begin the hearing sooner, in which case the Chair shall make 
the announcement at the earliest possible date.
    (B) Not less than three days before the commencement of a 
hearing announced under this paragraph, the Chair shall provide 
to the members of the Committee a concise summary of the 
subject of the hearing, or, in the case of a hearing on a 
measure or matter, a copy of the measure or materials relating 
to the matter in question and a concise explanation of the 
measure or matter to be considered. At the same time the Chair 
provides the information required by the preceding sentence, 
the Chair shall also provide to the members of the Committee a 
final list consisting of the names of each witness who is to 
appear before the Committee at that hearing. The witness list 
may not be modified within 24 hours of a hearing, unless the 
Chair, with the concurrence of the ranking minority member, 
determines there is good cause for such modification.
    (2) To the greatest extent practicable--
          (A) each witness who is to appear before the 
        Committee shall file with the Committee two business 
        days in advance of the appearance sufficient copies 
        (including a copy in electronic form), as determined by 
        the Chair, of a written statement of proposed testimony 
        and shall limit the oral presentation to the Committee 
        to brief summary thereof; and
          (B) each witness appearing in a non-governmental 
        capacity shall include with the written statement of 
        proposed testimony a curriculum vitae and a disclosure 
        of the amount and source (by agency and program) of any 
        Federal grant (or subgrant hereof) or contract (or 
        subcontract thereof) received during the current fiscal 
        year or either of the two preceding fiscal years. Such 
        disclosure statements, with appropriate redactions to 
        protect the privacy of the witness, shall be made 
        publicly available in electronic form not later than 
        one day after the witness appears.
    (3) The requirements of paragraph (2)(A) may be modified or 
waived by the Chair when the Chair determines it to be in the 
best interest of the Committee.
    (4) The five-minute rule shall be observed in the 
interrogation of witnesses before the Committee until each 
member of the Committee has had an opportunity to question the 
witnesses. No member shall be recognized for a second period of 
five minutes to interrogate witnesses until each member of the 
Committee present has been recognized once for that purpose.
    (5) Whenever any hearing is conducted by the Committee on 
any measure or matter, the minority party members of the 
Committee shall be entitled, upon the request of a majority of 
them before the completion of the hearing, to call witnesses 
with respect to that measure or matter during at least one day 
of hearing thereon.

                          SUBPOENAS AND OATHS

    (e)(1) Pursuant to clause 2(m) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House, a subpoena may be authorized and issued by the 
Committee or a subcommittee in the conduct of any investigation 
or series of investigations or activities, only when authorized 
by a majority of the members voting, a majority being present, 
or pursuant to paragraph (2).
    (2) The Chair, with the concurrence of the ranking minority 
member, may authorize and issue subpoenas under such clause 
during any period for which the House has adjourned for a 
period in excess of three days when, in the opinion of the 
Chair, authorization and issuance of the subpoena is necessary 
to obtain the material or testimony set forth in the subpoena. 
The Chair shall report to the members of the Committee on the 
authorization and issuance of a subpoena during the recess 
period as soon as practicable, but in no event later than one 
week after service of such subpoena.
    (3) Authorized subpoenas shall be signed by the Chair or by 
any member designated by the Committee, and may be served by 
any person designated by the Chair or such member.
    (4) The Chair, or any member of the Committee designated by 
the Chair, may administer oaths to witnesses before the 
Committee.

                           SPECIAL PROCEDURES

    (f)(1)(A) Commemorative Medals and Coins.--It shall not be 
in order for the Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and 
Technology to hold a hearing on any commemorative medal or 
commemorative coin legislation unless the legislation is 
cosponsored by at least two-thirds of the members of the House.
    (B) It shall not be in order for the subcommittee to 
approve a bill or measure authorizing commemorative coins for 
consideration by the full Committee which does not conform with 
the mintage restrictions established by section 5112 of title 
31, United States Code.
    (C) In considering legislation authorizing Congressional 
gold medals, the subcommittee shall apply the following 
standards--
          (i) the recipient shall be a natural person;
          (ii) the recipient shall have performed an 
        achievement that has an impact on American history and 
        culture that is likely to be recognized as a major 
        achievement in the recipient's field long after the 
        achievement;
          (iii) the recipient shall not have received a medal 
        previously for the same or substantially the same 
        achievement;
          (iv) the recipient shall be living or, if deceased, 
        shall have been deceased for not less than five years 
        and not more than twenty five years;
          (v) the achievements were performed in the 
        recipient's field of endeavor, and represent either a 
        lifetime of continuous superior achievements or a 
        single achievement so significant that the recipient is 
        recognized and acclaimed by others in the same field, 
        as evidenced by the recipient having received the 
        highest honors in the field.
    (2) Testimony of Certain Officials.--(A) Notwithstanding 
subsection (a)(4), when the Chair announces a hearing of the 
Committee for the purpose of receiving--
          (i) testimony from the Chairman of the Federal 
        Reserve Board pursuant to section 2B of the Federal 
        Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 221 et seq.), or
          (ii) testimony from the Chairman of the Federal 
        Reserve Board or a member of the President's cabinet at 
        the invitation of the Chair, the Chair may, in 
        consultation with the ranking minority member, limit 
        the number and duration of opening statements to be 
        delivered at such hearing. The limitation shall be 
        included in the announcement made pursuant to 
        subsection (d)(1)(A), and shall provide that the 
        opening statements of all members of the Committee 
        shall be made a part of the hearing record.
    (B) Notwithstanding subsection (a)(4), at any hearing of 
the Committee for the purpose of receiving testimony (other 
than testimony described in clause (i) or (ii) of subparagraph 
(A)), the Chair may, after consultation with the ranking 
minority member, limit the duration of opening statements to 
ten minutes, to be divided between the Chair and Chair of the 
pertinent subcommittee, or the Chair's designees, and ten 
minutes, to be controlled by the ranking minority member, or 
the ranking minority member's designees. Following such time, 
the duration for opening statements may be extended by 
agreement between the Chairman and ranking minority member, to 
be divided at the discretion of the Chair or ranking minority 
member. The Chair shall provide that the opening statements for 
all members of the Committee shall be made a part of the 
hearing record.
    (C) At any hearing of a subcommittee, the Chair of the 
subcommittee may, in consultation with the ranking minority 
member of the subcommittee, limit the duration of opening 
statements to ten minutes, to be divided between the 
Subcommittee Chair or Chair's designees and ten minutes, to be 
controlled by the ranking minority member of the Subcommittee 
or the ranking minority member's designees. Following such 
time, the duration for opening statements may be extended by 
agreement between the Chair of the subcommittee and ranking 
minority member of the subcommittee, to be divided at the 
discretion of the Chair of the subcommittee or ranking minority 
member of the subcommittee. The Chair of the subcommittee shall 
ensure that opening statements for all members shall be made a 
part of the hearing record.
    (D) If the Chair and ranking minority member acting jointly 
determine that extraordinary circumstances exist necessitating 
allowing members to make opening statements, subparagraphs (B) 
or (C), as the case may be, shall not apply to such hearing.

         Rule 4.--Procedures for Reporting Measures or Matters

    (a) No measure or matter shall be reported from the 
Committee unless a majority of the Committee is actually 
present.
    (b) The Chair of the Committee shall report or cause to be 
reported promptly to the House any measure approved by the 
Committee and take necessary steps to bring a matter to a vote.
    (c) The report of the Committee on a measure which has been 
approved by the Committee shall be filed within seven calendar 
days (exclusive of days on which the House is not in session) 
after the day on which there has been filed with the clerk of 
the Committee a written request, signed by a majority of the 
members of the Committee, for the reporting of that measure 
pursuant to the provisions of clause 2(b)(2) of rule XIII of 
the Rules of the House.
    (d) All reports printed by the Committee pursuant to a 
legislative study or investigation and not approved by a 
majority vote of the Committee shall contain the following 
disclaimer on the cover of such report: ``This report has not 
been officially adopted by the Committee on Financial Services 
and may not necessarily reflect the views of its Members.''
    (e) The Chair is directed to offer a motion under clause 1 
of rule XXII of the Rules of the House whenever the Chair 
considers it appropriate.

                         Rule 5.--Subcommittees


          ESTABLISHMENT AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF SUBCOMMITTEES

    (a)(1) There shall be six subcommittees of the Committee as 
follows:
          (A) Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government 
        Sponsored Enterprises.--The jurisdiction of the 
        Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government 
        Sponsored Enterprises includes--
                  (i) securities, exchanges, and finance;
                  (ii) capital markets activities, including 
                business capital formation and venture capital;
                  (iii) activities involving futures, forwards, 
                options, and other types of derivative 
                instruments;
                  (iv) the Securities and Exchange Commission;
                  (v) secondary market organizations for home 
                mortgages, including the Federal National 
                Mortgage Association, the Federal Home Loan 
                Mortgage Corporation, and the Federal 
                Agricultural Mortgage Corporation;
                  (vi) the Federal Housing Finance Agency; and
                  (vii) the Federal Home Loan Banks.
          (B) Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and 
        Technology.--The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on 
        Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology includes--
                  (i) financial aid to all sectors and elements 
                within the economy;
                  (ii) economic growth and stabilization;
                  (iii) defense production matters as contained 
                in the Defense Production Act of 1950, as 
                amended;
                  (iv) domestic monetary policy, and agencies 
                which directly or indirectly affect domestic 
                monetary policy, including the effect of such 
                policy and other financial actions on interest 
                rates, the allocation of credit, and the 
                structure and functioning of domestic financial 
                institutions;
                  (v) coins, coinage, currency, and medals, 
                including commemorative coins and medals, proof 
                and mint sets and other special coins, the 
                Coinage Act of 1965, gold and silver, including 
                the coinage thereof (but not the par value of 
                gold), gold medals, counterfeiting, currency 
                denominations and design, the distribution of 
                coins, and the operations of the Bureau of the 
                Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing; 
                and,
                  (vi) development of new or alternative forms 
                of currency.
          (C) Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and 
        Consumer Credit.--The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee 
        on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit 
        includes--
                  (i) all agencies, including the Office of the 
                Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal 
                Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of 
                Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the 
                Federal Reserve System, the Office of Thrift 
                Supervision, and the National Credit Union 
                Administration, which directly or indirectly 
                exercise supervisory or regulatory authority in 
                connection with, or provide deposit insurance 
                for, financial institutions, and the 
                establishment of interest rate ceilings on 
                deposits;
                  (ii) all matters related to the Bureau of 
                Consumer Financial Protection;
                  (iii) the chartering, branching, merger, 
                acquisition, consolidation, or conversion of 
                financial institutions;
                  (iv) consumer credit, including the provision 
                of consumer credit by insurance companies, and 
                further including those matters in the Consumer 
                Credit Protection Act dealing with truth in 
                lending, extortionate credit transactions, 
                restrictions on garnishments, fair credit 
                reporting and the use of credit information by 
                credit bureaus and credit providers, equal 
                credit opportunity, debt collection practices, 
                and electronic funds transfers;
                  (v) creditor remedies and debtor defenses, 
                Federal aspects of the Uniform Consumer Credit 
                Code, credit and debit cards, and the 
                preemption of State usury laws;
                  (vi) consumer access to financial services, 
                including the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act and 
                the Community Reinvestment Act;
                  (vii) the terms and rules of disclosure of 
                financial services, including the 
                advertisement, promotion and pricing of 
                financial services, and availability of 
                government check cashing services;
                  (viii) deposit insurance; and
                  (ix) consumer access to savings accounts and 
                checking accounts in financial institutions, 
                including lifeline banking and other consumer 
                accounts.
          (D) Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community 
        Opportunity.--The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on 
        Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity includes--
                  (i) insurance generally; terrorism risk 
                insurance; private mortgage insurance; 
                government sponsored insurance programs, 
                including those offering protection against 
                crime, fire, flood (and related land use 
                controls), earthquake and other natural 
                hazards; the Federal Insurance Office;
                  (ii) housing (except programs administered by 
                the Department of Veterans Affairs), including 
                mortgage and loan insurance pursuant to the 
                National Housing Act; rural housing; housing 
                and homeless assistance programs; all 
                activities of the Government National Mortgage 
                Association; housing construction and design 
                and safety standards; housing-related energy 
                conservation; housing research and 
                demonstration programs; financial and technical 
                assistance for nonprofit housing sponsors; 
                housing counseling and technical assistance; 
                regulation of the housing industry (including 
                landlord/tenant relations); and real estate 
                lending including regulation of settlement 
                procedures;
                  (iii) community development and community and 
                neighborhood planning, training and research; 
                national urban growth policies; urban/rural 
                research and technologies; and regulation of 
                interstate land sales; and,
                  (iv) the qualifications for and designation 
                of Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities 
                (other than matters relating to tax benefits).
          (E) Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and 
        Trade.--The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on 
        International Monetary Policy and Trade includes--
                  (i) multilateral development lending 
                institutions, including activities of the 
                National Advisory Council on International 
                Monetary and Financial Policies as related 
                thereto, and monetary and financial 
                developments as they relate to the activities 
                and objectives of such institutions;
                  (ii) international trade, including but not 
                limited to the activities of the Export-Import 
                Bank;
                  (iii) the International Monetary Fund, its 
                permanent and temporary agencies, and all 
                matters related thereto; and
                  (iv) international investment policies, both 
                as they relate to United States investments for 
                trade purposes by citizens of the United States 
                and investments made by all foreign entities in 
                the United States.
          (F) Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.--
        The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Oversight and 
        Investigations includes--
                  (i) the oversight of all agencies, 
                departments, programs, and matters within the 
                jurisdiction of the Committee, including the 
                development of recommendations with regard to 
                the necessity or desirability of enacting, 
                changing, or repealing any legislation within 
                the jurisdiction of the Committee, and for 
                conducting investigations within such 
                jurisdiction; and
                  (ii) research and analysis regarding matters 
                within the jurisdiction of the Committee, 
                including the impact or probable impact of tax 
                policies affecting matters within the 
                jurisdiction of the Committee.
    (2) In addition, each such subcommittee shall have specific 
responsibility for such other measures or matters as the Chair 
refers to it.
    (3) Each subcommittee of the Committee shall review and 
study, on a continuing basis, the application, administration, 
execution, and effectiveness of those laws, or parts of laws, 
the subject matter of which is within its general 
responsibility.

           REFERRAL OF MEASURES AND MATTERS TO SUBCOMMITTEES

    (b)(1) The Chair shall regularly refer to one or more 
subcommittees such measures and matters as the Chair deems 
appropriate given its jurisdiction and responsibilities. In 
making such a referral, the Chair may designate a subcommittee 
of primary jurisdiction and subcommittees of additional or 
sequential jurisdiction.
    (2) All other measures or matters shall be subject to 
consideration by the full Committee.
    (3) In referring any measure or matter to a subcommittee, 
the Chair may specify a date by which the subcommittee shall 
report thereon to the Committee.
    (4) The Committee by motion may discharge a subcommittee 
from consideration of any measure or matter referred to a sub- 
committee of the Committee.

                      COMPOSITION OF SUBCOMMITTEES

    (c)(1) Members shall be elected to each subcommittee and to 
the positions of chair and ranking minority member thereof, in 
accordance with the rules of the respective party caucuses. The 
Chair of the Committee shall designate a member of the majority 
party on each subcommittee as its vice chair.
    (2) The Chair and ranking minority member of the Committee 
shall be ex officio members with voting privileges of each 
subcommittee of which they are not assigned as members and may 
be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum in such 
subcommittees.
    (3) The subcommittees shall be comprised as follows:
          (A) The Subcommittee on Capital Markets and 
        Government Sponsored Enterprises shall be comprised of 
        35 members, 20 elected by the majority caucus and 15 
        elected by the minority caucus.
          (B) The Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and 
        Technology shall be comprised of 14 members, 8 elected 
        by the majority caucus and 6 elected by the minority 
        caucus.
          (C) The Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and 
        Consumer Credit shall be comprised of 30 members, 17 
        elected by the majority caucus and 13 elected by the 
        minority caucus.
          (D) The Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and 
        Community Opportunity shall be comprised of 18 members, 
        10 elected by the majority caucus and 8 elected by the 
        minority caucus.
          (E) The Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy 
        and Trade shall be comprised of 14 members, 8 elected 
        by the majority caucus and 6 elected by the minority 
        caucus.
          (F) The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations 
        shall be comprised of 18 members, 10 elected by the 
        majority caucus and 8 elected by the minority caucus.

                   SUBCOMMITTEE MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

    (d)(1) Each subcommittee of the Committee is authorized to 
meet, hold hearings, receive testimony, mark up legislation, 
and report to the full Committee on any measure or matter 
referred to it, consistent with subsection (a).
    (2) No subcommittee of the Committee may meet or hold a 
hearing at the same time as a meeting or hearing of the 
Committee.
    (3) The chair of each subcommittee shall set hearing and 
meeting dates only with the approval of the Chair with a view 
toward assuring the availability of meeting rooms and avoiding 
simultaneous scheduling of Committee and subcommittee meetings 
or hearings.

                          EFFECT OF A VACANCY

    (e) Any vacancy in the membership of a subcommittee shall 
not affect the power of the remaining members to execute the 
functions of the subcommittee as long as the required quorum is 
present.

                                RECORDS

    (f) Each subcommittee of the Committee shall provide the 
full Committee with copies of such records of votes taken in 
the subcommittee and such other records with respect to the 
subcommittee as the Chair deems necessary for the Committee to 
comply with all rules and regulations of the House.

                             Rule 6.--Staff


                               IN GENERAL

    (a)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), the 
professional and other staff of the Committee shall be 
appointed, and may be removed by the Chair, and shall work 
under the general supervision and direction of the Chair.
    (2) All professional and other staff provided to the 
minority party members of the Committee shall be appointed, and 
may be removed, by the ranking minority member of the 
Committee, and shall work under the general supervision and 
direction of such member.
    (3) It is intended that the skills and experience of all 
members of the Committee staff be available to all members of 
the Committee.

                           SUBCOMMITTEE STAFF

    (b) From funds made available for the appointment of staff, 
the Chair of the Committee shall, pursuant to clause 6(d) of 
rule X of the Rules of the House, ensure that sufficient staff 
is made available so that each subcommittee can carry out its 
responsibilities under the rules of the Committee and that the 
minority party is treated fairly in the appointment of such 
staff.

                         COMPENSATION OF STAFF

    (c)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), the Chair shall 
fix the compensation of all professional and other staff of the 
Committee.
    (2) The ranking minority member shall fix the compensation 
of all professional and other staff provided to the minority 
party members of the Committee.

                       Rule 7.--Budget and Travel


                                 BUDGET

    (a)(1) The Chair, in consultation with other members of the 
Committee, shall prepare for each Congress a budget providing 
amounts for staff, necessary travel, investigation, and other 
expenses of the Committee and its subcommittees.
    (2) From the amount provided to the Committee in the 
primary expense resolution adopted by the House of 
Representatives, the Chair, after consultation with the ranking 
minority member, shall designate an amount to be under the 
direction of the ranking minority member for the compensation 
of the minority staff, travel expenses of minority members and 
staff, and minority office expenses. All expenses of minority 
members and staff shall be paid for out of the amount so set 
aside.

                                 TRAVEL

    (b)(1) The Chair may authorize travel for any member and 
any staff member of the Committee in connection with activities 
or subject matters under the general jurisdiction of the 
Committee. Before such authorization is granted, there shall be 
submitted to the Chair in writing the following:
          (A) The purpose of the travel.
          (B) The dates during which the travel is to occur.
          (C) The names of the States or countries to be 
        visited and the length of time to be spent in each.
          (D) The names of members and staff of the Committee 
        for whom the authorization is sought.
    (2) Members and staff of the Committee shall make a written 
report to the Chair on any travel they have conducted under 
this subsection, including a description of their itinerary, 
expenses, and activities, and of pertinent information gained 
as a result of such travel.
    (3) Members and staff of the Committee performing 
authorized travel on official business shall be governed by 
applicable laws, resolutions, and regulations of the House and 
of the Committee on House Administration.

                   Rule 8.--Committee Administration


                                RECORDS

    (a)(1) There shall be a transcript made of each regular 
meeting and hearing of the Committee, and the transcript may be 
printed if the Chair decides it is appropriate or if a majority 
of the members of the Committee requests such printing. Any 
such transcripts shall be a substantially verbatim account of 
remarks actually made during the proceedings, subject only to 
technical, grammatical, and typographical corrections 
authorized by the person making the remarks. Nothing in this 
paragraph shall be construed to require that all such 
transcripts be subject to correction and publication.
    (2) The Committee shall keep a record of all actions of the 
Committee and of its subcommittees. The record shall contain 
all information required by clause 2(e)(1) of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House and shall be available in electronic form 
and for public inspection at reasonable times in the offices of 
the Committee.
    (3) All Committee hearings, records, data, charts, and 
files shall be kept separate and distinct from the 
congressional office records of the Chair, shall be the 
property of the House, and all Members of the House shall have 
access thereto as provided in clause 2(e)(2) of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House.
    (4) The records of the Committee at the National Archives 
and Records Administration shall be made available for public 
use in accordance with rule VII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives. The Chair shall notify the ranking minority 
member of any decision, pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 
4(b) of the rule, to withhold a record otherwise available, and 
the matter shall be presented to the Committee for a 
determination on written request of any member of the 
Committee.

                 COMMITTEE PUBLICATIONS ON THE INTERNET

    (b) To the maximum extent feasible, the Committee shall 
make its publications available in electronic form.

      AUDIO AND VIDEO COVERAGE OF COMMITTEE HEARINGS AND MEETINGS

    (c)(1) To the maximum extent feasible, the Committee shall 
provide audio and video coverage of each hearing or meeting for 
the transaction of business in a manner that allows the public 
to easily listen to and view the proceedings; and,
    (2) maintain the recordings of such coverage in a manner 
that is easily accessible to the public.
                      Committee on Foreign Affairs

  ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, Florida, 
            Chairwoman 

HOWARD L. BERMAN, California,        CHRISTOPHER H. SMITH, New Jersey
  Ranking Member                     DAN BURTON, Indiana
GARY L. ACKERMAN, New York           ELTON GALLEGLY, California,
ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA,                 Vice Chairman
  American Samoa                     DANA ROHRABACHER, California
DONALD M. PAYNE, New Jersey          DONALD A. MANZULLO, Illinois
BRAD SHERMAN, California             EDWARD ROYCE, California
ELIOT L. ENGEL, New York             STEVE CHABOT, Ohio
GREGORY W. MEEKS, New York           RON PAUL, Texas
RUSS CARNAHAN, Missouri              MIKE PENCE, Indiana
ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey              JOE WILSON, South Carolina
GERALD E. CONNOLLY, Virginia         CONNIE MACK, Florida
THEODORE E. DEUTCH, Florida          JEFF FORTENBERRY, Nebraska
DENNIS CARDOZA, California           MICHAEL T. McCAUL, Texas
BEN CHANDLER, Kentucky               TED POE, Texas
BRIAN HIGGINS, New York              GUS M. BILIRAKIS, Florida
ALLYSON Y. SCHWARTZ, Pennsylvania    JEAN SCHMIDT, Ohio
CHRISTOPHER S. MURPHY,               BILL JOHNSON, Ohio
  Connecticut                        DAVID RIVERA, Florida
FREDERICA WILSON, Florida            MIKE KELLY, Pennsylvania
KAREN BASS, California               TIM GRIFFIN, Arkansas
WILLIAM KEATING, Massachusetts       TOM MARINO, Pennsylvania
DAVID CICILLINE, Rhode Island        JEFF DUNCAN, South Carolina
                                     ANN MARIE BUERKLE, New York
                                     RENEE ELLMERS, North Carolina

                       (Adopted February 9, 2011)


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) The Rules of the House of Representatives, and in 
particular, the committee rules enumerated in clause 2 of rule 
XI, are the rules of the Committee on Foreign Affairs 
(hereafter referred to as the ``Committee''), to the extent 
applicable.
    (b) A motion to recess and a motion to dispense with the 
first reading (in full) of a bill or resolution, if printed 
copies are available, are privileged non-debatable motions in 
Committee.
    (c) The Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs shall 
consult the Ranking Minority Member to the extent possible with 
respect to the business of the Committee. Each subcommittee of 
the Committee is a part of the Committee and is subject to the 
authority and direction of the Committee and to its rules, to 
the extent applicable.

                        Rule 2.--Date of Meeting

    The regular meeting date of the Committee shall be the 
first Tuesday of every month when the House of Representatives 
is in session pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XI of the House 
of Representatives. Additional meetings may be called by the 
Chairman as the Chairman may deem necessary or at the request 
of a majority of the Members of the Committee in accordance 
with clause 2(c) of rule XI of the House of Representatives. 
The determination of the business to be considered at each 
meeting shall be made by the Chairman subject to clause 2(c) of 
rule XI of the House of Representatives. A regularly scheduled 
meeting need not be held if, in the judgment of the Chairman, 
there is no business to be considered.

                            Rule 3.--Quorum

    For purposes of taking testimony and receiving evidence, 
two Members shall constitute a quorum, and the Chairman of the 
Full Committee or a subcommittee shall make every effort to 
ensure that the relevant Ranking Minority Member or another 
Minority Member is present at the time a hearing is convened. 
One-third of the Members of the Committee shall constitute a 
quorum for taking any action, except: (1) reporting a measure 
or recommendation; (2) closing Committee meetings and hearings 
to the public; (3) authorizing the issuance of subpoenas; and 
(4) any other action for which an actual majority quorum is 
required by any rule of the House of Representatives or by law. 
No measure or recommendation shall be reported to the House of 
Representatives unless a majority of the Committee is actually 
present. A record vote may be demanded by one-fifth of the 
Members present or, in the apparent absence of a quorum, by any 
one Member.

           Rule 4.--Meetings and Hearings Open to the Public

    (a) Meetings.--(1) Each meeting for the transaction of 
business, including the markup of legislation, of the Committee 
or a subcommittee shall be open to the public except when the 
Committee or subcommittee, in open session and with a majority 
present, determines by record vote that all or part of the 
remainder of the meeting on that day shall be closed to the 
public, because disclosure of matters to be considered would 
endanger national security, would compromise sensitive law 
enforcement information, or would tend to defame, degrade or 
incriminate any person or otherwise violate any labor rule of 
the House of Representatives. No person other than Members of 
the Committee and such congressional staff and departmental 
representatives as the Committee or subcommittee may authorize 
shall be present at any business or markup session which has 
been closed to the public. This subsection does not apply to 
open Committee hearings which are provided for by subsection 
(b) of this rule.
    (2) The Chairman of the Full Committee or a subcommittee 
may postpone further proceedings when a record vote is ordered 
on the question of approving any measure or matter, or adopting 
an amendment. The relevant Chairman may resume proceedings on a 
postponed request at any time. When exercising postponement 
authority, the relevant Chairman shall take all reasonable 
steps necessary to notify Members on the resumption of 
proceedings on any postponed record vote. When proceedings 
resume on a postponed question, notwithstanding any intervening 
order for the previous question, an underlying proposition 
shall remain subject to further debate or amendment to the same 
extent as when the question was postponed.
    (b) Hearings.--(1) Each hearing conducted by the Committee 
or a subcommittee shall be open to the public except when the 
Committee or subcommittee, in open session and with a majority 
present, determines by record vote that all or part of the 
remainder of that hearing on that day should be closed to the 
public because disclosure of testimony, evidence or other 
matters to be considered would endanger the national security, 
would compromise sensitive law enforcement information, or 
otherwise would violate any law or rule of the House of 
Representatives. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, a 
majority of those present, there being in attendance the 
requisite number required under the rules of the Committee to 
be present for the purpose of taking testimony--
          (A) may vote to close the hearing for the sole 
        purpose of discussing whether testimony or evidence to 
        be received would endanger the national security, would 
        compromise sensitive law enforcement information, or 
        violate paragraph (2) of this subsection; or
          (B) may vote to close the hearing, as provided in 
        paragraph (2) of this subsection.
    (2) Whenever it is asserted by a Member of the Committee 
that the evidence or testimony at a hearing may tend to defame, 
degrade, or incriminate any person, or it is asserted by a 
witness that the evidence or testimony that the witness would 
give at a hearing may tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate 
the witness--
          (A) such testimony or evidence shall be presented in 
        executive session, notwithstanding the provisions of 
        paragraph (1) of this subsection, if by a majority of 
        those present, there being in attendance the requisite 
        number required under the rules of the Committee to be 
        present for the purpose of taking testimony, the 
        Committee or subcommittee determines that such evidence 
        or testimony may tend to defame, degrade, or 
        incriminate any person; and
          (B) the Committee or subcommittee shall proceed to 
        receive such testimony in open session only if the 
        Committee, a majority being present, determines that 
        such evidence or testimony will not tend to defame, 
        degrade, or incriminate any person.
    (3) No Member of the House of Representatives may be 
excluded from non-participatory attendance at any hearing of 
the Committee or a subcommittee unless the House of 
Representatives has by majority vote authorized the Committee 
or subcommittee, for purposes of a particular series of 
hearings, on a particular article of legislation or on a 
particular subject of investigation, to close its hearings to 
Members by the same procedures designated in this subsection 
for closing hearings to the public.
    (4) The Committee or a subcommittee may by the procedure 
designated in this subsection vote to close one (1) subsequent 
day of hearing.
    (5) No congressional staff shall be present at any meeting 
or hearing of the Committee or a subcommittee that has been 
closed to the public, and at which classified information will 
be involved, unless such person is authorized access to such 
classified information in accordance with rule XX of the House 
of Representatives.

             Rule 5.--Announcement of Hearings and Markups

    (a) Hearings.--Public announcement shall be made of the 
date, place, and subject matter of any hearing to be conducted 
by the Committee or a subcommittee at the earliest possible 
date, and in any event at least one (1) week before the 
commencement of that hearing. If the Chairman of the Full 
Committee or a subcommittee, with the concurrence of the 
relevant Ranking Minority Member, determines that there is good 
cause to begin a hearing sooner, or if the Committee or 
subcommittee so determines by majority vote in the presence of 
the number of Members required under the rules of the Committee 
for the taking of action, the Chairman of the Full Committee, 
if concurring, shall make the announcement at the earliest 
possible date.
    (b) Markups and Other Meetings to Transact Business.--(1) 
Convening.--The Chairman of the Full Committee or a 
subcommittee may call or convene, as the relevant Chairman 
considers necessary, meetings of the Committee or subcommittee 
for the consideration of a bill or resolution pending before 
the Committee or subcommittee, as the case may be, or for the 
conduct of other Committee or subcommittee business.
    (2) Notice.--Public announcement shall be made by the 
Chairman of the Full Committee of the date, place, and subject 
matter of any markup or other meeting to conduct business at 
the earliest possible date, and in any event at least one (1) 
week before the commencement of such markup or meeting, unless 
the relevant Chairman determines, in consultation with the 
relevant Ranking Minority Member, that there is good cause to 
begin such a markup or meeting on an earlier date. If such 
determination is made, the Chairman of the Full Committee, if 
concurring in that determination, shall make the announcement 
at the earliest possible date.
    (3) Agenda and Texts.--The relevant Chairman shall provide 
to all Committee or subcommittee Members an agenda for each 
Committee and subcommittee markup or other meeting to transact 
business, setting out all items of business to be considered, 
including whenever possible a copy of any measure scheduled for 
markup, at least 48 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and 
legal holidays) before the meeting. Bills on subjects not 
listed on such agenda shall be subject to a point of order 
unless their consideration is agreed to by a two-thirds vote of 
the Committee or subcommittee, or by the Chairman of the Full 
Committee with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member. 
The text of any measure to be marked up shall be made publicly 
available in electronic form at least 24 hours prior to the 
commencement of the markup meeting, or at the time of an 
announcement under subparagraph (b)(2) made within 24 hours 
before such meeting.
    (c) Publication.--Public announcement of all hearings and 
markups shall be published in the Daily Digest portion of the 
Congressional Record and made publicly available in electronic 
form. Members shall be notified by the Staff Director of all 
meetings (including markups and hearings) and briefings of 
subcommittees and of the Full Committee.

                           Rule 6.--Witnesses

    (a) Interrogation of Witnesses.--(1) In so far as 
practicable, witnesses shall be permitted to present their oral 
statements without interruption subject to reasonable time 
constraints imposed by the Chairman of the Full Committee or a 
subcommittee, with questioning by the Committee Members taking 
place afterward. Members should refrain from questions until 
such statements are completed.
    (2) In recognizing Members, the relevant Chairman shall, to 
the extent practicable, give preference to the Members on the 
basis of their arrival at the hearing, taking into 
consideration the majority and minority ratio of the Members 
actually present. A Member desiring to speak or ask a question 
shall address the relevant Chairman and not the witness.
    (3) Subject to paragraph (4), each Member may interrogate 
the witness for 5 minutes, the reply of the witness being 
included in the 5-minute period. After all Members have had an 
opportunity to ask questions, the round shall begin again under 
the 5-minute rule.
    (4) Notwithstanding paragraph (3), the relevant Chairman, 
with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member, may permit 
one (1) or more majority Members of the Committee designated by 
the relevant Chairman to question a witness for a specified 
period of not longer than 30 minutes. On such occasions, an 
equal number of minority Members of the Committee designated by 
the Ranking Minority Member shall be permitted to question the 
same witness for the same period of time. Committee staff may 
be permitted to question a witness for equal specified periods 
either with the concurrence of the Chairman and Ranking 
Minority Member of the Full Committee or by motion. However, in 
no case may questioning by Committee staff proceed before each 
Member of the Committee who wishes to speak under the 5-minute 
rule has had one opportunity to do so.
    (b) Statements of Witnesses.--Each witness who is to appear 
before the Committee or a subcommittee is required to file with 
the clerk of the Committee, at least two (2) business days in 
advance of his or her appearance, sufficient copies, as 
determined by the Chairman of the Full Committee or a 
subcommittee, of his or her proposed testimony to provide to 
Members and staff of the Committee or subcommittee, the news 
media, and the general public. To the extent practicable, each 
witness also should provide that text, along with any 
attachments and appendix materials, in electronic form. The 
text of the testimony provided pursuant to this paragraph shall 
be considered final, and may not be revised by the witness 
after the Committee meeting at which the witness appears. The 
witness shall limit his or her oral presentation to a brief 
summary of his or her testimony.
    In the case of a witness appearing in a nongovernmental 
capacity, a written statement of proposed testimony shall, to 
the extent practicable, include a curriculum vitae and a 
disclosure of the amount and source (by agency and program) of 
any Federal grant (or subgrant thereof) or contract (or 
subcontract thereof) received during the current fiscal year or 
either of the two previous fiscal years by the witness or by an 
entity represented by the witness, to the extent that such 
information is relevant to the subject matter of, and the 
witness' representational capacity at, the hearing. Such 
statements, with appropriate redactions to protect the privacy 
of the witness, shall be made publicly available in electronic 
form not later than one day after the witness appears.
    The Committee or subcommittee shall notify Members at least 
two business days in advance of a hearing of the availability 
of testimony submitted by witnesses.
    The requirements of this subsection or any part thereof may 
be waived by the Chairman of the Full Committee or a 
subcommittee, or the presiding Member, or the Ranking Member of 
the Committee or subcommittee as it relates to witnesses who 
are called by the minority to testify, provided that the 
witness or the relevant Chairman or Ranking Minority Member has 
submitted, prior to the witness's appearance, a written 
explanation as to the reasons testimony has not been made 
available to the Committee or subcommittee. In the event a 
witness who is not an official of the U.S. Government neither 
submits his or her testimony at least two business days in 
advance of his or her appearance nor has a written explanation 
been submitted as to prior availability, the witness shall be 
released from testifying unless a majority of the Committee or 
subcommittee votes to accept his or her testimony.
    (c) Oaths.--The Chairman of the Full Committee or a 
subcommittee, or any Member of the Committee designated by the 
relevant Chairman, may administer oaths to any witness 
appearing before the Committee.

       Rule 7.--Preparation and Maintenance of Committee Records

    An accurate stenographic record shall be made of all 
hearings and markup sessions. Members of the Committee and any 
witness may examine the transcript of his or her own remarks 
and may make any grammatical or technical changes that do not 
substantively alter the record. Any such Member or witness 
shall return the transcript to the Committee offices within 
fourteen (14) calendar days (not including Saturdays, Sundays, 
and legal holidays) after receipt of the transcript, or as soon 
thereafter as is practicable.
    Any information supplied for the record at the request of a 
Member of the Committee shall be provided to the Member when 
received by the Committee.
    Transcripts of hearings and markup sessions (except for the 
record of a meeting or hearing which is closed to the public) 
shall be printed as soon as is practicable after receipt of the 
corrected versions, except that the Chairman may order the 
transcript of a hearing to be printed without the corrections 
of a Member or witness if the Chairman determines that such 
Member or witness has been afforded a reasonable time to 
correct such transcript and such transcript has not been 
returned within such time.
    The records of the Committee at the National Archives and 
Records Administration shall be made available for public use 
in accordance with rule VII of the House of Representatives. 
The Chairman shall notify the Ranking Minority Member of any 
decision, pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 4(b) of the 
rule, to withhold a record otherwise available, and the matter 
shall be presented to the Committee for a determination on the 
written request of any Member of the Committee.
    The Committee shall, to the maximum extent feasible, make 
its publications available in electronic form.

       Rule 8.--Extraneous Material in Committee Hearings Prints

    No extraneous material shall be printed in either the body 
or appendices of any Committee or subcommittee hearing, except 
matter which has been accepted for inclusion in the record 
during the hearing or by agreement of the Chairman of the Full 
Committee or a subcommittee and Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee or subcommittee within five (5) calendar days of the 
hearing. Copies of bills and other legislation under 
consideration and responses to written questions submitted by 
Members shall not be considered extraneous material.
    Extraneous material in either the body or appendices of any 
hearing to be printed which would be in excess of eight (8) 
printed pages (for any one submission) shall be accompanied by 
a written request to the relevant Chairman. Such written 
request shall contain an estimate in writing from the Public 
Printer of the probable cost of publishing such material.

                Rule 9.--Information on Committee Action

    (a) Record Votes.--The result of each record vote in any 
meeting of the Committee outside of executive session shall be 
made publicly available in electronic form within 48 hours of 
such record vote. Such result shall include a description of 
the amendment, motion, order, or other proposition, the name of 
each Member voting for and against, and the Members present but 
not voting.
    (b) Adopted Amendments.--Not later than 24 hours after the 
adoption of any amendment to a measure or matter considered by 
the Committee, the text of each such amendment shall be made 
publicly available in electronic form.
    (c) Hearing and Markup Attendance.--A list of the Members 
in attendance at Committee hearings and markups shall be 
maintained by the Committee, and may be made available to the 
public by the Chairman, upon request.

                           Rule 10.--Proxies

    Proxy voting is not permitted in the Committee or in 
subcommittees.

                           Rule 11.--Reports

    (a) Reports on Bills and Resolutions.--To the extent 
practicable, not later than 24 hours before a report is to be 
filed with the Clerk of the House on a measure that has been 
ordered reported by the Committee, the Chairman shall make 
available for inspection by all Members of the Committee a copy 
of the draft Committee report in order to afford Members 
adequate information and the opportunity to draft and file any 
supplemental, minority or additional views which they may deem 
appropriate.
    With respect to each record vote on a motion to report any 
measure or matter of a public character, and on any amendment 
offered to the measure or matter, the total number of votes 
cast for and against, and the names of those Members voting for 
and against, shall be included in any Committee report on the 
measure or matter.
    (b) Prior Approval of Certain Reports.--No Committee, 
subcommittee, or staff report, study, or other document which 
purports to express publicly the views, findings, conclusions, 
or recommendations of the Committee or a subcommittee may be 
released to the public or filed with the Clerk of the House 
unless approved by a majority of the Committee or subcommittee, 
as appropriate. A proposed investigative or oversight report 
shall be considered as read if it has been available to Members 
of the Committee for at least 24 hours (excluding Saturdays, 
Sundays, or legal holidays except when the House is in session 
on such a day). In any case in which clause 2(l) of rule XI and 
clause 3(a)(1) of rule XIII of the House of Representatives 
does not apply, each Member of the Committee or subcommittee 
shall be given an opportunity to have views or a disclaimer 
included as part of the material filed or released, as the case 
may be.
    (c) Foreign Travel Reports.--At the same time that the 
report required by clause 8(b)(3) of rule X of the House of 
Representatives, regarding foreign travel reports, is submitted 
to the Chairman, Members and employees of the Committee shall 
provide a report to the Chairman listing all official meetings, 
interviews, inspection tours and other official functions in 
which the individual participated, by country and date. Under 
extraordinary circumstances, the Chairman may waive the listing 
in such report of an official meeting, interview, inspection 
tour, or other official function. The report shall be 
maintained in the Full Committee offices and shall be available 
for public inspection during normal business hours.

               Rule 12.--Reporting Bills and Resolutions

    Except in extraordinary circumstances, bills and 
resolutions will not be considered by the Committee unless and 
until the appropriate subcommittee has recommended the bill or 
resolution for Committee action, and will not be taken to the 
House of Representatives for action unless and until the 
Committee or a relevant subcommittee has ordered reported such 
bill or resolution, a quorum being present.
    Except in extraordinary circumstances, a bill or resolution 
originating in the House of Representatives that contains 
exclusively findings and policy declarations or expressions of 
the sense of the House of Representatives or the sense of the 
Congress shall not be considered by the Committee or a 
subcommittee unless such bill or resolution has at least 25 
House co-sponsors, at least 10 of whom are Members of the 
Committee.
    For purposes of this rule, extraordinary circumstances will 
be determined by the Chairman, after consultation with the 
Ranking Minority Member and such other Members of the Committee 
as the Chairman deems appropriate.
    The Committee or a subcommittee shall not consider a bill 
or resolution originating in the House of Representatives that 
expresses appreciation, commends, congratulates, celebrates, 
recognizes the accomplishments of, or celebrates the 
anniversary of, an entity, event, group, individual, 
institution, team, or government program, or that acknowledges 
or recognizes a period of time for such purposes, except in 
circumstances determined by the Chairman with the concurrence 
of the Ranking Minority Member.
    The Chairman is directed to offer a motion under clause 1 
of rule XXII of the Rules of the House whenever the Chairman 
considers it appropriate.

                        Rule 13.--Staff Services

    The Committee staff shall be selected and organized so that 
it can provide a comprehensive range of professional services 
in the field of foreign affairs to the Committee, the 
subcommittees, and all its Members. The staff shall include 
persons with training and experience in foreign affairs, making 
available to the Committee individuals with knowledge of major 
countries, areas, and U.S. overseas programs and operations.
    Subject to clause 9 of rule X of the House of 
Representatives, the staff of the Committee, except as provided 
in paragraph (c), shall be appointed, and may be removed, by 
the Chairman with the approval of the majority of the Members 
in the majority party of the Committee. Their remuneration 
shall be fixed by the Chairman, and they shall work under the 
general supervision and direction of the Chairman. Staff 
assignments are to be authorized by the Chairman or by the 
Staff Director under the direction of the Chairman.
    Subject to clause 9 of rule X of the House of 
Representatives, the staff of the Committee assigned to the 
minority shall be appointed, their remuneration determined, and 
may be removed, by the Ranking Minority Member with the 
approval of the majority of the minority party Members of the 
Committee. No minority staff person shall be compensated at a 
rate which exceeds that paid his or her majority staff 
counterpart. Such staff shall work under the general 
supervision and direction of the Ranking Minority Member with 
the approval or consultation of the minority Members of the 
Committee.
    The Chairman shall ensure that sufficient staff is made 
available to each subcommittee to carry out its 
responsibilities under the rules of the Committee. The Chairman 
shall ensure that the minority party is fairly treated in the 
appointment of such staff.

           Rule 14.--Number and Jurisdiction of Subcommittees

    (a) Full Committee.--The Full Committee will be responsible 
for oversight and legislation relating to: foreign assistance 
(including development assistance, Millennium Challenge 
Corporation, the Millennium Challenge Account, HIV/AIDS in 
foreign countries, security assistance, and Public Law 480 
programs abroad); the Peace Corps; national security 
developments affecting foreign policy; strategic planning and 
agreements; war powers, treaties, executive agreements, and the 
deployment and use of United States Armed Forces; peacekeeping, 
peace enforcement, and enforcement of United Nations or other 
international sanctions; arms control and disarmament issues; 
the United States Agency for International Development; 
activities and policies of the State, Commerce and Defense 
Departments and other agencies related to the Arms Export 
Control Act, and the Foreign Assistance Act including export 
and licensing policy for munitions items and technology and 
dual-use equipment and technology; international law; promotion 
of democracy; international law enforcement issues, including 
narcotics control programs and activities; Broadcasting Board 
of Governors; embassy security; international broadcasting; 
public diplomacy, including international communication, 
information policy, international education, and cultural 
programs; and all other matters not specifically assigned to a 
subcommittee. The Full Committee will have jurisdiction over 
legislation with respect to the administration of the Export 
Administration Act, including the export and licensing of dual-
use equipment and technology and other matters related to 
international economic policy and trade not otherwise assigned 
to a subcommittee and with respect to the United Nations, its 
affiliated agencies and other international organizations, 
including assessed and voluntary contributions to such 
organizations. The Full Committee may conduct oversight with 
respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the Committee 
as defined in the Rules of the House of Representatives.
    (b) Subcommittees.--There shall be seven (7) standing 
subcommittees. The names and jurisdiction of those 
subcommittees shall be as follows:
          (1) Functional Subcommittees.--There shall be two 
        subcommittees with functional jurisdiction:
                  Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, 
                and Trade.--Oversight and legislative 
                responsibilities over the United States' 
                efforts to manage and coordinate international 
                programs to combat terrorism as coordinated by 
                the Department of State and other agencies, and 
                efforts to bring international terrorists to 
                justice. With the concurrence of the Chairman 
                of the Full Committee, oversight of, and 
                legislation pertaining to, nonproliferation 
                matters involving nuclear, chemical, biological 
                and other weapons of mass destruction, except 
                for legislation involving the Foreign 
                Assistance Act, the Arms Export Control Act, 
                the Export Administration Act, and sanctions 
                laws pertaining to individual countries and the 
                provision of foreign assistance (which is 
                reserved to the Full Committee). Oversight of 
                matters relating to international economic and 
                trade policy; commerce with foreign countries; 
                international investment policy; the Overseas 
                Private Investment Corporation and the Trade 
                and Development Agency; commodity agreements; 
                and special oversight of international 
                financial and monetary institutions; the 
                Export-Import Bank, and customs. With the 
                concurrence of the Chairman of the Full 
                Committee, legislative jurisdiction over 
                measures related to export promotion and 
                measures related to the Overseas Private 
                Investment Corporation and the Trade and 
                Development Agency.
                  Subcommittee on Oversight and 
                Investigations.--With the concurrence of the 
                Chairman of the Full Committee, oversight and 
                investigations of all matters within the 
                jurisdiction of the Committee.
          (2) Regional Subcommittees.--There shall be five 
        subcommittees with regional jurisdiction: the 
        Subcommittee on Europe and Eurasia (including Central 
        Asia); the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South 
        Asia; the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere; the 
        Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human 
        Rights; and the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. 
        One of the regional subcommittees, the Subcommittee on 
        Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights, shall also 
        have functional jurisdiction.
    The regional subcommittees shall have jurisdiction over the 
following within their respective regions:
          (1) Matters affecting the political relations between 
        the United States and other countries and regions, 
        including resolutions or other legislative measures 
        directed to such relations.
          (2) Legislation with respect to disaster assistance 
        outside the Foreign Assistance Act, boundary issues, 
        and international claims.
          (3) Legislation with respect to region- or country-
        specific loans or other financial relations outside the 
        Foreign Assistance Act.
          (4) Legislation and oversight regarding human rights 
        practices in particular countries.
          (5) Oversight of regional lending institutions.
          (6) Oversight of matters related to the regional 
        activities of the United Nations, of its affiliated 
        agencies, and of other multilateral institutions.
          (7) Identification and development of options for 
        meeting future problems and issues relating to U.S. 
        interests in the region.
          (8) Oversight of base rights and other facilities 
        access agreements and regional security pacts.
          (9) Concurrent oversight jurisdiction with respect to 
        matters assigned to the functional subcommittees 
        insofar as they may affect the region.
          (10) Oversight of foreign assistance activities 
        affecting the region, with the concurrence of the 
        Chairman of the Full Committee.
          (11) Such other matters as the Chairman of the Full 
        Committee may determine.
                  The Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, 
                and Human Rights.--In addition to its regional 
                jurisdiction, responsibility for oversight of 
                international health issues, including 
                transboundary infectious diseases and programs 
                related to enhancing global capacity to address 
                health issues, population issues, legislation 
                and oversight pertaining to implementation of 
                the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and 
                other matters relating to internationally-
                recognized human rights, including legislation 
                aimed at the promotion of human rights and 
                democracy generally.

              Rule 15.--Powers and Duties of Subcommittees

    (a) In General.--Each subcommittee is authorized to meet, 
hold hearings, receive evidence, and report to the Full 
Committee on all matters referred to it.
    (b) Scheduling.--Subcommittee chairmen shall set meeting 
dates after consultation with the Chairman, other subcommittee 
chairmen, the relevant Ranking Minority Member and other 
appropriate Members, with a view toward minimizing scheduling 
conflicts. It shall be the practice of the Committee that 
meetings of subcommittees not be scheduled to occur 
simultaneously with meetings of the Full Committee. In order to 
ensure orderly administration and fair assignment of hearing 
and meeting rooms, the subject, time, and location of hearings 
and meetings shall be arranged in advance with the Chairman 
through the Staff Director of the Committee.
    (c) Vice Chairmen.--The Chairman of the Full Committee 
shall designate a Member of the majority party on each 
subcommittee as its vice chairman.
    (d) Participation.--The Chairman of the Full Committee and 
the Ranking Minority Member may attend the meetings and 
participate in the activities of all subcommittees of which 
they are not Members, except that they may not vote or be 
counted for a quorum in such subcommittees.
    (e) Required Hearings.--During each 180-day period 
following organization of the Committee, each of the five 
regional subcommittees shall hold at least one hearing on each 
of the following topics within the context of their respective 
regions:
          (1) U.S. national security interests;
          (2) Human rights;
          (3) U.S. economic interests; and
          (4) Oversight of U.S. Government activities (which 
        can include and be combined with any of the topics in 
        (1)-(3), above).

                Rule 16.--Referral of Bills by Chairman

    In accordance with rule 14 of the Committee and to the 
extent practicable, all legislation and other matters referred 
to the Committee shall be referred by the Chairman to a 
subcommittee of primary jurisdiction within two (2) weeks. In 
accordance with rule 14 of the Committee, legislation may also 
be referred to additional subcommittees for consideration. 
Unless otherwise directed by the Chairman, such subcommittees 
shall act on or be discharged from consideration of legislation 
that has been approved by the subcommittee of primary 
jurisdiction within two (2) weeks of such action. In referring 
any legislation to a subcommittee, the Chairman may specify a 
date by which the subcommittee shall report thereon to the Full 
Committee.
    The Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights 
and the other subcommittees with regional jurisdiction shall 
have joint jurisdiction over legislation regarding human rights 
practices in particular countries within their regions.
    The Chairman may designate a subcommittee Chairman or other 
Member to take responsibility as manager of a bill or 
resolution during its consideration in the House of 
Representatives.

   Rule 17.--Party Ratios on Subcommittees and Conference Committees

    The majority party caucus of the Committee shall determine 
an appropriate ratio of majority to minority party Members for 
each subcommittee. Party representation on each subcommittee or 
conference committee shall be no less favorable to the majority 
party than the ratio for the Full Committee. The Chairman and 
the Ranking Minority Member are authorized to negotiate matters 
affecting such ratios including the size of subcommittees and 
conference committees.

               Rule 18.--Subcommittee Funding and Records

    Each subcommittee shall have adequate funds to discharge 
its responsibility for legislation and oversight.
    In order to facilitate Committee compliance with clause 
2(e)(1) of rule XI of the House of Representatives, each 
subcommittee shall keep a complete record of all subcommittee 
actions which shall include a record of the votes on any 
question on which a record vote is demanded. The result of each 
record vote shall be promptly made available to the Full 
Committee for inspection by the public in accordance with rule 
9 of the Committee.
    All subcommittee hearings, records, data, charts, and files 
shall be kept distinct from the congressional office records of 
the Member serving as Chairman of the subcommittee. 
Subcommittee records shall be coordinated with the records of 
the Full Committee, shall be the property of the House, and all 
Members of the House shall have access thereto.

              Rule 19.--Meetings of Subcommittee Chairmen

    The Chairman shall call a meeting of the subcommittee 
chairmen on a regular basis not less frequently than once a 
month. Such a meeting need not be held if there is no business 
to conduct. It shall be the practice at such meetings to review 
the current agenda and activities of each of the subcommittees.

               Rule 20.--Access to Classified Information

    (a) Authorized Persons.--In accordance with the 
stipulations of the Rules of the House of Representatives, all 
Members of the House who have executed the oath required by 
clause 13 of rule XXIII of the House of Representatives shall 
be authorized to have access to classified information within 
the possession of the Committee.
    Members of the Committee staff shall be considered 
authorized to have access to classified information within the 
possession of the Committee when they have the proper security 
clearances, when they have executed the oath required by clause 
13 of rule XXIII of the House of Representatives, and when they 
have a demonstrable need to know. The decision on whether a 
given staff member has a need to know will be made on the 
following basis:
          (1) In the case of the Full Committee majority staff, 
        by the Chairman, acting through the Staff Director;
          (2) In the case of the Full Committee minority staff, 
        by the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee, acting 
        through the Minority Staff Director;
          (3) In the case of subcommittee majority staff, by 
        the chairman of the subcommittee;
          (4) In the case of the subcommittee minority staff, 
        by the Ranking Minority Member of the subcommittee.
    No other individuals shall be considered authorized 
persons, unless so designated by the Chairman of the Full 
Committee.
    (b) Designated Persons.--Each Committee Member is permitted 
to designate one member of his or her staff as having the right 
of access to information classified confidential. Such 
designated persons must have the proper security clearance, 
have executed the oath required by clause 13 of rule XXIII of 
the House of Representatives, and have a need to know as 
determined by his or her principal. Upon request of a Committee 
Member in specific instances, a designated person also shall be 
permitted access to information classified secret which has 
been furnished to the Committee pursuant to section 36 of the 
Arms Export Control Act, as amended. Upon the written request 
of a Committee Member and with the approval of the Chairman in 
specific instances, a designated person may be permitted access 
to other classified materials. Designation of a staff person 
shall be by letter from the Committee Member to the Chairman.
    (c) Location.--Classified information will be stored in 
secure safes in the Office of the Security Officer and in the 
Office of the Minority Staff Director. All materials classified 
top secret or higher must be stored in a Secure 
Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF).
    (d) Handling.--Materials classified confidential or secret 
may be taken from Committee offices to other Committee offices 
and hearing rooms by Members of the Committee and authorized 
Committee staff in connection with hearings and briefings of 
the Committee or its subcommittees for which such information 
is deemed to be essential. Removal of such information from the 
Committee offices shall be only with the permission of the 
Chairman under procedures designed to ensure the safe handling 
and storage of such information at all times. Except as 
provided in this paragraph, top secret materials may not be 
taken from approved storage areas for any purpose, except that 
such materials may be taken to hearings and other meetings that 
are being conducted at the Top Secret level when necessary. 
Materials classified Top Secret may otherwise be used under 
conditions approved by the Chairman after consultation with the 
Ranking Minority Member.
    (e) Notice.--Appropriate notice of the receipt of 
classified documents received by the Committee from the 
Executive Branch will be sent promptly to Committee Members 
through the Survey of Activities or by other means.
    (f) Access.--Except as provided for above, access to 
materials classified Top Secret or otherwise restricted held by 
the Committee will be in approved Committee spaces. The 
following procedures will be observed:
          (1) Authorized persons will be permitted access to 
        classified documents after inquiring of the Staff 
        Director or an assigned staff member. Access to the 
        SCIF will be afforded during regular Committee hours.
          (2) Authorized persons will be required to identify 
        themselves, to identify the documents or information 
        they wish to view, and to sign the Classified Materials 
        Log, which is kept with the classified information.
          (3) The assigned staff member will be responsible for 
        maintaining a log which identifies: (1) authorized 
        persons seeking access, (2) the classified information 
        requested, and (3) the time of arrival and departure of 
        such persons. The assigned staff member will also 
        assure that the classified materials are returned to 
        the proper location.
    (g) Divulgence.--Classified information provided to the 
Committee by the Executive Branch shall be handled in 
accordance with the procedures that apply within the Executive 
Branch for the protection of such information. Any classified 
information to which access has been gained through the 
Committee may not be divulged to any unauthorized person. 
Classified material shall not be photocopied or otherwise 
reproduced. In no event shall classified information be 
discussed in a non-secure environment. Apparent violations of 
this rule should be reported as promptly as possible to the 
Chairman for appropriate action.
    (h) Other Regulation.--The Chairman, after consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member, may establish such additional 
regulations and procedures as in his judgment may be necessary 
to safeguard classified information under the control of the 
Committee. Members of the Committee will be given notice of any 
such regulations and procedures promptly. They may be modified 
or waived in any or all particulars by a majority vote of the 
Full Committee.

       Rule 21.--Broadcasting of Committee Hearings and Meetings

    All Committee and subcommittee meetings or hearings which 
are open to the public may be covered, in whole or in part, by 
television broadcast, radio broadcast, and still photography, 
or by any such methods of coverage in accordance with the 
provisions of clause 3 of House rule XI.
    The Chairman of the Full Committee or a subcommittee shall 
determine, in his or her discretion, the number of television 
and still cameras permitted in a hearing or meeting room, but 
shall not limit the number of television or still cameras to 
fewer than two (2) representatives from each medium.
    Such coverage shall be in accordance with the following 
requirements contained in section 116(b) of the Legislative 
Reorganization Act of 1970, and clause 4 of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives:
    (a) If the television, Internet or radio coverage of the 
hearing or meeting is to be presented to the public as live 
coverage, that coverage shall be conducted and presented 
without commercial sponsorship.
    (b) No witness served with a subpoena by the Committee 
shall be required against his will to be photographed at any 
hearing or to give evidence or testimony while the broadcasting 
of that hearing, by radio or television is being conducted. At 
the request of any such witness who does not wish to be 
subjected to radio, television, Internet or still photography 
coverage, all lenses shall be covered and all microphones used 
for coverage turned off. This subparagraph is supplementary to 
clause 2(k)(5) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives relating to the protection of the rights of 
witnesses.
    (c) The allocation among cameras permitted by the Chairman 
of the Full Committee or a subcommittee in a hearing room shall 
be in accordance with fair and equitable procedures devised by 
the Executive Committee of the Radio and Television 
Correspondents' Galleries.
    (d) Television cameras shall be placed so as not to 
obstruct in any way the space between any witness giving 
evidence or testimony and Member of the Committee or its 
subcommittees or the visibility of that witness and that Member 
to each other.
    (e) Television cameras shall operate from fixed positions 
but shall not be placed in positions which obstruct 
unnecessarily the coverage of the hearing by the other media.
    (f) Equipment necessary for coverage by the television and 
radio media shall not be installed in, or removed from, the 
hearing or meeting room while the Committee or subcommittee is 
in session.
    (g) Floodlights, spotlights, strobe lights, and flashguns 
shall not be used in providing any method of coverage of the 
hearing or meeting, except that the television media may 
install additional lighting in the hearing room, without cost 
to the Government, in order to raise the ambient lighting level 
in the hearing room to the lowest level necessary to provide 
adequate television coverage of the hearing or meeting at the 
current state-of-the-art level of television coverage.
    (h) In the allocation of the number of still photographers 
permitted by the Chairman of the Full Committee or a 
subcommittee in a hearing or meeting room, preference shall be 
given to photographers from Associated Press Photos, United 
Press International News pictures, and Reuters. If requests are 
made by more of the media than will be permitted by the 
Chairman of the Full Committee or a subcommittee for coverage 
of the hearing or meeting by still photography, that coverage 
shall be made on the basis of a fair and equitable pool 
arrangement devised by the Standing Committee of Press 
Photographers.
    (i) Photographers shall not position themselves, at any 
time during the course of the hearing or meeting, between the 
witness table and the Members of the Committee or its 
subcommittees.
    (j) Photographers shall not place themselves in positions 
which obstruct unnecessarily the coverage of the hearing by the 
other media.
    (k) Personnel providing coverage by the television and 
radio media shall be currently accredited to the Radio and 
Television Correspondents' Galleries.
    (l) Personnel providing coverage by still photography shall 
be currently accredited to the Press Photographers' Gallery 
Committee of Press Photographers.
    (m) Personnel providing coverage by the television and 
radio media and by still photography shall conduct themselves 
and their coverage activities in an orderly and unobtrusive 
manner.

                       Rule 22.--Subpoena Powers

    A subpoena may be authorized and issued by the Chairman, in 
accordance with clause 2(m) of rule XI of the House of 
Representatives, in the conduct of any investigation or 
activity or series of investigations or activities within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee, following consultation with the 
Ranking Minority Member.
    In addition, a subpoena may be authorized and issued by the 
Committee or its subcommittees in accordance with clause 2(m) 
of rule XI of the House of the Representatives, in the conduct 
of any investigation or activity or series of investigations or 
activities, when authorized by a majority of the Members 
voting, a majority of the Committee or subcommittee being 
present.
    Authorized subpoenas shall be signed by the Chairman or by 
any Member designated by the Committee.

         Rule 23.--Recommendation for Appointment of Conferees

    Whenever the Speaker is to appoint a conference committee, 
the Chairman shall recommend to the Speaker as conferees those 
Members of the Committee who are primarily responsible for the 
legislation (including to the full extent practicable the 
principal proponents of the major provisions of the bill as it 
passed the House), who have actively participated in the 
Committee or subcommittee consideration of the legislation, and 
who agree to attend the meetings of the conference. With regard 
to the appointment of minority Members, the Chairman shall 
consult with the Ranking Minority Member.

                      Rule 24.--General Oversight

    Not later than February 15th of the first session of a 
Congress, the Committee shall meet in open session, with a 
quorum present, to adopt its oversight plans for that Congress 
for submission to the Committee on House Administration and the 
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in accordance 
with the provisions of clause 2(d) of rule X of the House of 
Representatives.
    In accordance with the provisions of clause 2(n) of rule XI 
of the House of Representatives, the Committee or a 
subcommittee thereof shall hold at least one hearing during 
each 120-day period following its establishment on the topic of 
waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement in programs within its 
jurisdiction, as documented in reports received from a Federal 
Office of the Inspector General or the Comptroller General of 
the United States that have been provided to the Ranking 
Minority Member prior to the notice of the hearing pursuant to 
Committee rule 5.

               Rule 25.--Other Procedures and Regulations

    The Chairman, in consultation with the Ranking Minority 
Member, may establish such other procedures and take such 
actions as may be necessary to carry out the foregoing rules or 
to facilitate the effective operation of the Committee. Any 
additional procedures or regulations may be modified or 
rescinded in any or all particulars by a majority vote of the 
Full Committee.
                     Committee on Homeland Security

 PETER T. KING, New York, Chairman

BENNIE G. THOMPSON, Mississippi,     LAMAR SMITH, Texas
  Ranking Member                     DANIEL E. LUNGREN, California
LORETTA SANCHEZ, California          MIKE ROGERS, Alabama
SHEILA JACKSON LEE, Texas            MICHAEL T. McCAUL, Texas
HENRY CUELLAR, Texas                 GUS M. BILIRAKIS, Florida
YVETTE D. CLARKE, New York           PAUL C. BROUN, Georgia
LAURA RICHARDSON, California         CANDICE S. MILLER, Michigan
DANNY K. DAVIS, Illinois             TIM WALBERG, Michigan
BRIAN HIGGINS, New York              CHIP CRAVAACK, Minnesota
JACKIE SPEIER, California            JOE WALSH, Illinois
CEDRIC L. RICHMOND, Louisiana        PATRICK MEEHAN, Pennsylvania
HANSEN CLARKE, Michigan              BEN QUAYLE, Arizona
WILLIAM R. KEATING, Massachusetts    SCOTT RIGELL, Virginia
KATHLEEN C. HOCHUL, New York         BILLY LONG, Missouri
                                     JEFF DUNCAN, South Carolina
                                     TOM MARINO, Pennsylvania
                                     BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas
                                     MO BROOKS, Alabama

                       (Adopted January 26, 2011)


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) Applicability of the Rules of the U.S. House of 
Representatives.--The Rules of the U.S. House of 
Representatives (the ``House'') are the rules of the Committee 
on Homeland Security (the ``Committee'') and its subcommittees 
insofar as applicable.
    (b) Applicability to Subcommittees.--Except where the terms 
``Full Committee'' and ``subcommittee'' are specifically 
mentioned, the following rules shall apply to the Committee's 
subcommittees and their respective Chairmen and Ranking 
Minority Members to the same extent as they apply to the Full 
Committee and its Chairman and Ranking Minority Member.
    (c) Appointments by the Chairman.--Clause 2(d) of rule XI 
of the House shall govern the designation of a Vice Chairman of 
the Full Committee.
    (d) Recommendation of Conferees.--Whenever the Speaker of 
the House is to appoint a conference committee on a matter 
within the jurisdiction of the Full Committee, the Chairman 
shall recommend to the Speaker of the House conferees from the 
Full Committee. In making recommendations of Minority Members 
as conferees, the Chairman shall do so with the concurrence of 
the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee.
    (e) Motions to Disagree.--The Chairman is directed to offer 
a motion under clause 1 of rule XXII of the Rules of the House 
whenever the Chairman considers it appropriate.
    (f) Committee Website.--The Chairman shall maintain an 
official Committee web site for the purposes of furthering the 
Committee's legislative and oversight responsibilities, 
including communicating information about the Committee's 
activities to Committee Members, other Members, and the public 
at large. The Ranking Minority Member may maintain a similar 
web site for the same purposes. The official Committee web site 
shall display a link on its home page to the web site 
maintained by the Ranking Minority Member.
    (g) Activity Report.--Not later than the 30th day after 
June 1 and December 1, the Committee shall submit to the House 
a semiannual report on the activities of the Committee. After 
adjournment sine die of a regular session of Congress, or after 
December 15, whichever occurs first, the Chair may file the 
second or fourth semiannual report with the Clerk at any time 
and without approval of the Committee provided that a copy of 
the report has been available to each Member of the Committee 
for at least seven calendar days and the report includes any 
supplemental, minority, or additional views submitted by a 
Member of the Committee.

