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   114th Congress }                                     { RCP
   1st Session    }       COMMITTEE PRINT               { 114-25
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                    RULES ADOPTED BY THE COMMITTEES
                    OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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                             114th Congress
                               2015-2016

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                            COMPLIED BY THE

                           COMMITTEE ON RULES



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                           COMMITTEE ON RULES

                     PETE SESSIONS, Texas, Chairman
VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina,       LOUISE McINTOSH SLAUGHTER,
  Vice Chair                           New York, Ranking Member
TOM COLE, Oklahoma                   JAMES P. McGOVERN, Massachusetts
ROB WOODALL, Georgia                 ALCEE L. HASTINGS, Florida
MICHAEL C. BURGESS, Texas            JARED POLIS, Colorado
STEVE STIVERS, Ohio
DOUG COLLINS, Georgia
BRADLEY BYRNE, Alabama
DAN NEWHOUSE, Washington
                 Hugh Nathanial Halpern, Staff Director
                Miles M. Lackey, Minority Staff Director
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             Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process

                     ROB WOODALL, Georgia, Chairman
VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina        ALCEE L. HASTINGS, Florida,
MICHAEL C. BURGESS, Texas              Ranking Member
BRADLEY BYRNE, Alabama               JARED POLIS, Colorado
DAN NEWHOUSE, Washington
                      Janet Rossi, Staff Director
                  Lale Mamaux, Minority Staff Director
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          Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House

                     STEVE STIVERS, Ohio, Chairman
DOUG COLLINS, Georgia                LOUISE McINTOSH SLAUGHTER,
BRADLEY BYRNE, Alabama                 New York, Ranking Member
DAN NEWHOUSE, Washington             JAMES P. McGOVERN, Massachusetts
PETE SESSIONS, Texas
                     Justin Barnes, Staff Director
                   Adam Berg, Minority Staff Director
                            
                            C O N T E N T S

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                Part I--Standing Committees of the House

                                                                   Page
Committee on Agriculture.........................................     3
Committee on Appropriations......................................    25
Committee on Armed Services......................................    37
Committee on the Budget..........................................    51
Committee on Education and the Workforce.........................    61
Committee on Energy and Commerce.................................    77
Committee on Ethics..............................................    87
Committee on Financial Services..................................   115
Committee on Foreign Affairs.....................................   127
Committee on Homeland Security...................................   147
Committee on House Administration................................   161
Committee on the Judiciary.......................................   171
Committee on Natural Resources...................................   177
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.....................   191
Committee on Rules...............................................   201
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology......................   211
Committee on Small Business......................................   221
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure...................   233
Committee on Veterans' Affairs...................................   251
Committee on Ways and Means......................................   261

      Part II--Select and Permanent Select Committees of the House

Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist 
  Attack in Benghazi.............................................   273
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.......................   275

                Part III--Congressional Joint Committees

Joint Economic Committee.........................................   297
Joint Committee on the Library...................................   299
Joint Committee on Printing......................................   303
Joint Committee on Taxation......................................   309

                                Appendix

Rule X. Organization of Committees...............................   313
Rule XI. Procedures of Committees and Unfinished Business........   341
Rule XIII. Calendars and Committee Reports.......................   365
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                      PART I--STANDING COMMITTEES

                              OF THE HOUSE

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                        Committee on Agriculture

