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106th CONGRESS
  1st Session
H. RES. 5

 Adopting rules for the One Hundred Sixth Congress in recodified form.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            January 6, 1999

Mr. Armey submitted the following resolution; which was considered and 
                               agreed to

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                               RESOLUTION


 
 Adopting rules for the One Hundred Sixth Congress in recodified form.

    Resolved, That the Rules of the House of Representatives of the One 
Hundred Fifth Congress, including applicable provisions of law or 
concurrent resolution that constituted rules of the House at the end of 
the One Hundred Fifth Congress, are adopted as the Rules of the House 
of Representatives of the One Hundred Sixth Congress, with amendments 
to the standing rules, and with other orders, as follows:

SECTION 1. CHANGES IN STANDING RULES.

    Amend the standing rules to read as follows:

                 RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                                RULE I.

                              The Speaker.

Approval of the Journal
    1. The Speaker shall take the Chair on every legislative day 
precisely at the hour to which the House last adjourned and immediately 
call the House to order. Having examined and approved the Journal of 
the last day's proceedings, the Speaker shall announce to the House his 
approval thereof. The Speaker's approval of the Journal shall be deemed 
agreed to unless a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner demands a 
vote thereon. If such a vote is decided in the affirmative, it shall 
not be subject to a motion to reconsider. If such a vote is decided in 
the negative, then one motion that the Journal be read shall be 
privileged, shall be decided without debate, and shall not be subject 
to a motion to reconsider.
Preservation of order
    2. The Speaker shall preserve order and decorum and, in case of 
disturbance or disorderly conduct in the galleries or in the lobby, may 
cause the same to be cleared.
Control of Capitol facilities
    3. Except as otherwise provided by rule or law, the Speaker shall 
have general control of the Hall of the House, the corridors and 
passages in the part of the Capitol assigned to the use of the House, 
and the disposal of unappropriated rooms in that part of the Capitol.
Signature of documents
    4. The Speaker shall sign all acts and joint resolutions passed by 
the two Houses and all writs, warrants, and subpoenas of, or issued by 
order of, the House. The Speaker may sign enrolled bills and joint 
resolutions whether or not the House is in session.
Questions of order
    5. The Speaker shall decide all questions of order, subject to 
appeal by a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner. On such an 
appeal a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not speak more 
than once without permission of the House.
Form of a question
    6. The Speaker shall rise to put a question but may state it 
sitting. The Speaker shall put a question in this form: ``Those in 
favor (of the question), say `Aye.'''; and after the affirmative voice 
is expressed, ``Those opposed, say `No.'''. After a vote by voice under 
this clause, the Speaker may use such voting procedures as may be 
invoked under rule XX.
Discretion to vote
    7. The Speaker is not required to vote in ordinary legislative 
proceedings, except when his vote would be decisive or when the House 
is engaged in voting by ballot.
Speaker pro tempore
    8. (a) The Speaker may appoint a Member to perform the duties of 
the Chair. Except as specified in paragraph (b), such an appointment 
may not extend beyond three legislative days.
    (b)(1) In the case of his illness, the Speaker may appoint a Member 
to perform the duties of the Chair for a period not exceeding 10 days, 
subject to the approval of the House. If the Speaker is absent and has 
omitted to make such an appointment, then the House shall elect a 
Speaker pro tempore to act during the absence of the Speaker.
    (2) With the approval of the House, the Speaker may appoint a 
Member to act as Speaker pro tempore only to sign enrolled bills and 
joint resolutions for a specified period of time.
Term limit
    9. A person may not serve as Speaker for more than four consecutive 
Congresses (disregarding for this purpose any service for less than a 
full session in any Congress).
Designation of travel
    10. The Speaker may designate a Member, Delegate, Resident 
Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House to travel on the 
business of the House within or without the United States, whether the 
House is meeting, has recessed, or has adjourned. Expenses for such 
travel may be paid from applicable accounts of the House described in 
clause 1(i)(1) of rule X on vouchers approved and signed solely by the 
Speaker.
Committee appointment
    11. The Speaker shall appoint all select, joint, and conference 
committees ordered by the House. At any time after an original 
appointment, the Speaker may remove Members, Delegates, or the Resident 
Commissioner from, or appoint additional Members, Delegates, or the 
Resident Commissioner to, a select or conference committee. In 
appointing Members, Delegates, or the Resident Commissioner to 
conference committees, the Speaker shall appoint no less than a 
majority who generally supported the House position as determined by 
the Speaker, shall name those who are primarily responsible for the 
legislation, and shall, to the fullest extent feasible, include the 
principal proponents of the major provisions of the bill or resolution 
passed or adopted by the House.
Declaration of recess
    12. To suspend the business of the House for a short time when no 
question is pending before the House, the Speaker may declare a recess 
subject to the call of the Chair.
Other responsibilities
    13. The Speaker, in consultation with the Minority Leader, shall 
develop through an appropriate entity of the House a system for drug 
testing in the House. The system may provide for the testing of a 
Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the 
House, and otherwise shall be comparable in scope to the system for 
drug testing in the executive branch pursuant to Executive Order 12564 
(Sept. 15, 1986). The expenses of the system may be paid from 
applicable accounts of the House for official expenses.

                                RULE II.

                     Other Officers and Officials.

Elections
    1. There shall be elected at the commencement of each Congress, to 
continue in office until their successors are chosen and qualified, a 
Clerk, a Sergeant-at-Arms, a Chief Administrative Officer, and a 
Chaplain. Each of these officers shall take an oath to support the 
Constitution of the United States, and for the true and faithful 
exercise of the duties of his office to the best of his knowledge and 
ability, and to keep the secrets of the House. Each of these officers 
shall appoint all of the employees of his department provided for by 
law. The Clerk, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Chief Administrative Officer may 
be removed by the House or by the Speaker.
Clerk
    2. (a) At the commencement of the first session of each Congress, 
the Clerk shall call the Members, Delegates, and Resident Commissioner 
to order and proceed to record their presence by States in alphabetical 
order, either by call of the roll or by use of the electronic voting 
system. Pending the election of a Speaker or Speaker pro tempore, the 
Clerk shall preserve order and decorum and decide all questions of 
order, subject to appeal by a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner.
    (b) At the commencement of every regular session of Congress, the 
Clerk shall make and cause to be printed and delivered to each Member, 
Delegate, and the Resident Commissioner a list of the reports that any 
officer or Department is required to make to Congress, citing the law 
or resolution in which the requirement may be contained and placing 
under the name of each officer the list of reports he is required to 
make.
    (c) The Clerk shall--
            (1) note all questions of order, with the decisions 
        thereon, the record of which shall be appended to the Journal 
        of each session;
            (2) enter on the Journal the hour at which the House 
        adjourns;
            (3) complete the printing and distribution of the Journal 
        to Members, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner, together 
        with an accurate and complete index, as soon as possible after 
        the close of a session; and
            (4) send a printed copy of the Journal to the executive of 
        and to each branch of the legislature of every State as may be 
        requested by such State officials.
    (d) The Clerk shall attest and affix the seal of the House to all 
writs, warrants, and subpoenas issued by order of the House and certify 
the passage of all bills and joint resolutions.
    (e) The Clerk shall cause the calendars of the House to be printed 
and distributed each legislative day.
    (f) The Clerk shall--
            (1) retain in the library at the Office of the Clerk for 
        the use of the Members, Delegates, Resident Commissioner, and 
        officers of the House, and not to be withdrawn therefrom, two 
        copies of all the books and printed documents deposited there; 
        and
            (2) deliver or mail to any Member, Delegate, or the 
        Resident Commissioner an extra copy, in binding of good 
        quality, of each document requested by that Member, Delegate, 
        or Resident Commissioner that has been printed by order of 
        either House of Congress in any Congress in which the Member, 
        Delegate, or Resident Commissioner served.
    (g) The Clerk shall provide for his temporary absence or disability 
by designating an official in the Office of the Clerk to sign all 
papers that may require the official signature of the Clerk and to do 
all other official acts that the Clerk may be required to do under the 
rules and practices of the House, except such official acts as are 
provided for by statute. Official acts done by the designated official 
shall be under the name of the Clerk. The designation shall be in 
writing and shall be laid before the House and entered on the Journal.
    (h) The Clerk may receive messages from the President and from the 
Senate at any time when the House is not in session.
    (i)(1) The Clerk shall supervise the staff and manage the office of 
a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner who has died, resigned, or 
been expelled until a successor is elected. The Clerk shall perform 
similar duties in the event that a vacancy is declared by the House in 
any congressional district because of the incapacity of the person 
representing such district or other reason. Whenever the Clerk is 
acting as a supervisory authority over such staff, he shall have 
authority to terminate employees and, with the approval of the 
Committee on House Administration, may appoint such staff as is 
required to operate the office until a successor is elected.
    (2) For 60 days following the death of a former Speaker, the Clerk 
shall maintain on the House payroll, and shall supervise in the same 
manner, staff appointed under House Resolution 1238, Ninety-first 
Congress (as enacted into permanent law by chapter VIII of the 
Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1971) (2 U.S.C. 31b-5).
    (j) In addition to any other reports required by the Speaker or the 
Committee on House Administration, the Clerk shall report to the 
Committee on House Administration not later than 45 days following the 
close of each semiannual period ending on June 30 or on December 31 on 
the financial and operational status of each function under the 
jurisdiction of the Clerk. Each report shall include financial 
statements and a description or explanation of current operations, the 
implementation of new policies and procedures, and future plans for 
each function.
    (k) The Clerk shall fully cooperate with the appropriate offices 
and persons in the performance of reviews and audits of financial 
records and administrative operations.
Sergeant-at-Arms
    3. (a) The Sergeant-at-Arms shall attend the House during its 
sittings and maintain order under the direction of the Speaker or other 
presiding officer. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall execute the commands of 
the House, and all processes issued by authority thereof, directed to 
him by the Speaker.
    (b) The symbol of the office of the Sergeant-at-Arms shall be the 
mace, which shall be borne by him while enforcing order on the floor.
    (c) The Sergeant-at-Arms shall enforce strictly the rules relating 
to the privileges of the Hall of the House and be responsible to the 
House for the official conduct of his employees.
    (d) The Sergeant-at-Arms may not allow a person to enter the room 
over the Hall of the House during its sittings; and from 15 minutes 
before the hour of the meeting of the House each day until 10 minutes 
after adjournment, he shall see that the floor is cleared of all 
persons except those privileged to remain.
    (e) In addition to any other reports required by the Speaker or the 
Committee on House Administration, the Sergeant-at-Arms shall report to 
the Committee on House Administration not later than 45 days following 
the close of each semiannual period ending on June 30 or on December 31 
on the financial and operational status of each function under the 
jurisdiction of the Sergeant-at-Arms. Each report shall include 
financial statements and a description or explanation of current 
operations, the implementation of new policies and procedures, and 
future plans for each function.
    (f) The Sergeant-at-Arms shall fully cooperate with the appropriate 
offices and persons in the performance of reviews and audits of 
financial records and administrative operations.
Chief Administrative Officer
    4. (a) The Chief Administrative Officer shall have operational and 
financial responsibility for functions as assigned by the Committee on 
House Administration and shall be subject to the policy direction and 
oversight of the Committee on House Administration.
    (b) In addition to any other reports required by the Committee on 
House Administration, the Chief Administrative Officer shall report to 
the Committee on House Administration not later than 45 days following 
the close of each semiannual period ending on June 30 or December 31 on 
the financial and operational status of each function under the 
jurisdiction of the Chief Administrative Officer. Each report shall 
include financial statements and a description or explanation of 
current operations, the implementation of new policies and procedures, 
and future plans for each function.
    (c) The Chief Administrative Officer shall fully cooperate with the 
appropriate offices and persons in the performance of reviews and 
audits of financial records and administrative operations.
Chaplain
    5. The Chaplain shall offer a prayer at the commencement of each 
day's sitting of the House.
Office of Inspector General
    6. (a) There is established an Office of Inspector General.
    (b) The Inspector General shall be appointed for a Congress by the 
Speaker, the Majority Leader, and the Minority Leader, acting jointly.
    (c) Subject to the policy direction and oversight of the Committee 
on House Administration, the Inspector General shall only--
            (1) conduct periodic audits of the financial and 
        administrative functions of the House and of joint entities;
            (2) inform the officers or other officials who are the 
        subject of an audit of the results of that audit and suggesting 
        appropriate curative actions;
            (3) simultaneously notify the Speaker, the Majority Leader, 
        the Minority Leader, and the chairman and ranking minority 
        member of the Committee on House Administration in the case of 
        any financial irregularity discovered in the course of carrying 
        out responsibilities under this clause;
            (4) simultaneously submit to the Speaker, the Majority 
        Leader, the Minority Leader, and the chairman and ranking 
        minority member of the Committee on House Administration a 
        report of each audit conducted under this clause; and
            (5) report to the Committee on Standards of Official 
        Conduct information involving possible violations by a Member, 
        Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the 
        House of any rule of the House or of any law applicable to the 
        performance of official duties or the discharge of official 
        responsibilities that may require referral to the appropriate 
        Federal or State authorities under clause 3(a)(3) of rule XI.
Office of the Historian
    7. There is established an Office of the Historian of the House of 
Representatives. The Speaker shall appoint and set the annual rate of 
pay for employees of the Office of the Historian.
Office of General Counsel
    8. There is established an Office of General Counsel for the 
purpose of providing legal assistance and representation to the House. 
Legal assistance and representation shall be provided without regard to 
political affiliation. The Office of General Counsel shall function 
pursuant to the direction of the Speaker, who shall consult with a 
Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, which shall include the majority and 
minority leaderships. The Speaker shall appoint and set the annual rate 
of pay for employees of the Office of General Counsel.

                               RULE III.

   The Members, Delegates, and Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico.

Voting
    1. Every Member shall be present within the Hall of the House 
during its sittings, unless excused or necessarily prevented, and shall 
vote on each question put, unless he has a direct personal or pecuniary 
interest in the event of such question.
    2. (a) A Member may not authorize any other person to cast his vote 
or record his presence in the House or the Committee of the Whole House 
on the state of the Union.
    (b) No other person may cast a Member's vote or record a Member's 
presence in the House or the Committee of the Whole House on the state 
of the Union.
Delegates and the Resident Commissioner
    3. (a) Each Delegate and the Resident Commissioner shall be elected 
to serve on standing committees in the same manner as Members of the 
House and shall possess in such committees the same powers and 
privileges as the other members of the committee.
    (b) The Delegates and the Resident Commissioner may be appointed to 
any select committee and to any conference committee.

                                RULE IV.

                         The Hall of the House.

Use and admittance
    1. The Hall of the House shall be used only for the legislative 
business of the House and for caucus and conference meetings of its 
Members, except when the House agrees to take part in any ceremonies to 
be observed therein. The Speaker may not entertain a motion for the 
suspension of this clause.
    2. (a) Only the following persons shall be admitted to the Hall of 
the House or rooms leading thereto:
            (1) Members of Congress, Members-elect, and contestants in 
        election cases during the pendency of their cases on the floor.
            (2) The Delegates and the Resident Commissioner.
            (3) The President and Vice President of the United States 
        and their private secretaries.
            (4) Justices of the Supreme Court.
            (5) Elected officers and minority employees nominated as 
        elected officers of the House.
            (6) The Parliamentarian.
            (7) Staff of committees when business from their committee 
        is under consideration.
            (8) Not more than one person from the staff of a Member, 
        Delegate, or Resident Commissioner when that Member, Delegate, 
        or Resident Commissioner has an amendment under consideration 
        (subject to clause 5).
            (9) The Architect of the Capitol.
            (10) The Librarian of Congress and the assistant in charge 
        of the Law Library.
            (11) The Secretary and Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate.
            (12) Heads of departments.
            (13) Foreign ministers.
            (14) Governors of States.
            (15) Former Members, Delegates, and Resident Commissioners; 
        former Parliamentarians of the House; and former elected 
        officers and minority employees nominated as elected officers 
        of the House (subject to clause 4).
            (16) One attorney to accompany a Member, Delegate, or 
        Resident Commissioner who is the respondent in an investigation 
        undertaken by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct 
        when a recommendation of that committee is under consideration 
        in the House.
            (17) Such persons as have, by name, received the thanks of 
        Congress.
    (b) The Speaker may not entertain a unanimous consent request or a 
motion to suspend this clause.
    3. (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), all persons not 
entitled to the privilege of the floor during the session shall be 
excluded at all times from the Hall of the House and the cloakrooms.
    (b) Until 15 minutes of the hour of the meeting of the House, 
persons employed in its service, accredited members of the press 
entitled to admission to the press gallery, and other persons on 
request of a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner by card or in 
writing, may be admitted to the Hall of the House.
    4. (a) Former Members, Delegates, and Resident Commissioners; 
former Parliamentarians of the House; and former elected officers and 
minority employees nominated as elected officers of the House shall be 
entitled to the privilege of admission to the Hall of the House and 
rooms leading thereto only if--
            (1) they do not have any direct personal or pecuniary 
        interest in any legislative measure pending before the House or 
        reported by a committee; and
            (2) they are not in the employ of, or do not represent, any 
        party or organization for the purpose of influencing, directly 
        or indirectly, the passage, defeat, or amendment of any 
        legislative measure pending before the House, reported by a 
        committee, or under consideration in any of its committees or 
        subcommittees.
    (b) The Speaker shall promulgate such regulations as may be 
necessary to implement this rule and to ensure its enforcement.
    5. A person from the staff of a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner may be admitted to the Hall of the House or rooms leading 
thereto under clause 2 only upon prior notice to the Speaker. Such 
persons, and persons from the staff of committees admitted under clause 
2, may not engage in efforts in the Hall of the House or rooms leading 
thereto to influence Members with regard to the legislation being 
amended. Such persons shall remain at the desk and are admitted only to 
advise the Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, or committee 
responsible for their admission. A person who violates this clause may 
be excluded during the session from the Hall of the House and rooms 
leading thereto by the Speaker.
Gallery
    6. (a) The Speaker shall set aside a portion of the west gallery 
for the use of the President, the members of the Cabinet, justices of 
the Supreme Court, foreign ministers and suites, and the members of 
their respective families. The Speaker shall set aside another portion 
of the same gallery for the accommodation of persons to be admitted on 
the cards of Members, Delegates, or the Resident Commissioner.
    (b) The Speaker shall set aside the southerly half of the east 
gallery for the use of the families of Members of Congress. The Speaker 
shall control one bench. On the request of a Member, Delegate, Resident 
Commissioner, or Senator, the Speaker shall issue a card of admission 
to his family, which may include their visitors. No other person shall 
be admitted to this section.
Prohibition on campaign contributions
    7. A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
of the House, or any other person entitled to admission to the Hall of 
the House or rooms leading thereto by this rule, may not knowingly 
distribute a political campaign contribution in the Hall of the House 
or rooms leading thereto.

                                RULE V.

                        Broadcasting the House.

