[Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, and the Rules of the House of Representatives, 111th Congress]
[111st Congress]
[House Document 110-162]
[Provisions of the Legislative Reorganization Act]
[Pages 991-997]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]

                                Rule XXIX

                           general provisions

[[Page 992]]

cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not 
inconsistent with the Rules and orders of the House.
Sec. 1105. Relations of Jefferson's Manual and Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 to the Rules of the House. 1. The provisions of law that constituted the Rules of the House at the end of the previous Congress shall govern the House in all cases to which they are applicable, and the rules of parliamentary practice comprised by Jefferson's Manual shall govern the House in all
2. In these rules words importing one gender include the other as well. ======================================================================== [[Page 993]] Clause 1 was adopted in 1837 (V, 6757), and amended January 3, 1953, p. 24, when it was also renumbered. When the House recodified its rules in the 106th Congress, clause 1 was transferred from former rule XLII and was modified to reference all provisions of law comprising House rules at the end of the previous Congress (a compilation of which is included in Sec. Sec. 1127-1130, infra); and clause 2 was added (H. Res. 5, Jan. 6, 1999, p. 47). This rule was redesignated as rule XXVII in the 107th Congress (sec. 2(s), H. Res. 5, Jan. 3, 2001, p. 24), redesignated as rule XXVIII in the 108th Congress (sec. 2(t), H. Res. 5, Jan. 7, 2003, p. 7), and redesignated as rule XXIX in the 110th Congress (sec. 301, P.L. 110-81). Clause 2 was amended in the 111th Congress when gender-based references throughout the rules were eliminated (sec. 2(l), H. Res. 5, Jan. 6, 2009, p. _). The importance of Jefferson's Manual as an authority in congressional procedure has been discussed (VII, 1029, 1049; VIII, 2501, 2517, 2518, 3330). LEGISLATIVE REORGANIZATION ACTS JOINT AND SELECT COMMITTEES HOUSE OFFICES ======================================================================== [[Page 995]] EARLY ORGANIZATION OF THE HOUSE LEGISLATIVE REORGANIZATION ACTS provisions of the legislative reorganization act of 1946 applicable to __________ both houses section 132 of the legislative reorganization act of 1946 Sec. 132. (a) <> Unless otherwise provided by the Congress, the two Houses shall-- (2 U.S.C. 198) (1) adjourn sine die not later than July 31 of each year; or (2) in the case of an odd-numbered year, provide, not later than July 31 of such year, by concurrent resolution adopted in each House by rollcall vote, for the adjournment of the two Houses from that Friday in August which occurs at least thirty days before the first Monday in September (Labor Day) of such year to the second day after Labor Day. (b) This section shall not be applicable in any year if on July 31 of such year a state of war exists pursuant to a declaration of war by the Congress. The present form of this section is derived from the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970 (sec. 461; 84 Stat. 1140). Before that revision, the 1946 Act (60 Stat. 812) provided for adjournment sine die of the two Houses not later than the last day of July each year except during time of war or a national emergency proclaimed by the President. Presidentially declared emergencies of May 8, 1939, May 27, 1941, and December 16, 1950, negated operation of the provision (see Speaker Rayburn, Aug. 1, 1949, p. 10486; Aug. 2, 1949, p. 10591; Aug. 4, 1949, p. 10778). The Committee on Rules has jurisdiction of matters relative to recesses and final adjournment of Congress (clause 1(n)(2) of rule X). [[Page 996]] Houses is called up as privileged, requires a yea and nay vote for adoption (July 30, 1973, p. 26657), and is not debatable (July 31, 1991, p. 20675); but the House may adjourn by simple motion on July 31 to meet on August 1 (July 31, 1991, p. 20677). In even-numbered years, and some odd-numbered years, the House has agreed to concurrent resolutions waiving the provisions of this law to provide that the two Houses shall not adjourn for more than three days or sine die until they have adopted a concurrent resolution to that effect (July 25, 1972, p. 25145; July 24, 1974, p. 25008; July 29, 1982, pp. 18562, 18563; July 30, 1986, p. 18146; July 29, 1994, p. 18615; July 30, 1999, p. 18763). To obviate the necessity to adopt a concurrent resolution waiving the requirement in section 132 of Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, the House has included the language ``in consonance with section 132(a)'' in its concurrent resolutions providing for an August recess (e.g., July 31, 1997, p. 17018; July 25, 2003, p. 19752).
Sec. 1106a. Not a statutory adjournment sine die. Under this provision of law, a concurrent resolution providing in an odd-numbered year for an adjournment of the two Houses from the first Friday in August until the second day after Labor Day or until notified to reassemble pursuant to a joint agreement of the Leadership of the two
section 141 of the legislative reorganization act of 1946 (2 U.S.C. 145a)
Sec. 1107. Preservation of committee hearings. Sec. 141. The Librarian of the Library of Congress is authorized and directed to have bound at the end of each session of Congress the printed hearings of testimony taken by each committee of the Congress at the preceding session.
[[Page 997]] This provision became effective on August 2, 1946. JOINT AND SELECT COMMITTEES __________