    K. MICHAEL CONAWAY, Texas, 
             Chairman

COLLIN C. PETERSON, Minnesota        BOB GOODLATTE, Virginia
DAVID SCOTT, Georgia                 FRANK D. LUCAS, Oklahoma
JIM COSTA, California                STEVE KING, Iowa
TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota           RANDY NEUGEBAUER, Texas,
MARCIA L. FUDGE, Ohio                  Vice Chairman
JAMES P. McGOVERN, Massachusetts     MIKE ROGERS, Alabama
SUZAN K. DelBENE, Washington         GLENN THOMPSON, Pennsylvania
FILEMON VELA, Texas                  BOB GIBBS, Ohio
MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM, New Mexico   AUSTIN SCOTT, Georgia
ANN M. KUSTER, New Hampshire         ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, 
RICHARD M. NOLAN, Minnesota          Arkansas
CHERI BUSTOS, Illinois               SCOTT DesJARLAIS, Tennessee
SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, New York       CHRISTOPHER P. GIBSON, New York
ANN KIRKPATRICK, Arizona             VICKY HARTZLER, Missouri
PETE AGUILAR, California             DAN BENISHEK, Michigan
STACEY E. PLASKETT, Virgin Islands   JEFF DENHAM, California
ALMA S. ADAMS, North Carolina        DOUG LaMALFA, California
GWEN GRAHAM, Florida                 RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois
BRAD ASHFORD, Nebraska               TED S. YOHO, Florida
                                     JACKIE WALORSKI, Indiana
                                     RICK W. ALLEN, Georgia
                                     MIKE BOST, Illinois
                                     DAVID ROUZER, North Carolina
                                     RALPH LEE ABRAHAM, Louisiana
                                     JOHN R. MOOLENAAR, Michigan
                                     DAN NEWHOUSE, Washington
                                     TRENT KELLY, Mississippi

    (As adopted January 22, 2015, and revised on February 12, 2015)


      RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS


                      Rule I.--General Provisions

    (a) Applicability of House Rules.--
          (1) The Rules of the House shall govern the procedure 
        of the Committee and its subcommittees, and the Rules 
        of the Committee on Agriculture so far as applicable 
        shall be interpreted in accordance with the Rules of 
        the House, except that 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, are non-debatable privileged motions in 
        the Committee and its subcommittees. (See Appendix A 
        for the applicable Rules of the U.S. House of 
        Representatives.)
          (2) As provided in clause 1(a)(2) of House Rule XI, 
        each Subcommittee is part of the Committee and is 
        subject to the authority and direction of the Committee 
        and its Rules so far as applicable. (See also Committee 
        Rules III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII and XI, infra.)
    (b) Authority To Conduct Investigations.--The Committee and 
its subcommittees, after consultation with the Chairman of the 
Committee, may conduct such investigations and studies as they 
may consider necessary or appropriate in the exercise of their 
responsibilities under Rule X of the Rules of the House and in 
accordance with clause 2(m) of House Rule XI.
    (c) Authority To Print.--The Committee is authorized by the 
Rules of the House to have printed and bound testimony and 
other data presented at hearings held by the Committee and its 
subcommittees. All costs of stenographic services and 
transcripts in connection with any meeting or hearing of the 
Committee and its subcommittees shall be paid from applicable 
accounts of the House described in clause 1(i)(1) of House Rule 
X in accordance with clause 1(c) of House Rule XI. (See also 
paragraphs (d), (e) and (f) of Committee Rule IX.)
    (d) Vice Chairman.--The Member of the majority party on the 
Committee or Subcommittee designated by the Chairman of the 
full Committee shall be the vice chairman of the Committee or 
Subcommittee in accordance with clause 2(d) of House Rule XI.
    (e) Presiding Member.--If the Chairman of the Committee or 
Subcommittee is not present at any Committee or Subcommittee 
meeting or hearing, the vice chairman shall preside. If the 
Chairman and vice chairman of the Committee or Subcommittee are 
not present at a Committee or Subcommittee meeting or hearing 
the ranking Member of the majority party who is present shall 
preside in accordance with clause 2(d), House Rule XI.
    (f) Publication of Rules.--The Committee's Rules shall be 
publicly available in electronic form and published in the 
Congressional Record not later than 30 days after the Chair is 
elected in each odd-numbered year as provided in clause 2(a) of 
House Rule XI.
    (g) Joint Committee Reports of Investigation or Study.--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.