    1. The Speaker shall administer a system subject to his direction 
and control for closed-circuit viewing of floor proceedings of the 
House in the offices of all Members, Delegates, the Resident 
Commissioner, and committees and in such other places in the Capitol 
and the House Office Buildings as he considers appropriate. Such system 
may include other telecommunications functions as the Speaker considers 
appropriate. Any such telecommunications shall be subject to rules and 
regulations issued by the Speaker.
    2. (a) The Speaker shall administer a system subject to his 
direction and control for complete and unedited audio and visual 
broadcasting and recording of the proceedings of the House. The Speaker 
shall provide for the distribution of such broadcasts and recordings to 
news media, for the storage of audio and video recordings of the 
proceedings, and for the closed-captioning of the proceedings for 
hearing-impaired persons.
    (b) All television and radio broadcasting stations, networks, 
services, and systems (including cable systems) that are accredited to 
the House Radio and Television Correspondents' Galleries, and all radio 
and television correspondents who are so accredited, shall be provided 
access to the live coverage of the House.
    (c) Coverage made available under this clause, including any 
recording thereof--
            (1) may not be used for any political purpose;
            (2) may not be used in any commercial advertisement; and
            (3) may not be broadcast with commercial sponsorship except 
        as part of a bona fide news program or public affairs 
        documentary program.
    3. The Speaker may delegate any of his responsibilities under this 
rule to such legislative entity as he considers appropriate.

                                RULE VI.

              Official Reporters and News Media Galleries.

Official reporters
    1. Subject to the direction and control of the Speaker, the Clerk 
shall appoint, and may remove for cause, the official reporters of the 
House, including stenographers of committees, and shall supervise the 
execution of their duties.
News media galleries
    2. A portion of the gallery over the Speaker's chair as may be 
necessary to accommodate representatives of the press wishing to report 
debates and proceedings shall be set aside for their use. Reputable 
reporters and correspondents shall be admitted thereto under such 
regulations as the Speaker may prescribe from time to time. The 
Standing Committee of Correspondents for the Press Gallery, and the 
Executive Committee of Correspondents for the Periodical Press Gallery, 
shall supervise such galleries, including the designation of its 
employees, subject to the direction and control of the Speaker. The 
Speaker may assign one seat on the floor to Associated Press reporters 
and one to United Press International reporters, and may regulate their 
occupation. The Speaker may admit to the floor, under such regulations 
as he may prescribe, one additional representative of each press 
association.
    3. A portion of the gallery as may be necessary to accommodate 
reporters of news to be disseminated by radio, television, and similar 
means of transmission, wishing to report debates and proceedings, shall 
be set aside for their use. Reputable reporters and correspondents 
shall be admitted thereto under such regulations as the Speaker may 
prescribe. The Executive Committee of the Radio and Television 
Correspondents' Galleries shall supervise such gallery, including the 
designation of its employees, subject to the direction and control of 
the Speaker. The Speaker may admit to the floor, under such regulations 
as he may prescribe, one representative of the National Broadcasting 
Company, one of the Columbia Broadcasting System, and one of the 
American Broadcasting Company.

                               RULE VII.

                         Records of the House.

Archiving
    1. (a) At the end of each Congress, the chairman of each committee 
shall transfer to the Clerk any noncurrent records of such committee, 
including the subcommittees thereof.
    (b) At the end of each Congress, each officer of the House elected 
under rule II shall transfer to the Clerk any noncurrent records made 
or acquired in the course of the duties of such officer.
    2. The Clerk shall deliver the records transferred under clause 1, 
together with any other noncurrent records of the House, to the 
Archivist of the United States for preservation at the National 
Archives and Records Administration. Records so delivered are the 
permanent property of the House and remain subject to this rule and any 
order of the House.
Public availability
    3. (a) The Clerk shall authorize the Archivist to make records 
delivered under clause 2 available for public use, subject to paragraph 
(b), clause 4, and any order of the House.
    (b)(1) A record shall immediately be made available if it was 
previously made available for public use by the House or a committee or 
a subcommittee.
    (2) An investigative record that contains personal data relating to 
a specific living person (the disclosure of which would be an 
unwarranted invasion of personal privacy), an administrative record 
relating to personnel, or a record relating to a hearing that was 
closed under clause 2(g)(2) of rule XI shall be made available if it 
has been in existence for 50 years.
    (3) A record for which a time, schedule, or condition for 
availability is specified by order of the House shall be made available 
in accordance with that order. Except as otherwise provided by order of 
the House, a record of a 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.
    (4) A record (other than a record referred to in subparagraph (1), 
(2), or (3)) shall be made available if it has been in existence for 30 
years.
    4. (a) A record may not be made available for public use under 
clause 3 if the Clerk determines that such availability would be 
detrimental to the public interest or inconsistent with the rights and 
privileges of the House. The Clerk shall notify in writing the chairman 
and ranking minority member of the Committee on House Administration of 
any such determination.
    (b) A determination of the Clerk under paragraph (a) is subject to 
later orders of the House and, in the case of a record of a committee, 
later orders of the committee.
    5. (a) This rule does not supersede rule VIII or clause 9 of rule X 
and does not authorize the public disclosure of any record if such 
disclosure is prohibited by law or executive order of the President.
    (b) The Committee on House Administration may prescribe guidelines 
and regulations governing the applicability and implementation of this 
rule.
    (c) A committee may withdraw from the National Archives and Records 
Administration any record of the committee delivered to the Archivist 
under this rule. Such a withdrawal shall be on a temporary basis and 
for official use of the committee.
Definition of record
    6. In this rule the term ``record'' means any official, permanent 
record of the House (other than a record of an individual Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner), including--
            (a) with respect to a committee, an official, permanent 
        record of the committee (including any record of a legislative, 
        oversight, or other activity of such committee or a 
        subcommittee thereof); and
            (b) with respect to an officer of the House elected under 
        rule II, an official, permanent record made or acquired in the 
        course of the duties of such officer.
Withdrawal of papers
    7. A memorial or other paper presented to the House may not be 
withdrawn from its files without its leave. If withdrawn certified 
copies thereof shall be left in the office of the Clerk. When an act 
passes for the settlement of a claim, the Clerk may transmit to the 
officer charged with the settlement thereof the papers on file in his 
office relating to such claim. The Clerk may lend temporarily to an 
officer or bureau of the executive departments any papers on file in 
his office relating to any matter pending before such officer or 
bureau, taking proper receipt therefor.

                               RULE VIII.

                         Response to Subpoenas.

    1. When a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or 
employee of the House is properly served with a subpoena or other 
judicial order directing appearance as a witness relating to the 
official functions of the House or for the production or disclosure of 
any document relating to the official functions of the House, such 
Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee shall 
comply, consistently with the privileges and rights of the House, with 
the subpoena or other judicial order as hereinafter provided, unless 
otherwise determined under this rule.
    2. Upon receipt of a properly served subpoena or other judicial 
order described in clause 1, a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
officer, or employee of the House shall promptly notify the Speaker of 
its receipt in writing. Such notification shall promptly be laid before 
the House by the Speaker. During a period of recess or adjournment of 
longer than three days, notification to the House is not required until 
the reconvening of the House, when the notification shall promptly be 
laid before the House by the Speaker.
    3. Once notification has been laid before the House, the Member, 
Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House 
shall determine whether the issuance of the subpoena or other judicial 
order described in clause 1 is a proper exercise of jurisdiction by the 
court, is material and relevant, and is consistent with the privileges 
and rights of the House. Such Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
officer, or employee shall notify the Speaker before seeking judicial 
determination of these matters.
    4. Upon determination whether a subpoena or other judicial order 
described in clause 1 is a proper exercise of jurisdiction by the 
court, is material and relevant, and is consistent with the privileges 
and rights of the House, the Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
officer, or employee of the House shall immediately notify the Speaker 
of the determination in writing.
    5. The Speaker shall inform the House of a determination whether a 
subpoena or other judicial order described in clause 1 is a proper 
exercise of jurisdiction by the court, is material and relevant, and is 
consistent with the privileges and rights of the House. In so informing 
the House, the Speaker shall generally describe the records or 
information sought. During a period of recess or adjournment of longer 
than three days, such notification is not required until the 
reconvening of the House, when the notification shall promptly be laid 
before the House by the Speaker.
    6. (a) Except as specified in paragraph (b) or otherwise ordered by 
the House, upon notification to the House that a subpoena or other 
judicial order described in clause 1 is a proper exercise of 
jurisdiction by the court, is material and relevant, and is consistent 
with the privileges and rights of the House, the Member, Delegate, 
Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House shall comply 
with the subpoena or other judicial order by supplying certified 
copies.
    (b) Under no circumstances may minutes or transcripts of executive 
sessions, or evidence of witnesses in respect thereto, be disclosed or 
copied. During a period of recess or adjournment of longer than three 
days, the Speaker may authorize compliance or take such other action as 
he considers appropriate under the circumstances. Upon the reconvening 
of the House, all matters that transpired under this clause shall 
promptly be laid before the House by the Speaker.
    7. A copy of this rule shall be transmitted by the Clerk to the 
court when a subpoena or other judicial order described in clause 1 is 
issued and served on a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
officer, or employee of the House.
    8. Nothing in this rule shall be construed to deprive, condition, 
or waive the constitutional or legal privileges or rights applicable or 
available at any time to a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
officer, or employee of the House, or of the House itself, or the right 
of such Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee, 
or of the House itself, to assert such privileges or rights before a 
court in the United States.

                                RULE IX.

                        Questions of Privilege.

    1. Questions of privilege shall be, first, those affecting the 
rights of the House collectively, its safety, dignity, and the 
integrity of its proceedings; and second, those affecting the rights, 
reputation, and conduct of Members, Delegates, or the Resident 
Commissioner, individually, in their representative capacity only.
    2. (a)(1) A resolution reported as a question of the privileges of 
the House, or offered from the floor by the Majority Leader or the 
Minority Leader as a question of the privileges of the House, or 
offered as privileged under clause 1, section 7, article I of the 
Constitution, shall have precedence of all other questions except 
motions to adjourn. A resolution offered from the floor by a Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner other than the Majority Leader or 
the Minority Leader as a question of the privileges of the House shall 
have precedence of all other questions except motions to adjourn only 
at a time or place, designated by the Speaker, in the legislative 
schedule within two legislative days after the day on which the 
proponent announces to the House his intention to offer the resolution 
and the form of the resolution. Oral announcement of the form of the 
resolution may be dispensed with by unanimous consent.
    (2) The time allotted for debate on a resolution offered from the 
floor as a question of the privileges of the House shall be equally 
divided between (A) the proponent of the resolution, and (B) the 
Majority Leader, the Minority Leader, or a designee, as determined by 
the Speaker.
    (b) A question of personal privilege shall have precedence of all 
other questions except motions to adjourn.

                                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 maintenance, operation, and 
                administration of interoceanic canals.
                    (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.
            (d) Committee on Banking and Financial Services.
                    (1) Banks and banking, including deposit insurance 
                and Federal monetary policy.
                    (2) Bank capital markets activities generally.
                    (3) Depository institutions securities activities 
                generally, including activities of any affiliates 
                (except for functional regulation under applicable 
                securities laws not involving safety and soundness).
                    (4) Economic stabilization, defense production, 
                renegotiation, and control of the price of commodities, 
                rents, and services.
                    (5) Financial aid to commerce and industry (other 
                than transportation).
                    (6) International finance.
                    (7) International financial and monetary 
                organizations.
                    (8) Money and credit, including currency and this 
                issuance of notes and redemption thereof; gold and 
                silver, including the coinage thereof; valuation and 
                revaluation of the dollar.
                    (9) Public and private housing.
                    (10) Urban development.
            (e) 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.
            (f) Committee on 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) Securities and exchanges.
                    (16) 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 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.
            (h) Committee on 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.
            (i) 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 (q)(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 (q)(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.
            (j) Committee on International Relations.
                    (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.
            (k) 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) Federal courts and judges, and local courts in 
                the Territories and possessions.
                    (8) Immigration and naturalization.
                    (9) Interstate compacts generally.
                    (10) Claims against the United States.
                    (11) Meetings of Congress; attendance of Members, 
                Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner; and their 
                acceptance of incompatible offices.
                    (12) National penitentiaries.
                    (13) Patents, the Patent and Trademark Office, 
                copyrights, and trademarks.
                    (14) Presidential succession.
                    (15) Protection of trade and commerce against 
                unlawful restraints and monopolies.
                    (16) Revision and codification of the Statutes of 
                the United States.
                    (17) State and territorial boundary lines.
                    (18) Subversive activities affecting the internal 
                security of the United States.
            (l) Committee on 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).
            (m) 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.
            (n) Committee on Science.
                    (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.
            (o) 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.
            (p) Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.
                    The Code of Official Conduct.
            (q) 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.
                    (19) Roads and the safety thereof.
                    (20) Transportation, including civil aviation, 
                railroads, water transportation, transportation safety 
                (except automobile safety), transportation 
                infrastructure, transportation labor, and railroad 
                retirement and unemployment (except revenue measures 
                related thereto).
                    (21) Water power.
            (r) 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 servicemen to civil life.
                    (7) Soldiers' and sailors' civil relief.
                    (8) Veterans' hospitals, medical care, and 
                treatment of veterans.
            (s) Committee on Ways and Means.
                    (1) Customs, 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 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) 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; 
        and
            (C) have a view toward ensuring that all significant laws, 
        programs, or agencies within its jurisdiction are subject to 
        review every 10 years.
    (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 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 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.
    (c) The Committee on 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.
    (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 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.
    (f) The Committee on International Relations 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) 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.
    (h) The Committee on Resources shall review and study on a 
continuing basis laws, programs, and Government activities relating to 
Native Americans.
    (i) 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.
    (j) The Committee on Science shall review and study on a continuing 
basis laws, programs, and Government activities relating to nonmilitary 
research and development.
    (k) The Committee on Small Business shall study and investigate on 
a continuing basis the problems of all types of small business.
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 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 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 and shall be included in the 
report of any such other committee when required by clause 3(c)(4) of 
rule XIII.
    (d)(1) The Committee on House Administration shall--
            (A) examine all bills, amendments, and joint resolutions 
        after passage by the House and, in cooperation with the Senate, 
        examine all bills and joint resolutions that have passed both 
        Houses to see that they are correctly enrolled and forthwith 
        present those bills and joint resolutions that originated in 
        the House to the President in person after their signature by 
        the Speaker and the President of the Senate, and report to the 
        House the fact and date of their presentment;
            (B) provide policy direction for, and oversight of, the 
        Clerk, Sergeant-at-Arms, Chief Administrative Officer, and 
        Inspector General;
            (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; and
            (D) promulgate regulations to carry out subdivision (C).
    (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 chairman 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 President submits his budget, 
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 and serve as the basis for an increase or decrease in the 
statutory limit on such debt under the procedures provided by rule 
XXIII.
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 who 
        are members of the Committee on Appropriations and five who are 
        members of the Committee on Ways and Means;
            (ii) one Member from the elected leadership of the majority 
        party; and
            (iii) one Member from 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 from the elected leadership of a 
party 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 of the Committee on the Budget who served as either 
the chairman or the ranking minority member of the committee in the 
immediately previous Congress and who did not serve in that respective 
capacity in an earlier Congress may serve as either the chairman or the 
ranking minority member of the committee during one additional 
Congress.
    (3)(A) The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct 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 Standards of Official Conduct 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 Standards of Official Conduct may 
serve on the committee during a fourth Congress in a period of five 
successive Congresses only as either the chairman or the ranking 
minority member of the committee.
    (4)(A) At the beginning of a Congress, the Speaker or his designee 
and the Minority Leader or his designee each shall name 10 Members, 
Delegates, or the Resident Commissioner from his respective party who 
are not members of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct 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 chairman and the ranking minority member of the 
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct 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 his 
respective party 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 he was elected on the basis of nomination by that 
caucus or conference. The chairman 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 chairman 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 chairman 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 
Standards of Official Conduct under paragraph (a)(4) does not count 
against the limitation on subcommittee service.
    (iii) Any other exception to the limitations in subdivision (A) 
must 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 chairman thereof. In the temporary absence of the 
chairman, the member next in rank (and so on, as often as the case 
shall happen) shall act as chairman. Rank shall be determined by the 
order members are named in resolutions electing them to the committee. 
In the case of a permanent vacancy in the elected chairmanship of a 
committee, the House shall elect another chairman.
    (2) A member of a standing committee may not serve as chairman 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 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 chairman 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 under this paragraph 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 paragraph shall be made on vouchers 
authorized by the committee involved, signed by the chairman 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 paragraph shall be made on vouchers 
signed by--
            (1) the member of the committee who served as chairman of 
        the committee at the expiration of the preceding Congress; or
            (2) if the chairman is not a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
        Commissioner in the present Congress, then 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 
paragraph shall expire upon adoption by the House of a primary expense 
resolution for the committee.
    (2) Amounts made available under this paragraph 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 clauses 6 and 8, 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 his 
        expenses 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) he incurred during that day.
            (3) Each member or employee of a committee shall make to 
        the chairman 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 chairman 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 his expenses 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) he 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 chairman 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 
Standards of Official Conduct 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) 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 chairman 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 XXIV.
    (3) The use of any ``associate'' or ``shared'' staff by a committee 
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.
    (4) This paragraph does not apply to the Committee on 
Appropriations.
    (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 chairman 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(i)(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 paragraph (a) of clause 6, 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 he is assigned. The chairman 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 chairman 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 
16 Members, Delegates, or the Resident Commissioner, of whom not more 
than nine 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 International Relations; 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 member of 
his leadership staff to assist him in his capacity 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) A member of the select committee who served as either the 
chairman or the ranking minority member of the select committee in the 
immediately previous Congress and who did not serve in that respective 
capacity in an earlier Congress may serve as either the chairman or the 
ranking minority member of the select committee during one additional 
Congress.
    (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 
        Central Intelligence, and the National Foreign 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 Central Intelligence, and the National Foreign 
                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 
chairman 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 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 6(a), (b), 
and (c) and 8(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 Standards of Official Conduct and of the select committee 
        concerning the security of classified information during and 
        after the period of his employment or contractual agreement 
        with the select committee; and
            (2) received an appropriate security clearance, as 
        determined by the select committee in consultation with the 
        Director of Central 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 
security 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 he objects to the 
disclosure of such information, provides his 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 his 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 
chairman 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 chairman 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 chairman 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 Standards of Official Conduct 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 Standards of Official 
Conduct 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 
Standards of Official Conduct 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 Central Intelligence Agency and 
        the Director of Central Intelligence.
            (2) The activities of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
            (3) The activities of the National Security Agency.
            (4) The intelligence and intelligence-related activities of 
        other agencies and subdivisions of the Department of Defense.
            (5) The intelligence and intelligence-related activities of 
        the Department of State.
            (6) The intelligence and intelligence-related activities of 
        the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including all activities 
        of the Intelligence Division.
    (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) Except as provided in subdivision (B), the Rules of 
the House are the rules of its committees and subcommittees so far as 
applicable.
    (B) 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, each shall be privileged in committees and 
subcommittees and shall be decided without debate.
    (2) 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.
    (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(i)(1) of 
rule X.
    (d)(1) Each committee shall submit to the House not later than 
January 2 of each odd-numbered year a report on the activities of that 
committee under this rule and rule X during the Congress ending at noon 
on January 3 of such year.
    (2) Such report shall include separate sections summarizing the 
legislative and oversight activities of that committee during that 
Congress.
    (3) The oversight section of such report shall include a summary of 
the oversight plans submitted by the committee under clause 2(d) of 
rule X, a summary of the actions taken and recommendations made with 
respect to each such plan, a summary of any additional oversight 
activities undertaken by that committee, and any recommendations made 
or actions taken thereon.
    (4) After an adjournment sine die of the last regular session of a 
Congress, the chairman of a committee may file an activities report 
under 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 submit its rules for publication in the 
Congressional Record not later than 30 days after the committee is 
elected in each odd-numbered year.
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 chairman of each standing committee may call and 
convene, as he 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 chairman.
    (2) Three or more members of a standing committee may file in the 
offices of the committee a written request that the chairman 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 chairman of the 
filing of the request. If the chairman 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 chairman
    (d) A member of the majority party on each standing committee or 
subcommittee thereof shall be designated by the chairman of the full 
committee as the vice chairman of the committee or subcommittee, as the 
case may be, and shall preside during the absence of the chairman from 
any meeting. If the chairman and vice chairman 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. Information so available for public inspection 
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 Standards of Official Conduct 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 chairman. 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 Standards of Official Conduct, 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.
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 Standards of Official Conduct or its 
subcommittee) 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 Standards of Official Conduct 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 Standards of Official 
Conduct 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) The chairman of each committee (other than the Committee on 
Rules) shall make public announcement of the date, place, and subject 
matter of a committee hearing at least one week before the commencement 
of the hearing. If the chairman of the committee, with the concurrence 
of the ranking minority member, determines that there is good cause to 
begin a hearing sooner, or 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, the chairman shall 
make the announcement at the earliest possible date. An announcement 
made under this subparagraph shall be published promptly in the Daily 
Digest and made available in electronic form.
    (4) 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.
    (5)(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.
    (6) 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 the reporting of a measure or recommendation, which may not 
be less than one-third of the members.
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 chairman 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.
Investigative hearing procedures
    (k)(1) The chairman at an investigative hearing shall announce in 
an opening statement the subject of the investigation.
    (2) A copy of the committee rules and of this clause shall be made 
available to each witness.
    (3) Witnesses at investigative hearings may be accompanied by their 
own counsel for the purpose of advising them concerning their 
constitutional rights.
    (4) The chairman 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 that the evidence or testimony at an 
investigative hearing may tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate any 
person--
            (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 chairman 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 his testimony 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 (2)(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 chairman of the committee, or a member designated by the 
chairman, 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 
chairman of the committee under such rules and under such limitations 
as the committee may prescribe. Authorized subpoenas shall be signed by 
the chairman of the committee or by a member designated by the 
committee.
    (ii) In the case of a subcommittee of the Committee on Standards of 
Official Conduct, 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.
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct
    3. (a) The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct 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 his duties or the discharge of his 
        responsibilities. 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 his duties or 
        the discharge of his responsibilities 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 XXIV.
    (b)(1)(A) Unless approved by an affirmative vote of a majority of 
its members, the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct 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 
chairman and ranking minority member jointly may appoint members to 
serve as an investigative subcommittee.
    (ii) The chairman 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; or
            (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 he believes the information is submitted in good faith and 
        warrants the review and consideration of the committee.
If a complaint is not disposed of within the applicable periods set 
forth in the rules of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, 
the chairman 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 chairman 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 disqualify himself 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 chairman 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.
    (c)(1) Notwithstanding clause 2(g)(1) of rule XI, each meeting of 
the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct 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 
Standards of Official Conduct 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 
Standards of Official Conduct, 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 Standards of 
        Official Conduct, 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 Standards of 
Official Conduct 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 Standards of Official Conduct, 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 Standards of Official Conduct.
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 
chairman 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 chairman 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) In the allocation of the number of still photographers 
        permitted by a committee or subcommittee chairman in a hearing 
        or meeting room, preference shall be given to photographers 
        from Associated Press Photos and United Press International 
        Newspictures. If requests are made by more of the media than 
        will be permitted by a committee or subcommittee chairman 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 Radio and 
        Television Correspondents' Galleries.
            (11) Personnel providing coverage by still photography 
        shall be currently accredited to the Press Photographers' 
        Gallery.
            (12) 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.
Pay of witnesses
    5. Witnesses appearing before the House or any of its committees 
shall be paid the same per diem rate as established, authorized, and 
regulated by the Committee on House Administration for Members, 
Delegates, the Resident Commissioner, and employees of the House, plus 
actual expenses of travel to or from the place of examination. Such per 
diem may not be paid when a witness has been summoned at the place of 
examination.
Unfinished business of the session
    6. All business of the House at the end of one session shall be 
resumed at the commencement of the next session of the same Congress in 
the same manner as if no adjournment had taken place.