                       Rule 2.--Time of Meetings

    (a) Regular Meeting Date.--The regular meeting date and 
time for the transaction of business of the Full Committee 
shall be at 10:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday that the House is 
in Session each month, unless otherwise directed by the 
Chairman.
    (b) Additional Meetings.--At the discretion of the 
Chairman, additional meetings of the Committee may be scheduled 
for the consideration of any legislation or other matters 
pending before the Committee or to conduct other Committee 
business. The Committee shall meet for such purposes pursuant 
to the call of the Chairman.
    (c) Consideration.--Except in the case of a special meeting 
held under clause 2(c)(2) of House rule XI, the determination 
of the business to be considered at each meeting of the 
Committee shall be made by the Chairman.

                    Rule 3.--Notice and Publication

    (a) Notice.--(1) Hearings.--Pursuant to clause 2(g)(3) of 
rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Chairman of the Committee shall make public announcement of the 
date, place, and subject matter of any hearing before the Full 
Committee or subcommittee, which may not commence earlier than 
one week after such notice. However, if the Chairman of the 
Committee, with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member, 
determines that there is good cause to begin the hearing 
sooner, or if the Committee so determines by majority vote, a 
quorum being present for the transaction of business, the 
Chairman shall make the announcement at the earliest possible 
date. The names of all witnesses scheduled to appear at such 
hearing shall be provided to Members no later than 48 hours 
prior to the commencement of such hearing.
    (2) Meetings.--The date, time, place and subject matter of 
any meeting, other than a hearing or a regularly scheduled 
meeting, may not commence earlier than the third day on which 
Members have notice thereof except in the case of a special 
meeting called under clause 2(c)(2) of House rule XI. These 
notice requirements may be waived if the Chairman with the 
concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member, determines that 
there is good cause to begin the meeting sooner or if the 
Committee so determines by majority vote, a quorum being 
present for the transaction of business.
          (A) Copies of any measure or matter to be considered 
        for approval by the Committee at any meeting, including 
        any mark, print or amendment in the nature of a 
        substitute shall be provided to the Members at least 24 
        hours in advance.
          (B) At least 24 hours prior to the commencement of a 
        meeting for the markup of a measure or matter, the text 
        of such measure or matter, including any mark, print or 
        amendment in the nature of a substitute, shall be made 
        publicly available in electronic form and, to the 
        extent practicable, posted on the official Committee 
        web site.
          (C) Not later than 24 hours after concluding a 
        meeting to consider a measure or matter, the text of 
        such measure or matter as ordered forwarded or 
        reported, including any adopted amendments, shall be 
        made publicly available in electronic form and, to the 
        extent practicable, posted on the official Committee 
        web site.
    (3) Publications.--The meeting or hearing announcement 
shall be promptly published in the Daily Digest portion of the 
Congressional Record. To the greatest extent practicable, 
meeting announcements shall be entered into the Committee 
scheduling service of the House Information Resources.

           Rule 4.--Open Meetings and Hearings; Broadcasting

    (a) Open Meetings.--All meetings and hearings of the 
Committee shall be open to the public including to radio, 
television, and still photography coverage, except as provided 
by rule XI of the Rules of the House or when the Committee, in 
open session and with a majority present, determines by 
recorded vote that all or part of the remainder of that hearing 
on that day shall be closed to the public because disclosure of 
testimony, evidence, or other matters to be considered would 
endanger the national security, compromise sensitive law 
enforcement information, tend to defame, degrade or incriminate 
a witness, or violate any law or rule of the House of 
Representatives.
    (b) Broadcasting.--Whenever any hearing or meeting 
conducted by the Committee is open to the public, the Committee 
shall permit that hearing or meeting to be covered by 
television broadcast, internet broadcast, print media, and 
still photography, or by any of such methods of coverage, in 
accordance with the provisions of clause 4 of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House. Operation and use of any Committee operated 
broadcast system shall be fair and nonpartisan and in 
accordance with clause 4(b) of rule XI and all other applicable 
rules of the Committee and the House. Priority shall be given 
by the Committee to members of the Press Galleries. Pursuant to 
clause 2(e) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives, the Committee shall, to the greatest extent 
practicable, provide audio and video coverage of each hearing 
or meeting in a manner that allows the public to easily listen 
to and view the proceedings and shall maintain the recordings 
of such coverage in a manner that is easily accessible to the 
public.
    (c) Transcripts.--A transcript shall be made of the 
testimony of each witness appearing before the Committee during 
a Committee hearing. All transcripts of meetings or hearings 
that are open to the public shall be made available.

             Rule 5.--Procedures for Meetings and Hearings

    (a) Opening Statements.--At any meeting of the Committee, 
the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member shall be entitled to 
present oral opening statements of five minutes each. Other 
Members may submit written opening statements for the record. 
The Chairman presiding over the meeting may permit additional 
opening statements by other Members of the Full Committee or of 
that subcommittee, with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority 
Member.
    (b) The Five-Minute Rule.--The time any one Member may 
address the Committee on any bill, motion, or other matter 
under consideration by the Committee shall not exceed five 
minutes, and then only when the Member has been recognized by 
the Chairman, except that this time limit may be extended when 
permitted by unanimous consent.
    (c) Postponement of Vote.--The Chairman may postpone 
further proceedings when a record vote is ordered on the 
question of approving any measure or matter or adopting an 
amendment. The Chairman may resume proceedings on a postponed 
vote at any time, provided that all reasonable steps have been 
taken to notify Members of the resumption of such proceedings, 
including, when practicable, circulation of notice by the Clerk 
of the Committee. When proceedings resume on a postponed 
question, notwithstanding any intervening order for the 
previous question, an underlying proposition shall remain 
subject to further debate or amendment to the same extent as 
when the question was postponed.
    (d) Contempt Procedures.--No recommendation that a person 
be cited for contempt of Congress shall be forwarded to the 
House unless and until the Full Committee has, upon notice to 
all its Members, met and considered the alleged contempt. The 
person to be cited for contempt shall be afforded, upon notice 
of at least 72 hours, an opportunity to state why he or she 
should not be held in contempt prior to a vote of the Full 
Committee, with a quorum being present, on the question whether 
to forward such recommendation to the House. Such statement 
shall be, in the discretion of the Chairman, either in writing 
or in person before the Full Committee.

                           Rule 6.--Witnesses

    (a) Questioning of Witnesses.--(1) Questioning of witnesses 
by Members will be conducted under the five-minute rule unless 
the Committee adopts a motion permitted by clause 2(j)(2) of 
House rule XI.
    (2) In questioning witnesses under the five-minute rule, 
the Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member shall first be 
recognized. In a subcommittee meeting or hearing, the Chairman 
and Ranking Minority Member of the Full Committee are then 
recognized. All other Members that arrive before the 
commencement of the meeting or hearing will be recognized in 
the order of seniority on the Committee, alternating between 
Majority and Minority Members. Committee Members arriving after 
the commencement of the hearing shall be recognized in order of 
appearance, alternating between Majority and Minority Members, 
after all Members present at the beginning of the hearing have 
been recognized. Each Member shall be recognized at least once 
before any Member is given a second opportunity to question a 
witness.
    (3) The Chairman, in consultation with the Ranking Minority 
Member, or the Committee by motion, may permit an extension of 
the period of questioning of a witness beyond five minutes but 
the time allotted must be equally apportioned to the Majority 
party and the Minority and may not exceed one hour in the 
aggregate.
    (4) The Chairman, in consultation with the Ranking Minority 
Member, or the Committee by motion, may permit Committee staff 
of the Majority and Minority to question a witness for a 
specified period of time, but the time allotted must be equally 
apportioned to the Majority and Minority staff and may not 
exceed one hour in the aggregate.
    (b) Minority Witnesses.--Whenever a hearing is conducted by 
the Committee upon any measure or matter, the Minority party 
Members on the Committee shall be entitled, upon request to the 
Chairman by a majority of those Minority Members before the 
completion of such hearing, to call witnesses selected by the 
Minority to testify with respect to that measure or matter 
during at least one day of hearing thereon.
    (c) Oath or Affirmation.--The Chairman of the Committee or 
any Member designated by the Chairman, may administer an oath 
to any witness.
    (d) Statements by Witnesses.--(1) Consistent with the 
notice given, witnesses shall submit a prepared or written 
statement for the record of the proceedings (including, where 
practicable, an electronic copy) with the Clerk of the 
Committee no less than 48 hours in advance of the witness's 
appearance before the Committee. Unless the 48 hour requirement 
is waived or otherwise modified by the Chairman, after 
consultation with the Ranking Minority Member, the failure to 
comply with this requirement may result in the exclusion of the 
written testimony from the hearing record and/or the barring of 
an oral presentation of the testimony. The Clerk of the 
Committee shall provide any such prepared or written statement 
submitted to the Clerk prior to the hearing to the Members of 
the Committee prior to the commencement of the hearing.
    (2) To the greatest extent practicable, the written 
testimony of each witness appearing in a non-governmental 
capacity shall include a curriculum vita and a disclosure of 
the amount and source (by agency and program) of any Federal 
grant (or subgrant thereof) or contract (or subcontract 
thereof) received during the current fiscal year or either of 
the two preceding fiscal years by the witness or by an entity 
represented by the witness. Such disclosures shall be made 
publicly available, with appropriate redactions to protect the 
privacy of the witness, in electronic form not later than one 
day after the witness appears.

                            Rule 7.--Quorum

    Quorum Requirements.--Two Members shall constitute a quorum 
for purposes of taking testimony and receiving evidence. One-
third of the Members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum 
for conducting business, except for (1) reporting a measure or 
recommendation; (2) closing Committee meetings to the public, 
pursuant to Committee rule IV; (3) authorizing the issuance of 
subpoenas; and (4) any other action for which an actual 
majority quorum is required by any rule of the House of 
Representatives or by law. The Chairman shall make reasonable 
efforts, including consultation with the Ranking Minority 
Member when scheduling meetings and hearings, to ensure that a 
quorum for any purpose will include at least one Minority 
Member of the Committee.

                            Rule 8.--Decorum

    (a) Breaches of Decorum.--The Chairman may punish breaches 
of order and decorum, by censure and exclusion from the 
hearing; and the Committee may cite the offender to the House 
for contempt.
    (b) Access to Dais.--Access to the dais before, during, and 
after a hearing, markup, or other meeting of the Committee 
shall be limited to Members and staff of the Committee. Subject 
to availability of space on the dais, Committee Members' 
personal staff may be present on the dais during a hearing if 
their employing Member is seated on the dais and during a 
markup or other meeting if their employing Member is the author 
of a measure or amendment under consideration by the Committee, 
but only during the time that the measure or amendment is under 
active consideration by the Committee, or otherwise at the 
discretion of the Chairman, or of the Ranking Minority Member 
for personal staff employed by a Minority Member.
    (c) Wireless Communications Use Prohibited.--During a 
hearing, mark-up, or other meeting of the Committee, ringing or 
audible sounds or conversational use of cellular telephones or 
other electronic devices is prohibited in the Committee room.

                         Rule 9.--Subcommittees

    (a) Generally.--The Full Committee shall be organized into 
the following six standing subcommittees and shall have 
specific responsibility for such measures or matters as the 
Chairman refers to it:
          (1) Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security
          (2) Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response 
        and Communications
          (3) Subcommittee on Transportation Security
          (4) Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence
          (5) Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure 
        Protection, and Security Technologies
          (6) Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and 
        Management
    (b) Selection and Ratio of Subcommittee Members.--The 
Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Full Committee 
shall select their respective Members of each subcommittee. The 
ratio of Majority to Minority Members shall be comparable to 
the Full Committee, except that each subcommittee shall have at 
least two more Majority Members than Minority Members.
    (c) Ex Officio Members.--The Chairman and Ranking Minority 
Member of the Full Committee shall be ex officio members of 
each subcommittee but are not authorized to vote on matters 
that arise before each subcommittee. The Chairman and Ranking 
Minority Member of the Full Committee shall only be counted to 
satisfy the quorum requirement for the purpose of taking 
testimony and receiving evidence.
    (d) Powers and Duties of Subcommittees.--Except as 
otherwise directed by the Chairman of the Full Committee, each 
subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold hearings, receive 
testimony, mark up legislation, and report to the Full 
Committee on all matters within its purview. Subcommittee 
Chairmen shall set hearing and meeting dates only with the 
approval of the Chairman of the Full Committee. To the greatest 
extent practicable, no more than one meeting and hearing should 
be scheduled for a given time.
    (e) Special Voting Provision.--If a tie vote occurs in a 
Subcommittee on the question of forwarding any measure to the 
Full Committee, the measure shall be placed on the agenda for 
Full Committee consideration as if it had been ordered reported 
by the Subcommittee without recommendation.

                       Rule 10.--Committee Panels

    (a) Designation.--The Chairman of the Full Committee, with 
the concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member, may designate a 
panel of the Committee consisting of Members of the Committee 
to inquire into and take testimony on a matter or matters that 
warrant enhanced consideration and to report to the Committee.
    (b) Duration.--No panel appointed by the Chairman shall 
continue in existence for more than six months after the 
appointment.
    (c) Party Ratios and Appointment.--Consistent with the 
party ratios established by the Majority party, all Majority 
members of the panels shall be appointed by the Chairman of the 
Committee, and all Minority members shall be appointed by the 
Ranking Minority Member of the Committee. The Chairman of the 
Committee shall choose one of the Majority Members so appointed 
who does not currently chair another Subcommittee of the 
Committee to serve as Chairman of the panel. The Ranking 
Minority Member of the Committee shall similarly choose the 
Ranking Minority Member of the panel.
    (d) Ex Officio Members.--The Chairman and Ranking Minority 
Member of the Full Committee may serve as ex-officio Members of 
each committee panel but are not authorized to vote on matters 
that arise before a committee panel and shall not be counted to 
satisfy the quorum requirement for any purpose other than 
taking testimony.
    (e) Jurisdiction.--No panel shall have legislative 
jurisdiction.
    (f) Applicability of Committee Rules.--Any designated panel 
shall be subject to all Committee Rules herein.

                  Rule 11.--Referrals to Subcommittees

    Referral of Bills and Other Matters by Chairman.--Except 
for bills and other matters retained by the Chairman for Full 
Committee consideration, each bill or other matter referred to 
the Full Committee shall be referred by the Chairman to one or 
more subcommittees within two weeks of receipt by the 
Committee. In referring any measure or matter to a 
subcommittee, the Chair may specify a date by which the 
subcommittee shall report thereon to the Full Committee. Bills 
or other matters referred to subcommittees may be reassigned or 
discharged by the Chairman.

                          Rule 12.--Subpoenas

    (a) Authorization.--Pursuant to clause 2(m) of rule XI of 
the House, a subpoena may be authorized and issued under the 
seal of the House and attested by the Clerk of the House, and 
may be served by any person designated by the Full Committee 
for the furtherance of an investigation with authorization by--
          (1) a majority of the Full Committee, a quorum being 
        present; or
          (2) the Chairman of the Full Committee, after 
        consultation with the Ranking Minority Member of the 
        Full Committee, during any period for which the House 
        has adjourned for a period in excess of 3 days pursuant 
        to a concurrent resolution when, in the opinion of the 
        Chairman of the Full Committee, authorization and 
        issuance of the subpoena is necessary to obtain the 
        material or testimony set forth in the subpoena. The 
        Chairman of the Full Committee shall notify Members of 
        the Committee of the authorization and issuance of a 
        subpoena under this rule as soon as practicable, but in 
        no event later than one week after service of such 
        subpoena.
    (b) Disclosure.--Provisions may be included in a subpoena 
with the concurrence of the Chairman and the Ranking Minority 
Member of the Full Committee, or by the Committee, to prevent 
the disclosure of the Full Committee's demands for information 
when deemed necessary for the security of information or the 
progress of an investigation, including but not limited to 
prohibiting the revelation by witnesses and their counsel of 
Full Committee's inquiries.
    (c) Subpoena duces tecum.--A subpoena duces tecum may be 
issued whose return to the Committee Clerk shall occur at a 
time and place other than that of a regularly scheduled 
meeting.
    (d) Affidavits and Depositions.--The Chairman of the Full 
Committee, in consultation with the Ranking Minority Member of 
the Full Committee, or the Committee may authorize the taking 
of an affidavit or deposition with respect to any person who is 
subpoenaed under these rules but who is unable to appear in 
person to testify as a witness at any hearing or meeting. 
Notices for the taking of depositions shall specify the date, 
time and place of examination. Depositions shall be taken under 
oath administered by a Member or a person otherwise authorized 
by law to administer oaths. Prior consultation with the Ranking 
Minority Member of the Full Committee shall include written 
notice three business days before any deposition is scheduled 
to provide an opportunity for Minority staff to be present 
during the questioning.

                       Rule 13.--Committee Staff

    (a) Generally.--Committee staff members are subject to the 
provisions of clause 9 of House rule X and must be eligible to 
be considered for routine access to classified information.
    (b) Staff Assignments.--For purposes of these rules, 
Committee staff means the employees of the Committee, 
detailees, fellows, or any other person engaged by contract or 
otherwise to perform services for, or at the request of, the 
Committee. All such persons shall be either Majority, Minority, 
or shared staff. The Chairman shall appoint, determine 
remuneration of, supervise, and may remove Majority staff. The 
Ranking Minority Member shall appoint, determine remuneration 
of, supervise, and may remove Minority staff. In consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member, the Chairman may appoint, 
determine remuneration of, supervise and may remove shared 
staff that is assigned to service of the Committee. The 
Chairman shall certify Committee staff appointments, including 
appointments by the Ranking Minority Member, as required.
    (c) Divulgence of Information.--Prior to the public 
acknowledgement by the Chairman or the Committee of a decision 
to initiate an investigation of a particular person, entity, or 
subject, no member of the Committee staff shall knowingly 
divulge to any person any information, including non-classified 
information, which comes into his or her possession by virtue 
of his or her status as a member of the Committee staff, if the 
member of the Committee staff has a reasonable expectation that 
such information may alert the subject of a Committee 
investigation to the existence, nature, or substance of such 
investigation, unless authorized to do so by the Chairman or 
the Committee.

         Rule 14.--Committee Member and Committee Staff Travel

    (a) Approval of Travel.--Consistent with the primary 
expense resolution and such additional expense resolutions as 
may have been approved, travel to be reimbursed from funds set 
aside for the Committee for any Committee Member or Committee 
staff shall be paid only upon the prior authorization of the 
Chairman. Travel may be authorized by the Chairman for any 
Committee Member or Committee staff only in connection with 
official Committee business, such as the attendance of hearings 
conducted by the Committee and meetings, conferences, site 
visits, and investigations that involve activities or subject 
matters under the general jurisdiction of the Full Committee.
          (1) Proposed Travel by Majority Party Committee 
        Members and Committee Staff.--In the case of proposed 
        travel by Majority party Committee Members or Committee 
        staff, before such authorization is given, there shall 
        be submitted to the Chairman in writing the following: 
        (a) the purpose of the travel; (b) the dates during 
        which the travel is to be made and the date or dates of 
        the event for which the travel is being made; (c) the 
        location of the event for which the travel is to be 
        made; (d) the estimated total cost of the travel; and 
        (e) the names of Members and staff seeking 
        authorization. On the basis of that information, the 
        Chairman shall determine whether the proposed travel is 
        for official Committee business, concerns a subject 
        matter under the jurisdiction of the Full Committee, 
        and is not excessively costly in view of the Committee 
        business proposed to be conducted.
          (2) Proposed Travel by Minority Party Committee 
        Members and Committee Staff.--In the case of proposed 
        travel by Minority party Committee Members or Committee 
        staff, the Ranking Minority Member shall provide to the 
        Chairman a written representation setting forth the 
        information specified in items (a), (b), (c), (d) and 
        (e) of subparagraph (1) and his or her determination 
        that such travel complies with the other requirements 
        of subparagraph (1).
    (b) Foreign Travel.--All Committee Members and Committee 
staff requests for foreign travel must include a written 
representation setting forth the information specified in items 
(a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) of subparagraph (A)(1) and be 
submitted to the Chairman not fewer than ten business days 
prior to the start of the travel. Within thirty days of the 
conclusion of any such foreign travel authorized under this 
rule, there shall be submitted to the Chairman a written report 
summarizing the information gained as a result of the travel in 
question, or other Committee objectives served by such travel. 
The requirements of this section may be waived or abridged by 
the Chairman.
    (c) Compliance with Committee Travel Policy and 
Guidelines.--Travel must be in accordance with the Committee 
Travel Policy and Guidelines, as well as with House Rules, the 
Travel Guidelines and Regulations and any additional guidance 
set forth by the Committee on Ethics and the Committee on House 
Administration. Committee Members and staff shall follow these 
rules, policies, guidelines, and regulations in requesting and 
proceeding with any Committee-related travel.

      Rule 15.--Classified and Controlled Unclassified Information

     (a) Security Precautions.--Committee staff offices, 
including Majority and Minority offices, shall operate under 
strict security precautions administered by the Security 
Officer of the Committee. A security officer shall be on duty 
at all times during normal office hours. Classified documents 
and controlled unclassified information (CUI)--formerly known 
as sensitive but unclassified (SBU) information--may be 
destroyed, discussed, examined, handled, reviewed, stored, 
transported and used only in an appropriately secure manner in 
accordance with all applicable laws, executive orders, and 
other governing authorities. Such documents may be removed from 
the Committee's offices only in furtherance of official 
Committee business. Appropriate security procedures, as 
determined by the Chairman in consultation with the Ranking 
Minority Member, shall govern the handling of such documents 
removed from the Committee's offices.
    (b) Temporary Custody of Executive Branch Material.--
Executive branch documents or other materials containing 
classified information in any form that were not made part of 
the record of a Committee hearing, did not originate in the 
Committee or the House, and are not otherwise records of the 
Committee shall, while in the custody of the Committee, be 
segregated and maintained by the Committee in the same manner 
as Committee records that are classified. Such documents and 
other materials shall be returned to the Executive branch 
agency from which they were obtained at the earliest 
practicable time.
    (c) Access by Committee Staff.--Access to classified 
information supplied to the Committee shall be limited to 
Committee staff members with appropriate security clearances 
and a need-to-know, as determined by the Chairman or Ranking 
Minority Member, and under the direction of the Majority or 
Minority Staff Directors.
    (d) Maintaining Confidentiality.--No Committee Member or 
Committee staff shall disclose, in whole or in part or by way 
of summary, to any person who is not a Committee Member or 
authorized Committee staff for any purpose or in connection 
with any proceeding, judicial or otherwise, any testimony given 
before the Committee in executive session. Classified 
information and controlled unclassified information (CUI) shall 
be handled in accordance with all applicable laws, executive 
orders, and other governing authorities and consistently with 
the provisions of these rules and Committee procedures.
    (e) Oath.--Before a Committee Member or Committee staff may 
have access to classified information, the following oath (or 
affirmation) shall be executed:

        ``I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will not 
        disclose any classified information received in the 
        course of my service on the Committee on Homeland 
        Security, except as authorized by the Committee or the 
        House of Representatives or in accordance with the 
        Rules of such Committee or the Rules of the House.''

    Copies of the executed oath (or affirmation) shall be 
retained by the Clerk of the Committee as part of the records 
of the Committee.
    (f) Disciplinary Action.--The Chairman shall immediately 
consider disciplinary action in the event any Committee Member 
or Committee staff member fails to conform to the provisions of 
these rules governing the disclosure of classified or 
unclassified information. Such disciplinary action may include, 
but shall not be limited to, immediate dismissal from the 
Committee staff, criminal referral to the Justice Department, 
and notification of the Speaker of the House. With respect to 
Minority staff, the Chairman shall consider such disciplinary 
action in consultation with the Ranking Minority Member.

                      Rule 16.--Committee Records

    (a) Committee Records.--Committee Records shall constitute 
all data, charts and files in possession of the Committee and 
shall be maintained in accordance with clause 2(e) of House 
rule XI.
    (b) Legislative Calendar.--The Clerk of the Committee shall 
maintain a printed calendar for the information of each 
Committee Member showing any procedural or legislative measures 
considered or scheduled to be considered by the Committee, and 
the status of such measures and such other matters as the 
Committee determines shall be included. The calendar shall be 
revised from time to time to show pertinent changes. A copy of 
such revisions shall be made available to each Member of the 
Committee upon request.
    (c) Members Right To Access.--Members of the Committee and 
of the House shall have access to all official Committee 
Records. Access to Committee files shall be limited to 
examination within the Committee offices at reasonable times. 
Access to Committee Records that contain classified information 
shall be provided in a manner consistent with these rules.
    (d) Removal of Committee Records.--Files and records of the 
Committee are not to be removed from the Committee offices. No 
Committee files or records that are not made publicly available 
shall be photocopied by any Member.
    (e) Executive Session Records.--Evidence or testimony 
received by the Committee in executive session shall not be 
released or made available to the public unless agreed to by 
the Committee. Members may examine the Committee's executive 
session records, but may not make copies of, or take personal 
notes from, such records.
    (f) Availability of Committee Records.--The Committee shall 
keep a complete record of all Committee action including 
recorded votes and attendance at hearings and meetings. 
Information so available for public inspection shall include a 
description of each amendment, motion, order, or other 
proposition, including the name of the Member who offered the 
amendment, motion, order, or other proposition, and the name of 
each Member voting for and each Member voting against each such 
amendment, motion, order, or proposition, as well as the names 
of those Members present but not voting. Such record shall be 
made available to the public at reasonable times within the 
Committee offices and also made publicly available in 
electronic form and posted on the official Committee web site 
within 48 hours of such record vote.
    (g) Separate and Distinct.--All Committee records and files 
must be kept separate and distinct from the office records of 
the Members serving as Chairman and Ranking Minority Member. 
Records and files of Members' personal offices shall not be 
considered records or files of the Committee.
    (h) Disposition of Committee Records.--At the conclusion of 
each Congress, non-current records of the Committee shall be 
delivered to the Archivist of the United States in accordance 
with rule VII of the Rules of the House.
    (i) Archived Records.--The records of the Committee at the 
National Archives and Records Administration shall be made 
available for public use in accordance with rule VII of the 
Rules of the House. The Chairman shall notify the Ranking 
Minority Member of any decision, pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or 
clause 4(b) of the Rule, to withhold a record otherwise 
available, and the matter shall be presented to the Committee 
for a determination on the written request of any member of the 
Committee. The Chairman shall consult with the Ranking Minority 
Member on any communication from the Archivist of the United 
States or the Clerk of the House concerning the disposition of 
noncurrent records pursuant to clause 3(b) of the rule.

                       Rule 17.--Committee Rules

    (a) Availability of Committee Rules in Electronic Form.--
Pursuant to clause 2(a) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives, the Committee shall make its rules publicly 
available in electronic form and posted on the official 
Committee web site and shall submit such rules for publication 
in the Congressional Record not later than 30 days after the 
Chairman of the Committee is elected in each odd-numbered year.
    (b) Changes to Committee Rules.--These rules may be 
modified, amended, or repealed by the Full Committee provided 
that a notice in writing of the proposed change has been given 
to each Member at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at which 
action thereon is to be taken and such changes are not 
inconsistent with the Rules of the House of Representatives.
                   Committee on House Administration

  DANIEL E. LUNGREN, California, 
             Chairman

ROBERT BRADY, Pennsylvania,          PHIL GINGREY, Georgia
  Ranking Member                     GREGG HARPER, Mississippi
ZOE LOFGREN, California              RICHARD NUGENT, Florida
CHARLIE GONZALEZ, Texas              TODD ROKITA, Indiana
                                     AARON SCHOCK, Illinois

                       (Adopted January 25, 2011)


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) The Rules of the House are the rules of the Committee 
so far as applicable, except that a motion to recess from day 
to day is a privileged motion in the Committee. Each 
subcommittee of the committee is a part of the committee and is 
subject to the authority and direction of the chair and to its 
rules as far as applicable.
    (b) The Committee is authorized at any time to conduct such 
investigations and studies as it may consider necessary or 
appropriate in the exercise of its responsibilities under House 
rule X and, subject to the adoption of expense resolutions as 
required by House rule X, clause 6, to incur expenses 
(including travel expenses) in connection therewith.
    (c) The Committee is authorized to have printed and bound 
testimony and other data presented at hearings held by the 
Committee, and to make such information available to the 
public. All costs of stenographic services and transcripts in 
connection with any meeting or hearing of the Committee shall 
be paid from the appropriate House account.
    (d) The Committee shall submit to the House, not later than 
the 30th day after June 1 and December 1 of each year, a 
semiannual report on the activities of the committee under 
House rules X and XI.
    (e) The Committee's rules shall be made publicly available 
in electronic form and published in the Congressional Record 
not later than 30 days after the Committee is elected in each 
odd-numbered year.

                 Rule 2.--Regular and Special Meetings

    (a) The regular meeting date of the Committee on House 
Administration shall be the second Wednesday of every month 
when the House is in session in accordance with clause 2(b) of 
House rule XI. Additional meetings may be called by the Chair 
of the Committee as she or he may deem necessary or at the 
request of a majority of the members of the Committee in 
accordance with clause 2(c) of House rule XI. The determination 
of the business to be considered at each meeting shall be made 
by the Chair subject to clause 2(c) of House rule XI. A 
regularly scheduled meeting may be dispensed with if, in the 
judgment of the Chair, there is no need for the meeting.
    (b) If the Chair is not present at any meeting of the 
Committee, or at the discretion of the Chair, the Vice Chair of 
the Committee shall preside at the meeting. If the Chair and 
Vice Chair of the Committee are not present at any meeting of 
the Committee, the ranking member of the majority party who is 
present shall preside at the meeting.
    (c) The Chair, in the case of meetings to be conducted by 
the Committee, and the appropriate subcommittee chair, in the 
case of meetings to be conducted by a subcommittee, shall make 
public announcement of the date, place, and subject matter of 
any meeting to be conducted on any measure or matter. Such 
meeting shall not commence earlier than the third day on which 
members have notice thereof. If the Chair, with the concurrence 
of the ranking minority member, determines that there is good 
cause to begin the meeting sooner, or if the Committee so 
determines by majority vote, a quorum being present, the Chair 
shall make the announcement at the earliest possible date. The 
announcement shall promptly be made publicly available in 
electronic form and published in the Daily Digest.
    (d) The Chair, in the case of meetings to be conducted by 
the Committee, and the appropriate subcommittee chair, in the 
case of meetings to be conducted by a subcommittee, shall make 
available on the Committee's web site the text of any 
legislation to be marked up at a meeting at least 24 hours 
before such meeting (or at the time of an announcement made 
within 24 hours of such meeting). This requirement shall also 
apply to any resolution or regulation to be considered at a 
meeting.

                         Rule 3.--Open Meetings

    As required by clause 2(g), of House rule XI, each meeting 
for the transaction of business, including the markup of 
legislation of the Committee shall be open to the public except 
when the Committee in open session and with a quorum present 
determines by record vote that all or part of the remainder of 
the meeting on that day shall be closed to the public because 
disclosure of matters to be considered would endanger national 
security, would compromise sensitive law enforcement 
information, or would tend to defame, degrade or incriminate 
any person, or otherwise would violate any law or rule of the 
House: Provided, however, that no person other than members of 
the Committee, and such congressional staff and such other 
persons as the Committee may authorize, shall be present in any 
business or markup session which has been closed to the public. 
To the maximum extent practicable, the Chair shall cause to be 
provided audio and video coverage of each hearing or meeting 
that allows the public to easily listen to and view the 
proceedings and maintain the recordings of such coverage in a 
manner that is easily accessible to the public.

                     Rule 4.--Records and Rollcalls

    (a)(1) A record vote shall be held if requested by any 
member of the Committee.
    (2) The result of each record vote in any meeting of the 
Committee shall be made available for inspection by the public 
at reasonable times at the Committee offices, including a 
description of the amendment, motion, order or other 
proposition; the name of each member voting for and against; 
and the members present but not voting.
    (3) The Chairman shall make the record of the votes on any 
question on which a record vote is demanded available on the 
Committee's website not later than 48 hours after such vote is 
taken (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays). Such 
record shall include a description of the amendment, motion, 
order, or other proposition, the name of each member voting for 
and each member voting against such amendment, motion, order, 
or proposition, and the names of those members of the committee 
present but not voting.
    (4) The Chairman shall make available on the Committee's 
website not later than 24 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, 
and legal holidays) after the adoption of any amendment to a 
measure or matter the text of such amendment.
    (b)(1) Subject to subparagraph (2), the Chair may postpone 
further proceedings when a record vote is ordered on the 
question of approving any measure or matter or adopting an 
amendment. The Chair may resume proceedings on a postponed 
request at any time.
    (2) In exercising postponement authority under subparagraph 
(1), the Chair shall take all reasonable steps necessary to 
notify members on the resumption of proceedings on any 
postponed record vote.
    (3) When proceedings resume on a postponed question, 
notwithstanding any intervening order for the previous 
question, an underlying proposition shall remain subject to 
further debate or amendment to the same extent as when the 
question was postponed.
    (c) All Committee and subcommittee hearings, records, data, 
charts, and files shall be kept separate and distinct from the 
congressional office records of the member serving as Chair; 
and such records shall be the property of the House and all 
members of the House shall have access thereto.
    (d) House records of the Committee which are at the 
National Archives shall be made available pursuant to House 
rule VII. The Chair shall notify the ranking minority member of 
any decision to withhold a record pursuant to the rule, and 
shall present the matter to the Committee upon written request 
of any Committee member.
    (e) To the maximum extent feasible, the Committee shall 
make its publications available in electronic form.

                            Rule 5.--Proxies

    No vote by any member in the Committee may be cast by 
proxy.

             Rule 6.--Power to Sit and Act; Subpoena Power

    (a) For the purpose of carrying out any of its functions 
and duties under House rules X and XI, the Committee or any 
subcommittee thereof is authorized (subject to subparagraph 
(b)(1) of this paragraph)--
          (1) to sit and act at such times and places within 
        the United States, whether the House is in session, has 
        recessed, or has adjourned, and to hold such hearings; 
        and
          (2) to require, by subpoena or otherwise, the 
        attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the 
        production of such books, records, correspondence, 
        memorandums, papers, documents and other materials as 
        it deems necessary, including materials in electronic 
        form. The Chair, or any member designated by the Chair, 
        may administer oaths to any witness.
    (b)(1) A subpoena may be authorized and issued by the 
Committee or subcommittee in the conduct of any investigation 
or series of investigations or activities, only when authorized 
by a majority of the members voting, a majority being present. 
The power to authorize and issue subpoenas under subparagraph 
(a)(2) may be delegated to the Chair pursuant to such rules and 
under such limitations as the Committee may prescribe. 
Authorized subpoenas shall be signed by the Chair or by any 
member designated by the Committee, and may be served by any 
person designated by the Chair or such member.
    (2) Compliance with any subpoena issued by the Committee or 
a subcommittee may be enforced only as authorized or directed 
by the House.

                            Rule 7.--Quorums

    No measure or recommendation shall be reported to the House 
unless a majority of the Committee is actually present. For the 
purposes of taking any action other than reporting any measure, 
issuance of a subpoena, closing meetings, promulgating 
Committee orders, or changing the rules of the Committee, one-
third of the members of the Committee shall constitute a 
quorum. For purposes of taking testimony and receiving 
evidence, two members shall constitute a quorum.

                          Rule 8.--Amendments

    Any amendment offered to any pending legislation before the 
Committee or a subcommittee must be made available in written 
form when requested by any member of the Committee. If such 
amendment is not available in written form when requested, the 
Chair will allow an appropriate period of time for the 
provision thereof.

                      Rule 9.--Hearing Procedures

    (a) The Chair, in the case of hearings to be conducted by 
the Committee, and the appropriate subcommittee chair, in the 
case of hearings to be conducted by a subcommittee, shall make 
public announcement of the date, place, and subject matter of 
any hearing to be conducted on any measure or matter at least 
one (1) week before the commencement of that hearing. If the 
Chair, with the concurrence of the ranking minority member, 
determines that there is good cause to begin the hearing 
sooner, or if the Committee so determines by majority vote, a 
quorum being present, the Chair shall make the announcement at 
the earliest possible date. The clerk of the Committee shall 
promptly notify the Daily Digest Clerk of the Congressional 
Record as soon as possible after such public announcement is 
made.
    (b) Unless excused by the Chair, each witness who is to 
appear before the Committee or a subcommittee shall file with 
the clerk of the Committee, at least 48 hours in advance of his 
or her appearance, a written statement of his or her proposed 
testimony and shall limit his or her oral presentation to a 
summary of his or her statement.
    (c) When any hearing is conducted by the Committee upon any 
measure or matter, the minority party members on the Committee 
shall be entitled, upon request to the Chair by a majority of 
those minority members before the completion of such hearing, 
to call witnesses selected by the minority to testify with 
respect to that measure or matter during at least one day of 
hearings thereon.
    (d) Any member of the Committee may, if a subcommittee 
grants unanimous consent for a specific hearing, be permitted 
to sit during that hearing with a subcommittee on which he or 
she does not serve, but no member who has not been elected to a 
subcommittee shall count for a quorum, offer any measure, 
motion, or amendment, or vote on any matter before that 
subcommittee.
    (e) Committee or subcommittee members may question 
witnesses only when they have been recognized by the Chair for 
that purpose, and only for a 5-minute period until all members 
present have had an opportunity to question a witness. The 5-
minute period for questioning a witness by any one member can 
be extended as provided by House Rules. The questioning of a 
witness in Committee or subcommittee hearings shall be 
initiated by the Chair, followed by the ranking minority member 
and all other members alternating between the majority and 
minority. In recognizing members to question witnesses in this 
fashion, the Chair shall take into consideration the ratio of 
the majority to minority members present and shall establish 
the order of recognition for questioning in such a manner as 
not to disadvantage the members of the majority. The Chair may 
accomplish this by recognizing two majority members for each 
minority member recognized.
    (f) The following additional rules shall apply to hearings 
of the Committee or a subcommittee, as applicable:
          (1) The Chair at a hearing shall announce in an 
        opening statement the subject of the investigation.
          (2) A copy of the Committee rules and this clause 
        shall be made available to each witness as provided by 
        clause 2(k)(2) of rule XI.
          (3) Witnesses at hearings may be accompanied by their 
        own counsel for the purpose of advising them concerning 
        their constitutional rights.
          (4) The Chair may punish breaches of order and 
        decorum, and of professional ethics on the part of 
        counsel, by censure and exclusion from the hearings; 
        and the Committee may cite the offender to the House 
        for contempt.
          (5) If the Committee determines that evidence or 
        testimony at a hearing may tend to defame, degrade, or 
        incriminate any person, it shall--
                  (A) afford such person an opportunity 
                voluntarily to appear as a witness;
                  (B) receive such evidence or testimony in 
                executive session; and
                  (C) receive and dispose of requests from such 
                person to subpoena additional witnesses.
          (6) Except as provided in subparagraph (f)(5), the 
        Chair shall receive and the Committee shall dispose of 
        requests to subpoena additional witnesses.
          (7) No evidence or testimony taken in executive 
        session may be released or used in public sessions 
        without the consent of the Committee.
          (8) In the discretion of the Committee, witnesses may 
        submit brief and pertinent sworn statements in writing 
        for inclusion in the record. The Committee is the sole 
        judge of the pertinence of testimony and evidence 
        adduced at its hearing.
          (9) A witness may obtain a transcript copy of his 
        testimony given at a public session or, if given at an 
        executive session, when authorized by the Committee.

         Rule 10.--Procedures for Reporting Measures or Matters

    (a)(1) It shall be the duty of the Chair to report or cause 
to be reported promptly to the House any measure approved by 
the Committee and to take or cause to be taken necessary steps 
to bring the matter to a vote.
    (2) In any event, the report of the Committee on a measure 
which has been approved by the Committee shall be filed within 
7 calendar days (exclusive of days on which the House is not in 
session) after the day on which there has been filed with the 
clerk of the Committee a written request, signed by a majority 
of the members of the Committee, for the reporting of that 
measure. Upon the filing of any such request, the clerk of the 
Committee shall transmit immediately to the Chair notice of the 
filing of that request.
    (b)(1) No measure or recommendation shall be reported to 
the House unless a majority of the Committee is actually 
present.
    (2) With respect to each record vote on a motion to report 
any measure or matter of a public character, and on any 
amendment offered to the measure or matter, the total number of 
votes cast for and against, and the names of those members 
voting for and against, shall be included in the Committee 
report on the measure or matter.
    (c) The report of the Committee on a measure or matter 
which has been approved by the Committee shall include the 
matters required by clause 3(c) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House.
    (d) If, at the time any measure or matter is ordered 
reported by the Committee, any member of the Committee gives 
notice of intention to file supplemental, minority, or 
additional views, that member shall be entitled to not less 
than two additional calendar days after the day of such notice, 
commencing on the day on which the measure or matter(s) was 
approved, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays, in 
which to file such views, in writing and signed by that member, 
with the clerk of the Committee. All such views so filed by one 
or more members of the Committee shall be included within, and 
shall be a part of, the report filed by the Committee with 
respect to that measure or matter. The report of the Committee 
upon that measure or matter shall be printed in a single volume 
which--
          (1) shall include all supplemental, minority, or 
        additional views, in the form submitted, by the time of 
        the filing of the report, and
          (2) shall bear upon its cover a recital that any such 
        supplemental, minority, or additional views (and any 
        material submitted under subparagraph (c)) are included 
        as part of the report.
This subparagraph does not preclude--
                  (A) the immediate filing or printing of a 
                Committee report unless timely request for the 
                opportunity to file supplemental, minority, or 
                additional views has been made as provided by 
                paragraph (c); or
                  (B) the filing of any supplemental report 
                upon any measure or matter which may be 
                required for the correction of any technical 
                error in a previous report made by the 
                Committee upon that measure or matter.
          (3) shall, when appropriate, contain the documents 
        required by clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
        the House.
    (e) The Chair, following consultation with the ranking 
minority member, is directed to offer a motion under clause 1 
of rule XXII of the Rules of the House, relating to going to 
conference with the Senate, whenever the Chair considers it 
appropriate.
    (f) If hearings have been held on any such measure or 
matter so reported, the Committee shall make every reasonable 
effort to have such hearings published and available to the 
members of the House prior to the consideration of such measure 
or matter in the House.
    (g) The Chair may designate any majority member of the 
Committee to act as ``floor manager'' of a bill or resolution 
during its consideration in the House.

                     Rule 11.--Committee Oversight

    The Committee shall conduct oversight of matters within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee in accordance with House rule X, 
clause 2 and clause 4. Not later than February 15 of the first 
session of a Congress, the Committee shall, in a meeting that 
is open to the public and with a quorum present, adopt its 
oversight plan for that Congress in accordance with House rule 
X, clause 2(d).

     Rule 12.--Review of Continuing Programs; Budget Act Provisions

    (a) The Committee shall, in its consideration of all bills 
and joint resolutions of a public character within its 
jurisdiction, ensure that appropriation for continuing programs 
and activities of the Federal Government will be made annually 
to the maximum extent feasible and consistent with the nature, 
requirement, and objectives of the programs and activities 
involved. For the purposes of this paragraph a Government 
agency includes the organizational units of government listed 
in clause 4(e) of rule X of House Rules.
    (b) The Committee shall review, from time to time, each 
continuing program within its jurisdiction for which 
appropriations are not made annually in order to ascertain 
whether such program could be modified so that appropriations 
therefore would be made annually.
    (c) The Committee shall, on or before February 25 of each 
year, submit to the Committee on the Budget (1) its views and 
estimates with respect to all matters to be set forth in the 
concurrent resolution on the budget for the ensuing fiscal year 
which are within its jurisdiction or functions, and (2) an 
estimate of the total amounts of new budget authority, and 
budget outlays resulting there from, to be provided or 
authorized in all bills and resolutions within its jurisdiction 
which it intends to be effective during that fiscal year.
    (d) As soon as practicable after a concurrent resolution on 
the budget for any fiscal year is agreed to, the Committee 
(after consulting with the appropriate committee or committees 
of the Senate) shall subdivide any allocation made to it in the 
joint explanatory statement accompanying the conference report 
on such resolution, and promptly report such subdivisions to 
the House, in the manner provided by section 302 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974.
    (e) Whenever the Committee is directed in a concurrent 
resolution on the budget to determine and recommend changes in 
laws, bills, or resolutions under the reconciliation process it 
shall promptly make such determination and recommendations, and 
report a reconciliation bill or resolution (or both) to the 
House or submit such recommendations to the Committee on the 
Budget, in accordance with the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974.

       Rule 13.--Broadcasting of Committee Hearings and Meetings

    Whenever any hearing or meeting conducted by the Committee 
is open to the public, those proceedings shall be open to 
coverage by television, radio, and still photography, as 
provided in clause 4 of House rule XI, subject to the 
limitations therein. Operation and use of any Committee 
Internet broadcast system shall be fair and nonpartisan and in 
accordance with clause 4(b) of rule XI and all other applicable 
rules of the Committee and the House.

               Rule 14.--Committee and Subcommittee Staff

    The staff of the Committee on House Administration shall be 
appointed as follows:
    (a) The staff shall be appointed by the Chair except as 
provided in paragraph (B), and may be removed by the Chair, and 
shall work under the general supervision and direction of the 
Chair;
    (b) All staff provided to the minority party members of the 
Committee shall be appointed by the ranking minority member, 
and may be removed by the ranking minority member of the 
Committee, and shall work under the general supervision and 
direction of such member;
    (c) The appointment of all professional staff shall be 
subject to the approval of the Committee as provided by, and 
subject to the provisions of, clause 9 of rule X of the Rules 
of the House;
    (d) The Chair shall fix the compensation of all staff of 
the Committee, after consultation with the ranking minority 
member regarding any minority party staff, within the budget 
approved for such purposes for the Committee.

                 Rule 15.--Travel of Members and Staff

    (a) Consistent with the primary expense resolution and such 
additional expense resolutions as may have been approved, the 
provisions of this rule shall govern travel of Committee 
members and staff. Travel for any member or any staff member 
shall be paid only upon the prior authorization of the Chair or 
her or his designee. Travel may be authorized by the Chair for 
any member and any staff member in connection with the 
attendance at hearings conducted by the Committee and meetings, 
conferences, and investigations which involve activities or 
subject matter under the general jurisdiction of the Committee. 
Before such authorization is given there shall be submitted to 
the Chair in writing the following:
          (1) The purpose of the travel;
          (2) The dates during which the travel will occur;
          (3) The locations to be visited and the length of 
        time to be spent in each; and
          (4) The names of members and staff seeking 
        authorization.
    (b)(1) In the case of travel outside the United States of 
members and staff of the Committee for the purpose of 
conducting hearings, investigations, studies, or attending 
meetings and conferences involving activities or subject matter 
under the legislative assignment of the committee, prior 
authorization must be obtained from the Chair. Before such 
authorization is given, there shall be submitted to the Chair, 
in writing, a request for such authorization. Each request, 
which shall be filed in a manner that allows for a reasonable 
period of time for review before such travel is scheduled to 
begin, shall include the following:
          (A) the purpose of the travel;
          (B) the dates during which the travel will occur;
          (C) the names of the countries to be visited and the 
        length of time to be spent in each;
          (D) an agenda of anticipated activities for each 
        country for which travel is authorized together with a 
        description of the purpose to be served and the areas 
        of committee jurisdiction involved; and
          (E) the names of members and staff for whom 
        authorization is sought.
    (2) At the conclusion of any hearing, investigation, study, 
meeting or conference for which travel outside the United 
States has been authorized pursuant to this rule, members and 
staff attending meetings or conferences shall submit a written 
report to the Chair covering the activities and other pertinent 
observations or information gained as a result of such travel.
    (c) Members and staff of the Committee performing 
authorized travel on official business shall be governed by 
applicable laws, resolutions, or regulations of the House and 
of the Committee on House Administration pertaining to such 
travel.

           Rule 16.--Number and Jurisdiction of Subcommittees

    (a) There shall be two standing subcommittees, with party 
ratios of members as indicated. Subcommittees shall have 
jurisdictions as stated by these rules, may conduct oversight 
over such subject matter, and may consider such legislation as 
may be referred to them by the Chair. The names and 
jurisdiction of the subcommittees shall be:
          (1) Subcommittee on Elections--(4/2). Matters 
        pertaining to the Federal Election Campaign Act, the 
        Federal Contested Elections Act, the Help America Vote 
        Act, the National Voter Registration Act, the Uniformed 
        and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, the Federal 
        Voting Assistance Program, the Bipartisan Campaign 
        Reform Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act 
        (accessibility for voters with disabilities), the 
        Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Election 
        Assistance Commission (EAC), and other election related 
        issues. Oversight of the Federal Election Commission 
        (FEC) and the Election Assistance Commission (EAC).
          (2) Subcommittee on Oversight--(4/2). Matters 
        pertaining to operations of the Library of Congress, 
        the Botanic Garden, the Smithsonian Institution, the 
        Architect of the Capitol, the Capitol Visitors Center; 
        the Chief Administrative Officer, House Information 
        Resources, the Clerk of the House, the House Inspector 
        General, the Congressional Research Service and the 
        Office of Compliance.
    (b) No subcommittee shall meet during any full Committee 
meeting or hearing.
    (c) The Chair may establish and appoint members to serve on 
task forces of the Committee, to perform specific functions for 
limited periods of time, as she or he deems appropriate.

           Rule 17.--Referral of Legislation to Subcommittees

    The Chair may refer legislation or other matters to a 
subcommittee, or subcommittees, as she or he considers 
appropriate. The Chair may discharge any subcommittee of any 
matter referred to it.

               Rule 18.--Other Procedures and Regulations

    The Chair may establish such other procedures and take such 
actions as may be necessary to carry out the foregoing rules or 
to facilitate the effective operation of the committee.

            Rule 19.--Designation of Clerk of the Committee

    For the purposes of these rules and the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, the staff director of the Committee shall 
act as the clerk of the Committee.
                       Committee on the Judiciary

   LAMAR SMITH, Texas, Chairman

JOHN CONYERS, Michigan,              F. JAMES SENSENBRENNER, Jr.,
  Ranking Member                       Wisconsin
HOWARD L. BERMAN, California         HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina
JERROLD NADLER, New York             ELTON GALLEGLY, California
ROBERT C. ``BOBBY'' SCOTT, Virginia  BOB GOODLATTE, Virginia
MELVIN L. WATT, North Carolina       DANIEL E. LUNGREN, California
ZOE LOFGREN, California              STEVE CHABOT, Ohio
SHEILA JACKSON LEE, Texas            DARRELL E. ISSA, California
MAXINE WATERS, California            RANDY J. FORBES, Virginia
STEVE COHEN, Tennessee               STEVE KING, Iowa
HENRY C. ``HANK'' JOHNSON, Jr., GeorgiaENT FRANKS, Arizona
PEDRO R. PIERLUISI, Puerto Rico      LOUIE GOHMERT, Texas
MIKE QUIGLEY, Illinois               JIM JORDAN, Ohio
JUDY CHU, California                 TED POE, Texas
THEODORE E. DEUTCH, Florida          JASON CHAFFETZ, Utah
LINDA T. SANCHEZ, California         TIM GRIFFIN, Arkansas
[VACANT]                             TOM MARINO, Pennsylvania
                                     TREY GOWDY, South Carolina
                                     DENNIS A. ROSS, Florida
                                     SANDY ADAMS, Florida
                                     BENJAMIN QUAYLE, Arizona

                       (Adopted January 19, 2011)


                                Rule 1.

    The Rules of the House of Representatives are the rules of 
the Committee on the Judiciary and its subcommittees with the 
following specific additions thereto.

                      Rule 2.--Committee Meetings

    (a) The regular meeting day of the Committee on the 
Judiciary for the conduct of its business shall be on Wednesday 
of each week while the House is in session.
    (b) Additional meetings may be called by the Chairman and a 
regular meeting of the Committee may be dispensed with when, in 
the judgment of the Chairman, there is no need therefor.
    (c) At least 3 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal 
holidays when the House is not in session) before each 
scheduled Committee or subcommittee meeting, each Member of the 
Committee or subcommittee shall be furnished a list of the 
bill(s) and subject(s) to be considered and/or acted upon at 
the meeting. Bills or subjects not listed shall be subject to a 
point of order unless their consideration is agreed to by a 
two-thirds vote of the Committee or subcommittee.
    (d) In an emergency that does not reasonably allow for 3 
days' notice, the Chairman may waive the 3-day notice 
requirement with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority 
Member.
    (e) At least 48 hours prior to the commencement of a 
meeting for the markup of legislation, the text of such 
legislation shall be made publicly available in electronic 
form.
    (f) To the maximum extent practicable, amendments to a 
measure or matter shall be submitted in writing or 
electronically to the designee of both the Chairman and Ranking 
Member at least 24 hours prior to the consideration of the 
measure or matter. The Chairman may use his discretion to give 
priority to amendments submitted in advance.
    (g) Committee and subcommittee meetings for the transaction 
of business, i.e. meetings other than those held for the 
purpose of taking testimony, shall be open to the public except 
when the Committee or subcommittee determines by majority vote 
to close the meeting because disclosure of matters to be 
considered would endanger national security, would compromise 
sensitive law enforcement information, or would tend to defame, 
degrade or incriminate any person or otherwise would violate 
any law or rule of the House.
    (h) Every motion made to the Committee and entertained by 
the Chairman shall be reduced to writing upon demand of any 
Member, and a copy made available to each Member present.
    (i) For purposes of taking any action at a meeting of the 
full Committee or any subcommittee thereof, a quorum shall be 
constituted by the presence of not less than one-third of the 
Members of the Committee or subcommittee, except that a full 
majority of the Members of the Committee or subcommittee shall 
constitute a quorum for purposes of reporting a measure or 
recommendation from the Committee or subcommittee, closing a 
meeting to the public, or authorizing the issuance of a 
subpoena.
    (j)(1) Subject to subparagraph (2), the Chairman may 
postpone further proceedings when a record vote is ordered on 
the question of approving any measure or matter or adopting an 
amendment. The Chairman may resume proceedings on a postponed 
request at any time.
    (2) In exercising postponement authority under subparagraph 
(1), the Chairman shall take all reasonable steps necessary to 
notify Members on the resumption of proceedings on any 
postponed record vote.
    (3) When proceedings resume on a postponed question, 
notwithstanding any intervening order for the previous 
question, an underlying proposition shall remain subject to 
further debate or amendment to the same extent as when the 
question was postponed.
    (k) Transcripts of markups shall be recorded and may be 
published in the same manner as hearings before the Committee.
    (l) Without further action of the Committee, the Chairman 
is directed to offer a motion under clause 1 of rule XXII of 
the Rules of the House of Representatives whenever the Chairman 
considers it appropriate.

                           Rule 3.--Hearings

    (a) The Committee Chairman or any subcommittee Chairman 
shall make public announcement of the date, place, and subject 
matter of any hearing to be conducted by it on any measure or 
matter at least one week before the commencement of that 
hearing. If the Chairman of the Committee, or subcommittee, 
with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member, determines 
there is good cause to begin the hearing sooner, or if the 
Committee or subcommittee so determines by majority vote, a 
quorum being present for the transaction of business, the 
Chairman or subcommittee Chairman shall make the announcement 
at the earliest possible date.
    (b) Committee and subcommittee hearings shall be open to 
the public except when the Committee or subcommittee determines 
by majority vote to close the meeting because disclosure of 
matters to be considered would endanger national security, 
would compromise sensitive law enforcement information, or 
would tend to defame, degrade or incriminate any person or 
otherwise would violate any law or rule of the House.
    (c) For purposes of taking testimony and receiving evidence 
before the Committee or any subcommittee, a quorum shall be 
constituted by the presence of two Members.
    (d) In the course of any hearing each Member shall be 
allowed five minutes for the interrogation of a witness until 
such time as each Member who so desires has had an opportunity 
to question the witness.
    (e) The transcripts of those hearings conducted by the 
Committee which are decided to be printed shall be published in 
verbatim form, with the material requested for the record 
inserted at that place requested, or at the end of the record, 
as appropriate. Individuals, including Members of Congress, 
whose comments are to be published as part of a Committee 
document shall be given the opportunity to verify the accuracy 
of the transcription in advance of publication. Any requests by 
those Members, staff or witnesses to correct any errors other 
than errors in the transcription, or disputed errors in 
transcription, shall be appended to the record, and the 
appropriate place where the change is requested will be 
footnoted. Prior to approval by the Chairman of hearings 
conducted jointly with another congressional Committee, a 
memorandum of understanding shall be prepared which 
incorporates an agreement for the publication of the verbatim 
transcript.

                         Rule 4.--Broadcastings

    Whenever a hearing or meeting conducted by the Committee or 
any subcommittee is open to the public, those proceedings shall 
be open to coverage by television, radio and still photography 
except when the hearing or meeting is closed pursuant to the 
Committee Rules of Procedure.

                    Rule 5.--Standing Subcommittees

    (a) The full Committee shall have jurisdiction over such 
matters as determined by the Chairman.
    (b) There shall be five standing subcommittees of the 
Committee on the Judiciary, with jurisdictions as follows:
          The Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and 
        Administrative Law shall have jurisdiction over the 
        following subject matters: Administration of U.S. 
        Courts, Federal Rules of Evidence, Civil and Appellate 
        Procedure, judicial ethics, bankruptcy and commercial 
        law, bankruptcy judgeships, administrative law, 
        independent counsel, state taxation affecting 
        interstate commerce, interstate compacts, other 
        appropriate matters as referred by the Chairman, and 
        relevant oversight.
          The Subcommittee on the Constitution shall have 
        jurisdiction over the following subject matters: 
        constitutional amendments, constitutional rights, 
        Federal civil rights, ethics in government, tort 
        liability, including medical malpractice and product 
        liability, legal reform generally, other appropriate 
        matters as referred by the Chairman, and relevant 
        oversight.
          The Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, 
        Competition, and the Internet shall have jurisdiction 
        over the following subject matters: copyright, patent, 
        trademark law, information technology, antitrust 
        matters, other appropriate matters as referred by the 
        Chairman, and relevant oversight.
          The Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland 
        Security shall have jurisdiction over the following 
        subject matters: Federal Criminal Code, drug 
        enforcement, sentencing, parole and pardons, internal 
        and homeland security, Federal Rules of Criminal 
        Procedure, prisons, criminal law enforcement, and other 
        appropriate matters as referred by the Chairman, and 
        relevant oversight.
          The Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and 
        Enforcement shall have jurisdiction over the following 
        subject matters: immigration and naturalization, border 
        security, admission of refugees, treaties, conventions 
        and international agreements, claims against the United 
        States, Federal charters of incorporation, private 
        immigration and claims bills, non-border enforcement, 
        other appropriate matters as referred by the Chairman, 
        and relevant oversight.
    (c) The Chairman of the Committee and Ranking Minority 
Member thereof shall be ex officio Members, but not voting 
Members, of each subcommittee to which such Chairman or Ranking 
Minority Member has not been assigned by resolution of the 
Committee. Ex officio Members shall not be counted as present 
for purposes of constituting a quorum at any hearing or meeting 
of such subcommittee.

              Rule 6.--Powers and Duties of Subcommittees

    Each Subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold hearings, 
receive evidence, and report to the full Committee on all 
matters referred to it or under its jurisdiction. Subcommittee 
chairmen shall set dates for hearings and meetings of their 
respective subcommittees after consultation with the Chairman 
and other subcommittee chairmen with a view toward avoiding 
simultaneous scheduling of full Committee and subcommittee 
meetings or hearings whenever possible.

                    Rule 7.--Non-Legislative Reports

    No report of the Committee or subcommittee which does not 
accompany a measure or matter for consideration by the House 
shall be published unless all Members of the Committee or 
subcommittee issuing the report shall have been apprised of 
such report and given the opportunity to give notice of 
intention to file supplemental, additional, or dissenting views 
as part of the report. In no case shall the time in which to 
file such views be less than three calendar days (excluding 
Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays when the House is not in 
session).

                       Rule 8.--Committee Records

    The records of the Committee at the National Archives and 
Records Administration shall be made available for public use 
according to the Rules of the House. The Chairman shall notify 
the Ranking Minority Member of any decision to withhold a 
record otherwise available, and the matter shall be presented 
to the Committee for a determination on the written request of 
any Member of the Committee.

                  Rule 9.--Official Committee Website

    (a) The Chairman shall maintain an official website on 
behalf of the Committee for the purpose of furthering the 
Committee's legislative and oversight responsibilities, 
including communicating information about the Committee's 
activities to Committee Members and other Members of the House.
    (b) The Chairman shall make the record of the votes on any 
question on which a record vote is demanded in the full 
Committee available on the Committee's official website not 
later than 48 hours after such vote is taken. Such record shall 
identify or describe the amendment, motion, order, or other 
proposition, the name of each Member voting for and each Member 
voting against such amendment, motion, order, or proposition, 
and the names of the Members voting present.
    (c) Not later than 24 hours after the adoption of any 
amendment to a measure or matter considered by the Committee or 
its subcommittees, the Chairman shall make the text of each 
such amendment publicly available in electronic form.
    (d) Not later than 3 days after the conclusion of a 
Committee meeting, the transcript of such meeting and the text 
of all amendments offered shall be made available on the 
Committee website.
    (e) The Ranking Member is authorized to maintain a similar 
official website on behalf of the Committee Minority for the 
same purpose, including communicating information about the 
activities of the Minority to Committee Members and other 
Members of the House.
                     Committee on Natural Resources

DOC HASTINGS, Washington, Chairman

EDWARD MARKEY, Massachusetts,        DON YOUNG, Alaska
  Ranking Member                     JOHN DUNCAN, Tennessee
DALE KILDEE, Michigan                LOUIE GOHMERT, Texas
PETER DeFAZIO, Oregon                ROB BISHOP, Utah
ENI FALEOMAVAEGA, American Samoa     DOUG LAMBORN, Colorado
FRANK PALLONE, New Jersey            ROBERT WITTMAN, Virginia
GRACE NAPOLITANO, California         PAUL BROUN, Georgia
RUSH HOLT, New Jersey                JOHN FLEMING, Louisiana
RAUL GRIJALVA, Arizona               MIKE COFFMAN, Colorado
MADELEINE BORDALLO, Guam             TOM McCLINTOCK, California
JIM COSTA, California                GLENN THOMPSON, Pennsylvania
DAN BOREN, Oklahoma                  JEFF DENHAM, California
GREGORIO SABLAN, Northern Mariana IslandsBENISHEK, Michigan
MARTIN HEINRICH, New Mexico          DAVID RIVERA, Florida
BEN LUJAN, New Mexico                JEFF DUNCAN, South Carolina
JOHN SARBANES, Maryland              SCOTT TIPTON, Colorado
BETTY SUTTON, Ohio                   PAUL GOSAR, Arizona
NIKI TSONGAS, Massachusetts          RAUL LABRADOR, Idaho
PEDRO PIERLUISI, Puerto Rico         KRISTI NOEM, South Dakota
JOHN GARAMENDI, California           STEVE SOUTHERLAND, Florida
COLLEEN HANABUSA, Hawaii             BILL FLORES, Texas
[VACANT]                             ANDY HARRIS, Maryland
                                     JEFF LANDRY, Louisiana
                                     CHUCK FLEISCHMANN, Tennessee
                                     JON RUNYAN, New Jersey
                                     BILL JOHNSON, Ohio

                       (Adopted January 26, 2011)


               Rule 1.--Rules of the House; Vice Chairmen

    (a) Applicability of House Rules.--(1) The Rules of the 
House of Representatives, so far as they are applicable, are 
the rules of the Committee on Natural Resources (hereinafter in 
these rules referred to as the ``Committee'') and its 
subcommittees.
    (2) Each subcommittee is part of the Committee and is 
subject to the authority, direction and rules of the Committee. 
References in these rules to ``Committee'' and ``Chairman'' 
shall apply to each subcommittee and its Chairman wherever 
applicable.
    (3) House rule XI is incorporated and made a part of the 
rules of the Committee to the extent applicable.
    (b) Vice Chairmen.--Unless inconsistent with other rules, 
the Chairman shall appoint Vice Chairmen of the Committee and 
the subcommittees. If the Chairman of the Committee or 
subcommittee is not present at any meeting of the Committee or 
subcommittee, as the case may be, the Vice Chairman shall 
preside. If the Vice Chairman is not present, the ranking 
Member of the Majority party on the Committee or subcommittee 
who is present shall preside at that meeting.

                      Rule 2.--Meetings in General

    (a) Scheduled Meetings.--The Committee shall meet at 10 
a.m. every Wednesday when the House is in session, unless 
canceled by the Chairman. The Committee shall also meet at the 
call of the Chairman subject to advance notice to all Members 
of the Committee. Special meetings shall be called and convened 
by the Chairman as provided in clause 2(c)(1) of House rule XI. 
Any Committee meeting or hearing that conflicts with a party 
caucus, conference, or similar party meeting shall be 
rescheduled at the discretion of the Chairman, in consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member. The Committee may not sit 
during a joint session of the House and Senate or during a 
recess when a joint meeting of the House and Senate is in 
progress.
    (b) Open Meetings.--Each meeting for the transaction of 
business, including the markup of legislation, and each hearing 
of the Committee or a Subcommittee shall be open to the public, 
except as provided by clause 2(g) and clause 2(k) of House rule 
XI.
    (c) Broadcasting.--Whenever a meeting for the transaction 
of business, including the markup of legislation, or a hearing 
is open to the public, that meeting or hearing shall be open to 
coverage by television, radio, and still photography in 
accordance with clause 4 of House rule XI. The provisions of 
clause 4(f) of House rule XI are specifically made part of 
these rules by reference. To the maximum extent practicable, 
the Committee shall provide audio and visual coverage of each 
hearing or meeting for the transaction of business in a manner 
that allows the public to easily listen to and view the 
proceedings, and maintain the recordings of such coverage in a 
manner that is easily accessible to the public. Operation and 
use of any Committee Internet broadcast system shall be fair 
and nonpartisan and in accordance with clause 4(b) of House 
rule XI and all other applicable rules of the Committee and the 
House.
    (d) Oversight Plan.--No later than February 15 of the first 
session of each Congress, the Committee shall adopt its 
oversight plans for that Congress in accordance with clause 
2(d)(1) of House rule X.