 Rule II.--Committee Business Meetings--Regular, Additional and Special

    (a) Regular Meetings.--Regular meetings of the Committee, 
in accordance with clause 2(b) of House Rule XI, shall be held 
on the first Wednesday of every month to transact its business 
if notice is given pursuant to clause 2(g)(3) of House Rule XI. 
The Chairman shall provide each Member of the Committee, as far 
in advance of the day of the regular meeting as practicable, a 
written agenda of such meeting. Items may be placed on the 
agenda by the Chairman or a majority of the Committee. (See 
paragraph (f) of Committee Rule XI for provisions that apply to 
meetings of subcommittees.)
    (b) Additional Meetings.--
          (1) The Chairman may call and convene, as he or she 
        considers necessary, which may not commence earlier 
        than the third day on which Members have notice thereof 
        after consultation with the Ranking Minority Member of 
        the Committee or after concurrence with the Ranking 
        Minority Member, additional meetings of the Committee 
        for the consideration of any bill or resolution pending 
        before the Committee or for the conduct of other 
        Committee business. The Committee shall meet for such 
        additional meetings pursuant to the notice from the 
        Chairman.
          (2) A hearing or meeting may begin sooner than 
        specified in clause (1) (in which case the chair shall 
        make the announcement specified at the earliest 
        possible time) 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.
          (3) At least 24 hours prior to the commencement of a 
        meeting for the markup of a measure or matter the Chair 
        shall cause the text of such measure or matter to be 
        made publicly available in electronic form.
    (c) Special Meetings.--If at least three Members of the 
Committee desire that a special meeting of the Committee be 
called by the Chairman, those Members may file in the offices 
of the Committee their written request to the Chairman for such 
special meeting. Such request shall specify the measure or 
matters to be considered. Immediately upon the filing of the 
request, the Majority Staff Director (serving as the clerk of 
the Committee for such purpose) shall notify the Chairman of 
the filing of the request. If, within 3 calendar days after the 
filing of the request, the Chairman does not call the requested 
special meeting to be held within 7 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, specifying the date and hour thereof, and the measures or 
matter to be considered at that special meeting in accordance 
with clause 2(c)(2) of House Rule XI. The Committee shall meet 
on that date and hour. Immediately upon the filing of the 
notice, the Majority Staff Director (serving as the clerk) of 
the Committee shall notify all Members of the Committee that 
such meeting will be held and inform them of its date and hour 
and the measure or matter to be considered, and only the 
measure or matter specified in that notice may be considered at 
that special meeting.