                               RULE XII.

             Receipt and Referral of Measures and Matters.

Messages
    1. Messages received from the Senate, or from the President, shall 
be entered on the Journal and published in the Congressional Record of 
the proceedings of that day.
Referral
    2. (a) The Speaker shall refer each bill, resolution, or other 
matter that relates to a subject listed under a standing committee 
named in clause 1 of rule X in accordance with the provisions of this 
clause.
    (b) The Speaker shall refer matters under paragraph (a) in such 
manner as to ensure to the maximum extent feasible that each committee 
that has jurisdiction under clause 1 of rule X over the subject matter 
of a provision thereof may consider such provision and report to the 
House thereon. Precedents, rulings, or procedures in effect before the 
Ninety-Fourth Congress shall be applied to referrals under this clause 
only to the extent that they will contribute to the achievement of the 
objectives of this clause.
    (c) In carrying out paragraphs (a) and (b) with respect to the 
referral of a matter, the Speaker--
            (1) shall designate a committee of primary jurisdiction;
            (2) may refer the matter to one or more additional 
        committees for consideration in sequence, either initially or 
        after the matter has been reported by the committee of primary 
        jurisdiction;
            (3) may refer portions of the matter reflecting different 
        subjects and jurisdictions to one or more additional 
        committees;
            (4) may refer the matter to a special, ad hoc committee 
        appointed by the Speaker with the approval of the House, and 
        including members of the committees of jurisdiction, for the 
        specific purpose of considering that matter and reporting to 
        the House thereon;
            (5) may subject a referral to appropriate time limitations; 
        and
            (6) may make such other provision as may be considered 
        appropriate.
    (d) A bill for the payment or adjudication of a private claim 
against the Government may not be referred to a committee other than 
the Committee on International Relations or the Committee on the 
Judiciary, except by unanimous consent.
Petitions, memorials, and private bills
    3. If a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner has a petition, 
memorial, or private bill to present, he shall endorse his name, 
deliver it to the Clerk, and may specify the reference or disposition 
to be made thereof. Such petition, memorial, or private bill (except 
when judged by the Speaker to be obscene or insulting) shall be entered 
on the Journal with the name of the Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner presenting it and shall be printed in the Congressional 
Record.
    4. A private bill or private resolution (including an omnibus claim 
or pension bill), or amendment thereto, may not be received or 
considered in the House if it authorizes or directs--
            (a) the payment of money for property damages, for personal 
        injuries or death for which suit may be instituted under the 
        Tort Claims Procedure provided in title 28, United States Code, 
        or for a pension (other than to carry out a provision of law or 
        treaty stipulation);
            (b) the construction of a bridge across a navigable stream; 
        or
            (c) the correction of a military or naval record.
Prohibition on commemorations
    5. (a) A bill or resolution, or an amendment thereto, may not be 
introduced or considered in the House if it establishes or expresses a 
commemoration.
    (b) In this clause the term ``commemoration'' means a remembrance, 
celebration, or recognition for any purpose through the designation of 
a specified period of time.
Excluded matters
    6. A petition, memorial, bill, or resolution excluded under this 
rule shall be returned to the Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner from whom it was received. A petition or private bill that 
has been inappropriately referred may, by direction of the committee 
having possession of it, be properly referred in the manner originally 
presented. An erroneous reference of a petition or private bill under 
this clause does not confer jurisdiction on a committee to consider or 
report it.
Sponsorship
    7. (a) All other bills, memorials, petitions, and resolutions, 
endorsed with the names of Members, Delegates, or the Resident 
Commissioner introducing them, may be delivered to the Speaker to be 
referred. The titles and references of all bills, memorials, petitions, 
resolutions, and other documents referred under this rule shall be 
entered on the Journal and printed in the Congressional Record. An 
erroneous reference may be corrected by the House in accordance with 
rule X on any day immediately after the Pledge of Allegiance to the 
Flag by unanimous consent or motion. Such a motion shall be privileged 
if offered by direction of a committee to which the bill has been 
erroneously referred or by direction of a committee claiming 
jurisdiction and shall be decided without debate.
    (b)(1) The primary sponsor of a public bill or public resolution 
may name cosponsors. The name of a cosponsor added after the initial 
printing of a bill or resolution shall appear in the next printing of 
the bill or resolution on the written request of the primary sponsor. 
Such a request may be submitted to the Speaker at any time until the 
last committee authorized to consider and report the bill or resolution 
reports it to the House or is discharged from its consideration.
    (2) The name of a cosponsor of a bill or resolution may be deleted 
by unanimous consent. The Speaker may entertain such a request only by 
the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner whose name is to be 
deleted or by the primary sponsor of the bill or resolution, and only 
until the last committee authorized to consider and report the bill or 
resolution reports it to the House or is discharged from its 
consideration. The Speaker may not entertain a request to delete the 
name of the primary sponsor of a bill or resolution. A deletion shall 
be indicated by date in the next printing of the bill or resolution.
    (3) The addition or deletion of the name of a cosponsor of a bill 
or resolution shall be entered on the Journal and printed in the 
Congressional Record of that day.
    (4) A bill or resolution shall be reprinted on the written request 
of the primary sponsor. Such a request may be submitted to the Speaker 
only when 20 or more cosponsors have been added since the last printing 
of the bill or resolution.
    (5) When a bill or resolution is introduced ``by request,'' those 
words shall be entered on the Journal and printed in the Congressional 
Record.
Executive communications
    8. Estimates of appropriations and all other communications from 
the executive departments intended for the consideration of any 
committees of the House shall be addressed to the Speaker for referral 
as provided in clause 2 of rule XIV.

                               RULE XIII.

                    Calendars and Committee Reports.

Calendars
    1. (a) All business reported by committees shall be referred to one 
of the following three calendars:
            (1) A Calendar of the Committee of the Whole House on the 
        state of the Union, to which shall be referred public bills and 
        public resolutions raising revenue, involving a tax or charge 
        on the people, directly or indirectly making appropriations of 
        money or property or requiring such appropriations to be made, 
        authorizing payments out of appropriations already made, 
        releasing any liability to the United States for money or 
        property, or referring a claim to the Court of Claims.
            (2) A House Calendar, to which shall be referred all public 
        bills and public resolutions not requiring referral to the 
        Calendar of the Committee of the Whole House on the state of 
        the Union.
            (3) A Private Calendar as provided in clause 5 of rule XV, 
        to which shall be referred all private bills and private 
        resolutions.
    (b) There is established a Corrections Calendar as provided in 
clause 6 of rule XV.
    (c) There is established a Calendar of Motions to Discharge 
Committees as provided in clause 2 of rule XV.
Filing and printing of reports
    2. (a)(1) Except as provided in subparagraph (2), all reports of 
committees (other than those filed from the floor as privileged) shall 
be delivered to the Clerk for printing and reference to the proper 
calendar under the direction of the Speaker in accordance with clause 
1. The title or subject of each report shall be entered on the Journal 
and printed in the Congressional Record.
    (2) A bill or resolution reported adversely shall be laid on the 
table unless a committee to which the bill or resolution was referred 
requests at the time of the report its referral to an appropriate 
calendar under clause 1 or unless, within three days thereafter, a 
Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner makes such a request.
    (b)(1) It shall be the duty of the chairman of each committee to 
report or cause to be reported promptly to the House a measure or 
matter approved by the committee and to take or cause to be taken steps 
necessary to bring the measure or matter to a vote.
    (2) In any event, the report of a committee on a measure that 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 a written request for the filing of the report, signed by 
a majority of the members of the committee, has been filed with the 
clerk of the committee. The clerk of the committee shall immediately 
notify the chairman of the filing of such a request. This subparagraph 
does not apply to a report of the Committee on Rules with respect to a 
rule, joint rule, or order of business of the House, or to the 
reporting of a resolution of inquiry addressed to the head of an 
executive department.
    (c) All supplemental, minority, or additional views filed under 
clause 2(l) of rule XI by one or more members of a committee shall be 
included in, and shall be a part of, the report filed by the committee 
with respect to a measure or matter. When time guaranteed by clause 
2(l) of rule XI has expired (or, if sooner, when all separate views 
have been received), the committee may arrange to file its report with 
the Clerk not later than one hour after the expiration of such time. 
This clause and provisions of clause 2(l) of rule XI do not preclude 
the immediate filing or printing of a committee report in the absence 
of a timely request for the opportunity to file supplemental, minority, 
or additional views as provided in clause 2(l) of rule XI.
Content of reports
    3. (a)(1) Except as provided in subparagraph (2), the report of a 
committee on a measure or matter shall be printed in a single volume 
that--
            (A) shall include all supplemental, minority, or additional 
        views that have been submitted by the time of the filing of the 
        report; and
            (B) shall bear on its cover a recital that any such 
        supplemental, minority, or additional views (and any material 
        submitted under paragraph (c)(3) or (4)) are included as part 
        of the report.
    (2) A committee may file a supplemental report for the correction 
of a technical error in its previous report on a measure or matter.
    (b) With respect to each record vote on a motion to report a 
measure or matter of a public nature, and on any amendment offered to 
the measure or matter, the total number of votes cast for and against, 
and the names of members voting for and against, shall be included in 
the committee report. The preceding sentence does not apply to votes 
taken in executive session by the Committee on Standards of Official 
Conduct.
    (c) The report of a committee on a measure that has been approved 
by the committee shall include, separately set out and clearly 
identified, the following:
            (1) Oversight findings and recommendations under clause 
        2(b)(1) of rule X.
            (2) The statement required by section 308(a) of the 
        Congressional Budget Act of 1974, except that an estimate of 
        new budget authority shall include, when practicable, a 
        comparison of the total estimated funding level for the 
        relevant programs to the appropriate levels under current law.
            (3) An estimate and comparison prepared by the Director of 
        the Congressional Budget Office under section 402 of the 
        Congressional Budget Act of 1974 if timely submitted to the 
        committee before the filing of the report.
            (4) A summary of oversight findings and recommendations by 
        the Committee on Government Reform under clause 4(c)(2) of rule 
        X if such findings and recommendations have been submitted to 
        the reporting committee in time to allow it to consider such 
        findings and recommendations during its deliberations on the 
        measure.
    (d) Each report of a committee on a public bill or public joint 
resolution shall contain the following:
            (1) A statement citing the specific powers granted to 
        Congress in the Constitution to enact the law proposed by the 
        bill or joint resolution.
            (2)(A) An estimate by the committee of the costs that would 
        be incurred in carrying out the bill or joint resolution in the 
        fiscal year in which it is reported and in each of the five 
        fiscal years following that fiscal year (or for the authorized 
        duration of any program authorized by the bill or joint 
        resolution if less than five years);
            (B) A comparison of the estimate of costs described in 
        subdivision (A) made by the committee with any estimate of such 
        costs made by a Government agency and submitted to such 
        committee; and
            (C) When practicable, a comparison of the total estimated 
        funding level for the relevant programs with the appropriate 
        levels under current law.
            (3)(A) In subparagraph (2) the term ``Government agency'' 
        includes any department, agency, establishment, wholly owned 
        Government corporation, or instrumentality of the Federal 
        Government or the government of the District of Columbia.
            (B) Subparagraph (2) does not apply to the Committee on 
        Appropriations, the Committee on House Administration, the 
        Committee on Rules, or the Committee on Standards of Official 
        Conduct, and does not apply when a cost estimate and comparison 
        prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget Office 
        under section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 has 
        been included in the report under paragraph (c)(3).
    (e)(1) Whenever a committee reports a bill or joint resolution 
proposing to repeal or amend a statute or part thereof, it shall 
include in its report or in an accompanying document--
            (A) the text of a statute or part thereof that is proposed 
        to be repealed; and
            (B) a comparative print of any part of the bill or joint 
        resolution proposing to amend the statute and of the statute or 
        part thereof proposed to be amended, showing by appropriate 
        typographical devices the omissions and insertions proposed.
    (2) If a committee reports a bill or joint resolution proposing to 
repeal or amend a statute or part thereof with a recommendation that 
the bill or joint resolution be amended, the comparative print required 
by subparagraph (1) shall reflect the changes in existing law proposed 
to be made by the bill or joint resolution as proposed to be amended.
    (f)(1) A report of the Committee on Appropriations on a general 
appropriation bill shall include--
            (A) a concise statement describing the effect of any 
        provision of the accompanying bill that directly or indirectly 
        changes the application of existing law; and
            (B) a list of all appropriations contained in the bill for 
        expenditures not previously authorized by law (except 
        classified intelligence or national security programs, 
        projects, or activities).
    (2) Whenever the Committee on Appropriations reports a bill or 
joint resolution including matter specified in clause 1(b)(2) or (3) of 
rule X, it shall include--
            (A) in the bill or joint resolution, separate headings for 
        ``Rescissions'' and ``Transfers of Unexpended Balances''; and
            (B) in the report of the committee, a separate section 
        listing such rescissions and transfers.
    (g) Whenever the Committee on Rules reports a resolution proposing 
to repeal or amend a standing rule of the House, it shall include in 
its report or in an accompanying document--
            (1) the text of any rule or part thereof that is proposed 
        to be repealed; and
            (2) a comparative print of any part of the resolution 
        proposing to amend the rule and of the rule or part thereof 
        proposed to be amended, showing by appropriate typographical 
        devices the omissions and insertions proposed.
    (h)(1) It shall not be in order to consider a bill or joint 
resolution reported by the Committee on Ways and Means that proposes to 
amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 unless--
            (A) the report includes a tax complexity analysis prepared 
        by the Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation in 
        accordance with section 4022(b) of the Internal Revenue Service 
        Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998; or
            (B) the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means causes 
        such a tax complexity analysis to be printed in the 
        Congressional Record before consideration of the bill or joint 
        resolution.
    (2) A report from the Committee on Ways and Means on a bill or 
joint resolution designated by the Majority Leader, after consultation 
with the Minority Leader, as major tax legislation may include a 
dynamic estimate of the changes in Federal revenues expected to result 
from enactment of the legislation. The Joint Committee on Internal 
Revenue Taxation shall render a dynamic estimate of such legislation 
only in response to a timely request from the chairman of the Committee 
on Ways and Means, after consultation with the ranking minority member. 
A dynamic estimate under this paragraph may be used only for 
informational purposes.
    (3) In this paragraph the term ``dynamic estimate'' means a 
projection based in any part on assumptions concerning probable effects 
of macroeconomic feedback. A dynamic estimate shall include a statement 
identifying all such assumptions.
Availability of reports
    4. (a)(1) Except as specified in subparagraph (2), it shall not be 
in order to consider in the House a measure or matter reported by a 
committee until the third calendar day (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, 
or legal holidays except when the House is in session on such a day) on 
which each report of a committee on that measure or matter has been 
available to Members, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner.
    (2) Subparagraph (1) does not apply to--
            (A) a resolution providing a rule, joint rule, or order of 
        business reported by the Committee on Rules considered under 
        clause 6;
            (B) a resolution providing amounts from the applicable 
        accounts described in clause 1(i)(1) of rule X reported by the 
        Committee on House Administration considered under clause 6 of 
        rule X;
            (C) a resolution presenting a question of the privileges of 
        the House reported by any committee;
            (D) a measure for the declaration of war, or the 
        declaration of a national emergency, by Congress; and
            (E) a measure providing for the disapproval of a decision, 
        determination, or action by a Government agency that would 
        become, or continue to be, effective unless disapproved or 
        otherwise invalidated by one or both Houses of Congress. In 
        this subdivision the term ``Government agency'' includes any 
        department, agency, establishment, wholly owned Government 
        corporation, or instrumentality of the Federal Government or of 
        the government of the District of Columbia.
    (b) A committee that reports a measure or matter shall make every 
reasonable effort to have its hearings thereon (if any) printed and 
available for distribution to Members, Delegates, and the Resident 
Commissioner before the consideration of the measure or matter in the 
House.
    (c) A general appropriation bill reported by the Committee on 
Appropriations may not be considered in the House until the third 
calendar day (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays except 
when the House is in session on such a day) on which printed hearings 
of the Committee on Appropriations thereon have been available to 
Members, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner.
Privileged reports, generally
    5. (a) The following committees shall have leave to report at any 
time on the following matters, respectively:
            (1) The Committee on Appropriations, on general 
        appropriation bills and on joint resolutions continuing 
        appropriations for a fiscal year after September 15 in the 
        preceding fiscal year.
            (2) The Committee on the Budget, on the matters required to 
        be reported by such committee under titles III and IV of the 
        Congressional Budget Act of 1974.
            (3) The Committee on House Administration, on enrolled 
        bills, on contested elections, on matters referred to it 
        concerning printing for the use of the House or the two Houses, 
        on expenditure of the applicable accounts of the House 
        described in clause 1(i)(1) of rule X, and on matters relating 
        to preservation and availability of noncurrent records of the 
        House under rule VII.
            (4) The Committee on Rules, on rules, joint rules, and the 
        order of business.
            (5) The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, on 
        resolutions recommending action by the House with respect to a 
        Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
        of the House as a result of an investigation by the committee 
        relating to the official conduct of such Member, Delegate, 
        Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee.
    (b) A report filed from the floor as privileged under paragraph (a) 
may be called up as a privileged question by direction of the reporting 
committee, subject to any requirement concerning its availability to 
Members, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner under clause 4 or 
concerning the timing of its consideration under clause 6.
Privileged reports by the Committee on Rules
    6. (a) A report by the Committee on Rules on a rule, joint rule, or 
the order of business may not be called up for consideration on the 
same day it is presented to the House except--
            (1) when so determined by a vote of two-thirds of the 
        Members voting, a quorum being present;
            (2) in the case of a resolution proposing only to waive a 
        requirement of clause 4 or of clause 8 of rule XXII concerning 
        the availability of reports; or
            (3) during the last three days of a session of Congress.
    (b) Pending the consideration of a report by the Committee on Rules 
on a rule, joint rule, or the order of business, the Speaker may 
entertain one motion that the House adjourn. After the result of such a 
motion is announced, the Speaker may not entertain any other dilatory 
motion until the report shall have been disposed of.
    (c) The Committee on Rules may not report--
            (1) a rule or order proposing that business under clause 7 
        of rule XV be set aside by a vote of less than two-thirds of 
        the Members voting, a quorum being present;
            (2) a rule or order that would prevent the motion to 
        recommit a bill or joint resolution from being made as provided 
        in clause 2(b) of rule XIX, including a motion to recommit with 
        instructions to report back an amendment otherwise in order, if 
        offered by the Minority Leader or a designee, except with 
        respect to a Senate bill or resolution for which the text of a 
        House-passed measure has been substituted.
    (d) The Committee on Rules shall present to the House reports 
concerning rules, joint rules, and the order of business, within three 
legislative days of the time when they are ordered. If such a report is 
not considered immediately, it shall be referred to the calendar. If 
such a report on the calendar is not called up by the member of the 
committee who filed the report within seven legislative days, any 
member of the committee may call it up as a privileged question on the 
day after the calendar day on which the member announces to the House 
his intention to do so. The Speaker shall recognize a member of the 
committee who rises for that purpose.
    (e) An adverse report by the Committee on Rules on a resolution 
proposing a special order of business for the consideration of a public 
bill or public joint resolution may be called up as a privileged 
question by a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner on a day when 
it is in order to consider a motion to discharge committees under 
clause 2 of rule XV.
    (f) If the House has adopted a resolution making in order a motion 
to consider a bill or resolution, and such a motion has not been 
offered within seven calendar days thereafter, such a motion shall be 
privileged if offered by direction of all reporting committees having 
initial jurisdiction of the bill or resolution.
    (g) Whenever the Committee on Rules reports a resolution providing 
for the consideration of a measure, it shall (to the maximum extent 
possible) specify in the resolution the object of any waiver of a point 
of order against the measure or against its consideration.
Resolutions of inquiry
    7. A report on a resolution of inquiry addressed to the head of an 
executive department may be filed from the floor as privileged. If such 
a resolution is not reported to the House within 14 legislative days 
after its introduction, a motion to discharge a committee from its 
consideration shall be privileged.