           Rule 3.--Meeting and Hearing Procedures in General

    (a) Notice and Information for Members and the Public.--(1) 
The Chairman shall publicly announce the date, place and 
subject matter of: (i) a Committee hearing, which may not 
commence earlier than one week after such notice; or (ii) a 
Committee meeting, which may not commence earlier than the 
third day on which Members have notice thereof.
    (2) A hearing or meeting may begin sooner if the Chairman, 
with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member, determines 
that there is good cause to begin the meeting or hearing 
sooner, or if the Committee so determines by majority vote. In 
these cases, the Chairman shall publicly announce the meeting 
or hearing at the earliest possible time. The Chief Legislative 
Clerk of the Committee shall promptly notify the Daily Digest 
Clerk of the Congressional Record and shall promptly make 
publicly available in electronic form the appropriate 
information as soon as possible after the public announcement 
is made.
    (3) To the extent practicable, a background memorandum 
prepared by the Majority staff for the Majority Members and the 
Minority staff for the Minority Members summarizing the major 
provisions of any bill being considered by the Committee, 
including the need for the bill and its effect on current law, 
will be available for the Members of the Committee no later 
than 48 hours before the meeting.
    (b) Public Availability of Markup Text.--At least 24 hours 
prior to the markup of any legislation (or at the time of an 
announcement under paragraph (a)(2) above made within 24 hours 
before such meeting), the Chairman shall cause the text of such 
legislation to be made publicly available in electronic form.
    (c) Meetings and Hearings to Begin Promptly.--Each meeting 
or hearing of the Committee shall begin promptly at the time 
stipulated in the public announcement of the meeting or 
hearing.
    (d) Addressing the Committee.--A Committee Member may 
address the Committee or a subcommittee on any bill, motion, or 
other matter under consideration or may question a witness at a 
hearing only when recognized by the Chairman for that purpose. 
The time a Member may address the Committee or subcommittee for 
any purpose or to question a witness shall be limited to five 
minutes, except as provided in Committee rule 4(f). A Member 
shall limit his remarks to the subject matter under 
consideration. The Chairman shall enforce the preceding 
provision.
    (e) Quorums.--(1) A majority of the Members of the 
Committee shall constitute a quorum for the reporting of any 
measure or recommendation, the authorizing of a subpoena, the 
closing of any meeting or hearing to the public under clause 
2(g)(1), clause 2(g)(2)(A) and clause 2(k)(5)(B) of House rule 
XI, and the releasing of executive session materials under 
clause 2(k)(7) of House rule X. Testimony and evidence may be 
received at any hearing at which there are at least two Members 
of the Committee present. For the purpose of transacting all 
other business of the Committee, one third of the Members shall 
constitute a quorum.
    (2) When a call of the roll is required to ascertain the 
presence of a quorum, the offices of all Members shall be 
notified and the Members shall have not less than 15 minutes to 
prove their attendance. The Chairman shall have the discretion 
to waive this requirement when a quorum is actually present or 
whenever a quorum is secured and may direct the Chief 
Legislative Clerk to note the names of all Members present 
within the 15-minute period.
    (f) Participation of Members in Committee and 
Subcommittees.--Any Member of the Committee may sit with any 
subcommittee during any meeting or hearing, and by unanimous 
consent of the Members of the subcommittee, may participate in 
such meeting or hearing. However, a Member who is not a Member 
of the Subcommittee may not vote on any matter before the 
Subcommittee, be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum 
or raise points of order.
    (g) Proxies.--No vote in the Committee or its subcommittees 
may be cast by proxy.
    (h) Record Votes.--Record votes shall be ordered on the 
demand of one-fifth of the Members present, or by any Member in 
the apparent absence of a quorum.
    (i) Postponed Record Votes.--(1) Subject to paragraph (2), 
the Chairman may, after consultation with the Ranking Minority 
Member, postpone further proceedings when a record vote is 
ordered on the question of approving any measure or matter or 
adopting an amendment. The Chairman shall resume proceedings on 
a postponed request at any time after reasonable notice, but no 
later than the next meeting day.
    (2) Notwithstanding any intervening order for the previous 
question, when proceedings resume on a postponed question under 
paragraph (1), an underlying proposition shall remain subject 
to further debate or amendment to the same extent as when the 
question was postponed.
    (3) This rule shall apply to subcommittee proceedings.
    (j) Privileged Motions.--A motion to recess from day to 
day, a motion to recess subject to the call of the Chairman 
(within 24 hours), and a motion to dispense with the first 
reading (in full) of a bill or resolution if printed copies are 
available, are nondebatable motions of high privilege.
    (k) Layover and Copy of Bill.--No measure or recommendation 
reported by a Subcommittee shall be considered by the Committee 
until two calendar days from the time of Subcommittee action. 
No bill shall be considered by the Committee unless a copy has 
been delivered to the office of each Member of the Committee 
requesting a copy. These requirements may be waived by a 
majority vote of the Committee at the time of consideration of 
the measure or recommendation.
    (l) Access to Dais and Conference Room.--Access to the 
hearing rooms' daises (and to the conference rooms adjacent to 
the Committee hearing rooms) shall be limited to Members of 
Congress and employees of the Committee during a meeting of the 
Committee, except that Committee Members' personal staff may be 
present on the daises if their employing Member is the author 
of a bill or amendment under consideration by the Committee, 
but only during the time that the bill or amendment is under 
active consideration by the Committee. Access to the conference 
rooms adjacent to the Committee hearing rooms shall be limited 
to Members of Congress and employees of Congress during a 
meeting of the Committee.
    (m) Cellular Telephones.--The use of cellular telephones is 
prohibited on the Committee dais or in the Committee hearing 
rooms during a meeting of the Committee.
    (n) Motion to go to Conference with the Senate.--The 
Chairman may offer a motion under clause 1 of rule XXII 
whenever the Chairman considers it appropriate.

                      Rule 4.--Hearing Procedures

    (a) Written Statement; Oral Testimony.--Each witness who is 
to appear before the Committee or a subcommittee shall file 
with the Chief Legislative Clerk of the Committee or 
subcommittee Clerk, at least two working days before the day of 
his or her appearance, a written statement of their proposed 
testimony. Each witness shall limit his or her oral 
presentation to a five-minute summary of the written statement, 
unless the Chairman, in consultation with the Ranking Minority 
Member, extends this time period. In addition, all witnesses 
shall be required to submit with their testimony a resume or 
other statement describing their education, employment, 
professional affiliations and other background information 
pertinent to their testimony. Failure to comply with these 
requirements may result in the exclusion of the written 
testimony from the hearing record and/or the barring of an oral 
presentation of the testimony.
    (b) Minority Witnesses.--When any hearing is conducted by 
the Committee or any Subcommittee upon any measure or matter, 
the Minority party Members on the Committee or Subcommittee 
shall be entitled, upon request to the Chairman by a majority 
of those Minority Members before the completion of the hearing, 
to call witnesses selected by the Minority to testify with 
respect to that measure or matter during at least one day of 
hearings thereon.
    (c) Information for Members.--After announcement of a 
hearing, the Committee shall make available as soon as 
practicable to all Members of the Committee a tentative witness 
list and to the extent practicable the Majority staff shall 
make available to the Majority Members and the Minority staff 
shall make available to the Minority Members a memorandum 
explaining the subject matter of the hearing (including 
relevant legislative reports and other necessary material). In 
addition, the Chairman shall make available to the Members of 
the Committee any official reports from departments and 
agencies on the subject matter as they are received.
    (d) Subpoenas.--The Committee or a subcommittee may 
authorize and issue a subpoena under clause 2(m) of House rule 
XI if authorized by a majority of the Members voting. In 
addition, the Chairman of the Committee may authorize and issue 
subpoenas during any period of time in which the House of 
Representatives has adjourned for more than three days. 
Subpoenas shall be signed only by the Chairman of the 
Committee, or any Member of the Committee authorized by the 
Committee, and may be served by any person designated by the 
Chairman or Member.
    (e) Oaths.--The Chairman of the Committee or any Member 
designated by the Chairman may administer oaths to any witness 
before the Committee. All witnesses appearing in hearings may 
be administered the following oath by the Chairman or his 
designee prior to receiving the testimony: ``Do you solemnly 
swear or affirm that the testimony that you are about to give 
is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so 
help you God''
    (f) Opening Statements; Questioning of Witnesses.--(1) 
Opening statements by Members may not be presented orally, 
unless the Chairman or his designee makes a statement, in which 
case the Ranking Minority Member or his designee may also make 
a statement. If a witness scheduled to testify at any hearing 
of the Committee is a constituent of a Member of the Committee, 
that Member shall be entitled to introduce the witness at the 
hearing.
    (2) The questioning of witnesses in Committee and 
subcommittee hearings shall be initiated by the Chairman, 
followed by the Ranking Minority Member and all other Members 
alternating between the Majority and Minority parties. In 
recognizing Members to question witnesses, the Chairman shall 
take into consideration the ratio of the Majority to Minority 
Members present and shall establish the order of recognition 
for questioning in a manner so as not to disadvantage the 
Members of the Majority or the Members of the Minority. A 
motion is in order to allow designated Majority and Minority 
party Members to question a witness for a specified period to 
be equally divided between the Majority and Minority parties. 
This period shall not exceed one hour in the aggregate.
    (g) Materials for Hearing Record.--Any materials submitted 
specifically for inclusion in the hearing record must address 
the announced subject matter of the hearing and be submitted to 
the relevant Subcommittee Clerk or Chief Legislative Clerk no 
later than 10 business days following the last day of the 
hearing.
    (h) Claims of Privilege.--Claims of common-law privileges 
made by witnesses in hearings, or by interviewees or deponents 
in investigations or inquiries, are applicable only at the 
discretion of the Chairman, subject to appeal to the Committee.

                  Rule 5.--Filing of Committee Reports

    (a) Duty of Chairman.--Whenever the Committee authorizes 
the favorable reporting of a measure from the Committee, the 
Chairman or his designee shall report the same to the House of 
Representatives and shall take all steps necessary to secure 
its passage without any additional authority needing to be set 
forth in the motion to report each individual measure. In 
appropriate cases, the authority set forth in this rule shall 
extend to moving in accordance with the Rules of the House of 
Representatives that the House be resolved into the Committee 
of the Whole House on the State of the Union for the 
consideration of the measure; and to moving in accordance with 
the Rules of the House of Representatives for the disposition 
of a Senate measure that is substantially the same as the House 
measure as reported.
    (b) Filing.--A report on a measure which has been approved 
by the Committee shall be filed within seven calendar days 
(exclusive of days on which the House of Representatives is not 
in session) after the day on which there has been filed with 
the Committee Chief Legislative Clerk a written request, signed 
by a majority of the Members of the Committee, for the 
reporting of that measure. Upon the filing with the Committee 
Chief Legislative Clerk of this request, the Chief Legislative 
Clerk shall transmit immediately to the Chairman notice of the 
filing of that request.
    (c) Supplemental, Additional or Minority Views.--Any Member 
may, if notice is given at the time a bill or resolution is 
approved by the Committee, file supplemental, additional, or 
minority views. These views must be in writing and signed by 
each Member joining therein and be filed with the Committee 
Chief Legislative Clerk not less than two additional calendar 
days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays except 
when the House is in session on those days) of the time the 
bill or resolution is approved by the Committee. This paragraph 
shall not preclude the filing of any supplemental report on any 
bill or resolution that may be required for the correction of 
any technical error in a previous report made by the Committee 
on that bill or resolution.
    (d) Review by Members.--Each Member of the Committee shall 
be given an opportunity to review each proposed Committee 
report before it is filed with the Clerk of the House of 
Representatives. Nothing in this paragraph extends the time 
allowed for filing supplemental, additional or minority views 
under paragraph (c).
    (e) Disclaimer.--All Committee or subcommittee reports 
printed and not approved by a majority vote of the Committee or 
subcommittee, as appropriate, shall contain the following 
disclaimer on the cover of the report:

          ``This report has not been officially adopted by the 
        (Committee on Natural Resources) (Subcommittee) and may 
        not therefore necessarily reflect the views of its 
        Members.''

 Rule 6.--Establishment of Subcommittees; Full Committee Jurisdiction; 
                             Bill Referrals

    (a) Subcommittees.--There shall be five standing 
subcommittees of the Committee, with the following jurisdiction 
and responsibilities:

        SUBCOMMITTEE ON NATIONAL PARKS, FORESTS AND PUBLIC LANDS

          (1) Measures and matters related to the National Park 
        System and its units, including Federal reserved water 
        rights.
          (2) The National Wilderness Preservation System. (3) 
        Wild and Scenic Rivers System, National Trails System, 
        national heritage areas and other national units 
        established for protection, conservation, preservation 
        or recreational development, other than coastal 
        barriers.
          (4) Military parks and battlefields, national 
        cemeteries administered by the Secretary of the 
        Interior, parks in and within the vicinity of the 
        District of Columbia and the erection of monuments to 
        the memory of individuals.
          (5) Federal and non-Federal outdoor recreation plans, 
        programs and administration including the Land and 
        Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 and the Outdoor 
        Recreation Act of 1963.
          (6) Preservation of prehistoric ruins and objects of 
        interest on the public domain and other historic 
        preservation programs and activities, including 
        national monuments, historic sites and programs for 
        international cooperation in the field of historic 
        preservation.
          (7) Matters concerning the following agencies and 
        programs: Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery Program, 
        Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American 
        Engineering Record, and U.S. Holocaust Memorial.
          (8) Public lands generally, including measures or 
        matters relating to entry, easements, withdrawals, 
        grazing and Federal reserved water rights.
          (9) Forfeiture of land grants and alien ownership, 
        including alien ownership of mineral lands.
          (10) Cooperative efforts to encourage, enhance and 
        improve international programs for the protection of 
        the environment and the conservation of natural 
        resources otherwise within the jurisdiction of the 
        subcommittee.
          (11) Forest reservations, including management 
        thereof, created from the public domain.
          (12) Public forest lands generally, including 
        measures or matters related to entry, easements, 
        withdrawals, grazing and Federal reserved water rights.
          (13) General and continuing oversight and 
        investigative authority over activities, policies and 
        programs within the jurisdiction of the subcommittee.

     SUBCOMMITEE ON FISHERIES, WILDLIFE, OCEANS AND INSULAR AFFAIRS

          (1) All matters regarding insular areas of the United 
        States.
          (2) All measures or matters regarding the Freely 
        Associated States and Antarctica.
          (3) Fisheries management and fisheries research 
        generally, including the management of all commercial 
        and recreational fisheries (except for the 
        reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
        Conservation and Management Act), interjurisdictional 
        fisheries, international fisheries agreements, 
        aquaculture, seafood safety and fisheries promotion.
          (4) Wildlife resources, including research, 
        restoration, refuges and conservation.
          (5) All matters pertaining to the protection of 
        coastal and marine environments, including estuarine 
        protection.
          (6) Coastal barriers.
          (7) Oceanography.
          (8) Ocean engineering, including materials, 
        technology and systems.
          (9) Coastal zone management.
          (10) Marine sanctuaries.
          (11) U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.
          (12) Sea Grant programs and marine extension 
        services.
          (13) Cooperative efforts to encourage, enhance and 
        improve international programs for the protection of 
        the environment and the conservation of natural 
        resources otherwise within the jurisdiction of the 
        subcommittee.
          (14) General and continuing oversight and 
        investigative authority over activities, policies and 
        programs within the jurisdiction of the subcommittee.

                    SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER AND POWER

          (1) Generation and marketing of electric power from 
        Federal water projects by Federally chartered or 
        Federal regional power marketing authorities.
          (2) All measures and matters concerning water 
        resources planning conducted pursuant to the Water 
        Resources Planning Act, water resource research and 
        development programs and saline water research and 
        development.
          (3) Compacts relating to the use and apportionment of 
        interstate waters, water rights and major interbasin 
        water or power movement programs.
          (4) All measures and matters pertaining to irrigation 
        and reclamation projects and other water resources 
        development and recycling programs, including policies 
        and procedures.
          (5) Indian water rights and settlements.
          (6) Cooperative efforts to encourage, enhance and 
        improve international programs for the protection of 
        the environment and the conservation of natural 
        resources otherwise within the jurisdiction of the 
        Subcommittee.
          (7) General and continuing oversight and 
        investigative authority over activities, policies and 
        programs within the jurisdiction of the subcommittee.

              SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES

          (1) All measures and matters concerning the U.S. 
        Geological Survey, except for the activities and 
        programs of the Water Resources Division or its 
        successor.
          (2) All measures and matters affecting geothermal 
        resources.
          (3) Conservation of United States uranium supply.
          (4) Mining interests generally, including all matters 
        involving mining regulation and enforcement, including 
        the reclamation of mined lands, the environmental 
        effects of mining, and the management of mineral 
        receipts, mineral land laws and claims, long-range 
        mineral programs and deep seabed mining.
          (5) Mining schools, experimental stations and long-
        range mineral programs.
          (6) Mineral resources on public lands.
          (7) Conservation and development of oil and gas 
        resources of the Outer Continental Shelf.
          (8) Petroleum conservation on the public lands and 
        conservation of the radium supply in the United States.
          (9) Measures and matters concerning the 
        transportation of natural gas from or within Alaska and 
        disposition of oil transported by the trans-Alaska oil 
        pipeline.
          (10) Rights of way over public lands for underground 
        energy-related transportation.
          (11) Cooperative efforts to encourage, enhance and 
        improve international programs for the protection of 
        the environment and the conservation of natural 
        resources otherwise within the jurisdiction of the 
        subcommittee.
          (12) General and continuing oversight and 
        investigative authority over activities, policies and 
        programs within the jurisdiction of the subcommittee.

            SUBCOMMITTEE ON INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE AFFAIRS

          (1) Measures relating to the welfare of Native 
        Americans, including management of Indian lands in 
        general and special measures relating to claims which 
        are paid out of Indian funds.
          (2) All matters regarding the relations of the United 
        States with Native Americans and Native American 
        tribes, including special oversight functions under 
        rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives.
          (3) All matters regarding Native Alaskans.
          (4) All matters related to the Federal trust 
        responsibility to Native Americans and the sovereignty 
        of Native Americans.
    (b) Full Committee.--The following measures and matters 
shall be retained at the Full Committee:
          (1) Environmental and habitat measures of general 
        applicability, including the National Environmental 
        Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and 
        reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
        Conservation and Management Act.
          (2) All matters regarding Native Hawaiians.
          (3) Cooperative efforts to encourage, enhance and 
        improve international programs for the protection of 
        the environment and the conservation of natural 
        resources otherwise within the jurisdiction of the Full 
        Committee under this paragraph.
          (4) All other measures and matters retained by the 
        Full Committee, including those retained under 
        Committee rule 6(e).
          (5) General and continuing oversight and 
        investigative authority over activities, policies and 
        programs within the jurisdiction of the Committee under 
        House rule X.
    (c) Ex-officio Members.--The Chairman and Ranking Minority 
Member of the Committee may serve as ex-officio Members of each 
standing subcommittee to which the Chairman or the Ranking 
Minority Member have not been assigned. Ex-officio Members 
shall have the right to fully participate in Subcommittee 
activities but may not vote and may not be counted in 
establishing a quorum.
    (d) Powers and Duties of Subcommittees.--Each subcommittee 
is authorized to meet, hold hearings, receive evidence and 
report to the Committee on all matters within its jurisdiction. 
Each subcommittee shall review and study, on a continuing 
basis, the application, administration, execution and 
effectiveness of those statutes, or parts of statutes, the 
subject matter of which is within that subcommittee's 
jurisdiction; and the organization, operation, and regulations 
of any Federal agency or entity having responsibilities in or 
for the administration of such statutes, to determine whether 
these statutes are being implemented and carried out in 
accordance with the intent of Congress. Each subcommittee shall 
review and study any conditions or circumstances indicating the 
need of enacting new or supplemental legislation within the 
jurisdiction of the Subcommittee. Each subcommittee shall have 
general and continuing oversight and investigative authority 
over activities, policies and programs within the jurisdiction 
of the subcommittee.
    (e) Referral to Subcommittees; Recall.--(1) Except as 
provided in paragraph (2) and for those measures or matters 
retained at the Full Committee, every legislative measure or 
other matter referred to the Committee shall be referred to the 
subcommittee of jurisdiction within two weeks of the date of 
its referral to the Committee. If any measure or matter is 
within or affects the jurisdiction of one or more 
subcommittees, the Chairman may refer that measure or matter 
simultaneously to two or more subcommittees for concurrent 
consideration or for consideration in sequence subject to 
appropriate time limits, or divide the matter into two or more 
parts and refer each part to a subcommittee.
    (2) The Chairman, with the approval of a majority of the 
Majority Members of the Committee, may refer a legislative 
measure or other matter to a select or special subcommittee. A 
legislative measure or other matter referred by the Chairman to 
a subcommittee may be recalled from the subcommittee for direct 
consideration by the Full Committee, or for referral to another 
subcommittee, provided Members of the Committee receive one 
week written notice of the recall and a majority of the Members 
of the Committee do not object. In addition, a legislative 
measure or other matter referred by the Chairman to a 
subcommittee may be recalled from the subcommittee at any time 
by majority vote of the Committee for direct consideration by 
the Full Committee or for referral to another subcommittee.
    (f) Consultation.--Each subcommittee Chairman shall consult 
with the Chairman of the Full Committee prior to setting dates 
for subcommittee meetings with a view towards avoiding whenever 
possible conflicting Committee and subcommittee meetings.
    (g) Vacancy.--A vacancy in the membership of a subcommittee 
shall not affect the power of the remaining Members to execute 
the functions of the subcommittee.

         Rule 7.--Task Forces, Special or Select Subcommittees

    (a) Appointment.--The Chairman of the Committee is 
authorized, after consultation with the Ranking Minority 
Member, to appoint Task Forces, or special or select 
subcommittees, to carry out the duties and functions of the 
Committee.
    (b) Ex-Officio Members.--The Chairman and Ranking Minority 
Member of the Committee may serve as ex-officio Members of each 
Task Force, or special or select subcommittee if they are not 
otherwise members. Ex-officio Members shall have the right to 
fully participate in activities but may not vote and may not be 
counted in establishing a quorum.
    (c) Party Ratios.--The ratio of Majority Members to 
Minority Members, excluding ex-officio Members, on each Task 
Force, special or select subcommittee shall be as close as 
practicable to the ratio on the Full Committee.
    (d) Temporary Resignation.--A Member can temporarily resign 
his or her position on a subcommittee to serve on a Task Force, 
special or select subcommittee without prejudice to the 
Member's seniority on the subcommittee.
    (e) Chairman and Ranking Minority Member.--The Chairman of 
any Task Force, or special or select subcommittee shall be 
appointed by the Chairman of the Committee. The Ranking 
Minority Member shall select a Ranking Minority Member for each 
Task Force, or standing, special or select subcommittee.

                  Rule 8.--Recommendation of Conferees

    Whenever it becomes necessary to appoint conferees on a 
particular measure, the Chairman shall recommend to the Speaker 
as conferees those Majority Members, as well as those Minority 
Members recommended to the Chairman by the Ranking Minority 
Member, primarily responsible for the measure. The ratio of 
Majority Members to Minority Members recommended for 
conferences shall be no greater than the ratio on the 
Committee.

                       Rule 9.--Committee Records

    (a) Segregation of Records.--All Committee records shall be 
kept separate and distinct from the office records of 
individual Committee Members serving as Chairmen or Ranking 
Minority Members. These records shall be the property of the 
House and all Members shall have access to them in accordance 
with clause 2(e)(2) of House rule XI.
    (b) Availability.--The Committee shall make available to 
the public for review at reasonable times in the Committee 
office transcripts of public meetings and hearings, except 
those that are unrevised or unedited and intended solely for 
the use of the Committee.
    (c) Archived Records.--Records of the Committee which are 
deposited with the National Archives shall be made available 
for public use pursuant to House rule VII. The Chairman of the 
Committee shall notify the Ranking Minority Member of any 
decision, pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 4(b) of House 
rule VII, to withhold, or to provide a time, schedule or 
condition for availability of any record otherwise available. 
At the written request of any Member of the Committee, the 
matter shall be presented to the Committee for a determination 
and shall be subject to the same notice and quorum requirements 
for the conduct of business under Committee rule 3.
    (d) Records of Closed Meetings.--Notwithstanding the other 
provisions of this rule, no records of Committee meetings or 
hearings which were closed to the public pursuant to the Rules 
of the House of Representatives shall be released to the public 
unless the Committee votes to release those records in 
accordance with the procedure used to close the Committee 
meeting.
    (e) Classified Materials.--All classified materials shall 
be maintained in an appropriately secured location and shall be 
released only to authorized persons for review, who shall not 
remove the material from the Committee offices without the 
written permission of the Chairman.
    (f) Committee Information Available for the Public.--In 
addition to any other requirement of these rules or the Rules 
of the House of Representatives, the Chairman shall cause to be 
made available publicly in electronic form the following:
          (1) a record of the votes on any question on which a 
        recorded vote is demanded which shall be posted no 
        later than 24 hours after the vote is taken that shall 
        include:
                  (i) a copy of the amendment or a detailed 
                description of the motion, order or other 
                proposition; and
                  (ii) the name of each Member voting for and 
                each Member voting against such amendment, 
                motion, order, or proposition, the names of 
                those Members voting present, and the names of 
                any Member not present.
          (2) copies of all amendments adopted in Committee by 
        voice vote or unanimous consent within 24 hours of the 
        adoption of the amendment.
          (3) the rules of the Committee, once adopted, and any 
        amendments thereto, in accordance with clause 2(a)(2) 
        of House rule XI.
          (4) the statements required under the second sentence 
        of clause 2(g)(5) of House rule XI, with appropriate 
        redactions to protect the privacy of the witness, which 
        shall be posted no later than one day after the witness 
        appears before the Committee.

                Rule 10.--Committee Budget and Expenses

    (a) Budget.--At the beginning of each Congress, after 
consultation with the Chairman of each subcommittee and the 
Ranking Minority Member, the Chairman shall present to the 
Committee for its approval a budget covering the funding 
required for staff, travel, and miscellaneous expenses.
    (b) Expense Resolution.--Upon approval by the Committee of 
each budget, the Chairman, acting pursuant to clause 6 of House 
rule X, shall prepare and introduce in the House a supporting 
expense resolution, and take all action necessary to bring 
about its approval by the Committee on House Administration and 
by the House of Representatives.
    (c) Amendments.--The Chairman shall report to the Committee 
any amendments to each expense resolution and any related 
changes in the budget.
    (d) Additional Expenses.--Authorization for the payment of 
additional or unforeseen Committee expenses may be procured by 
one or more additional expense resolutions processed in the 
same manner as set out under this rule.
    (e) Month Reports.--Copies of each monthly report, prepared 
by the Chairman for the Committee on House Administration, 
which shows expenditures made during the reporting period and 
cumulative for the year, anticipated expenditures for the 
projected Committee program, and detailed information on 
travel, shall be available to each Member.

                       Rule 11.--Committee Staff

    (a) Rules and Policies.--Committee staff members are 
subject to the provisions of clause 9 of House rule X, as well 
as any written personnel policies the Committee may from time 
to time adopt.
    (b) Majority and Nonpartisan Staff.--The Chairman shall 
appoint, determine the remuneration of, and may remove, the 
legislative and administrative employees of the Committee not 
assigned to the Minority. The legislative and administrative 
staff of the Committee not assigned to the Minority shall be 
under the general supervision and direction of the Chairman, 
who shall establish and assign the duties and responsibilities 
of these staff members and delegate any authority he determines 
appropriate.
    (c) Minority Staff.--The Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee shall appoint, determine the remuneration of, and may 
remove, the legislative and administrative staff assigned to 
the Minority within the budget approved for those purposes. The 
legislative and administrative staff assigned to the Minority 
shall be under the general supervision and direction of the 
Ranking Minority Member of the Committee who may delegate any 
authority he determines appropriate.
    (d) Availability.--The skills and services of all Committee 
staff shall be available to all Members of the Committee.

                       Rule 12.--Committee Travel

    In addition to any written travel policies the Committee 
may from time to time adopt, all travel of Members and staff of 
the Committee or its subcommittees, to hearings, meetings, 
conferences and investigations, including all foreign travel, 
must be authorized by the Full Committee Chairman prior to any 
public notice of the travel and prior to the actual travel. In 
the case of Minority staff, all travel shall first be approved 
by the Ranking Minority Member. Funds authorized for the 
Committee under clauses 6 and 7 of House rule X are for 
expenses incurred in the Committee's activities within the 
United States.

                  Rule 13.--Changes to Committee Rules

    The rules of the Committee may be modified, amended, or 
repealed, by a majority vote of the Committee, provided that 
written notice of the proposed change has been provided each 
Member of the Committee prior to the meeting date on which the 
changes are to be discussed and voted on consistent with 
Committee rule 3(a). A change to the rules of the Committee 
shall be published in the Congressional Record no later than 30 
days after its approval and made publicly available in 
electronic form.

                       Rule 14.--Other Procedures

    The Chairman may establish procedures and take actions as 
may be necessary to carry out the rules of the Committee or to 
facilitate the effective administration of the Committee, in 
accordance with the rules of the Committee and the Rules of the 
House of Representatives.
              Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

   DARRELL E. ISSA, California, 
             Chairman

ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland,        DAN BURTON, Indiana
  Ranking Member                     JOHN L. MICA, Florida
EDOLPHUS TOWNS, New York             TODD PLATTS, Pennsylvania
CAROLYN MALONEY, New York            MICHAEL R. TURNER, Ohio
ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, District of ColumbiaK T. McHENRY, North Carolina
DENNIS J. KUCINICH, Ohio             JIM JORDAN, Ohio
JOHN F. TIERNEY, Massachusetts       JASON CHAFFETZ, Utah
WM. LACY CLAY, Missouri              CONNIE MACK, Florida
STEVEN F. LYNCH, Massachusetts       TIM WALBERG, Michigan
JIM COOPER, Tennessee                JAMES LANKFORD, Oklahoma
GERALD E. CONNOLLY, Virginia         JUSTIN AMASH, Michigan
MIKE QUIGLEY, Illinois               ANN MARIE BUERKLE, New York
DANNY K. DAVIS, Illinois             PAUL GOSAR, Arizona
BRUCE BRALEY, Iowa                   RAUL LABRADOR, Idaho
PETER WELCH, Vermont                 PAT MEEHAN, Pennsylvania
JOHN YARMUTH, Kentucky               SCOTT DESJARLAIS, Tennessee
CHRISTOPHER S. MURPHY, Connecticut   JOE WALSH, Illinois
JACKIE SPEIER, California            TREY GOWDY, South Carolina
                                     DENNIS ROSS, Florida
                                     FRANK GUINTA, New Hampshire
                                     BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas
                                     MIKE KELLY, Pennsylvania

                       (Adopted January 25, 2011)


                     Rule 1.--Application of Rules

    Except where the terms ``full committee'' and 
``subcommittee'' are specifically referred to, the following 
rules shall apply to the Committee on Oversight and Government 
Reform and its subcommittees as well as to the respective 
chairs and ranking minority members.

                           Rule 2.--Meetings

    The regular meetings of the full committee shall be held on 
the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m., when the House is 
in session. The chairman is authorized to dispense with a 
regular meeting or to change the date thereof, and to call and 
convene additional meetings, when circumstances warrant. A 
special meeting of the committee may be requested by members of 
the committee pursuant to the provisions of House rule XI, 
clause 2(c)(2). Subcommittees shall meet at the call of the 
subcommittee chairs. Every member of the committee, unless 
prevented by unusual circumstances, shall be provided with a 
memorandum at least three calendar days before each meeting or 
hearing explaining: (1) the purpose of the meeting or hearing; 
and (2) the names, titles, background and reasons for 
appearance of any witnesses. The ranking minority member shall 
be responsible for providing the same information on witnesses 
whom the minority may request.

                            Rule 3.--Quorums

    (a) A majority of the members of the committee shall form a 
quorum, except that two members shall constitute a quorum for 
taking testimony and receiving evidence, and one third of the 
members shall form a quorum for taking any action other than 
for which the presence of a majority of the committee is 
otherwise required. If the chairman is not present at any 
meeting of the committee or subcommittee, the ranking member of 
the majority party on the committee who is present shall 
preside at that meeting.
    (b) The chairman of the full committee may, at the request 
of a subcommittee chair, make a temporary assignment of any 
member of the full committee to such subcommittee for the 
purpose of constituting a quorum at and participating in any 
public hearing by such subcommittee to be held outside of 
Washington, DC. Members appointed to such temporary positions 
shall not be voting members. The chairman shall give reasonable 
notice of such temporary assignment to the ranking minority 
members of the committee.

                       Rule 4.--Committee Reports

    (a) Bills and resolutions approved by the full committee 
shall be reported by the chairman pursuant to House rule XIII, 
clauses 2-4.
    (b) A proposed investigative or oversight report shall not 
be considered in the committee unless the proposed report has 
been available to the members of the committee for at least 
three calendar days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal 
holidays, unless the House is in session on such days) before 
consideration of such proposed report in the committee. If 
hearings have been held on the matter reported upon, every 
reasonable effort shall be made to have such hearings printed 
and available to the members of the committee before the 
consideration of the proposed report in the committee.
    (c) Every investigative or oversight report shall be 
approved by a majority vote of the committee at a meeting at 
which a quorum is present. If at the time of approval of such a 
report a member of the committee gives notice of intent to file 
supplemental, minority, or additional views that member shall 
be entitled to file such views following House rule XI, clause 
2(l) and rule XIII, clause 3(a)(1).
    (d) Only those investigative or oversight reports approved 
by a majority vote of the committee may be ordered printed, 
unless otherwise required by the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.

                         Rule 5.--Record Votes

    (a) A record vote of the members may be had upon the 
request of any member upon approval of a one-fifth vote of the 
members present.
    (b) Pursuant to House Rule XI, clause 2(h)(4), the chairman 
is authorized to postpone further proceedings when a record 
vote is ordered on the question of approving a measure or 
matter or on adopting an amendment and to resume proceedings on 
a postponed question at any time after reasonable notice. When 
proceedings resume on a postponed question, notwithstanding any 
intervening order for the previous question, an underlying 
proposition shall remain subject to further debate or amendment 
to the same extent as when the question was postponed. After 
consultation with the ranking minority member, the chairman 
shall take reasonable steps to notify members on the resumption 
of proceedings on any postponed record vote.

                   Rule 6.--Subcommittees; Referrals

    (a) There shall be seven standing subcommittees with 
appropriate party ratios. The chairman shall assign members to 
the subcommittees. Minority party assignments shall be made 
only with the concurrence of the ranking minority member. The 
subcommittees shall have the following fixed jurisdictions:
          (1) The subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. 
        Postal Service and Labor Policy--Legislative 
        jurisdiction over the federal civil service and the 
        U.S. Postal Service. The subcommittee also has 
        oversight jurisdiction over labor policy;
          (2) The subcommittee on Government Organization, 
        Efficiency and Financial Management--Legislative 
        jurisdiction over government management and accounting 
        measures, the economy, efficiency, and management of 
        government operations and activities (other than 
        procurement and data standards), federal property, and 
        reorganizations of the executive branch;
          (3) The subcommittee on Health Care, District of 
        Columbia, Census and the National Archives--Legislative 
        jurisdiction over drug policy, the District of 
        Columbia, the Census Bureau, and federal records 
        (including the National Archives and Records 
        Administration and the Presidential Records Act). The 
        subcommittee also has oversight jurisdiction over 
        federal health care policy, food and drug safety, 
        public support for the arts, libraries and museums, 
        criminal justice, and transportation;
          (4) The subcommittee on National Security, Homeland 
        Defense and Foreign Operations--Oversight jurisdiction 
        over national security, homeland security, foreign 
        operations, immigration, and emergency management;
          (5) The Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus 
        Oversight and Government Spending--Legislative 
        jurisdiction over federal paperwork reduction, data 
        quality, and the Office of Information and Regulatory 
        Affairs. The subcommittee also has oversight 
        jurisdiction over regulatory affairs, stimulus policy, 
        federal spending, education, agriculture, and 
        communications policy;
          (6) The subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and 
        Bailouts of Public and Private Programs--Oversight 
        jurisdiction over financial and monetary policy, 
        banking, housing, and insurance regulation, financial 
        crisis and rescues, and tax policy; and
          (7) The subcommittee on Technology, Information 
        Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement 
        Reform--Legislative jurisdiction over public 
        information, including the Freedom of Information Act 
        and Federal Advisory Committee Act, federal information 
        technology and data standards, procurement and grant 
        reform, the relationship between the federal government 
        and states and municipalities, including unfunded 
        mandates. The subcommittee also has oversight 
        jurisdiction over public broadcasting.
    (b) Bills, resolutions, and other matters shall be 
expeditiously referred by the chairman to subcommittees for 
consideration or investigation in accordance with their fixed 
jurisdictions. Where the subject matter of the referral 
involves the jurisdiction of more than one subcommittee or does 
not fall within any previously assigned jurisdiction, the 
chairman shall refer the matter as he may deem advisable. 
Bills, resolutions, and other matters referred to subcommittees 
may be re-referred or discharged by the chairman when, in his 
judgment, the subcommittee is not able to complete its work or 
cannot reach agreement therein.
    (c) The chairman and the ranking minority member of the 
full committee shall be ex officio members of all 
subcommittees. They are authorized to vote on subcommittee 
matters; but, unless they are regular members of the 
subcommittee, they shall not be counted in determining a 
subcommittee quorum other than a quorum for taking testimony.

                    Rule 7.--Subcommittee Scheduling

    (a) Each subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold hearings, 
receive testimony, mark up legislation, and report to the full 
committee on any measure or matter referred to it.
    (b) No subcommittee may meet or hold a hearing at the same 
time as a meeting or hearing of the full committee.
    (c) The chair of each subcommittee shall set hearing and 
meeting dates only with the approval of the full committee 
chairman with a view toward assuring the availability of 
meeting rooms and avoiding simultaneous scheduling of committee 
meetings or hearings.
    (d) Each subcommittee chair shall notify the chairman of 
any hearing plans at least two weeks before the date of 
commencement of the hearings, including the date, place, 
subject matter, and the names of witnesses, willing and 
unwilling, who would be called to testify, including, to the 
extent the chair is advised thereof, witnesses whom the 
minority members may request.

                             Rule 8.--Staff

    (a) Except as otherwise provided by House rule X, clauses 
6, 7 and 9, the chairman of the full committee shall have the 
authority to hire and discharge employees of the professional 
and clerical staff of the committee.
    (b) Except as otherwise provided by House rule X, clauses 
6, 7 and 9, the staff of the committee shall be subject to the 
direction of the chairman of the full committee and shall 
perform such duties as he or she may assign.

                           Rule 9.--Hearings

    (a) A committee member may question witnesses only when 
recognized by the chairman for that purpose. In accordance with 
House rule XI, clause 2(j)(2), the five-minute rule shall apply 
during the questioning of witnesses in a hearing. The chairman 
shall, so far as practicable, recognize alternately based on 
seniority of those majority and minority members present at the 
time the hearing was called to order and others based on their 
arrival at the hearing. After that, additional time may be 
extended at the direction of the chairman.
    (b) The chairman, with the concurrence of the ranking 
minority member, or the committee by motion, may permit an 
equal number of majority and minority members to question a 
witness for a specified, total period that is equal for each 
side and not longer than thirty minutes for each side.
    (c) The chairman, with the concurrence of the ranking 
minority member, or the committee by motion, may permit 
committee staff of the majority and minority to question a 
witness for a specified, total period that is equal for each 
side and not longer than thirty minutes for each side.
    (d) Nothing in paragraph (b) or (c) affects the rights of a 
member (other than a member designated under paragraph (b)) to 
question a witness for 5 minutes in accordance with paragraph 
(a) after the questioning permitted under paragraph (b) or (c). 
In any extended questioning permitted under paragraph (b) or 
(c), the chairman shall determine how to allocate the time 
permitted for extended questioning by majority members or 
majority committee staff, and the ranking minority member shall 
determine how to allocate the time permitted for extended 
questioning by minority members or minority committee staff. 
The chairman or the ranking minority member, as applicable, may 
allocate the time for any extended questioning permitted to 
staff under paragraph (c) to members.
    (e) Hearings shall be conducted according to the procedures 
in House rule XI, clause 2(k). All questions put to witnesses 
before the committee shall be relevant to the subject matter 
before the committee for consideration, and the chairman shall 
rule on the relevance of any questions put to the witnesses.
    (f) Witnesses appearing before the committee shall so far 
as practicable, submit written statements at least 24 hours 
before their appearance. Witnesses appearing in a non-
governmental capacity shall include a curriculum vitae and a 
disclosure of the amount and source (by agency and program) of 
each federal grant (or subgrant thereof) or contract (or 
subcontract thereof) received during the current fiscal year or 
either of the two previous fiscal years, by the witness or by 
an entity represented by the witness.
    (g) The chairman or any member designated by the chairman 
may administer oaths to any witness before the committee. All 
witnesses appearing in hearings may be administered the 
following oath by the Chairman or his designee prior to 
receiving the testimony: ``Do you solemnly swear or affirm that 
the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the 
whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?''.

        Rule 10.--Committee Records, Open Meetings, Transparency

    (a) The committee staff shall maintain in the committee 
offices a complete record of committee actions from the current 
Congress including a record of the roll call votes taken at 
committee business meetings. The original records, or true 
copies thereof, as appropriate, shall be available for public 
inspection whenever the committee offices are open for public 
business. The staff shall assure that such original records are 
preserved with no unauthorized alteration, additions, or 
defacement.
    (b) A stenographic record of all testimony shall be kept of 
public hearings and shall be made available on such conditions 
as the chairman may prescribe.
    (c) Meetings for the transaction of business and hearings 
of the committee shall be open to the public or closed in 
accordance with the Rules of the House of Representatives.
    (d) The chairman of the full committee shall maintain an 
official website on behalf of the committee for the purpose of 
furthering the committee's legislative and oversight 
responsibilities, including communicating information about the 
Committee's activities to committee members and other members 
of the House. To the greatest extent practicable, the chairman 
shall ensure that committee records are made available on the 
committee's official website in appropriate formats.
    (e) The ranking minority member of the full committee is 
authorized to maintain a similar official website on behalf of 
the committee minority for the same purpose, including 
communicating information about the activities of the minority 
to committee members and other members of the House.

      Rule 11.--Audio and Visual Coverage of Committee Proceedings

    (a) An open meeting or hearing of the committee may be 
covered, in whole or in part, by television broadcast, radio 
broadcast, internet broadcast, and still photography, unless 
closed subject to the provisions of House Rules. Any such 
coverage shall conform to the provisions of House rule XI, 
clause 4.
    (b) Use of the Committee Broadcast System shall be fair and 
nonpartisan, and in accordance with House Rule XI, clause 4(b), 
and all other applicable rules of the House of Representatives 
and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Members 
of the committee shall have prompt access to a copy of coverage 
by the Committee Broadcast System, to the extent that such 
coverage is maintained.
    (c) Personnel providing coverage of an open meeting or 
hearing of the committee by internet broadcast, other than 
through the Committee Broadcast System shall be currently 
accredited to the Radio and Television Correspondents' 
Galleries. If the Committee Broadcast System is not available, 
the chairman may, with the concurrence of the ranking minority 
member, direct staff to provide coverage in a manner that is 
fair and nonpartisan and in accordance with House rule XI, 
clause 4.

                Rule 12.--Additional Duties of Chairman

    The chairman of the full committee shall:
    (a) Make available to other committees the findings and 
recommendations resulting from the investigations of the 
committee as required by House rule X, clause 4(c)(2);
    (b) Direct such review and studies on the impact or 
probable impact of tax policies affecting subjects within the 
committee's jurisdiction as required by House Rule X, clause 
2(c);
    (c) Submit to the Committee on the Budget views and 
estimates required by House rule X, clause 4(f), and to file 
reports with the House as required by the Congressional Budget 
Act;
    (d) Authorize and issue subpoenas as provided in House rule 
XI, clause 2(m), in the conduct of any investigation or 
activity or series of investigations or activities within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee;
    (e) Prepare, after consultation with the ranking minority 
member, a budget for the Committee;
    (f) Make any necessary technical and conforming changes to 
legislation reported by the committee upon unanimous consent; 
and
    (g) Offer motions under clause 1 of rule XXII of the Rules 
of the House (motion to request or agree to a conference) 
whenever the chairman considers it appropriate.

        Rule 13.--Consideration of Certain Bills and Resolutions

    (a) The determination of the subject matter of 
commemorative stamps and new semi-postal issues is properly for 
consideration by the Postmaster General and the committee will 
not give consideration to legislative proposals specifying the 
subject matter of commemorative stamps and new semi-postal 
issues. It is suggested that recommendations for the subject 
matter of stamps be submitted to the Postmaster General.
    (b) The consideration of bills designating facilities of 
the United States Postal Service shall be conducted so as to 
minimize the time spent on such matters by the committee and 
the House of Representatives.
    (c) The Chairman shall not request to have scheduled any 
resolution for consideration under suspension of the Rules, 
which expresses appreciation, commends, congratulates, 
celebrates, recognizes the accomplishments of, or celebrates 
the anniversary of, an entity, event, group, individual, 
institution, team or government program; or acknowledges or 
recognizes a period of time for such purposes.

                    Rule 14.--Panels and Task Forces

    (a) The chairman of the full committee is authorized to 
appoint panels or task forces to carry out the duties and 
functions of the committee.
    (b) The chairman and ranking minority member of the full 
committee may serve as ex-officio members of each panel or task 
force.
    (c) The chairman of any panel or task force shall be 
appointed by the chairman of the full committee. The ranking 
minority member of the full committee shall select a ranking 
minority member for each panel or task force.
    (d) The House and committee rules applicable to 
subcommittee meetings, hearings, recommendations, and reports 
shall apply to the meetings, hearings, recommendations, and 
reports of panels and task forces.
    (e) No panel or task force so appointed shall continue in 
existence for more than six months. A panel or task force so 
appointed may, upon the expiration of six months, be 
reappointed by the chairman.

                     Rule 15.--Deposition Authority

    (a) The chairman of the full committee, upon consultation 
with the ranking minority member of the full committee, may 
order the taking of depositions, under oath and pursuant to 
notice or subpoena.
    (b) Notices for the taking of depositions shall specify the 
date, time, and place of examination (if other than within the 
committee offices). Depositions shall be taken under oath 
administered by a member or a person otherwise authorized to 
administer oaths.
    (c) Consultation with the ranking minority member shall 
include three business days notice before any deposition is 
taken. All members shall also receive three business days 
notice that a deposition has been scheduled.
    (d) Witnesses may be accompanied at a deposition by counsel 
to advise them of their rights. No one may be present at 
depositions except members, committee staff designated by the 
chairman or ranking minority member of the full committee, an 
official reporter, the witness, and the witness's counsel. 
Observers or counsel for other persons, or for agencies under 
investigation, may not attend.
    (e) At least one member of the committee shall be present 
at each deposition taken by the committee, unless the witness 
to be deposed agrees in writing to waive this requirement.
    (f) A deposition shall be conducted by any member or staff 
attorney designated by the chairman or ranking minority member. 
When depositions are conducted by committee staff attorneys, 
there shall be no more than two committee staff attorneys 
permitted to question a witness per round. One of the committee 
staff attorneys shall be designated by the chairman and the 
other by the ranking minority member. Other committee staff 
members designated by the chairman or ranking minority member 
may attend, but may not pose questions to the witness.
    (g) Questions in the deposition shall be propounded in 
rounds, alternating between the majority and minority. A single 
round shall not exceed 60 minutes per side, unless the members 
or staff attorneys conducting the deposition agree to a 
different length of questioning. In each round, a member or 
committee staff attorney designated by the chairman shall ask 
questions first, and the member or committee staff attorney 
designated by the ranking minority member shall ask questions 
second.
    (h) Any objection made during a deposition must be stated 
concisely and in a non-argumentative and non-suggestive manner. 
The witness may refuse to answer a question only to preserve a 
privilege. When the witness has objected and refused to answer 
a question to preserve a privilege, the full committee chairman 
may rule on any such objection after the deposition has 
adjourned. If the chairman overrules any such objection and 
thereby orders a witness to answer any question to which a 
privilege objection was lodged, such ruling shall be filed with 
the clerk of the committee and shall be provided to the members 
and the witness no less than three days before the reconvened 
deposition. If a member of the committee appeals in writing the 
ruling of the chairman, the appeal shall be preserved for 
committee consideration. A deponent who refuses to answer a 
question after being directed to answer by the chairman in 
writing may be subject to sanction, except that no sanctions 
may be imposed if the ruling of the chairman is reversed on 
appeal.
    (i) Committee staff shall ensure that the testimony is 
either transcribed or electronically recorded or both. If a 
witness's testimony is transcribed, the witness or the 
witness's counsel shall be afforded an opportunity to review a 
copy. No later than five days thereafter, the witness may 
submit suggested changes to the chairman. Committee staff may 
make any typographical and technical changes requested by the 
witness. Substantive changes, modifications, clarifications, or 
amendments to the deposition transcript submitted by the 
witness must be accompanied by a letter signed by the witness 
requesting the changes and a statement of the witness's reasons 
for each proposed change. Any substantive changes, 
modifications, clarifications, or amendments shall be included 
as an appendix to the transcript conditioned upon the witness 
signing the transcript.
    (j) The individual administering the oath, if other than a 
member, shall certify on the transcript that the witness was 
duly sworn. The transcriber shall certify that the transcript 
is a true record of the testimony, and the transcript shall be 
filed, together with any electronic recording, with the clerk 
of the Committee in Washington, DC. Depositions shall be 
considered to have been taken in Washington, DC, as well as the 
location actually taken once filed there with the clerk of the 
Committee for the Committee's use. The chairman and the ranking 
minority member of the full committee shall be provided with a 
copy of the transcripts of the deposition at the same time.
    (k) The chairman and ranking minority member of the full 
committee shall consult regarding the release of depositions. 
If either objects in writing to a proposed release of a 
deposition or a portion thereof, the matter shall be promptly 
referred to the full committee for resolution.
    (l) A witness shall not be required to testify unless the 
witness has been provided with a copy of the committee's rules.
                           Committee on Rules

DAVID DREIER, California, Chairman

LOUISE McINTOSH SLAUGHTER, New York  PETE SESSIONS, Texas, Vice 
JAMES P. McGOVERN, Massachusetts     Chairman
ALCEE L. HASTINGS, Florida           VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina
JARED POLIS, Colorado                ROB BISHOP, Utah
                                     ROB WOODALL, Georgia
                                     RICHARD NUGENT, Florida
                                     TIM SCOTT, South Carolina
                                     DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida

                       (Adopted January 5, 2011)


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) The Rules of the House are the rules of the Committee 
and its subcommittees so far as applicable, except that a 
motion to recess from day to day, and a motion to dispense with 
the first reading (in full) of a bill or resolution, if printed 
copies are available, are non-debatable privileged motions in 
the Committee. A proposed investigative or oversight report 
shall be considered as read if it has been available to the 
members of the Committee for at least 24 hours (excluding 
Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays except when the House is 
in session on such day).
    (b) Each subcommittee is a part of the Committee, and is 
subject to the authority and direction of the Committee and to 
its rules so far as applicable.
    (c) The provisions of clause 2 of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House are incorporated by reference as the rules of the 
Committee to the Extent applicable.
    (d) The Committee's rules shall be published in the 
Congressional Record not later than 30 days after the Committee 
is elected in each odd-numbered year.

           Rule 2.--Regular, Additional, and Special Meetings


                            REGULAR MEETINGS

    (a)(1) The Committee shall regularly meet at 10:00 a.m. on 
Tuesday of each week when the House is in session.
    (2) A regular meeting of the Committee may be dispensed 
with if, in the judgment of the Chairman of the Committee 
(hereafter in these rules referred to as the ``Chair''), there 
is no need for the meeting.
    (3) Additional regular meetings and hearings of the 
Committee may be called by the Chair.

                      NOTICE FOR REGULAR MEETINGS

    (b) The Chair shall notify in electronic or written form 
each member of the Committee of the agenda of each regular 
meeting of the Committee at least 48 hours before the time of 
the meeting and shall provide to each member of the Committee, 
at least 24 hours before the time of each regular meeting:
          (1) for each bill or resolution scheduled on the 
        agenda for consideration of a rule, a copy of--
                  (A) the bill or resolution;
                  (B) any committee reports thereon; and
                  (C) any letter requesting a rule for the bill 
                or resolution; and
          (2) for each other bill, resolution, report, or other 
        matter on the agenda a copy of--
                  (A) the bill, resolution, report, or 
                materials relating to the other matter in 
                question; and
                  (B) any report on the bill, resolution, 
                report, or any other matter made by any 
                subcommittee of the Committee.

                           EMERGENCY MEETINGS

    (c)(1) The Chair may call an emergency meeting of the 
Committee at any time on any measure or matter which the Chair 
determines to be of an emergency nature; provided, however, 
that the Chair has made an effort to consult the ranking 
minority member, or, in such member's absence, the next ranking 
minority party member of the Committee.
    (2) As soon as possible after calling an emergency meeting 
of the Committee, the Chair shall notify each member of the 
Committee of the time and location of the meeting.
    (3) To the extent feasible, the notice provided under 
paragraph (2) shall include the agenda for the emergency 
meeting and copies of available materials which would otherwise 
have been provided under subsection (b) if the emergency 
meeting was a regular meeting.

                            SPECIAL MEETINGS

    (d) Special meetings shall be called and convened as 
provided in clause 2(c)(2) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House.

                Rule 3.--Meeting and Hearing Procedures


                               IN GENERAL

    (a)(1) Meetings and hearings of the Committee shall be 
called to order and presided over by the Chair or, in the 
Chair's absence, by the member designated by the Chair as the 
Vice Chair of the Committee, or by the ranking majority member 
of the Committee present as Acting Chair.
    (2) Meetings and hearings of the Committee shall be open to 
the public unless closed in accordance with clause 2(g) of rule 
XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives.
    (3) Any meeting or hearing of the Committee that is open to 
the public shall be open to coverage by television, radio, and 
still photography in accordance with the provisions of clause 4 
of rule XI of the Rules of the House (which are incorporated by 
reference as part of these rules).
    (4) When a recommendation is made as to the kind of rule 
which should be granted for consideration of a bill or 
resolution, a copy of the language recommended shall be 
furnished to each member of the Committee at the beginning of 
the Committee meeting at which the rule is to be considered or 
as soon thereafter as the proposed language becomes available.

                                 QUORUM

    (b)(1) For the purpose of hearing testimony on requests for 
rules, five members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum.
    (2) For the purpose of taking testimony and receiving 
evidence on measures or matters of original jurisdiction before 
the Committee, three members of the Committee shall constitute 
a quorum.
    (3) A majority of the members of the Committee shall 
constitute a quorum for the purposes of reporting any measure 
or matter, of authorizing a subpoena, of closing a meeting or 
hearing pursuant to clause 2(g) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House (except as provided in clause 2(g)(2)(A) and (B)), or of 
taking any other action.

                                 VOTING

    (c)(1) No vote may be conducted on any measure or motion 
pending before the Committee unless a majority of the members 
of the Committee is actually present for such purpose.
    (2) A record vote of the Committee shall be provided on any 
question before the Committee upon the request of any member.
    (3) No vote by any member of the Committee on any measure 
or matter may be cast by proxy.
    (4) A record of the vote of each member of the Committee on 
each record vote on any measure or matter before the Committee 
shall be made publicly available in electronic form within 48 
hours, and with respect to any record vote on any motion to 
amend or report, shall be included in the report of the 
Committee showing the total number of votes cast for and 
against and the names of those members voting for and against.

                           HEARING PROCEDURES

    (d)(1) With regard to hearings on matters of original 
jurisdiction, to the greatest extent practicable:
          (A) each witness who is to appear before the 
        Committee shall file with the Committee at least 24 
        hours in advance of the appearance a statement of 
        proposed testimony in written and electronic form and 
        shall limit the oral presentation to the Committee to a 
        brief summary thereof; and
          (B) each witness appearing in a non-governmental 
        capacity shall include with the statement of proposed 
        testimony provided in written and electronic form a 
        curriculum vitae and a disclosure of the amount and 
        source (by agency and program) of any Federal grant (or 
        subgrant thereof) or contract (or subcontract thereof) 
        received during the current fiscal year or either of 
        the two preceding fiscal years.
    (2) The five-minute rule shall be observed in the 
interrogation of each witness before the Committee until each 
member of the Committee has had an opportunity to question the 
witness.
    (3) The provisions of clause 2(k) of rule XI of the Rules 
of the House shall apply to any hearing conducted by the 
Committee.

                          SUBPOENAS AND OATHS

    (e)(1) Pursuant to clause 2(m) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, a subpoena may be authorized and 
issued by the Committee or a subcommittee in the conduct of any 
investigation or series of investigations or activities, only 
when authorized by a majority of the members voting, a majority 
being present.
    (2) The Chair may authorize and issue subpoenas under such 
clause during any period in which the House has adjourned for a 
period of longer than three days.
    (3) Authorized subpoenas shall be signed by the Chair or by 
any member designated by the Committee, and may be served by 
any person designated by the Chair or such member.
    (4) The Chair, or any member of the Committee designated by 
the Chair, may administer oaths to witnesses before the 
Committee.

              Rule 4.--General Oversight Responsibilities

    (a) The Committee shall review and study, on a continuing 
basis, the application, administration, execution, and 
effectiveness of those laws, or parts of laws, the subject 
matter of which is within its jurisdiction.
    (b) Not later than February 15 of the first session of a 
Congress, the committee shall meet in open session, with a 
quorum present, to adopt its oversight plans for that Congress 
for submission to the Committee on House Administration and the 
Committee on Government Reform, in accordance with the 
provisions of clause 2(d) of House rule X.

                         Rule 5.--Subcommittees


          ESTABLISHMENT AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF SUBCOMMITTEES

    (a)(1) There shall be two subcommittees of the Committee as 
follows:
          (A) Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, 
        which shall have general responsibility for measures or 
        matters related to relations between the Congress and 
        the Executive Branch.
          (B) Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the 
        House, which shall have general responsibility for 
        measures or matters related to process and procedures 
        of the House, relations between the two Houses of 
        Congress, relations between the Congress and the 
        Judiciary, and internal operations of the House.
    (2) In addition, each such subcommittee shall have specific 
responsibility for such other measures or matters as the Chair 
refers to it.
    (3) Each subcommittee of the Committee shall review and 
study, on a continuing basis, the application, administration, 
execution, and effectiveness of those laws, or parts of laws, 
the subject matter of which is within its general 
responsibility.

           REFERRAL OF MEASURES AND MATTERS TO SUBCOMMITTEES

    (b)(1) In view of the unique procedural responsibilities of 
the Committee, no special order providing for the consideration 
of any bill or resolution shall be referred to a subcommittee 
of the Committee.
    (2) The Chair shall refer to a subcommittee such measures 
or matters of original jurisdiction as the Chair deems 
appropriate given its jurisdiction and responsibilities.
    (3) All other measures or matters of original jurisdiction 
shall be subject to consideration by the full Committee.
    (4) In referring any measure or matter of original 
jurisdiction to a subcommittee, the Chair may specify a date by 
which the subcommittee shall report thereon to the Committee.
    (5) The Committee by motion may discharge a subcommittee 
from consideration of any measure or matter referred to a 
subcommittee of the Committee.

                      COMPOSITION OF SUBCOMMITTEES

    (c) The size and ratio of each subcommittee shall be 
determined by the Committee and members shall be elected to 
each subcommittee, and to the positions of chairman and ranking 
minority member thereof, in accordance with the rules of the 
respective party caucuses. The Chair of the full committee 
shall designate a member of the majority party on each 
subcommittee as its vice chairman.

                   SUBCOMMITTEE MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

    (d)(1) Each subcommittee of the Committee is authorized to 
meet, hold hearings, receive testimony, mark up legislation, 
and report to the full Committee on any measure or matter 
referred to it.
    (2) No subcommittee of the Committee may meet or hold a 
hearing at the same time as a meeting or hearing of the full 
Committee is being held.
    (3) The chairman of each subcommittee shall schedule 
meetings and hearings of the subcommittee only after 
consultation with the Chair.

                                 QUORUM

    (e)(1) For the purpose of taking testimony, two members of 
the subcommittee shall constitute a quorum.
    (2) For all other purposes, a quorum shall consist of a 
majority of the members of a subcommittee.

                          EFFECT OF A VACANCY

    (f) Any vacancy in the membership of a subcommittee shall 
not affect the power of the remaining members to execute the 
functions of the subcommittee.

                                RECORDS

    (g) Each subcommittee of the Committee shall provide the 
full Committee with copies of such records of votes taken in 
the subcommittee and such other records with respect to the 
subcommittee necessary for the Committee to comply with all 
rules and regulations of the House.

                             Rule 6.--Staff


                               IN GENERAL

    (a)(1) Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3), the 
professional and other staff of the Committee shall be 
appointed, by the Chair, and shall work under the general 
supervision and direction of the Chair.
    (2) All professional, and other staff provided to the 
minority party members of the Committee shall be appointed, by 
the ranking minority member of the Committee, and shall work 
under the general supervision and direction of such member.
    (3) The appointment of all professional staff shall be 
subject to the approval of the Committee as provided by, and 
subject to the provisions of, clause 9 of rule X of the Rules 
of the House.

                            ASSOCIATE STAFF

    (b) Associate staff for members of the Committee may be 
appointed only at the discretion of the Chair (in consultation 
with the ranking minority member regarding any minority party 
associate staff), after taking into account any staff ceilings 
and budgetary constraints in effect at the time, and any terms, 
limits, or conditions established by the Committee on House 
Administration under clause 9 of rule X of the Rules of the 
House.

                           SUBCOMMITTEE STAFF

    (c) From funds made available for the appointment of staff, 
the Chair of the Committee shall, pursuant to clause 6(d) of 
rule X of the Rules of the House, ensure that sufficient staff 
is made available to each subcommittee to carry out its 
responsibilities under the rules of the Committee, and, after 
consultation with the ranking minority member of the Committee, 
that the minority party of the Committee is treated fairly in 
the appointment of such staff.

                         COMPENSATION OF STAFF

    (d) The Chair shall fix the compensation of all 
professional and other staff of the Committee, after 
consultation with the ranking minority member regarding any 
minority party staff.

                         CERTIFICATION OF STAFF

    (e)(1) To the extent any staff member of the Committee or 
any of its subcommittees does not work under the direct 
supervision and direction of the Chair, the Member of the 
Committee who supervises and directs the staff member's work 
shall file with the Chief of Staff of the Committee (not later 
than the tenth day of each month) a certification regarding the 
staff member's work for that member for the preceding calendar 
month.
    (2) The certification required by paragraph (1) shall be in 
such form as the Chair may prescribe, shall identify each staff 
member by name, and shall state that the work engaged in by the 
staff member and the duties assigned to the staff member for 
the member of the Committee with respect to the month in 
question met the requirements of clause 9 of rule X of the 
rules of the House.
    (3) Any certification of staff of the Committee, or any of 
its subcommittees, made by the Chair in compliance with any 
provision of law or regulation shall be made--
          (A) on the basis of the certifications filed under 
        paragraph (1) to the extent the staff is not under the 
        Chair's supervision and direction, and
          (B) on his own responsibility to the extent the staff 
        is under the Chair's direct supervision and direction.

               Rule 7.--Budget, Travel, Pay of Witnesses


                                 BUDGET

    (a) The Chair, in consultation with other members of the 
Committee, shall prepare for each Congress a budget providing 
amounts for staff, necessary travel, investigation, and other 
expenses of the Committee and its subcommittees.

                                 TRAVEL

    (b)(1) The Chair may authorize travel for any member and 
any staff member of the Committee in connection with activities 
or subject matters under the general jurisdiction of the 
Committee. Before such authorization is granted, there shall be 
submitted to the Chair in writing the following:
          (A) The purpose of the travel.
          (B) The dates during which the travel is to occur.
          (C) The names of the States or countries to be 
        visited and the length of time to be spent in each.
          (D) The names of members and staff of the Committee 
        for whom the authorization is sought.
    (2) Members and staff of the Committee shall make a written 
report to the Chair on any travel they have conducted under 
this subsection, including a description of their itinerary, 
expenses, and activities, and of pertinent information gained 
as a result of such travel.
    (3) Members and staff of the Committee performing 
authorized travel on official business shall be governed by 
applicable laws, resolutions, and regulations of the House and 
of the Committee on House Administration.

                            PAY OF WITNESSES

    (c) Witnesses may be paid from funds made available to the 
Committee in its expense resolution subject to the provisions 
of clause 5 of rule XI of the Rules of the House.

              Rule 8.--Committee Administration Reporting

    (a) Whenever the Committee authorizes the favorable 
reporting of a bill or resolution from the Committee--
          (1) the Chair or acting Chair shall report it to the 
        House or designate a member of the Committee to do so, 
        and
          (2) in the case of a bill or resolution in which the 
        Committee has original jurisdiction, the Chair shall 
        allow, to the extent that the anticipated floor 
        schedule permits, any member of the Committee a 
        reasonable amount of time to submit views for inclusion 
        in the Committee report on the bill or resolution. Any 
        such report shall contain all matters required by the 
        rules of the House of Representatives (or by any 
        provision of law enacted as an exercise of the 
        rulemaking power of the House) and such other 
        information as the Chair deems appropriate.

                                RECORDS

    (b)(1) There shall be a transcript made of each regular 
meeting and hearing of the Committee, and the transcript may be 
printed if the Chair decides it is appropriate or if a majority 
of the members of the Committee requests such printing. Any 
such transcripts shall be a substantially verbatim account of 
remarks actually made during the proceedings, subject only to 
technical, grammatical, and typographical corrections 
authorized by the person making the remarks. Nothing in this 
paragraph shall be construed to require that all such 
transcripts be subject to correction and publication.
    (2) The Committee shall keep a record of all actions of the 
Committee and of its subcommittees. The record shall contain 
all information required by clause 2(e)(1) of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives and shall be available 
for public inspection at reasonable times in the offices of the 
Committee.
    (3) All Committee hearings, records, data, charts, and 
files shall be kept separate and distinct from the 
Congressional office records of the Chair, shall be the 
property of the House, and all Members of the House shall have 
access thereto as provided in clause 2(e)(2) of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House.
    (4) The records of the Committee at the National Archives 
and Records Administration shall be made available for public 
use in accordance with rule VII of the Rules of the House. The 
Chair shall notify the ranking minority member of any decision, 
pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 4(b) of the rule, to 
withhold a record otherwise available, and the matter shall be 
presented to the Committee for a determination on written 
request of any member of the Committee.

                 COMMITTEE PUBLICATIONS ON THE INTERNET

    (c) To the maximum extent feasible, the Committee shall 
make its publications available in electronic form.

                               CALENDARS

    (d)(1) The Committee shall maintain a Committee Calendar, 
which shall include all bills, resolutions, and other matters 
referred to or reported by the Committee and all bills, 
resolutions, and other matters reported by any other committee 
on which a rule has been granted or formally requested, and 
such other matters as the Chair shall direct. The Calendar 
shall be published periodically, but in no case less often than 
once in each session of Congress.
    (2) The staff of the Committee shall furnish each member of 
the Committee with a list of all bills or resolutions (A) 
reported from the Committee but not yet considered by the 
House, and (B) on which a rule has been formally requested but 
not yet granted. The list shall be updated each week when the 
House is in session.
    (3) For purposes of paragraphs (1) and (2), a rule is 
considered as formally requested when the Chairman of a 
committee which has reported a bill or resolution (or a member 
of such committee authorized to act on the Chairman's behalf):
          (A) has requested, in writing to the Chair, that a 
        hearing be scheduled on a rule for the consideration of 
        the bill or resolution; and
          (B) has supplied the Committee with an adequate 
        number of copies of the bill or resolution, as 
        reported, together with the final printed committee 
        report thereon.