          Rule III.--Open Meetings and Hearings; Broadcasting

    (a) Open Meetings and Hearings.--Each meeting for the 
transaction of business, including the markup of legislation, 
and each hearing by the Committee or a Subcommittee shall be 
open to the public unless closed in accordance with clause 2(g) 
of House Rule XI. (See Appendix A.)
    (b) Broadcasting and Photography.--Whenever a Committee or 
Subcommittee meeting for the transaction of business, including 
the markup of legislation, or a hearing is open to the public, 
that meeting or hearing shall:
          (1) To the maximum extent practicable the Committee 
        shall provide audio and video coverage of each hearing 
        or meeting for the transaction of business in a manner 
        that allows the public to easily listen to and view the 
        proceedings and shall maintain the recordings of such 
        coverage in a manner that is easily accessible to the 
        public.
          (2) Be open to coverage by television, radio, and 
        still photography in accordance with clause 4 of House 
        Rule XI (See Appendix A). When such radio coverage is 
        conducted in the Committee or Subcommittee, written 
        notice to that effect shall be placed on the desk of 
        each Member. The Chairman of the Committee or 
        Subcommittee, shall not limit the number of television 
        or still cameras permitted in a hearing or meeting room 
        to fewer than two representatives from each medium 
        (except for legitimate space or safety considerations, 
        in which case pool coverage shall be authorized).
    (c) Closed Meetings--Attendees.--No person other than 
Members of the Committee or Subcommittee and such congressional 
staff and departmental representatives as the Committee or 
Subcommittee may authorize shall be present at any business or 
markup session that has been closed to the public as provided 
in clause 2(g)(1) of House Rule XI.
    (d) Addressing the Committee.--A Committee Member may 
address the Committee or a Subcommittee on any bill, motion, or 
other matter under consideration (See Committee Rule VIII (e) 
relating to questioning a witness at a hearing). The time a 
Member may address the Committee or Subcommittee for any such 
purpose shall be limited to 5 minutes, except that this time 
limit may be waived by unanimous consent. A Member shall also 
be limited in his or her remarks to the subject matter under 
consideration, unless the Member receives unanimous consent to 
extend his or her remarks beyond such subject.
    (e) Meetings to Begin Promptly.--Subject to the presence of 
a quorum, each meeting or hearing of the Committee and its 
subcommittees shall begin promptly at the time so stipulated in 
the public announcement of the meeting or hearing.
    (f) Prohibition on Proxy Voting.--No vote by any Member of 
the Committee or Subcommittee with respect to any measure or 
matter may be cast by proxy.
    (g) Location of Persons at Meetings.--No person other than 
the Committee or Subcommittee Members and Committee or 
Subcommittee staff may be seated in the rostrum area during a 
meeting of the Committee or Subcommittee unless by unanimous 
consent of Committee or Subcommittee.
    (h) Consideration of Amendments and Motions.--A Member, 
upon request, shall be recognized by the Chairman to address 
the Committee or Subcommittee at a meeting for a period limited 
to 5 minutes on behalf of an amendment or motion offered by the 
Member or another Member, or upon any other matter under 
consideration, unless the Member receives unanimous consent to 
extend the time limit. Every amendment or motion made in 
Committee or Subcommittee shall, upon the demand of any Member 
present, be reduced to writing, and a copy thereof shall be 
made available to all Members present. Such amendment or motion 
shall not be pending before the Committee or Subcommittee or 
voted on until the requirements of this paragraph have been 
met.
    (i) Demanding Record Vote.--
          (1) A record vote of the Committee or Subcommittee on 
        a question or action shall be ordered on a demand by 
        one-fifth of the Members present.
          (2) The Chairman of the Committee or Subcommittee may 
        postpone further proceedings when a record vote is 
        ordered on the question of approving a measure or 
        matter or on adopting an amendment. If the Chairman 
        postpones further proceedings:
                  (A) the Chairman may resume such postponed 
                proceedings, after giving Members adequate 
                notice, at a time chosen in consultation with 
                the Ranking Minority Member; and
                  (B) notwithstanding any intervening order for 
                the previous question, the underlying 
                proposition on which proceedings were postponed 
                shall remain subject to further debate or 
                amendment to the same extent as when the 
                question was postponed.
    (j) Submission of Motions or Amendments In Advance of 
Business Meetings.--The Committee and Subcommittee Chairman may 
request and Committee and Subcommittee Members should, insofar 
as practicable, cooperate in providing copies of proposed 
amendments or motions to the Chairman and the Ranking Minority 
Member of the Committee or the Subcommittee twenty-four hours 
before a Committee or Subcommittee business meeting.
    (k) Points of Order.--No point of order against the hearing 
or meeting procedures of the Committee or Subcommittee shall be 
entertained unless it is made in a timely fashion.
    (l) Limitation on Committee Sittings.--The Committee or 
subcommittees 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.
    (m) Prohibition of Wireless Telephones.--Use of wireless 
phones during a Committee or Subcommittee hearing or meeting is 
prohibited.

                           Rule IV.--Quorums

    (a) Working Quorum.--One-third of the Members of the 
Committee or a Subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for 
taking any action, other than as noted in paragraphs (b) and 
(c).
    (b) Majority Quorum.--A majority of the Members of the 
Committee or Subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for:
          (1) the reporting of a bill, resolution or other 
        measure (See clause 2(h)(1) of House Rules XI, and 
        Committee Rule IX);
          (2) the closing of a meeting or hearing to the public 
        pursuant to clauses 2(g), 2(k)(5) and 2(k)(7) of the 
        Rule XI of the Rules of the House;
          (3) the authorizing of a subpoena as provided in 
        clause 2(m)(3), of House Rule XI (See also Committee 
        Rule VII.); and
          (4) as where required by a Rule of the House.
    (c) Quorum for Taking Testimony.--Two Members of the 
Committee or Subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for the 
purpose of taking testimony and receiving evidence.