                               RULE XIV.

                    Order and Priority of Business.

    1. The daily order of business (unless varied by the application of 
other rules and except for the disposition of matters of higher 
precedence) shall be as follows:
            First. Prayer by the Chaplain.
            Second. Reading and approval of the Journal, unless 
        postponed under clause 9(a) of rule XX.
            Third. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
            Fourth. Correction of reference of public bills.
            Fifth. Disposal of business on the Speaker's table as 
        provided in clause 2.
            Sixth. Unfinished business as provided in clause 3.
            Seventh. The morning hour for the consideration of bills 
        called up by committees as provided in clause 4.
            Eighth. Motions that the House resolve into the Committee 
        of the Whole House on the state of the Union subject to clause 
        5.
            Ninth. Orders of the day.
    2. Business on the Speaker's table shall be disposed of as follows:
            (a) Messages from the President shall be referred to the 
        appropriate committees without debate.
            (b) Communications addressed to the House, including 
        reports and communications from heads of departments and bills, 
        resolutions, and messages from the Senate, may be referred to 
        the appropriate committees in the same manner and with the same 
        right of correction as public bills and public resolutions 
        presented by Members, Delegates, or the Resident Commissioner.
            (c) Motions to dispose of Senate amendments on the 
        Speaker's table may be entertained as provided in clauses 1, 2, 
        and 4 of rule XXII.
            (d) Senate bills and resolutions substantially the same as 
        House measures already favorably reported and not required to 
        be considered in the Committee of the Whole House on the state 
        of the Union may be disposed of by motion. Such a motion shall 
        be privileged if offered by direction of all reporting 
        committees having initial jurisdiction of the House measure.
    3. Consideration of unfinished business in which the House may have 
been engaged at an adjournment, except business in the morning hour and 
proceedings postponed under clause 9 of rule XX, shall be resumed as 
soon as the business on the Speaker's table is finished, and at the 
same time each day thereafter until disposed of. The consideration of 
all other unfinished business shall be resumed whenever the class of 
business to which it belongs shall be in order under the rules.
    4. After the unfinished business has been disposed of, the Speaker 
shall call each standing committee in regular order and then select 
committees. Each committee when named may call up for consideration a 
bill or resolution reported by it on a previous day and on the House 
Calendar. If the Speaker does not complete the call of the committees 
before the House passes to other business, the next call shall resume 
at the point it left off, giving preference to the last bill or 
resolution under consideration. A committee that has occupied the call 
for two days may not call up another bill or resolution until the other 
committees have been called in their turn.
    5. After consideration of bills or resolutions under clause 4 for 
one hour, it shall be in order, pending consideration thereof, to 
entertain a motion that the House resolve into the Committee of the 
Whole House on the state of the Union or, when authorized by a 
committee, that the House resolve into the Committee of the Whole House 
on the state of the Union to consider a particular bill. Such a motion 
shall be subject to only one amendment designating another bill. If 
such a motion is decided in the negative, another such motion may not 
be considered until the matter that was pending when such motion was 
offered is disposed of.
    6. All questions relating to the priority of business shall be 
decided by a majority without debate.

                                RULE XV.

                   Business in Order on Special Days.

Suspensions, Mondays and Tuesdays
    1. (a) A rule may not be suspended except by a vote of two-thirds 
of the Members voting, a quorum being present. The Speaker may not 
entertain a motion that the House suspend the rules except on Mondays 
and Tuesdays and during the last six days of a session of Congress.
    (b) Pending a motion that the House suspend the rules, the Speaker 
may entertain one motion that the House adjourn. After the result of 
such a motion is announced, the Speaker may not entertain any other 
motion until the vote is taken on the suspension.
    (c) A motion that the House suspend the rules is debatable for 40 
minutes, one-half in favor of the motion and one-half in opposition 
thereto.
Discharge motions, second and fourth Mondays
    2. (a) Motions to discharge committees shall be in order on the 
second and fourth Mondays of a month.
    (b)(1) A Member may present to the Clerk a motion in writing to 
discharge--
            (A) a committee from consideration of a public bill or 
        public resolution that has been referred to it for 30 
        legislative days; or
            (B) the Committee on Rules from consideration of a 
        resolution that has been referred to it for seven legislative 
        days and that proposes a special order of business for the 
        consideration of a public bill or public resolution that has 
        been reported by a standing committee or has been referred to a 
        standing committee for 30 legislative days.
    (2) Only one motion may be presented for a bill or resolution. A 
Member may not file a motion to discharge the Committee on Rules from 
consideration of a resolution providing for the consideration of more 
than one public bill or public resolution or admitting or effecting a 
nongermane amendment to a public bill or public resolution.
    (c) A motion presented under paragraph (b) shall be placed in the 
custody of the Clerk, who shall arrange a convenient place for the 
signatures of Members. A signature may be withdrawn by a Member in 
writing at any time before a motion is entered on the Journal. The 
Clerk shall make signatures a matter of public record, causing the 
names of the Members who have signed a discharge motion during a week 
to be published in a portion of the Congressional Record designated for 
that purpose on the last legislative day of the week and making 
cumulative lists of such names available each day for public inspection 
in an appropriate office of the House. The Clerk shall devise a means 
for making such lists available to offices of the House and to the 
public in electronic form. When a majority of the total membership of 
the House shall have signed the motion, it shall be entered on the 
Journal, printed with the signatures thereto in the Record, and 
referred to the Calendar of Motions to Discharge Committees.
    (d)(1) On the second and fourth Mondays of a month (except during 
the last six days of a session of Congress), immediately after the 
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, a motion to discharge that has been 
on the calendar for at least seven legislative days shall be privileged 
if called up by a Member whose signature appears thereon. When such a 
motion is called up, the House shall proceed to its consideration under 
this paragraph without intervening motion except one motion to adjourn. 
Privileged motions to discharge shall have precedence in the order of 
their entry on the Journal.
    (2) When a motion to discharge is called up, the bill or resolution 
to which it relates shall be read by title only. The motion is 
debatable for 20 minutes, one-half in favor of the motion and one-half 
in opposition thereto.
    (e)(1) If a motion prevails to discharge the Committee on Rules 
from consideration of a resolution, the House shall immediately 
consider the resolution, pending which the Speaker may entertain one 
motion that the House adjourn. After the result of such a motion to 
adjourn is announced, the Speaker may not entertain any other dilatory 
motion until the resolution has been disposed of. If the resolution is 
adopted, the House shall immediately proceed to its execution.
    (2) If a motion prevails to discharge a standing committee from 
consideration of a public bill or public resolution, a motion that the 
House proceed to the immediate consideration of such bill or resolution 
shall be privileged if offered by a Member whose signature appeared on 
the motion to discharge. The motion to proceed is not debatable. If the 
motion to proceed is adopted, the bill or resolution shall be 
considered immediately under the general rules of the House. If 
unfinished before adjournment of the day on which it is called up, the 
bill or resolution shall remain the unfinished business until it is 
disposed of. If the motion to proceed is rejected, the bill or 
resolution shall be referred to the appropriate calendar, where it 
shall have the same status as if the committee from which it was 
discharged had duly reported it to the House.
    (f)(1) When a motion to discharge originated under this clause has 
once been acted on by the House, it shall not be in order to entertain 
during the same session of Congress--
            (A) a motion to discharge a committee from consideration of 
        that bill or resolution or of any other bill or resolution 
        that, by relating in substance to or dealing with the same 
        subject matter, is substantially the same; or
            (B) a motion to discharge the Committee on Rules from 
        consideration of a resolution providing a special order of 
        business for the consideration of that bill or resolution or of 
        any other bill or resolution that, by relating in substance to 
        or dealing with the same subject matter, is substantially the 
        same.
    (2) A motion to discharge on the Calendar of Motions to Discharge 
Committees that is rendered out of order under subparagraph (1) shall 
be stricken from that calendar.
Adverse report by the Committee on Rules, second and fourth Mondays
    3. An adverse report by the Committee on Rules on a resolution 
proposing a special order of business for the consideration of a public 
bill or public joint resolution may be called up under clause 6(e) of 
rule XIII as a privileged question by a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner on a day when it is in order to consider a motion to 
discharge committees under clause 2.
District of Columbia business, second and fourth Mondays
    4. The second and fourth Mondays of a month shall be set apart for 
the consideration of such District of Columbia business as may be 
called up by the Committee on Government Reform after the disposition 
of motions to discharge committees and after the disposal of such 
business on the Speaker's table as requires reference only.
Private Calendar, first and third Tuesdays
    5. (a) On the first Tuesday of a month, the Speaker shall direct 
the Clerk to call the bills and resolutions on the Private Calendar 
after disposal of such business on the Speaker's table as requires 
reference only. If two or more Members, Delegates, or the Resident 
Commissioner object to the consideration of a bill or resolution so 
called, it shall be recommitted to the committee that reported it. No 
other business shall be in order before completion of the call of the 
Private Calendar on this day unless two-thirds of the Members voting, a 
quorum being present, agree to a motion that the House dispense with 
the call.
    (b)(1) On the third Tuesday of a month, after the disposal of such 
business on the Speaker's table as requires reference only, the Speaker 
may direct the Clerk to call the bills and resolutions on the Private 
Calendar. Preference shall be given to omnibus bills containing the 
texts of bills or resolutions that have previously been objected to on 
a call of the Private Calendar. If two or more Members, Delegates, or 
the Resident Commissioner object to the consideration of a bill or 
resolution so called (other than an omnibus bill), it shall be 
recommitted to the committee that reported it. Two-thirds of the 
Members voting, a quorum being present, may adopt a motion that the 
House dispense with the call on this day.
    (2) Omnibus bills shall be read for amendment by paragraph. No 
amendment shall be in order except to strike or to reduce amounts of 
money or to provide limitations. An item or matter stricken from an 
omnibus bill may not thereafter during the same session of Congress be 
included in an omnibus bill. Upon passage such an omnibus bill shall be 
resolved into the several bills and resolutions of which it is 
composed. The several bills and resolutions, with any amendments 
adopted by the House, shall be engrossed, when necessary, and otherwise 
considered as passed severally by the House as distinct bills and 
resolutions.
    (c) The Speaker may not entertain a reservation of the right to 
object to the consideration of a bill or resolution under this clause. 
A bill or resolution considered under this clause shall be considered 
in the House as in the Committee of the Whole. A motion to dispense 
with the call of the Private Calendar under this clause shall be 
privileged. Debate on such a motion shall be limited to five minutes in 
support and five minutes in opposition.
Corrections Calendar, second and fourth Tuesdays
    6. (a) After a bill has been favorably reported and placed on 
either the Union or House Calendar, the Speaker, after consultation 
with the Minority Leader, may direct the Clerk also to place the bill 
on the ``Corrections Calendar.'' At any time on the second and fourth 
Tuesdays of a month, the Speaker may direct the Clerk to call a bill 
that has been on the Corrections Calendar for three legislative days.
    (b) A bill called from the Corrections Calendar shall be considered 
in the House, is debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled 
by the chairman and ranking minority member of the primary committee of 
jurisdiction, and shall not be subject to amendment except those 
recommended by the primary committee of jurisdiction or offered by the 
chairman of the primary committee or a designee. The previous question 
shall be considered as ordered on the bill and any amendments thereto 
to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to 
recommit with or without instructions.
    (c) The approval of three-fifths of the Members voting, a quorum 
being present, shall be required to pass a bill called from the 
Corrections Calendar. The rejection of a bill so called, or the 
sustaining of a point of order against it or against its consideration, 
does not cause its removal from the Calendar to which it was originally 
referred.
Calendar Call of Committees, Wednesdays
    7. (a) On Wednesday of each week, business shall not be in order 
before completion of the call of the committees (except as provided by 
clause 4 of rule XIV) unless two-thirds of the Members voting, a quorum 
being present, agree to a motion that the House dispense with the call. 
Such a motion shall be privileged. Debate on such a motion shall be 
limited to five minutes in support and five minutes in opposition.
    (b) A bill or resolution on either the House or the Union Calendar, 
except bills or resolutions that are privileged under the Rules of the 
House, may be called under this clause. A bill or resolution called up 
from the Union Calendar shall be considered in the Committee of the 
Whole House on the state of the Union without motion, subject to clause 
3 of rule XVI. General debate on a measure considered under this clause 
shall be confined to the measure and may not exceed two hours equally 
divided between a proponent and an opponent.
    (c) When a committee has occupied the call under this clause on one 
Wednesday, it shall not be in order on a succeeding Wednesday to 
consider unfinished business previously called up by that committee 
until the other committees have been called in their turn unless--
            (1) the previous question has been ordered on such 
        unfinished business; or
            (2) the House adopts a motion to dispense with the call 
        under paragraph (a).
    (d) If any committee has not been called under this clause during a 
session of a Congress, then at the next session of that Congress the 
call shall resume where it left off at the end of the preceding 
session.
    (e) This rule does not apply during the last two weeks of a session 
of Congress.
    (f) The Speaker may not entertain a motion for a recess on a 
Wednesday except during the last two weeks of a session of Congress.

                               RULE XVI.

                        Motions and Amendments.