                            OTHER PROCEDURES

    (e) The Chair may establish such other Committee procedures 
and take such actions as may be necessary to carry out these 
rules or to facilitate the effective operation of the Committee 
and its subcommittees in a manner consistent with these rules.

                 Rule 9.--Amendments to Committee Rules

    The rules of the Committee may be modified, amended or 
repealed, in the same manner and method as prescribed for the 
adoption of committee rules in clause 2 of rule XI of the Rules 
of the House, but only if written notice of the proposed change 
has been provided to each such member at least 48 hours before 
the time of the meeting at which the vote on the change occurs. 
Any such change in the rules of the Committee shall be 
published in the Congressional Record within 30 calendar days 
after their approval.
              Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

  RALPH M. HALL, Texas, Chairman

EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas,        F. JAMES SENSENBRENNER,
  Ranking Member                       Wisconsin
JERRY F. COSTELLO, Illinois          LAMAR S. SMITH, Texas
LYNN WOOLSEY, California             DANA ROHRABACHER, California
ZOE LOFGREN, California              ROSCOE G. BARTLETT, Maryland
DAVID WU, Oregon                     FRANK D. LUCAS, Oklahoma
BRAD MILLER, North Carolina          JUDY BIGGERT, Illinois
DANIEL LIPINSKI, Illinois            W. TODD AKIN, Missouri
GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, Arizona          RANDY NEUGEBAUER, Texas
DONNA EDWARDS, Maryland              MICHAEL T. McCAUL, Texas
MARCIA L. FUDGE, Ohio                PAUL BROUN, Georgia
BEN RAY LUJAN, New Mexico            SANDY ADAMS, Florida
PAUL TONKO, New York                 BENJAMIN QUAYLE, Arizona
JERRY McNERNEY, California           CHARLES J. ``CHUCK'' FLEISCHMANN, 
JOHN SARBANES, Maryland              Tennessee
TERRI SEWELL, Alabama                SCOTT RIGELL, Virginia
FREDERICA WILSON, Florida            STEVEN PALAZZO, Mississippi
HANSEN CLARKE, Michigan              MO BROOKS, Alabama
                                     ANDY HARRIS, M.D., Maryland
                                     RANDY HULTGREN, Illinois
                                     CHIP CRAVAACK, Minnesota
                                     LARRY BUCSHON, Indiana
                                     DAN BENISHEK, Michigan

                      (Adopted February 10, 2011)


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) In General.--The Rules of the House of Representatives, 
so far as applicable, shall govern the Committee and its 
subcommittees, except that a motion to recess from day to day, 
or a motion to recess subject to the call of the chair (within 
24 hours), or a motion to dispense with the first reading (in 
full) of a bill or resolution, if printed copies are available, 
is a non-debatable motion of privilege in the Committee. [House 
rule XI 1(a)]
    (b) Subcommitees.--Each Subcommittee is a part of the 
Committee and is subject to the authority and direction of the 
Committee and its rules so far as applicable. Written rules 
adopted by the Committee, not inconsistent with the Rules of 
the House, shall be binding on each Subcommittee of the 
Committee. [House rule XI 1(a)]
    (c) Committee Rules.--The Committee's rules shall be 
publicly available in electronic form and published in the 
Congressional Record not later than 30 days after the Chair of 
the Committee is elected in each odd-numbered year. [House rule 
XI 2(a)(2)]
    (d) Availability of Publications.--To the maximum extent 
feasible, the Committee shall make its publications available 
in electronic form, including on the Committee website. [House 
rule XI 2(e)(4)]
    (e) Committee Website.--The Chair of the Committee shall 
maintain an official Committee website for the purpose of 
furthering the Committee's legislative and oversight 
responsibilities, including communicating information about the 
Committee's activities to Committee Members and other Members 
of the House. The Ranking Minority Member of the Committee may 
maintain a similar website for the same purpose, including 
communicating information about the activities of the minority 
to Committee Members and other Members of the House.
    (f) Vice Chair; Presiding Member.--The Chair shall 
designate a member of the majority party to serve as Vice Chair 
of the Committee, and shall designate a majority member of each 
Subcommittee to serve as Vice Chair of each subcommittee. The 
vice chair of the Committee or subcommittee, as the case may 
be, shall preside at any meeting or hearing during the 
temporary absence of the Chair. If the Chair or Vice Chair of 
the Committee or Subcommittee are not present at any meeting or 
hearing, the ranking member of the majority party who is 
present shall preside at the meeting or hearing. [House Rule XI 
2(d)] (1)
    (g) Motion To Go to Conference.--The Chair is directed to 
offer a motion under clause l of rule XXII of the Rules of the 
House whenever the Chair considers it appropriate. [House rule 
XI 2(a)(3)]
    (h) Conference Committees.--Recommendations of conferees to 
the Speaker shall provide a ratio of majority party Members to 
minority party Members which shall be no less favorable to the 
majority party than the ratio of the Committee.
    (i) Use of Hearing Rooms.--In consultation with the Ranking 
Minority Member, the Chair of the Committee shall establish 
guidelines for the use of Committee hearing rooms.
    (j) National Security Information.--All national security 
information bearing a classification of secret or higher which 
has been received by the Committee or a Subcommittee shall be 
deemed to have been received in Executive Session and shall be 
given appropriate safekeeping. The Chair of the Committee may 
establish such regulations and procedures as in the Chair's 
judgment are necessary to safeguard classified information 
under the control of the Committee. Such procedures shall, 
however, ensure access to this information by any Member of the 
Committee or any other Member of the House of Representatives 
who has requested the opportunity to review such material.
    (k) Other Procedures.--The Chair of the Committee, after 
consultation with the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee, 
may establish such other procedures and take such actions as 
may be necessary to carry out these rules or to facilitate the 
effective operation of the Committee.

           Rule 2.--Regular, Additional, and Special Meetings

    (a) Regular Meetings.--Unless dispensed with by the Chair 
of the Committee, the Committee shall meet on the second (2nd) 
Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. if the House is in 
session. If the House is not in session on that day and the 
Committee has not met during such month, the Committee shall 
meet at the earliest practicable opportunity when the House is 
again in session. [House rule XI 2(b)]
    (b) Additional Meetings.--The Chair of the Committee may 
call and convene, as the Chair considers necessary and in 
accordance with rule 4(b), additional meetings of the Committee 
for the consideration of any bill or resolution pending before 
the Committee or for the conduct of other Committee business. 
The Committee shall meet for such purpose under that call of 
the Chair. [House rule XI 2(c)(1)]
    (c) Special Meetings.--Rule XI 2(c) of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives is hereby incorporated by reference. 
[House rule XI 2(c)(2)]

                Rule 3.--Meetings and Hearings Generally

    (a) In General.--Meetings and hearings of the Committee 
shall be called to order and presided over by the Chair, or in 
the Chair's absence, by the Vice Chair of the Committee or by 
the ranking majority member of the Committee present as Acting 
Chair. [House rule XI 2(d)]
    (b) Opening Statements.--Insofar as is practicable, the 
Chair, after consultation with the Ranking Minority Member, 
shall limit the total time of opening statements by Members to 
no more than 10 minutes, the time to be divided equally between 
the Chair and Ranking Minority Member.
    (c) Addressing the Committee.--The time any one (1) Member 
may address the Committee on any bill, motion, or other matter 
under consideration by the Committee or the time allowed for 
the questioning of a witness at hearings before the Committee 
will be limited to five (5) minutes, and then only when the 
Member has been recognized by the Chair. This time limit may be 
waived by the Chair pursuant to unanimous consent. [House rule 
XI 2(j)(2)]
    (d) Requests for Written Motions.--Any motion made at a 
meeting of the Committee and which is entertained by the Chair 
of the Committee or the Subcommittee shall be presented in 
writing upon the demand of any Member present and a copy made 
available to each Member present.
    (e) Open Meetings and Hearings.--Each meeting for the 
transaction of business, including the markup of legislation, 
and each hearing of the Committee or a Subcommittee shall be 
open to the public, including to radio, television, and still 
photography coverage, unless closed in accordance with clause 
2(g) or 2(k)(5) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.
    (f) Audio and Visual Coverage.--
          (1) Whenever a hearing or meeting conducted by the 
        Committee is open to the public, these proceedings 
        shall be open to coverage by audio and visual means, 
        except as provided in rule XI 4(f)(2) of the House of 
        Representatives.
          (2) To the maximum extent practicable the audio and 
        video coverage shall be in a manner that allows the 
        public to easily listen to and view the proceedings.
          (3) Operation and use of any Committee internet 
        broadcast system shall be fair and nonpartisan and in 
        accordance with all other applicable rules of the 
        Committee and the House.
          (4) To the maximum extent practicable, the Committee 
        shall maintain the recordings of the coverage of such 
        hearings or meetings in a manner easily accessible to 
        the public.
          (5) The Chair of the Committee or Subcommittee may 
        not limit the number of television, or still cameras to 
        fewer than two (2) representatives from each medium 
        (except for legitimate space or safety considerations, 
        in which case pool coverage shall be authorized).
          (6) Radio and television tapes, television films, and 
        Internet recordings of any Committee hearings or 
        meetings that are open to the public may not be used, 
        or made available for use, as partisan political 
        campaign material to promote or oppose the candidacy of 
        any person for elective public office.
          (7) It is, further, the intent of this rule that the 
        general conduct of each meeting or hearing covered 
        under authority of this rule by audio or visual means, 
        and the personal behavior of the Committee Members and 
        staff, other government officials and personnel, 
        witnesses, television, radio, and press media 
        personnel, and the general public at the meeting or 
        hearing, shall be in strict conformity with and 
        observance of the acceptable standards of dignity, 
        propriety, courtesy, and decorum traditionally observed 
        by the House in its operations, and may not be such as 
        to:
                  (A) distort the objects and purposes of the 
                meeting or hearing or the activities of 
                Committee Members in connection with that 
                meeting or hearing or in connection with the 
                general work of the Committee or of the House; 
                or
                  (B) cast discredit or dishonor on the House, 
                the Committee, or a Member, Delegate, or 
                Resident Commissioner or bring the House, the 
                Committee, or a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
                Commissioner into disrepute.
          (8) The coverage of Committee meetings and hearings 
        by audio and visual means shall be permitted and 
        conducted only in strict conformity with the purposes, 
        provisions, and requirements of this rule.
          (9) The following shall apply to coverage of 
        Committee meetings or hearings by audio or visual 
        means:
                  (A) If audio or visual coverage of the 
                hearing or meeting is to be presented to the 
                public as live coverage, that coverage shall be 
                conducted and presented without commercial 
                sponsorship.
                  (B) The allocation among the television media 
                of the positions or the number of television 
                cameras permitted by a Committee or 
                Subcommittee Chair in a hearing or meeting room 
                shall be in accordance with fair and equitable 
                procedures devised by the Executive Committee 
                of the Radio and Television Correspondents' 
                Galleries.
                  (C) Television cameras shall be placed so as 
                not to obstruct in any way the space between a 
                witness giving evidence or testimony and any 
                member of the Committee or the visibility of 
                that witness and that member to each other.
                  (D) Television cameras shall operate from 
                fixed positions but may not be placed in 
                positions that obstruct unnecessarily the 
                coverage of the hearing or meeting by the other 
                media.
                  (E) Equipment necessary for coverage by the 
                television and radio media may not be installed 
                in, or removed from, the hearing or meeting 
                room while the Committee is in session.
                  (F)(i) Except as provided in subdivision 
                (ii), floodlights, spotlights, strobe lights, 
                and flashguns may not be used in providing any 
                method of coverage of the hearing or meeting.
                  (ii) The television media may install 
                additional lighting in a hearing or meeting 
                room, without cost to the Government, in order 
                to raise the ambient lighting level in a 
                hearing or meeting room to the lowest level 
                necessary to provide adequate television 
                coverage of a hearing or meeting at the current 
                state of the art of television coverage.
                  (G) If requests are made by more of the media 
                than will be permitted by a Committee or 
                Subcommittee Chair for coverage of a hearing or 
                meeting by still photography, that coverage 
                shall be permitted on the basis of a fair and 
                equitable pool arrangement devised by the 
                Standing Committee of Press Photographers.
                  (H) Photographers may not position themselves 
                between the witness table and the members of 
                the Committee at any time during the course of 
                a hearing or meeting.
                  (I) Photographers may not place themselves in 
                positions that obstruct unnecessarily the 
                coverage of the hearing by the other media.
                  (J) Personnel providing coverage by the 
                television and radio media shall be currently 
                accredited to the Radio and Television 
                Correspondents' Galleries.
                  (K) Personnel providing coverage by still 
                photography shall be currently accredited to 
                the Press Photographers' Gallery.
                  (L) Personnel providing coverage by the 
                television and radio media and by still 
                photography shall conduct themselves and their 
                coverage activities in an orderly and 
                unobtrusive manner. [House rule XI (4)]

              Rule 4.--Consideration of Measure or Matter

    (a) In General.--Bills and other substantive matters may be 
taken up for consideration only when called by the Chair of the 
Committee, except those matters which are the subject of 
special call meetings outlined in rule 2(c).
    (b) Notice.--
          (1)(A) The Chair of the Committee shall announce the 
        date, place, and subject matter of a committee meeting, 
        which may not commence earlier than the third day on 
        which members have notice thereof. [House rule XI 
        2(g)(3)]
          (B) A committee meeting may begin sooner than 
        specified in subdivision (A) (in which case the Chair 
        shall make the announcement specified in subdivision 
        (A) at the earliest possible time) if--
                  (i) the Chair of the Committee, with the 
                concurrence of the ranking minority member, 
                determines there is good cause to do so; or
                  (ii) the Committee so determines by majority 
                vote, a quorum being present. [House rule XI 
                2(g)(3)]
          (2)(A) At least 24 hours prior to the commencement of 
        a meeting for the consideration of a measure or matter, 
        or at the time of the announcement under (b)(1)(B) made 
        within 24 hours before such meeting, the Chair shall 
        cause the text of such measure or matter to be made 
        publicly available in electronic form. [House rule XI 
        2(g)(4)]
          (B) To the maximum extent practicable, a written copy 
        of the measure or matter to be considered and the 
        original text of the measure to be considered for 
        purposes of markup shall be made publicly available in 
        electronic form for at least 48 hours in advance of 
        consideration, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal 
        holidays.
          (3) A notice provided shall be published promptly in 
        the Daily Digest and made publicly available in 
        electronic form. [House rule XI 2(g)(3)]
    (c) Submission of Amendments.--To the maximum extent 
practicable, amendments to a measure or matter shall be 
submitted in writing to the Clerk of the Committee at least 24 
hours prior to the consideration of the measure or matter.
    (d) Investigative or Oversight Reports.--A proposed 
investigative or oversight report shall be considered as read 
in Committee if it has been available to the Members for at 
least 24 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays 
except when the House is in session on such a day). [House rule 
XI 1(b)(2)]
    (e) Private Bills.--No private bill will be scheduled by 
the Chair of the Committee if there are two (2) or more Members 
who object to its consideration.

             Rule 5.--Power To Sit and Act; Subpoena Power

    (a) In General.--(1) Notwithstanding paragraph (2), a 
subpoena may be authorized and issued in the conduct of any 
investigation or series of investigations or activities to 
require the attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the 
production of such books, records, correspondence, memoranda, 
papers and documents as deemed necessary, only when authorized 
by majority vote of the Committee or Subcommittee (as the case 
may be), a majority of the Committee or Subcommittee being 
present. Authorized subpoenas shall be signed only by the Chair 
of the Committee, or by any Member designated by the Chair. 
[House rule XI 2(m)(3)(A)]
    (2) The Chair of the Committee, after consultation with the 
Ranking Minority Member of the Committee, or, if the Ranking 
Member cannot be reached, the Ranking Minority Member of the 
relevant Subcommittee, may authorize and issue such subpoenas 
as described in paragraph (1) during any period in which the 
House has adjourned for a period longer than three (3) days. 
[House rule XI 2(m)(3)(A)]
    (3) A subpoena duces tecum may specify terms of return 
other than at a meeting or a hearing of the Committee. [House 
rule XI 2(m)(3)(B)]
    (4) The Chair, or any Member of the Committee designated by 
the Chair, may administer oaths to witnesses before the 
Committee. [House rule XI 2(m)(2)]
    (b) Sensitive or Confidential Information.--Unless 
otherwise determined by the Committee or Subcommittee, certain 
information received by the Committee or Subcommittee pursuant 
to a subpoena not made part of the record at an open hearing 
shall be deemed to have been received in Executive Session when 
the Chair of the Committee, in the Chair's judgment and after 
consultation with the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee, 
deems that in view of all of the circumstances, such as the 
sensitivity of the information or the confidential nature of 
the information, such action is appropriate.

                      Rule 6.--Quorums and Voting

    (a) Quorums.--(1) One-third (1/3) of the Members of the 
Committee shall constitute a quorum for all purposes except as 
provided in paragraphs (2) and (3) of this rule. [House rule XI 
2(h)(3)]
    (2) A majority of the Members of the Committee shall 
constitute a quorum for the purposes of reporting any measure 
or matter, authorizing a subpoena, closing a meeting or hearing 
pursuant to clause 2(g) of rule XI of the House, releasing 
executive session material pursuant to clause 2(k)(7) of rule 
XI of the Rules of the House, or where required by any other 
Rule of the House.
    (3) Two (2) Members of the Committee shall constitute a 
quorum for taking testimony and receiving evidence, which, 
unless waived by the Chair of the Committee after consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee, shall 
include at least one (1) Member from each of the majority and 
minority parties. [House rule XI 2(h)(2)]
    (b) Voting by Proxy.--No Member may authorize a vote by 
proxy with respect to any measure or matter before the 
Committee. [House rule XI 2(f)]
    (c) Requests for Record Vote.--A record vote of the Members 
may be had at the request of three (3) or more Members or, in 
the apparent absence of a quorum, by anyone (1) Member.
    (d) Postponement of Proceedings.--The Chair of the 
Committee, or of any Subcommittee, is authorized to postpone 
further proceedings when a record vote is ordered on the 
question of approving a measure or matter or on adopting an 
amendment, and to resume proceedings on a postponed question at 
any time after reasonable notice. Upon resuming proceedings on 
a postponed question, notwithstanding any intervening order for 
the previous question, an underlying proposition shall remain 
subject to further debate or amendment to the same extent as 
when the question was postponed. [House rule XI 2(h)(4)]

                      Rule 7.--Hearing Procedures

    (a) Announcement of Hearing.--The Chair shall make a public 
announcement of the date, place, and subject matter of a 
hearing, and to the extent practicable, a list of witnesses at 
least one (1) week before the commencement of the hearing. If 
the Chair, with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member, 
determines there is good cause to begin the hearing sooner, or 
if the Committee so determines by majority vote, a quorum being 
present for the transaction of business, the Chair shall make 
the announcement at the earliest possible date. Any 
announcement made under this Rule shall be promptly published 
in the Daily Digest, and made available in electronic form. 
[House rule XI 2(g)(3)]
    (b) Witness Statement; Testimony.--
          (1) Insofar as is practicable, no later than 48 hours 
        in advance of his or her appearance, each witness who 
        is to appear before the Committee shall file in printed 
        copy and in electronic form a written statement of his 
        or her proposed testimony and a curriculum vitae. 
        [House rule XI 2(g)(5)]
          (2) Each witness shall limit his or her presentation 
        to a five (5) minute summary, provided that additional 
        time may be granted by the Chair of the Committee or 
        Subcommittee when appropriate.
          (3) In the case of a witness appearing in a 
        nongovernmental capacity, a written statement of 
        proposed testimony shall include a disclosure of the 
        amount and source (by agency and program) of each 
        Federal grant (or subgrant thereof) or contract (or 
        subcontract thereof) received during the current fiscal 
        year or either of the two previous fiscal years by the 
        witness or by an entity represented by the witness. 
        Such statements, with appropriate redactions to protect 
        the privacy of the witness, shall be made publicly 
        available in electronic form not later than one day 
        after the witness appears. [House rule XI 2(g)(5)]
    (c) Questioning Witnesses.--The right to interrogate a 
witness before the Committee shall alternate between Majority 
and Minority Members. Each Member shall be limited to five (5) 
minutes in the interrogation of witnesses until such time as 
each Member present who wishes to be recognized has been 
recognized once for that purpose. No member may be recognized 
for a second period of interrogation until each Member present 
has been recognized at least once. [House rule XI 2(j)(2)]
    (d) Extended Questioning of Witnesses by Members.--
Notwithstanding Rule 3(c), upon a motion, the Chair, in 
consultation with the Ranking Minority Member, may designate an 
equal number of Members from each party to question a witness 
for a period of time equally divided between the majority party 
and the minority party, not to exceed one (1) hour in the 
aggregate or, upon a motion, may designate staff from each 
party to question a witness for equal specific periods that do 
not exceed one (1) hour in the aggregate. [House rule XI 
2(j)(2)]
    (e) Minority Witnesses.--Whenever any hearing is conducted 
by the Committee on any measure or matter, the minority Members 
of the Committee shall be entitled, upon request to the Chair 
by a majority of them before the completion of the hearing, to 
call witnesses selected by the minority to testify with respect 
to the measure or matter during at least one (1) day of hearing 
thereon. [House rule XI 2(j)(1)]
    (f) Additional Questions for the Record.--Members of the 
Committee have two (2) weeks from the date of a hearing to 
submit additional questions for the record to be answered by 
witnesses who have appeared in person. The letters of 
transmittal and any responses thereto shall be printed in the 
hearing record.
    (g) Additional Hearing Procedures.--Rule XI 2(k) of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives is hereby incorporated by 
reference.

         Rule 8.--Procedures for Reporting Measures or Matters

    (a) Filing of reports.--
          (1) It shall be the duty of the Chair of the 
        Committee to report or cause to be reported promptly to 
        the House any measure approved by the Committee and to 
        take or cause to be taken the necessary steps to bring 
        the matter to a vote. To the maximum extent 
        practicable, the written report of the Committee on 
        such measures shall be made available to the Committee 
        membership for review at least 24 hours in advance 
        filing. [House rule XIII 2(b)(1)]
          (2) The report of the Committee on a measure which 
        has been approved by the Committee shall be filed 
        within seven (7) calendar days (exclusive of days on 
        which the House is not in session) after the day on 
        which there has been filed with the Clerk of the 
        Committee a written request, signed by the majority of 
        the Members of the Committee, for the reporting of that 
        measure. Upon the filing of any such request, the Clerk 
        of the Committee shall transmit immediately to the 
        Chair of the Committee notice of the filing of that 
        request. [House rule XIII 2(b)(2)]
    (b) Contents of Report.--The report of the Committee on a 
measure or matter that has been approved by the Committee shall 
include the matters required by clauses 2(c) and 3 of rule XIII 
of the Rules of the House.
    (c) Supplemental; Minority, or Additional Views.--Clause 
2(I) of House Rule XI is hereby incorporated by reference.
    (d) Immediate Printing; Supplemental Reports.-- This rule 
does not preclude--
          (1) the immediate filing or printing of a Committee 
        report unless a timely request for the opportunity to 
        file supplemental, minority, or additional views has 
        been made as provided by this rule; or
          (2) the filing by the Committee of any supplemental 
        report upon any measure or matter which may be required 
        for the correction of any technical error in a previous 
        report made by that Committee upon that measure or 
        matter.
    (e) Report Language on Use of Federal Resources.--No 
legislative report filed by the Committee on any measure or 
matter reported by the Committee shall contain language which 
has the effect of specifying the use of federal resources more 
explicitly (inclusively or exclusively) than that specified in 
the measure or matter as ordered reported, unless such language 
has been approved by the Committee during a meeting or 
otherwise in writing by a majority of the Members.

                 Rule 9.--Other Committee Publications

    (a) House Reports.--
          (1) Any document published by the Committee as a 
        House Report, other than a report of the Committee on a 
        measure which has been approved by the Committee, shall 
        be approved by the Committee at a meeting, and Members 
        shall have the same opportunity to submit views as 
        provided for in rule 8(c).
          (2) Not later than the 30th day after June 1 and 
        December 1, the Committee shall submit to the House a 
        semiannual report on the activities of the Committee.
    (b) Other Documents.--
          (1) Subject to paragraph (2) and (3), the Chair of 
        the Committee may approve the publication of any 
        document as a Committee print which in the Chair's 
        discretion the Chair determines to be useful for the 
        information of the Committee.
          (2) Any document to be published as a Committee print 
        which purports to express the views, findings, 
        conclusions, or recommendations of the Committee or any 
        of its Subcommittees, other than a report of the 
        Committee on a measure which has been approved by the 
        Committee, must be approved by the Committee or its 
        Subcommittees, as applicable, in a meeting or otherwise 
        in writing by a majority of the Members, and such 
        Members shall have the right to submit supplemental, 
        minority, or additional views for inclusion in the 
        print within at least 48 hours after such approval.
          (3) Any document to be published as a Committee 
        print, other than a document described in subsection 
        (2) of this rule, shall--
                  (A) include on its cover the following 
                statement: ``This document has been printed for 
                informational purposes only and does not 
                represent either findings or recommendations 
                adopted by this Committee;'' and
                  (B) not be published following the sine die 
                adjournment of a Congress, unless approved by 
                the Chair of the Committee after consultation 
                with the Ranking Minority Member of the 
                Committee.
    (c) Joint Investigation or Study.--A report of an 
investigation or study conducted jointly by the Committee and 
one (1) or more other Committee(s) may be filed jointly, 
provided that each of the Committees complies independently 
with all requirements for approval and filing of the report. 
[House rule XI 1(b)(2)]
    (d) Post Adjournment Filing of Committee Reports.--
          (1) After an adjournment of the last regular session 
        of a Congress sine die, an investigative or oversight 
        report approved by the Committee may be filed with the 
        Clerk at any time, provided that if a Member gives 
        notice at the time of approval of intention to file 
        supplemental, minority, or additional views, that 
        Member shall be entitled to not less than seven (7) 
        calendar days in which to submit such views for 
        inclusion with the report. [House rule XI 1(b)(4)]
          (2) After an adjournment sine die of a regular 
        session of a Congress or after December 15, whichever 
        occurs first, the Chair of the Committee may file the 
        second and fourth semiannual Activity Report for that 
        Congress with the Clerk of the House at any time and 
        without the approval of the Committee, provided that a 
        copy of the report has been available to each Member of 
        the Committee for at least seven (7) calendar days and 
        that the report includes any supplemental, minority, or 
        additional views submitted by a Member of the 
        Committee. [House rule XI 1(d)]

     Rule 10.--General Oversight and Investigative Responsibilities

    (a) Oversight.--
          (1) In General.--The Committee shall conduct 
        oversight of matters within the jurisdiction of the 
        Committee in accordance with House Rule X, clause 2 and 
        shall review and study on a continuing basis laws, 
        programs, and Government activities relating to 
        nonmilitary research and development. [House rule X 
        3(k)]
          (2) Oversight Plan.--Not later than February 15 of 
        the first session of a Congress, the Committee shall 
        meet in open session, with a quorum present, to adopt 
        its oversight plan for that Congress for submission to 
        the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and 
        the Committee on House Administration, in accordance 
        with the provisions of clause 2(d) of rule X of the 
        House of Representatives. [House rule X 2(d)]
    (b) Investigations.--
          (1) In General.--The Chair of the Committee may 
        undertake any formal investigation in the name of the 
        Committee after consultation with the Ranking Minority 
        Member of the Committee.
          (2) Subcommittee Investigations.--The Chair of any 
        Subcommittee shall not undertake any formal 
        investigation in the name of the Committee or 
        Subcommittee without formal approval by the Chair of 
        the Committee, in consultation with other appropriate 
        Subcommittee Chairs, and after consultation with the 
        Ranking Minority Member of the Committee. The Chair of 
        any Subcommittee shall also consult with the Ranking 
        Minority Member of the Subcommittee before undertaking 
        any investigation in the name of the Committee.

                        Rule 11.--Subcommittees

    (a) Establishment and Jurisdiction of Subcommitees.--The 
Committee shall have the following standing Subcommittees with 
the jurisdiction indicated.
          (1) Subcommittee on Energy and Environment.--
        Legislative jurisdiction and general oversight and 
        investigative authority on all matters relating to 
        energy research, development, and demonstration and 
        projects therefor, commercial application of energy 
        technology, and environmental research, including:
                  (A) Department of Energy research, 
                development, and demonstration programs;
                  (B) Department of Energy laboratories;
                  (C) Department of Energy science activities;
                  (D) energy supply activities;
                  (E) nuclear, solar and renewable energy, and 
                other advanced energy technologies;
                  (F) uranium supply and enrichment, and 
                Department of Energy waste management and 
                environment, safety, and health activities, as 
                appropriate;
                  (G) fossil energy research and development;
                  (H) clean coal technology;
                  (I) energy conservation research and 
                development;
                  (J) energy aspects of climate change;
                  (K) pipeline research, development, and 
                demonstration projects;
                  (L) energy and environmental standards;
                  (M) energy conservation, including building 
                performance, alternate fuels for and improved 
                efficiency of vehicles, distributed power 
                systems, and industrial process improvements;
                  (N) Environmental Protection Agency research 
                and development programs;
                  (O) the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
                Administration, including all activities 
                related to weather, weather services, climate, 
                the atmosphere, marine fisheries, and oceanic 
                research;
                  (P) risk assessment activities; and
                  (Q) scientific issues related to 
                environmental policy, including climate change.
          (2) Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation.--
        Legislative jurisdiction and general oversight and 
        investigative authority on all matters relating to 
        competitiveness, technology, standards, and innovation, 
        including:
                  (A) standardization of weights and measures, 
                including technical standards, standardization, 
                and conformity assessment;
                  (B) measurement, including the metric system 
                of measurement;
                  (C) the Technology Administration of the 
                Department of Commerce;
                  (D) the National Institute of Standards and 
                Technology;
                  (E) the National Technical Information 
                Service;
                  (F) competitiveness, including small business 
                competitiveness;
                  (G) tax; antitrust, regulatory and other 
                legal and governmental policies as they relate 
                to technological development and 
                commercialization;
                  (H) technology transfer, including civilian 
                use of defense technologies;
                  (I) patent and intellectual property policy;
                  (J) international technology trade;
                  (K) research, development, and demonstration 
                activities of the Department of Transportation;
                  (L) surface and water transportation 
                research, development, and demonstration 
                programs;
                  (M) earthquake programs (except for NSF) and 
                fire research programs, including those related 
                to wildfire proliferation research and 
                prevention;
                  (N) biotechnology policy;
                  (O) research, development, demonstration, and 
                standards-related activities of the Department 
                of Homeland Security;
                  (P) Small Business Innovation Research and 
                Technology Transfer; and
                  (Q) voting technologies and standards.
          (3) Subcommittee on Research and Science Education.--
        Legislative jurisdiction and general oversight and 
        investigative authority on all matters relating to 
        science policy and science education, including:
                  (A) the Office of Science and Technology 
                Policy;
                  (B) all scientific research, and scientific 
                and engineering resources (including human 
                resources), science, technology, engineering 
                and mathematics education;
                  (C) intergovernmental mechanisms for 
                research, development, and demonstration and 
                cross-cutting programs;
                  (D) international scientific cooperation;
                  (E) National Science Foundation, including 
                earthquake programs;
                  (F) university research policy, including 
                infrastructure and overhead;
                  (G) university research partnerships, 
                including those with industry;
                  (H) science scholarships;
                  (I) computing, communications, networking, 
                and information technology;
                  (J) research and development relating to 
                health, biomedical, and nutritional programs;
                  (K) research, development, and demonstration 
                relating to nanoscience, nanoengineering, and 
                nanotechnology;
                  (L) to the extent appropriate, agricultural, 
                geological, biological and life sciences 
                research;
                  (M) and materials research, development, and 
                demonstration and policy.
          (4) Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics.--
        Legislative jurisdiction and general oversight and 
        investigative authority on all matters relating to 
        astronautical and aeronautical research and 
        development, including:
                  (A) national space policy, including access 
                to space;
                  (B) sub-orbital access and applications;
                  (C) National Aeronautics and Space 
                Administration and its contractor and 
                government-operated labs;
                  (D) space commercialization, including 
                commercial space activities relating to the 
                Department of Transportation and the Department 
                of Commerce;
                  (E) exploration and use of outer space;
                  (F) international space cooperation;
                  (G) the National Space Council;
                  (H) space applications, space communications 
                and related matters;
                  (I) earth remote sensing policy;
                  (J) civil aviation research, development, and 
                demonstration;
                  (K) research, development; and demonstration 
                programs of the Federal Aviation 
                Administration; and
                  (L) space law.
          (5) Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight.--
        General and special investigative authority on all 
        matters within the jurisdiction of the Committee on 
        Science, Space, and Technology.
    (b) Ratios.--A majority of the majority Members of the 
Committee shall determine an appropriate ratio of majority to 
minority Members of each Subcommittee and shall authorize the 
Chair of the Committee to negotiate that ratio with the 
minority party; Provided, however, that the ratio of majority 
Members to minority Members on each Subcommittee (including any 
ex-officio Members) shall be no less favorable to the majority 
party than the ratio for the Committee.
    (c) Ex-Officio Members.--The Chair of the Committee and 
Ranking Minority Member of the Committee shall serve as ex-
officio Members of all Subcommittees and shall have the right 
to vote and be counted as part of the quorum and ratios on all 
matters before the Subcommittee.
    (d) Referral of Legislation.--The Chair of the Committee 
shall refer all legislation and other matters referred to the 
Committee to the Subcommittee or Subcommittees of appropriate 
primary and secondary jurisdiction within two (2) weeks of the 
matters being referred to the Committee, unless the Chair of 
the Committee deems consideration is to be by the Committee. 
Subcommittee Chairs may make requests for referral of specific 
matters to their Subcommittee within the two (2) week period if 
they believe Subcommittee jurisdictions so warrant.
    (e) Procedures.--
          (1) No Subcommittee shall meet to consider for markup 
        or approval any measure or matter when the Committee or 
        any other Subcommittee of the Committee is meeting to 
        consider any measure or matter for markup or approval.
          (2) Each Subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold 
        hearings, receive testimony or evidence, mark up 
        legislation, and report to the Committee on all matters 
        referred to it. For matters within its jurisdiction, 
        each Subcommittee is authorized to conduct legislative, 
        investigative, forecasting, and general oversight 
        hearings; to conduct inquiries into the future; and to 
        undertake budget impact studies.
          (3) Subcommittee Chairs shall set meeting dates after 
        consultation with the Chair of the Committee and other 
        Subcommittee Chairs with a view toward avoiding 
        simultaneous scheduling of Committee and Subcommittee 
        meetings or hearings wherever possible.
          (4) Any Member of the Committee may have the 
        privilege of sitting with any Subcommittee during its 
        hearings or deliberations and may participate in such 
        hearings or deliberations, but no Member who is not a 
        Member of the Subcommittee shall vote on any matter 
        before such Subcommittee, except as provided in 
        subsection (c) of this rule.
          (5) During consideration of any measure or matter for 
        markup or approval in a Subcommittee proceeding, a 
        record vote may be had at the request of one (1) or 
        more Members of that Subcommittee.
          (6) Each Subcommittee of the Committee shall provide 
        the full Committee with copies of such records of votes 
        taken in the subcommittee and such other records with 
        respect to the subcommittee as the Chair deems 
        necessary for the Committee to comply with the rules 
        and regulations of the House.
    (f) Consideration of Subcommittee Reports.--After ordering 
a measure or matter reported, a Subcommittee shall issue a 
Subcommittee report in such form as the Chair of the Committee 
shall specify. To the maximum extent practicable, reports and 
recommendations of a Subcommittee shall not be considered by 
the Committee until after the intervention of 48 hours, 
excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays, from the time 
the report is submitted and made available to the Members of 
the Committee and printed hearings thereon shall be made 
available, if feasible, to the Members of the Committee, except 
that this rule may be waived at the discretion of the Chair of 
the Committee after consultation with the Ranking Minority 
Member of the Committee.

                      Rule 12.--Committee Records

    (a) Transcripts.--The transcripts of those hearings 
conducted by the Committee and Subcommittees shall be published 
as a substantially verbatim account of remarks actually made 
during the proceedings, subject only to technical, grammatical, 
and typographical corrections authorized by the person making 
the remarks involved. Transcripts of markups shall be recorded 
and published in the same manner as hearings before the 
Committee and shall be included as part of the legislative 
report unless waived by the Chair of the Committee. [House Rule 
XI 2(e)(1)(A)]
    (b) Keeping of Records.--
          (1) The Committee shall keep a complete record of all 
        Committee action, which shall include a record of the 
        votes on any question on which a record vote is 
        demanded. The result of each record vote shall be 
        included in the report of the Committee, made available 
        by the Committee for inspection by the public at 
        reasonable times in the offices of the Committee and 
        shall be made publicly available in electronic form 
        within 48 hours of such record vote. [House rule XI 
        2(e)(1)(B)]
          (2) Information made available for public inspection 
        shall include a description of the amendment, motion, 
        order, or other proposition and the name of each Member 
        voting for and each Member voting against such 
        amendment, motion, order, or proposition, and the names 
        of those Members present but not voting. [House rule XI 
        2(e)(1)(B)]
          (3) Not later than 24 hours after the adoption of any 
        amendment to a measure or matter considered by the 
        Committee, the Chair shall cause the text of each such 
        amendment to be made publicly available in electronic 
        form. [House rule XI 2(e)(6)]
    (c) Availability of Archived Records.--The records of the 
Committee at the National Archives and Records Administration 
shall be made available for public use in accordance with rule 
VII of the Rules of the House of Representatives. The Chair of 
the Committee shall notify the Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee of any decision, pursuant to rule VII 3(b)(3) or 
clause 4(b) of the Rules of the House of Representatives, to 
withhold a record otherwise available, and the matter shall be 
presented to the Committee for a determination on the written 
request of any Member of the Committee. [House rule XI 2(e)(3)]
    (d) Property of House.--
          (1) Except as provided for in paragraph (2), all 
        Committee hearings, records, data, charts, and files 
        shall be kept separate and distinct from the 
        congressional office records of the Member serving as 
        its Chair. Such records shall be the property of the 
        House, and each Member, Delegate, and Resident 
        Commissioner, shall have access thereto.
          (2) A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, 
        other than Members of the Committee on Standards of 
        Official Conduct, may not have access to the records of 
        the Committee respecting the conduct of a Member, 
        Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
        of the House without the specific prior permission of 
        the Committee. [House rule XI 2(e)(2)]
                      Committee on Small Business

  SAM GRAVES, Missouri, Chairman

NYDIA VELAZQUEZ, New York,           ROSCOE BARTLETT, Maryland
  Ranking Member                     STEVE CHABOT, Ohio
KURT SCHRADER, Oregon                STEVE KING, Iowa
MARK CRITZ, Pennsylvania             MIKE COFFMAN, Colorado
JASON ALTMIRE, Pennsylvania          MICK MULVANEY, South Carolina
YVETTE CLARKE, New York              SCOTT TIPTON, Colorado
JUDY CHU, California                 JAIME HERRERA BEUTLER,
DAVID CICILLINE, Rhode Island          Washington
CEDRIC RICHMOND, Louisiana           ALLEN WEST, Florida
GARY PETERS, Michigan                RENEE ELLMERS, North Carolina
BILL OWENS, New York                 JOE WALSH, Illinois
WILLIAM KEATING, Massachusetts       JEFF LANDRY, Louisiana
                                     LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania
                                     RICHARD HANNA, New York

                       (Adopted January 26, 2011)


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    The Rules of the House of Representatives, in total (but 
especially with the operations of committees rule X, cl. 1(p), 
cl. 2, cl. 3(l), and rule XI) are the rules of the Committee on 
Small Business to the extent applicable and are incorporated by 
reference. Each subcommittee of the Committee on Small Business 
(``the Committee'') is a part of the Committee and is subject 
to the authority and direction of the Committee, and to the 
rules of the House and the rules adopted herein to the extent 
applicable.

                Rule 2.--Referral of Bills by the Chair

    The Chair will retain consideration of all legislation 
referred to the Committee by the Speaker. No action will be 
required of a subcommittee before legislation is considered for 
report by the Committee. Subcommittee chairs, pursuant to the 
rules set out herein, may hold hearings on any bill referred to 
the Committee.

                        Rule 3.--Date of Meeting

    The regular meeting date of the Committee shall be the 
second Wednesday of every month when the House is in session. 
The Chair may dispense with the meeting of the Committee, if in 
the sole discretion of the Chair, there is no need for such 
meeting. Additional meetings may be called as deemed necessary 
by the Chair or at the request of the majority Members of the 
Committee pursuant to rule XI, cl. 2(c) of the rules of the 
House.
    At least 3 days notice of such an additional meeting shall 
be given unless the Chair, with the concurrence of the Ranking 
Minority Member, determines that there is good cause to call 
the meeting on less notice or upon a vote by a majority of the 
Committee (a quorum being present). To the extent possible, the 
three days shall be counted from the 72 hours before the time 
of the meeting. Announcements of the meeting shall be published 
promptly in the Daily Digest and made publicly available in 
electronic form.
    The determination of the business to be considered at each 
meeting shall be made by the Chair subject to limitations set 
forth in House rule XI, cl. 2(c).
    The Chair shall provide to each Member of the Committee, to 
the extent practicable, at least 48 hours in advance of a 
meeting, a copy of the bill, resolution, report or other item 
to be considered at the meeting, but no later than 24 hours 
before the meeting. Such material also shall be made available 
to the public at least 24 hours in advance in electronic form.
    The rules for notice and meetings as set forth in rule 3 of 
these Rules shall not apply to special and emergency meetings. 
Clause 2(c)(2) of rule XI and clause 2(g)(3)(A) of rule XI of 
the Rules of the House, as applicable, shall apply to such 
meetings.
    A record vote of the Committee shall be provided on any 
question before the Committee upon the request of any Member of 
the Committee. A record of the vote of each Member of the 
Committee on a matter before the Committee shall be available 
in electronic form within 48 hours of such record vote, and, 
with respect to any roll call vote on any motion to amend or 
report, shall be included in the report of the Committee 
showing the total number of votes cast for and against and the 
names of those Members voting for and against.
    The Chair of the Committee shall, not later than 24 hours 
after consideration of a bill, resolution, report or other item 
cause the text of the reported item and any amendment adopted 
thereto to be made publicly available in electronic form.

                   Rule 4.--Announcement of Hearings

    Public announcement of the date, place, and subject matter 
of any hearing to be conducted by the Committee shall be made 
no later than 7 calendar days before the commencement of the 
hearing. To the extent possible, the seven days shall be 
counted from 168 hours before the time of the Committee's 
hearing. The Chair, with the concurrence of the Ranking 
Minority Member, or upon a vote by the majority of the 
Committee (a quorum being present), may authorize a hearing to 
commence on less than 7 calendar days notice.
    (a) Witness Lists.--Unless the Chair determines it is 
impracticable to do so, the Committee shall make a tentative 
witness list available at the time it makes the public 
announcement of the hearing. If a tentative witness list is not 
made available at the time of the announcement of the hearing, 
such witness list shall be made available as soon as 
practicable after such announcement is made. A final witness 
list shall be issued by the Committee no later than 48 hours 
prior to the commencement of the hearing.
    (b) Material for the Hearing.--The Chair shall provide to 
all Members of the Committee, as soon as practicable after the 
announcement of the hearing, a memorandum explaining the 
subject matter of the hearing and any official reports from 
departments and agencies on the subject matter of the hearing. 
Such material shall be made available to all Members of the 
Committee no later than 48 hours before the commencement of the 
hearing unless the Chair, after consultation with the Ranking 
Minority Member, determines that certain reports from 
departments or agencies should not be made available prior to 
the commencement of the hearing. Material provided by the Chair 
to all Members, whether provided prior to or at the hearing, 
shall be placed on the Committee website no later than 48 hours 
after the commencement of the hearing unless such material 
contains sensitive or classified information in which case such 
material shall be handled pursuant to rule 15 of the 
Committee's Rules.

           Rule 5.--Meetings and Hearings Open to the Public

    (a) Meetings.--Each meeting of the Committee or its 
Subcommittees for the transaction of business, including the 
markup of legislation, shall be open to the public, including 
to radio, television, and still photography coverage, except as 
provided by House Rule XI, cl. 4. provided however, that no 
person other than Members of the Committee, and such 
congressional staff and such executive branch representatives 
they may authorize, shall be present in any meeting which has 
been closed to the public.
    The Chair and Ranking Minority Member are ex officio 
Members of all Subcommittees for the purpose of any meeting or 
hearing conducted by a Subcommittee.
    (b) Hearings.--Each hearing conducted by the Committee or 
its Subcommittees shall be open to the public, including radio, 
television and still photography coverage. If the majority of 
Members of the Committee or subcommittee present at the 
hearing, determine by a recorded vote in open session that all 
or part of the remainder of the hearing on that day shall be 
closed to the public because the disclosure of matters to be 
considered would endanger national security, would compromise 
sensitive law enforcement information, or would tend to defame, 
degrade, or incriminate any person or otherwise would violate 
any law or rule of the House; provided however, that the 
Committee or Subcommittee may by the same procedure also vote 
to close one subsequent day of hearings. Notwithstanding the 
requirements of the preceding sentence, a majority of those 
present (if the requisite number of Members are present under 
Committee rules for the purpose of taking testimony) may vote: 
(i) to close the hearing for the sole purpose of discussing 
whether the testimony or evidence to be received would endanger 
the national security, would compromise sensitive law 
enforcement information, or violate rule XI, cl. 2(k)(5) of the 
House or (ii) to close the hearing, as provided clause 2(k)(5) 
of rule XI of the House.
    The Chair and Ranking Minority Member are ex officio 
Members of all Subcommittees any hearing conducted by a 
Subcommittee. Members of the Committee who wish to participate 
in a hearing of the Subcommittee to which they are not Members 
shall make such request to the Chair and the Ranking Minority 
Member of the Subcommittee at the commencement of the hearing. 
The Chair, after consultation with the Ranking Minority Member 
of the Subcommittee, shall grant such request.
    No Member of the House may be excluded from non-
participatory attendance at any hearing of the Committee or any 
Subcommittee, unless the House of Representatives shall by 
majority vote authorize the Committee or Subcommittees, for 
purposes of a particular subject of investigation, to close its 
hearing to Members by the same procedures designated to close 
hearings to the public.
    Members of Congress who are not Members of the Committee 
but would like to participate in a hearing shall notify the 
Chair and the Ranking Minority Member and submit a formal 
request no later than 24 hours before the commencement of the 
meeting or hearing.
    To the maximum extent practicable, the Committee shall 
provide audio and video coverage of each hearing or meeting for 
the transaction of business in a manner that allows the public 
to easily listen and view the proceedings and shall maintain 
the recordings of such coverage in a manner easily accessible 
to the public.

                           Rule 6.--Witnesses

    (a) Statement of Witnesses.--Each witness who is to appear 
before the Committee or Subcommittee shall file an electronic 
copy of the testimony with the Committee and the Ranking 
Minority Member no later than 48 hours before the commencement 
of the hearing. In addition, the witness shall provide 75 
copies of the testimony by the commencement of the hearing. The 
Chair may waive the requirement by the witness providing 75 
copies in which case the Committee or Subcommittee shall 
provide the 75 copies.
    Each non-governmental witness shall provide to the 
Committee and the Ranking Minority Member, no later than 48 
hours before the commencement of the hearing, a curriculum 
vitae or other statement describing their education, 
employment, professional affiliation or other background 
information pertinent to their testimony.
    As required by rule XI, cl. 2(g) of the Rules of the House, 
each non-governmental witness before the commencement of the 
hearing shall file with the Chair a disclosure form detailing 
any contracts or grants that the witness has with the federal 
government.
    The failure to provide the materials set forth by the 
deadlines set forth in these rules may be grounds for excluding 
both the oral and written testimony of the witness unless 
waived by the Chair of the Committee or Subcommittee.
    The Committee will provide public access to printed 
materials, including the testimony of witnesses in electronic 
form on the Committee's website no later than 24 hours after 
the hearing is adjourned. Supplemental material provided after 
the hearing adjourns, shall be placed on the Committee website 
no later than 24 hours after receipt of such material.
    (b) Number of Witnesses and Witnesses Selected by the 
Minority.--For any hearing conducted by the Committee or 
Subcommittee there shall be no more than four non-governmental 
witnesses of which the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee 
or Subcommittee (as appropriate) is entitled to select one 
witness for the hearing. Witnesses selected by the Ranking 
Minority Member of the Committee or Subcommittee shall be 
invited to testify by the Chair of the Committee or 
Subcommittee (as appropriate). Rule 6(A) shall apply with equal 
force to witnesses selected by the Ranking Minority Member of 
the Committee or Subcommittee.
    The limitations set forth in the preceding paragraph shall 
not apply if the Committee holds a hearing to honor the work of 
the small business community in conjunction with the annual 
celebration of Small Business Week. Witness limitations for 
such a hearing shall be determined by the Chair in consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member.
    (c) Interrogation of Witnesses.--Except when the Committee 
adopts a motion pursuant to subdivisions (B) and (C) of clause 
2(i)(2) of rule XI of the Rules of the House, Committee Members 
may question witnesses only when they have been recognized by 
the Chair for that purpose.
    The Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee or 
Subcommittee shall face no limitation on the length of the time 
that they may question a witness. After recognition by the 
Chair, other Members shall have the opportunity, as set forth 
in rule XI, cl. 2(j) of the Rules of the House, to question 
each witness on the panel for a period not to exceed 5 minutes.
    For any hearing, the Chair of the Committee or Subcommittee 
may offer a motion to extend the questioning of a witness or 
witnesses by Members other than the Chair or Ranking Minority 
Member identified in the motion for more than five minutes as 
set forth in rule XI, cl. 2(j)(B).
    The Chair of the Committee or Subcommittee shall commence 
questioning followed by the Ranking Minority Member. 
Thereafter, questioning shall alternate between the majority 
and minority Members by the time in which the Member arrived at 
the hearing after the gavel has been struck to commence the 
hearing, with the first arriving having priority over Members 
of his or her party. If Members arrive simultaneously or are 
there prior to the gavel being struck to commence the hearing, 
order of questioning shall be based on seniority.
    In recognizing Members to question witnesses, the Chair may 
take into consideration the ratio of majority and minority 
Members present in such a manner as to not disadvantage the 
Members of either party.

                           Rule 7.--Subpoenas

    A subpoena may be authorized and issued by the Committee in 
the conduct of any investigation or series of investigations or 
activities to require the attendance and testimony of such 
witness and the production of such books, records, 
correspondence, memoranda, papers and document, as deemed 
necessary. Such subpoena shall be authorized by a majority of 
the full Committee. The requirement that the authorization of a 
subpoena require a majority vote may be waived by the Ranking 
Member of the Committee. The Chair may issue a subpoena, in 
consultation with the Ranking Minority Member, when the House 
is out for session for more than three legislative days.

                            Rule 8.--Quorum

    A quorum, for purposes of reporting a measure or 
recommendation, shall be a majority of the Committee Members. 
For purposes of taking testimony or receiving evidence, a 
quorum shall be one Member from the Majority and one Member 
from the Minority. The Chair of the Committee or Subcommittee 
shall exercise reasonable comity by waiting for the Ranking 
Minority Member even if a quorum is present before striking the 
gavel to commence the hearing. For hearings held by the 
Committee or a Subcommittee in a location other than the 
Committee's hearing room in Washington, DC, a quorum shall be 
deemed to present if the Chair of the Committee or Subcommittee 
is present.

                   Rule 9.--Amendments During Mark-Up

    Any amendment offered to any pending legislation before the 
Committee must be made available in written form by any Member 
of the Committee. If such amendment is not available in written 
form when requested, the Chair shall allow an appropriate 
period for the provision thereof. Such period shall not 
prejudice the offering of such amendment.
    For amendments to be accepted during mark-up, there is no 
requirement that the amendments be filed prior to commencement 
of the mark-up or prepared with the assistance of the Office of 
Legislative Counsel. Even though it is not necessary, Members 
seeking to amend legislation during mark-up should draft 
amendments with the assistance of the Office of Legislative 
Counsel and consult with the Chair or Ranking Member's staff 
(as appropriate) in the preparation of such amendments.

                 Rule 10.--Postponement of Proceedings

    The Chair in consultation with the Ranking Minority Member 
may postpone further proceedings when a record vote is ordered 
on the question of approving any measure or matter or adopting 
an amendment. The Chair may resume postponed proceedings, but 
no later than 24 hours after such postponement, unless the 
House is not in session or there are conflicts with Member 
schedules that make it unlikely a quorum will be present to 
conduct business on the postponed proceeding. In such cases, 
the Chair will consult with Members to set a time as early as 
possible to resume proceedings but in no event later than the 
next meeting date as set forth in rule 3 of these rules. When 
proceedings resume on a postponed question, notwithstanding any 
intervening order for the previous question, an underlying 
proposition shall remain subject to further debate or amendment 
to the same extent as when the question was postponed.

           Rule 11.--Number and Jurisdiction of Subcommittees

    There will be five Subcommittees as follows:

           THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, ENERGY AND TRADE

    This Subcommittee (which will consist of seven (7) 
Republican Members and five (5) Democratic Members) will 
address policies that enhance rural economic growth, increasing 
America's energy independence and ensuring that America's small 
businesses can compete effectively in a global marketplace:
           Oversight of agricultural policies;
           Oversight of environmental issues and 
        regulations (including agencies such as the 
        Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of 
        Engineers);
           Oversight of energy issues, including 
        expansion of domestic resources whether they are 
        renewable or non-renewable;
           Oversight of international trade policy with 
        particular emphasis on agencies that provide direct 
        assistance to small businesses, such as: the Small 
        Business Administration's (SBA) Office of International 
        Trade, the Department of Commerce's United States 
        Export Assistance Centers, the Department of 
        Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service, and the 
        Export-Import Bank.
    Oversight of infringement of intellectual property rights 
by foreign competition.

             THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTHCARE AND TECHNOLOGY

    This Subcommittee (which will consist of eight (8) 
Republican Members and five (5) Democratic Members) will 
address how healthcare policies may inhibit or promote economic 
growth and job creation by small businesses. In addition, the 
Subcommittee will examine small business job growth through the 
creation and adoption of advanced technologies:
           Oversight of the implementation of the 
        Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act;
           Oversight of availability and affordability 
        of healthcare coverage for small businesses;
           Oversight of general technology issues, 
        including intellectual property policy in the United 
        States;
           Oversight of United States 
        telecommunications policies including, but not limited 
        to, the National Broadband Plan and allocation of 
        electromagnetic spectrum;
           The Small Business Innovation Research 
        Program;
           Small Business Technology Transfer Program.

      THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC GROWTH, TAX AND CAPITAL ACCESS

    This Subcommittee (which will consist of seven (7) 
Republican Members and five (5) Democratic Members) will 
evaluate the operation of the financial markets in the United 
States and their ability to provide needed capital to small 
businesses. In addition, the Subcommittee will review federal 
programs, especially those overseen by the SBA, aimed at 
assisting entrepreneurs in obtaining needed capital. Since the 
tax policy plays an integral role in access to capital, this 
Committee also will examine the impact of federal tax policies 
on small businesses:
         Oversight of capital access and financial 
        markets;
         Implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street 
        Reform and Consumer Protection Act;
         SBA financial assistance programs, including 
        guaranteed loans, microloans, certified development 
        company loans, and small business investment companies;
         Oversight of the Department of Agriculture 
        business and industry guaranteed loan program;
         Oversight of general tax policy affecting 
        small businesses.
    The management of the SBA disaster loan program.

      THE SUBCOMMITTE ON INVESTIGATIONS, OVERSIGHT AND REGULATIONS

    This Subcommittee (which will consist of seven (7) 
Republican Members and five (5) Democratic Members) will probe 
the efficient operation of government programs that affect 
small businesses, including the SBA, and develop proposals to 
make them operate in a more cost-effective manner. This 
Subcommittee also will review the regulatory burdens imposed on 
small businesses and how those burdens may be alleviated:
         Oversight of general issues affecting small 
        businesses and federal agencies;
         Oversight of the management of the SBA;
         Oversight of the SBA Inspector General;
         Implementation of the Regulatory Flexibility 
        Act;
         Oversight of the Office of Information and 
        Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and 
        Budget;
         Use of the Congressional Review Act;
         Transparency of the federal rulemaking process 
        as required by the Administrative Procedure and Data 
        Quality Acts;
         Implementation of the Paperwork Reduction Act.

             THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON CONTRACTING AND WORKFORCE

    This Subcommittee (which will consist of seven (7) 
Republican Members and five (5) Democratic Members) will assess 
the federal procurement system, including those programs 
designed specifically to enhance participation by small 
businesses in providing goods and services to the federal 
government. The Subcommittee will examine various programs 
designed to provide technical assistance to small businesses, 
whether specifically aimed at federal contractors or small 
businesses in general. Finally, the Subcommittee will review 
the broad scope of workforce issues that affect the ability of 
small businesses to obtain and maintain qualified employees:
         Oversight of government-wide procurement 
        practices and programs affecting small businesses;
         Oversight of federal procurement policies that 
        inhibit or expand participation by small businesses in 
        the federal contracting marketplace;
         All contracting programs established by the 
        Small Business Act, including HUBZone, 8(a), Women-, 
        and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business 
        Programs;
         Technical assistance provided to federal 
        contractors and perspective contractors through SBA 
        personnel, Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business 
        Utilization, and Procurement Technical Assistance 
        Centers;
         The SBA Surety Bond guarantee program;
         Oversight of all federal policies that affect 
        the workforce including, but not limited to, the roles 
        of the Department of Labor and the National Labor 
        Relations Board;
         SBA entrepreneurial development and technical 
        assistance programs unrelated to participation in the 
        federal government contracting.

              Rule 12.--Powers and Duties of Subcommittees

    Each Subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold hearings, 
receive evidence, and report to the Committee on any matters 
referred to it. Prior to the scheduling of any meeting or 
hearing of a Subcommittee, the Chair of the Subcommittee shall 
obtain the approval of the Chair of the Committee.
    No hearing or meeting of a Subcommittee shall take place at 
the same time as the meeting or hearing of the full Committee 
or another Subcommittee, provided however, that the 
Subcommittee Chairs may hold field hearings that conflict with 
those held by other Subcommittees of the Committee.

                       Rule 13.--Committee Staff

    (a) Majority Staff.--The employees of the Committee, except 
those assigned to the Minority as provided below, shall be 
appointed and assigned, and may be removed by, the Chair of the 
Committee. The Chair shall fix their remuneration and they 
shall be under the general supervision and direction of the 
Chair.
    (b) Minority Staff.--The employees of the Committee 
assigned to the Minority shall be appointed and assigned, and 
their remuneration determined, as the Ranking Minority Member 
of the Committee shall determine.
    (c) Subcommittee Staff.--There shall be no separate staff 
assigned to Subcommittees. The Chair and Ranking Member shall 
endeavor to ensure that sufficient committee staff is made 
available in order that each Subcommittee may carry out the 
responsibilities set forth in rule 11, supra.

                           Rule 14.--Records

    The Committee shall keep a complete record of all actions, 
which shall include a record of the votes on any question on 
which a recorded vote is demanded. The result of any vote by 
the Committee, or if applicable by a Subcommittee, included a 
voice vote shall be posted on the Committee's website within 24 
hours after the vote has been taken. Such record shall include 
a description of the amendment, motion, order, or other 
proposition, the name of the Member voting for and against such 
amendment, motion, order, or other proposition, and the names 
of Members present but not voting. For any amendment, motion, 
order, or other proposition decided by voice vote, the record 
shall include a description and whether the voice vote was in 
favor or against.
    The Committee shall keep a complete record of all Committee 
and Subcommittee activity which, in the case of a meeting or 
hearing transcript shall include a substantially verbatim 
account of the remarks actually made during the proceedings 
subject only to technical, grammatical, and typographical 
corrections authorized by the person making the remarks.
    The records of the Committee at the National Archives and 
Records Administration shall be made available in accordance 
with rule VII of the Rules of the House. The Chair of the 
Committee shall notify the Ranking Member of the Committee of 
any decision, pursuant to rule VII, cl. 3(b)(3) or cl. 4 (b), 
to withhold a record otherwise available, and the matter shall 
be presented to the Committee for a determination of the 
written request of any Member of the Committee.
    The Committee Rules shall be made publicly available in 
electronic form and published in the Congressional Record not 
later than 30 days after the Chair of the Committee is elected 
in each odd-numbered year.

        Rule 15.--Access to Classified or Sensitive Information

    Access to classified or sensitive information supplied to 
the Committee or Subcommittees and attendance at closed 
sessions of the Committee or a Subcommittee shall be limited to 
Members and necessary Committee staff and stenographic 
reporters who have appropriate security clearance when the 
Chair determines that such access or attendance is essential to 
the functioning of the Committee or one of its Subcommittees.
    The procedures to be followed in granting access to those 
hearings, records, data, charts, and files of the Committee 
which involve classified information or information deemed to 
be sensitive shall be as follows:
          (A) Only Members of the House of Representatives and 
        specifically designated Committee staff of the 
        Committee on Small Business may have access to such 
        information.
          (B) Members who desire to read materials that are in 
        possession of the Committee shall notify the Clerk of 
        the Committee in writing.
          (C) The Clerk of the Committee will maintain an 
        accurate access log, which identifies the circumstances 
        surrounding access to the information, without 
        revealing the material examined.
          (D) If the material desired to be reviewed is 
        material which the Committee or Subcommittee deems to 
        be sensitive enough to require special handling, before 
        receiving access to such information, individuals will 
        be required to sign an access information sheet 
        acknowledging such access and that the individual has 
        read and understands the procedures under which access 
        is being granted.
          (E) Material provided for review under this rule 
        shall not be removed from a specified room within the 
        Committee offices.
          (F) Individuals reviewing materials under this rule 
        shall make certain that the materials are returned to 
        the proper custodian.
          (G) No reproductions or recordings may be made of any 
        portion of such materials.
          (H) The contents of such information shall not be 
        divulged to any person in any way, form, shape, or 
        manner and shall not be discussed with any person who 
        has not received the information in the manner 
        authorized by the rules of the Committee.
          (I) When not being examined in the manner described 
        herein, such information will be kept in secure safes 
        or locked file cabinets within the Committee offices.
          (J) These procedures only address access to 
        information the Committee or Subcommittee deems to be 
        sensitive enough to require special treatment.
          (K) If a Member of the House of Representatives 
        believes that certain sensitive information should not 
        be restricted as to dissemination or use, the Member 
        may petition the Committee or Subcommittee to so rule. 
        With respect to information and materials provided to 
        the Committee by the Executive Branch or an independent 
        agency as that term is defined in 44 U.S.C. Sec. 3502, 
        the classification of information and materials as 
        determined by the Executive Branch or independent 
        agency shall prevail unless affirmatively changed by 
        the Committee or Subcommittee involved, after 
        consultation with the Executive Branch or independent 
        agency.
          (L) Other materials in the possession of the 
        Committee are to be handled in the accordance with 
        normal practices and traditions of the Committee.

                       Rule 16.--Other Procedures

    The Chair of the Committee may establish such other 
procedures and take such actions as may be necessary to carry 
out the foregoing rules or to facilitate the effective 
operation of the Committee.

                Rule 17.--Amendments to Committee Rules

    The rules of the Committee may be modified, amended or 
repealed by a majority vote of the Members, at a meeting 
specifically called for such purpose, but only if written 
notice of the proposed change or changes has been provided to 
each Member of the Committee at least 72 hours prior to the 
time of the meeting of the Committee to consider such change or 
changes.

                      Rule 18.--Budget and Travel

    From the amount provided to the Committee in the primary 
expense resolution adopted by the House of Representatives in 
the 112th Congress, the Chair, after consultation with the 
Ranking Minority Member, shall designate one-third of the 
budget under the direction of the Ranking Minority Member for 
the purposes of minority staff, travel expenses of minority 
staff and Members, and minority office expenses.
    The Chair may authorize travel in connection with 
activities or subject matters under the legislative or 
oversight jurisdiction of the Committee as set forth in rule X 
of the Rules of the House.
    The Ranking Minority Member may authorize travel for any 
Minority Member or staff of the minority in connection with 
activities or subject matters under the Committee's 
jurisdiction as set forth in rule X of the Rules of the House. 
Before such travel, there shall be submitted to the Chair of 
the Committee in writing the following at least seven (7) 
calendar days prior specifying: a) the purpose of the travel; 
b) the dates during which the travel is to occur; c) the names 
of the states or countries to be visited and the length of time 
spent in each; and d) the names of Members and staff of the 
Committee participating in such travel. Prior approval shall 
not be required of Minority Staff traveling to participate in a 
deposition, authorized by the Chair in rule 16 of these Rules 
of an individual located outside of Washington, DC metropolitan 
area.

                      Rule 19.--Committee Website

    The Chair shall maintain an official Committee website for 
the purpose of furthering the Committee's legislative and 
oversight responsibilities, including communicating information 
about Committee's activities to Committee Members and other 
Members of the House. The Ranking Minority Member may maintain 
a similar website for the same purpose, including communicating 
information about the activities of the Minority to Committee 
Members and other Members of the House.