                            Rule V.--Records

    (a) Maintenance of Records.--The Committee shall keep a 
complete record of all Committee and Subcommittee action which 
shall include:
          (1) in the case of any meeting or hearing 
        transcripts, 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
          (2) written minutes shall include a record of all 
        Committee and Subcommittee action and a record of all 
        votes on any question and a tally on all record votes.
    The result of each such record vote shall be made available 
by the Committee for inspection by the public at reasonable 
times in the offices of the Committee and by telephone request 
and also made publicly available in electronic form within 48 
hours of such record vote. Not later than 24 hours after 
adoption of an amendment to a measure or matter, the chair of 
the Committee shall cause the text of such amendment adopted 
thereto to be made publicly available in electronic form. 
Information so available for public inspection shall include a 
description of the amendment, motion, order or other 
proposition and the name of each Member voting for and each 
Member voting against such amendment, motion, order, or 
proposition, and the names of those Members present but not 
voting.
    (b) Access to and Correction of Records.--Any public 
witness, or person authorized by such witness, during Committee 
office hours in the Committee offices and within 10 calendar 
days of the close of hearings, may obtain a transcript copy of 
that public witness's testimony and make such technical, 
grammatical and typographical corrections as authorized by the 
person making the remarks involved as will not alter the nature 
of testimony given. There shall be prompt return of such 
corrected copy of the transcript to the Committee. Members of 
the Committee or Subcommittee shall receive copies of 
transcripts for their prompt review and correction and prompt 
return to the Committee. The Committee or Subcommittee may 
order the printing of a hearing record without the corrections 
of any Member or witness if it determines that such Member or 
witness has been afforded a reasonable time in which to make 
such corrections and further delay would seriously impede the 
consideration of the legislative action that is subject of the 
hearing. The record of a hearing shall be closed 10 calendar 
days after the last oral testimony, unless the Committee or 
Subcommittee determines otherwise. Any person requesting to 
file a statement for the record of a hearing must so request 
before the hearing concludes and must file the statement before 
the record is closed unless the Committee or Subcommittee 
determines otherwise. The Committee or Subcommittee may reject 
any statement in light of its length or its tendency to defame, 
degrade, or incriminate any person.
    (c) Property of the House.--All Committee and Subcommittee 
records (including hearings data, charts, and files) shall be 
kept separate and distinct from the congressional office 
records of the Members serving as Chairman and such records 
shall be the property of the House and all Members of the House 
shall have access thereto. The Majority Staff Director shall 
promptly notify the Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member of 
any request for access to such records.
    (d) Availability of Archived Records.--The records of the 
Committee at the National Archives and Records Administration 
shall be made available for public use in accordance with House 
Rule VII. The Chairman shall notify the Ranking Minority Member 
of the Committee of the need for a Committee order pursuant to 
clause 3(b)(3) or clause 4(b) of such House Rule, to withhold a 
record otherwise available.
    (e) Special Rules for Certain Records and Proceedings.--A 
stenographic record of a business meeting of the Committee or 
Subcommittee may be kept and thereafter may be published if the 
Chairman of the Committee, after consultation with the Ranking 
Minority Member, determines there is need for such a record. 
The proceedings of the Committee or Subcommittee in a closed 
meeting, evidence or testimony in such meeting, shall not be 
divulged unless otherwise determined by a majority of the 
Committee or Subcommittee.
    (f) Electronic Availability of Committee Publications.--To 
the maximum extent feasible, the Committee shall make its 
publications available in electronic form.

                     Rule VI.--Power To Sit and Act

    For the purpose of carrying out any of its function and 
duties under House Rules X and XI, the Committee and each of 
its subcommittees is authorized 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.

                     Rule VII.--Subpoenas and Oaths

    (a) Issuance of Subpoenas.--In accordance with House Rule 
XI, clause 2(m), a subpoena may be authorized and issued by a 
majority of the Committee or by the Chairman in consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member. Such consultation shall occur 
at least 48 hours in advance of a subpoena being issued under 
such authority. Authorized subpoenas shall be signed by the 
Chairman of the Committee or by any Member designated by the 
Committee.
    (b) Oaths.--The Chairman of the Committee, or any member of 
the Committee designated by the Chairman, may administer oaths 
to any witnesses.