Motions
    1. Every motion entertained by the Speaker shall be reduced to 
writing on the demand of a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner 
and, unless it is withdrawn the same day, shall be entered on the 
Journal with the name of the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner 
offering it. A dilatory motion may not be entertained by the Speaker.
Withdrawal
    2. When a motion is entertained, the Speaker shall state it or 
cause it to be read aloud by the Clerk before it is debated. The motion 
then shall be in the possession of the House but may be withdrawn at 
any time before a decision or amendment thereon.
Question of consideration
    3. When a motion or proposition is entertained, the question, 
``Will the House now consider it?'' may not be put unless demanded by a 
Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner.
Precedence of motions
    4. (a) When a question is under debate, only the following motions 
may be entertained (which shall have precedence in the following 
order):
            (1) To adjourn.
            (2) To lay on the table.
            (3) For the previous question.
            (4) To postpone to a day certain.
            (5) To refer.
            (6) To amend.
            (7) To postpone indefinitely.
    (b) A motion to adjourn, to lay on the table, or for the previous 
question shall be decided without debate. A motion to postpone to a day 
certain, to refer, or to postpone indefinitely, being decided, may not 
be allowed again on the same day at the same stage of the question.
    (c)(1) It shall be in order at any time for the Speaker, in his 
discretion, to entertain a motion--
            (A) that the Speaker be authorized to declare a recess; or
            (B) that when the House adjourns it stand adjourned to a 
        day and time certain.
    (2) Either motion shall be of equal privilege with the motion to 
adjourn and shall be decided without debate.
Divisibility
    5. (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), a question shall be 
divided on the demand of a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner 
before the question is put if it includes propositions so distinct in 
substance that, one being taken away, a substantive proposition 
remains.
    (b)(1) A motion or resolution to elect members to a standing 
committee of the House, or to a joint standing committee, is not 
divisible.
    (2) A resolution or order reported by the Committee on Rules 
providing a special order of business is not divisible.
    (c) A motion to strike and insert is not divisible, but rejection 
of a motion to strike does not preclude another motion to amend.
Amendments
    6. When an amendable proposition is under consideration, a motion 
to amend and a motion to amend that amendment shall be in order, and it 
also shall be in order to offer a further amendment by way of 
substitute for the original motion to amend, to which one amendment may 
be offered but which may not be voted on until the original amendment 
is perfected. An amendment may be withdrawn in the House at any time 
before a decision or amendment thereon. An amendment to the title of a 
bill or resolution shall not be in order until after its passage or 
adoption and shall be decided without debate.
Germaneness
    7. No motion or proposition on a subject different from that under 
consideration shall be admitted under color of amendment.
Readings
    8. Bills and joint resolutions are subject to readings as follows:
            (a) A first reading is in full when the bill or joint 
        resolution is first considered.
            (b) A second reading occurs only when the bill or joint 
        resolution is read for amendment in a Committee of the Whole 
        House on the state of the Union under clause 5 of rule XVIII.
            (c) A third reading precedes passage when the Speaker 
        states the question: ``Shall the bill [or joint resolution] be 
        engrossed [when applicable] and read a third time?'' If that 
        question is decided in the affirmative, then the bill or joint 
        resolution shall be read the final time by title and then the 
        question shall be put on its passage.

                               RULE XVII.

                          Decorum and Debate.

Decorum
    1. (a) A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner who desires to 
speak or deliver a matter to the House shall rise and respectfully 
address himself to ``Mr. Speaker'' and, on being recognized, may 
address the House from any place on the floor. When invited by the 
Chair, a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may speak from the 
Clerk's desk.
    (b)(1) Remarks in debate shall be confined to the question under 
debate, avoiding personality.
    (2)(A) Except as provided in subdivision (B), debate may not 
include characterizations of Senate action or inaction, references to 
individual Members of the Senate, or quotations from Senate 
proceedings.
    (B) Debate may include references to actions taken by the Senate or 
by committees thereof that are a matter of public record; references to 
the pendency or sponsorship in the Senate of bills, resolutions, and 
amendments; factual descriptions relating to Senate action or inaction 
concerning a measure then under debate in the House; and quotations 
from Senate proceedings on a measure then under debate in the House 
that are relevant to the making of legislative history establishing the 
meaning of that measure.
Recognition
    2. When two or more Members, Delegates, or the Resident 
Commissioner rise at once, the Speaker shall name the Member, Delegate, 
or Resident Commissioner who is first to speak. A Member, Delegate, or 
Resident Commissioner may not occupy more than one hour in debate on a 
question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole House on the 
state of the Union except as otherwise provided in this rule.
Managing Debate
    3. (a) The Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner who calls up 
a measure may open and close debate thereon. When general debate 
extends beyond one day, that Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner 
shall be entitled to one hour to close without regard to the time used 
in opening.
    (b) Except as provided in paragraph (a), a Member, Delegate, or 
Resident Commissioner may not speak more than once to the same question 
without leave of the House.
    (c) A manager of a measure who opposes an amendment thereto is 
entitled to close controlled debate thereon.
Call to order
    4. (a) If a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, in speaking 
or otherwise, transgresses the Rules of the House, the Speaker shall, 
or a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may, call to order the 
offending Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, who shall 
immediately sit down unless permitted on motion of another Member, 
Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner to explain. If a Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner is called to order, the Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner making the call to order shall 
indicate the words excepted to, which shall be taken down in writing at 
the Clerk's desk and read aloud to the House.
    (b) The Speaker shall decide the validity of a call to order. The 
House, if appealed to, shall decide the question without debate. If the 
decision is in favor of the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner 
called to order, the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner shall 
be at liberty to proceed, but not otherwise. If the case requires it, 
an offending Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner shall be liable 
to censure or such other punishment as the House may consider proper. A 
Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not be held to answer a 
call to order, and may not be subject to the censure of the House 
therefor, if further debate or other business has intervened.
Comportment
    5. When the Speaker is putting a question or addressing the House, 
a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not walk out of or 
across the Hall. When a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner is 
speaking, a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not pass 
between the person speaking and the Chair. During the session of the 
House, a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not wear a hat 
or remain by the Clerk's desk during the call of the roll or the 
counting of ballots. A person may not smoke or use any personal, 
electronic office equipment, including cellular phones and computers, 
on the floor of the House. The Sergeant-at-Arms is charged with the 
strict enforcement of this clause.
Exhibits
    6. When the use of an exhibit in debate is objected to by a Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, its use shall be decided without 
debate by a vote of the House.
Galleries
    7. During a session of the House, it shall not be in order for a 
Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner to introduce to or to bring 
to the attention of the House an occupant in the galleries of the 
House. The Speaker may not entertain a request for the suspension of 
this rule by unanimous consent or otherwise.
Congressional Record
    8. (a) The Congressional Record shall be a substantially verbatim 
account of remarks made during the proceedings of the House, subject 
only to technical, grammatical, and typographical corrections 
authorized by the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner making the 
remarks.
    (b) Unparliamentary remarks may be deleted only by permission or 
order of the House.
    (c) This clause establishes a standard of conduct within the 
meaning of clause 3(a)(2) of rule XI.
Secret sessions
    9. When confidential communications are received from the 
President, or when the Speaker or a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner informs the House that he has communications that he 
believes ought to be kept secret for the present, the House shall be 
cleared of all persons except the Members, Delegates, Resident 
Commissioner, and officers of the House for the reading of such 
communications, and debates and proceedings thereon, unless otherwise 
ordered by the House.

                              RULE XVIII.

      The Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union.

Resolving into the Committee of the Whole
    1. Whenever the House resolves into the Committee of the Whole 
House on the state of the Union, the Speaker shall leave the chair 
after appointing a Chairman to preside. In case of disturbance or 
disorderly conduct in the galleries or lobby, the Chairman may cause 
the same to be cleared.
    2. (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) and in clause 7 of rule 
XV, the House resolves into the Committee of the Whole House on the 
state of the Union by motion. When such a motion is entertained, the 
Speaker shall put the question without debate: ``Shall the House 
resolve itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of 
the Union for consideration of this matter?'', naming it.
    (b) After the House has adopted a resolution reported by the 
Committee on Rules providing a special order of business for the 
consideration of a measure in the Committee of the Whole House on the 
state of the Union, the Speaker may at any time, when no question is 
pending before the House, declare the House resolved into the Committee 
of the Whole for the consideration of that measure without intervening 
motion, unless the special order of business provides otherwise.
Measures requiring initial consideration in the Committee of the Whole
    3. All bills, resolutions, or Senate amendments (as provided in 
clause 3 of rule XXII) involving a tax or charge on the people, raising 
revenue, directly or indirectly making appropriations of money or 
property or requiring such appropriations to be made, authorizing 
payments out of appropriations already made, releasing any liability to 
the United States for money or property, or referring a claim to the 
Court of Claims, shall be first considered in the Committee of the 
Whole House on the state of the Union. A bill, resolution, or Senate 
amendment that fails to comply with this clause is subject to a point 
of order against its consideration.
Order of business
    4. (a) Subject to subparagraph (b) business on the calendar of the 
Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union may be taken up 
in regular order, or in such order as the Committee may determine, 
unless the measure to be considered was determined by the House at the 
time of resolving into the Committee of the Whole.
    (b) Motions to resolve into the Committee of the Whole for 
consideration of bills and joint resolutions making general 
appropriations have precedence under this clause.
Reading for amendment
    5. (a) Before general debate commences on a measure in the 
Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union, it shall be 
read in full. When general debate is concluded or closed by order of 
the House, the measure under consideration shall be read for amendment. 
A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner who offers an amendment 
shall be allowed five minutes to explain it, after which the Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner who shall first obtain the floor 
shall be allowed five minutes to speak in opposition to it. There shall 
be no further debate thereon, but the same privilege of debate shall be 
allowed in favor of and against any amendment that may be offered to an 
amendment. An amendment, or an amendment to an amendment, may be 
withdrawn by its proponent only by the unanimous consent of the 
Committee of the Whole.
    (b) When a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner offers an 
amendment in the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the 
Union, the Clerk shall promptly transmit five copies of the amendment 
to the majority committee table and five copies to the minority 
committee table. The Clerk also shall deliver at least one copy of the 
amendment to the majority cloakroom and at least one copy to the 
minority cloakroom.
Quorum and voting
    6. (a) A quorum of a Committee of the Whole House on the state of 
the Union is 100 Members. The first time that a Committee of the Whole 
finds itself without a quorum during a day, the Chairman shall invoke 
the procedure for a quorum call set forth in clause 2 of rule XX, 
unless he elects to invoke an alternate procedure set forth in clause 3 
or clause 4(a) of rule XX. If a quorum appears, the Committee of the 
Whole shall continue its business. If a quorum does not appear, the 
Committee of the Whole shall rise, and the Chairman shall report the 
names of absentees to the House.
    (b)(1) The Chairman may refuse to entertain a point of order that a 
quorum is not present during general debate.
    (2) After a quorum has once been established on a day, the Chairman 
may entertain a point of order that a quorum is not present only when 
the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union is operating 
under the five-minute rule and the Chairman has put the pending 
proposition to a vote.
    (3) Upon sustaining a point of order that a quorum is not present, 
the Chairman may announce that, following a regular quorum call under 
paragraph (a), the minimum time for electronic voting on the pending 
question shall be five minutes.
    (c) When ordering a quorum call in the Committee of the Whole House 
on the state of the Union, the Chairman may announce an intention to 
declare that a quorum is constituted at any time during the quorum call 
when he determines that a quorum has appeared. If the Chairman 
interrupts the quorum call by declaring that a quorum is constituted, 
proceedings under the quorum call shall be considered as vacated, and 
the Committee of the Whole shall continue its sitting and resume its 
business.
    (d) A quorum is not required in the Committee of the Whole House on 
the state of the Union for adoption of a motion that the Committee 
rise.
    (e) In the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union, 
the Chairman shall order a recorded vote on a request supported by at 
least 25 Members.
    (f) In the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union, 
the Chairman may reduce to five minutes the minimum time for electronic 
voting without any intervening business or debate on any or all pending 
amendments after a record vote has been taken on the first pending 
amendment.
Dispensing with the reading of an amendment
    7. It shall be in order in the Committee of the Whole House on the 
state of the Union to move that the Committee of the Whole dispense 
with the reading of an amendment that has been printed in the bill or 
resolution as reported by a committee, or an amendment that a Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner has caused to be printed in the 
Congressional Record. Such a motion shall be decided without debate.
Closing debate
    8. (a) Subject to paragraph (b) at any time after the Committee of 
the Whole House on the state of the Union has begun five-minute debate 
on amendments to any portion of a bill or resolution, it shall be in 
order to move that the Committee of the Whole close all debate on that 
portion of the bill or resolution or on the pending amendments only. 
Such a motion shall be decided without debate. The adoption of such a 
motion does not preclude further amendment, to be decided without 
debate.
    (b) If the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union 
closes debate on any portion of a bill or resolution before there has 
been debate on an amendment that a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner has caused to be printed in the Congressional Record at 
least one day before its consideration, the Member, Delegate, or 
Resident Commissioner who caused the amendment to be printed in the 
Record shall be allowed five minutes to explain it, after which the 
Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner who shall first obtain the 
floor shall be allowed five minutes to speak in opposition to it. There 
shall be no further debate thereon.
    (c) Material submitted for printing in the Congressional Record 
under this rule shall indicate the full text of the proposed amendment, 
the name of the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner proposing 
it, the number of the bill or resolution to which it will be offered, 
and the point in the bill or resolution or amendment thereto where the 
amendment is intended to be offered. The amendment shall appear in a 
portion of the Record designated for that purpose. Amendments to a 
specified measure submitted for printing in that portion of the Record 
shall be numbered in the order printed.
Striking the enacting clause
    9. A motion that the Committee of the Whole House on the state of 
the Union rise and report a bill or resolution to the House with the 
recommendation that the enacting or resolving clause be stricken shall 
have precedence of a motion to amend, and, if carried in the House, 
shall constitute a rejection of the bill or resolution. Whenever a bill 
or resolution is reported from the Committee of the Whole with such 
adverse recommendation and the recommendation is rejected by the House, 
the bill or resolution shall stand recommitted to the Committee of the 
Whole without further action by the House. Before the question of 
concurrence is submitted, it shall be in order to move that the House 
refer the bill or resolution to a committee, with or without 
instructions. If a bill or resolution is so referred, then when it is 
again reported to the House it shall be referred to the Committee of 
the Whole without debate.
Concurrent resolution on the budget
    10. (a) At the conclusion of general debate in the Committee of the 
Whole House on the state of the Union on a concurrent resolution on the 
budget under section 305(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, 
the concurrent resolution shall be considered as read for amendment.
    (b) It shall not be in order in the House or in the Committee of 
the Whole House on the state of the Union to consider an amendment to a 
concurrent resolution on the budget, or an amendment thereto, unless 
the concurrent resolution, as amended by such amendment or amendments--
            (1) would be mathematically consistent except as limited by 
        paragraph (c); and
            (2) would contain all the matter set forth in paragraphs 
        (1) through (5) of section 301(a) of the Congressional Budget 
        Act of 1974.
    (c)(1) Except as specified in subparagraph (2), it shall not be in 
order in the House or in the Committee of the Whole House on the state 
of the Union to consider an amendment to a concurrent resolution on the 
budget, or an amendment thereto, that proposes to change the amount of 
the appropriate level of the public debt set forth in the concurrent 
resolution, as reported.
    (2) Amendments to achieve mathematical consistency under section 
305(a)(5) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, if offered by 
direction of the Committee on the Budget, may propose to adjust the 
amount of the appropriate level of the public debt set forth in the 
concurrent resolution, as reported, to reflect changes made in other 
figures contained in the concurrent resolution.
Unfunded mandates
    11. (a) In the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the 
Union, an amendment proposing only to strike an unfunded mandate from 
the portion of the bill then open to amendment, if otherwise in order, 
may be precluded from consideration only by specific terms of a special 
order of the House.
    (b) In this clause the term ``unfunded mandate'' means a Federal 
intergovernmental mandate the direct costs of which exceed the 
threshold otherwise specified for a reported bill or joint resolution 
in section 424(a)(1) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.
Applicability of Rules of the House
    12. The Rules of the House are the rules of the Committee of the 
Whole House on the state of the Union so far as applicable.

                               RULE XIX.

                 Motions Following the Amendment Stage.

Previous question
    1. (a) There shall be a motion for the previous question, which, 
being ordered, shall have the effect of cutting off all debate and 
bringing the House to a direct vote on the immediate question or 
questions on which it has been ordered. Whenever the previous question 
has been ordered on an otherwise debatable question on which there has 
been no debate, it shall be in order to debate that question for 40 
minutes, equally divided and controlled by a proponent of the question 
and an opponent. The previous question may be moved and ordered on a 
single question, on a series of questions allowable under the rules, or 
on an amendment or amendments, or may embrace all authorized motions or 
amendments and include the bill or resolution to its passage, adoption, 
or rejection.
    (b) Incidental questions of order arising during the pendency of a 
motion for the previous question shall be decided, whether on appeal or 
otherwise, without debate.
Recommit
    2. (a) After the previous question has been ordered on passage or 
adoption of a measure, or pending a motion to that end, it shall be in 
order to move that the House recommit (or commit, as the case may be) 
the measure, with or without instructions, to a standing or select 
committee. For such a motion to recommit, the Speaker shall give 
preference in recognition to a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner who is opposed to the measure.
    (b) Except as provided in paragraph (c), if a motion that the House 
recommit a bill or joint resolution on which the previous question has 
been ordered to passage includes instructions, it shall be debatable 
for 10 minutes equally divided between the proponent and an opponent.
    (c) On demand of the floor manager for the majority, it shall be in 
order to debate the motion for one hour equally divided and controlled 
by the proponent and an opponent.
Reconsideration
    3. When a motion has been carried or lost, it shall be in order on 
the same or succeeding day for a Member on the prevailing side of the 
question to enter a motion for the reconsideration thereof. The entry 
of such a motion shall take precedence over all other questions except 
the consideration of a conference report or a motion to adjourn, and 
may not be withdrawn after such succeeding day without the consent of 
the House. Once entered, a motion may be called up for consideration by 
any Member. During the last six days of a session of Congress, such a 
motion shall be disposed of when entered.
    4. A bill, petition, memorial, or resolution referred to a 
committee, or reported therefrom for printing and recommitment, may not 
be brought back to the House on a motion to reconsider.

                                RULE XX.

                        Voting and Quorum Calls.