                          Rule 20.--Vice Chair

    Pursuant to the Rules of the House, the Chair shall 
designate a Member of the Majority to serve as Vice Chair of 
the Committee. The Vice Chair shall preside at any meeting or 
hearing during the temporary absence of the Chair. The Chair 
also reserves the right to designate a Member of the Committee 
Majority to serve as the Chair at a hearing or meeting.
             Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

  JOHN L. MICA, Florida, Chairman

NICK J. RAHALL, II, West Virginia,   DON YOUNG, Alaska
  Ranking Member                     THOMAS E. PETRI, Wisconsin
PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon             HOWARD COBLE, North Carolina
JERRY F. COSTELLO, Illinois          JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee
ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON,               FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey
  District of Columbia               GARY MILLER, California
JERROLD NADLER, New York             TIMOTHY V. JOHNSON, Illinois
CORRINE BROWN, Florida               SAM GRAVES, Missouri
BOB FILNER, California               BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania
EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas         SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO,
ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland           West Virginia
LEONARD BOSWELL, Iowa                JEAN SCHMIDT, Ohio
TIM HOLDEN, Pennsylvania             CANDICE MILLER, Michigan
RICK LARSEN, Washington              DUNCAN HUNTER, California
MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts    ANDY HARRIS, Maryland
TIMOTHY H. BISHOP, New York          RICK CRAWFORD, Arkansas
MICHAEL H. MICHAUD, Maine            JAIME HERRERA BEUTLER,
RUSS CARNAHAN, Missouri                Washington
GRACE NAPOLITANO, California         FRANK GUINTA, New Hampshire
DANIEL LIPINSKI, Illinois            RANDY HULTGREN, Illinois
MAZIE HIRONO, Hawaii                 LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania
JASON ALTMIRE, Pennsylvania          CHIP CRAVAACK, Minnesota
TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota           BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas
HEATH SHULER, North Carolina         LARRY BUCSHON, Indiana
STEVE COHEN, Tennessee               BILLY LONG, Missouri
LAURA A. RICHARDSON, California      BOB GIBBS, Ohio
ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey              PATRICK MEEHAN, Pennsylvania
DONNA F. EDWARDS, Maryland           RICHARD HANNA, New York
                                     JEFF LANDRY, Louisiana
                                     STEVE SOUTHERLAND, Florida
                                     JEFF DENHAM, California
                                     JAMES LANKFORD, Oklahoma
                                     REID RIBBLE, Wisconsin
                                     CHUCK FLEISCHMANN, Tennessee

                       (Adopted January 26, 2011)


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) Applicability of House Rules.--
          (1) In General.--The Rules of the House are the rules 
        of the Committee and its subcommittees so far as 
        applicable, except that a motion to recess from day to 
        day, and a motion to dispense with the first reading 
        (in full) of a bill or resolution, if printed copies 
        are available, are non-debatable privileged motions in 
        the Committee and its subcommittees.
          (2) Subcommittees.--Each subcommittee is part of the 
        Committee, and is subject to the authority and 
        direction of the Committee and its rules so far as 
        applicable.
          (3) Incorporation of House Rule on Committee 
        Procedure.--rule XI of the Rules of the House, which 
        pertains entirely to Committee procedure, is 
        incorporated and made a part of the rules of the 
        Committee to the extent applicable. Pursuant to clause 
        2(a)(3) of rule XI of the Rules of the House, the 
        Chairman of the Committee is authorized to offer a 
        motion under clause 1 of rule XXII of the Rules of the 
        House whenever the Chairman considers it appropriate.
    (b) Publication of Rules.--Pursuant to clause 2(a) of rule 
XI of the Rules of the House, the Committee's rules shall be 
publicly available in electronic form and published in the 
Congressional Record not later than 30 days after the Chairman 
is elected in each odd-numbered year.
    (c) Vice Chairman.--The Chairman shall appoint a vice 
chairman of the Committee and of each subcommittee. If the 
Chairman of the Committee or subcommittee is not present at any 
meeting of the Committee or subcommittee, as the case may be, 
the vice chairman shall preside. If the vice chairman is not 
present, the ranking member of the majority party on the 
Committee or subcommittee who is present shall preside at that 
meeting.

           Rule 2.--Regular, Additional, and Special Meetings

    (a) Regular Meetings.--Regular meetings of the Committee 
shall be held on the first Wednesday of every month to transact 
its business unless such day is a holiday, or the House is in 
recess or is adjourned, in which case the Chairman shall 
determine the regular meeting day of the Committee for that 
month. A regular meeting of the Committee may be dispensed with 
if, in the judgment of the Chairman, there is no need for the 
meeting. This paragraph shall not apply to meetings of any 
subcommittee.
    (b) Additional Meetings.--The Chairman may call and 
convene, as he or she considers necessary, additional meetings 
of the Committee for the consideration of any bill or 
resolution pending before the Committee or for the conduct of 
other committee business. The Committee shall meet for such 
purpose pursuant to the call of the Chairman.
    (c) Special Meetings.--If at least three members of the 
Committee desire that a special meeting of the Committee be 
called by the Chairman, those members may file in the offices 
of the Committee their written request to the Chairman for that 
special meeting. Such request shall specify the measure or 
matter to be considered. Immediately upon the filing of the 
request, the clerk of the Committee shall notify the Chairman 
of the filing of the request. If, within 3 calendar days after 
the filing of the request, the Chairman does not call the 
requested special meeting to be held within 7 calendar days 
after the filing of the request, a majority of the members of 
the Committee may file in the offices of the Committee their 
written notice that a special meeting of the Committee will be 
held, specifying the date and hour thereof, and the measure or 
matter to be considered at that special meeting. The Committee 
shall meet on that date and hour. Immediately upon the filing 
of the notice, the clerk of the Committee shall notify all 
members of the Committee that such meeting will be held and 
inform them of its date and hour and the measure or matter to 
be considered; and only the measure or matter specified in that 
notice may be considered at that special meeting.
    (d) Notice.--
          (1) Minimum Notice Period.--Pursuant to clause 
        2(g)(3) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House, the 
        Chairman shall make a public announcement of the date, 
        place, and subject matter of a Committee or 
        subcommittee meeting, which may not commence earlier 
        than the third day on which members have notice 
        thereof.
          (2) Changes in Meeting Times.--A meeting may commence 
        sooner than announced if the Chairman, with concurrence 
        of the ranking minority member, determines there is 
        good cause to begin the meeting sooner or the Committee 
        or subcommittee so determines by majority vote, a 
        quorum being present for the transaction of business. 
        The Chairman shall make a public announcement of the 
        meeting time change at the earliest possible 
        opportunity.
          (3) Notification of Daily Digest Clerk.--The clerk of 
        the Committee shall notify the Daily Digest Clerk of 
        the Congressional Record as soon as possible after a 
        public announcement of a time change for a Committee or 
        subcommittee meeting is made under this paragraph.
          (e) Prohibition on Sitting During Joint Session.--The 
        Committee may not sit during a joint session of the 
        House and Senate or during a recess when a joint 
        meeting of the House and Senate is in progress.

                Rule 3.--Meetings and Hearings Generally

    (a) Minimum Period for Availability of Committee Markup 
Text.--Pursuant to clause 2(g)(4) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House, the Chairman of shall make publicly available, in 
electronic form, the text of any legislation to be marked up at 
least 24 hours prior to the commencement of a meeting for the 
markup of legislation, or at the time of a meeting announcement 
under paragraph (a)(2)(B) of Committee rule II if made within 
24 hours before such meeting.
    (b) Open Meetings.--Each meeting for the transaction of 
business, including the markup of legislation, and each hearing 
of the Committee or a subcommittee shall be open to the public, 
except as provided by clause 2(g) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House.
    (c) Meetings to Begin Promptly.--Each meeting or hearing of 
the Committee shall begin promptly at the time so stipulated in 
the public announcement of the meeting or hearing.
    (d) Addressing the Committee.--A Committee member may 
address the Committee or a subcommittee on any bill, motion, or 
other matter under consideration--
          (1) only when recognized by the Chairman for that 
        purpose; and
          (2) only for 5 minutes, or for a period of time 
        designated by the Chairman with concurrence of the 
        ranking minority member, until such time as each member 
        of the Committee or subcommittee who so desires has had 
        an opportunity to address the Committee or 
        subcommittee.
    A member shall be limited in his or her remarks to the 
subject matter under consideration. The Chairman shall enforce 
this paragraph.
    (e) Participation of Members in Subcommittee Meetings and 
Hearings.--All members of the Committee who are not members of 
a particular subcommittee may, by unanimous consent of the 
members of such subcommittee, participate in any subcommittee 
meeting or hearing. However, a member who is not a member of 
the subcommittee may not vote on any matter before the 
subcommittee, be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum, 
or raise points of order.
    (f) Broadcasting.--Whenever a meeting for the transaction 
of business, including the markup of legislation, or a hearing 
is open to the public, that meeting or hearing shall be open to 
coverage by television, radio, and still photography in 
accordance with clause 4 of rule XI of the Rules of the House. 
Operation and use of any Committee Internet broadcast system 
shall be fair and nonpartisan and in accordance with clause 
4(b) of rule XI of the Rules of the House and all other 
applicable rules of the Committee and the House. Further, 
pursuant to clause 2(e)(5) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House, the Committee shall provide audio and video coverage of 
each hearing or meeting for the transaction of business in a 
manner that allows the public to easily listen to and view the 
proceedings. The Committee shall also maintain the recordings 
of such coverage in a manner that is easily accessible to the 
public.
    (g) Access to the Dais and Lounges.--Access to the hearing 
rooms' daises and to the lounges adjacent to the Committee 
hearing rooms shall be limited to Members of Congress and 
employees of Congress during a meeting or hearing of the 
Committee unless specifically permitted by the Chairman or 
ranking minority member.
    (h) Use of Cellular Telephones.--The use of cellular 
telephones in the Committee hearing room is prohibited during a 
meeting or hearing of the Committee.
    (i) Availability of Text of Amendments in Electronic 
Form.--Pursuant to clause 2(e) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House, not later than 24 hours after the adoption of any 
amendment to a measure or matter considered by the Committee, 
the Chairman shall cause the text of the amendment to be made 
publicly available in electronic form.

Rule 4.--Power To Sit and Act; Power To Conduct Investigations; Oaths; 
                             Subpoena Power

    (a) Authority To Sit and Act.--For the purpose of carrying 
out any of its functions and duties under rules X and XI of the 
Rules of the House, the Committee and each of its 
subcommittees, is authorized (subject to paragraph (d)(1))--
          (1) to sit and act at such times and places within 
        the United States whether the House is in session, has 
        recessed, or has adjourned and to hold such hearings; 
        and
          (2) to require, by subpoena or otherwise, the 
        attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the 
        production of such books, records, correspondence, 
        memorandums, papers, and documents, as it deems 
        necessary.
    (b) Authority To Conduct Investigations.--(1) In General.--
The Committee is authorized at any time to conduct such 
investigations and studies as it may consider necessary or 
appropriate in the exercise of its responsibilities under rule 
X of the Rules of the House and (subject to the adoption of 
expense resolutions as required by rule X, clause 6 of the 
Rules of the House) to incur expenses (including travel 
expenses) in connection therewith.
    (2) Major Investigations by Subcommittees.--A subcommittee 
may not begin a major investigation without approval of a 
majority of such subcommittee.
    (c) Oaths.--The Chairman, or any member designated by the 
Chairman, may administer oaths to any witness.
    (d) Issuance of Subpoenas.--
          (1) In General.--A subpoena may be issued by the 
        Committee or subcommittee under paragraph (a)(2) in the 
        conduct of any investigation or activity or series of 
        investigations or activities, only when authorized by a 
        majority of the members voting, a majority being 
        present. Such authorized subpoenas shall be signed by 
        the Chairman of the Committee or by any member 
        designated by the Committee. If a specific request for 
        a subpoena has not been previously rejected by either 
        the Committee or subcommittee, the Chairman of the 
        Committee, after consultation with the ranking minority 
        member of the Committee, may authorize and issue a 
        subpoena under paragraph (a)(2) in the conduct of any 
        investigation or activity or series of investigations 
        or activities, and such subpoena shall for all purposes 
        be deemed a subpoena issued by the Committee. As soon 
        as practicable after a subpoena is issued under this 
        rule, the Chairman shall notify all members of the 
        Committee of such action.
          (2) Enforcement.--Compliance with any subpoena issued 
        by the Committee or subcommittee under paragraph (a)(2) 
        may be enforced only as authorized or directed by the 
        House.
    (e) Expenses of Subpoenaed Witnesses.--Each witness who has 
been subpoenaed, upon the completion of his or her testimony 
before the Committee or any subcommittee, may report to the 
offices of the Committee, and there sign appropriate vouchers 
for travel allowances and attendance fees. If hearings are held 
in cities other than Washington, D.C., the witness may contact 
the counsel of the Committee, or his or her representative, 
before leaving the hearing room.

        Rule 5.--Quorums and Record Votes; Postponement of Votes

    (a) Working Quorum.--One-third of the members of the 
Committee or a subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for 
taking any action other than the closing of a meeting pursuant 
to clauses 2(g) and 2(k)(5) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House, the authorizing of a subpoena pursuant to paragraph (d) 
of Committee Rule IV, the reporting of a measure or 
recommendation pursuant to paragraph (b)(1) of Committee Rule 
VII, and the actions described in paragraphs (b), (c) and (d) 
of this rule.
    (b) Quorum for Reporting.--A majority of the members of the 
Committee or a subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for the 
reporting of a measure or recommendation.
    (c) Approval of Certain Matters.--A majority of the members 
of the Committee or a subcommittee shall constitute a quorum 
for approval of a resolution concerning any of the following 
actions:
          (1) A prospectus for construction, alteration, 
        purchase or acquisition of a public building or the 
        lease of space as required by section 3307 of title 40, 
        United States Code.
          (2) Survey investigation of a proposed project for 
        navigation, flood control, and other purposes by the 
        Corps of Engineers (section 4 of the Rivers and Harbors 
        Act of March 4, 1913, 33 U.S.C. 542).
          (3) Construction of a water resources development 
        project by the Corps of Engineers with an estimated 
        Federal cost not exceeding $15,000,000 (section 201 of 
        the Flood Control Act of 1965).
          (4) Deletion of water quality storage in a Federal 
        reservoir project where the benefits attributable to 
        water quality are 15 percent or more but not greater 
        than 25 percent of the total project benefits (section 
        65 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1974).
          (5) Authorization of a Natural Resources Conservation 
        Service watershed project involving any single 
        structure of more than 4,000 acre feet of total 
        capacity (section 2 of P.L. 566, 83rd Congress).
    (d) Quorum for Taking Testimony.--Two members of the 
Committee or subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for the 
purpose of taking testimony and receiving evidence.
    (e) Record Votes.--A record vote may be demanded by one-
fifth of the members present.
    (f) Postponement of Votes.--(1) In General.--In accordance 
with clause 2(h)(4) of rule XI of the Rules of the House, the 
Chairman of the Committee or a subcommittee, after consultation 
with the ranking minority member of the Committee or 
subcommittee, may--
          (A) postpone further proceedings when a record vote 
        is ordered on the question of approving a measure or 
        matter or on adopting an amendment; and
          (B) resume proceedings on a postponed question at any 
        time after reasonable notice.
    (2) Resumption of Proceedings.--When proceedings resume on 
a postponed question, notwithstanding any intervening order for 
the previous question, an underlying proposition shall remain 
subject to further debate or amendment to the same extent as 
when the question was postponed.
    (g) Availability of Record Votes in Electronic Form.--
Pursuant to clause 2(e)(1)(B)(i) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House, the Chairman shall make the result of any record vote 
publicly available for inspection at reasonable times in the 
offices of the Committee and in electronic form within 48 hours 
of such record vote.

                      Rule 6.--Hearing Procedures

    Announcement of Hearing.--
          (1) Minimum Notice Period.--Pursuant to clause 
        2(g)(3) of rule XI of the Rules of the House, the 
        Chairman shall make a public announcement of the date, 
        place, and subject matter of a Committee or 
        subcommittee hearing, which may not commence earlier 
        than the one week after such notice.
          (2) Changes in Hearing Times.--A hearing may commence 
        sooner than announced if the Chairman, with concurrence 
        of the ranking minority member, determines there is 
        good cause to begin the hearing sooner or the Committee 
        so determines by majority vote, a quorum being present 
        for the transaction of business. The Chairman shall 
        make a public announcement of the hearing time change 
        at the earliest possible opportunity.
          (3) Notification of Daily Digest Clerk.--The clerk of 
        the Committee shall notify the Daily Digest Clerk of 
        the Congressional Record as soon as possible after a 
        public announcement of a time change for a Committee or 
        subcommittee hearing is made under this paragraph.
    (b) Written Statement; Oral Testimony.--
          (1) Filing of Statement.--So far as practicable, each 
        witness who is to appear before the Committee or a 
        subcommittee shall file with the clerk of the Committee 
        or subcommittee, at least 2 working days before the day 
        of his or her appearance, a written statement of 
        proposed testimony and shall limit his or her oral 
        presentation to a summary of the written statement.
          (2) Truth in Testimony Information.--Pursuant to 
        clause 2(g)(5) of rule XI of the Rules of the House, in 
        the case of a witness appearing in a nongovernmental 
        capacity, a written statement of proposed testimony 
        shall include a curriculum vitae and a disclosure of 
        the amount and source (by agency and program) of each 
        Federal grant (or subgrant thereof) or contract (or 
        subcontract thereof) received during the current fiscal 
        year or either of the two previous fiscal years by the 
        witness or by an entity represented by the witness.
          (3) Availability of Information in Electronic Form.--
        Statements filed under this paragraph, with appropriate 
        redaction to protect the privacy of the witness, shall 
        be made publicly available in electronic form not later 
        than one day after the witness appears.
    (c) Minority Witnesses.--When any hearing is conducted by 
the Committee or any subcommittee upon any measure or matter, 
the minority party members on the Committee or subcommittee 
shall be entitled, upon request to the Chairman by a majority 
of those minority members before the completion of such 
hearing, to call witnesses selected by the minority to testify 
with respect to that measure or matter during at least one day 
of hearing thereon.
    (d) Summary of Subject Matter.--Upon announcement of a 
hearing, to the extent practicable, the Committee shall make 
available immediately to all members of the Committee a concise 
summary of the subject matter (including legislative reports 
and other material) under consideration. In addition, upon 
announcement of a hearing and subsequently as they are 
received, the Chairman shall make available to the members of 
the Committee any official reports from departments and 
agencies on such matter.
    (e) Questioning of Witnesses.--The questioning of witnesses 
in Committee and subcommittee hearings shall be initiated by 
the Chairman, followed by the ranking minority member and all 
other members alternating between the majority and minority 
parties. In recognizing members to question witnesses in this 
fashion, the Chairman shall take into consideration the ratio 
of the majority to minority members present and shall establish 
the order of recognition for questioning in such a manner as 
not to disadvantage the members of the majority nor the members 
of the minority. The Chairman may accomplish this by 
recognizing two majority members for each minority member 
recognized.
    (f) Procedures for Questions.--
          (1) In General.--A Committee member may question a 
        witness at a hearing--
                  (A) only when recognized by the Chairman for 
                that purpose; and
                  (B) subject to subparagraphs (2) and (3), 
                only for 5 minutes until such time as each 
                member of the Committee or subcommittee who so 
                desires has had an opportunity to question the 
                witness. A member shall be limited in his or 
                her remarks to the subject matter under 
                consideration. The Chairman shall enforce this 
                subparagraph.
          (2) Extended Questioning of Witnesses by Members.--
        The Chairman of the Committee or a subcommittee, with 
        the concurrence of the ranking minority member, or the 
        Committee or subcommittee by motion, may permit a 
        specified number of its members to question a witness 
        for longer than 5 minutes. The time for extended 
        questioning of a witness under this subdivision shall 
        be equal for the majority party and minority party and 
        may not exceed one hour in the aggregate.
          (3) Extended Questioning of Witnesses by Staff.--The 
        Chairman of the Committee or a subcommittee, with the 
        concurrence of the ranking minority member, or the 
        Committee or subcommittee by motion, may permit 
        committee staff for its majority and minority party 
        members to question a witness for equal specified 
        periods. The time for extended questioning of a witness 
        under this subdivision shall be equal for the majority 
        party and minority party and may not exceed one hour in 
        the aggregate.
          (4) Right To Question Witnesses Following Extended 
        Questioning.--Nothing in subparagraph (2) or (3) 
        affects the right of a Member (other than a Member 
        designated under subparagraph (2)) to question a 
        witness for 5 minutes in accordance with subparagraph 
        (1)(B) after the questioning permitted under 
        subparagraph (2) or (3).
    (g) Additional Hearing Procedures.--Clause 2(k) of rule XI 
of the Rules of the House (relating to additional rules for 
hearings) applies to hearings of the Committee and its 
subcommittees.

   Rule 7.--Procedures for Reporting Bills, Resolutions, and Reports

    (a) Filing of Reports.--
          (1) In General.--The Chairman of the Committee shall 
        report promptly to the House any measure or matter 
        approved by the Committee and take necessary steps to 
        bring the measure or matter to a vote.
          (2) Requests for Reporting.--The report of the 
        Committee on a measure or matter which has been 
        approved by the Committee shall be filed within 7 
        calendar days (exclusive of days on which the House is 
        not in session) after the day on which there has been 
        filed with the clerk of the Committee a written 
        request, signed by a majority of the members of the 
        Committee, for the reporting of that measure or matter. 
        Upon the filing of any such request, the clerk of the 
        Committee shall transmit immediately to the Chairman of 
        the Committee notice of the filing of that request.
    (b) Quorum; Record Votes.--
          (1) Quorum.--No measure, matter, or recommendation 
        shall be reported from the Committee unless a majority 
        of the Committee was actually present.
          (2) Record Votes.--With respect to each record vote 
        on a motion to report any measure or matter of a public 
        character, and on any amendment offered to the measure 
        or matter, the total number of votes cast for and 
        against, and the names of those members voting for and 
        against, shall be included in the Committee report on 
        the measure or matter.
    (c) Required Matters.--The report of the Committee on a 
measure or matter which has been approved by the Committee 
shall include the items required to be included by clauses 2(c) 
and 3 of rule XIII of the Rules of the House.
    (d) Additional Views.--If, at the time of approval of any 
measure or matter by the Committee, any member of the Committee 
gives notice of intention to file supplemental, minority, or 
additional views, that member shall be entitled to not less 
than two additional calendar days after the day of such notice 
(excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) in which to 
file such views in accordance with clause 2(l) of rule XI of 
the Rules of the House.
    (e) Activities Report.--
          (1) In General.--Not later than the 30th day after 
        June 1 and December 1, the Committee shall submit to 
        the House a semiannual report on the activities of the 
        Committee.
          (2) Contents.--The report shall include--
                  (A) separate sections summarizing the 
                legislative and oversight activities of the 
                Committee under rules X and XI of the Rules of 
                the House during the applicable period;
                  (B) in the case of the first such report, a 
                summary of the oversight plans submitted by the 
                Committee under clause 2(d) of rule X of the 
                Rules of the House;
                  (C) a summary of the actions taken and 
                recommendations made with respect to the 
                oversight plans specified in subdivision (B);
                  (D) a summary of any additional oversight 
                activities undertaken by the Committee and any 
                recommendations made or actions taken thereon; 
                and
                  (E) a delineation of any hearings held 
                pursuant to clauses 2(n), (o), or (p) of rule 
                XI of the rules of the House.
          (3) Second and Fourth Reports.--After an adjournment 
        sine die of a regular session of a Congress, or after 
        December 15, whichever occurs first, the Chairman may 
        file the second or fourth semiannual report described 
        in subparagraph (1) with the Clerk of the House at any 
        time and without approval of the Committee, provided 
        that--
                  (A) a copy of the report has been available 
                to each member of the Committee for at least 
                seven calendar days; and
                  (B) the report includes any supplemental, 
                minority, or additional views submitted by a 
                member of the Committee.
    (f) Other Committee Materials.--
          (1) In General.--All Committee and subcommittee 
        prints, reports, documents, or other materials, not 
        otherwise provided for under this rule, that purport to 
        express publicly the views of the Committee or any of 
        its subcommittees or members of the Committee or its 
        subcommittees shall be approved by the Committee or the 
        subcommittee prior to printing and distribution and any 
        member shall be given an opportunity to have views 
        included as part of such material prior to printing, 
        release, and distribution in accordance with paragraph 
        (d) of this rule.
          (2) Documents Containing Views Other Than Member 
        Views.--A Committee or subcommittee document containing 
        views other than those of members of the Committee or 
        subcommittee shall not be published without approval of 
        the Committee or subcommittee.
          (3) Disclaimer.--All Committee or subcommittee 
        reports printed pursuant to legislative study or 
        investigation and not approved by a majority vote of 
        the Committee or subcommittee, as appropriate, shall 
        contain the following disclaimer on the cover of such 
        report: ``This report has not been officially adopted 
        by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 
        (or pertinent subcommittee thereof) and may not 
        therefore necessarily reflect the views of its 
        members.''.
          (4) Compilations of Laws.--To the maximum extent 
        practicable, the Committee shall publish a compilation 
        of laws under the jurisdiction of each subcommittee.
    (g) Availability of Publications.--Pursuant to clause 
2(e)(4) of rule XI of the Rules of the House, the Committee 
shall make its publications available in electronic form to the 
maximum extent feasible.

     Rule 8.--Establishment of Subcommittees; Size and Party Ratios

    (a) Establishment.--There shall be 6 standing 
subcommittees. These subcommittees, with the following sizes 
(including delegates) and majority/minority ratios, are:
          (1) Subcommittee on Aviation (30 Members: 17 Majority 
        and 13 Minority).
          (2) Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
        Transportation (16 Members: 9 Majority and 7 Minority).
          (3) Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public 
        Buildings, and Emergency Management (18 Members: 10 
        Majority and 8 Minority).
          (4) Subcommittee on Highways and Transit (43 Members: 
        24 Majority and 19 Minority).
          (5) Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and 
        Hazardous Materials (32 Members: 18 Majority and 14 
        Minority).
          (6) Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment 
        (34 Members: 19 Majority and 15 Minority).
    (b) Ex Officio Members.--The Chairman and ranking minority 
member of the Committee shall serve as ex officio voting 
members on each subcommittee.
    (c) Ratios.--On each subcommittee there shall be a ratio of 
majority party members to minority party members which shall be 
no less favorable to the majority party than the ratio for the 
full Committee. In calculating the ratio of majority party 
members to minority party members, there shall be included the 
ex officio members of the subcommittees.

              Rule 9.--Powers and Duties of Subcommittees

    (a) Authority To Sit.--Each subcommittee is authorized to 
meet, hold hearings, receive evidence, and report to the full 
Committee on all matters referred to it or under its 
jurisdiction. Subcommittee chairmen shall set dates for 
hearings and meetings of their respective subcommittees after 
consultation with the Chairman and other subcommittee chairmen 
with a view toward avoiding simultaneous scheduling of full 
Committee and subcommittee meetings or hearings whenever 
possible.
    (b) Consideration by Committee.--Each bill, resolution, or 
other matter favorably reported by a subcommittee shall 
automatically be placed upon the agenda of the Committee. Any 
such matter reported by a subcommittee shall not be considered 
by the Committee unless it has been delivered to the offices of 
all members of the Committee at least 48 hours before the 
meeting, unless the Chairman determines that the matter is of 
such urgency that it should be given early consideration. Where 
practicable, such matters shall be accompanied by a comparison 
with present law and a section-by-section analysis.

           Rule 10.--Referral of Legislation to Subcommittees

    (a) General Requirement.--Except where the Chairman of the 
Committee determines, in consultation with the majority members 
of the Committee, that consideration is to be by the full 
Committee, each bill, resolution, investigation, or other 
matter which relates to a subject listed under the jurisdiction 
of any subcommittee established in Committee Rule VIII referred 
to or initiated by the full Committee shall be referred by the 
Chairman to all subcommittees of appropriate jurisdiction 
within two weeks. All bills shall be referred to the 
subcommittee of proper jurisdiction without regard to whether 
the author is or is not a member of the subcommittee.
    (b) Recall From Subcommittee.--A bill, resolution, or other 
matter referred to a subcommittee in accordance with this rule 
may be recalled therefrom at any time by a vote of a majority 
of the members of the Committee voting, a quorum being present, 
for the Committee's direct consideration or for reference to 
another subcommittee.
    (c) Multiple Referrals.--In carrying out this rule with 
respect to any matter, the Chairman may refer the matter 
simultaneously to two or more subcommittees for concurrent 
consideration or for consideration in sequence (subject to 
appropriate time limitations in the case of any subcommittee 
after the first), or divide the matter into two or more parts 
(reflecting different subjects and jurisdictions) and refer 
each such part to a different subcommittee, or make such other 
provisions as he or she considers appropriate.

                 Rule 11.--Recommendation of Conferees

    The Chairman of the Committee shall recommend to the 
Speaker as conferees the names of those members (1) of the 
majority party selected by the Chairman, and (2) of the 
minority party selected by the ranking minority member of the 
Committee. Recommendations of conferees to the Speaker shall 
provide a ratio of majority party members to minority party 
members which shall be no less favorable to the majority party 
than the ratio for the Committee.

                          Rule 12.--Oversight

    (a) Purpose.--The Committee shall carry out oversight 
responsibilities as provided in this rule in order to assist 
the House in--
          (1) its analysis, appraisal, and evaluation of--
                  (A) the application, administration, 
                execution, and effectiveness of the laws 
                enacted by the Congress; or
                  (B) conditions and circumstances which may 
                indicate the necessity or desirability of 
                enacting new or additional legislation; and
          (2) its formulation, consideration, and enactment of 
        such modifications or changes in those laws, and of 
        such additional legislation, as may be necessary or 
        appropriate.
    (b) Oversight Plan.--Not later than February 15 of the 
first session of each Congress, the Committee shall adopt its 
oversight plan for that Congress in accordance with clause 
2(d)(1) of rule X of the Rules of the House.
    (c) Review of Laws and Programs.--The Committee and the 
appropriate subcommittees shall cooperatively review and study, 
on a continuing basis, the application, administration, 
execution, and effectiveness of those laws, or parts of laws, 
the subject matter of which is within the jurisdiction of the 
Committee, and the organization and operation of the Federal 
agencies and entities having responsibilities in or for the 
administration and execution thereof, in order to determine 
whether such laws and the programs thereunder are being 
implemented and carried out in accordance with the intent of 
the Congress and whether such programs should be continued, 
curtailed, or eliminated. In addition, the Committee and the 
appropriate subcommittees shall cooperatively review and study 
any conditions or circumstances which may indicate the 
necessity or desirability of enacting new or additional 
legislation within the jurisdiction of the Committee (whether 
or not any bill or resolution has been introduced with respect 
thereto), and shall on a continuing basis undertake future 
research and forecasting on matters within the jurisdiction of 
the Committee.
    (d) Review of Tax Policies.--The Committee and the 
appropriate subcommittees shall cooperatively review and study 
on a continuing basis the impact or probable impact of tax 
policies affecting subjects within the jurisdiction of the 
Committee.

     Rule 13.--Review of Continuing Programs; Budget Act Provisions

    (a) Ensuring Annual Appropriations.--The Committee shall, 
in its consideration of all bills and joint resolutions of a 
public character within its jurisdiction, ensure that 
appropriations for continuing programs and activities of the 
Federal Government and the District of Columbia government will 
be made annually to the maximum extent feasible and consistent 
with the nature, requirements, and objectives of the programs 
and activities involved.
    (b) Review of Multi-Year Appropriations.--The Committee 
shall review, from time to time, each continuing program within 
its jurisdiction for which appropriations are not made annually 
in order to ascertain whether such program could be modified so 
that appropriations therefore would be made annually.
    (c) Views and Estimates.--In accordance with clause 4(f)(1) 
of rule X of the Rules of the House, the Committee shall submit 
to the Committee on the Budget--
          (1) its views and estimates with respect to all 
        matters to be set forth in the concurrent resolution on 
        the budget for the ensuing fiscal year which are within 
        its jurisdiction or functions; and
          (2) an estimate of the total amount of new budget 
        authority, and budget outlays resulting therefrom, to 
        be provided or authorized in all bills and resolutions 
        within its jurisdiction which it intends to be 
        effective during that fiscal year.
    (d) Budget Allocations.--As soon as practicable after a 
concurrent resolution on the budget for any fiscal year is 
agreed to, the Committee (after consulting with the appropriate 
committee or committees of the Senate) shall subdivide any 
allocations made to it in the joint explanatory statement 
accompanying the conference report on such resolution, and 
promptly report such subdivisions to the House, in the manner 
provided by section 302 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974.
    (e) Reconciliation.--Whenever the Committee is directed in 
a concurrent resolution on the budget to determine and 
recommend changes in laws, bills, or resolutions under the 
reconciliation process, it shall promptly make such 
determination and recommendations, and report a reconciliation 
bill or resolution (or both) to the House or submit such 
recommendations to the Committee on the Budget, in accordance 
with the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

                           Rule 14.--Records

    (a) Keeping of Records.--The Committee shall keep a 
complete record of all Committee action which shall include--
          (1) in the case of any meeting or hearing 
        transcripts, a substantially verbatim account of 
        remarks actually made during the proceedings, subject 
        only to technical, grammatical, and typographical 
        corrections authorized by the person making the remarks 
        involved; and
          (2) a record of the votes on any question on which a 
        record vote is demanded.
    (b) Public Inspection.--The result of each such record vote 
shall be made available by the Committee for inspection by the 
public at reasonable times in the offices of the Committee. 
Information so available for public inspection shall include a 
description of the amendment, motion, order, or other 
proposition and the name of each member voting for and each 
member voting against such amendment, motion, order, or 
proposition, and the names of those members present but not 
voting.
    (c) Property of the House.--All Committee hearings, 
records, data, charts, and files shall be kept separate and 
distinct from the congressional office records of the member 
serving as Chairman of the Committee; and such records shall be 
the property of the House and all members of the House shall 
have access thereto.
    (d) Availability of Archived Records.--The records of the 
Committee at the National Archives and Records Administration 
shall be made available for public use in accordance with rule 
VII of the Rules of the House. The Chairman shall notify the 
ranking minority member of the Committee of any decision, 
pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 4(b) of such rule, to 
withhold a record otherwise available, and the matter shall be 
presented to the Committee for a determination on written 
request of any member of the Committee.
    (e) Authority to Print.--The Committee is authorized to 
have printed and bound testimony and other data presented at 
hearings held by the Committee. All costs of stenographic 
services and transcripts in connection with any meeting or 
hearing of the Committee shall be paid as provided in clause 
1(c) of rule XI of the House.

                      Rule 15.--Committee Budgets

    (a) Biennial Budget.--The Chairman, in consultation with 
the chairman of each subcommittee, the majority members of the 
Committee, and the minority members of the Committee, shall, 
for each Congress, prepare a consolidated Committee budget. 
Such budget shall include necessary amounts for staff 
personnel, necessary travel, investigation, and other expenses 
of the Committee.
    (b) Additional Expenses.--Authorization for the payment of 
additional or unforeseen Committee expenses may be procured by 
one or more additional expense resolutions processed in the 
same manner as set out herein.
    (c) Travel Requests.--The Chairman or any chairman of a 
subcommittee may initiate necessary travel requests as provided 
in Committee rule XVII within the limits of the consolidated 
budget as approved by the House and the Chairman may execute 
necessary vouchers thereof.
    (d) Monthly Reports.--Once monthly, the Chairman shall 
submit to the Committee on House Administration, in writing, a 
full and detailed accounting of all expenditures made during 
the period since the last such accounting from the amount 
budgeted to the Committee. Such report shall show the amount 
and purpose of such expenditure and the budget to which such 
expenditure is attributed. A copy of such monthly report shall 
be available in the Committee office for review by members of 
the Committee.

                       Rule 16.--Committee Staff

    (a) Appointment by Chairman.--The Chairman shall appoint 
and determine the remuneration of, and may remove, the 
employees of the Committee not assigned to the minority. The 
staff of the Committee not assigned to the minority shall be 
under the general supervision and direction of the Chairman, 
who shall establish and assign the duties and responsibilities 
of such staff members and delegate such authority as he or she 
determines appropriate.
    (b) Appointment by Ranking Minority Member.--The ranking 
minority member of the Committee shall appoint and determine 
the remuneration of, and may remove, the staff assigned to the 
minority within the budget approved for such purposes. The 
staff assigned to the minority shall be under the general 
supervision and direction of the ranking minority member of the 
Committee who may delegate such authority as he or she 
determines appropriate.
    (c) Intention Regarding Staff.--It is intended that the 
skills and experience of all members of the Committee staff 
shall be available to all members of the Committee.

                 Rule 17.--Travel of Members and Staff

    (a) Approval.--Consistent with the primary expense 
resolution and such additional expense resolutions as may have 
been approved, the provisions of this rule shall govern travel 
of Committee members and staff. Travel to be reimbursed from 
funds set aside for the Committee for any member or any staff 
member shall be paid only upon the prior authorization of the 
Chairman. Travel shall be authorized by the Chairman for any 
member and any staff member in connection with the attendance 
of hearings conducted by the Committee or any subcommittee and 
meetings, conferences, and investigations which involve 
activities or subject matter under the general jurisdiction of 
the Committee. Before such authorization is given there shall 
be submitted to the Chairman in writing the following:
          (1) The purpose of the travel.
          (2) The dates during which the travel is to be made 
        and the date or dates of the event for which the travel 
        is being made.
          (3) The location of the event for which the travel is 
        to be made.
          (4) The names of members and staff seeking 
        authorization.
    (b) Subcommittee Travel.--In the case of travel of members 
and staff of a subcommittee to hearings, meetings, conferences, 
and investigations involving activities or subject matter under 
the legislative assignment of such subcommittee, prior 
authorization must be obtained from the subcommittee chairman 
and the Chairman. Such prior authorization shall be given by 
the Chairman only upon the representation by the chairman of 
such subcommittee in writing setting forth those items 
enumerated in subparagraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4) of paragraph 
(a) and that there has been a compliance where applicable with 
Committee rule VI.
    (c) Travel Outside the United States.--
          (1) In General.--In the case of travel outside the 
        United States of members and staff of the Committee or 
        of a subcommittee for the purpose of conducting 
        hearings, investigations, studies, or attending 
        meetings and conferences involving activities or 
        subject matter under the legislative assignment of the 
        Committee or pertinent subcommittee, prior 
        authorization must be obtained from the Chairman, or, 
        in the case of a subcommittee from the subcommittee 
        chairman and the Chairman. Before such authorization is 
        given there shall be submitted to the Chairman, in 
        writing, a request for such authorization. Each 
        request, which shall be filed in a manner that allows 
        for a reasonable period of time for review before such 
        travel is scheduled to begin, shall include the 
        following:
                  (A) The purpose of the travel.
                  (B) The dates during which the travel will 
                occur.
                  (C) The names of the countries to be visited 
                and the length of time to be spent in each.
                  (D) An agenda of anticipated activities for 
                each country for which travel is authorized 
                together with a description of the purpose to 
                be served and the areas of Committee 
                jurisdiction involved.
                  (E) The names of members and staff for whom 
                authorization is sought.
          (2) Initiation of Requests.--Requests for travel 
        outside the United States may be initiated by the 
        Chairman or the chairman of a subcommittee (except that 
        individuals may submit a request to the Chairman for 
        the purpose of attending a conference or meeting) and 
        shall be limited to members and permanent employees of 
        the Committee.
    (d) Reports by Members and Staff.--Within 15 legislative 
days from the conclusion of any hearing, investigation, study, 
meeting, or conference for which travel has been authorized 
pursuant to this rule, each member and staff member involved in 
such travel shall submit a written report to the Chairman 
covering the activities and other pertinent observations or 
information gained as a result of such travel.
    (e) Applicability of Laws, Rules, Policies.--Members and 
staff of the Committee performing authorized travel on official 
business shall be governed by applicable laws, resolutions, or 
regulations of the House and of the Committee on House 
Administration pertaining to such travel, and by the travel 
policy of the Committee.
                     Committee on Veterans' Affairs

  JEFF MILLER, Florida, Chairman

BOB FILNER, California,              CLIFF STEARNS, Florida
  Ranking Member                     DOUG LAMBORN, Colorado
CORRINE BROWN, Florida               GUS M. BILIRAKIS, Florida,
SILVESTRE REYES, Texas                 Vice Chairman
MICHAEL H. MICHAUD, Maine            DAVID P. ROE, Tennessee
LINDA T. SANCHEZ, California         MARLIN A. STUTZMAN, Indiana
BRUCE L. BRALEY, Iowa                BILL FLORES, Texas
JERRY McNERNEY, California           BILL JOHNSON, Ohio
JOE DONNELLY, Indiana                JEFF DENHAM, California
TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota           JON RUNYAN, New Jersey
JOHN BARROW, Georgia                 DAN BENISHEK, Michigan
RUSS CARNAHAN, Missouri              ANN MARIE BUERKLE, New York
                                     TIM HUELSKAMP, Kansas

                       (Adopted January 26, 2011)


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) Applicability of House Rules.--The Rules of the House 
are the rules of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs and its 
subcommittees so far as applicable, except that a motion to 
recess from day to day, and a motion to dispense with the first 
reading (in full) of a bill or resolution, if printed copies 
are available, are non-debatable privileged motions in 
Committees and subcommittees.
    (b) Subcommittees.--Each subcommittee of the Committee is a 
part of the Committee and is subject to the authority and 
direction of the Committee and to its rules so far as 
applicable.
    (c) Incorporation of House Rule on Committee Procedure.--
Rule XI of the Rules of the House, which pertains entirely to 
Committee procedure, is incorporated and made part of the rules 
of the Committee to the extent applicable. Pursuant to clause 
2(a)(3) of rule XI of the Rules of the House, the Chairman of 
the full Committee is directed to offer a motion under clause 1 
of rule XXII of the Rules of the House whenever the Chairman 
considers it appropriate.
    (d) Vice Chairman.--Pursuant to clause 2(d) of rule XI of 
the Rules of the House, the Chairman of the full Committee 
shall designate the Vice Chairman of the Committee.

                Rule 2.--Regular and Additional Meetings

    (a) Regular Meetings.--The regular meeting day for the 
Committee shall be at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each 
month in such place as the Chairman may designate. However, the 
Chairman may dispense with a regular Wednesday meeting of the 
Committee.
    (b) Additional Meetings.--The Chairman of the Committee may 
call and convene, as he considers necessary, additional 
meetings of the Committee for the consideration of any bill or 
resolution pending before the Committee or for the conduct of 
other Committee business. The Committee shall meet for such 
purpose pursuant to the call of the Chairman.
    (c) Notice.--The Chairman shall notify each member of the 
Committee of the agenda of each regular and additional meeting 
of the Committee at least 24 hours before the time of the 
meeting, except under circumstances the Chairman determines to 
be of an emergency nature. Under such circumstances, the 
Chairman shall make an effort to consult the ranking minority 
member, or in such member's absence, the next ranking minority 
party member of the Committee.

                Rule 3.--Meetings and Hearings Generally

    (a) Open Meetings and Hearings.--Meetings and hearings of 
the Committee and each of its subcommittees shall be open to 
the public unless closed in accordance with clause 2(g) of rule 
XI of the Rules of the House.
    (b) Announcement of Hearing.--The Chairman, in the case of 
a hearing to be conducted by the Committee, and the 
subcommittee Chairman, in the case of a hearing to be conducted 
by a subcommittee, shall make public announcement of the date, 
place, and subject matter of any hearing to be conducted on any 
measure or matter at least one week before the commencement of 
that hearing unless the Committee or the subcommittee 
determines that there is good cause to begin the hearing at an 
earlier date. In the latter event, the Chairman or the 
subcommittee Chairman, as the case may be, shall consult with 
the ranking minority member and make such public announcement 
at the earliest possible date. The clerk of the Committee shall 
promptly notify the Daily Clerk of the Congressional Record and 
the Committee scheduling service of the House Information 
Resources as soon as possible after such public announcement is 
made.
    (c) Wireless Telephone Use Prohibited.--No person may use a 
wireless telephone during a Committee or subcommittee meeting 
or hearing.
    (d) Media Coverage.--Any meeting of the Committee or its 
subcommittees that is open to the public shall be open to 
coverage by radio, television, and still photography in 
accordance with the provisions of clause 4 of House Rule XI.
    (e) Requirements for Testimony.--
          (1) Each witness who is to appear before the 
        Committee or a subcommittee shall file with the clerk 
        of the Committee, at least 48 hours in advance of his 
        or her appearance, a written statement of his or her 
        proposed testimony. Each witness shall, to the greatest 
        extent practicable, also provide a copy of such written 
        testimony in an electronic format prescribed by the 
        Chairman. Each witness shall limit any oral 
        presentation to a summary of the written statement.
          (2) Pursuant to clause 4 of rule XI of the Rules of 
        the House, in the case of a witness appearing in a non-
        governmental capacity a written statement of proposed 
        testimony shall include a curriculum vitae and a 
        disclosure of the amount and source (by agency and 
        program) of any Federal grant (or subgrant thereof) or 
        contract (or subcontract thereof) received during the 
        current fiscal year or either of the two preceding 
        fiscal years by the witness or by an entity represented 
        by the witness.
    (f) Calling and Questioning Witnesses.--
          (1) Committee and subcommittee members may question 
        witnesses only when they have been recognized by the 
        Chairman of the Committee or subcommittee for that 
        purpose, and only for a 5-minute period until all 
        members present have had an opportunity to question a 
        witness. The 5-minute period for questioning a witness 
        by any one member may be extended only with the 
        unanimous consent of all members present. The 
        questioning of witnesses in both Committee and 
        subcommittee hearings shall be initiated by the 
        Chairman, followed by the ranking minority party member 
        and all other members alternating between the majority 
        and minority. Except as otherwise announced by the 
        Chairman at the beginning of a hearing, members who are 
        present at the start of the hearing will be recognized 
        before other members who arrive after the hearing has 
        begun. In recognizing members to question witnesses in 
        this fashion, the Chairman shall take into 
        consideration the ratio of the majority to minority 
        members present and shall establish the order of 
        recognition for questioning in such a manner as not to 
        disadvantage the members of the majority.
          (2) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1) 
        regarding the 5-minute rule, the Chairman after 
        consultation with the ranking minority member may 
        designate an equal number of members of the Committee 
        or subcommittee majority and minority party to question 
        a witness for a period not longer than 30 minutes. In 
        no event shall the Chairman allow a member to question 
        a witness for an extended period under this rule until 
        all members present have had the opportunity to ask 
        questions under the 5-minute rule. The Chairman after 
        consultation with the ranking minority member may 
        permit Committee staff for its majority and minority 
        party members to question a witness for equal specified 
        periods of time.
          (3) When a hearing is conducted by the Committee or a 
        subcommittee on any measure or matter, the minority 
        party members on the Committee shall be entitled, upon 
        request to the Chairman of a majority of those minority 
        members before the completion of the hearing, to call 
        witnesses selected by the minority to testify with 
        respect to that measure or matter during at least one 
        day of the hearing thereon.
    (g) Subpoenas.--Pursuant to clause 2(m) of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House, a subpoena may be authorized and issued by 
the Committee or a subcommittee in the conduct of any 
investigation or series of investigations or activities, only 
when authorized by a majority of the members voting, a majority 
being present.
    (h) Notice Requirements.--The text of all bills or 
resolutions for markup shall be made available to both majority 
and minority staff at least 48 hours prior to a scheduled 
markup, except as agreed to by unanimous consent. All primary 
amendments must be submitted to both majority and minority 
staff no less than 24 hours prior to a scheduled markup, except 
as agreed to by unanimous consent.

     Rule 4.--Quorum and Record Votes; Postponement of Proceedings

    (a) Working Quorum.--A majority of the members of the 
Committee shall constitute a quorum for business and a majority 
of the members of any subcommittee shall constitute a quorum 
thereof for business, except that two members shall constitute 
a quorum for the purpose of taking testimony and receiving 
evidence.
    (b) Quorum for Reporting.--No measure or recommendation 
shall be reported to the House of Representatives unless a 
majority of the Committee was actually present.
    (c) Record Votes.--A record vote may be demanded by one-
fifth of the members present or, in the apparent absence of a 
quorum, by any one member. With respect to any record vote on 
any motion to amend or report, the total number of votes cast 
for and against, and the names of those members voting for and 
against, shall be included in the report of the Committee on 
the bill or resolution.
    (d) Prohibition Against Proxy Voting.--No vote by any 
member of the Committee or a subcommittee with respect to any 
measure or matter may be cast by proxy.
    (e) Postponing Proceedings.--Committee and subcommittee 
chairmen may postpone further proceedings when a record vote is 
ordered on the question of approving a measure or matter or on 
adopting an amendment, and may resume proceedings within two 
legislative days on a postponed question after reasonable 
notice. When proceedings resume on a postponed question, 
notwithstanding any intervening order for the previous 
question, an underlying proposition shall remain subject to 
further debate or amendment to the same extent as when the 
question was postponed.

                         Rule 5.--Subcommittees

    (a) Establishment and Jurisdiction.--
          (1) There shall be four subcommittees of the 
        Committee as follows:
                  (A) Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and 
                Memorial Affairs, which shall have legislative, 
                oversight and investigative jurisdiction over 
                compensation; general and special pensions of 
                all the wars of the United States; life 
                insurance issued by the Government on account 
                of service in the Armed Forces; cemeteries of 
                the United States in which veterans of any war 
                or conflict are or may be buried, whether in 
                the United States or abroad, except cemeteries 
                administered by the Secretary of the Interior; 
                burial benefits; the Board of Veterans' 
                Appeals; and the United States Court of Appeals 
                for Veterans Claims.
                  (B) Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, 
                which shall have legislative, oversight and 
                investigative jurisdiction over education of 
                veterans, employment and training of veterans, 
                vocational rehabilitation, veterans' housing 
                programs, readjustment of servicemembers to 
                civilian life, and servicemembers civil relief.
                  (C) Subcommittee on Health, which shall have 
                legislative, oversight, and investigative 
                jurisdiction over the Veterans Health 
                Administration (VHA) including medical 
                services, medical support and compliance, 
                medical facilities, medical and prosthetic 
                research, and major and minor construction.
                  (D) Subcommittee on Oversight and 
                Investigations, which shall have oversight and 
                investigative jurisdiction over veterans' 
                matters generally, information technology, 
                procurement, and over such matters as may be 
                referred to the subcommittee by the Chairman of 
                the full Committee for its oversight or 
                investigation and for its appropriate 
                recommendations. The subcommittee shall have 
                legislative jurisdiction over such bills or 
                resolutions as may be referred to it by the 
                Chairman of the full Committee. Provided, 
                however, that the activities of the 
                Subcommittee shall in no way limit the 
                responsibility of the other subcommittees of 
                the Committee on Veterans' Affairs for carrying 
                out their oversight duties.
          (2) Each subcommittee shall have responsibility for 
        such other measures or matters as the Chairman refers 
        to it.
    (b) Vacancies.--Any vacancy in the membership of a 
subcommittee shall not affect the power of the remaining 
members to execute the functions of that subcommittee.
    (c) Ratios.--On each subcommittee, there shall be a ratio 
of majority party members to minority party members which shall 
be consistent with the ratio on the full Committee.
    (d) Referrals to Subcommittees.--The Chairman of the 
Committee may refer a measure or matter, which is within the 
general responsibility of more than one of the subcommittees of 
the Committee, as the Chairman deems appropriate. In referring 
any measure or matter to a subcommittee, the Chairman of the 
Committee may specify a date by which the subcommittee shall 
report thereon to the Committee.
    (e) Powers and Duties.--
          (1) Each subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold 
        hearings, receive evidence, and report to the full 
        Committee on all matters referred to it or under its 
        jurisdiction. Subcommittee chairmen shall set dates for 
        hearings and meetings of their respective subcommittees 
        after consultation with the Chairman of the Committee 
        and other subcommittee chairmen with a view toward 
        avoiding simultaneous scheduling of Committee and 
        subcommittee meetings or hearings whenever possible.
          (2) Whenever a subcommittee has ordered a bill, 
        resolution, or other matter to be reported to the 
        Committee, the Chairman of the subcommittee reporting 
        the bill, resolution, or matter to the full Committee, 
        or any member authorized by the subcommittee to do so 
        shall notify the Chairman and the ranking minority 
        party member of the Committee of the Subcommittee's 
        action.
          (3) A member of the Committee who is not a member of 
        a particular subcommittee may sit with the subcommittee 
        during any of its meetings and hearings, but shall not 
        have authority to vote, cannot be counted for a quorum, 
        and cannot raise a point of order at the meeting or 
        hearing.
          (4) Each subcommittee shall provide the Committee 
        with copies of such record votes taken in subcommittee 
        and such other records with respect to the subcommittee 
        as the Chairman of the Committee deems necessary for 
        the Committee to comply with all rules and regulations 
        of the House.

               Rule 6.--General Oversight Responsibility

    (a) Purpose.--Pursuant to clause 2 of rule X of the Rules 
of the House, the Committee shall carry out oversight 
responsibilities. In order to assist the House in--
          (1) Its analysis, appraisal, evaluation of--
                  (A) The application, administration, 
                execution, and effectiveness of the laws 
                enacted by the Congress, or
                  (B) Conditions and circumstances, which may 
                indicate the necessity or desirability of 
                enacting new or additional legislation, and
          (2) Its formulation, consideration and enactment of 
        such modifications or changes in those laws, and of 
        such additional legislation, as may be necessary or 
        appropriate, the Committee and its various 
        subcommittees, consistent with their jurisdiction as 
        set forth in Rule 5, shall have oversight 
        responsibilities as provided in subsection (b).
    (b) Review of Laws and Programs.--The Committee and its 
subcommittees shall review and study, on a continuing basis, 
the applications, administration, execution, and effectiveness 
of those laws, or parts of laws, the subject matter of which is 
within the jurisdiction of the Committee or subcommittee, and 
the organization and operation of the Federal agencies and 
entities having responsibilities in or for the administration 
and execution thereof, in order to determine whether such laws 
and the programs thereunder are being implemented and carried 
out in accordance with the intent of the Congress and whether 
such programs should be continued, curtailed, or eliminated. In 
addition, the Committee and its subcommittees shall review and 
study any conditions or circumstances which may indicate the 
necessity or desirability of enacting new or additional 
legislation within the jurisdiction of the Committee or 
subcommittee (whether or not any bill or resolution has been 
introduced with respect thereto), and shall on a continuing 
basis undertake future research and forecasting on matters 
within the jurisdiction of the Committee or subcommittee.
    (c) Oversight Plan.--Not later than February 15 of the 
first session of a Congress, the Committee shall meet in open 
session, with a quorum present, to adopt its oversight plans 
for that Congress for submission to the Committee on House 
Administration and the Committee on Oversight and Government 
Reform, in accordance with the provisions of clause 2(d) of 
rule X of the Rules of the House.
    (d) Oversight by Subcommittees.--The existence and 
activities of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations 
shall in no way limit the responsibility of the other 
subcommittees of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs for 
carrying out oversight duties.

                  Rule 7.--Budget Act Responsibilities

    (a) Budget Act Responsibilities.--Pursuant to clause 
4(f)(1) of rule X of the Rules of the House, the Committee 
shall submit to the Committee on the Budget not later than six 
weeks after the President submits his budget, or at such time 
as the Committee on the Budget may request--
          (1) Its views and estimates with respect to all 
        matters to be set forth in the concurrent resolution on 
        the budget for the ensuing fiscal year that are within 
        its jurisdiction or functions; and
          (2) An estimate of the total amounts of new budget 
        authority, and budget outlays resulting therefrom, to 
        be provided or authorized in all bills and resolutions 
        within its jurisdiction that it intends to be effective 
        during that fiscal year.

                   Rule 8.--Records and Other Matters

    (a) Transcripts.--There shall be a transcript made of each 
regular and additional meeting and hearing of the Committee and 
its subcommittees. Any such transcript shall be a substantially 
verbatim account of remarks actually made during the 
proceedings, subject only to technical, grammatical, and 
typographical corrections authorized by the person making the 
remarks involved.
    (b) Records.--
          (1) The Committee shall keep a record of all actions 
        of the Committee and each of its subcommittees. The 
        record shall contain all information required by clause 
        2(e)(1) of rule XI of the Rules of the House and shall 
        be available for public inspection at reasonable times 
        in the offices of the Committee.
          (2) There shall be kept in writing a record of the 
        proceedings of the Committee and each of its 
        subcommittees, including a record of the votes on any 
        question on which a recorded vote is demanded. The 
        result of each such record vote shall be made available 
        by the Committee for inspection by the public at 
        reasonable times in the offices of the Committee. 
        Information so available for public inspection shall 
        include a description of the amendment, motion, order 
        or other proposition and the name of each member voting 
        for and each member voting against such amendment, 
        motion, order, or proposition, and the names of those 
        members present but not voting.
    (c) Availability of Archived Records.--The records of the 
Committee at the National Archives and Records Administration 
shall be made available for public use in accordance with rule 
VII of the Rules of the House. The Chairman shall notify the 
ranking minority member of any decision, pursuant to clause 3 
or clause 4 of rule VII of the Rules of the House, to withhold 
a record otherwise available, and the matter shall be presented 
to the Committee for a determination on written request of any 
member of the Committee.
    (d) Availability of Publications.--Pursuant to clause 
2(e)(4) of rule XI of the Rules of the House, the Committee 
shall make its publications available in electronic form to the 
maximum extent feasible.

                            Rule 9.--Travel

    (a) Requirements for Travel.--All requests for travel, 
funded by the Committee, for Members and staff in connection 
with activities or subject matters under the general 
jurisdiction of the Committee, shall be submitted to the Chair 
for approval or disapproval. All travel requests should be 
submitted to the Chair at least five working days in advance of 
the proposed travel. For all travel funded by any other source, 
notice shall be given to the Chair at least five working days 
in advance of the proposed travel. All travel requests shall be 
submitted to the Chair in writing and include the following:
          (1) The purpose of the travel.
          (2) The dates during which the travel is to occur.
          (3) The names of the locations to be visited and the 
        length of time to be spent in each.
          (4) The names of members and staff of the Committee 
        for whom the authorization is sought. Travel by the 
        minority shall be submitted to the Chair via the 
        Ranking Member.
    (b) Trip Reports.--Members and staff shall make a written 
report to the Chair within 15 working days on all travel 
approved under this subsection. Reports shall include a 
description of their itinerary, expenses, and activities, and 
pertinent information gained as a result of such travel.
    When travel involves majority and minority Members or 
staff, the majority shall submit the report to the Chair on 
behalf of the majority and minority. The minority may append 
additional remarks to the report at their discretion.
    (c) Applicability of House Rules.--Members and staff of the 
Committee performing authorized travel on official business 
shall be governed by applicable laws, resolutions, and 
regulations of the House and of the Committee on House 
Administration.
                      Committee on Ways and Means

   DAVE CAMP, Michigan, Chairman

SANDER LEVIN, Michigan,              WALLY HERGER, California
  Ranking Member                     SAM JOHNSON, Texas
CHARLES B. RANGEL, New York          KEVIN BRADY, Texas
FORTNEY PETE STARK, California       PAUL RYAN, Wisconsin
JIM McDERMOTT, Washington            DEVIN NUNES, California
JOHN LEWIS, Georgia                  PAT TIBERI, Ohio
RICHARD E. NEAL, Massachusetts       GEOFF DAVIS, Kentucky
XAVIER BECERRA, California           DAVE G. REICHERT, Washington
LLOYD DOGGETT, Texas                 CHARLES W. BOUSTANY, Jr., 
MIKE THOMPSON, California            Louisiana
JOHN B. LARSON, Connecticut          PETER J. ROSKAM, Illinois
EARL BLUMENAUER, Oregon              JIM GERLACH, Pennsylvania
RON KIND, Wisconsin                  TOM PRICE, Georgia
BILL PASCRELL, Jr., New Jersey       VERN BUCHANAN, Florida
SHELLEY BERKLEY, Nevada              ADRIAN SMITH, Nebraska
JOSEPH CROWLEY, New York             AARON SCHOCK, Illinois
                                     LYNN JENKINS, Kansas
                                     ERIK PAULSEN, Minnesota
                                     KENNY MARCHANT, Texas
                                     RICK BERG, North Dakota
                                     DIANE BLACK, Tennessee
                                     TOM REED, New York

                       (Adopted January 18, 2011)


                               A. GENERAL

                  Rule 1.--Application of House Rules

    The rules of the House are the rules of the Committee on 
Ways and Means and its subcommittees so far as applicable, 
except that a motion to recess from day to day, and a motion to 
dispense with the first reading (in full) of a bill or 
resolution, if printed copies are available, is a non-debatable 
motion of high privilege in the Committee.
    Each subcommittee of the Committee is part of the Committee 
and is subject to the authority and direction of the Committee 
and to its rules so far as applicable. Written rules adopted by 
the Committee, not inconsistent with the Rules of the House, 
shall be binding on each subcommittee of the Committee.
    The provisions of rule XI of the Rules of the House are 
incorporated by reference as the rules of the Committee to the 
extent applicable.

                   Rule 2.--Meeting Date and Quorums

    The regular meeting day of the Committee on Ways and Means 
shall be on the second Wednesday of each month while the House 
is in session. However, the Committee shall not meet on the 
regularly scheduled meeting day if there is no business to be 
considered.
    A majority of the Committee constitutes a quorum for 
business; provided however, that two Members shall constitute a 
quorum at any regularly scheduled hearing called for the 
purpose of taking testimony and receiving evidence. In 
establishing a quorum for purposes of a public hearing, every 
effort shall be made to secure the presence of at least one 
Member each from the majority and the minority.
    The Chairman of the Committee may call and convene, as he 
considers necessary, additional meetings of the Committee for 
the consideration of any bill or resolution pending before the 
Committee or for the conduct of other Committee business. The 
Committee shall meet pursuant to the call of the Chair.

                       Rule 3.--Committee Budget

    For each Congress, the Chairman, in consultation with the 
Majority Members of the Committee, shall prepare a preliminary 
budget. Such budget shall include necessary amounts for staff 
personnel, travel, investigation, and other expenses of the 
Committee. After consultation with the Minority Members, the 
Chairman shall include an amount budgeted by Minority Members 
for staff under their direction and supervision.
    Thereafter, the Chairman shall combine such proposals into 
a consolidated Committee budget, and shall present the same to 
the Committee for its approval or other action. The Chairman 
shall take whatever action is necessary to have the budget as 
finally approved by the Committee duly authorized by the House. 
After said budget shall have been adopted, no substantial 
change shall be made in such budget unless approved by the 
Committee.

              Rule 4.--Publication of Committee Documents

    Any Committee or subcommittee print, document, or similar 
material prepared for public distribution shall either be 
approved by the Committee or subcommittee prior to distribution 
and opportunity afforded for the inclusion of supplemental, 
minority or additional views, or such document shall contain on 
its cover the following disclaimer:

          Prepared for the use of Members of the Committee on 
        Ways and Means by members of its staff. This document 
        has not been officially approved by the Committee and 
        may not reflect the views of its Members.

    Any such print, document, or other material not officially 
approved by the Committee or subcommittee shall not include the 
names of its Members, other than the name of the full Committee 
Chairman or subcommittee Chairman under whose authority the 
document is released. Any such document shall be made available 
to the full Committee Chairman and Ranking Minority Member not 
less than 3 calendar days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and 
legal holidays) prior to its public release.
    The requirements of this rule shall apply only to the 
publication of policy-oriented, analytical documents, and not 
to the publication of public hearings, legislative documents, 
documents which are administrative in nature or reports which 
are required to be submitted to the Committee under public law. 
The appropriate characterization of a document subject to this 
rule shall be determined after consultation with the Minority.

                        Rule 5.--Official Travel

    Consistent with the primary expense resolution and such 
additional expense resolution as may have been approved, the 
provisions of this rule shall govern official travel of 
Committee Members and Committee staff. Official travel to be 
reimbursed from funds set aside for the full Committee for any 
Member or any Committee staff member shall be paid only upon 
the prior authorization of the Chairman. Official travel may be 
authorized by the Chairman for any Member and any Committee 
staff member in connection with the attendance of hearings 
conducted by the Committee, its subcommittees, or any other 
Committee or subcommittee of the Congress on matters relevant 
to the general jurisdiction of the Committee, and meetings, 
conferences, facility inspections, and investigations which 
involve activities or subject matter relevant to the general 
jurisdiction of the Committee. Before such authorization is 
given, there shall be submitted to the Chairman in writing the 
following:
          (1) The purpose of the official travel;
          (2) The dates during which the official travel is to 
        be made and the date or dates of the event for which 
        the official travel is being made;
          (3) The location of the event for which the official 
        travel is to be made; and
          (4) The names of the Members and Committee staff 
        seeking authorization.
    In the case of official travel of Members and staff of a 
Subcommittee to hearings, meetings, conferences, facility 
inspections and investigations involving activities or subject 
matter under the jurisdiction of such subcommittee, prior 
authorization must be obtained from the subcommittee Chairman 
and the full Committee Chairman. Such prior authorization shall 
be given by the full Committee Chairman only upon the 
representation by the applicable Subcommittee Chairman in 
writing setting forth those items enumerated above.
    Within 60 days of the conclusion of any official travel 
authorized under this rule, there shall be submitted to the 
full Committee Chairman a written report covering the 
information gained as a result of the hearing, meeting, 
conference, facility inspection or investigation attended 
pursuant to such official travel.

      Rule 6.--Availability of Committee Records and Publications

    The records of the Committee at the National Archives and 
Records Administration shall be made available for public use 
in accordance with rule VII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives. The Chairman shall notify the Ranking Minority 
Member of any decision, pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 
4(b) of rule VII, to withhold a record otherwise available, and 
the matter shall be presented to the Committee for a 
determination on the written request of any Member of the 
Committee. The Committee shall, to the maximum extent feasible, 
make its publications available in electronic form.

                       Rule 7.--Committee Website

    The Chairman shall maintain an official Committee website 
for the purpose of furthering the Committee's legislative and 
oversight responsibilities, including communicating information 
about the Committee's activities to Committee members and other 
members of the House. The ranking minority member may maintain 
a similar website for the same purpose, including communicating 
information about the activities of the minority to Committee 
members and other members of the House.

