H.Res.288 - Relating to a question of the privileges of the House.104th Congress (1995-1996)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Johnston, Harry [D-FL-19] (Introduced 11/30/1995)|
|Latest Action:||House - 11/30/1995 On motion to table the measure Agreed to by recorded vote: 218 - 170, 9 Present (Roll no. 833). (All Actions)|
|Roll Call Votes:||There has been 1 roll call vote|
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Laid on Table in House (11/30/1995)
[Congressional Bills 104th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Res. 288 Laid on Table in House (LTH)] 1st Session H. RES. 288 Relating to a question of the privileges of the House. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES November 30, 1995 Mr. Johnston of Florida submitted the following resolution; which was laid on the table _______________________________________________________________________ RESOLUTION Relating to a question of the privileges of the House. Whereas the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct is currently considering several ethics complaints against Speaker Newt Gingrich; Whereas the Committee has traditionally handled such cases by appointing an independent, nonpartisan, outside counsel--a procedure which has been adopted in every major ethics case since the Committee was established; Whereas, although complaints against Speaker Gingrich have been under consideration for more than 14 months, the Committee has failed to appoint an outside counsel; Whereas the Committee has also deviated from other longstanding precedents and rules of procedure; including its failure to adopt a resolution of preliminary inquiry before calling third-party witnesses and receiving sworn testimony; Whereas these procedural irregularities--and the unusual delay in the appointment of an independent, outside counsel--have led to widespread concern that the Committee is making special exceptions for the Speaker of the House; and Whereas the integrity of the House depends on the confidence of the American people in the fairness and impartiality of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the chairman and ranking member of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct should report to the House, no later than December 12, 1995, concerning-- (1) the status of the Committee's investigation of the complaints against Speaker Gingrich; (2) the Committee's disposition with regard to the appointment of a nonpartisan outside counsel and the scope of the counsel's investigation; and (3) a timetable for Committee action on the complaints. <all>