    1. (a) The House shall divide after the Speaker has put a question 
to a vote by voice as provided in clause 6 of rule I if the Speaker is 
in doubt or division is demanded. Those in favor of the question shall 
first rise from their seats to be counted, and then those opposed.
    (b) If a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner requests a 
recorded vote, and that request is supported by at least one-fifth of a 
quorum, the vote shall be taken by electronic device unless the Speaker 
invokes another procedure for recording votes provided in this rule. A 
recorded vote taken in the House under this paragraph shall be 
considered a vote by the yeas and nays.
    (c) In case of a tie vote, a question shall be lost.
    2. (a) Unless the Speaker directs otherwise, the Clerk shall 
conduct a record vote or quorum call by electronic device. In such a 
case the Clerk shall enter on the Journal and publish in the 
Congressional Record, in alphabetical order in each category, the names 
of Members recorded as voting in the affirmative, the names of Members 
recorded as voting in the negative, and the names of Members answering 
present as if they had been called in the manner provided in clause 3. 
Except as otherwise permitted under clause 9 or 10 of this rule or 
under clause 6 of rule XVIII, the minimum time for a record vote or 
quorum call by electronic device shall be 15 minutes.
    (b) When the electronic voting system is inoperable or is not used, 
the Speaker or Chairman may direct the Clerk to conduct a record vote 
or quorum call as provided in clause 3 or 4.
    3. The Speaker may direct the Clerk to conduct a record vote or 
quorum call by call of the roll. In such a case the Clerk shall call 
the names of Members, alphabetically by surname. When two or more have 
the same surname, the name of the State (and, if necessary to 
distinguish among Members from the same State, the given names of the 
Members) shall be added. After the roll has been called once, the Clerk 
shall call the names of those not recorded, alphabetically by surname. 
Members appearing after the second call, but before the result is 
announced, may vote or announce a pair.
    4. (a) The Speaker may direct a record vote or quorum call to be 
conducted by tellers. In such a case the tellers named by the Speaker 
shall record the names of the Members voting on each side of the 
question or record their presence, as the case may be, which the Clerk 
shall enter on the Journal and publish in the Congressional Record. 
Absentees shall be noted, but the doors may not be closed except when 
ordered by the Speaker. The minimum time for a record vote or quorum 
call by tellers shall be 15 minutes.
    (b) On the demand of a Member, or at the suggestion of the Speaker, 
the names of Members sufficient to make a quorum in the Hall of the 
House who do not vote shall be noted by the Clerk, entered on the 
Journal, reported to the Speaker with the names of the Members voting, 
and be counted and announced in determining the presence of a quorum to 
do business.
    5. (a) In the absence of a quorum, a majority comprising at least 
15 Members, which may include the Speaker, may compel the attendance of 
absent Members.
    (b) Subject to clause 7(b) a majority of those present may order 
the Sergeant-at-Arms to send officers appointed by him to arrest those 
Members for whom no sufficient excuse is made and shall secure and 
retain their attendance. The House shall determine on what condition 
they shall be discharged. Unless the House otherwise directs, the 
Members who voluntarily appear shall be admitted immediately to the 
Hall of the House and shall report their names to the Clerk to be 
entered on the Journal as present.
    6. (a) When a quorum fails to vote on a question, a quorum is not 
present, and objection is made for that cause (unless the House shall 
adjourn)--
            (1) there shall be a call of the House;
            (2) the Sergeant-at-Arms shall proceed forthwith to bring 
        in absent Members; and
            (3) the yeas and nays on the pending question shall at the 
        same time be considered as ordered.
    (b) The Clerk shall record Members by the yeas and nays on the 
pending question, using such procedure as the Speaker may invoke under 
clause 2, 3, or 4. Each Member arrested under this clause shall be 
brought by the Sergeant-at-Arms before the House, whereupon he shall be 
noted as present, discharged from arrest, and given an opportunity to 
vote; and his vote shall be recorded. If those voting on the question 
and those who are present and decline to vote together make a majority 
of the House, the Speaker shall declare that a quorum is constituted, 
and the pending question shall be decided as the requisite majority of 
those voting shall have determined. Thereupon further proceedings under 
the call shall be considered as dispensed with.
    (c) At any time after Members have had the requisite opportunity to 
respond by the yeas and nays, but before a result has been announced, 
the Speaker may entertain a motion that the House adjourn if seconded 
by a majority of those present, to be ascertained by actual count by 
the Speaker. If the House adjourns on such a motion, all proceedings 
under this clause shall be considered as vacated.
    7. (a) The Speaker may not entertain a point of order that a quorum 
is not present unless a question has been put to a vote.
    (b) Subject to paragraph (c) the Speaker may recognize a Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner to move a call of the House at any 
time. When a quorum is established pursuant to a call of the House, 
further proceedings under the call shall be considered as dispensed 
with unless the Speaker recognizes for a motion to compel attendance of 
Members under clause 5(b).
    (c) A call of the House shall not be in order after the previous 
question is ordered unless the Speaker determines by actual count that 
a quorum is not present.
Postponement of proceedings
    8. (a)(1) When a recorded vote is ordered, or the yeas and nays are 
ordered, or a vote is objected to under clause 6 on any of the 
questions specified in subparagraph (2), the Speaker may postpone 
further proceedings on that question to a designated place in the 
legislative schedule on that legislative day (in the case of the 
question of agreeing to the Speaker's approval of the Journal) or 
within two legislative days (in the case of any other question).
    (2) The questions described in the subparagraph (1) are as follows:
            (A) The question of passing a bill or joint resolution.
            (B) The question of adopting a resolution or concurrent 
        resolution.
            (C) The question of agreeing to a motion to instruct 
        managers on the part of the House (except that proceedings may 
        not resume on such a motion under clause 7(c) of rule XXII if 
        the managers have filed a report in the House).
            (D) The question of agreeing to a conference report.
            (E) The question of agreeing to a motion to recommit a bill 
        considered under clause 6 of rule XV.
            (F) The question of ordering the previous question on a 
        question described in subdivision (A), (B), (C), (D), or (E).
            (G) The question of agreeing to an amendment to a bill 
        considered under clause 6 of rule XV.
            (H) The question of agreeing to a motion to suspend the 
        rules.
    (b) At the time designated by the Speaker for further proceedings 
on questions postponed under paragraph (a), the Speaker shall resume 
proceedings on each postponed question in the order in which it was 
considered.
    (c) The Speaker may reduce to five minutes the minimum time for 
electronic voting on a question postponed under this clause, or on a 
question incidental thereto, that follows another electronic vote 
without intervening business, so long as the minimum time for 
electronic voting on the first in any series of questions is 15 
minutes.
    (d) If the House adjourns on a legislative day designated for 
further proceedings on questions postponed under this clause without 
disposing of such questions, then on the next legislative day the 
unfinished business is the disposition of such questions in the order 
in which they were considered.
Five-minute votes
    9. The Speaker may reduce to five minutes the minimum time for 
electronic voting--
            (a) after a record vote on a motion for the previous 
        question, on any underlying question that follows without 
        intervening business, or on a question incidental thereto;
            (b) after a record vote on an amendment reported from the 
        Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union, on any 
        subsequent amendment to that bill or resolution reported from 
        the Committee of the Whole, or on a question incidental 
        thereto;
            (c) after a record vote on a motion to recommit a bill, 
        resolution, or conference report, on the question of passage or 
        adoption, as the case may be, of such bill, resolution, or 
        conference report, or on a question incidental thereto, if the 
        question of passage or adoption follows without intervening 
        business the vote on the motion to recommit; or
            (d) as provided in clause 6(b)(3) of rule XVIII, clause 
        6(f) of rule XVIII, or clause 8 of this rule.
Automatic yeas and nays
    10. The yeas and nays shall be considered as ordered when the 
Speaker puts the question on passage of a bill or joint resolution, or 
on adoption of a conference report, making general appropriations, or 
increasing Federal income tax rates (within the meaning of clause 5 of 
rule XXI), or on final adoption of a concurrent resolution on the 
budget or conference report thereon.
Ballot votes
    11. In a case of ballot for election, a majority of the votes shall 
be necessary to an election. When there is not such a majority on the 
first ballot, the process shall be repeated until a majority is 
obtained. In all balloting blanks shall be rejected, may not be counted 
in the enumeration of votes, and may not be reported by the tellers.

                               RULE XXI.

                     Restrictions on Certain Bills.

Reservation of certain points of order
    1. At the time a general appropriation bill is reported, all points 
of order against provisions therein shall be considered as reserved.
General appropriation bills and amendments
    2. (a)(1) An appropriation may not be reported in a general 
appropriation bill, and may not be in order as an amendment thereto, 
for an expenditure not previously authorized by law, except to continue 
appropriations for public works and objects that are already in 
progress.
    (2) A reappropriation of unexpended balances of appropriations may 
not be reported in a general appropriation bill, and may not be in 
order as an amendment thereto, except to continue appropriations for 
public works and objects that are already in progress. This 
subparagraph does not apply to transfers of unexpended balances within 
the department or agency for which they were originally appropriated 
that are reported by the Committee on Appropriations.
    (b) A provision changing existing law may not be reported in a 
general appropriation bill, including a provision making the 
availability of funds contingent on the receipt or possession of 
information not required by existing law for the period of the 
appropriation, except germane provisions that retrench expenditures by 
the reduction of amounts of money covered by the bill (which may 
include those recommended to the Committee on Appropriations by 
direction of a legislative committee having jurisdiction over the 
subject matter) and except rescissions of appropriations contained in 
appropriation Acts.
    (c) An amendment to a general appropriation bill shall not be in 
order if changing existing law, including an amendment making the 
availability of funds contingent on the receipt or possession of 
information not required by existing law for the period of the 
appropriation. Except as provided in paragraph (d), an amendment 
proposing a limitation not specifically contained or authorized in 
existing law for the period of the limitation shall not be in order 
during consideration of a general appropriation bill.
    (d) After a general appropriation bill has been read for amendment, 
a motion that the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the 
Union rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may 
have been adopted shall, if offered by the Majority Leader or a 
designee, have precedence over motions to amend the bill. If such a 
motion to rise and report is rejected or not offered, amendments 
proposing limitations not specifically contained or authorized in 
existing law for the period of the limitation or proposing germane 
amendments that retrench expenditures by reductions of amounts of money 
covered by the bill may be considered.
    (e) A provision other than an appropriation designated an emergency 
under section 251(b)(2) or section 252(e) of the Balanced Budget and 
Emergency Deficit Control Act, a rescission of budget authority, or a 
reduction in direct spending or an amount for a designated emergency 
may not be reported in an appropriation bill or joint resolution 
containing an emergency designation under section 251(b)(2) or section 
252(e) of such Act and may not be in order as an amendment thereto.
    (f) During the reading of an appropriation bill for amendment in 
the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union, it shall be 
in order to consider en bloc amendments proposing only to transfer 
appropriations among objects in the bill without increasing the levels 
of budget authority or outlays in the bill. When considered en bloc 
under this paragraph, such amendments may amend portions of the bill 
not yet read for amendment (following disposition of any points of 
order against such portions) and is not subject to a demand for 
division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.
Transportation obligation limitations
    3. It shall not be in order to consider a bill, joint resolution, 
amendment, or conference report that would cause obligation limitations 
to be below the level for any fiscal year set forth in section 8103 of 
the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, as adjusted, for 
the highway category or the mass transit category, as applicable.
Appropriations on legislative bills
    4. A bill or joint resolution carrying an appropriation may not be 
reported by a committee not having jurisdiction to report 
appropriations, and an amendment proposing an appropriation shall not 
be in order during the consideration of a bill or joint resolution 
reported by a committee not having that jurisdiction. A point of order 
against an appropriation in such a bill, joint resolution, or amendment 
thereto may be raised at any time during pendency of that measure for 
amendment.
Tax and tariff measures and amendments
    5. (a) A bill or joint resolution carrying a tax or tariff measure 
may not be reported by a committee not having jurisdiction to report 
tax or tariff measures, and an amendment in the House or proposed by 
the Senate carrying a tax or tariff measure shall not be in order 
during the consideration of a bill or joint resolution reported by a 
committee not having that jurisdiction. A point of order against a tax 
or tariff measure in such a bill, joint resolution, or amendment 
thereto may be raised at any time during pendency of that measure for 
amendment.
Passage of tax rate increases
    (b) A bill or joint resolution, amendment, or conference report 
carrying a Federal income tax rate increase may not be considered as 
passed or agreed to unless so determined by a vote of not less than 
three-fifths of the Members voting, a quorum being present. In this 
paragraph the term ``Federal income tax rate increase'' means any 
amendment to subsection (a), (b), (c), (d), or (e) of section 1, or to 
section 11(b) or 55(b), of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, that 
imposes a new percentage as a rate of tax and thereby increases the 
amount of tax imposed by any such section.
Consideration of retroactive tax rate increases
    (c) It shall not be in order to consider a bill, joint resolution, 
amendment, or conference report carrying a retroactive Federal income 
tax rate increase. In this paragraph--
            (1) the term ``Federal income tax rate increase'' means any 
        amendment to subsection (a), (b), (c), (d), or (e) of section 
        1, or to section 11(b) or 55(b), of the Internal Revenue Code 
        of 1986, that imposes a new percentage as a rate of tax and 
        thereby increases the amount of tax imposed by any such 
        section; and
            (2) a Federal income tax rate increase is retroactive if it 
        applies to a period beginning before the enactment of the 
        provision.

                               RULE XXII.

                      House and Senate Relations.

Senate amendments
    1. A motion to disagree to Senate amendments to a House bill or 
resolution and to request or agree to a conference with the Senate, or 
a motion to insist on House amendments to a Senate bill or resolution 
and to request or agree to a conference with the Senate, shall be 
privileged in the discretion of the Speaker if offered by direction of 
the primary committee and of all reporting committees that had initial 
referral of the bill or resolution.
    2. A motion to dispose of House bills with Senate amendments not 
requiring consideration in the Committee of the Whole House on the 
state of the Union shall be privileged.
    3. Except as permitted by clause 1, before the stage of 
disagreement, a Senate amendment to a House bill or resolution shall be 
subject to the point of order that it must first be considered in the 
Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union if, originating 
in the House, it would be subject to such a point under clause 3 of 
rule XVIII.
    4. When the stage of disagreement has been reached on a bill or 
resolution with House or Senate amendments, a motion to dispose of any 
amendment shall be privileged.
    5. (a) Managers on the part of the House may not agree to a Senate 
amendment described in paragraph (b) unless specific authority to agree 
to the amendment first is given by the House by a separate vote with 
respect thereto. If specific authority is not granted, the Senate 
amendment shall be reported in disagreement by the conference committee 
back to the two Houses for disposition by separate motion.
    (b) The managers on the part of the House may not agree to a Senate 
amendment described in paragraph (a) that--
            (1) would violate clause 2(a)(1) or (c) of rule XXI if 
        originating in the House; or
            (2) proposes an appropriation on a bill other than a 
        general appropriation bill.
    6. A Senate amendment carrying a tax or tariff measure in violation 
of clause 5(a) of rule XXI may not be agreed to.
Conference reports; amendments reported in disagreement
    7. (a) The presentation of a conference report shall be in order at 
any time except during a reading of the Journal or the conduct of a 
record vote, a vote by division, or a quorum call.
    (b)(1) Subject to subparagraph (2) the time allotted for debate on 
a motion to instruct managers on the part of the House shall be equally 
divided between the majority and minority parties.
    (2) If the proponent of a motion to instruct managers on the part 
of the House and the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner of the 
other party identified under subparagraph (1) both support the motion, 
one-third of the time for debate thereon shall be allotted to a Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner who opposes the motion on demand of 
that Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner.
    (c)(1) A motion to instruct managers on the part of the House, or a 
motion to discharge all managers on the part of the House and to 
appoint new conferees, shall be privileged--
            (A) after a conference committee has been appointed for 20 
        calendar days without making a report; and
            (B) on the first legislative day after the calendar day on 
        which the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner offering 
        the motion announces to the House his intention to do so and 
        the form of the motion.
    (2) The Speaker may designate a time in the legislative schedule on 
that legislative day for consideration of a motion described in 
subparagraph (1).
    (3) During the last six days of a session of Congress, the period 
of time specified in subparagraph (1)(A) shall be 36 hours.
    (d) Each conference report to the House shall be printed as a 
report of the House. Each such report shall be accompanied by a joint 
explanatory statement prepared jointly by the managers on the part of 
the House and the managers on the part of the Senate. The joint 
explanatory statement shall be sufficiently detailed and explicit to 
inform the House of the effects of the report on the matters committed 
to conference.
    8. (a)(1) Except as specified in subparagraph (2), it shall not be 
in order to consider a conference report until--
            (A) the third calendar day (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, 
        or legal holidays except when the House is in session on such a 
        day) on which the conference report and the accompanying joint 
        explanatory statement have been available to Members, 
        Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner in the Congressional 
        Record; and
            (B) copies of the conference report and the accompanying 
        joint explanatory statement have been available to Members, 
        Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner for at least two 
        hours.
    (2) Subparagraph (1)(A) does not apply during the last six days of 
a session of Congress.
    (b)(1) Except as specified in subparagraph (2), it shall not be in 
order to consider a motion to dispose of a Senate amendment reported in 
disagreement by a conference committee until--
            (A) the third calendar day (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, 
        or legal holidays except when the House is in session on such a 
        day) on which the report in disagreement and any accompanying 
        statement have been available to Members, Delegates, and the 
        Resident Commissioner in the Congressional Record; and
            (B) copies of the report in disagreement and any 
        accompanying statement, together with the text of the Senate 
        amendment, have been available to Members, Delegates, and the 
        Resident Commissioner for at least two hours.
    (2) Subparagraph (1)(A) does not apply during the last six days of 
a session of Congress.
    (3) During consideration of a Senate amendment reported in 
disagreement by a conference committee on a general appropriation bill, 
a motion to insist on disagreement to the Senate amendment shall be 
preferential to any other motion to dispose of that amendment if the 
original motion offered by the floor manager proposes to change 
existing law and the motion to insist is offered before debate on the 
original motion by the chairman of the committee having jurisdiction of 
the subject matter of the amendment or a designee. Such a preferential 
motion shall be separately debatable for one hour equally divided 
between its proponent and the proponent of the original motion. The 
previous question shall be considered as ordered on the preferential 
motion to its adoption without intervening motion.
    (c) A conference report or a Senate amendment reported in 
disagreement by a conference committee that has been available as 
provided in paragraph (a) or (b) shall be considered as read when 
called up.
    (d)(1) Subject to subparagraph (2), the time allotted for debate on 
a conference report or on a motion to dispose of a Senate amendment 
reported in disagreement by a conference committee shall be equally 
divided between the majority and minority parties.
    (2) If the floor manager for the majority and the floor manager for 
the minority both support the conference report or motion, one-third of 
the time for debate thereon shall be allotted to a Member, Delegate, or 
Resident Commissioner who opposes the conference report or motion on 
demand of that Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner.
    (e) Under clause 6(a)(2) of rule XIII, a resolution proposing only 
to waive a requirement of this clause concerning the availability of 
reports to Members, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner may be 
considered by the House on the same day it is reported by the Committee 
on Rules.
    9. Whenever a disagreement to an amendment has been committed to a 
conference committee, the managers on the part of the House may propose 
a substitute that is a germane modification of the matter in 
disagreement. The introduction of any language presenting specific 
additional matter not committed to the conference committee by either 
House does not constitute a germane modification of the matter in 
disagreement. Moreover, a conference report may not include matter not 
committed to the conference committee by either House and may not 
include a modification of specific matter committed to the conference 
committee by either or both Houses if that modification is beyond the 
scope of that specific matter as committed to the conference committee.
    10. (a)(1) A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may raise a 
point of order against nongermane matter, as specified in subparagraph 
(2), before the commencement of debate on--
            (A) a conference report;
            (B) a motion that the House recede from its disagreement to 
        a Senate amendment reported in disagreement by a conference 
        committee and concur therein, with or without amendment; or
            (C) a motion that the House recede from its disagreement to 
        a Senate amendment on which the stage of disagreement has been 
        reached and concur therein, with or without amendment.
    (2) A point of order against nongermane matter is one asserting 
that a proposition described in subparagraph (1) contains specified 
matter that would violate clause 7 of rule XVI if it were offered in 
the House as an amendment to the underlying measure in the form it was 
passed by the House.
    (b) If a point of order under paragraph (a) is sustained, a motion 
that the House reject the nongermane matter identified by the point of 
order shall be privileged. Such a motion is debatable for 40 minutes, 
one-half in favor of the motion and one-half in opposition thereto.
    (c) After disposition of a point of order under paragraph (a) or a 
motion to reject under paragraph (b), any further points of order under 
paragraph (a) not covered by a previous point of order, and any 
consequent motions to reject under paragraph (b), shall be likewise 
disposed of.
    (d)(1) If a motion to reject under paragraph (b) is adopted, then 
after disposition of all points of order under paragraph (a) and any 
consequent motions to reject under paragraph (b), the conference report 
or motion, as the case may be, shall be considered as rejected and the 
matter remaining in disagreement shall be disposed of under 
subparagraph (2) or (3), as the case may be.
    (2) After the House has adopted one or more motions to reject 
nongermane matter contained in a conference report under the preceding 
provisions of this clause--
            (A) if the conference report accompanied a House measure 
        amended by the Senate, the pending question shall be whether 
        the House shall recede and concur in the Senate amendment with 
        an amendment consisting of so much of the conference report as 
        was not rejected; and
            (B) if the conference report accompanied a Senate measure 
        amended by the House, the pending question shall be whether the 
        House shall insist further on the House amendment.
    (3) After the House has adopted one or more motions to reject 
nongermane matter contained in a motion that the House recede and 
concur in a Senate amendment, with or without amendment, the following 
motions shall be privileged and shall have precedence in the order 
stated:
            (A) A motion that the House recede and concur in the Senate 
        amendment with an amendment in writing then available on the 
        floor.
            (B) A motion that the House insist on its disagreement to 
        the Senate amendment and request a further conference with the 
        Senate.
            (C) A motion that the House insist on its disagreement to 
        the Senate amendment.
    (e) If, on a division of the question on a motion described in 
paragraph (a)(1)(B) or (C), the House agrees to recede, then a Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may raise a point of order against 
nongermane matter, as specified in paragraph (a)(2), before the 
commencement of debate on concurring in the Senate amendment, with or 
without amendment. A point of order under this paragraph shall 
be disposed of according to the preceding provisions of this clause in 
the same manner as a point of order under paragraph (a).
    -11. It shall not be in order to consider a conference report to 
accompany a bill or joint resolution that proposes to amend the 
Internal Revenue Code of 1986 unless--
            -(a) the joint explanatory statement of the managers 
        includes a tax complexity analysis prepared by the Joint 
        Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation in accordance with 
        section 4022(b) of the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring 
        and Reform Act of 1998; or-
            (b) the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means causes 
        such a tax complexity analysis to be printed in the 
        Congressional Record before consideration of the conference 
        report.-
    12. (a)(1) Subject to subparagraph (2), a meeting of each 
conference committee shall be open to the public.-
    (2) In open session of the House, a motion that managers on the 
part of the House be permitted to close to the public a meeting or 
meetings of their conference committee shall be privileged, shall be 
decided without debate, and shall be decided by a record vote.-
    (b) A point of order that a conference committee failed to comply 
with paragraph (a) may be raised immediately after the conference 
report is read or considered as read. If such a point of order is 
sustained, the conference report shall be considered as rejected, the 
House shall be considered to have insisted on its amendments or on 
disagreement to the Senate amendments, as the case may be, and to have 
requested a further conference with the Senate, and the Speaker may 
appoint new conferees without intervening motion.