                            B. SUBCOMMITTEES

             Rule 8.--Subcommittee Ratios and Jurisdiction

    All matters referred to the Committee on Ways and Means 
involving revenue measures, except those revenue measures 
referred to Subcommittees under paragraphs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 
shall be considered by the full Committee and not in 
Subcommittee. There shall be six standing Subcommittees as 
follows: a Subcommittee on Trade; a Subcommittee on Oversight; 
a Subcommittee on Health; a Subcommittee on Social Security; a 
Subcommittee on Human Resources; and a Subcommittee on Select 
Revenue Measures. The ratio of Republicans to Democrats on any 
Subcommittee of the Committee shall be consistent with the 
ratio of Republicans to Democrats on the full Committee.
          (1) The Subcommittee on Trade shall consist of 14 
        Members, 9 of whom shall be Republicans and 5 of whom 
        shall be Democrats.
    The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Trade shall include 
bills and matters referred to the Committee on Ways and Means 
that relate to customs and customs administration including 
tariff and import fee structure, classification, valuation of 
and special rules applying to imports, and special tariff 
provisions and procedures which relate to customs operation 
affecting exports and imports; import trade matters, including 
import impact, industry relief from injurious imports, 
adjustment assistance and programs to encourage competitive 
responses to imports, unfair import practices including 
antidumping and countervailing duty provisions, and import 
policy which relates to dependence on foreign sources of 
supply; commodity agreements and reciprocal trade agreements 
involving multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations and 
implementation of agreements involving tariff and non-tariff 
trade barriers to and distortions of international trade; 
international rules, organizations and institutional aspects of 
international trade agreements; budget authorizations for the 
customs revenue functions of the Department of Homeland 
Security, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. 
Trade Representative; and special trade-related problems 
involving market access, competitive conditions of specific 
industries, export policy and promotion, access to materials in 
short supply, bilateral trade relations including trade with 
developing countries, operations of multinational corporations, 
and trade with non-market economies.
          (2) The Subcommittee on Oversight shall consist of 11 
        Members, 7 of whom shall be Republicans and 4 of whom 
        shall be Democrats.
    The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Oversight shall 
include all matters within the scope of the full Committee's 
jurisdiction but shall be limited to existing law. Said 
oversight jurisdiction shall not be exclusive but shall be 
concurrent with that of the other Subcommittees. With respect 
to matters involving the Internal Revenue Code and other 
revenue issues, said concurrent jurisdiction shall be shared 
with the full Committee. Before undertaking any investigation 
or hearing, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight shall 
confer with the Chairman of the full Committee and the Chairman 
of any other subcommittee having jurisdiction.
          (3) The Subcommittee on Health shall consist of 14 
        Members, 9 of whom shall be Republicans and 5 of whom 
        shall be Democrats.
    The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Health shall 
include bills and matters referred to the Committee on Ways and 
Means that relate to programs providing payments (from any 
source) for health care, health delivery systems, or health 
research. More specifically, the jurisdiction of the 
Subcommittee on Health shall include bills and matters that 
relate to the health care programs of the Social Security Act 
(including titles V, XI (Part B), XVIII, and XIX thereof) and, 
concurrent with the full Committee, tax credit and deduction 
provisions of the Internal Revenue Code dealing with health 
insurance premiums and health care costs.
          (4) The Subcommittee on Social Security shall consist 
        of 11 Members, 7 of whom shall be Republicans and 4 of 
        whom shall be Democrats.
    The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Social Security 
shall include bills and matters referred to the Committee on 
Ways and Means that relate to the Federal Old Age, Survivors' 
and Disability Insurance System, the Railroad Retirement 
System, and employment taxes and trust fund operations relating 
to those systems. More specifically, the jurisdiction of the 
Subcommittee on Social Security shall include bills and matters 
involving title II of the Social Security Act and Chapter 22 of 
the Internal Revenue Code (the Railroad Retirement Tax Act), as 
well as provisions in title VII and title XI of the Act 
relating to procedure and administration involving the Old Age, 
Survivors' and Disability Insurance System.
          (5) The Subcommittee on Human Resources shall consist 
        of 11 Members, 7 of whom shall be Republicans and 4 of 
        whom shall be Democrats.
    The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Human Resources 
shall include bills and matters referred to the Committee on 
Ways and Means that relate to the public assistance provisions 
of the Social Security Act, including temporary assistance for 
needy families, child care, child and family services, child 
support, foster care, adoption, supplemental security income, 
social services, eligibility of welfare recipients for food 
stamps, and low-income energy assistance. More specifically, 
the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Human Resources shall 
include bills and matters relating to titles I, IV, VI, X, XIV, 
XVI, XVII, XX and related provisions of titles VII and XI of 
the Social Security Act.
    The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Human Resources 
shall also include bills and matters referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means that relate to the Federal-State system of 
unemployment compensation, and the financing thereof, including 
the programs for extended and emergency benefits. More 
specifically, the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Human 
Resources shall also include all bills and matters pertaining 
to the programs of unemployment compensation under titles III, 
IX and XII of the Social Security Act, Chapters 23 and 23A of 
the Internal Revenue Code, and the Federal-State Extended 
Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970, and provisions relating 
thereto.
          (6) The Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures shall 
        consist of 11 Members, 7 of whom shall be Republicans 
        and 4 of whom shall be Democrats.
    The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Select Revenue 
Measures shall consist of those revenue measures that, from 
time to time, shall be referred to it specifically by the 
Chairman of the full Committee.

              Rule 9.--Ex-Officio Members of Subcommittees

    The Chairman of the full Committee and the Ranking Minority 
Member may sit as ex-officio Members of all subcommittees. They 
may be counted for purposes of assisting in the establishment 
of a quorum for a subcommittee. However, their absence shall 
not count against the establishment of a quorum by the regular 
Members of the subcommittee. Ex-officio Members shall neither 
vote in the subcommittee nor be taken into consideration for 
the purposes of determining the ratio of the subcommittee.

                    Rule 10.--Subcommittee Meetings

    Insofar as practicable, meetings of the full Committee and 
its subcommittees shall not conflict. Subcommittee Chairmen 
shall set meeting dates after consultation with the Chairman of 
the full Committee and other Subcommittee Chairmen with a view 
towards avoiding, wherever possible, simultaneous scheduling of 
full Committee and subcommittee meetings or hearings.

      Rule 11.--Reference of Legislation and Subcommittee Reports

    Except for bills or measures retained by the Chairman of 
the full Committee for full Committee consideration, every bill 
or other measure referred to the Committee shall be referred by 
the Chairman of the full Committee to the appropriate 
Subcommittee in a timely manner. A subcommittee shall, within 
three legislative days of the referral, acknowledge same to the 
full Committee.
    After a measure has been pending in a Subcommittee for a 
reasonable period of time, the Chairman of the full Committee 
may make a request in writing to the subcommittee that the 
subcommittee forthwith report the measure to the full Committee 
with its recommendations. If within seven legislative days 
after the Chairman's written request, the Subcommittee has not 
so reported the measure, then there shall be in order in the 
full Committee a motion to discharge the Subcommittee from 
further consideration of the measure. If such motion is 
approved by a majority vote of the full Committee, the measure 
may thereafter be considered only by the full Committee.
    No measure reported by a subcommittee shall be considered 
by the full Committee unless it has been presented to all 
Members of the full Committee at least two legislative days 
prior to the full Committee's meeting, together with a 
comparison with present law, a section-by-section analysis of 
the proposed change, a section-by-section justification, and a 
draft statement of the budget effects of the measure that is 
consistent with the requirements for reported measures under 
clause 3(d)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.

         Rule 12.--Recommendation for Appointment of Conferees

    Whenever in the legislative process it becomes necessary to 
appoint conferees, the Chairman of the full Committee shall 
recommend to the Speaker as conferees the names of those 
Committee Members as the Chairman may designate. In making 
recommendations of Minority Members as conferees, the Chairman 
shall consult with the Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee.

                              C. HEARINGS

                          Rule 13.--Witnesses

    In order to assure the most productive use of the limited 
time available to question hearing witnesses, a witness who is 
scheduled to appear before the full Committee or a subcommittee 
shall file with the Clerk of the Committee at least 48 hours in 
advance of his or her appearance a written statement of their 
proposed testimony. In addition, all witnesses shall comply 
with formatting requirements as specified by the Committee and 
the Rules of the House. Failure to comply with the 48-hour rule 
may result in a witness being denied the opportunity to testify 
in person. Failure to comply with the formatting requirements 
may result in a witness' statement being rejected for inclusion 
in the published hearing record. In addition to the 
requirements of clause 2(g)(4) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House regarding information required of public witnesses, a 
witness shall limit his or her oral presentation to a summary 
of their position and shall provide sufficient copies of their 
written statement to the Clerk for distribution to Members, 
staff and news media.
    A witness appearing at a public hearing, or submitting a 
statement for the record of a public hearing, or submitting 
written comments in response to a published request for 
comments by the Committee must include in their statement or 
submission, a list of all clients, persons or organizations on 
whose behalf the witness appears. Oral testimony and statements 
for the record, or written comments in response to a request 
for comments by the Committee, will be accepted only from 
citizens of the United States or corporations or associations 
organized under the laws of one of the 50 States of the United 
States or the District of Columbia, unless otherwise directed 
by the Chairman of the full Committee or Subcommittee involved. 
Written statements from non-citizens may be considered for 
acceptance in the record if transmitted to the Committee in 
writing by Members of Congress.

                   Rule 14.--Questioning of Witnesses

    Committee Members may question witnesses only when 
recognized by the Chairman for that purpose. All Members shall 
be limited to five minutes on the initial round of questioning. 
In questioning witnesses under the five minute rule, the 
Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member shall be recognized 
first, after which Members who are in attendance at the 
beginning of a hearing will be recognized in the order of their 
seniority on the Committee. Other Members shall be recognized 
in the order of their appearance at the hearing. In recognizing 
Members to question witnesses, the Chairman may take into 
consideration the ratio of Majority Members to Minority Members 
and the number of Majority and Minority Members present and 
shall apportion the recognition for questioning in such a 
manner as not to disadvantage Members of the majority.

                        Rule 15.--Subpoena Power

    The power to authorize and issue subpoenas is delegated to 
the Chairman of the full Committee, as provided for under 
clause 2(m)(3)(A)(i) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.

                     Rule 16.--Records of Hearings

    An accurate stenographic record shall be kept of all 
testimony taken at a public hearing. The staff shall transmit 
to a witness the transcript of his or her testimony for 
correction and immediate return to the Committee offices. Only 
changes in the interest of clarity, accuracy and corrections in 
transcribing errors will be permitted. Changes that 
substantially alter the actual testimony will not be permitted. 
Members shall have the opportunity to correct their own remarks 
before publication. The Chairman of the full Committee may 
order the printing of a hearing without the corrections of a 
witness or Member if he determines that a reasonable time has 
been afforded to make corrections and that further delay would 
impede the consideration of the legislation or other measure 
that is the subject of the hearing.

                   Rule 17.--Broadcasting of Hearings

    The provisions of clause 4(f) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives are specifically made a part of 
these rules by reference. In addition, the following policy 
shall apply to media coverage of any meeting of the full 
Committee or a Subcommittee:
          (1) An appropriate area of the Committee's hearing 
        room will be designated for members of the media and 
        their equipment.
          (2) No interviews will be allowed in the Committee 
        room while the Committee is in session. Individual 
        interviews must take place before the gavel falls for 
        the convening of a meeting or after the gavel falls for 
        adjournment.
          (3) Day-to-day notification of the next day's 
        electronic coverage shall be provided by the media to 
        the Chairman of the full Committee through an 
        appropriate designee.
          (4) Still photography during a Committee meeting will 
        not be permitted to disrupt the proceedings or block 
        the vision of Committee Members or witnesses.
          (5) Further conditions may be specified by the 
        Chairman.

                               D. MARKUPS

                      Rule 18.--Previous Question

    The Chairman shall not recognize a Member for the purpose 
of moving the previous question unless the Member has first 
advised the Chair and the Committee that this is the purpose 
for which recognition is being sought.

                 Rule 19.--Postponement of Proceedings

    The Chairman may postpone further proceedings when a record 
vote is ordered on the question of approving any measure or 
matter or adopting an amendment.
    The Chairman may resume proceedings on a postponed request 
at any time. In exercising postponement authority the Chairman 
shall take reasonable steps to notify Members on the resumption 
of proceedings on any postponed record vote.
    When proceedings resume on a postponed question, 
notwithstanding any intervening order for the previous 
question, an underlying proposition shall remain subject to 
further debate or amendment to the same extent as when the 
question was postponed.

                  Rule 20.--Motion to Go to Conference

    The Chairman is authorized to offer a motion under clause 1 
of rule XXII of the Rules of the House of Representatives 
whenever the Chairman considers it appropriate.

 Rule 21.--Official Transcript of Markups and Other Committee Meetings

    An official stenographic transcript shall be kept 
accurately reflecting all markups and other official meetings 
of the full Committee and the Subcommittees, whether they be 
open or closed to the public. This official transcript, marked 
as ``uncorrected,'' shall be available for inspection by the 
public (except for meetings closed pursuant to clause 2(g)(1) 
of rule XI of the Rules of the House), by Members of the House, 
or by Members of the Committee together with their staffs, 
during normal business hours in the full Committee or 
subcommittee office under such controls as the Chairman of the 
full Committee deems necessary. Official transcripts shall not 
be removed from the Committee or subcommittee office.
    If, however, (1) in the drafting of a Committee or 
subcommittee decision, the Office of the House Legislative 
Counsel or (2) in the preparation of a Committee report, the 
Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation determines 
(in consultation with appropriate majority and minority 
committee staff) that it is necessary to review the official 
transcript of a markup, such transcript may be released upon 
the signature and to the custody of an appropriate committee 
staff person. Such transcript shall be returned immediately 
after its review in the drafting session.
    The official transcript of a markup or Committee meeting 
other than a public hearing shall not be published or 
distributed to the public in any way except by a majority vote 
of the Committee. Before any public release of the uncorrected 
transcript, Members must be given a reasonable opportunity to 
correct their remarks. In instances in which a stenographic 
transcript is kept of a conference committee proceeding, all of 
the requirements of this rule shall likewise be observed.

      Rule 22.--Publication of Decisions and Legislative Language

    A press release describing any tentative or final decision 
made by the full Committee or a subcommittee on legislation 
under consideration shall be made available to each Member of 
the Committee as soon as possible, but no later than the next 
day. However, the legislative draft of any tentative or final 
decision of the full Committee or a subcommittee shall not be 
publicly released until such draft is made available to each 
Member of the Committee.

                                E. STAFF

                Rule 23.--Supervision of Committee Staff

    The staff of the Committee shall be under the general 
supervision and direction of the Chairman of the full Committee 
except as provided in clause 9 of rule X of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives concerning Committee expenses and 
staff.
    Pursuant to clause 6(d) of rule X of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, the Chairman of the full Committee, from 
the funds made available for the appointment of Committee staff 
pursuant to primary and additional expense resolutions, shall 
ensure that each subcommittee receives sufficient staff to 
carry out its responsibilities under the rules of the 
Committee, and that the minority party is fairly treated in the 
appointment of such staff.
      
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            PART II--PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE

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               Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

  MIKE ROGERS, Michigan, Chairman

C.A. DUTCH RUPPERSBERGER,            MAC THORNBERRY, Texas
  Maryland, Ranking Member           SUE MYRICK, North Carolina
MIKE THOMPSON, California            JEFF MILLER, Florida
JAN SCHAKOWSKY, Illinois             MIKE CONAWAY, Texas
JIM LANGEVIN, Rhode Island           PETER KING, New York
ADAM SCHIFF, California              FRANK LoBIONDO, New Jersey
DAN BOREN, Oklahoma                  DEVIN NUNES, California
LUIS GUTIERREZ, Illinois             LYNN WESTMORELAND, Georgia
BEN CHANDLER, Kentucky               MICHELE BACHMANN, Minnesota
                                     THOMAS J. ROONEY, Florida
                                     JOE HECK, Nevada

                       (Adopted February 9, 2011)


                          Rule 1.--Meeting Day

    Regular Meeting Day for the Full Committee.--The regular 
meeting day of the Committee for the transaction of Committee 
business shall be the first Thursday of each month, unless 
otherwise directed by the Chair.

                      Rule 2.--Notice for Meetings

    (a) Generally.--In the case of any meeting of the 
Committee, the Chief Clerk of the Committee shall provide 
reasonable notice to every member of the Committee. Such notice 
shall provide the time, place, and subject matter of the 
meeting, and shall be made consistent with the provisions of 
clause 2(g)(3) of House rule XI.
    (b) Hearings.--Except as provided in subsection (d), a 
Committee hearing may not commence earlier than one week after 
such notice.
    (c) Business Meetings.--Except as provided in subsection 
(d), a Committee business meeting may not commence earlier than 
the third day on which Members have notice thereof.
    (d) Exception.--A hearing or business meeting may begin 
sooner than otherwise specified in either of the following 
circumstances (in which case the Chair shall provide the notice 
at the earliest possible time):
          (1) the Chair, with the concurrence of the Ranking 
        Minority Member, determines there is good cause; or
          (2) the Committee so determines by majority vote in 
        the presence of the number of members required under 
        the rules of the committee for the transaction of 
        business.
    (e) Definition.--For purposes of this rule, ``notice'' 
means:
          (1) Written notification; or
          (2) Notification delivered by facsimile transmission, 
        regular mail, or electronic mail.

              Rule 3.--Preparations for Committee Meetings

    (a) Generally.--Designated Committee Staff, as directed by 
the Chair, shall brief members of the Committee at a time 
sufficiently prior to any Committee meeting in order to:
          (1) Assist Committee members in preparation for such 
        meeting; and
          (2) Determine which matters members wish considered 
        during any meeting.
    (b) Briefing Materials.--
          (1) Such a briefing shall, at the request of a 
        member, include a list of all pertinent papers, and 
        such other materials, that have been obtained by the 
        Committee that bear on matters to be considered at the 
        meeting; and
          (2) The Staff Director shall also recommend to the 
        Chair any testimony, papers, or other materials to be 
        presented to the Committee at the meeting of the 
        Committee.

                         Rule 4.--Open Meetings

    (a) Generally.--Pursuant to House rule XI, but subject to 
the limitations of subsections (b) and (c), Committee meetings 
held for the transaction of business and Committee hearings 
shall be open to the public.
    (b) Meetings.--Any meeting or portion thereof, for the 
transaction of business, including the markup of legislation, 
or any hearing or portion thereof, shall be closed to the 
public, if the Committee determines by record vote in open 
session, with a majority of the Committee present, that 
disclosure of the matters to be discussed may:
          (1) Endanger national security;
          (2) Compromise sensitive law enforcement information;
          (3) Tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate any 
        person; or
          (4) Otherwise violate any law or Rule of the House.
    (c) Hearings.--The Committee may vote to close a Committee 
hearing pursuant to clause 11(d)(2) of House rule X, regardless 
of whether a majority is present, so long as at least two 
members of the Committee are present, one of whom is a member 
of the Minority and votes upon the motion.
    (d) Briefings.--Committee briefings shall be closed to the 
public.

                            Rule 5.--Quorum

    (a) Hearings.--For purposes of taking testimony, or 
receiving evidence, a quorum shall consist of two Committee 
members, at least one of whom is a member of the Majority.
    (b) Other Committee Proceedings.--For purposes of the 
transaction of all other Committee business, other than the 
consideration of a motion to close a hearing as described in 
rule 4(c), a quorum shall consist of a majority of members.

              Rule 6.--Procedures for Amendments and Votes

    (a) Amendments.--When a bill or resolution is being 
considered by the Committee, members shall provide the Chief 
Clerk in a timely manner with a sufficient number of written 
copies of any amendment offered, so as to enable each member 
present to receive a copy thereof prior to taking action. A 
point of order may be made against any amendment not reduced to 
writing. A copy of each such amendment shall be maintained in 
the public records of the Committee.
    (b) Reporting Record Votes.--Whenever the Committee reports 
any measure or matter by record vote, the report of the 
Committee upon such measure or matter shall include a 
tabulation of the votes cast in favor of, and the votes cast in 
opposition to, such measure or matter.
    (c) Postponement of Further Proceedings.--In accordance 
with clause 2(h) of House rule XI, the Chair is authorized to 
postpone further proceedings when a record vote is ordered on 
the question of approving a measure or matter or adopting an 
amendment. The Chair may resume proceedings on a postponed 
request at any time after reasonable notice. When proceedings 
resume on a postponed question, notwithstanding any intervening 
order for the previous question, an underlying proposition 
shall remain subject to further debate or amendment to the same 
extent as when the question was postponed.
    (d) Availability of Record Votes on Committee Website.--In 
addition to any other requirement of the Rules of the House, 
the Chair shall make the record votes on any measure or matter 
on which a record vote is taken, other than a motion to close a 
Committee hearing, briefing, or meeting, available on the 
Committee's website not later than 2 business days after such 
vote is taken. Such record shall include an unclassified 
description of the amendment, motion, order, or other 
proposition, the name of each member voting in favor of, and 
each member voting in opposition to, such amendment, motion, 
order, or proposition, and the names of those members of the 
Committee present but not voting.

                         Rule 7.--Subcommittees

    (a) Generally.--
          (1) Creation of subcommittees shall be by majority 
        vote of the Committee.
          (2) Subcommittees shall deal with such legislation 
        and oversight of programs and policies as the Committee 
        may direct.
          (3) Subcommittees shall be governed by these rules.
          (4) For purposes of these rules, any reference herein 
        to the ``Committee'' shall be interpreted to include 
        subcommittees, unless otherwise specifically provided.
    (b) Establishment of Subcommittees.--The Committee 
establishes the following subcommittees:
          (1) Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, 
        Analysis, and Counterintelligence;
          (2) Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical 
        Intelligence; and,
          (3) Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
    (c) Subcommittee Membership.--
          (1) Generally.--Each member of the Committee may be 
        assigned to at least one of the subcommittees.
          (2) Ex Officio Membership.--In the event that the 
        Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the full Committee 
        do not choose to sit as regular voting members of one 
        or more of the subcommittees, each is authorized to sit 
        as an ex officio member of the subcommittees and 
        participate in the work of the subcommittees. When 
        sitting ex officio, however, they:
                  (A) Shall not have a vote in the 
                subcommittee; and
                  (B) Shall not be counted for purposes of 
                determining a quorum.
    (d) Regular Meeting Day for Subcommittees.--There is no 
regular meeting day for subcommittees.

     Rule 8.--Procedures for Taking Testimony or Receiving Evidence

    (a) Notice.--Adequate notice shall be given to all 
witnesses appearing before the Committee.
    (b) Oath or Affirmation.--The Chair may require testimony 
of witnesses to be given under oath or affirmation.
    (c) Administration of Oath or Affirmation.--Upon the 
determination that a witness shall testify under oath or 
affirmation, any member of the Committee designated by the 
Chair may administer the oath or affirmation.
    (d) Questioning of Witnesses.--
          (1) Generally.--Questioning of witnesses before the 
        Committee shall be conducted by members of the 
        Committee.
          (2) Exceptions.--
                  (A) The Chair, in consultation with the 
                Ranking Minority Member, may determine that 
                Committee Staff will be authorized to question 
                witnesses at a hearing in accordance with 
                clause (2)(j) of House rule XI.
                  (B) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member are 
                each authorized to designate Committee Staff to 
                conduct such questioning.
    (e) Counsel for the Witness.--
          (1) Generally.--Witnesses before the Committee may be 
        accompanied by counsel, subject to the requirements of 
        paragraph (2).
          (2) Counsel Clearances Required.--In the event that a 
        meeting of the Committee has been closed because the 
        subject to be discussed deals with classified 
        information, counsel accompanying a witness before the 
        Committee must possess the requisite security clearance 
        and provide proof of such clearance to the Committee at 
        least 24 hours prior to the meeting at which the 
        counsel intends to be present.
          (3) Failure to Obtain Counsel.--Any witness who is 
        unable to obtain counsel should notify the Committee. 
        If such notification occurs at least 24 hours prior to 
        the witness' appearance before the Committee, the 
        Committee shall then endeavor to obtain voluntary 
        counsel for the witness. Failure to obtain counsel, 
        however, will not excuse the witness from appearing and 
        testifying.
          (4) Conduct of Counsel for Witnesses.--Counsel for 
        witnesses appearing before the Committee shall conduct 
        themselves ethically and professionally at all times in 
        their dealings with the Committee.
                  (A) A majority of members of the Committee 
                may, should circumstances warrant, find that 
                counsel for a witness before the Committee 
                failed to conduct himself or herself in an 
                ethical or professional manner.
                  (B) Upon such finding, counsel may be subject 
                to appropriate disciplinary action.
          (5) Temporary Removal of Counsel.--The Chair may 
        remove counsel during any proceeding before the 
        Committee for failure to act in an ethical and 
        professional manner.
          (6) Committee Reversal.--A majority of the members of 
        the Committee may vote to overturn the decision of the 
        Chair to remove counsel for a witness.
          (7) Role of Counsel for Witness.--
                  (A) Counsel for a witness:
                          (i) Shall not be allowed to examine 
                        witnesses before the Committee, either 
                        directly or through cross-examination; 
                        but
                          (ii) May submit questions in writing 
                        to the Committee that counsel wishes 
                        propounded to a witness; or
                          (iii) May suggest, in writing to the 
                        Committee, the presentation of other 
                        evidence or the calling of other 
                        witnesses.
                  (B) The Committee may make such use of any 
                such questions, or suggestions, as the 
                Committee deems appropriate.
    (f) Statements by Witnesses.--
          (1) Generally.--A witness may make a statement, which 
        shall be brief and relevant, at the beginning and at 
        the conclusion of the witness' testimony.
          (2) Length.--Each such statement shall not exceed 
        five minutes in length, unless otherwise determined by 
        the Chair.
          (3) Submission to the Committee.--Any witness 
        desiring to submit a written statement for the record 
        of the proceeding shall submit a copy of the statement 
        to the Chief Clerk of the Committee.
                  (A) Such statements shall ordinarily be 
                submitted no less than 48 hours in advance of 
                the witness' appearance before the Committee 
                and shall be submitted in written and 
                electronic format.
                  (B) In the event that the hearing was called 
                with less than 24 hours notice, written 
                statements should be submitted as soon as 
                practicable prior to the hearing.
    (g) Objections and Ruling.--
          (1) Generally.--Any objection raised by a witness, or 
        counsel for the witness, shall be ruled upon by the 
        Chair, and such ruling shall be the ruling of the 
        Committee.
          (2) Committee Action.--A ruling by the Chair may be 
        overturned upon a majority vote of the Committee.
    (h) Transcripts.--
          (1) Transcript Required.--A transcript shall be made 
        of the testimony of each witness appearing before the 
        Committee during any hearing of the Committee.
          (2) Opportunity to Inspect.--Any witness testifying 
        before the Committee shall be given a reasonable 
        opportunity to inspect the transcript of the hearing, 
        and may be accompanied by counsel to determine whether 
        such testimony was correctly transcribed. Such counsel:
                  (A) May review the transcript only if he or 
                she has the appropriate security clearances 
                necessary to review any classified aspect of 
                the transcript; and
                  (B) Should, to the extent possible, be the 
                same counsel that was present for such 
                classified testimony.
          (3) Corrections.--
                  (A) Pursuant to rule XI of the House Rules, 
                any corrections the witness desires to make in 
                a transcript shall be limited to technical, 
                grammatical, and typographical corrections.
                  (B) Corrections may not be made to change the 
                substance of the Testimony.
                  (C) Such corrections shall be submitted in 
                writing to the Committee within 7 days after 
                the transcript is made available to the 
                witnesses.
                  (D) Any questions arising with respect to 
                such corrections shall be decided by the Chair.
          (4) Copy for the Witness.--At the request of the 
        witness, any portion of the witness' testimony given in 
        executive session shall be made available to that 
        witness if that testimony is subsequently quoted or 
        intended to be made part of a public record. Such 
        testimony shall be made available to the witness at the 
        witness' expense.
    (i) Requests To Testify.--
          (1) Generally.--The Committee will consider requests 
        to testify on any matter or measure pending before the 
        Committee.
          (2) Recommendations for Additional Evidence.--Any 
        person who believes that testimony, other evidence, or 
        commentary, presented at a public hearing may tend to 
        affect adversely that person's reputation may submit to 
        the Committee, in writing:
                  (A) A request to appear personally before the 
                Committee;
                  (B) A sworn statement of facts relevant to 
                the testimony, evidence, or commentary; or
                  (C) Proposed questions for the cross-
                examination of other witnesses.
          (3) Committee Discretion.--The Committee may take 
        those actions it deems appropriate with respect to such 
        requests.
    (j) Contempt Procedures.--Citations for contempt of 
Congress shall be forwarded to the House only if:
          (1) Reasonable notice is provided to all members of 
        the Committee of a meeting to be held to consider any 
        such contempt recommendations;
          (2) The Committee has met and considered the contempt 
        allegations;
          (3) The subject of the allegations was afforded an 
        opportunity to state either in writing or in person, 
        why he or she should not be held in contempt; and
          (4) The Committee agreed by majority vote to forward 
        the citation recommendations to the House.
    (k) Release of Name of Witness.--
          (1) Generally.--At the request of a witness scheduled 
        to be heard by the Committee, the name of that witness 
        shall not be released publicly prior to, or after, the 
        witness' appearance before the Committee.
          (2) Exceptions.--Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the 
        Chair may authorize the release to the public of the 
        name of any witness scheduled to appear before the 
        Committee.

                        Rule 9.--Investigations

    (a) Commencing Investigations.--The Committee shall conduct 
investigations only if approved by the Chair, in consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member.
    (b) Conducting Investigations.--An authorized investigation 
may be conducted by members of the Committee or Committee Staff 
designated by the Chair, in consultation with the Ranking 
Minority Member, to undertake any such investigation.

                          Rule 10.--Subpoenas

    (a) Generally.--All subpoenas shall be authorized by the 
Chair of the full Committee, upon consultation with the Ranking 
Minority Member, or by vote of the Committee.
    (b) Subpoena Contents.--Any subpoena authorized by the 
Chair of the full Committee, or the Committee, may compel:
          (1) The attendance of witnesses and testimony before 
        the Committee; or
          (2) The production of memoranda, documents, records, 
        or any other tangible item.
    (c) Signing of Subpoena.--A subpoena authorized by the 
Chair of the full Committee, or the Committee, may be signed by 
the Chair, or by any member of the Committee designated to do 
so by the Committee.
    (d) Subpoena Service.--A subpoena authorized by the Chair 
of the full Committee, or the Committee, may be served by any 
person designated to do so by the Chair.
    (e) Other Requirements.--Each subpoena shall have attached 
thereto a copy of these rules.

                       Rule 11.--Committee Staff

    (a) Definition. For the purpose of these rules, ``Committee 
Staff'' or ``Staff of the Committee'' means:
          (1) Employees of the Committee;
          (2) Consultants to the Committee;
          (3) Employees of other Government agencies detailed 
        to the Committee; or
          (4) Any other person engaged by contract, or 
        otherwise, to perform services for, or at the request 
        of, the Committee.
    (b) Appointment of Committee Staff and Security 
Requirements.--
          (1) Chair's Authority.--Except as provided in 
        paragraph (2), the Committee Staff shall be appointed, 
        and may be removed, by the Chair and shall work under 
        the general supervision and direction of the Chair.
          (2) Staff Assistance to Minority Membership.--Except 
        as provided in paragraphs (3) and (4), and except as 
        otherwise provided by Committee Rules, the Committee 
        Staff provided to the Minority Party members of the 
        Committee shall be appointed, and may be removed, by 
        the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee, and shall 
        work under the general supervision and direction of 
        such member.
          (3) Security Clearance Required.--All offers of 
        employment for prospective Committee Staff positions 
        shall be contingent upon:
                  (A) The results of a background 
                investigation; and
                  (B) A determination by the Chair that 
                requirements for the appropriate security 
                clearances have been met.
          (4) Security Requirements.--Notwithstanding paragraph 
        (2), the Chair shall supervise and direct the Committee 
        Staff with respect to the security and nondisclosure of 
        classified information. Committee Staff shall comply 
        with requirements necessary to ensure the security and 
        nondisclosure of classified information as determined 
        by the Chair in consultation with the Ranking Minority 
        Member.

   Rule 12.--Limit on Discussion of Classified Work of the Committee

    (a) Prohibition.--
          (1) Generally.--Except as otherwise provided by these 
        rules and the Rules of the House of Representatives, 
        members of the Committee and Committee Staff shall not 
        at any time, either during that person's tenure as a 
        member of the Committee or as Committee Staff, or 
        anytime thereafter, discuss or disclose, or cause to be 
        discussed or disclosed:
                  (A) The classified substance of the work of 
                the Committee;
                  (B) Any information received by the Committee 
                in executive session;
                  (C) Any classified information received by 
                the Committee from any source; or
                  (D) The substance of any hearing that was 
                closed to the public pursuant to these rules or 
                the Rules of the House.
          (2) Non-Disclosure in Proceedings.----
                  (A) Members of the Committee and the 
                Committee Staff shall not discuss either the 
                substance or procedure of the work of the 
                Committee with any person not a member of the 
                Committee or the Committee Staff in connection 
                with any proceeding, judicial or otherwise, 
                either during the person's tenure as a member 
                of the Committee, or of the Committee Staff, or 
                at any time thereafter, except as directed by 
                the Committee in accordance with the Rules of 
                the House and these rules.
                  (B) In the event of the termination of the 
                Committee, members and Committee Staff shall be 
                governed in these matters in a manner 
                determined by the House concerning discussions 
                of the classified work of the Committee.
          (3) Exceptions.--
                  (A) Notwithstanding the provisions of 
                subsection (a)(1), members of the Committee and 
                the Committee Staff may discuss and disclose 
                those matters described in subsection (a)(1) 
                with:
                          (i) Members and staff of the Senate 
                        Select Committee on Intelligence 
                        designated by the chair of that 
                        committee;
                          (ii) The chairmen and ranking 
                        minority members of the House and 
                        Senate Committees on Appropriations and 
                        staff of those committees designated by 
                        the chairmen of those committees; and,
                          (iii) The chair and ranking minority 
                        member of the Subcommittee on Defense 
                        of the House Committee on 
                        Appropriations and staff of that 
                        subcommittee as designated by the chair 
                        of that subcommittee, or Members of 
                        that subcommittee designated by the 
                        Chair pursuant to clause (g)(1) of 
                        Committee rule 12.
                  (B) Notwithstanding the provisions of 
                subsection (a)(1), members of the Committee and 
                the Committee Staff may discuss and disclose 
                only that budget-related information necessary 
                to facilitate the enactment of the annual 
                defense authorization bill with the chairmen 
                and ranking minority members of the House and 
                Senate Committees on Armed Services and the 
                staff of those committees as designated by the 
                chairmen of those committees.
                  (C) Notwithstanding the provisions of 
                subsection (a)(1), members of the Committee and 
                the Committee Staff may discuss with and 
                disclose to the chair and ranking minority 
                member of a subcommittee of the House 
                Appropriations Committee with jurisdiction over 
                an agency or program within the National 
                Intelligence Program (NIP), and staff of that 
                subcommittee as designated by the chair of that 
                subcommittee, only that budget-related 
                information necessary to facilitate the 
                enactment of an appropriations bill within 
                which is included an appropriation for an 
                agency or program within the NIP.
                  (D) The Chair may, in consultation with the 
                Ranking Minority Member, upon the written 
                request to the Chair from the Inspector General 
                of an element of the Intelligence Community, 
                grant access to Committee transcripts or 
                documents that are relevant to an investigation 
                of an allegation of possible false testimony or 
                other inappropriate conduct before the 
                Committee, or that are otherwise relevant to 
                the Inspector General's investigation.
                  (E) Upon the written request of the head of 
                an Intelligence Community element, the Chair 
                may, in consultation with the Ranking Minority 
                Member, make available Committee briefing or 
                hearing transcripts to that element for review 
                by that element if a representative of that 
                element testified, presented information to the 
                Committee, or was present at the briefing or 
                hearing the transcript of which is requested 
                for review.
                  (F) Members and Committee Staff may discuss 
                and disclose such matters as otherwise directed 
                by the Committee.
          (4) Records of Closed Proceedings.--Any records or 
        notes taken by any person memorializing material 
        otherwise prohibited from disclosure by members of the 
        Committee and Committee staff under these rules, 
        including information received in executive session and 
        the substance of any hearing or briefing that was 
        closed to the public, shall remain Committee material 
        subject to these rules and may not be publicly 
        discussed, disclosed, or caused to be publicly 
        discussed or disclosed, unless authorized by the 
        Committee consistent with these rules.
    (b) Non-Disclosure Agreement.--
          (1) Generally.--All Committee Staff must, before 
        joining the Committee Staff, agree in writing, as a 
        condition of employment, not to divulge or cause to be 
        divulged any classified information which comes into 
        such person's possession while a member of the 
        Committee Staff, to any person not a member of the 
        Committee or the Committee Staff, except as authorized 
        by the Committee in accordance with the Rules of the 
        House and these rules.
          (2) Other Requirements.--In the event of the 
        termination of the Committee, members and Committee 
        Staff must follow any determination by the House of 
        Representatives with respect to the protection of 
        classified information received while a member of the 
        Committee or as Committee Staff.
          (3) Requests for Testimony of Staff.--
                  (A) All Committee Staff must, as a condition 
                of employment, agree in writing to notify the 
                Committee immediately of any request for 
                testimony received while a member of the 
                Committee Staff, or at any time thereafter, 
                concerning any classified information received 
                by such person while a member of the Committee 
                Staff.
                  (B) Committee Staff shall not disclose, in 
                response to any such request for testimony, any 
                such classified information, except as 
                authorized by the Committee in accordance with 
                the Rules of the House and these rules.
                  (C) In the event of the termination of the 
                Committee, Committee Staff will be subject to 
                any determination made by the House of 
                Representatives with respect to any requests 
                for testimony involving classified information 
                received while a member of the Committee Staff.

                     Rule 13.--Classified Material

    (a) Receipt of Classified Information.--
          (1) Generally.--In the case of any information that 
        has been classified under established security 
        procedures and submitted to the Committee by any 
        source, the Committee shall receive such classified 
        information as executive session material.
          (2) Staff Receipt of Classified Materials.--For 
        purposes of receiving classified information, the 
        Committee Staff is authorized to accept information on 
        behalf of the Committee.
    (b) Non-Disclosure of Classified Information.--Any 
classified information received by the Committee, from any 
source, shall not be disclosed to any person not a member of 
the Committee or the Committee Staff, or otherwise released, 
except as authorized by the Committee in accordance with the 
Rules of the House and these rules.
    (c) Exception for Non-Exclusive Materials.--
          (1) Non-Exclusive Materials.--Any materials provided 
        to the Committee by the executive branch, if provided 
        in whole or in part for the purpose of review by 
        members who are not members of the Committee, shall be 
        received or held by the Committee on a non-exclusive 
        basis. Classified information provided to the Committee 
        shall be considered to have been provided on an 
        exclusive basis unless the executive branch provides a 
        specific, written statement to the contrary.
          (2) Access for Non-Committee Members.--In the case of 
        materials received on a non-exclusive basis, the Chair, 
        in consultation with the Ranking Minority Member, may 
        grant non-Committee members access to such materials in 
        accordance with the requirements of rule 14(f)(4), 
        notwithstanding paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of rule 
        14.

   Rule 14.--Procedures Related to Handling of Classified Information

    (a) Security Measures.--
          (1) Strict Security.--The Committee's offices shall 
        operate under strict security procedures administered 
        by the Director of Security and Registry of the 
        Committee under the direct supervision of the Staff 
        Director.
          (2) U.S. Capitol Police Presence Required.--At least 
        one U.S. Capitol Police officer shall be on duty at all 
        times outside the entrance to Committee offices to 
        control entry of all persons to such offices.
          (3) Identification Required.--Before entering the 
        Committee's offices all persons shall identify 
        themselves to the U.S. Capitol Police officer described 
        in paragraph (2) and to a member of the Committee or 
        Committee Staff.
          (4) Maintenance of Classified Materials.--Classified 
        documents shall be segregated and maintained in 
        approved security storage locations.
          (5) Examination of Classified Materials.--Classified 
        documents in the Committee's possession shall be 
        examined in an appropriately secure manner.
          (6) Prohibition on Removal of Classified Materials.--
        Removal of any classified document from the Committee's 
        offices is strictly prohibited, except as provided by 
        these rules.
          (7) Exception.--Notwithstanding the prohibition set 
        forth in paragraph (6), a classified document, or copy 
        thereof, may be removed from the Committee's offices in 
        furtherance of official Committee business. Appropriate 
        security procedures shall govern the handling of any 
        classified documents removed from the Committee's 
        offices.
    (b) Access to Classified Information by Members.--All 
members of the Committee shall at all times have access to all 
classified papers and other material received by the Committee 
from any source.
    (c) Need-To-Know.--
          (1) Generally.--Committee Staff shall have access to 
        any classified information provided to the Committee on 
        a strict ``need-to-know'' basis, as determined by the 
        Committee, and under the Committee's direction by the 
        Staff Director.
          (2) Appropriate Clearances Required.--Committee Staff 
        must have the appropriate clearances prior to any 
        access to compartmented information.
    (d) Oath.--
          (1) Requirement.--Before any member of the Committee, 
        or the Committee Staff, shall have access to classified 
        information, the following oath shall be executed:

          ``I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will not 
        disclose or cause to be disclosed any classified 
        information received in the course of my service on the 
        House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, 
        except when authorized to do so by the Committee or the 
        House of Representatives.''

          (2) Copy.--A copy of such executed oath shall be 
        retained in the files of the Committee.
    (e) Registry.--
          (1) Generally.--The Committee shall maintain a 
        registry that:
                  (A) Provides a brief description of the 
                content of all classified documents provided to 
                the Committee by the executive branch that 
                remain in the possession of the Committee; and
                  (B) Lists by number all such documents.
          (2) Designation by the Staff Director.--The Staff 
        Director shall designate a member of the Committee 
        Staff to be responsible for the organization and daily 
        maintenance of such registry.
          (3) Availability.--Such registry shall be available 
        to all members of the Committee and Committee Staff.
    (f) Requests by Members of Other Committees.--Pursuant to 
the Rules of the House, members who are not members of the 
Committee may be granted access to such classified transcripts, 
records, data, charts, or files of the Committee, and be 
admitted on a non-participatory basis to classified hearings of 
the Committee involving discussions of classified material in 
the following manner:
          (1) Written Notification Required.--Members who 
        desire to examine classified materials in the 
        possession of the Committee, or to attend Committee 
        hearings or briefings on a non-participatory basis, 
        must notify the Chief Clerk of the Committee in 
        writing. Such notification shall state with specificity 
        the justification for the request and the need for 
        access.
          (2) Committee Consideration.--The Committee shall 
        consider each such request by non-Committee members at 
        the earliest practicable opportunity. The Committee 
        shall determine, by record vote, what action it deems 
        appropriate in light of all of the circumstances of 
        each request. In its determination, the Committee shall 
        consider:
                  (A) The sensitivity to the national defense 
                or the confidential conduct of the foreign 
                relations of the United States of the 
                information sought;
                  (B) The likelihood of its being directly or 
                indirectly disclosed;
                  (C) The jurisdictional interest of the member 
                making the request; and
                  (D) Such other concerns, constitutional or 
                otherwise, as may affect the public interest of 
                the United States.
          (3) Committee Action.--After consideration of the 
        member's request, the Committee may take any action it 
        deems appropriate under the circumstances, including 
        but not limited to:
                  (A) Approving the request, in whole or part;
                  (B) Denying the request;
                  (C) Providing the requested information or 
                material in a different form than that sought 
                by the member; or
                  (D) Making the requested information or 
                material available to all members of the House.
          (4) Requirements for Access by Non-Committee 
        Members.--Prior to a non-Committee member being given 
        access to classified information pursuant to this 
        subsection, the requesting member shall:
                  (A) Provide the Committee a copy of the oath 
                executed by such member pursuant to House rule 
                XXIII, clause 13; and
                  (B) Agree in writing not to divulge any 
                classified information provided to the member, 
                pursuant to this subsection, to any person not 
                a member of the Committee or the Committee 
                Staff, except as otherwise authorized by the 
                Committee in accordance with the Rules of the 
                House and these rules.
          (5) Consultation Authorized.--When considering a 
        member's request, the Committee may consult the 
        Director of National Intelligence and such other 
        officials it considers necessary.
          (6) Finality of Committee Decision.--
                  (A) Should the member making such a request 
                disagree with the Committee's determination 
                with respect to that request, or any part 
                thereof, that member must notify the Committee 
                in writing of such disagreement.
                  (B) The Committee shall subsequently consider 
                the matter and decide, by record vote, what 
                further action or recommendation, if any, the 
                Committee will take.
    (g) Admission of Designated Members of the Subcommittee on 
Defense of the Committee on Appropriations.--Notwithstanding 
the provisions of subsection (f), the Chair may admit no more 
than three designated Members of the Subcommittee on Defense of 
the Committee on Appropriations to classified hearings and 
briefings of the Committee involving discussions of classified 
material. Such Members may also be granted access to classified 
transcripts, records, data, charts or files of the Committee 
incident to such attendance.
          (1) Designation.--The Chair may designate three 
        Members of the subcommittee to be eligible for 
        admission in consultation with the Ranking Minority 
        Member, of whom not more than two may be from the same 
        political party. Such designation shall be effective 
        for the entire Congress.
          (2) Admission.--The Chair may determine whether to 
        admit designated Members at each hearing or briefing of 
        the Committee involving discussions of classified 
        material. If the Chair admits any of the designated 
        Members to a particular hearing or briefing, all three 
        of the designated Members shall be admitted to that 
        hearing or briefing. Designated Members shall not be 
        counted for quorum purposes and shall not have a vote 
        in any meeting.
          (3) Requirements for Access.--Prior to being given 
        access to classified information pursuant to this 
        subsection, a designated Member shall:
                  (A) Provide the Committee a copy of the oath 
                executed by such Member pursuant to House rule 
                XXIII, clause 13; and
                  (B) Agree in writing not to divulge any 
                classified information provided to the Member 
                pursuant to this subsection to any person not a 
                Member of the Committee or a designated Member 
                or authorized Staff of the Subcommittee on 
                Defense of the Committee on Appropriations, 
                except as otherwise authorized by the Committee 
                in accordance with the Rules of the House and 
                these rules.
    (h) Advising the House or Other Committees.--Pursuant to 
Section 501 of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 
413), and to the Rules of the House, the Committee shall call 
to the attention of the House, or to any other appropriate 
committee of the House, those matters requiring the attention 
of the House, or such other committee, on the basis of the 
following provisions:
          (1) By Request of Committee Member.--At the request 
        of any member of the Committee to call to the attention 
        of the House, or any other committee, executive session 
        material in the Committee's possession, the Committee 
        shall meet at the earliest practicable opportunity to 
        consider that request.
          (2) Committee Consideration of Request.--The 
        Committee shall consider the following factors, among 
        any others it deems appropriate:
                  (A) The effect of the matter in question on 
                the national defense or the foreign relations 
                of the United States;
                  (B) Whether the matter in question involves 
                sensitive intelligence sources and methods;
                  (C) Whether the matter in question otherwise 
                raises questions affecting the national 
                interest; and
                  (D) Whether the matter in question affects 
                matters within the jurisdiction of another 
                Committee of the House.
          (3) Views of Other Committees.--In examining such 
        factors, the Committee may seek the opinion of members 
        of the Committee appointed from standing committees of 
        the House with jurisdiction over the matter in 
        question, or submissions from such other committees.
          (4) Other Advice.--The Committee may, during its 
        deliberations on such requests, seek the advice of any 
        executive branch official.
    (i) Reasonable Opportunity To Examine Materials.--Before 
the Committee makes any decision regarding any request for 
access to any classified information in its possession, or a 
proposal to bring any matter to the attention of the House or 
another committee, members of the Committee shall have a 
reasonable opportunity to examine all pertinent testimony, 
documents, or other materials in the Committee's possession 
that may inform their decision on the question.
    (j) Notification to the House.--The Committee may bring a 
matter to the attention of the House when, after consideration 
of the factors set forth in this rule, it considers the matter 
in question so grave that it requires the attention of all 
members of the House, and time is of the essence, or for any 
reason the Committee finds compelling.
    (k) Method of Disclosure to the House.--
          (1) Should the Committee decide by record vote that a 
        matter requires the attention of the House as described 
        in subsection (i), it shall make arrangements to notify 
        the House promptly.
          (2) In such cases, the Committee shall consider 
        whether:
                  (A) To request an immediate secret session of 
                the House (with time equally divided between 
                the Majority and the Minority); or
                  (B) To publicly disclose the matter in 
                question pursuant to clause 11(g) of House rule 
                X.
    (l) Requirement To Protect Sources and Methods.--In 
bringing a matter to the attention of the House, or another 
committee, the Committee, with due regard for the protection of 
intelligence sources and methods, shall take all necessary 
steps to safeguard materials or information relating to the 
matter in question.
    (m) Availability of Information to Other Committees.--The 
Committee, having determined that a matter shall be brought to 
the attention of another committee, shall ensure that such 
matter, including all classified information related to that 
matter, is promptly made available to the chair and ranking 
minority member of such other committee.
    (n) Provision of Materials.--The Director of Security and 
Registry for the Committee shall provide a copy of these rules, 
and the applicable portions of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives governing the handling of classified 
information, along with those materials determined by the 
Committee to be made available to such other committee of the 
House or non-Committee member.
    (o) Ensuring Clearances and Secure Storage.--The Director 
of Security and Registry shall ensure that such other committee 
or non-Committee member receiving such classified materials may 
properly store classified materials in a manner consistent with 
all governing rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and 
statutes.
    (p) Log.--The Director of Security and Registry for the 
Committee shall maintain a written record identifying the 
particular classified document or material provided to such 
other committee or non-Committee member, the reasons agreed 
upon by the Committee for approving such transmission, and the 
name of the committee or non-Committee member receiving such 
document or material.
    (q) Miscellaneous Requirements.--
          (1) Staff Director's Additional Authority.--The Staff 
        Director is further empowered to provide for such 
        additional measures, which he or she deems necessary, 
        to protect such classified information authorized by 
        the Committee to be provided to such other committee or 
        non-Committee member.
          (2) Notice to Originating Agency.--In the event that 
        the Committee authorizes the disclosure of classified 
        information provided to the Committee by an agency of 
        the executive branch to a non-Committee member or to 
        another committee, the Chair may notify the providing 
        agency of the Committee's action prior to the 
        transmission of such classified information.

                     Rule 15.--Legislative Calendar

    (a) Generally.--The Chief Clerk, under the direction of the 
Staff Director, shall maintain a printed calendar that lists:
          (1) The legislative measures introduced and referred 
        to the Committee;
          (2) The status of such measures; and
          (3) Such other matters that the Committee may 
        require.
    (b) Revisions to the Calendar.--The calendar shall be 
revised from time to time to show pertinent changes.
    (c) Availability.--A copy of each such revision shall be 
furnished to each member, upon request.
    (d) Consultation With Appropriate Government Entities.--
Unless otherwise directed by the Committee, legislative 
measures referred to the Committee may be referred by the Chief 
Clerk to the appropriate department or agency of the Government 
for reports thereon.

                      Rule 16.--Committee Website

    The Chair shall maintain an official Committee web site for 
the purpose of furthering the Committee's legislative and 
oversight responsibilities, including communicating information 
about the Committee's activities to Committee members and other 
members of the House.

                 Rule 17.--Motions To Go to Conference

    In accordance with clause 2(a) of House rule XI, the Chair 
is authorized and directed to offer a privileged motion to go 
to conference under clause 1 of House rule XXII whenever the 
Chair considers it appropriate.

                       Rule 18.--Committee Travel

    (a) Authority.--The Chair may authorize members and 
Committee Staff to travel on Committee business.
    (b) Requests.--
          (1) Member Requests.--Members requesting 
        authorization for such travel shall state the purpose 
        and length of the trip, and shall submit such request 
        directly to the Chair.
          (2) Committee Staff Requests.--Committee Staff 
        requesting authorization for such travel shall state 
        the purpose and length of the trip, and shall submit 
        such request through their supervisors to the Staff 
        Director and the Chair.
    (c) Notification to Members.--
          (1) Generally.--Members shall be notified of all 
        foreign travel of Committee Staff not accompanying a 
        member.
          (2) Content.--All members are to be advised, prior to 
        the commencement of such travel, of its length, nature, 
        and purpose.
    (d) Trip Reports.--
          (1) Generally.--A full report of all issues discussed 
        during any travel shall be submitted to the Chief Clerk 
        of the Committee within a reasonable period of time 
        following the completion of such trip.
          (2) Availability of Reports.--Such report shall be:
                  (A) Available for review by any member or 
                appropriately cleared Committee Staff; and
                  (B) Considered executive session material for 
                purposes of these rules.
    (e) Limitations on Travel.--
          (1) Generally.--The Chair is not authorized to permit 
        travel on Committee business of Committee Staff who 
        have not satisfied the requirements of subsection (d) 
        of this rule.
          (2) Exception.--The Chair may authorize Committee 
        Staff to travel on Committee business, notwithstanding 
        the requirements of subsections (d) and (e) of this 
        rule,
                  (A) At the specific request of a member of 
                the Committee; or
                  (B) In the event there are circumstances 
                beyond the control of the Committee Staff 
                hindering compliance with such requirements.
    (f) Definitions.--For purposes of this rule the term 
``reasonable period of time'' means:
          (1) No later than 60 days after returning from a 
        foreign trip; and
          (2) No later than 30 days after returning from a 
        domestic trip.

                     Rule 19.--Disciplinary Actions

    (a) Generally.--The Committee shall immediately consider 
whether disciplinary action shall be taken in the case of any 
member of the Committee Staff alleged to have failed to conform 
to any rule of the House of Representatives or to these rules.
    (b) Exception.--In the event the House of Representatives 
is:
          (1) In a recess period in excess of 3 days; or
          (2) Has adjourned sine die; the Chair of the full 
        Committee, in consultation with the Ranking Minority 
        Member, may take such immediate disciplinary actions 
        deemed necessary.
    (c) Available Actions.--Such disciplinary action may 
include immediate dismissal from the Committee Staff.
    (d) Notice to Members.--All members shall be notified as 
soon as practicable, either by facsimile transmission or 
regular mail, of any disciplinary action taken by the Chair 
pursuant to subsection (b).
    (e) Reconsideration of Chair's Actions.--A majority of the 
members of the full Committee may vote to overturn the decision 
of the Chair to take disciplinary action pursuant to subsection 
(b).

               Rule 20.--Broadcasting Committee Meetings

    Whenever any hearing or meeting conducted by the Committee 
is open to the public, a majority of the Committee may permit 
that hearing or meeting to be covered, in whole or in part, by 
television broadcast, radio broadcast, and still photography, 
or by any of such methods of coverage, subject to the 
provisions and in accordance with the spirit of the purposes 
enumerated in the Rules of the House.

    Rule 21.--Committee Records Transferred to the National Archives

    (a) Generally.--The records of the Committee at the 
National Archives and Records Administration shall be made 
available for public use in accordance with the Rules of the 
House of Representatives.
    (b) Notice of Withholding.--The Chair shall notify the 
Ranking Minority Member of any decision, pursuant to the Rules 
of the House of Representatives, to withhold a record otherwise 
available, and the matter shall be presented to the full 
Committee for a determination of the question of public 
availability on the written request of any member of the 
Committee.

                       Rule 22.--Changes in Rules

    (a) Generally.--These rules may be modified, amended, or 
repealed by vote of the full Committee.
    (b) Notice of Proposed Changes.--A notice, in writing, of 
the proposed change shall be given to each member at least 48 
hours prior to any meeting at which action on the proposed rule 
change is to be taken.
      
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                PART III--CONGRESSIONAL JOINT COMMITTEES

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              Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

  JEB HENSARLING, Representative 
      from Texas, Co-Chairman
    PATTY MURRAY, Senator from 
      Washington, Co-Chairman

              SENATE                                HOUSE
MAX BAUCUS, Montana                  DAVE CAMP, Michigan
JOHN KERRY, Massachusetts            FRED UPTON, Michigan
         Minority Senators                    Minority Members
JON KYL, Arizona                     XAVIER BECERRA, California
ROB PORTMAN, Ohio                    JAMES CLYBURN, South Carolina
PAT TOOMEY, Pennsylvania             CHRIS VAN HOLLEN, Maryland

                      (Adopted September 8, 2011)


                          Rule I.--In General

    (1) The provisions of the Budget Control Act of 2011 (P.L. 
112-25) governing the proceedings of the Joint Select Committee 
on Deficit Reduction are hereby incorporated by reference and 
nothing herein shall be construed as superseding any provision 
of that Act.
    (2) The rules of the Senate and the House of 
Representatives, to the extent that they are applicable to 
committees, including rule XXVI of the Standing Rules of the 
Senate and clause 2 of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives for the 112th Congress, and do not conflict 
with the applicable provisions of the Budget Control Act, shall 
govern the proceedings of the Joint Select Committee.
    (3) If a measure or matter is publicly available in 
electronic form on the website maintained by the Joint Select 
Committee, it shall be considered to have been available to 
members of the Joint Select Committee for purposes of these 
rules.
    (4) In each case where authority is granted to the Co-
Chairs of the Joint Select Committee, such authority may only 
be exercised jointly by the Co-Chairs.

                    Rule II.--Meetings and Hearings


Meetings

    (1) The Joint Select Committee shall regularly meet for the 
transaction of business at times and dates determined jointly 
by the Co-Chairs.
    (2)(a) The Co-Chairs shall provide an agenda to the Joint 
Select Committee members not less than 48 hours in advance of 
any such meeting.
    (b) The Co-Chairs shall make the text of any measure or 
matter described in a meeting agenda available to the members 
of the Joint Select Committee not less than 24 hours in advance 
of any such meeting, except that no vote on such measure or 
matter shall occur in violation of section 401(b)(5)(D) of the 
Budget Control Act of 2011.

Hearings

    (3)(a) Consistent with section 401(b)(5)(F)(ii)(I) of the 
Budget Control Act of 2011, the Co-Chairs shall make a public 
announcement of the date, place, time, and subject matter of 
any hearing not less than seven days in advance of such 
hearing, unless the Co-Chairs jointly determine that there is 
good cause to begin such hearing at an earlier date.
    (b) Each witness appearing before the Joint Select 
Committee shall file a written statement of testimony at least 
two calendar days before the appearance of the witness.
    (c) The Co-Chairs shall each control up to 15 minutes each 
for the opening statements of Members of the Joint Committee at 
each hearing.

Voting and Quorums

    (4) Seven members of the Joint Select Committee shall 
constitute a quorum for purposes of voting, meeting, and 
holding hearings.
    (5) The Co-Chairs shall conduct a record vote on any 
motion, amendment, measure, or matter upon the request of any 
member of the Joint Select Committee.
    (6) The Co-Chairs may jointly agree to set a series of 
votes on any amendment or agreeing to a measure or matter, or 
postpone a requested record vote on such amendment, measure or 
matter, to occur at a time certain. Reasonable notice shall be 
given to members prior to resuming proceedings on any postponed 
question.
    (7) The Joint Committee may not vote on any final report, 
final recommendations, or a final bill unless the Congressional 
Budget Office estimates are available for consideration by all 
members of the Joint Committee at least 48 hours prior to the 
vote.
    (8) No proxy voting shall be allowed on behalf of the 
members of the Joint Select Committee.

                    Rule III.--Staffing and Records


Staff

    (1) The staff of the Joint Select Committee shall be 
appointed as provided in sections 401(b)(4)(c)(ii) and 401(c) 
of the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Records

    (2) The Joint Select Committee shall maintain a complete 
record of all committee action, including--
          (a) in the case of a hearing or meeting transcript, a 
        substantially verbatim account of remarks actually made 
        during the proceedings, subject only to technical, 
        grammatical, and typographical corrections authorized 
        by the person making the remarks involved; and
          (b) the result of each record vote taken by the Joint 
        Select Committee, including a description of the 
        amendment, motion, order, or other proposition, the 
        name of each member voting for and voting against such 
        amendment, motion, order, or other proposition, and the 
        names of the members of the Joint Select Committee 
        present but not voting.
    (3) Upon the termination of the Joint Select Committee, the 
records of the Joint Select Committee shall be treated as 
Senate records under S. Res. 474, 96th Congress as directed by 
the Secretary of the Senate.

                      Rule IV.--Content of Report

    In the report required under section 401(b)(3)(B)(i) of the 
Budget Control Act of 2011, the Joint Select Committee shall 
include--
          (a) with respect to each record vote on a motion to 
        report the Joint Select Committee's recommendations or 
        accompanying legislative language, and on any amendment 
        offered to the recommendations or language, the total 
        number of votes cast for and against, and the names of 
        members voting for and against;
          (b) an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office of 
        the budgetary effects of the legislation (in the same 
        manner as the estimate required by section 
        401(b)(5)(D)(ii) of the Budget Control Act of 2011); 
        and
          (c) a statement on the deficit reduction achieved by 
        the legislation over the period of fiscal years 2012 to 
        2021 (in the manner as required by section 
        401(b)(3)(B)(i)(II) of the Budget Control Act of 2011); 
        and
          (d) a statement by the Joint Select Committee on the 
        possible effects of the legislation on economic growth, 
        employment, and United States competitiveness, if 
        practicable; and
          (e) the text of any statute or part thereof that is 
        proposed to be repealed and a comparative print of any 
        part of the legislative language proposing to amend a 
        statute and of the statute or part thereof proposed to 
        be amended, showing by appropriate typographical 
        devices the omissions and insertions proposed.

                Rule V.--Public Access and Transparency

    (1)(a) The Joint Select Committee shall establish and 
maintain a publicly available website, and shall make its 
publications available in electronic form thereon. Such 
publications will include final Committee transcripts and 
hearing materials as available.
    (b) Not later than 24 hours after the adoption of any 
amendment to the report or legislative language, the Co-Chairs 
shall make the text of each such amendment publicly available 
in electronic form on the Joint Select Committee's website.
    (c) Not later than 48 hours after a record vote is 
completed, the information described in clause 2(b) of rule III 
shall be made publicly available in electronic form on the 
Joint Select Committee's website.
    (2) Each hearing and meeting of the Joint Select Committee 
shall be open to the public and the media unless the Joint 
Select Committee, in open session and a quorum being present, 
determines by majority vote that such hearing or meeting shall 
be held in closed session. No vote on the recommendations, 
report or legislative language of the Joint Select Committee, 
or amendment thereto, may be taken in closed session.
    (3) To the maximum extent practicable, the Joint Select 
Committee shall--
          (a) provide audio and video coverage of each hearing 
        or meeting for the transaction of business in a manner 
        that allows the public to easily listen to and view the 
        proceedings; and
          (b) maintain the recordings of such coverage in a 
        manner that is easily accessible to the public.
                        Joint Economic Committee

      Senator ROBERT CASEY, 
      Pennsylvania, Chairman
Representative KEVIN BRADY, Texas, 
           Vice Chairman

              SENATE                                HOUSE
JEFF BINGAMAN, New Mexico            MICHAEL BURGESS, Texas
AMY KLOBUCHAR, Minnesota             JOHN CAMPBELL, California
JIM WEBB, Virginia                   JUSTIN AMASH, Michigan
MARK WARNER, Virginia                SEAN P. DUFFY, Wisconsin
BERNIE SANDERS, Vermont              MICK MULVANEY, South Carolina
         Minority Senators                    Minority Members
JIM DeMINT, South Carolina           MAURICE HINCHEY, New York
DAN COATS, Indiana                   CAROLYN B. MALONEY, New York
MIKE LEE, Utah                       ELIJAH CUMMINGS, Maryland
PAT TOOMEY, Pennsylvania             LORETTA SANCHEZ, California

                        (Adopted April 4, 2011)


                                Rule 1.

    The rules of the Senate and House, insofar as they are 
applicable, shall govern the committee and its subcommittees. 
The rules of the Committee, insofar as they are applicable, 
shall be the rules of any subcommittee of the Committee.

                                Rule 2.

    The meetings of the Committee shall be held at such times 
and in such places as the Chairman may designate, or at such 
times as a quorum of the Committee may request in writing, with 
adequate advance notice provided to all members of the 
Committee. Subcommittee meetings shall not be held when the 
full Committee is meeting. Where the rules require a vote of 
the members of the Committee, polling of members either in 
writing or by telephone shall not be permitted to substitute 
for a vote taken at a Committee meeting, unless the Ranking 
Minority Member assents to a waiver of this requirement.

                                Rule 3.

    Ten members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum. A 
majority of the members of a subcommittee shall constitute a 
quorum of such subcommittee.

                                Rule 4.

    Written or telegraphic proxies of Committee members will be 
received and recorded on any vote taken by the Committee, 
except at the organization meeting at the beginning of each 
Congress, or for the purpose of creating a quorum.

                                Rule 5.

    The Chairman may name standing or special subcommittees. 
Any member of the Committee shall have the privilege of sitting 
with any subcommittee during its hearings or deliberations, but 
no such member who is not a member of the subcommittee shall 
vote on any matter before such subcommittee.

                                Rule 6.

    The chairmanship and vice chairmanship of the Committee 
shall alternate between the House and Senate by Congresses. The 
senior member of the minority party in the House of Congress 
opposite to that of the Chairman shall be the Ranking Minority 
Member of the Committee. In the event the House and Senate are 
under different party control, the Chairman and Vice Chairman 
shall represent the majority party in the respective Houses.

                                Rule 7.

    Questions as to the order of business and the procedure of 
the Committee shall in the first instance be decided by the 
Chairman, subject always to an appeal to the Committee.

                                Rule 8.

    All hearings conducted by the Committee or its 
subcommittees shall be open to the public except where the 
Committee or subcommittee, as the case may be, by a majority 
vote orders an executive session. Whenever possible, all public 
hearings shall include some sessions held on the Senate side 
and some on the House side. House and Senate members shall 
alternate in order of seating and interrogation.

                                Rule 9.

    So far as practicable all witnesses appearing before the 
Committee shall file advance written statements of their 
proposed testimony, and their oral testimony shall be limited 
to brief summaries. Brief insertions of additional germane 
material will be received for the record, subject to the 
approval of the Chairman.

                                Rule 10.

    An accurate stenographic record shall be kept of all 
testimony and each witness provided with a copy thereof. 
Witnesses may make changes in testimony for the purpose of 
correcting grammatical errors, obvious errors of fact, and 
errors of transcription. Brief supplemental materials when 
required to clarify the transcript may be inserted in the 
record subject to the approval of the Chairman. Witnesses shall 
be allowed 3 days within which to correct and return the 
transcript of their testimony. If not so returned, the clerk 
may close the record whenever necessary.

                                Rule 11.

    Each member of the Committee shall be provided with a copy 
of the hearings transcript for the purpose of correcting errors 
of transcription and grammar, and clarifying questions or 
remarks. If another person is authorized by a Committee member 
to make his corrections, the clerk shall be so notified.
    Members who have received unanimous consent to submit 
written questions to witnesses shall be allowed 2 days within 
which to submit these to the executive director for 
transmission to the witnesses. The record may be held open for 
a period not to exceed 1 week awaiting responses by witnesses.

                                Rule 12.

    Testimony received in executive hearings shall not be 
released or included in any report without the approval of a 
majority of the Committee.

                                Rule 13.

    The Chairman shall provide adequate time for questioning of 
witnesses by all members, and the rule of germaneness shall be 
enforced in all hearings.

                                Rule 14.

    None of the hearings of the Committee shall be telecast or 
broadcast, whether directly or through such devices as 
recordings, tapes, motion pictures, or other mechanical means, 
if in conflict with a rule or practice of the House on the side 
of the Capitol where hearings are being held. If no general 
rule or practice prevails in regard to such telecasts or 
broadcasts, none of the hearings of the Committee shall be 
telecast or broadcast unless approved by a majority of the 
members of the Committee.
    Telecasts or broadcasts of any such portion of hearings of 
the Committee as may include testimony of a witness, shall not 
be authorized if such witness objects to such telecast or 
broadcast: Provided, That such witness shall be afforded the 
opportunity to make such objection, if any, to the Committee at 
a time when the proceedings are not being telecast or 
broadcast.

