About House Rules and Manual

The House Rules and Manual is published by the House Parliamentarian's Office. This document is formally entitled Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, and Rules of the House of Representatives and contains the fundamental source material for parliamentary procedure used in the House of Representatives, including:

  • the Constitution of the United States;

  • applicable provisions of Jefferson's Manual;

  • rules of the House;

  • provisions of law and resolutions having the force of rules of the House; and

  • pertinent decisions of the Speakers and other presiding officers of the House and Committee of the Whole interpreting the rules and other procedural authority used in the House of Representatives.


It is published during the first session of each Congress. GPO contains the House Rules and Manual for the 104th (House Document 103-342), 105th (House Document 104-272), 106th (House Document 105-358), 107th (House Document No. 106-320), 108th (House Document No. 107-284), 109th (House Document No. 108-241), 110th (House Document 109-157), and 111th (House Document 110-162) Congresses.


Printed as a “House Document,” the Manual is usually authorized by House resolution at the end of a Congress for printing at the beginning of the following Congress. As such, the House document number reflects the Congress that authorized the printing although the cover page identifies the applicable Congress for the contents.


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