                              RULE XXIII.

                    Statutory Limit on Public Debt.-

    1. Upon adoption by Congress of a concurrent resolution on the 
budget under section 301 or 304 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 
that sets forth, as the appropriate level of the public debt for the 
period to which the concurrent resolution relates, an amount that is 
different from the amount of the statutory limit on the public debt 
that otherwise would be in effect for that period, the Clerk shall 
prepare an engrossment of a joint resolution increasing or decreasing, 
as the case may be, the statutory limit on the public debt in the form 
prescribed in clause 2. Upon engrossment of the joint resolution, the 
vote by which the concurrent resolution on the budget was finally 
agreed to in the House shall also be considered as a vote on passage of 
the joint resolution in the House, and the joint resolution shall be 
considered as passed by the House and duly certified and examined. The 
engrossed copy shall be signed by the Clerk and transmitted to the 
Senate for further legislative action.-
    2. The matter after the resolving clause in a joint resolution 
described in clause 1 shall be as follows: ``That subsection (b) of 
section 3101 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking 
out the dollar limitation contained in such subsection and inserting in 
lieu thereof `$____'.'', with the blank being filled with a dollar 
limitation equal to the appropriate level of the public debt set forth 
pursuant to section 301(a)(5) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 
in the relevant concurrent resolution described in clause 1. If an 
adopted concurrent resolution under clause 1 sets forth different 
appropriate levels of the public debt for separate periods, only one 
engrossed joint resolution shall be prepared under clause 1; and the 
blank referred to in the preceding sentence shall be filled with the 
limitation that is to apply for each period.-
    3. (a) The report of the Committee on the Budget on a concurrent 
resolution described in clause 1 and the joint explanatory statement of 
the managers on a conference report to accompany such a concurrent 
resolution each shall contain a clear statement of the effect the 
eventual enactment of a joint resolution engrossed under this rule 
would have on the statutory limit on the public debt.-
    (b) It shall not be in order for the House to consider a concurrent 
resolution described in clause 1, or a conference report thereon, 
unless the report of the Committee on the Budget or the joint 
explanatory statement of the managers complies with paragraph (a).
    4. Nothing in this rule shall be construed as limiting or otherwise 
affecting---
            (a) the power of the House or the Senate to consider and 
        pass bills or joint resolutions, without regard to the 
        procedures under clause 1, that would change the statutory 
        limit on the public debt; or
            (b) the rights of Members, Delegates, the Resident 
        Commissioner, or committees with respect to the introduction, 
        consideration, and reporting of such bills or joint 
        resolutions.
    5. In this rule the term ``statutory limit on the public debt'' 
means the maximum face amount of obligations issued under authority of 
chapter 31 of title 31, United States Code, and obligations guaranteed 
as to principal and interest by the United States (except such 
guaranteed obligations as may be held by the Secretary of the 
Treasury), as determined under section 3101(b) of such title after the 
application of section 3101(a) of such title, that may be outstanding 
at any one time.

                               RULE XXIV.

                       Code of Official Conduct.-

    There is hereby established by and for the House the following code 
of conduct, to be known as the ``Code of Official Conduct'':-
            1. A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or 
        employee of the House shall conduct himself at all times in a 
        manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.-
            2. A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or 
        employee of the House shall adhere to the spirit and the letter 
        of the Rules of the House and to the rules of duly constituted 
        committees thereof.
            -3. A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or 
        employee of the House may not receive compensation and may not 
        permit compensation to accrue to his beneficial interest from 
        any source, the receipt of which would occur by virtue of 
        influence improperly exerted from his position in Congress.
            4. A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or 
        employee of the House may not accept gifts except as provided 
        by clause 5 of rule XXVI.-
            5. A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or 
        employee of the House may not accept an honorarium for a 
        speech, a writing for publication, or other similar activity, 
        except as otherwise provided under rule XXVI.-
            6. A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner---
                    (a) shall keep his campaign funds separate from his 
                personal funds;-
                    (b) may not convert campaign funds to personal use 
                in excess of an amount representing reimbursement for 
                legitimate and verifiable campaign expenditures; and-
                    (c) may not expend funds from his campaign account 
                that are not attributable to bona fide campaign or 
                political purposes.-
            7. A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner shall treat 
        as campaign contributions all proceeds from testimonial dinners 
        or other fund-raising events.-
            8. (a) A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, or 
        officer of the House may not retain an employee who does not 
        perform duties for the offices of the employing authority 
        commensurate with the compensation he receives.
          (b) In the case of a committee employee who works under the 
        direct supervision of a member of the committee other than a 
        chairman, the chairman may require that such member affirm in 
        writing that the employee has complied with clause 8(a) 
        (subject to clause 7 of rule X) as evidence of compliance by 
        the chairman with this clause and with clause 7 of rule X.-
            9. A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or 
        employee of the House may not discharge and may not refuse to 
        hire an individual, or otherwise discriminate against an 
        individual with respect to compensation, terms, conditions, or 
        privileges of employment, because of the race, color, religion, 
        sex (including marital or parental status), disability, age, or 
        national origin of such individual, but may take into 
        consideration the domicile or political affiliation of such 
        individual.-
            10. A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner who has 
        been convicted by a court of record for the commission of a 
        crime for which a sentence of two or more years' imprisonment 
        may be imposed should refrain from participation in the 
        business of each committee of which he is a member, and a 
        Member should refrain from voting on any question at a meeting 
        of the House or of the Committee of the Whole House on the 
        state of the Union, unless or until judicial or executive 
        proceedings result in reinstatement of the presumption of his 
        innocence or until he is reelected to the House after the date 
        of such conviction.-
            11. A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not 
        authorize or otherwise allow an individual, group, or 
        organization not under the direction and control of the House 
        to use the words ``Congress of the United States,'' ``House of 
        Representatives,'' or ``Official Business,'' or any combination 
        of words thereof, on any letterhead or envelope.
            12. (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), an employee of 
        the House who is required to file a report under rule XXVII may 
        not participate personally and substantially as an employee of 
        the House in a contact with an agency of the executive or 
        judicial branches of Government with respect to nonlegislative 
        matters affecting any nongovernmental person in which the 
        employee has a significant financial interest.-
            (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply if an employee first 
        advises his employing authority of a significant financial 
        interest described in paragraph (a) and obtains from his 
        employing authority a written waiver stating that the 
participation of the employee in the activity described in paragraph 
(a) is necessary. A copy of each such waiver shall be filed with the 
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.-
            13. Before a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
        officer, or employee of the House 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 with the House of Representatives, 
                except as authorized by the House of Representatives or 
                in accordance with its Rules.''
        Copies of the executed oath (or affirmation) shall be retained 
        by the Clerk as part of the records of the House.-
            14. (a) In this Code of Official Conduct, the term 
        ``officer or employee of the House'' means an individual whose 
        compensation is disbursed by the Chief Administrative Officer.
            (b) An individual whose services are compensated by the 
        House pursuant to a consultant contract shall be considered an 
        employee of the House for purposes of clauses 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 
        and 13 of this rule.

                               RULE XXV.

                 Limitations on Use of Official Funds.

Limitations on use of official and unofficial accounts-
    1. A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not maintain, 
or have maintained for his use, an unofficial office account. Funds may 
not be paid into an unofficial office account.-
    2. Notwithstanding any other provision of this rule, if an amount 
from the Official Expenses Allowance of a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner is paid into the House Recording Studio revolving fund for 
telecommunications satellite services, the Member, Delegate, or 
Resident Commissioner may accept reimbursement from nonpolitical 
entities in that amount for transmission to the Clerk for credit to the 
Official Expenses Allowance.-
    3. In this rule the term ``unofficial office account'' means an 
account or repository in which funds are received for the purpose of 
defraying otherwise unreimbursed expenses allowable under section 
162(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as ordinary and necessary 
in the operation of a congressional office, and includes a newsletter 
fund referred to in section 527(g) of the Internal Revenue Code of 
1986.
Limitations on use of the frank-
    4. A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner shall mail franked 
mail under section 3210(d) of title 39, United States Code at the most 
economical rate of postage practicable.-
    5. Before making a mass mailing, a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner shall submit a sample or description of the mail matter 
involved to the House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards for 
an advisory opinion as to whether the proposed mailing is in compliance 
with applicable provisions of law, rule, or regulation.-
    6. A mass mailing that is otherwise frankable by a Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner under the provisions of section 
3210(e) of title 39, United States Code, is not frankable unless the 
cost of preparing and printing it is defrayed exclusively from funds 
made available in an appropriation Act.-
    7. A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not send a mass 
mailing outside the congressional district from which he was elected.-
    8. In the case of a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, a 
mass mailing is not frankable under section 3210 of title 39, United 
States Code, when it is postmarked less than 60 days before the date of 
a primary or general election (whether regular, special, or runoff) in 
which he is a candidate for public office. If the mail matter is of a 
type that is not customarily postmarked, the date on which it would 
have been postmarked, if it were of a type customarily postmarked, 
applies.
    9. In this rule the term ``mass mailing'' means, with respect to a 
session of Congress, a mailing of newsletters or other pieces of mail 
with substantially identical content (whether such pieces of mail are 
deposited singly or in bulk, or at the same time or different times), 
totaling more than 500 pieces of mail in that session, except that such 
term does not include a mailing---
            (a) of matter in direct response to a communication from a 
        person to whom the matter is mailed;-
            (b) from a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner to 
        other Members, Delegates, the Resident Commissioner, or 
        Senators, or to Federal, State, or local government officials; 
        or-
            (c) of a news release to the communications media.
Prohibition on use of funds by Members not elected to succeeding 
              Congress-
    10. Funds from the applicable accounts described in clause 1(i)(1) 
of rule X, including funds from committee expense resolutions, and 
funds in any local currencies owned by the United States may not be 
made available for travel by a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
or Senator after the date of a general election in which he was not 
elected to the succeeding Congress or, in the case of a Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner who is not a candidate in a general 
election, after the earlier of the date of such general election or the 
adjournment sine die of the last regular session of the Congress.

                               RULE XXVI.

     Limitations on Outside Earned Income and Acceptance of Gifts.