                                Rule 15.

    No Committee report shall be made public or transmitted to 
the Congress without the approval of a majority of the 
Committee except that when the Congress has adjourned, 
subcommittees may by majority vote and with the express 
permission of the full Committee submit reports to the full 
Committee and simultaneously release same to the public: 
Provided, That any member of the Committee may make a report 
supplementary to or dissenting from the majority report. Such 
supplementary or dissenting reports should be as brief as 
possible. Factual reports by the Committee staff may be printed 
for distribution to Committee members and the public only upon 
authorization of the Chairman of the full Committee either with 
the approval of a majority of the Committee or with the consent 
of the Ranking Minority Member.

                                Rule 16.

    No summary of a Committee report, prediction of the 
contents of a report, or statement of conclusions concerning 
any investigation shall be made by a member of the Committee or 
of the Committee staff prior to the issuance of a report of the 
Committee.

                                Rule 17.

    There shall be kept a complete record of all Committee 
proceedings and actions. The clerk of the Committee, or a 
designated member of the Committee staff, shall act as 
recording secretary of all proceedings before the Committee and 
shall prepare and circulate to all members of the Committee the 
minutes of such proceedings. Minutes circulated will be 
considered approved unless objection is registered prior to the 
next Committee meeting. The records of the Committee shall be 
open to all members of the Committee.

                                Rule 18.

    The Committee shall have a professional and clerical staff 
under the supervision of an executive director. The Committee 
shall appoint and remove the executive director with the 
approval of not less than 10 members of the Committee. Staff 
operating procedures shall be determined by the executive 
director, with the approval of the Chairman of the Committee, 
and after notification to the Ranking Minority Member with 
respect to basic revisions. The executive director under the 
general supervision of the Chairman is authorized to deal 
directly with agencies of the Government and with non-
Government groups and individuals on behalf of the Committee.
    The professional members of the Committee staff shall be 
appointed and removed on the recommendation of the executive 
director with approval by a majority vote of the Committee. The 
professional staff members, including the executive director, 
shall be persons selected without regard to political 
affiliations who, as a result of training, experience, and 
attainments, are exceptionally qualified to analyze and 
interpret economic developments and programs. The clerical and 
temporary staff shall be appointed and removed by the executive 
director with the approval of the Chairman, and after 
notification to the Ranking Minority Member. The Committee 
staff shall serve all members of the Committee in an objective, 
non partisan manner. From time to time, upon request the 
executive director shall designate individual members of the 
staff to assist subcommittees, individual Committee members, 
and the minority members. The staff, to the extent possible, 
shall be organized along functional lines to permit 
specialization.

                                Rule 19.

    Attendance at executive sessions shall be limited to 
members of the Committee and of the Committee staff. Other 
persons whose presence is requested or consented to by the 
Committee may be admitted to such sessions.

                                Rule 20.

    Selection of witnesses for Committee hearings shall be made 
by the Committee staff under the direction of the Chairman. A 
list of proposed witnesses shall be submitted to the members of 
the Committee for review sufficiently in advance of the 
hearings to permit suggestions by the Committee members to 
receive appropriate consideration.

                                Rule 21.

    The Chairman of the Committee shall have the overall 
responsibility for preparing and carrying out the Committee's 
program, including staff duties, subject to prior approval of 
each item on the program by a majority of the Committee or, 
alternatively, by the Ranking Minority Member. Prior to and 
during the transition from one Congress to another, the 
outgoing Committee shall prepare and have ready a plan for the 
consideration of the President's Economic Report and the 
preparation of the Committee's report thereon in order to meet 
the March 1 deadline established by Public Law 304 (79th 
Cong.), as amended.

                                Rule 22.

    Proposals for amending Committee rules shall be sent to all 
members at least 1 week before final action is taken thereon, 
unless the amendment is made by unanimous consent. Approval by 
at least 11 members of the Committee shall be required to amend 
these rules.

                                Rule 23.

    The information contained in any books, papers, or 
documents furnished to the Committee by any individual, 
partnership, corporation, or other legal entity shall, upon the 
request of the individual, partnership, corporation, or other 
entity furnishing the same, be maintained in strict confidence 
by the members and staff of the Committee, except that any such 
information may be released outside of executive session of the 
Committee if the release thereof is effected in a manner which 
will not reveal the identity of such individual, partnership, 
corporation, or entity: Provided, That the Committee by 
majority vote may authorize the disclosure of the identity of 
any such individual, partnership, corporation, or entity in 
connection with any pending hearing or as a part of a duly 
authorized report of the Committee if such release is deemed 
essential to the performance of the functions of the Committee 
and is in the public interest.
               Joint Committee of Congress on the Library

Senator CHARLES SCHUMER, New York, 
             Chairman
   Representative GREGG HARPER, 
    Mississippi, Vice Chairman

              SENATE                                HOUSE
RICHARD J. DURBIN, Illinois          DANIEL LUNGREN, California
PATRICK J. LEAHY, Vermont            ANDER CRENSHAW, Florida
         Minority Senators                    Minority Members
LAMAR ALEXANDER, Tennessee           ROBERT BRADY, Pennsylvania
THAD COCHRAN, Mississippi            ZOE LOFGREN, California

                        (Adopted June 22, 2011)


                  Title I.--Meetings of the Committee

    (1) Regular meetings may be called by the chairman, with 
the concurrence of the vice chairman, as may be deemed 
necessary or pursuant to the provision of paragraph 3 of rule 
XXVI of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
    (2) Meetings of the committee, including meetings to 
conduct hearings, shall be open to the public, except that a 
meeting or series of meetings by the committee on the same 
subject for a period of no more than 14 calendar days may be 
closed to the public on a motion made and seconded to go into 
closed session to discuss only whether the matters enumerated 
in subparagraphs (A) through (F) would require the meeting to 
be closed followed immediately by a recorded vote in open 
session by a majority of the members of the committee when it 
is determined that the matters to be discussed or the testimony 
to be taken at such meeting or meetings--
          (A) will disclose matters necessary to be kept secret 
        in the interests of national defense or the 
        confidential conduct of the foreign relations of the 
        United States;
          (B) will relate solely to matters of the committee 
        staff personnel or internal staff management or 
        procedures;
          (C) will tend to charge an individual with a crime or 
        misconduct, to disgrace or injure the professional 
        standing of an individual, or otherwise to expose an 
        individual to public contempt or obloquy, or will 
        represent a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy of 
        an individual;
          (D) will disclose the identity of any informer or law 
        enforcement agent or will disclose any information 
        relating to the investigation or prosecution of a 
        criminal offense that is required to be kept secret in 
        the interest of effective law enforcement;
          (E) will disclose information relating to the trade 
        secrets or financial or commercial information 
        pertaining specifically to a given person if--
                  (1) an Act of Congress requires the 
                information to be kept confidential by 
                Government officers and employees; or
                  (2) the information has been obtained by the 
                Government on a confidential basis, other than 
                through an application by such person for a 
                specific Government financial or other benefit, 
                and is required to be kept secret in order to 
                prevent undue injury to the benefit, and is 
                required to be kept secret in order to prevent 
                undue injury to the competitive position of 
                such person; or
          (F) may divulge matters required to be kept 
        confidential under the provisions of law or Government 
        regulation. (Paragraph 5(b) of rule XXVI of the 
        Standing Rules of the Senate.)
    (3) Written notices of committee meetings will normally be 
sent by the committee's staff director to all members at least 
3 days in advance. In addition, the committee staff will email 
or telephone reminders of committee meetings to all members of 
the committee or to the appropriate staff assistants in their 
offices.
    (4) A copy of the committee's intended agenda enumerating 
separate items of committee business will normally be sent to 
all members of the committee by the staff director at least 1 
day in advance of all meetings. This does not preclude any 
member of the committee from raising appropriate nonagenda 
topics.
    (5) Any witness who is to appear before the committee in 
any hearing shall file with the clerk of the committee at least 
3 business days before the date of his or her appearance, a 
written statement of his or her proposed testimony and an 
executive summary thereof, in such form as the chairman may 
direct, unless the chairman waived such a requirement for good 
cause.

                           Title II.--Quorums

    (1) Pursuant to paragraph 7(a)(1) of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules, 4 members of the committee shall constitute a 
quorum.
    (2) Pursuant to paragraph 7(a)(2) of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules, 2 members of the committee shall constitute a 
quorum for the purpose of taking testimony; provided, however, 
once a quorum is established, any one member can continue to 
take such testimony.
    (3) Under no circumstance may proxies be considered for the 
establishment of a quorum.

                           Title III.--Voting

    (1) Voting in the committee on any issue will normally be 
by voice vote.
    (2) If a third of the members present so demand, a recorded 
vote will be taken on any question by rollcall.
    (3) The results of the rollcall votes taken in any meeting 
upon a measure, or any amendment thereto, shall be stated in 
the committee report on that measure unless previously 
announced by the committee, and such report or announcement 
shall include a tabulation of the votes cast in favor and the 
votes cast in opposition to each measure and amendment by each 
member of the committee. (Paragraph 7(b) and (c) of rule XXVI 
of the Standing Rules.)
    (4) Proxy voting shall be allowed on all measures and 
matters before the committee. However, the vote of the 
committee to report a measure or matters shall require the 
concurrence of a majority of the members of the committee who 
are physically present at the time of the vote. Proxies will be 
allowed in such cases solely for the purpose of recording a 
member's position on the question and then only in those 
instances when the absentee committee member has been informed 
of the question and has affirmatively requested that he be 
recorded. (Paragraph 7(a)(3) of rule XXVI of the Standing 
Rules.)

 Title IV.--Delegation and Authority to the Chairman and Vice Chairman

    (1) The chairman and vice chairman are authorized to sign 
all necessary vouchers and routine papers for which the 
committee's approval is required and to decide in the 
committee's behalf on all routine business.
    (2) The chairman is authorized to engage commercial 
reporters for the preparation of transcripts of committee 
meetings and hearings.
    (3) The chairman is authorized to issue, on behalf of the 
committee, regulations normally promulgated by the committee at 
the beginning of each session.
                      Joint Committee on Printing

   Representative GREGG HARPER, 
       Mississippi, Chairman
Senator CHARLES SCHUMER, New York, 
           Vice Chairman

              SENATE                                HOUSE
PATTY MURRAY, Washington             DANIEL LUNGREN, California
TOM UDALL, New Mexico                AARON SCHOCK, Illinois
         Minority Senators                    Minority Members
LAMAR ALEXANDER, Tennessee           ROBERT BRADY, Pennsylvania
SAXBY CHAMBLISS, Georgia             CHARLES A. GONZALEZ, Texas

                        (Adopted June 22, 2011)


                        Rule 1.--Committee Rules

    (a) The rules of the Senate and House insofar as they are 
applicable, shall govern the Committee.
    (b) The Committee's rules shall be published in the 
Congressional Record as soon as possible following the 
Committee's organizational meeting in each odd-numbered year.
    (c) Where these rules require a vote of the members of the 
Committee, polling of members either in writing or by telephone 
shall not be permitted to substitute for a vote taken at a 
Committee meeting, unless the ranking minority member assents 
to waiver of this requirement.
    (d) Proposals for amending Committee rules shall be sent to 
all members at least one week before final action is taken 
thereon, unless the amendment is made by unanimous consent.

                  Rule 2.--Regular Committee Meetings

    (a) The regular meeting date of the Committee shall be the 
second Wednesday of every month when the House and Senate are 
in session. A regularly scheduled meeting need not be held if 
there is no business to be considered and after appropriate 
notification is made to the ranking minority member. Additional 
meetings may be called by the Chairman, as he may deem 
necessary or at the request of the majority of the members of 
the Committee.
    (b) If the Chairman of the Committee is not present at any 
meeting of the Committee, the vice-Chairman or ranking member 
of the majority party on the Committee who is present shall 
preside at the meeting.

                            Rule 3.--Quorum

    (a) Five members of the Committee shall constitute a 
quorum, which is required for the purpose of closing meetings, 
promulgating Committee orders or changing the rules of the 
Committee.
    (b) Three members shall constitute a quorum for purposes of 
taking testimony and receiving evidence.

                            Rule 4.--Proxies

    (a) Written or telegraphic proxies of Committee members 
will be received and recorded on any vote taken by the 
Committee, except for the purpose of creating a quorum.
    (b) Proxies will be allowed on any such votes for the 
purpose of recording a member's position on a question only 
when the absentee Committee member has been informed of the 
question and has affirmatively requested that he be recorded.

                   Rule 5.--Open and Closed Meetings

    (a) Each meeting for the transaction of business of the 
Committee shall be open to the public except when the 
Committee, in open session and with a quorum present, 
determines by roll call vote that all or part of the remainder 
of the meeting on that day shall be closed to the public. No 
such vote shall be required to close a meeting that relates 
solely to internal budget or personnel matters.
    (b) No person other than members of the Committee, and such 
congressional staff and other representatives as they may 
authorize, shall be present in any business session that has 
been closed to the public.

 Rule 6.--Alternating Chairmanship and Vice-Chairmanship by Congresses

    (a) The Chairmanship and vice Chairmanship of the Committee 
shall alternate between the House and the Senate by Congresses: 
The senior member of the minority party in the House of 
Congress opposite of that of the Chairman shall be the ranking 
minority member of the Committee.
    (b) In the event the House and Senate are under different 
party control, the Chairman and vice Chairman shall represent 
the majority party in their respective Houses. When the 
Chairman and vice-Chairman represent different parties, the 
vice-Chairman shall also fulfill the responsibilities of the 
ranking minority member as prescribed by these rules.

                    Rule 7.--Parliamentary Questions

    Questions as to the order of business and the procedures of 
Committee shall in the first instance be decided by the 
Chairman; subject always to an appeal to the Committee.

         Rule 8.--Hearings: Public Announcements and Witnesses

    (a) The Chairman, in the case of hearings to be conducted 
by the Committee, shall make public announcement of the date, 
place and subject matter of any hearing to be conducted on any 
measure or matter at least one week before the commencement of 
that hearing unless the Committee determines that there is good 
cause to begin such hearing at an earlier date. In the latter 
event, the Chairman shall make such public announcement at the 
earliest possible date. The staff director of the Committee 
shall promptly notify the Daily Digest of the Congressional 
Record as soon as possible after such public announcement is 
made.
    (b) So far as practicable, all witnesses appearing before 
the Committee shall file advance written statements of their 
proposed testimony at least 48 hours in advance of their 
appearance and their oral testimony shall be limited to brief 
summaries. Limited insertions or additional germane material 
will be received for the record, subject to the approval of the 
Chairman.

                    Rule 9.--Official Hearing Record

    (a) An accurate stenographic record shall be kept of all 
Committee proceedings and actions. Brief supplemental materials 
when required to clarify the transcript may be inserted in the 
record subject to the approval of the Chairman.
    (b) Each member of the Committee shall be provided with a 
copy of the hearing transcript for the purpose of correcting 
errors of transcription and grammar, and clarifying questions 
or remarks. If any other person is authorized by a Committee 
Member to make his corrections, the staff director shall be so 
notified.
    (c) Members who have received unanimous consent to submit 
written questions to witnesses shall be allowed two days within 
which to submit these to the staff director for transmission to 
the witnesses. The record may be held open for a period not to 
exceed two weeks awaiting the responses by witnesses.
    (d) A witness may obtain a transcript copy of his testimony 
given at a public session or, if given at an executive session, 
when authorized by the Committee. Testimony received in closed 
hearings shall not be released or included in any report 
without the approval of the Committee.

               Rule 10.--Witnesses for Committee Hearings

    (a) Selection of witnesses for Committee hearings shall be 
made by the Committee staff under the direction of the 
Chairman. A list of proposed witnesses shall be submitted to 
the members of the Committee for review sufficiently in advance 
of the hearings to permit suggestions by the Committee members 
to receive appropriate consideration.
    (b) The Chairman shall provide adequate time for 
questioning of witnesses by all members, including minority 
Members and the rule of germaneness shall be enforced in all 
hearings notified.
    (c) Whenever a hearing is conducted by the Committee upon 
any measure or matter, the minority on the Committee shall be 
entitled, upon unanimous request to the Chairman before the 
completion of such hearings, to call witnesses selected by the 
minority to testify with respect to the measure or matter 
during at least one day of hearing thereon.

     Rule 11.--Confidential Information Furnished to the Committee

    The information contained in any books, papers or documents 
furnished to the Committee by any individual, partnership, 
corporation or other legal entity shall, upon the request of 
the individual, partnership, corporation or entity furnishing 
the same, be maintained in strict confidence by the members and 
staff of the Committee, except that any such information may be 
released outside of executive session of the Committee if the 
release thereof is effected in a manner which will not reveal 
the identity of such individual, partnership, corporation or 
entity in connection with any pending hearing or as a part of a 
duly authorized report of the Committee if such release is 
deemed essential to the performance of the functions of the 
Committee and is in the public interest.

              Rule 12.--Broadcasting of Committee Hearings

    The rule for broadcasting of Committee hearings shall be 
the same as rule XI, clause 4, of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.

                      Rule 13.--Committee Reports

    (a) No Committee report shall be made public or transmitted 
to the Congress without the approval of a majority of the 
Committee except when Congress has adjourned: provided that any 
member of the Committee may make a report supplementary to or 
dissenting from the majority report. Such supplementary or 
dissenting reports should be as brief as possible.
    (b) Factual reports by the Committee staff may be printed 
for distribution to Committee members and the public only upon 
authorization of the Chairman either with the approval of a 
majority of the Committee or with the consent of the ranking 
minority member.

             Rule 14.--Confidentiality of Committee Reports

    No summary of a Committee report, prediction of the 
contents of a report, or statement of conclusions concerning 
any investigation shall be made by a member of the Committee or 
by any staff member of the Committee prior to the issuance of a 
report of the Committee.

                       Rule 15.--Committee Staff

    (a) The Committee shall have a staff director, selected by 
the Chairman. The staff director shall be an employee of the 
House of Representatives or of the Senate.
    (b) The Ranking Minority Member may designate an employee 
of the House of Representatives or of the Senate as the 
minority staff director.
    (c) The staff director, under the general supervision of 
the Chairman, is authorized to deal directly with agencies of 
the Government and with non-Government groups and individuals 
on behalf of the Committee.
    (d) The Chairman or staff director shall timely notify the 
Ranking Minority Member or the minority staff director of 
decisions made on behalf of the Committee.

                      Rule 16.--Committee Chairman

    The Chairman of the Committee may establish such other 
procedures and take such actions as may be necessary to carry 
out the foregoing rules or to facilitate the effective 
operation of the Committee. Specifically, the Chairman is 
authorized, during the interim periods between meetings of the 
Committee, to act on all requests submitted by any executive 
department, independent agency, temporary or permanent 
commissions and committees of the Federal Government, the 
Government Printing Office and any other Federal entity, 
pursuant to the requirements of applicable Federal law and 
regulations.
                      Joint Committee on Taxation

  DAVE CAMP, Representative from 
        Michigan, Chairman
MAX BAUCUS, Senator from Montana, 
           Vice Chairman

              SENATE                                HOUSE
JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER IV, West         WALLY HERGER, California
  Virginia                           SAM JOHNSON, Texas
KENT CONRAD, North Dakota
         Minority Senators                    Minority Members
CHUCK GRASSLEY, Iowa                 SANDER M. LEVIN, Michigan
ORRIN G. HATCH, Utah                 CHARLES B. RANGEL, New York

    A description of the Joint Committee on Taxation and the 
rules by which it functions can be found in the United States 
of America Internal Revenue Code, Title 26. Therefore, the 
Joint Committee does not adopt written rules.
      
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                                APPENDIX

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                   Rule X--Organization of Committees

             COMMITTEES AND THEIR LEGISLATIVE JURISDICTIONS

    1. There shall be in the House the following standing 
committees, each of which shall have the jurisdiction and 
related functions assigned by this clause and clauses 2, 3, and 
4. All bills, resolutions, and other matters relating to 
subjects within the jurisdiction of the standing committees 
listed in this clause shall be referred to those committees, in 
accordance with clause 2 of rule XII, as follows:
    (a) Committee on Agriculture.
          (1) Adulteration of seeds, insect pests, and 
        protection of birds and animals in forest reserves.
          (2) Agriculture generally.
          (3) Agricultural and industrial chemistry.
          (4) Agricultural colleges and experiment stations.
          (5) Agricultural economics and research.
          (6) Agricultural education extension services.
          (7) Agricultural production and marketing and 
        stabilization of prices of agricultural products, and 
        commodities (not including distribution outside of the 
        United States).
          (8) Animal industry and diseases of animals.
          (9) Commodity exchanges.
          (10) Crop insurance and soil conservation.
          (11) Dairy industry.
          (12) Entomology and plant quarantine.
          (13) Extension of farm credit and farm security.
          (14) Inspection of livestock, poultry, meat products, 
        and seafood and seafood products.
          (15) Forestry in general and forest reserves other 
        than those created from the public domain.
          (16) Human nutrition and home economics.
          (17) Plant industry, soils, and agricultural 
        engineering.
          (18) Rural electrification.
          (19) Rural development.
          (20) Water conservation related to activities of the 
        Department of Agriculture.
    (b) Committee on Appropriations.
          (1) Appropriation of the revenue for the support of 
        the Government.
          (2) Rescissions of appropriations contained in 
        appropriation Acts.
          (3) Transfers of unexpended balances.
          (4) Bills and joint resolutions reported by other 
        committees that provide new entitlement authority as 
        defined in section 3(9) of the Congressional Budget Act 
        of 1974 and referred to the committee under clause 
        4(a)(2).
    (c) Committee on Armed Services.
          (1) Ammunition depots; forts; arsenals; and Army, 
        Navy, and Air Force reservations and establishments.
          (2) Common defense generally.
          (3) Conservation, development, and use of naval 
        petroleum and oil shale reserves.
          (4) The Department of Defense generally, including 
        the Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, 
        generally.
          (5) Interoceanic canals generally, including measures 
        relating to the
          (6) Merchant Marine Academy and State Maritime 
        Academies.
          (7) Military applications of nuclear energy.
          (8) Tactical intelligence and intelligence-related 
        activities of the Department of Defense.
          (9) National security aspects of merchant marine, 
        including financial assistance for the construction and 
        operation of vessels, maintenance of the U.S. 
        shipbuilding and ship repair industrial base, cabotage, 
        cargo preference, and merchant marine officers and 
        seamen as these matters relate to the national 
        security.
          (10) Pay, promotion, retirement, and other benefits 
        and privileges of members of the armed forces.
          (11) Scientific research and development in support 
        of the armed services.
          (12) Selective service.
          (13) Size and composition of the Army, Navy, Marine 
        Corps, and Air Force.
          (14) Soldiers' and sailors' homes.
          (15) Strategic and critical materials necessary for 
        the common defense.
          (16) Cemeteries administered by the Department of 
        Defense.
    (d) Committee on the Budget.
          (1) Concurrent resolutions on the budget (as defined 
        in section 3(4) of the Congressional Budget Act of 
        1974), other matters required to be referred to the 
        committee under titles III and IV of that Act, and 
        other measures setting forth appropriate levels of 
        budget totals for the United States Government.
          (2) Budget process generally.
          (3) Establishment, extension, and enforcement of 
        special controls over the Federal budget, including the 
        budgetary treatment of off-budget Federal agencies and 
        measures providing exemption from reduction under any 
        order issued under part C of the Balanced Budget and 
        Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
    (e) Committee on Education and the Workforce.
          (1) Child labor.
          (2) Gallaudet University and Howard University and 
        Hospital.
          (3) Convict labor and the entry of goods made by 
        convicts into interstate commerce.
          (4) Food programs for children in schools.
          (5) Labor standards and statistics.
          (6) Education or labor generally.
          (7) Mediation and arbitration of labor disputes.
          (8) Regulation or prevention of importation of 
        foreign laborers under contract.
          (9) Workers' compensation.
          (10) Vocational rehabilitation.
          (11) Wages and hours of labor.
          (12) Welfare of miners.
          (13) Work incentive programs.
    (f) Committee on Energy and Commerce.
          (1) Biomedical research and development.
          (2) Consumer affairs and consumer protection.
          (3) Health and health facilities (except health care 
        supported by payroll deductions).
          (4) Interstate energy compacts.
          (5) Interstate and foreign commerce generally.
          (6) Exploration, production, storage, supply, 
        marketing, pricing, and regulation of energy resources, 
        including all fossil fuels, solar energy, and other 
        unconventional or renewable energy resources.
          (7) Conservation of energy resources.
          (8) Energy information generally.
          (9) The generation and marketing of power (except by 
        federally chartered or Federal regional power marketing 
        authorities); reliability and interstate transmission 
        of, and ratemaking for, all power; and siting of 
        generation facilities (except the installation of 
        interconnections between Government waterpower 
        projects).
          (10) General management of the Department of Energy 
        and management and all functions of the Federal Energy 
        Regulatory Commission.
          (11) National energy policy generally.
          (12) Public health and quarantine.
          (13) Regulation of the domestic nuclear energy 
        industry, including regulation of research and 
        development reactors and nuclear regulatory research.
          (14) Regulation of interstate and foreign 
        communications.
          (15) Travel and tourism. The committee shall have the 
        same jurisdiction with respect to regulation of nuclear 
        facilities and of use of nuclear energy as it has with 
        respect to regulation of nonnuclear facilities and of 
        use of nonnuclear energy.
    (g) Committee on Ethics.
          The Code of Official Conduct.
    (h) Committee on Financial Services.
          (1) Banks and banking, including deposit insurance 
        and Federal monetary policy.
          (2) Economic stabilization, defense production, 
        renegotiation, and control of the price of commodities, 
        rents, and services.
          (3) Financial aid to commerce and industry (other 
        than transportation).
          (4) Insurance generally.
          (5) International finance.
          (6) International financial and monetary 
        organizations.
          (7) Money and credit, including currency and the 
        issuance of notes and redemption thereof; gold and 
        silver, including the coinage thereof; valuation and 
        revaluation of the dollar.
          (8) Public and private housing.
          (9) Securities and exchanges.
          (10) Urban development.
    (i) Committee on Foreign Affairs.
          (1) Relations of the United States with foreign 
        nations generally.
          (2) Acquisition of land and buildings for embassies 
        and legations in foreign countries.
          (3) Establishment of boundary lines between the 
        United States and foreign nations.
          (4) Export controls, including nonproliferation of 
        nuclear technology and nuclear hardware.
          (5) Foreign loans.
          (6) International commodity agreements (other than 
        those involving sugar), including all agreements for 
        cooperation in the export of nuclear technology and 
        nuclear hardware.
          (7) International conferences and congresses.
          (8) International education.
          (9) Intervention abroad and declarations of war.
          (10) Diplomatic service.
          (11) Measures to foster commercial intercourse with 
        foreign nations and to safeguard American business 
        interests abroad.
          (12) International economic policy.
          (13) Neutrality.
          (14) Protection of American citizens abroad and 
        expatriation.
          (15) The American National Red Cross.
          (16) Trading with the enemy.
          (17) United Nations organizations.
    (j) Committee on Homeland Security.
          (1) Overall homeland security policy.
          (2) Organization and administration of the Department 
        of Homeland Security.
          (3) Functions of the Department of Homeland Security 
        relating to the following:
                  (A) Border and port security (except 
                immigration policy and non-border enforcement).
                  (B) Customs (except customs revenue).
                  (C) Integration, analysis, and dissemination 
                of homeland security information.
                  (D) Domestic preparedness for and collective 
                response to terrorism.
                  (E) Research and development.
                  (F) Transportation security.
    (k) Committee on House Administration.
          (1) Appropriations from accounts for committee 
        salaries and expenses (except for the Committee on 
        Appropriations); House Information Resources; and 
        allowance and expenses of Members, Delegates, the 
        Resident Commissioner, officers, and administrative 
        offices of the House.
          (2) Auditing and settling of all accounts described 
        in subparagraph (1).
          (3) Employment of persons by the House, including 
        staff for Members, Delegates, the Resident 
        Commissioner, and committees; and reporters of debates, 
        subject to rule VI.
          (4) Except as provided in paragraph (r)(11), the 
        Library of Congress, including management thereof; the 
        House Library; statuary and pictures; acceptance or 
        purchase of works of art for the Capitol; the Botanic 
        Garden; and purchase of books and manuscripts.
          (5) The Smithsonian Institution and the incorporation 
        of similar institutions (except as provided in 
        paragraph (r)(11)).
          (6) Expenditure of accounts described in subparagraph 
        (1).
          (7) Franking Commission.
          (8) Printing and correction of the Congressional 
        Record.
          (9) Accounts of the House generally.
          (10) Assignment of office space for Members, 
        Delegates, the Resident Commissioner, and committees.
          (11) Disposition of useless executive papers.
          (12) Election of the President, Vice President, 
        Members, Senators, Delegates, or the Resident 
        Commissioner; corrupt practices; contested elections; 
        credentials and qualifications; and Federal elections 
        generally.
          (13) Services to the House, including the House 
        Restaurant, parking facilities, and administration of 
        the House Office Buildings and of the House wing of the 
        Capitol.
          (14) Travel of Members, Delegates, and the Resident 
        Commissioner.
          (15) Raising, reporting, and use of campaign 
        contributions for candidates for office of 
        Representative, of Delegate, and of Resident 
        Commissioner.
          (16) Compensation, retirement, and other benefits of 
        the Members, Delegates, the Resident Commissioner, 
        officers, and employees of Congress.
    (l) Committee on the Judiciary.
          (1) The judiciary and judicial proceedings, civil and 
        criminal.
          (2) Administrative practice and procedure.
          (3) Apportionment of Representatives.
          (4) Bankruptcy, mutiny, espionage, and 
        counterfeiting.
          (5) Civil liberties.
          (6) Constitutional amendments.
          (7) Criminal law enforcement.
          (8) Federal courts and judges, and local courts in 
        the Territories and possessions.
          (9) Immigration policy and non-border enforcement.
          (10) Interstate compacts generally.
          (11) Claims against the United States.
          (12) Meetings of Congress; attendance of Members, 
        Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner; and their 
        acceptance of incompatible offices.
          (13) National penitentiaries.
          (14) Patents, the Patent and Trademark Office, 
        copyrights, and trademarks.
          (15) Presidential succession.
          (16) Protection of trade and commerce against 
        unlawful restraints and monopolies.
          (17) Revision and codification of the Statutes of the 
        United States.
          (18) State and territorial boundary lines.
          (19) Subversive activities affecting the internal 
        security of the United States.
    (m) Committee on Natural Resources.
          (1) Fisheries and wildlife, including research, 
        restoration, refuges, and conservation.
          (2) Forest reserves and national parks created from 
        the public domain.
          (3) Forfeiture of land grants and alien ownership, 
        including alien ownership of mineral lands.
          (4) Geological Survey.
          (5) International fishing agreements.
          (6) Interstate compacts relating to apportionment of 
        waters for irrigation purposes.
          (7) Irrigation and reclamation, including water 
        supply for reclamation projects and easements of public 
        lands for irrigation projects; and acquisition of 
        private lands when necessary to complete irrigation 
        projects.
          (8) Native Americans generally, including the care 
        and allotment of Native American lands and general and 
        special measures relating to claims that are paid out 
        of Native American funds.
          (9) Insular possessions of the United States 
        generally (except those affecting the revenue and 
        appropriations).
          (10) Military parks and battlefields, national 
        cemeteries administered by the Secretary of the 
        Interior, parks within the District of Columbia, and 
        the erection of monuments to the memory of individuals.
          (11) Mineral land laws and claims and entries 
        thereunder.
          (12) Mineral resources of public lands.
          (13) Mining interests generally.
          (14) Mining schools and experimental stations.
          (15) Marine affairs, including coastal zone 
        management (except for measures relating to oil and 
        other pollution of navigable waters).
          (16) Oceanography.
          (17) Petroleum conservation on public lands and 
        conservation of the radium supply in the United States.
          (18) Preservation of prehistoric ruins and objects of 
        interest on the public domain.
          (19) Public lands generally, including entry, 
        easements, and grazing thereon.
          (20) Relations of the United States with Native 
        Americans and Native American tribes.
          (21) Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline (except ratemaking).
    (n) Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. 
          (1) Federal civil service, including 
        intergovernmental personnel; and the status of officers 
        and employees of the United States, including their 
        compensation, classification, and retirement.
          (2) Municipal affairs of the District of Columbia in 
        general (other than appropriations).
          (3) Federal paperwork reduction.
          (4) Government management and accounting measures 
        generally.
          (5) Holidays and celebrations.
          (6) Overall economy, efficiency, and management of 
        government operations and activities, including Federal 
        procurement.
          (7) National archives.
          (8) Population and demography generally, including 
        the Census.
          (9) Postal service generally, including 
        transportation of the mails.
          (10) Public information and records.
          (11) Relationship of the Federal Government to the 
        States and municipalities generally.
          (12) Reorganizations in the executive branch of the 
        Government.
    (o) Committee on Rules.
          (1) Rules and joint rules (other than those relating 
        to the Code of Official Conduct) and the order of 
        business of the House.
          (2) Recesses and final adjournments of Congress.
    (p) Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
          (1) All energy research, development, and 
        demonstration, and projects therefor, and all federally 
        owned or operated nonmilitary energy laboratories.
          (2) Astronautical research and development, including 
        resources, personnel, equipment, and facilities.
          (3) Civil aviation research and development.
          (4) Environmental research and development.
          (5) Marine research.
          (6) Commercial application of energy technology.
          (7) National Institute of Standards and Technology, 
        standardization of weights and measures, and the metric 
        system.
          (8) National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
          (9) National Space Council.
          (10) National Science Foundation.
          (11) National Weather Service.
          (12) Outer space, including exploration and control 
        thereof.
          (13) Science scholarships.
          (14) Scientific research, development, and 
        demonstration, and projects therefor.
    (q) Committee on Small Business.
          (1) Assistance to and protection of small business, 
        including financial aid, regulatory flexibility, and 
        paperwork reduction.
          (2) Participation of small-business enterprises in 
        Federal procurement and Government contracts.
    (r) Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
          (1) Coast Guard, including lifesaving service, 
        lighthouses, lightships, ocean derelicts, and the Coast 
        Guard Academy.
          (2) Federal management of emergencies and natural 
        disasters.
          (3) Flood control and improvement of rivers and 
        harbors.
          (4) Inland waterways.
          (5) Inspection of merchant marine vessels, lights and 
        signals, lifesaving equipment, and fire protection on 
        such vessels.
          (6) Navigation and laws relating thereto, including 
        pilotage.
          (7) Registering and licensing of vessels and small 
        boats.
          (8) Rules and international arrangements to prevent 
        collisions at sea.
          (9) The Capitol Building and the Senate and House 
        Office Buildings.
          (10) Construction or maintenance of roads and post 
        roads (other than appropriations therefor).
          (11) Construction or reconstruction, maintenance, and 
        care of buildings and grounds of the Botanic Garden, 
        the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian 
        Institution.
          (12) Merchant marine (except for national security 
        aspects thereof).
          (13) Purchase of sites and construction of post 
        offices, customhouses, Federal courthouses, and 
        Government buildings within the District of Columbia.
          (14) Oil and other pollution of navigable waters, 
        including inland, coastal, and ocean waters.
          (15) Marine affairs, including coastal zone 
        management, as they relate to oil and other pollution 
        of navigable waters.
          (16) Public buildings and occupied or improved 
        grounds of the United States generally.
          (17) Public works for the benefit of navigation, 
        including bridges and dams (other than international 
        bridges and dams).
          (18) Related transportation regulatory agencies 
        (except the Transportation Security Administration).
          (19) Roads and the safety thereof.
          (20) Transportation, including civil aviation, 
        railroads, water transportation, transportation safety 
        (except automobile safety and transportation security 
        functions of the Department of Homeland Security), 
        transportation infrastructure, transportation labor, 
        and railroad retirement and unemployment (except 
        revenue measures related thereto).
          (21) Water power.
    (s) Committee on Veterans Affairs.
          (1) Veterans measures generally.
          (2) Cemeteries of the United States in which veterans 
        of any war or conflict are or may be buried, whether in 
        the United States or abroad (except cemeteries 
        administered by the Secretary of the Interior).
          (3) Compensation, vocational rehabilitation, and 
        education of veterans.
          (4) Life insurance issued by the Government on 
        account of service in the Armed Forces.
          (5) Pensions of all the wars of the United States, 
        general and special.
          (6) Readjustment of service-members to civil life.
          (7) Servicemembers civil relief.
          (8) Veterans hospitals, medical care, and treatment 
        of veterans.
    (t) Committee on Ways and Means.
          (1) Customs revenue, collection districts, and ports 
        of entry and delivery.
          (2) Reciprocal trade agreements.
          (3) Revenue measures generally.
          (4) Revenue measures relating to insular possessions.
          (5) Bonded debt of the United States, subject to the 
        last sentence of clause 4(f).
          (6) Deposit of public monies.
          (7) Transportation of dutiable goods.
          (8) Tax exempt foundations and charitable trusts.
          (9) National social security (except health care and 
        facilities programs that are supported from general 
        revenues as opposed to payroll deductions and except 
        work incentive programs).

                   GENERAL OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES

    2. (a) The various standing committees shall have general 
oversight responsibilities as provided in paragraph
    (b) in order to assist the House in--
          (1) its analysis, appraisal, and evaluation of--
                  (A) the application, administration, 
                execution, and effectiveness of Federal laws; 
                and
                  (B) conditions and circumstances that may 
                indicate the necessity or desirability of 
                enacting new or additional legislation; and
          (2) its formulation, consideration, and enactment of 
        changes in Federal laws, and of such additional 
        legislation as may be necessary or appropriate.
    (b)(1) In order to determine whether laws and programs 
addressing subjects within the jurisdiction of a committee are 
being implemented and carried out in accordance with the intent 
of Congress and whether they should be continued, curtailed, or 
eliminated, each standing committee (other than the Committee 
on Appropriations) shall review and study on a continuing 
basis--
                  (A) the application, administration, 
                execution, and effectiveness of laws and 
                programs addressing subjects within its 
                jurisdiction;
                  (B) the organization and operation of Federal 
                agencies and entities having responsibilities 
                for the administration and execution of laws 
                and programs addressing subjects within its 
                jurisdiction;
                  (C) any conditions or circumstances that may 
                indicate the necessity or desirability of 
                enacting new or additional legislation 
                addressing subjects within its jurisdiction 
                (whether or not a bill or resolution has been 
                introduced with respect thereto); and
                  (D) future research and forecasting on 
                subjects within its jurisdiction.
          (2) Each committee to which subparagraph (1) applies 
        having more than 20 members shall establish an 
        oversight subcommittee, or require its subcommittees to 
        conduct oversight in their respective jurisdictions, to 
        assist in carrying out its responsibilities under this 
        clause. The establishment of an oversight subcommittee 
        does not limit the responsibility of a subcommittee 
        with legislative jurisdiction in carrying out its 
        oversight responsibilities.
    (c) Each standing committee shall review and study on a 
continuing basis the impact or probable impact of tax policies 
affecting subjects within its jurisdiction as described in 
clauses 1 and 3.
    (d)(1) Not later than February 15 of the first session of a 
Congress, each standing committee shall, in a meeting that is 
open to the public and with a quorum present, adopt its 
oversight plan for that Congress. Such plan shall be submitted 
simultaneously to the Committee on Oversight and Government 
Reform and to the Committee on House Administration. In 
developing its plan each committee shall, to the maximum extent 
feasible--
                  (A) consult with other committees that have 
                jurisdiction over the same or related laws, 
                programs, or agencies within its jurisdiction 
                with the objective of ensuring maximum 
                coordination and cooperation among committees 
                when conducting reviews of such laws, programs, 
                or agencies and include in its plan an 
                explanation of steps that have been or will be 
                taken to ensure such coordination and 
                cooperation;
                  (B) review specific problems with Federal 
                rules, regulations, statutes, and court 
                decisions that are ambiguous, arbitrary, or 
                nonsensical, or that impose severe financial 
                burdens on individuals;
                  (C) give priority consideration to including 
                in its plan the review of those laws, programs, 
                or agencies operating under permanent budget 
                authority or permanent statutory authority;
                  (D) have a view toward ensuring that all 
                significant laws, programs, or agencies within 
                its jurisdiction are subject to review every 10 
                years;
                  (E) have a view toward insuring against 
                duplication of Federal programs; and
                  (F) include proposals to cut or eliminate 
                programs, including mandatory spending 
                programs, that are inefficient, duplicative, 
                outdated, or more appropriately administered by 
                State or local governments.
    (2) Not later than March 31 in the first session of a 
Congress, after consultation with the Speaker, the Majority 
Leader, and the Minority Leader, the Committee on Oversight and 
Government Reform shall report to the House the oversight plans 
submitted by committees together with any recommendations that 
it, or the House leadership group described above, may make to 
ensure the most effective coordination of oversight plans and 
otherwise to achieve the objectives of this clause.
    (e) The Speaker, with the approval of the House, may 
appoint special ad hoc oversight committees for the purpose of 
reviewing specific matters within the jurisdiction of two or 
more standing committees.

                      SPECIAL OVERSIGHT FUNCTIONS

    3. (a) The Committee on Appropriations shall conduct such 
studies and examinations of the organization and operation of 
executive departments and other executive agencies (including 
an agency the majority of the stock of which is owned by the 
United States) as it considers necessary to assist it in the 
determination of matters within its jurisdiction.
    (b) The Committee on Armed Services shall review and study 
on a continuing basis laws, programs, and Government activities 
relating to international arms control and disarmament and the 
education of military dependents in schools.
    (c) The Committee on the Budget shall study on a continuing 
basis the effect on budget outlays of relevant existing and 
proposed legislation and report the results of such studies to 
the House on a recurring basis.
    (d) The Committee on Education and the Workforce shall 
review, study, and coordinate on a continuing basis laws, 
programs, and Government activities relating to domestic 
educational programs and institutions and programs of student 
assistance within the jurisdiction of other committees.
    (e) The Committee on Energy and Commerce shall review and 
study on a continuing basis laws, programs, and Government 
activities relating to nuclear and other energy and nonmilitary 
nuclear energy research and development including the disposal 
of nuclear waste.
    (f) The Committee on Foreign Affairs shall review and study 
on a continuing basis laws, programs, and Government activities 
relating to customs administration, intelligence activities 
relating to foreign policy, international financial and 
monetary organizations, and international fishing agreements.
    (g)(1) The Committee on Homeland Security shall review and 
study on a continuing basis all Government activities relating 
to homeland security, including the interaction of all 
departments and agencies with the Department of Homeland 
Security.
    (2) In addition, the committee shall review and study on a 
primary and continuing basis all Government activities, 
programs and organizations related to homeland security that 
fall within its primary legislative jurisdiction.
    (h) The Committee on Natural Resources shall review and 
study on a continuing basis laws, programs, and Government 
activities relating to Native Americans.
    (i) The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform shall 
review and study on a continuing basis the operation of 
Government activities at all levels with a view to determining 
their economy and efficiency.
    (j) The Committee on Rules shall review and study on a 
continuing basis the congressional budget process, and the 
committee shall report its findings and recommendations to the 
House from time to time.
    (k) The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology shall 
review and study on a continuing basis laws, programs, and 
Government activities relating to nonmilitary research and 
development.
    (l) The Committee on Small Business shall study and 
investigate on a continuing basis the problems of all types of 
small business.
    (m) The Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence shall 
review and study on a continuing basis laws, programs, and 
activities of the intelligence community and shall review and 
study on an exclusive basis the sources and methods of entities 
described in clause 11(b)(1)(A).

                   ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS OF COMMITTEES

    4. (a)(1)(A) The Committee on Appropriations shall, within 
30 days after the transmittal of the Budget to Congress each 
year, hold hearings on the Budget as a whole with particular 
reference to--
          (i) the basic recommendations and budgetary policies 
        of the President in the presentation of the Budget; and
          (ii) the fiscal, financial, and economic assumptions 
        used as bases in arriving at total estimated 
        expenditures and receipts.
    (B) In holding hearings under subdivision (A), the 
committee shall receive testimony from the Secretary of the 
Treasury, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, 
the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, and such 
other persons as the committee may desire.
    (C) A hearing under subdivision (A), or any part thereof, 
shall be held in open session, except when the committee, in 
open session and with a quorum present, determines by record 
vote that the testimony to be taken at that hearing on that day 
may be related to a matter of national security. The committee 
may by the same procedure close one subsequent day of hearing. 
A transcript of all such hearings shall be printed and a copy 
thereof furnished to each Member, Delegate, and the Resident 
Commissioner.
    (D) A hearing under subdivision (A), or any part thereof, 
may be held before a joint meeting of the committee and the 
Committee on Appropriations of the Senate in accordance with 
such procedures as the two committees jointly may determine.
    (2) Pursuant to section 401(b)(2) of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974, when a committee reports a bill or joint 
resolution that provides new entitlement authority as defined 
in section 3(9) of that Act, and enactment of the bill or joint 
resolution, as reported, would cause a breach of the 
committee's pertinent allocation of new budget authority under 
section 302(a) of that Act, the bill or joint resolution may be 
referred to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions 
to report it with recommendations (which may include an 
amendment limiting the total amount of new entitlement 
authority provided in the bill or joint resolution). If the 
Committee on Appropriations fails to report a bill or joint 
resolution so referred within 15 calendar days (not counting 
any day on which the House is not in session), the committee 
automatically shall be discharged from consideration of the 
bill or joint resolution, and the bill or joint resolution 
shall be placed on the appropriate calendar.
    (3) In addition, the Committee on Appropriations shall 
study on a continuing basis those provisions of law that (on 
the first day of the first fiscal year for which the 
congressional budget process is effective) provide spending 
authority or permanent budget authority and shall report to the 
House from time to time its recommendations for terminating or 
modifying such provisions.
    (4) In the manner provided by section 302 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee on 
Appropriations (after consulting with the Committee on 
Appropriations of the Senate) shall subdivide any allocations 
made to it in the joint explanatory statement accompanying the 
conference report on such concurrent resolution, and promptly 
report the subdivisions to the House as soon as practicable 
after a concurrent resolution on the budget for a fiscal year 
is agreed to.
    (b) The Committee on the Budget shall--
          (1) review on a continuing basis the conduct by the 
        Congressional Budget Office of its functions and 
        duties;
          (2) hold hearings and receive testimony from Members, 
        Senators, Delegates, the Resident Commissioner, and 
        such appropriate representatives of Federal departments 
        and agencies, the general public, and national 
        organizations as it considers desirable in developing 
        concurrent resolutions on the budget for each fiscal 
        year;
          (3) make all reports required of it by the 
        Congressional Budget Act of 1974;
          (4) study on a continuing basis those provisions of 
        law that exempt Federal agencies or any of their 
        activities or outlays from inclusion in the Budget of 
        the United States Government, and report to the House 
        from time to time its recommendations for terminating 
        or modifying such provisions;
          (5) study on a continuing basis proposals designed to 
        improve and facilitate the congressional budget 
        process, and report to the House from time to time the 
        results of such studies, together with its 
        recommendations; and
          (6) request and evaluate continuing studies of tax 
        expenditures, devise methods of coordinating tax 
        expenditures, policies, and programs with direct budget 
        outlays, and report the results of such studies to the 
        House on a recurring basis.
    (c)(1) The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform 
shall--
          (A) receive and examine reports of the Comptroller 
        General of the United States and submit to the House 
        such recommendations as it considers necessary or 
        desirable in connection with the subject matter of the 
        reports;
          (B) evaluate the effects of laws enacted to 
        reorganize the legislative and executive branches of 
        the Government; and
          (C) study intergovernmental relationships between the 
        United States and the States and municipalities and 
        between the United States and international 
        organizations of which the United States is a member.
    (2) In addition to its duties under subparagraph (1), the 
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform may at any time 
conduct investigations of any matter without regard to clause 
1, 2, 3, or this clause conferring jurisdiction over the matter 
to another standing committee. The findings and recommendations 
of the committee in such an investigation shall be made 
available to any other standing committee having jurisdiction 
over the matter involved.
    (3)(A) The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform may 
adopt a rule authorizing and regulating the taking of 
depositions by a member or counsel of the committee, including 
pursuant to subpoena under clause 2(m) of rule XI (which hereby 
is made applicable for such purpose).
    (B) A rule adopted by the committee pursuant to this 
subparagraph--
          (i) may provide that a deponent be directed to 
        subscribe an oath or affirmation before a person 
        authorized by law to administer the same;
          (ii) shall ensure that the minority members and staff 
        of the committee are accorded equitable treatment with 
        respect to notice of and a reasonable opportunity to 
        participate in any proceeding conducted thereunder; and
          (iii) shall, unless waived by the deponent, require 
        the attendance of a member of the committee.
    (C) Information secured pursuant to the authority described 
in subdivision (A) shall retain the character of discovery 
until offered for admission in evidence before the committee, 
at which time any proper objection shall be timely.
    (d)(1) The Committee on House Administration shall--
          (A) provide policy direction for the Inspector 
        General and oversight of the Clerk, Sergeant-at-Arms, 
        Chief Administrative Officer, and Inspector General;
          (B) oversee the management of services provided to 
        the House by the Architect of the Capitol, except those 
        services that lie within the jurisdiction of the 
        Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure under 
        clause 1(r);
          (C) have the function of accepting on behalf of the 
        House a gift, except as otherwise provided by law, if 
        the gift does not involve a duty, burden, or condition, 
        or is not made dependent on some future performance by 
        the House;
          (D) promulgate regulations to carry out subdivision 
        (C); and
          (E) establish and maintain standards for making 
        documents publicly available in electronic form by the 
        House and its committees.
    (2) An employing office of the House may enter into a 
settlement of a complaint under the Congressional 
Accountability Act of 1995 that provides for the payment of 
funds only after receiving the joint approval of the chair and 
ranking minority member of the Committee on House 
Administration concerning the amount of such payment.
    (e)(1) Each standing committee shall, in its consideration 
of all public bills and public joint resolutions within its 
jurisdiction, ensure that appropriations for continuing 
programs and activities of the Federal Government and the 
government of the District of Columbia will be made annually to 
the maximum extent feasible and consistent with the nature, 
requirement, and objective of the programs and activities 
involved. In this subparagraph programs and activities of the 
Federal Government and the government of the District of 
Columbia includes programs and activities of any department, 
agency, establishment, wholly owned Government corporation, or 
instrumentality of the Federal Government or of the government 
of the District of Columbia.
    (2) Each standing committee shall review from time to time 
each continuing program within its jurisdiction for which 
appropriations are not made annually to ascertain whether the 
program should be modified to provide for annual 
appropriations.

                      BUDGET ACT RESPONSIBILITIES

    (f)(1) Each standing committee shall submit to the 
Committee on the Budget not later than six weeks after the 
submission of the budget by the President, or at such time as 
the Committee on the Budget may request--
          (A) its views and estimates with respect to all 
        matters to be set forth in the concurrent resolution on 
        the budget for the ensuing fiscal year that are within 
        its jurisdiction or functions; and
          (B) an estimate of the total amounts of new budget 
        authority, and budget outlays resulting therefrom, to 
        be provided or authorized in all bills and resolutions 
        within its jurisdiction that it intends to be effective 
        during that fiscal year.
    (2) The views and estimates submitted by the Committee on 
Ways and Means under subparagraph (1) shall include a specific 
recommendation, made after holding public hearings, as to the 
appropriate level of the public debt that should be set forth 
in the concurrent resolution on the budget.

             ELECTION AND MEMBERSHIP OF STANDING COMMITTEES

    5. (a)(1) The standing committees specified in clause 1 
shall be elected by the House within seven calendar days after 
the commencement of each Congress, from nominations submitted 
by the respective party caucus or conference. A resolution 
proposing to change the composition of a standing committee 
shall be privileged if offered by direction of the party caucus 
or conference concerned.
    (2)(A) The Committee on the Budget shall be composed of 
members as follows:
          (i) Members, Delegates, or the Resident Commissioner 
        who are members of other standing committees, including 
        five from the Committee on Appropriations, five from 
        the Committee on Ways and Means, and one from the 
        Committee on Rules;
          (ii) one Member designated by the elected leadership 
        of the majority party; and
          (iii) one Member designated by the elected leadership 
        of the minority party.
    (B) Except as permitted by subdivision (C), a member of the 
Committee on the Budget other than one described in subdivision 
(A)(ii) or (A)(iii) may not serve on the committee during more 
than four Congresses in a period of six successive Congresses 
(disregarding for this purpose any service for less than a full 
session in a Congress).
    (C) A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may exceed 
the limitation of subdivision (B) if elected to serve a second 
consecutive Congress as the chair or a second consecutive 
Congress as the ranking minority member.
    (3)(A) The Committee on Ethics shall be composed of 10 
members, five from the majority party and five from the 
minority party.
    (B) Except as permitted by subdivision (C), a member of the 
Committee on Ethics may not serve on the committee during more 
than three Congresses in a period of five successive Congresses 
(disregarding for this purpose any service for less than a full 
session in a Congress).
    (C) A member of the Committee on Ethics may serve on the 
committee during a fourth Congress in a period of five 
successive Congresses only as either the chair or the ranking 
minority member of the committee.
    (4)(A) At the beginning of a Congress, the Speaker or a 
designee and the Minority Leader or a designee each shall name 
10 Members, Delegates, or the Resident Commissioner from the 
respective party of such individual who are not members of the 
Committee on Ethics to be available to serve on investigative 
subcommittees of that committee during that Congress. The lists 
of Members, Delegates, or the Resident Commissioner so named 
shall be announced to the House.
    (B) Whenever the chair and the ranking minority member of 
the Committee on Ethics jointly determine that Members, 
Delegates, or the Resident Commissioner named under subdivision 
(A) should be assigned to serve on an investigative 
subcommittee of that committee, each of them shall select an 
equal number of such Members, Delegates, or Resident 
Commissioner from the respective party of such individual to 
serve on that subcommittee.
    (b)(1) Membership on a standing committee during the course 
of a Congress shall be contingent on continuing membership in 
the party caucus or conference that nominated the Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner concerned for election to 
such committee. Should a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner cease to be a member of a particular party caucus 
or conference, that Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner 
shall automatically cease to be a member of each standing 
committee to which elected on the basis of nomination by that 
caucus or conference. The chair of the relevant party caucus or 
conference shall notify the Speaker whenever a Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner ceases to be a member of 
that caucus or conference. The Speaker shall notify the chair 
of each affected committee that the election of such Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner to the committee is 
automatically vacated under this subparagraph.
    (2)(A) Except as specified in subdivision (B), a Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not serve simultaneously 
as a member of more than two standing committees or more than 
four subcommittees of the standing committees.
    (B)(i) Ex officio service by a chair or ranking minority 
member of a committee on each of its subcommittees under a 
committee rule does not count against the limitation on 
subcommittee service.
    (ii) Service on an investigative subcommittee of the 
Committee on Ethics under paragraph (a)(4) does not count 
against the limitation on subcommittee service.
    (iii) Any other exception to the limitations in subdivision 
(A) may be approved by the House on the recommendation of the 
relevant party caucus or conference.
    (C) In this subparagraph the term subcommittee'' includes a 
panel (other than a special oversight panel of the Committee on 
Armed Services), task force, special subcommittee, or other 
subunit of a standing committee that is established for a 
cumulative period longer than six months in a Congress. (c)(1) 
One of the members of each standing committee shall be elected 
by the House, on the nomination of the majority party caucus or 
conference, as chair thereof. In the absence of the member 
serving as chair, the member next in rank (and so on, as often 
as the case shall happen) shall act as chair. Rank shall be 
determined by the order members are named in resolutions 
electing them to the committee. In the case of a vacancy in the 
elected chair of a committee, the House shall elect another 
chair.
    (2) Except in the case of the Committee on Rules, a member 
of a standing committee may not serve as chair of the same 
standing committee, or of the same subcommittee of a standing 
committee, during more than three consecutive Congresses 
(disregarding for this purpose any service for less than a full 
session in a Congress).
    (d)(1) Except as permitted by subparagraph (2), a committee 
may have not more than five subcommittees.
    (2) A committee that maintains a subcommittee on oversight 
may have not more than six subcommittees. The Committee on 
Appropriations may have not more than 13 subcommittees. The 
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform may have not more 
than seven subcommittees.
    (e) The House shall fill a vacancy on a standing committee 
by election on the nomination of the respective party caucus or 
conference.

                          EXPENSE RESOLUTIONS

    6. (a) Whenever a committee, commission, or other entity 
(other than the Committee on Appropriations) is granted 
authorization for the payment of its expenses (including staff 
salaries) for a Congress, such authorization initially shall be 
procured by one primary expense resolution reported by the 
Committee on House Administration. A primary expense resolution 
may include a reserve fund for unanticipated expenses of 
committees. An amount from such a reserve fund may be allocated 
to a committee only by the approval of the Committee on House 
Administration. A primary expense resolution reported to the 
House may not be considered in the House unless a printed 
report thereon was available on the previous calendar day. For 
the information of the House, such report shall--
          (1) state the total amount of the funds to be 
        provided to the committee, commission, or other entity 
        under the primary expense resolution for all 
        anticipated activities and programs of the committee, 
        commission, or other entity; and
          (2) to the extent practicable, contain such general 
        statements regarding the estimated foreseeable 
        expenditures for the respective anticipated activities 
        and programs of the committee, commission, or other 
        entity as may be appropriate to provide the House with 
        basic estimates of the expenditures contemplated by the 
        primary expense resolution.
    (b) After the date of adoption by the House of a primary 
expense resolution for a committee, commission, or other entity 
for a Congress, authorization for the payment of additional 
expenses (including staff salaries) in that Congress may be 
procured by one or more supplemental expense resolutions 
reported by the Committee on House Administration, as 
necessary. A supplemental expense resolution reported to the 
House may not be considered in the House unless a printed 
report thereon was available on the previous calendar day. For 
the information of the House, such report shall--
          (1) state the total amount of additional funds to be 
        provided to the committee, commission, or other entity 
        under the supplemental expense resolution and the 
        purposes for which those additional funds are 
        available; and
          (2) state the reasons for the failure to procure the 
        additional funds for the committee, commission, or 
        other entity by means of the primary expense 
        resolution.
    (c) The preceding provisions of this clause do not apply 
to--
          (1) a resolution providing for the payment from 
        committee salary and expense accounts of the House of 
        sums necessary to pay compensation for staff services 
        performed for, or to pay other expenses of, a 
        committee, commission, or other entity at any time 
        after the beginning of an odd-numbered year and before 
        the date of adoption by the House of the primary 
        expense resolution described in paragraph (a) for that 
        year; or
          (2) a resolution providing each of the standing 
        committees in a Congress additional office equipment, 
        airmail and special-delivery postage stamps, supplies, 
        staff personnel, or any other specific item for the 
        operation of the standing committees, and containing an 
        authorization for the payment from committee salary and 
        expense accounts of the House of the expenses of any of 
        the foregoing items provided by that resolution, 
        subject to and until enactment of the provisions of the 
        resolution as permanent law.
    (d) From the funds made available for the appointment of 
committee staff by a primary or additional expense resolution, 
the chair of each committee shall ensure that sufficient staff 
is made available to each subcommittee to carry out its 
responsibilities under the rules of the committee and that the 
minority party is treated fairly in the appointment of such 
staff.
    (e) Funds authorized for a committee under this clause and 
clauses 7 and 8 are for expenses incurred in the activities of 
the committee.

                            INTERIM FUNDING

    7. (a) For the period beginning at noon on January 3 and 
ending at midnight on March 31 in each odd-numbered year, such 
sums as may be necessary shall be paid out of the committee 
salary and expense accounts of the House for continuance of 
necessary investigations and studies by--
          (1) each standing and select committee established by 
        these rules; and
          (2) except as specified in paragraph (b), each select 
        committee established by resolution.
    (b) In the case of the first session of a Congress, amounts 
shall be made available for a select committee established by 
resolution in the preceding Congress only if--
          (1) a resolution proposing to reestablish such select 
        committee is introduced in the present Congress; and
          (2) the House has not adopted a resolution of the 
        preceding Congress providing for termination of funding 
        for investigations and studies by such select 
        committee.
    (c) Each committee described in paragraph (a) shall be 
entitled for each month during the period specified in 
paragraph (a) to 9 percent (or such lesser percentage as may be 
determined by the Committee on House Administration) of the 
total annualized amount made available under expense 
resolutions for such committee in the preceding session of 
Congress.
    (d) Payments under this clause shall be made on vouchers 
authorized by the committee involved, signed by the chair of 
the committee, except as provided in paragraph (e), and 
approved by the Committee on House Administration.
    (e) Notwithstanding any provision of law, rule of the 
House, or other authority, from noon on January 3 of the first 
session of a Congress until the election by the House of the 
committee concerned in that Congress, payments under this 
clause shall be made on vouchers signed by the ranking member 
of the committee as it was constituted at the expiration of the 
preceding Congress who is a member of the majority party in the 
present Congress.
    (f)(1) The authority of a committee to incur expenses under 
this clause shall expire upon adoption by the House of a 
primary expense resolution for the committee.
    (2) Amounts made available under this clause shall be 
expended in accordance with regulations prescribed by the 
Committee on House Administration.
    (3) This clause shall be effective only insofar as it is 
not inconsistent with a resolution reported by the Committee on 
House Administration and adopted by the House after the 
adoption of these rules.

                                 TRAVEL

    8. (a) Local currencies owned by the United States shall be 
made available to the committee and its employees engaged in 
carrying out their official duties outside the United States or 
its territories or possessions. Appropriated funds, including 
those authorized under this clause and clause 6, may not be 
expended for the purpose of defraying expenses of members of a 
committee or its employees in a country where local currencies 
are available for this purpose.
    (b) The following conditions shall apply with respect to 
travel outside the United States or its territories or 
possessions:
          (1) A member or employee of a committee may not 
        receive or expend local currencies for subsistence in a 
        country for a day at a rate in excess of the maximum 
        per diem set forth in applicable Federal law.
          (2) A member or employee shall be reimbursed for the 
        expenses of such individual for a day at the lesser 
        of--
                (A) the per diem set forth in applicable 
                Federal law; or
                (B) the actual, unreimbursed expenses (other 
                than for transportation) incurred during that 
                day.
          (3) Each member or employee of a committee shall make 
        to the chair of the committee an itemized report 
        showing the dates each country was visited, the amount 
        of per diem furnished, the cost of transportation 
        furnished, and funds expended for any other official 
        purpose and shall summarize in these categories the 
        total foreign currencies or appropriated funds 
        expended. Each report shall be filed with the chair of 
        the committee not later than 60 days following the 
        completion of travel for use in complying with 
        reporting requirements in applicable Federal law and 
        shall be open for public inspection.
    (c)(1) In carrying out the activities of a committee 
outside the United States in a country where local currencies 
are unavailable, a member or employee of a committee may not 
receive reimbursement for expenses (other than for 
transportation) in excess of the maximum per diem set forth in 
applicable Federal law.
    (2) A member or employee shall be reimbursed for the 
expenses of such individual for a day, at the lesser of--
          (A) the per diem set forth in applicable Federal law; 
        or
          (B) the actual unreimbursed expenses (other than for 
        transportation) incurred during that day.
    (3) A member or employee of a committee may not receive 
reimbursement for the cost of any transportation in connection 
with travel outside the United States unless the member or 
employee actually paid for the transportation.
    (d) The restrictions respecting travel outside the United 
States set forth in paragraph (c) also shall apply to travel 
outside the United States by a Member, Delegate, Resident 
Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House authorized 
under any standing rule.

                            COMMITTEE STAFFS

    9. (a)(1) Subject to subparagraph (2) and paragraph (f), 
each standing committee may appoint, by majority vote, not more 
than 30 professional staff members to be compensated from the 
funds provided for the appointment of committee staff by 
primary and additional expense resolutions. Each professional 
staff member appointed under this subparagraph shall be 
assigned to the chair and the ranking minority member of the 
committee, as the committee considers advisable.
    (2) Subject to paragraph (f) whenever a majority of the 
minority party members of a standing committee (other than the 
Committee on Ethics or the Permanent Select Committee on 
Intelligence) so request, not more than 10 persons (or one-
third of the total professional committee staff appointed under 
this clause, whichever is fewer) may be selected, by majority 
vote of the minority party members, for appointment by the 
committee as professional staff members under subparagraph (1). 
The committee shall appoint persons so selected whose character 
and qualifications are acceptable to a majority of the 
committee. If the committee determines that the character and 
qualifications of a person so selected are unacceptable, a 
majority of the minority party members may select another 
person for appointment by the committee to the professional 
staff until such appointment is made. Each professional staff 
member appointed under this subparagraph shall be assigned to 
such committee business as the minority party members of the 
committee consider advisable.
    (b)(1) The professional staff members of each standing 
committee--
          (A) may not engage in any work other than committee 
        business during congressional working hours; and
          (B) may not be assigned a duty other than one 
        pertaining to committee business.
    (2)(A) Subparagraph (1) does not apply to staff designated 
by a committee as associate or shared staff who are not paid 
exclusively by the committee, provided that the chair certifies 
that the compensation paid by the committee for any such staff 
is commensurate with the work performed for the committee in 
accordance with clause 8 of rule XXIII.
    (B) The use of any associate or shared staff by a committee 
other than the Committee on Appropriations shall be subject to 
the review of, and to any terms, conditions, or limitations 
established by, the Committee on House Administration in 
connection with the reporting of any primary or additional 
expense resolution.
    (c) Each employee on the professional or investigative 
staff of a standing committee shall be entitled to pay at a 
single gross per annum rate, to be fixed by the chair and that 
does not exceed the maximum rate of pay as in effect from time 
to time under applicable provisions of law.
    (d) Subject to appropriations hereby authorized, the 
Committee on Appropriations may appoint by majority vote such 
staff as it determines to be necessary (in addition to the 
clerk of the committee and assistants for the minority). The 
staff appointed under this paragraph, other than minority 
assistants, shall possess such qualifications as the committee 
may prescribe.
    (e) A committee may not appoint to its staff an expert or 
other personnel detailed or assigned from a department or 
agency of the Government except with the written permission of 
the Committee on House Administration.
    (f) If a request for the appointment of a minority 
professional staff member under paragraph (a) is made when no 
vacancy exists for such an appointment, the committee 
nevertheless may appoint under paragraph (a) a person selected 
by the minority and acceptable to the committee. A person so 
appointed shall serve as an additional member of the 
professional staff of the committee until such a vacancy occurs 
(other than a vacancy in the position of head of the 
professional staff, by whatever title designated), at which 
time that person is considered as appointed to that vacancy. 
Such a person shall be paid from the applicable accounts of the 
House described in clause 1(k)(1) of rule X. If such a vacancy 
occurs on the professional staff when seven or more persons 
have been so appointed who are eligible to fill that vacancy, a 
majority of the minority party members shall designate which of 
those persons shall fill the vacancy.
    (g) Each staff member appointed pursuant to a request by 
minority party members under paragraph (a), and each staff 
member appointed to assist minority members of a committee 
pursuant to an expense resolution described in clause 6(a), 
shall be accorded equitable treatment with respect to the 
fixing of the rate of pay, the assignment of work facilities, 
and the accessibility of committee records.
    (h) Paragraph (a) may not be construed to authorize the 
appointment of additional professional staff members of a 
committee pursuant to a request under paragraph (a) by the 
minority party members of that committee if 10 or more 
professional staff members provided for in paragraph (a)(1) who 
are satisfactory to a majority of the minority party members 
are otherwise assigned to assist the minority party members.
    (i) Notwithstanding paragraph (a)(2), a committee may 
employ nonpartisan staff, in lieu of or in addition to 
committee staff designated exclusively for the majority or 
minority party, by an affirmative vote of a majority of the 
members of the majority party and of a majority of the members 
of the minority party.

