[Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, and the Rules of the House of Representatives, 114th Congress]
[House Document 113-181]
[Joint and Select Committees]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office, www.gpo.gov]
JOINT AND SELECT COMMITTEES
Sec. 1108. Joint Economic Committee.
The Joint Economic
Committee is composed of 10 Members of the Senate and 10 Members of the
House, who are appointed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker,
respectively. Each appoints six Members from the majority and four from
the minority (15 U.S.C. 1024(a)). The committee conducts a continuing
study of matters relating to the Economic Report made by the President
and studies means of promoting the national policy on employment as
outlined in the Employment Act of 1946 (15 U.S.C. 1021). The committee
is required to file, not later than March 1 of each year, a report with
the Senate and the House containing its findings and recommendations on
each of the main recommendations made by the President in the Economic
Report. It is authorized to hold hearings and make other reports to the
Congress and to issue a monthly publication on economic conditions (15
U.S.C. 1024, 1025). The Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978
(sec. 302, P.L. 95-523) requires the joint committee to review and
analyze the short-term and medium-term goals set forth in the Economic
Report and to hold hearings on the report. Within 30 days after receipt
of the report by the Congress, standing committees with legislative
jurisdiction and joint committees may submit reports to the joint
committee with views and recommendations on matters within their
jurisdiction. On or before each March 15, a majority of the members of
the joint committee are required to submit a report to the Senate and
House Committees on the Budget, including findings, recommendations, and
appropriate analyses with respect to each of the short-term and medium-
term goals set forth in the Economic Report.
Sec. 1109. Joint Committee on Taxation.
The Joint Committee
on Taxation is composed of five Members of the Senate and five Members
of the House. The House Members, three from the majority and two from
the minority, are chosen by the Committee on Ways and Means from the
membership of that committee. The joint committee investigates the
operation and effects of the Federal system of internal revenue
taxation. It is authorized to hold hearings at times and places it deems
advisable, has subpoena power, and reports to the Committee on Ways and
Means, and, in its discretion, directly to the House (26 U.S.C. 8001-
Sec. 1110. Joint Committee of Congress on the
The Joint Committee of Congress on the Library is composed of five
Members of the Senate (the chair and four members of the Committee on
Rules and Administration) and five Members of the House. House
membership consists of the chair and four members of the Committee on
House Administration (2 U.S.C. 132b). The chair of the Subcommittee on
the Legislative Branch of the Committee on Appropriations of the House
also serves as a member (sec. 1(a)(4), P.L. 106-554).
Sec. 1111. Joint Committee on Printing.
The Joint Committee
on Printing is composed of five Members of the Senate (the chair and
four members of the Committee on Rules and Administration) and five
Members of the House (the chair and four members of the Committee on
House Administration) (44 U.S.C. 101). The committee adopts and employs
measures necessary to remedy inefficiencies or waste in the public
printing and binding and the distribution of Government publications. It
has control of the arrangement and style of the Congressional Record (44
U.S.C. 901-910). The joint committee is directed to provide for printing
in the Record the legislative program for the day, together with a list
of congressional committee meetings and hearings and the place of
meeting and subject matter; and to cause a brief resume of congressional
activities for the previous day to be incorporated in the Record,
together with an index of its contents. Such data is prepared under the
supervision of the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House.
Sec. 1112. Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural
The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies is
established by concurrent resolution in the second session of the
Congress preceding a Presidential inauguration and is reestablished at
the beginning of the next Congress. It is composed of three Members of
the House and three Senators. The three House Members are appointed by
the Speaker and are traditionally the Speaker, the Majority Leader, and
the Minority Leader. The committee is authorized to make the necessary
arrangements for the inauguration of the President-elect and Vice
President-elect. (see, e.g., S. Con. Res. 35, 112th Cong., Mar. 5, 2012,
p. _; S. Con. Res. 2, 113th Cong., Jan. 3, 2013, p. _).
Sec. 1112a. Former joint committees.
For a history of joint
committees with the Senate, see House Practice, ch. 11, Sec. 14.
Sec. 1112b. Intelligence.
The Permanent Select Committee on
Intelligence is reestablished by the adoption of clause 11 of rule X
Sec. 1112c. Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the
2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi.
In the 113th and 114th Congresses the
House established the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the
2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi. The select committee had no
legislative jurisdiction and was authorized to report its findings to
the House (H. Res. 567, May 8, 2014, p. _; sec. 4(a), H. Res. 5, Jan. 6,
2015, p. _).
Sec. 1112d. Former select committees.
For a history of
select committees in the House, see House Practice, ch. 11,
Sec. Sec. 12, 13. For a discussion of the former Select Committees on
Ethics, see Sec. 738, supra; and for a discussion of the two former
Select Committees on Homeland Security, see Sec. 723b, supra.