Outside earned income; honoraria-
    1. (a) Except as provided by paragraph (b), a Member, Delegate, 
Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House may not---
            (1) have outside earned income attributable to a calendar 
        year that exceeds 15 percent of the annual rate of basic pay 
        for level II of the Executive Schedule under section 5313 of 
        title 5, United States Code, as of January 1 of that calendar 
        year; or-
            (2) receive any honorarium, except that an officer or 
        employee of the House who is paid at a rate less than 120 
        percent of the minimum rate of basic pay for GS-15 of the 
        General Schedule may receive an honorarium unless the subject 
        matter is directly related to the official duties of the 
        individual, the payment is made because of the status of the 
        individual with the House, or the person offering the 
        honorarium has interests that may be substantially affected by 
        the performance or nonperformance of the official duties of the 
        individual.-
    (b) In the case of an individual who becomes a Member, Delegate, 
Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House, such 
individual may not have outside earned income attributable to 
the portion of a calendar year that occurs after such individual 
becomes a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
that exceeds 15 percent of the annual rate of basic pay for level II of 
the Executive Schedule under section 5313 of title 5, United States 
Code, as of January 1 of that calendar year multiplied by a fraction, 
the numerator of which is the number of days the individual is a 
Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee during 
that calendar year and the denominator of which is 365.
    (c) A payment in lieu of an honorarium that is made to a charitable 
organization on behalf of a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
officer, or employee of the House may not be received by that Member, 
Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee. Such a payment 
may not exceed $2,000 or be made to a charitable organization from 
which the Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
or a parent, sibling, spouse, child, or dependent relative of the 
Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee, derives 
a financial benefit.
    2. A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
of the House may not--
            (a) receive compensation for affiliating with or being 
        employed by a firm, partnership, association, corporation, or 
        other entity that provides professional services involving a 
        fiduciary relationship;
            (b) permit his name to be used by such a firm, partnership, 
        association, corporation, or other entity;
            (c) receive compensation for practicing a profession that 
        involves a fiduciary relationship;
            (d) serve for compensation as an officer or member of the 
        board of an association, corporation, or other entity; or
            (e) receive compensation for teaching, without the prior 
        notification and approval of the Committee on Standards of 
        Official Conduct.
Copyright royalties
    3. (a) A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or 
employee of the House may not receive an advance payment on copyright 
royalties. This paragraph does not prohibit a literary agent, 
researcher, or other individual (other than an individual employed by 
the House or a relative of a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
officer, or employee) working on behalf of a Member, Delegate, Resident 
Commissioner, officer, or employee with respect to a publication from 
receiving an advance payment of a copyright royalty directly from a 
publisher and solely for the benefit of that literary agent, 
researcher, or other individual.
    (b) A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
of the House may not receive copyright royalties under a contract 
entered into on or after January 1, 1996, unless that contract is first 
approved by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct as complying 
with the requirement of clause 4(d)(1)(E) (that royalties are received 
from an established publisher under usual and customary contractual 
terms).
Definitions
    4. (a)(1) In this rule, except as provided in subparagraph (2), the 
term ``officer or employee of the House'' means an individual (other 
than a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner) whose pay is 
disbursed by the Chief Administrative Officer, who is paid at a rate 
equal to or greater than 120 percent of the minimum rate of basic pay 
for GS-15 of the General Schedule, and who is so employed for more than 
90 days in a calendar year; and
    (2) when used with respect to an honorarium, the term ``officer or 
employee of the House'' means an individual (other than a Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner) whose salary is disbursed by the 
Chief Administrative Officer.
    (b) In this rule the term ``honorarium'' means a payment of money 
or a thing of value for an appearance, speech, or article (including a 
series of appearances, speeches, or articles) by a Member, Delegate, 
Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House, excluding any 
actual and necessary travel expenses incurred by that Member, Delegate, 
Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee (and one relative) to the 
extent that such expenses are paid or reimbursed by any other person. 
The amount otherwise determined shall be reduced by the amount of any 
such expenses to the extent that such expenses are not so paid or 
reimbursed.
    (c) In this rule the term ``travel expenses'' means, with respect 
to a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer or, employee of 
the House, or a relative of such Member, Delegate, Resident 
Commissioner, officer, or employee, the cost of transportation, and the 
cost of lodging and meals while away from his residence or principal 
place of employment.
    (d)(1) In this rule the term ``outside earned income'' means, with 
respect to a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or 
employee of the House, wages, salaries, fees, and other amounts 
received or to be received as compensation for personal services 
actually rendered, but does not include --
            (A) the salary of a Member, Delegate, Resident 
        Commissioner, officer, or employee;
            (B) any compensation derived by a Member, Delegate, 
        Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House for 
        personal services actually rendered before the adoption of this 
        rule or before he became a Member, Delegate, Resident 
        Commissioner, officer, or employee;
            (C) any amount paid by, or on behalf of, a Member, 
        Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the 
        House to a tax-qualified pension, profit-sharing, or stock 
        bonus plan and received by him from such a plan;
            (D) in the case of a Member, Delegate, Resident 
        Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House engaged in a 
        trade or business in which he or his family holds a controlling 
        interest and in which both personal services and capital are 
        income-producing factors, any amount received by the Member, 
        Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee, so long 
        as the personal services actually rendered by him in the trade 
        or business do not generate a significant amount of income; or
            (E) copyright royalties received from established 
        publishers under usual and customary contractual terms; and
    (2) outside earned income shall be determined without regard to 
community property law.
    (e) In this rule the term ``charitable organization'' means an 
organization described in section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code 
of 1986.
Gifts
    5. (a)(1) A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or 
employee of the House may not knowingly accept a gift except as 
provided in this clause.
    (2)(A) In this clause the term ``gift'' means a gratuity, favor, 
discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, forbearance, or other item 
having monetary value. The term includes gifts of services, training, 
transportation, lodging, and meals, whether provided in kind, by 
purchase of a ticket, payment in advance, or reimbursement after the 
expense has been incurred.
    (B)(i) A gift to a family member of a Member, Delegate, Resident 
Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House, or a gift to any other 
individual based on that individual's relationship with the Member, 
Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee, shall be 
considered a gift to the Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
officer, or employee if it is given with the knowledge and acquiescence 
of the Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
and the Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
has reason to believe the gift was given because of his official 
position.
    (ii) If food or refreshment is provided at the same time and place 
to both a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
of the House and the spouse or dependent thereof, only the food or 
refreshment provided to the Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
officer, or employee shall be treated as a gift for purposes of this 
clause.
    (3) The restrictions in subparagraph (1) do not apply to the 
following:
            (A) Anything for which the Member, Delegate, Resident 
        Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House pays the market 
        value, or does not use and promptly returns to the donor.
            (B) A contribution, as defined in section 301(8) of the 
        Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (2 U.S.C. 431 et seq.) 
        that is lawfully made under that Act, a lawful contribution for 
        election to a State or local government office, or attendance 
        at a fundraising event sponsored by a political organization 
        described in section 527(e) of the Internal Revenue Code of 
        1986.
            (C) A gift from a relative as described in section 109(16) 
        of title I of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (2 U.S.C. 
        App. 109(16)).
            (D)(i) Anything provided by an individual on the basis of a 
        personal friendship unless the Member, Delegate, Resident 
        Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House has reason to 
        believe that, under the circumstances, the gift was provided 
        because of his official position and not because of the 
        personal friendship.
            (ii) In determining whether a gift is provided on the basis 
        of personal friendship, the Member, Delegate, Resident 
        Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House shall consider 
        the circumstances under which the gift was offered, such as:
                    (I) The history of his relationship with the 
                individual giving the gift, including any previous 
                exchange of gifts between them.
                    (II) Whether to his actual knowledge the individual 
                who gave the gift personally paid for the gift or 
                sought a tax deduction or business reimbursement for 
                the gift.
                    (III) Whether to his actual knowledge the 
                individual who gave the gift also gave the same or 
                similar gifts to other Members, Delegates, the Resident 
                Commissioners, officers, or employees of the House.
            (E) Except as provided in paragraph (c)(3), a contribution 
        or other payment to a legal expense fund established for the 
        benefit of a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, 
        or employee of the House that is otherwise lawfully made in 
        accordance with the restrictions and disclosure requirements of 
        the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.
            (F) A gift from another Member, Delegate, Resident 
        Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House or Senate.
            (G) Food, refreshments, lodging, transportation, and other 
        benefits--
                    (i) resulting from the outside business or 
                employment activities of the Member, Delegate, Resident 
                Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House (or 
                other outside activities that are not connected to his 
                duties as an officeholder), or of his spouse, if such 
                benefits have not been offered or enhanced because of 
                his official position and are customarily provided to 
                others in similar circumstances;
                    (ii) customarily provided by a prospective employer 
                in connection with bona fide employment discussions; or
                    (iii) provided by a political organization 
                described in section 527(e) of the Internal Revenue 
                Code of 1986 in connection with a fundraising or 
                campaign event sponsored by such organization.
            (H) Pension and other benefits resulting from continued 
        participation in an employee welfare and benefits plan 
        maintained by a former employer.
            (I) Informational materials that are sent to the office of 
        the Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or 
        employee of the House in the form of books, articles, 
        periodicals, other written materials, audiotapes, videotapes, 
        or other forms of communication.
            (J) Awards or prizes that are given to competitors in 
        contests or events open to the public, including random 
        drawings.
            (K) Honorary degrees (and associated travel, food, 
        refreshments, and entertainment) and other bona fide, 
        nonmonetary awards presented in recognition of public service 
        (and associated food, refreshments, and entertainment provided 
        in the presentation of such degrees and awards).
            (L) Training (including food and refreshments furnished to 
        all attendees as an integral part of the training) if such 
        training is in the interest of the House.
            (M) Bequests, inheritances, and other transfers at death.
            (N) An item, the receipt of which is authorized by the 
        Foreign Gifts and Decorations Act, the Mutual Educational and 
        Cultural Exchange Act, or any other statute.
            (O) Anything that is paid for by the Federal Government, by 
        a State or local government, or secured by the Government under 
        a Government contract.
            (P) A gift of personal hospitality (as defined in section 
        109(14) of the Ethics in Government Act) of an individual other 
        than a registered lobbyist or agent of a foreign principal.
            (Q) Free attendance at a widely attended event permitted 
        under subparagraph (4).
            (R) Opportunities and benefits that are--
                    (i) available to the public or to a class 
                consisting of all Federal employees, whether or not 
                restricted on the basis of geographic consideration;
                    (ii) offered to members of a group or class in 
                which membership is unrelated to congressional 
                employment;
                    (iii) offered to members of an organization, such 
                as an employees' association or congressional credit 
                union, in which membership is related to congressional 
                employment and similar opportunities are available to 
                large segments of the public through organizations of 
                similar size;
                    (iv) offered to a group or class that is not 
                defined in a manner that specifically discriminates 
                among Government employees on the basis of branch of 
                Government or type of responsibility, or on a basis 
                that favors those of higher rank or rate of pay;
                    (v) in the form of loans from banks and other 
                financial institutions on terms generally available to 
                the public; or
                    (vi) in the form of reduced membership or other 
                fees for participation in organization activities 
                offered to all Government employees by professional 
                organizations if the only restrictions on membership 
                relate to professional qualifications.
            (S) A plaque, trophy, or other item that is substantially 
        commemorative in nature and that is intended for presentation.
            (T) Anything for which, in an unusual case, a waiver is 
        granted by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.
            (U) Food or refreshments of a nominal value offered other 
        than as a part of a meal.
            (V) Donations of products from the district or State that 
        the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner represents that 
        are intended primarily for promotional purposes, such as 
        display or free distribution, and are of minimal value to any 
        single recipient.
            (W) An item of nominal value such as a greeting card, 
        baseball cap, or a T-shirt.
    (4)(A) A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or 
employee of the House may accept an offer of free attendance at a 
widely attended convention, conference, symposium, forum, panel 
discussion, dinner, viewing, reception, or similar event, provided by 
the sponsor of the event, if--
            (i) the Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, 
        or employee of the House participates in the event as a speaker 
        or a panel participant, by presenting information related to 
        Congress or matters before Congress, or by performing a 
        ceremonial function appropriate to his official position; or
            (ii) attendance at the event is appropriate to the 
        performance of the official duties or representative function 
        of the Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or 
        employee of the House.
    (B) A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
of the House who attends an event described in subdivision (A) may 
accept a sponsor's unsolicited offer of free attendance at the event 
for an accompanying individual.
    (C) A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
of the House, or the spouse or dependent thereof, may accept a 
sponsor's unsolicited offer of free attendance at a charity event, 
except that reimbursement for transportation and lodging may not be 
accepted in connection with the event.
    (D) In this paragraph the term ``free attendance'' may include 
waiver of all or part of a conference or other fee, the provision of 
local transportation, or the provision of food, refreshments, 
entertainment, and instructional materials furnished to all attendees 
as an integral part of the event. The term does not include 
entertainment collateral to the event, nor does it include food or 
refreshments taken other than in a group setting with all or 
substantially all other attendees.
    (5) A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
of the House may not accept a gift the value of which exceeds $250 on 
the basis of the personal friendship exception in subparagraph (3)(D) 
unless the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct issues a written 
determination that such exception applies. A determination under this 
subparagraph is not required for gifts given on the basis of the family 
relationship exception in subparagraph (3)(C).
    (6) When it is not practicable to return a tangible item because it 
is perishable, the item may, at the discretion of the recipient, be 
given to an appropriate charity or destroyed.
    (b)(1)(A) A reimbursement (including payment in kind) to a Member, 
Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House from 
a private source other than a registered lobbyist or agent of a foreign 
principal for necessary transportation, lodging, and related expenses 
for travel to a meeting, speaking engagement, factfinding trip, or 
similar event in connection with his duties as an officeholder shall be 
considered as a reimbursement to the House and not a gift prohibited by 
this clause, if the Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, 
or employee--
            (i) in the case of an employee, receives advance 
        authorization, from the Member, Delegate, Resident 
        Commissioner, or officer under whose direct supervision the 
        employee works, to accept reimbursement; and
            (ii) discloses the expenses reimbursed or to be reimbursed 
        and the authorization to the Clerk within 30 days after the 
        travel is completed.
    (B) For purposes of subdivision (A), events, the activities of 
which are substantially recreational in nature, are not considered to 
be in connection with the duties of a Member, Delegate, Resident 
Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House as an officeholder.
    (2) Each advance authorization to accept reimbursement shall be 
signed by the Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, or officer of 
the House under whose direct supervision the employee works and shall 
include--
            (A) the name of the employee;
            (B) the name of the person who will make the reimbursement;
            (C) the time, place, and purpose of the travel; and
            (D) a determination that the travel is in connection with 
        the duties of the employee as an officeholder and would not 
        create the appearance that the employee is using public office 
        for private gain.
    (3) Each disclosure made under subparagraph (1)(A) of expenses 
reimbursed or to be reimbursed shall be signed by the Member, Delegate, 
Resident Commissioner, or officer (in the case of travel by that 
Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, or officer) or by the Member, 
Delegate, Resident Commissioner, or officer under whose direct 
supervision the employee works (in the case of travel by an employee) 
and shall include--
            (A) a good faith estimate of total transportation expenses 
        reimbursed or to be reimbursed;
            (B) a good faith estimate of total lodging expenses 
        reimbursed or to be reimbursed;
            (C) a good faith estimate of total meal expenses reimbursed 
        or to be reimbursed;
            (D) a good faith estimate of the total of other expenses 
        reimbursed or to be reimbursed;
            (E) a determination that all such expenses are necessary 
        transportation, lodging, and related expenses as defined in 
        subparagraph (4); and
            (F) in the case of a reimbursement to a Member, Delegate, 
        Resident Commissioner, or officer, a determination that the 
        travel was in connection with his duties as an officeholder and 
        would not create the appearance that the Member, Delegate, 
        Resident Commissioner, or officer is using public office for 
        private gain.
    (4) In this paragraph the term ``necessary transportation, lodging, 
and related expenses''--
            (A) includes reasonable expenses that are necessary for 
        travel for a period not exceeding four days within the United 
        States or seven days exclusive of travel time outside of the 
        United States unless approved in advance by the Committee on 
        Standards of Official Conduct;
            (B) is limited to reasonable expenditures for 
        transportation, lodging, conference fees and materials, and 
        food and refreshments, including reimbursement for necessary 
        transportation, whether or not such transportation occurs 
        within the periods described in subdivision (A);
            (C) does not include expenditures for recreational 
        activities, nor does it include entertainment other than that 
        provided to all attendees as an integral part of the event, 
        except for activities or entertainment otherwise permissible 
        under this clause; and
            (D) may include travel expenses incurred on behalf of 
        either the spouse or a child of the Member, Delegate, Resident 
        Commissioner, officer, or employee.
    (5) The Clerk shall make available to the public all advance 
authorizations and disclosures of reimbursement filed under 
subparagraph (1) as soon as possible after they are received.
    (c) A gift prohibited by paragraph (a)(1) includes the following:
            (1) Anything provided by a registered lobbyist or an agent 
        of a foreign principal to an entity that is maintained or 
        controlled by a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
        officer, or employee of the House.
            (2) A charitable contribution (as defined in section 170(c) 
        of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) made by a registered 
        lobbyist or an agent of a foreign principal on the basis of a 
        designation, recommendation, or other specification of a 
        Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
        of the House (not including a mass mailing or other 
        solicitation directed to a broad category of persons or 
        entities), other than a charitable contribution permitted by 
        paragraph (d).
            (3) A contribution or other payment by a registered 
        lobbyist or an agent of a foreign principal to a legal expense 
        fund established for the benefit of a Member, Delegate, 
        Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House.
            (4) A financial contribution or expenditure made by a 
        registered lobbyist or an agent of a foreign principal relating 
        to a conference, retreat, or similar event, sponsored by or 
        affiliated with an official congressional organization, for or 
        on behalf of Members, Delegates, the Resident Commissioner, 
        officers, or employees of the House.
    (d)(1) A charitable contribution (as defined in section 170(c) of 
the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) made by a registered lobbyist or an 
agent of a foreign principal in lieu of an honorarium to a Member, 
Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House are 
not considered a gift under this clause if it is reported as provided 
in subparagraph (2).
    (2) A Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee 
who designates or recommends a contribution to a charitable 
organization in lieu of an honorarium described in subparagraph (1) 
shall report within 30 days after such designation or recommendation to 
the Clerk--
            (A) the name and address of the registered lobbyist who is 
        making the contribution in lieu of an honorarium;
            (B) the date and amount of the contribution; and
            (C) the name and address of the charitable organization 
        designated or recommended by the Member, Delegate, or Resident 
        Commissioner.
The Clerk shall make public information received under this 
subparagraph as soon as possible after it is received.
    (e) In this clause--
            (1) the term ``registered lobbyist'' means a lobbyist 
        registered under the Federal Regulation of Lobbying Act or any 
        successor statute; and
            (2) the term ``agent of a foreign principal'' means an 
        agent of a foreign principal registered under the Foreign 
        Agents Registration Act.
    (f) All the provisions of this clause shall be interpreted and 
enforced solely by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. The 
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct is authorized to issue 
guidance on any matter contained in this clause.
Claims against the Government
    6. A person may not be an officer or employee of the House, or 
continue in its employment, if he acts as an agent for the prosecution 
of a claim against the Government or if he is interested in such claim, 
except as an original claimant or in the proper discharge of official 
duties.

                              RULE XXVII.

                         Financial Disclosure.

    1. The Clerk shall send a copy of each report filed with the Clerk 
under title I of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 within the seven-
day period beginning on the date on which the report is filed to the 
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. By August 1 of each year, 
the Clerk shall compile all such reports sent to him by Members within 
the period beginning on January 1 and ending on June 15 of each year 
and have them printed as a House document, which shall be made 
available to the public.
    2. For the purposes of this rule, the provisions of title I of the 
Ethics in Government Act of 1978 shall be considered Rules of the House 
as they pertain to Members, Delegates, the Resident Commissioner, 
officers, and employees of the House.

                              RULE XXVIII.

                          General Provisions.

    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 cases to 
which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with 
the Rules and orders of the House.
    2. In these rules words importing the masculine gender include the 
feminine as well.

SEC. 2. SEPARATE ORDERS.

    (a) Budget Enforcement.--(1) Pending the adoption by the Congress 
of a concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 1999--
            (A) the chairman of the Committee on the Budget, when 
        elected, shall publish in the Congressional Record budget 
        totals contemplated by section 301 of the Congressional Budget 
        Act of 1974 and allocations contemplated by section 302(a) of 
        that Act for each of the fiscal years 1999 through 2003;
            (B) those totals and levels shall be effective in the House 
        as though established under a concurrent resolution on the 
        budget and sections 301 and 302 of that Act; and
            (C) the publication of those totals and levels shall be 
        considered as the completion of Congressional action on a 
        concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 1999.
    (2) Pending the adoption by the Congress of a concurrent resolution 
on the budget for fiscal year 2000, a provision in a bill or joint 
resolution, or in an amendment thereto or a conference report thereon, 
that establishes prospectively for a Federal office or position a 
specified or minimum level of compensation to be funded by annual 
discretionary appropriations shall not be considered as providing new 
entitlement authority within the meaning of the Congressional Budget 
Act of 1974.
    (3) In the case of a reported bill or joint resolution considered 
pursuant to a special order of business, a point of order under section 
303 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 shall be determined on the 
basis of the text made in order as an original bill or joint resolution 
for the purpose of amendment or to the text on which the previous 
question is ordered directly to passage, as the case may be.
    (b) Tenure on Budget Committee.--Notwithstanding clause 5(a)(2)(B) 
of rule X, during the One Hundred Sixth Congress tenure on the 
Committee on the Budget shall not be limited.
    (c) Standards Committee Rules.--Each provision of House Resolution 
168 of the One Hundred Fifth Congress that was not executed as a change 
in the standing rules is hereby reaffirmed for the One Hundred Sixth 
Congress.
    (d) Census Subcommittee.--Notwithstanding clause 5(d) of rule X, 
during the One Hundred Sixth Congress the Committee on Government 
Reform may have not more than eight subcommittees.
    (e) Explanatory Material Relating to Codification of Rules.--Upon 
the adoption of this resolution, the Majority Leader and the Minority 
Leader or their designees may submit for inclusion in the Congressional 
Record as part of the debate hereon such extraneous and tabular matter 
as they may consider to constitute legislative history concerning the 
codification of the standing rules.
    (f) Continuation of Select Committee.--
            (1) In general.--Solely for the purpose of completing 
        activities directly associated with the declassification and 
        public release of its report, the Select Committee on U.S. 
        National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns With the 
        People's Republic of China (hereafter referred to as the 
        ``Select Committee''), created by House Resolution 463, One 
        Hundred Fifth Congress, agreed to June 18, 1998 (hereafter 
        referred to as the ``Authorizing Resolution''), may sit and act 
        during the One Hundred Sixth Congress at any time prior to 
        April 1, 1999, as it may deem appropriate, without regard to 
        whether or not the House of Representatives is in session at 
        the time.
            (2) Continuation of powers and jurisdiction.--Solely for 
        the purpose described in paragraph (1), the Select Committee's 
        jurisdiction, and all other powers, authorities, 
        responsibilities, and procedures of the Select Committee and of 
        other Committees of the House of Representatives, shall remain 
        as set forth in the Authorizing Resolution, except as follows:
                    (A) Section 10 of the Authorizing Resolution shall 
                not be continued.
                    (B) Sections 8 and 9 of the Authorizing Resolution 
                shall apply only to the enforcement of requests for 
                information which are issued prior to January 3, 1999, 
                and to issuing and enforcing requests for information 
                directly related to the declassification and public 
                release of the Select Committee's report.
            (3) Disposition of records.--In addition to the powers and 
        authorities extended under paragraph (2), upon the termination 
        of the Select Committee, all records of the Select Committee 
        shall be transferred to other committees of the House of 
        Representatives, stored by the Clerk of the House of 
        Representatives, or otherwise disposed of as the Select 
        Committee may direct, consistent with applicable rules and laws 
        concerning classified information.
            (4) No additional funds.--Funds for the Select Committee 
        for carrying out activities under this subsection during the 
        One Hundred Sixth Congress shall be derived solely from amounts 
        provided pursuant to the Authorizing Resolution which remain 
        unobligated and unexpended as of the end of the One Hundred 
        Fifth Congress.
    (g) Numbering of Bills.--In the One Hundred Sixth Congress, the 
first 10 numbers for bills (H.R. 1 through H.R. 10) shall be reserved 
for assignment by the Speaker to such bills as he may designate when 
introduced before March 1, 1999.

SEC. 3. SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS.

    Upon the adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to 
consider in the House a resolution amending clause 5 of rule XXVI, if 
offered by the Majority Leader or his designee. The resolution shall be 
considered as read for amendment. The previous question shall be 
considered as ordered on the resolution to final adoption without 
intervening motion or demand for division of the question except one 
hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Majority Leader 
and the Minority Leader or their designees.
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