                      SELECT AND JOINT COMMITTEES

    10. (a) Membership on a select or joint committee appointed 
by the Speaker under clause 11 of rule I during the course of a 
Congress shall be contingent on continuing membership in the 
party caucus or conference of which the Member, Delegate, or 
Resident Commissioner concerned was a member at the time of 
appointment. Should a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner cease to be a member of that caucus or conference, 
that Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner shall 
automatically cease to be a member of any select or joint 
committee to which assigned. The chair of the relevant party 
caucus or conference shall notify the Speaker whenever a 
Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner ceases to be a 
member of a party caucus or conference. The Speaker shall 
notify the chair of each affected select or joint committee 
that the appointment of such Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner to the select or joint committee is automatically 
vacated under this paragraph.
    (b) Each select or joint committee, other than a conference 
committee, shall comply with clause 2(a) of rule XI unless 
specifically exempted by law.

               PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE

    11. (a)(1) There is established a Permanent Select 
Committee on Intelligence (hereafter in this clause referred to 
as the ``select committee''). The select committee shall be 
composed of not more than 20 Members, Delegates, or the 
Resident Commissioner, of whom not more than 12 may be from the 
same party. The select committee shall include at least one 
Member, Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from each of the 
following committees:
          (A) the Committee on Appropriations;
          (B) the Committee on Armed Services;
          (C) the Committee on Foreign Affairs; and
          (D) the Committee on the Judiciary.
    (2) The Speaker and the Minority Leader shall be ex officio 
members of the select committee but shall have no vote in the 
select committee and may not be counted for purposes of 
determining a quorum thereof.
    (3) The Speaker and Minority Leader each may designate a 
respective leadership staff member to assist in the capacity of 
the Speaker or Minority Leader as ex officio member, with the 
same access to committee meetings, hearings, briefings, and 
materials as employees of the select committee and subject to 
the same security clearance and confidentiality requirements as 
employees of the select committee under this clause.
    (4)(A) Except as permitted by subdivision (B), a Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, other than the Speaker or 
the Minority Leader, may not serve as a member of the select 
committee during more than four Congresses in a period of six 
successive Congresses (disregarding for this purpose any 
service for less than a full session in a Congress).
    (B) In the case of a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner appointed to serve as the chair or the ranking 
minority member of the select committee, tenure on the select 
committee shall not be limited.
    (b)(1) There shall be referred to the select committee 
proposed legislation, messages, petitions, memorials, and other 
matters relating to the following:
          (A) The Central Intelligence Agency, the Director of 
        National Intelligence, and the National Intelligence 
        Program as defined in section 3(6) of the National 
        Security Act of 1947.
          (B) Intelligence and intelligence-related activities 
        of all other departments and agencies of the 
        Government, including the tactical intelligence and 
        intelligence-related activities of the Department of 
        Defense.
          (C) The organization or reorganization of a 
        department or agency of the Government to the extent 
        that the organization or reorganization relates to a 
        function or activity involving intelligence or 
        intelligence-related activities.
          (D) Authorizations for appropriations, both direct 
        and indirect, for the following:
                  (i) The Central Intelligence Agency, the 
                Director of National Intelligence, and the 
                National Intelligence Program as defined in 
                section 3(6) of the National Security Act of 
                1947.
                  (ii) Intelligence and intelligence-related 
                activities of all other departments and 
                agencies of the Government, including the 
                tactical intelligence and intelligence-related 
                activities of the Department of Defense.
                  (iii) A department, agency, subdivision, or 
                program that is a successor to an agency or 
                program named or referred to in (i) or (ii).
    (2) Proposed legislation initially reported by the select 
committee (other than provisions solely involving matters 
specified in subparagraph (1)(A) or subparagraph (1)(D)(i)) 
containing any matter otherwise within the jurisdiction of a 
standing committee shall be referred by the Speaker to that 
standing committee. Proposed legislation initially reported by 
another committee that contains matter within the jurisdiction 
of the select committee shall be referred by the Speaker to the 
select committee if requested by the chair of the select 
committee.
    (3) Nothing in this clause shall be construed as 
prohibiting or otherwise restricting the authority of any other 
committee to study and review an intelligence or intelligence-
related activity to the extent that such activity directly 
affects a matter otherwise within the jurisdiction of that 
committee.
    (4) Nothing in this clause shall be construed as amending, 
limiting, or otherwise changing the authority of a standing 
committee to obtain full and prompt access to the product of 
the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of a 
department or agency of the Government relevant to a matter 
otherwise within the jurisdiction of that committee.
    (c)(1) For purposes of accountability to the House, the 
select committee shall make regular and periodic reports to the 
House on the nature and extent of the intelligence and 
intelligence-related activities of the various departments and 
agencies of the United States. The select committee shall 
promptly call to the attention of the House, or to any other 
appropriate committee, a matter requiring the attention of the 
House or another committee. In making such report, the select 
committee shall proceed in a manner consistent with paragraph 
(g) to protect national security.
    (2) The select committee shall obtain annual reports from 
the Director of National Intelligence, the Director of the 
Central Intelligence Agency, the Secretary of Defense, the 
Secretary of State, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation. Such reports shall review the intelligence and 
intelligence-related activities of the agency or department 
concerned and the intelligence and intelligence-related 
activities of foreign countries directed at the United States 
or its interests. An unclassified version of each report may be 
made available to the public at the discretion of the select 
committee. Nothing herein shall be construed as requiring the 
public disclosure in such reports of the names of persons 
engaged in intelligence or intelligence-related activities for 
the United States or the divulging of intelligence methods 
employed or the sources of information on which the reports are 
based or the amount of funds authorized to be appropriated for 
intelligence and intelligence-related activities.
    (3) Within six weeks after the President submits a budget 
under section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, or at 
such time as the Committee on the Budget may request, the 
select committee shall submit to the Committee on the Budget 
the views and estimates described in section 301(d) of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974 regarding matters within the 
jurisdiction of the select committee.
    (d)(1) Except as specified in subparagraph (2), clauses 
8(a), (b), and (c) and 9(a), (b), and (c) of this rule, and 
clauses 1, 2, and 4 of rule XI shall apply to the select 
committee to the extent not inconsistent with this clause.
    (2) Notwithstanding the requirements of the first sentence 
of clause 2(g)(2) of rule XI, in the presence of the number of 
members required under the rules of the select committee for 
the purpose of taking testimony or receiving evidence, the 
select committee may vote to close a hearing whenever a 
majority of those present determines that the testimony or 
evidence would endanger the national security.
    (e) An employee of the select committee, or a person 
engaged by contract or otherwise to perform services for or at 
the request of the select committee, may not be given access to 
any classified information by the select committee unless such 
employee or person has--
          (1) agreed in writing and under oath to be bound by 
        the Rules of the House, including the jurisdiction of 
        the Committee on Ethics and of the select committee 
        concerning the security of classified information 
        during and after the period of the employment or 
        contractual agreement of such employee or person with 
        the select committee; and
          (2) received an appropriate security clearance, as 
        determined by the select committee in consultation with 
        the Director of National Intelligence, that is 
        commensurate with the sensitivity of the classified 
        information to which such employee or person will be 
        given access by the select committee.
    (f) The select committee shall formulate and carry out such 
rules and procedures as it considers necessary to prevent the 
disclosure, without the consent of each person concerned, of 
information in the possession of the select committee that 
unduly infringes on the privacy or that violates the 
constitutional rights of such person. Nothing herein shall be 
construed to prevent the select committee from publicly 
disclosing classified information in a case in which it 
determines that national interest in the disclosure of 
classified information clearly outweighs any infringement on 
the privacy of a person.
    (g)(1) The select committee may disclose publicly any 
information in its possession after a determination by the 
select committee that the public interest would be served by 
such disclosure. With respect to the disclosure of information 
for which this paragraph requires action by the select 
committee--
          (A) the select committee shall meet to vote on the 
        matter within five days after a member of the select 
        committee requests a vote; and
          (B) a member of the select committee may not make 
        such a disclosure before a vote by the select committee 
        on the matter, or after a vote by the select committee 
        on the matter except in accordance with this paragraph.
    (2)(A) In a case in which the select committee votes to 
disclose publicly any information that has been classified 
under established procedures, that has been submitted to it by 
the executive branch, and that the executive branch requests be 
kept secret, the select committee shall notify the President of 
such vote.
    (B) The select committee may disclose publicly such 
information after the expiration of a five-day period following 
the day on which notice of the vote to disclose is transmitted 
to the President unless, before the expiration of the five-day 
period, the President, personally in writing, notifies the 
select committee that the President objects to the disclosure 
of such information, provides reasons therefor, and certifies 
that the threat to the national interest of the United States 
posed by the disclosure is of such gravity that it outweighs 
any public interest in the disclosure.
    (C) If the President, personally in writing, notifies the 
select committee of objections to the disclosure of information 
as provided in subdivision (B), the select committee may, by 
majority vote, refer the question of the disclosure of such 
information, with a recommendation thereon, to the House. The 
select committee may not publicly disclose such information 
without leave of the House.
    (D) Whenever the select committee votes to refer the 
question of disclosure of any information to the House under 
subdivision (C), the chair shall, not later than the first day 
on which the House is in session following the day on which the 
vote occurs, report the matter to the House for its 
consideration.
    (E) If the chair of the select committee does not offer in 
the House a motion to consider in closed session a matter 
reported under subdivision (D) within four calendar days on 
which the House is in session after the recommendation 
described in subdivision (C) is reported, then such a motion 
shall be privileged when offered by a Member, Delegate, or 
Resident Commissioner. In either case such a motion shall be 
decided without debate or intervening motion except one that 
the House adjourn.
    (F) Upon adoption by the House of a motion to resolve into 
closed session as described in subdivision (E), the Speaker may 
declare a recess subject to the call of the Chair. At the 
expiration of the recess, the pending question, in closed 
session, shall be, ``Shall the House approve the recommendation 
of the select committee?''.
    (G) Debate on the question described in subdivision (F) 
shall be limited to two hours equally divided and controlled by 
the chair and ranking minority member of the select committee. 
After such debate the previous question shall be considered as 
ordered on the question of approving the recommendation without 
intervening motion except one motion that the House adjourn. 
The House shall vote on the question in open session but 
without divulging the information with respect to which the 
vote is taken. If the recommendation of the select committee is 
not approved, then the question is considered as recommitted to 
the select committee for further recommendation.
    (3)(A) Information in the possession of the select 
committee relating to the lawful intelligence or intelligence-
related activities of a department or agency of the United 
States that has been classified under established security 
procedures, and that the select committee has determined should 
not be disclosed under subparagraph (1) or (2), may not be made 
available to any person by a Member, Delegate, Resident 
Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House except as 
provided in subdivision (B).
    (B) The select committee shall, under such regulations as 
it may prescribe, make information described in subdivision (A) 
available to a committee or a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner, and permit a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner to attend a hearing of the select committee that 
is closed to the public. Whenever the select committee makes 
such information available, it shall keep a written record 
showing, in the case of particular information, which committee 
or which Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner received 
the information. A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner 
who, and a committee that, receives information under this 
subdivision may not disclose the information except in a closed 
session of the House.
    (4) The Committee on Ethics shall investigate any 
unauthorized disclosure of intelligence or intelligence-related 
information by a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
officer, or employee of the House in violation of subparagraph 
(3) and report to the House concerning any allegation that it 
finds to be substantiated.
    (5) Upon the request of a person who is subject to an 
investigation described in subparagraph (4), the Committee on 
Ethics shall release to such person at the conclusion of its 
investigation a summary of its investigation, together with its 
findings. If, at the conclusion of its investigation, the 
Committee on Ethics determines that there has been a 
significant breach of confidentiality or unauthorized 
disclosure by a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
officer, or employee of the House, it shall report its findings 
to the House and recommend appropriate action. Recommendations 
may include censure, removal from committee membership, or 
expulsion from the House, in the case of a Member, or removal 
from office or employment or punishment for contempt, in the 
case of an officer or employee.
    (h) The select committee may permit a personal 
representative of the President, designated by the President to 
serve as a liaison to the select committee, to attend any 
closed meeting of the select committee.
    (i) Subject to the Rules of the House, funds may not be 
appropriated for a fiscal year, with the exception of a bill or 
joint resolution continuing appropriations, or an amendment 
thereto, or a conference report thereon, to, or for use of, a 
department or agency of the United States to carry out any of 
the following activities, unless the funds shall previously 
have been authorized by a bill or joint resolution passed by 
the House during the same or preceding fiscal year to carry out 
such activity for such fiscal year:
          (1) The activities of the Director of National 
        Intelligence and the Office of the Director of National 
        Intelligence.
          (2) The activities of the Central Intelligence 
        Agency.
          (3) The activities of the Defense Intelligence 
        Agency.
          (4) The activities of the National Security Agency.
          (5) The intelligence and intelligence-related 
        activities of other agencies and subdivisions of the 
        Department of Defense.
          (6) The intelligence and intelligence-related 
        activities of the Department of State.
          (7) The intelligence and intelligence-related 
        activities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
          (8) The intelligence and intelligence-related 
        activities of all other departments and agencies of the 
        executive branch.
    (j)(1) In this clause the term intelligence and 
intelligence-related activities includes--
          (A) the collection, analysis, production, 
        dissemination, or use of information that relates to a 
        foreign country, or a government, political group, 
        party, military force, movement, or other association 
        in a foreign country, and that relates to the defense, 
        foreign policy, national security, or related policies 
        of the United States and other activity in support of 
        the collection, analysis, production, dissemination, or 
        use of such information;
          (B) activities taken to counter similar activities 
        directed against the United States;
          (C) covert or clandestine activities affecting the 
        relations of the United States with a foreign 
        government, political group, party, military force, 
        movement, or other association;
          (D) the collection, analysis, production, 
        dissemination, or use of information about activities 
        of persons within the United States, its territories 
        and possessions, or nationals of the United States 
        abroad whose political and related activities pose, or 
        may be considered by a department, agency, bureau, 
        office, division, instrumentality, or employee of the 
        United States to pose, a threat to the internal 
        security of the United States; and
          (E) covert or clandestine activities directed against 
        persons described in subdivision (D).
    (2) In this clause the term ``department or agency'' 
includes any organization, committee, council, establishment, 
or office within the Federal Government.
    (3) For purposes of this clause, reference to a department, 
agency, bureau, or subdivision shall include a reference to any 
successor department, agency, bureau, or subdivision to the 
extent that a successor engages in intelligence or 
intelligence-related activities now conducted by the 
department, agency, bureau, or subdivision referred to in this 
clause.
    (k) Clause 12(a) of rule XXII does not apply to meetings of 
a conference committee respecting legislation (or any part 
thereof) reported by the Permanent Select Committee on 
Intelligence.

       Rule XI--Procedures of Committees and Unfinished Business


                               IN GENERAL

    1. (a)(1)(A) The Rules of the House are the rules of its 
committees and subcommittees so far as applicable.
    (B) Each subcommittee is a part of its committee and is 
subject to the authority and direction of that committee and to 
its rules, so far as applicable.
    (2)(A) In a committee or subcommittee--
          (i) a motion to recess from day to day, or to recess 
        subject to the call of the Chair (within 24 hours), 
        shall be privileged; and
          (ii) a motion to dispense with the first reading (in 
        full) of a bill or resolution shall be privileged if 
        printed copies are available.
    (B) A motion accorded privilege under this subparagraph 
shall be decided without debate.
    (b)(1) Each committee may conduct at any time such 
investigations and studies as it considers necessary or 
appropriate in the exercise of its responsibilities under rule 
X. Subject to the adoption of expense resolutions as required 
by clause 6 of rule X, each committee may incur expenses, 
including travel expenses, in connection with such 
investigations and studies.
    (2) A proposed investigative or oversight report shall be 
considered as read in committee if it has been available to the 
members for at least 24 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, or 
legal holidays except when the House is in session on such a 
day).
    (3) A report of an investigation or study conducted jointly 
by more than one committee may be filed jointly, provided that 
each of the committees complies independently with all 
requirements for approval and filing of the report.
    (4) After an adjournment sine die of the last regular 
session of a Congress, an investigative or oversight report may 
be filed with the Clerk at any time, provided that a member who 
gives timely notice of intention to file supplemental, 
minority, or additional views shall be entitled to not less 
than seven calendar days in which to submit such views for 
inclusion in the report.
    (c) Each committee may have printed and bound such 
testimony and other data as may be presented at hearings held 
by the committee or its subcommittees. All costs of 
stenographic services and transcripts in connection with a 
meeting or hearing of a committee shall be paid from the 
applicable accounts of the House described in clause 1(k)(1) of 
rule X.
    (d)(1) Not later than the 30th day after June 1 and 
December 1, a committee shall submit to the House a semiannual 
report on the activities of that committee.
    (2) Such report shall include--
          (A) separate sections summarizing the legislative and 
        oversight activities of that committee under this rule 
        and rule X during the applicable period;
          (B) in the case of the first such report, a summary 
        of the oversight plans submitted by the committee under 
        clause 2(d) of rule X;
          (C) a summary of the actions taken and 
        recommendations made with respect to the oversight 
        plans specified in subdivision (B);
          (D) a summary of any additional oversight activities 
        undertaken by that committee and any recommendations 
        made or actions taken thereon; and
          (E) a delineation of any hearings held pursuant to 
        clauses 2(n), (o), or (p) of this rule.
    (3) After an adjournment sine die of a regular session of a 
Congress, or after December 15, whichever occurs first, the 
chair of a committee may file the second or fourth semiannual 
report described in subparagraph (1) with the Clerk at any time 
and without approval of the committee, provided that--
          (A) a copy of the report has been available to each 
        member of the committee for at least seven calendar 
        days; and
          (B) the report includes any supplemental, minority, 
        or additional views submitted by a member of the 
        committee.

                       ADOPTION OF WRITTEN RULES

    2. (a)(1) Each standing committee shall adopt written rules 
governing its procedure. Such rules--
          (A) shall be adopted in a meeting that is open to the 
        public unless the committee, in open session and with a 
        quorum present, determines by record vote that all or 
        part of the meeting on that day shall be closed to the 
        public;
          (B) may not be inconsistent with the Rules of the 
        House or with those provisions of law having the force 
        and effect of Rules of the House; and
          (C) shall in any event incorporate all of the 
        succeeding provisions of this clause to the extent 
        applicable.
    (2) Each committee shall make its rules publicly available 
in electronic form and submit such rules for publication in the 
Congressional Record not later than 30 days after the chair of 
the committee is elected in each odd-numbered year.
    (3) A committee may adopt a rule providing that the chair 
be directed to offer a motion under clause 1 of rule XXII 
whenever the chair considers it appropriate.

                          REGULAR MEETING DAYS

    (b) Each standing committee shall establish regular meeting 
days for the conduct of its business, which shall be not less 
frequent than monthly. Each such committee shall meet for the 
consideration of a bill or resolution pending before the 
committee or the transaction of other committee business on all 
regular meeting days fixed by the committee unless otherwise 
provided by written rule adopted by the committee.

                    ADDITIONAL AND SPECIAL MEETINGS

    (c)(1) The chair of each standing committee may call and 
convene, as the chair considers necessary, additional and 
special meetings of the committee for the consideration of a 
bill or resolution pending before the committee or for the 
conduct of other committee business, subject to such rules as 
the committee may adopt. The committee shall meet for such 
purpose under that call of the chair.
    (2) Three or more members of a standing committee may file 
in the offices of the committee a written request that the 
chair call a special meeting of the committee. Such request 
shall specify the measure or matter to be considered. 
Immediately upon the filing of the request, the clerk of the 
committee shall notify the chair of the filing of the request. 
If the chair does not call the requested special meeting within 
three calendar days after the filing of the request (to be held 
within seven calendar days after the filing of the request) a 
majority of the members of the committee may file in the 
offices of the committee their written notice that a special 
meeting of the committee will be held. The written notice shall 
specify the date and hour of the special meeting and the 
measure or matter to be considered. The committee shall meet on 
that date and hour. Immediately upon the filing of the notice, 
the clerk of the committee shall notify all members of the 
committee that such special meeting will be held and inform 
them of its date and hour and the measure or matter to be 
considered. Only the measure or matter specified in that notice 
may be considered at that special meeting.

                       TEMPORARY ABSENCE OF CHAIR

    (d) A member of the majority party on each standing 
committee or subcommittee thereof shall be designated by the 
chair of the full committee as the vice chair of the committee 
or subcommittee, as the case may be, and shall preside during 
the absence of the chair from any meeting. If the chair and 
vice chair of a committee or subcommittee are not present at 
any meeting of the committee or subcommittee, the ranking 
majority member who is present shall preside at that meeting.

                           COMMITTEE RECORDS

    (e)(1)(A) Each committee shall keep a complete record of 
all committee action which shall include--
          (i) in the case of a meeting or hearing transcript, a 
        substantially verbatim account of remarks actually made 
        during the proceedings, subject only to technical, 
        grammatical, and typographical corrections authorized 
        by the person making the remarks involved; and
          (ii) a record of the votes on any question on which a 
        record vote is demanded. (B)(i) Except as provided in 
        subdivision (B)(ii) and subject to paragraph (k)(7), 
        the result of each such record vote shall be made 
        available by the committee for inspection by the public 
        at reasonable times in its offices and also made 
        publicly available in electronic form within 48 hours 
        of such record vote. Information so available shall 
        include a description of the amendment, motion, order, 
        or other proposition, the name of each member voting 
        for and each member voting against such amendment, 
        motion, order, or proposition, and the names of those 
        members of the committee present but not voting.
          (ii) The result of any record vote taken in executive 
        session in the Committee on Ethics may not be made 
        available for inspection by the public without an 
        affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the 
        committee.
    (2)(A) Except as provided in subdivision (B), all committee 
hearings, records, data, charts, and files shall be kept 
separate and distinct from the congressional office records of 
the member serving as its chair. Such records shall be the 
property of the House, and each Member, Delegate, and the 
Resident Commissioner shall have access thereto.
    (B) A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, other 
than members of the Committee on Ethics, may not have access to 
the records of that committee respecting the conduct of a 
Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
of the House without the specific prior permission of that 
committee.
    (3) Each committee shall include in its rules standards for 
availability of records of the committee delivered to the 
Archivist of the United States under rule VII. Such standards 
shall specify procedures for orders of the committee under 
clause 3(b)(3) and clause 4(b) of rule VII, including a 
requirement that nonavailability of a record for a period 
longer than the period otherwise applicable under that rule 
shall be approved by vote of the committee.
    (4) Each committee shall make its publications available in 
electronic form to the maximum extent feasible.
    (5) To the maximum extent practicable, each committee 
shall--
          (A) provide audio and video coverage of each hearing 
        or meeting for the transaction of business in a manner 
        that allows the public to easily listen to and view the 
        proceedings; and
          (B) maintain the recordings of such coverage in a 
        manner that is easily accessible to the public.
    (6) Not later than 24 hours after the adoption of any 
amendment to a measure or matter considered by a committee, the 
chair of such committee shall cause the text of each such 
amendment to be made publicly available in electronic form.

                    PROHIBITION AGAINST PROXY VOTING

    (f) A vote by a member of a committee or subcommittee with 
respect to any measure or matter may not be cast by proxy.

                       OPEN MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

    (g)(1) Each meeting for the transaction of business, 
including the markup of legislation, by a standing committee or 
subcommittee thereof (other than the Committee on Ethics or its 
subcommittees) shall be open to the public, including to radio, 
television, and still photography coverage, except when the 
committee or subcommittee, in open session and with a majority 
present, determines by record vote that all or part of the 
remainder of the meeting on that day shall be in executive 
session because disclosure of matters to be considered would 
endanger national security, would compromise sensitive law 
enforcement information, would tend to defame, degrade, or 
incriminate any person, or otherwise would violate a law or 
rule of the House. Persons, other than members of the committee 
and such noncommittee Members, Delegates, Resident 
Commissioner, congressional staff, or departmental 
representatives as the committee may authorize, may not be 
present at a business or markup session that is held in 
executive session. This subparagraph does not apply to open 
committee hearings, which are governed by clause 4(a)(1) of 
rule X or by subparagraph (2).
    (2)(A) Each hearing conducted by a committee or 
subcommittee (other than the Committee on Ethics or its 
subcommittees) shall be open to the public, including to radio, 
television, and still photography coverage, except when the 
committee or subcommittee, in open session and with a majority 
present, determines by record vote that all or part of the 
remainder of that hearing on that day shall be closed to the 
public because disclosure of testimony, evidence, or other 
matters to be considered would endanger national security, 
would compromise sensitive law enforcement information, or 
would violate a law or rule of the House.
    (B) Notwithstanding the requirements of subdivision (A), in 
the presence of the number of members required under the rules 
of the committee for the purpose of taking testimony, a 
majority of those present may--
          (i) agree to close the hearing for the sole purpose 
        of discussing whether testimony or evidence to be 
        received would endanger national security, would 
        compromise sensitive law enforcement information, or 
        would violate clause 2(k)(5); or
          (ii) agree to close the hearing as provided in clause 
        2(k)(5).
    (C) A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not be 
excluded from nonparticipatory attendance at a hearing of a 
committee or subcommittee (other than the Committee on Ethics 
or its subcommittees) unless the House by majority vote 
authorizes a particular committee or subcommittee, for purposes 
of a particular series of hearings on a particular article of 
legislation or on a particular subject of investigation, to 
close its hearings to Members, Delegates, and the Resident 
Commissioner by the same procedures specified in this 
subparagraph for closing hearings to the public.
    (D) The committee or subcommittee may vote by the same 
procedure described in this subparagraph to close one 
subsequent day of hearing, except that the Committee on 
Appropriations, the Committee on Armed Services, and the 
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the 
subcommittees thereof, may vote by the same procedure to close 
up to five additional, consecutive days of hearings.
    (3)(A) The chair of a committee shall announce the date, 
place, and subject matter of--
          (i) a committee hearing, which may not commence 
        earlier than one week after such notice; or
          (ii) a committee meeting, which may not commence 
        earlier than the third day on which members have notice 
        thereof.
    (B) A hearing or meeting may begin sooner than specified in 
subdivision (A) in either of the following circumstances (in 
which case the chair shall make the announcement specified in 
subdivision (A) at the earliest possible time):
          (i) the chair of the committee, with the concurrence 
        of the ranking minority member, determines that there 
        is good cause; or
          (ii) the committee so determines by majority vote in 
        the presence of the number of members required under 
        the rules of the committee for the transaction of 
        business.
    (C) An announcement made under this subparagraph shall be 
published promptly in the Daily Digest and made publicly 
available in electronic form.
    (D) This subparagraph and subparagraph (4) shall not apply 
to the Committee on Rules.
    (4) At least 24 hours prior to the commencement of a 
meeting for the markup of legislation, or at the time of an 
announcement under subparagraph (3)(B) made within 24 hours 
before such meeting, the chair of the committee shall cause the 
text of such legislation to be made publicly available in 
electronic form.
    (5) Each committee shall, to the greatest extent 
practicable, require witnesses who appear before it to submit 
in advance written statements of proposed testimony and to 
limit their initial presentations to the committee to brief 
summaries thereof. In the case of a witness appearing in a 
nongovernmental capacity, a written statement of proposed 
testimony shall include a curriculum vitae and a disclosure of 
the amount and source (by agency and program) of each Federal 
grant (or subgrant thereof) or contract (or subcontract 
thereof) received during the current fiscal year or either of 
the two previous fiscal years by the witness or by an entity 
represented by the witness. Such statements, with appropriate 
redactions to protect the privacy of the witness, shall be made 
publicly available in electronic form not later than one day 
after the witness appears.
    (6)(A) Except as provided in subdivision (B), a point of 
order does not lie with respect to a measure reported by a 
committee on the ground that hearings on such measure were not 
conducted in accordance with this clause.
    (B) A point of order on the ground described in subdivision 
(A) may be made by a member of the committee that reported the 
measure if such point of order was timely made and improperly 
disposed of in the committee.
    (7) This paragraph does not apply to hearings of the 
Committee on Appropriations under clause 4(a)(1) of rule X.

                          QUORUM REQUIREMENTS

    (h)(1) A measure or recommendation may not be reported by a 
committee unless a majority of the committee is actually 
present.
    (2) Each committee may fix the number of its members to 
constitute a quorum for taking testimony and receiving 
evidence, which may not be less than two.
    (3) Each committee (other than the Committee on 
Appropriations, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee 
on Ways and Means) may fix the number of its members to 
constitute a quorum for taking any action other than one for 
which the presence of a majority of the committee is otherwise 
required, which may not be less than one-third of the members.
    (4)(A) Each committee may adopt a rule authorizing the 
chair of a committee or subcommittee--
          (i) to postpone further proceedings when a record 
        vote is ordered on the question of approving a measure 
        or matter or on adopting an amendment; and
          (ii) to resume proceedings on a postponed question at 
        any time after reasonable notice.
    (B) A rule adopted pursuant to this subparagraph shall 
provide that when proceedings resume on a postponed question, 
notwithstanding any intervening order for the previous 
question, an underlying proposition shall remain subject to 
further debate or amendment to the same extent as when the 
question was postponed.

                    LIMITATION ON COMMITTEE SITTINGS

    (i) A committee may not sit during a joint session of the 
House and Senate or during a recess when a joint meeting of the 
House and Senate is in progress.

                  CALLING AND QUESTIONING OF WITNESSES

    (j)(1) Whenever a hearing is conducted by a committee on a 
measure or matter, the minority members of the committee shall 
be entitled, upon request to the chair by a majority of them 
before the completion of the hearing, to call witnesses 
selected by the minority to testify with respect to that 
measure or matter during at least one day of hearing thereon.
    (2)(A) Subject to subdivisions (B) and (C), each committee 
shall apply the five-minute rule during the questioning of 
witnesses in a hearing until such time as each member of the 
committee who so desires has had an opportunity to question 
each witness.
    (B) A committee may adopt a rule or motion permitting a 
specified number of its members to question a witness for 
longer than five minutes. The time for extended questioning of 
a witness under this subdivision shall be equal for the 
majority party and the minority party and may not exceed one 
hour in the aggregate.
    (C) A committee may adopt a rule or motion permitting 
committee staff for its majority and minority party members to 
question a witness for equal specified periods. The time for 
extended questioning of a witness under this subdivision shall 
be equal for the majority party and the minority party and may 
not exceed one hour in the aggregate.

                           HEARING PROCEDURES

    (k)(1) The chair at a hearing shall announce in an opening 
statement the subject of the hearing.
    (2) A copy of the committee rules and of this clause shall 
be made available to each witness on request.
    (3) Witnesses at hearings may be accompanied by their own 
counsel for the purpose of advising them concerning their 
constitutional rights.
    (4) The chair may punish breaches of order and decorum, and 
of professional ethics on the part of counsel, by censure and 
exclusion from the hearings; and the committee may cite the 
offender to the House for contempt.
    (5) Whenever it is asserted by a member of the committee 
that the evidence or testimony at a hearing may tend to defame, 
degrade, or incriminate any person, or it is asserted by a 
witness that the evidence or testimony that the witness would 
give at a hearing may tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate 
the witness--
          (A) notwithstanding paragraph (g)(2), such testimony 
        or evidence shall be presented in executive session if, 
        in the presence of the number of members required under 
        the rules of the committee for the purpose of taking 
        testimony, the committee determines by vote of a 
        majority of those present that such evidence or 
        testimony may tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate 
        any person; and
          (B) the committee shall proceed to receive such 
        testimony in open session only if the committee, a 
        majority being present, determines that such evidence 
        or testimony will not tend to defame, degrade, or 
        incriminate any person.
    In either case the committee shall afford such person an 
opportunity voluntarily to appear as a witness, and receive and 
dispose of requests from such person to subpoena additional 
witnesses.
    (6) Except as provided in subparagraph (5), the chair shall 
receive and the committee shall dispose of requests to subpoena 
additional witnesses.
    (7) Evidence or testimony taken in executive session, and 
proceedings conducted in executive session, may be released or 
used in public sessions only when authorized by the committee, 
a majority being present.
    (8) In the discretion of the committee, witnesses may 
submit brief and pertinent sworn statements in writing for 
inclusion in the record. The committee is the sole judge of the 
pertinence of testimony and evidence adduced at its hearing.
    (9) A witness may obtain a transcript copy of the testimony 
of such witness given at a public session or, if given at an 
executive session, when authorized by the committee.

              SUPPLEMENTAL, MINORITY, OR ADDITIONAL VIEWS

    (l) If at the time of approval of a measure or matter by a 
committee (other than the Committee on Rules) a member of the 
committee gives notice of intention to file supplemental, 
minority, or additional views for inclusion in the report to 
the House thereon, that member shall be entitled to not less 
than two additional calendar days after the day of such notice 
(excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays except when 
the House is in session on such a day) to file such views, in 
writing and signed by that member, with the clerk of the 
committee.

                  POWER TO SIT AND ACT; SUBPOENA POWER

    (m)(1) For the purpose of carrying out any of its functions 
and duties under this rule and rule X (including any matters 
referred to it under clause 2 of rule XII), a committee or 
subcommittee is authorized (subject to subparagraph (3)(A))--
          (A) to sit and act at such times and places within 
        the United States, whether the House is in session, has 
        recessed, or has adjourned, and to hold such hearings 
        as it considers necessary; and
          (B) to require, by subpoena or otherwise, the 
        attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the 
        production of such books, records, correspondence, 
        memoranda, papers, and documents as it considers 
        necessary.
    (2) The chair of the committee, or a member designated by 
the chair, may administer oaths to witnesses.
    (3)(A)(i) Except as provided in subdivision (A)(ii), a 
subpoena may be authorized and issued by a committee or 
subcommittee under subparagraph (1)(B) in the conduct of an 
investigation or series of investigations or activities only 
when authorized by the committee or subcommittee, a majority 
being present. The power to authorize and issue subpoenas under 
subparagraph (1)(B) may be delegated to the chair of the 
committee under such rules and under such limitations as the 
committee may prescribe. Authorized subpoenas shall be signed 
by the chair of the committee or by a member designated by the 
committee.
    (ii) In the case of a subcommittee of the Committee on 
Ethics, a subpoena may be authorized and issued only by an 
affirmative vote of a majority of its members.
    (B) A subpoena duces tecum may specify terms of return 
other than at a meeting or hearing of the committee or 
subcommittee authorizing the subpoena.
    (C) Compliance with a subpoena issued by a committee or 
subcommittee under subparagraph (1)(B) may be enforced only as 
authorized or directed by the House.
    (n)(1) Each standing committee, or a subcommittee thereof, 
shall hold at least one hearing during each 120-day period 
following the establishment of the committee on the topic of 
waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement in Government programs 
which that committee may authorize.
    (2) A hearing described in subparagraph (1) shall include a 
focus on the most egregious instances of waste, fraud, abuse, 
or mismanagement as documented by any report the committee has 
received from a Federal Office of the Inspector General or the 
committee thereof, shall hold at least one hearing in any 
session in which the committee has received disclaimers of 
agency financial statements from auditors of any Federal agency 
that the committee may authorize to hear testimony on such 
disclaimers from representatives of any such agency.
    (p) Each standing committee, or a subcommittee thereof, 
shall hold at least one hearing on issues raised by reports 
issued by the Comptroller General of the United States 
indicating that Federal programs or operations that the 
committee may authorize are at high risk for waste, fraud, and 
mismanagement, known as the ``high-risk list'' or the ``high-
risk series.''

                          COMMITTEE ON ETHICS

    3. (a) The Committee on Ethics has the following functions:
          (1) The committee may recommend to the House from 
        time to time such administrative actions as it may 
        consider appropriate to establish or enforce standards 
        of official conduct for Members, Delegates, the 
        Resident Commissioner, officers, and employees of the 
        House. A letter of reproval or other administrative 
        action of the committee pursuant to an investigation 
        under subparagraph (2) shall only be issued or 
        implemented as a part of a report required by such 
        subparagraph.
          (2) The committee may investigate, subject to 
        paragraph (b), an alleged violation by a Member, 
        Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
        of the House of the Code of Official Conduct or of a 
        law, rule, regulation, or other standard of conduct 
        applicable to the conduct of such Member, Delegate, 
        Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee in the 
        performance of the duties or the discharge of the 
        responsibilities of such individual. After notice and 
        hearing (unless the right to a hearing is waived by the 
        Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or 
        employee), the committee shall report to the House its 
        findings of fact and recommendations, if any, for the 
        final disposition of any such investigation and such 
        action as the committee may consider appropriate in the 
        circumstances.
          (3) The committee may report to the appropriate 
        Federal or State authorities, either with the approval 
        of the House or by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of 
        the members of the committee, any substantial evidence 
        of a violation by a Member, Delegate, Resident 
        Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House, of a 
        law applicable to the performance of the duties or the 
        discharge of the responsibilities of such individual 
        that may have been disclosed in a committee 
        investigation.
          (4) The committee may consider the request of a 
        Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or 
        employee of the House for an advisory opinion with 
        respect to the general propriety of any current or 
        proposed conduct of such Member, Delegate, Resident 
        Commissioner, officer, or employee. With appropriate 
        deletions to ensure the privacy of the person 
        concerned, the committee may publish such opinion for 
        the guidance of other Members, Delegates, the Resident 
        Commissioner, officers, and employees of the House.
          (5) The committee may consider the request of a 
        Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or 
        employee of the House for a written waiver in 
        exceptional circumstances with respect to clause 4 of 
        rule XXIII.
          (6)(A) The committee shall offer annual ethics 
        training to each Member, Delegate, Resident 
        Commissioner, officer, and employee of the House. Such 
        training shall--
                  (i) involve the classes of employees for whom 
                the committee determines such training to be 
                appropriate; and
                  (ii) include such knowledge of the Code of 
                Official Conduct and related House rules as may 
                be determined appropriate by the committee.
          (B)(i) A new officer or employee of the House shall 
        receive training under this paragraph not later than 60 
        days after beginning service to the House.
          (ii) Not later than January 31 of each year, each 
        officer and employee of the House shall file a 
        certification with the committee that the officer or 
        employee attended ethics training in the last year as 
        established by this subparagraph.
    (b)(1)(A) Unless approved by an affirmative vote of a 
majority of its members, the Committee on Ethics may not report 
a resolution, report, recommendation, or advisory opinion 
relating to the official conduct of a Member, Delegate, 
Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House, or, 
except as provided in subparagraph (2), undertake an 
investigation of such conduct.
    (B)(i) Upon the receipt of information offered as a 
complaint that is in compliance with this rule and the rules of 
the committee, the chair and ranking minority member jointly 
may appoint members to serve as an investigative subcommittee.
    (ii) The chair and ranking minority member of the committee 
jointly may gather additional information concerning alleged 
conduct that is the basis of a complaint or of information 
offered as a complaint until they have established an 
investigative subcommittee or either of them has placed on the 
agenda of the committee the issue of whether to establish an 
investigative subcommittee.
    (2) Except in the case of an investigation undertaken by 
the committee on its own initiative, the committee may 
undertake an investigation relating to the official conduct of 
an individual Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, 
or employee of the House only--
          (A) upon receipt of information offered as a 
        complaint, in writing and under oath, from a Member, 
        Delegate, or Resident Commissioner and transmitted to 
        the committee by such Member, Delegate, or Resident 
        Commissioner;
          (B) upon receipt of information offered as a 
        complaint, in writing and under oath, from a person not 
        a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner provided 
        that a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner 
        certifies in writing to the committee that such Member, 
        Delegate, or Resident Commissioner believes the 
        information is submitted in good faith and warrants the 
        review and consideration of the committee; or
          (C) upon receipt of a report regarding a referral 
        from the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics.
If a complaint is not disposed of within the applicable periods 
set forth in the rules of the Committee on Ethics, the chair 
and ranking minority member shall establish jointly an 
investigative subcommittee and forward the complaint, or any 
portion thereof, to that subcommittee for its consideration. 
However, if at any time during those periods either the chair 
or ranking minority member places on the agenda the issue of 
whether to establish an investigative subcommittee, then an 
investigative subcommittee may be established only by an 
affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the committee.
    (3) The committee may not undertake an investigation of an 
alleged violation of a law, rule, regulation, or standard of 
conduct that was not in effect at the time of the alleged 
violation. The committee may not undertake an investigation of 
such an alleged violation that occurred before the third 
previous Congress unless the committee determines that the 
alleged violation is directly related to an alleged violation 
that occurred in a more recent Congress.
    (4) A member of the committee shall be ineligible to 
participate as a member of the committee in a committee 
proceeding relating to the member's official conduct. Whenever 
a member of the committee is ineligible to act as a member of 
the committee under the preceding sentence, the Speaker shall 
designate a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner from the 
same political party as the ineligible member to act in any 
proceeding of the committee relating to that conduct.
    (5) A member of the committee may seek disqualification 
from participating in an investigation of the conduct of a 
Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
of the House upon the submission in writing and under oath of 
an affidavit of disqualification stating that the member cannot 
render an impartial and unbiased decision in the case in which 
the member seeks to be disqualified. If the committee approves 
and accepts such affidavit of disqualification, the chair shall 
so notify the Speaker and request the Speaker to designate a 
Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner from the same 
political party as the disqualifying member to act in any 
proceeding of the committee relating to that case.
    (6) Information or testimony received, or the contents of a 
complaint or the fact of its filing, may not be publicly 
disclosed by any committee or staff member unless specifically 
authorized in each instance by a vote of the full committee.
    (7) The committee shall have the functions designated in 
titles I and V of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, in 
sections 7342, 7351, and 7353 of title 5, United States Code, 
and in clause 11(g)(4) of rule X.
    (8)(A) Except as provided by subdivisions (B), (C), and 
(D), not later than 45 calendar days or 5 legislative days, 
whichever is later, after receipt of a written report and any 
findings and supporting documentation regarding a referral from 
the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics or of a 
referral of the matter from the board pursuant to a request 
under paragraph (r), the chair of the Committee on Ethics shall 
make public the written report and findings of the board unless 
the chair and ranking member, acting jointly, decide or the 
committee votes to withhold such information for not more than 
one additional period of the same duration, in which case the 
chair shall--
          (i) upon the termination of such additional period, 
        make public the written report and findings; and
          (ii) upon the day of such decision or vote, make a 
        public statement that the committee has voted to extend 
        the matter relating to the referral made by the board 
        of the Office of Congressional Ethics regarding the 
        Member, officer, or employee of the House who is the 
        subject of the applicable referral.
    At least one calendar day before the committee makes public 
any written report and findings of the board, the chair shall 
notify such board and the applicable Member, officer, or 
employee of that fact and transmit to such individual a copy of 
the statement on the committee's disposition of, and any 
committee report on, the matter.
    (B)(i) Notwithstanding subdivision (A)(i), if the committee 
votes to dismiss a matter which is the subject of a referral 
from the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics, the 
committee is not required to make public the written report and 
findings described in such subdivision unless the committee's 
vote is inconsistent with the recommendation of the board. For 
purposes of the previous sentence, a vote by the committee to 
dismiss a matter is not inconsistent with a report from the 
board respecting the matter as unresolved due to a tie vote.
    (ii) Notwithstanding subdivision (A)(ii), if the board 
transmits a report respecting any matter with a recommendation 
to dismiss or as unresolved due to a tie vote, and the 
committee votes to extend the matter for an additional period 
as provided in subdivision (A), the committee is not required 
to make a public statement that the committee has voted to 
extend the matter.
    (iii) Except as provided by subdivision (E), if the 
committee establishes an investigative subcommittee respecting 
any such matter, then the report and findings of the board 
shall not be made public until the conclusion of the 
investigative subcommittee process and the committee shall 
issue a public statement of the establishment of an 
investigative subcommittee, which statement shall include the 
name of the applicable Member, officer, or employee, and shall 
set forth the alleged violation. If any such investigative 
subcommittee does not conclude its review within one year after 
the board transmits a report respecting any matter, then the 
committee shall make public the report and upon the expiration 
of the Congress in which the report is made public, the 
committee shall make public any findings.
    (C)(i) If, after receipt of a written report and any 
findings and supporting documentation regarding a referral from 
the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics or of a 
referral of the matter from the board pursuant to a request 
under paragraph (r), the committee agrees to a request from an 
appropriate law enforcement or regulatory authority to defer 
taking action on the matter--
          (I) notwithstanding subdivision (A)(i), the committee 
        is not required to make public the written report and 
        findings described in such subdivision, except that if 
        the recommendation of the board with respect to the 
        report is that the matter requires further review, the 
        committee shall make public the written report but not 
        the findings; and
        (II) before the end of the first day (excluding 
        Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays) after the day 
        that the committee agrees to the request, the committee 
        shall make a public statement that it is deferring 
        taking action on the matter at the request of such 
        authority.
      (ii) If, upon the expiration of the one-year period that 
begins on the date the committee makes the public statement 
described in item (i)(II), the committee has not acted on the 
matter, the committee shall make a new public statement that it 
is still deferring taking action on the matter, and shall make 
a new statement upon the expiration of each succeeding one-year 
period during which the committee has not acted on the matter.
    (D) The committee may not receive any referral from the 
board of the Office of Congressional Ethics within 60 days 
before a Federal, State, or local election in which the subject 
of the referral is a candidate. The committee may delay any 
reporting requirement under this subparagraph that falls within 
that 60-day period until the end of such period and in that 
case, for purposes of subdivision (A), days within the 60-day 
period shall not be counted.
    (E) If, at the close of any applicable period for a 
reporting requirement under this subparagraph with respect to a 
referral from the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics, 
the vote of the committee is a tie or the committee fails to 
act, the report and the findings of the board shall be made 
public by the committee, along with a public statement by the 
chair explaining the status of the matter.
    (c)(1) Notwithstanding clause 2(g)(1) of rule XI, each 
meeting of the Committee on Ethics or a subcommittee thereof 
shall occur in executive session unless the committee or 
subcommittee, by an affirmative vote of a majority of its 
members, opens the meeting to the public.
    (2) Notwithstanding clause 2(g)(2) of rule XI, each hearing 
of an adjudicatory subcommittee or sanction hearing of the 
Committee on Ethics shall be held in open session unless the 
committee or subcommittee, in open session by an affirmative 
vote of a majority of its members, closes all or part of the 
remainder of the hearing on that day to the public.
    (d) Before a member, officer, or employee of the Committee 
on Ethics, including members of a subcommittee of the committee 
selected under clause 5(a)(4) of rule X and shared staff, may 
have access to information that is confidential under the rules 
of the committee, the following oath (or affirmation) shall be 
executed:

          ``I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will not 
        disclose, to any person or entity outside the Committee 
        on Ethics, any information received in the course of my 
        service with the committee, except as authorized by the 
        committee or in accordance with its rules.''

    Copies of the executed oath shall be retained by the Clerk 
as part of the records of the House. This paragraph establishes 
a standard of conduct within the meaning of paragraph (a)(2). 
Breaches of confidentiality shall be investigated by the 
Committee on Ethics and appropriate action shall be taken.
    (e)(1) If a complaint or information offered as a complaint 
is deemed frivolous by an affirmative vote of a majority of the 
members of the Committee on Ethics, the committee may take such 
action as it, by an affirmative vote of a majority of its 
members, considers appropriate in the circumstances.
    (2) Complaints filed before the One Hundred Fifth Congress 
may not be deemed frivolous by the Committee on Ethics.

                           COMMITTEE AGENDAS

    (f) The committee shall adopt rules providing that the 
chair shall establish the agenda for meetings of the committee, 
but shall not preclude the ranking minority member from placing 
any item on the agenda.

                            COMMITTEE STAFF

    (g)(1) The committee shall adopt rules providing that--
          (A) the staff be assembled and retained as a 
        professional, nonpartisan staff;
          (B) each member of the staff shall be professional 
        and demonstrably qualified for the position for which 
        hired;
          (C) the staff as a whole and each member of the staff 
        shall perform all official duties in a nonpartisan 
        manner;
          (D) no member of the staff shall engage in any 
        partisan political activity directly affecting any 
        congressional or presidential election;
          (E) no member of the staff or outside counsel may 
        accept public speaking engagements or write for 
        publication on any subject that is in any way related 
        to the employment or duties with the committee of such 
        individual without specific prior approval from the 
        chair and ranking minority member; and
          (F) no member of the staff or outside counsel may 
        make public, unless approved by an affirmative vote of 
        a majority of the members of the committee, any 
        information, document, or other material that is 
        confidential, derived from executive session, or 
        classified and that is obtained during the course of 
        employment with the committee.
    (2) Only subdivisions (C), (E), and (F) of subparagraph (1) 
shall apply to shared staff.
    (3)(A) All staff members shall be appointed by an 
affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the committee. 
Such vote shall occur at the first meeting of the membership of 
the committee during each Congress and as necessary during the 
Congress.
    (B) Subject to the approval of the Committee on House 
Administration, the committee may retain counsel not employed 
by the House of Representatives whenever the committee 
determines, by an affirmative vote of a majority of the members 
of the committee, that the retention of outside counsel is 
necessary and appropriate.
    (C) If the committee determines that it is necessary to 
retain staff members for the purpose of a particular 
investigation or other proceeding, then such staff shall be 
retained only for the duration of that particular investigation 
or proceeding.
    (D) Outside counsel may be dismissed before the end of a 
contract between the committee and such counsel only by an 
affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the committee.
    (4) In addition to any other staff provided for by law, 
rule, or other authority, with respect to the committee, the 
chair and ranking minority member each may appoint one 
individual as a shared staff member from the respective 
personal staff of the chair or ranking minority member to 
perform service for the committee. Such shared staff may assist 
the chair or ranking minority member on any subcommittee on 
which the chair or ranking minority member serves.

                         MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

    (h)(1) The committee shall adopt rules providing that--
          (A) all meetings or hearings of the committee or any 
        subcommittee thereof, other than any hearing held by an 
        adjudicatory subcommittee or any sanction hearing held 
        by the committee, shall occur in executive session 
        unless the committee or subcommittee by an affirmative 
        vote of a majority of its members opens the meeting or 
        hearing to the public; and
          (B) any hearing held by an adjudicatory subcommittee 
        or any sanction hearing held by the committee shall be 
        open to the public unless the committee or subcommittee 
        by an affirmative vote of a majority of its members 
        closes the hearing to the public.

                           PUBLIC DISCLOSURE

    (i) The committee shall adopt rules providing that, unless 
otherwise determined by a vote of the committee, only the chair 
or ranking minority member, after consultation with each other, 
may make public statements regarding matters before the 
committee or any subcommittee thereof.

                 REQUIREMENTS TO CONSTITUTE A COMPLAINT

    (j) The committee shall adopt rules regarding complaints to 
provide that whenever information offered as a complaint is 
submitted to the committee, the chair and ranking minority 
member shall have 14 calendar days or five legislative days, 
whichever is sooner, to determine whether the information meets 
the requirements of the rules of the committee for what 
constitutes a complaint.

 DUTIES OF CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER REGARDING PROPERLY FILED 
                               COMPLAINTS

    (k)(1) The committee shall adopt rules providing that 
whenever the chair and ranking minority member jointly 
determine that information submitted to the committee meets the 
requirements of the rules of the committee for what constitutes 
a complaint, they shall have 45 calendar days or five 
legislative days, whichever is later, after that determination 
(unless the committee by an affirmative vote of a majority of 
its members votes otherwise) to--
          (A) recommend to the committee that it dispose of the 
        complaint, or any portion thereof, in any manner that 
        does not require action by the House, which may include 
        dismissal of the complaint or resolution of the 
        complaint by a letter to the Member, officer, or 
        employee of the House against whom the complaint is 
        made;
          (B) establish an investigative subcommittee; or
          (C) request that the committee extend the applicable 
        45-calendar day or five-legislative day period by one 
        additional 45-calendar day period when they determine 
        more time is necessary in order to make a 
        recommendation under subdivision (A).
    (2) The committee shall adopt rules providing that if the 
chair and ranking minority member jointly determine that 
information submitted to the committee meets the requirements 
of the rules of the committee for what constitutes a complaint, 
and the complaint is not disposed of within the applicable time 
periods under subparagraph (1), then they shall establish an 
investigative subcommittee and forward the complaint, or any 
portion thereof, to that subcommittee for its consideration. 
However, if, at any time during those periods, either the chair 
or ranking minority member places on the agenda the issue of 
whether to establish an investigative subcommittee, then an 
investigative subcommittee may be established only by an 
affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the committee.

 DUTIES OF CHAIR AND RANKING MINORITY MEMBER REGARDING INFORMATION NOT 
                        CONSTITUTING A COMPLAINT

    (l) The committee shall adopt rules providing that whenever 
the chair and ranking minority member jointly determine that 
information submitted to the committee does not meet the 
requirements of the rules of the committee for what constitutes 
a complaint, they may--
          (1) return the information to the complainant with a 
        statement that it fails to meet the requirements of the 
        rules of the committee for what constitutes a 
        complaint; or
          (2) recommend to the committee that it authorize the 
        establishment of an investigative subcommittee.

              INVESTIGATIVE AND ADJUDICATORY SUBCOMMITTEES

    (m) The committee shall adopt rules providing that--
          (1)(A) an investigative subcommittee shall be 
        composed of four Members (with equal representation 
        from the majority and minority parties) whenever such a 
        subcommittee is established pursuant to the rules of 
        the committee;
          (B) an adjudicatory subcommittee shall be composed of 
        the members of the committee who did not serve on the 
        pertinent investigative subcommittee (with equal 
        representation from the majority and minority parties) 
        whenever such a subcommittee is established pursuant to 
        the rules of the committee; and
          (C) notwithstanding any other provision of this 
        clause, the chair and ranking minority member of the 
        committee may consult with an investigative 
        subcommittee either on their own initiative or on the 
        initiative of the subcommittee, shall have access to 
        information before a subcommittee with which they so 
        consult, and shall not thereby be precluded from 
        serving as full, voting members of any adjudicatory 
        subcommittee;
          (2) at the time of appointment, the chair shall 
        designate one member of a subcommittee to serve as 
        chair and the ranking minority member shall designate 
        one member of the subcommittee to serve as the ranking 
        minority member; and
          (3) the chair and ranking minority member of the 
        committee may serve as members of an investigative 
        subcommittee, but may not serve as non-voting, ex 
        officio members.

    STANDARD OF PROOF FOR ADOPTION OF STATEMENT OF ALLEGED VIOLATION

          (n) The committee shall adopt rules to provide that 
        an investigative subcommittee may adopt a statement of 
        alleged violation only if it determines by an 
        affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the 
        subcommittee that there is substantial reason to 
        believe that a violation of the Code of Official 
        Conduct, or of a law, rule, regulation, or other 
        standard of conduct applicable to the performance of 
        official duties or the discharge of official 
        responsibilities by a Member, officer, or employee of 
        the House of Representatives, has occurred.

                          SUBCOMMITTEE POWERS

          (o)(1) The committee shall adopt rules providing that 
        an investigative subcommittee or an adjudicatory 
        subcommittee may authorize and issue subpoenas only 
        when authorized by an affirmative vote of a majority of 
        the members of the subcommittee.
    (2) The committee shall adopt rules providing that an 
investigative subcommittee may, upon an affirmative vote of a 
majority of its members, expand the scope of its investigation 
when approved by an affirmative vote of a majority of the 
members of the committee.
    (3) The committee shall adopt rules to provide that--
          (A) an investigative subcommittee may, upon an 
        affirmative vote of a majority of its members, amend 
        its statement of alleged violation anytime before the 
        statement of alleged violation is transmitted to the 
        committee; and
          (B) if an investigative subcommittee amends its 
        statement of alleged violation, the respondent shall be 
        notified in writing and shall have 30 calendar days 
        from the date of that notification to file an answer to 
        the amended statement of alleged violation.

                   DUE PROCESS RIGHTS OF RESPONDENTS

    (p) The committee shall adopt rules to provide that--
          (1) not less than 10 calendar days before a scheduled 
        vote by an investigative subcommittee on a statement of 
        alleged violation, the subcommittee shall provide the 
        respondent with a copy of the statement of alleged 
        violation it intends to adopt together with all 
        evidence it intends to use to prove those charges which 
        it intends to adopt, including documentary evidence, 
        witness testimony, memoranda of witness interviews, and 
        physical evidence, unless the subcommittee by an 
        affirmative vote of a majority of its members decides 
        to withhold certain evidence in order to protect a 
        witness; but if such evidence is withheld, the 
        subcommittee shall inform the respondent that evidence 
        is being withheld and of the count to which such 
        evidence relates;
          (2) neither the respondent nor the counsel of the 
        respondent shall, directly or indirectly, contact the 
        subcommittee or any member thereof during the period of 
        time set forth in paragraph (1) except for the sole 
        purpose of settlement discussions where counsel for the 
        respondent and the subcommittee are present;
          (3) if, at any time after the issuance of a statement 
        of alleged violation, the committee or any subcommittee 
        thereof determines that it intends to use evidence not 
        provided to a respondent under paragraph (1) to prove 
        the charges contained in the statement of alleged 
        violation (or any amendment thereof), such evidence 
        shall be made immediately available to the respondent, 
        and it may be used in any further proceeding under the 
        rules of the committee;
          (4) evidence provided pursuant to paragraph (1) or 
        (3) shall be made available to the respondent and the 
        counsel of the respondent only after each agrees, in 
        writing, that no document, information, or other 
        materials obtained pursuant to that paragraph shall be 
        made public until--
                  (A) such time as a statement of alleged 
                violation is made public by the committee if 
                the respondent has waived the adjudicatory 
                hearing; or
                  (B) the commencement of an adjudicatory 
                hearing if the respondent has not waived an 
                adjudicatory hearing; but the failure of 
                respondent and the counsel of the respondent to 
                so agree in writing, and their consequent 
                failure to receive the evidence, shall not 
                preclude the issuance of a statement of alleged 
                violation at the end of the period referred to 
                in paragraph (1);
          (5) a respondent shall receive written notice 
        whenever--
                  (A) the chair and ranking minority member 
                determine that information the committee has 
                received constitutes a complaint;
                  (B) a complaint or allegation is transmitted 
                to an investigative subcommittee;
                  (C) an investigative subcommittee votes to 
                authorize its first subpoena or to take 
                testimony under oath, whichever occurs first; 
                or
                  (D) an investigative subcommittee votes to 
                expand the scope of its investigation;
          (6) whenever an investigative subcommittee adopts a 
        statement of alleged violation and a respondent enters 
        into an agreement with that subcommittee to settle a 
        complaint on which that statement is based, that 
        agreement, unless the respondent requests otherwise, 
        shall be in writing and signed by the respondent and 
        respondent's counsel, the chair and ranking minority 
        member of the subcommittee, and the outside counsel, if 
        any;
          (7) statements or information derived solely from a 
        respondent or the counsel of a respondent during any 
        settlement discussions between the committee or a 
        subcommittee thereof and the respondent shall not be 
        included in any report of the subcommittee or the 
        committee or otherwise publicly disclosed without the 
        consent of the respondent; and
          (8) whenever a motion to establish an investigative 
        subcommittee does not prevail, the committee shall 
        promptly send a letter to the respondent informing the 
        respondent of such vote.

                    COMMITTEE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

    (q) The committee shall adopt rules to provide that--
          (1) whenever an investigative subcommittee does not 
        adopt a statement of alleged violation and transmits a 
        report to that effect to the committee, the committee 
        may by an affirmative vote of a majority of its members 
        transmit such report to the House of Representatives;
          (2) whenever an investigative subcommittee adopts a 
        statement of alleged violation, the respondent admits 
        to the violations set forth in such statement, the 
        respondent waives the right to an adjudicatory hearing, 
        and the respondent's waiver is approved by the 
        committee--
                  (A) the subcommittee shall prepare a report 
                for transmittal to the committee, a final draft 
                of which shall be provided to the respondent 
                not less than 15 calendar days before the 
                subcommittee votes on whether to adopt the 
                report;
                  (B) the respondent may submit views in 
                writing regarding the final draft to the 
                subcommittee within seven calendar days of 
                receipt of that draft;
                  (C) the subcommittee shall transmit a report 
                to the committee regarding the statement of 
                alleged violation together with any views 
                submitted by the respondent pursuant to 
                subdivision (B), and the committee shall make 
                the report together with the respondent's views 
                available to the public before the commencement 
                of any sanction hearing; and
                  (D) the committee shall by an affirmative 
                vote of a majority of its members issue a 
                report and transmit such report to the House of 
                Representatives, together with the respondent's 
                views previously submitted pursuant to 
                subdivision (B) and any additional views 
                respondent may submit for attachment to the 
                final report; and
          (3) members of the committee shall have not less than 
        72 hours to review any report transmitted to the 
        committee by an investigative subcommittee before both 
        the commencement of a sanction hearing and the 
        committee vote on whether to adopt the report.
    (r) Upon receipt of any written notification from the board 
of the Office of Congressional Ethics that the board is 
undertaking a review of any alleged conduct of any Member, 
officer, or employee of the House and if the committee is 
investigating such matter, the committee may at any time so 
notify the board and request that the board cease its review 
and refer the matter to the committee for its consideration. If 
at the end of the applicable time period (including any 
permissible extension) the committee has not reached a final 
resolution of the matter or has not referred the matter to the 
appropriate Federal or State authorities, the committee shall 
so notify the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics in 
writing. The committee may not request the same matter from the 
board more than one time.

           AUDIO AND VISUAL COVERAGE OF COMMITTEE PROCEEDINGS

    4. (a) The purpose of this clause is to provide a means, in 
conformity with acceptable standards of dignity, propriety, and 
decorum, by which committee hearings or committee meetings that 
are open to the public may be covered by audio and visual 
means--
          (1) for the education, enlightenment, and information 
        of the general public, on the basis of accurate and 
        impartial news coverage, regarding the operations, 
        procedures, and practices of the House as a legislative 
        and representative body, and regarding the measures, 
        public issues, and other matters before the House and 
        its committees, the consideration thereof, and the 
        action taken thereon; and
          (2) for the development of the perspective and 
        understanding of the general public with respect to the 
        role and function of the House under the Constitution 
        as an institution of the Federal Government.
    (b) In addition, it is the intent of this clause that radio 
and television tapes and television film of any coverage under 
this clause may not be used, or made available for use, as 
partisan political campaign material to promote or oppose the 
candidacy of any person for elective public office.
    (c) It is, further, the intent of this clause that the 
general conduct of each meeting (whether of a hearing or 
otherwise) covered under authority of this clause by audio or 
visual means, and the personal behavior of the committee 
members and staff, other Government officials and personnel, 
witnesses, television, radio, and press media personnel, and 
the general public at the hearing or other meeting, shall be in 
strict conformity with and observance of the acceptable 
standards of dignity, propriety, courtesy, and decorum 
traditionally observed by the House in its operations, and may 
not be such as to--
          (1) distort the objects and purposes of the hearing 
        or other meeting or the activities of committee members 
        in connection with that hearing or meeting or in 
        connection with the general work of the committee or of 
        the House; or
          (2) cast discredit or dishonor on the House, the 
        committee, or a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
        Commissioner or bring the House, the committee, or a 
        Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner into 
        disrepute.
    (d) The coverage of committee hearings and meetings by 
audio and visual means shall be permitted and conducted only in 
strict conformity with the purposes, provisions, and 
requirements of this clause.
    (e) Whenever a hearing or meeting conducted by a committee 
or subcommittee is open to the public, those proceedings shall 
be open to coverage by audio and visual means. A committee or 
subcommittee chair may not limit the number of television or 
still cameras to fewer than two representatives from each 
medium (except for legitimate space or safety considerations, 
in which case pool coverage shall be authorized).
    (f) Each committee shall adopt written rules to govern its 
implementation of this clause. Such rules shall contain 
provisions to the following effect:
          (1) If audio or visual coverage of the hearing or 
        meeting is to be presented to the public as live 
        coverage, that coverage shall be conducted and 
        presented without commercial sponsorship.
          (2) The allocation among the television media of the 
        positions or the number of television cameras permitted 
        by a committee or subcommittee chair in a hearing or 
        meeting room shall be in accordance with fair and 
        equitable procedures devised by the Executive Committee 
        of the Radio and Television Correspondents' Galleries.
          (3) Television cameras shall be placed so as not to 
        obstruct in any way the space between a witness giving 
        evidence or testimony and any member of the committee 
        or the visibility of that witness and that member to 
        each other.
          (4) Television cameras shall operate from fixed 
        positions but may not be placed in positions that 
        obstruct unnecessarily the coverage of the hearing or 
        meeting by the other media.
          (5) Equipment necessary for coverage by the 
        television and radio media may not be installed in, or 
        removed from, the hearing or meeting room while the 
        committee is in session.
          (6)(A) Except as provided in subdivision (B), 
        floodlights, spotlights, strobelights, and flashguns 
        may not be used in providing any method of coverage of 
        the hearing or meeting.
          (B) The television media may install additional 
        lighting in a hearing or meeting room, without cost to 
        the Government, in order to raise the ambient lighting 
        level in a hearing or meeting room to the lowest level 
        necessary to provide adequate television coverage of a 
        hearing or meeting at the current state of the art of 
        television coverage.
          (7) If requests are made by more of the media than 
        will be permitted by a committee or subcommittee chair 
        for coverage of a hearing or meeting by still 
        photography, that coverage shall be permitted on the 
        basis of a fair and equitable pool arrangement devised 
        by the Standing Committee of Press Photographers.
          (8) Photographers may not position themselves between 
        the witness table and the members of the committee at 
        any time during the course of a hearing or meeting.
          (9) Photographers may not place themselves in 
        positions that obstruct unnecessarily the coverage of 
        the hearing by the other media.
          (10) Personnel providing coverage by the television 
        and radio media shall be currently accredited to the 
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