                     Rule VIII.--Hearing Procedures

    (a) Power to Hear.--For the purpose of carrying out any of 
its functions and duties under House Rule X and XI, the 
Committee and its subcommittees are authorized to sit and hold 
hearings at any time or place within the United States whether 
the House is in session, has recessed, or has adjourned. (See 
Committee Rule VI and paragraph (f) of Committee Rule XI for 
provisions relating to Subcommittee hearings and meetings.)
    (b) Announcement.--The Chairman of the Committee shall 
after consultation with the Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee, make a public announcement of the date, place and 
subject matter of any Committee hearing at least 1 week before 
the commencement of the hearing. The Chairman of a Subcommittee 
shall schedule a hearing only after consultation with the 
Chairman of the Committee and after consultation with the 
Ranking Minority Member of the Subcommittee, and the Chairmen 
of the other subcommittees after such consultation with the 
Committee Chairman, and shall request the Majority Staff 
Director to make a public announcement of the date, place, and 
subject matter of such hearing at least 1 week before the 
hearing. If the Chairman of the Committee or the Subcommittee, 
with concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee or Subcommittee, determines there is good cause to 
begin the hearing sooner, or if the Committee or Subcommittee 
so determines by majority vote, a quorum being present for the 
transaction of business, the Chairman of the Committee or 
Subcommittee, as appropriate, shall request the Majority Staff 
Director to make such public announcement at the earliest 
possible date. The clerk of the Committee shall promptly notify 
the Daily Digest Clerk of the Congressional Record, and shall 
promptly enter the appropriate information into the Committee 
scheduling service of the House Information Systems as soon as 
possible after such public announcement is made.
    (c) Scheduling of Witnesses.--Except as otherwise provided 
in this rule, the scheduling of witnesses and determination of 
the time allowed for the presentation of testimony at hearings 
shall be at the discretion of the Chairman of the Committee or 
Subcommittee, unless a majority of the Committee or 
Subcommittee determines otherwise.
    (d) Written Statement; Oral Testimony.--
          (1) Each witness who is to appear before the 
        Committee or a Subcommittee, shall insofar as 
        practicable file with the Majority Staff Director of 
        the Committee, at least 2 working days before the day 
        of his or her appearance, a written statement of 
        proposed testimony. Witnesses shall provide sufficient 
        copies of their statement for distribution to Committee 
        or Subcommittee Members, staff, and the news media. 
        Insofar as practicable, the Committee or Subcommittee 
        staff shall distribute such written statements to all 
        Members of the Committee or Subcommittee as soon as 
        they are received as well as any official reports from 
        departments and agencies on such subject matter. All 
        witnesses may be limited in their oral presentations to 
        brief summaries of their statements within the time 
        allotted to them, at the discretion of the Chairman of 
        the Committee or Subcommittee, in light of the nature 
        of the testimony and the length of time available.
          (2) As noted in paragraph (b) of Committee Rule VII, 
        the Chairman of the Committee or any Member designated 
        by the Chairman, may administer an oath to any witness.
          (3) To the greatest extent practicable, each witness 
        appearing in a non-governmental capacity shall include 
        with the written statement of proposed testimony:
                  (i) a curriculum vitae;
                  (ii) disclosure of the amount and source (by 
                agency and program) of any Federal grant (or 
                subgrant thereof) or contract (or subcontract 
                thereof) received during the current calendar 
                year or either of the 2 preceding calendar 
                years by the witness or by an entity 
                represented by the witness; and
                  (iii) disclosure of the amount and country of 
                origin of any payment or contract related to 
                the subject matter of the hearing originating 
                with a foreign government received during the 
                current calendar year or either of the 2 
                preceding calendar years by the witness or by 
                an entity represented by the witness.
        Such statements, with appropriate redactions to protect 
        the privacy of witnesses, shall be made publicly 
        available in electronic form not later than 1 day after 
        the witness appears.
    (e) Questioning of Witnesses.--Committee or Subcommittee 
Members may question witnesses only when they have been 
recognized by the Chairman of the Committee or Subcommittee for 
that purpose. Each Member so recognized shall be limited to 
questioning a witness for 5 minutes until such time as each 
Member of the Committee or Subcommittee who so desires has had 
an opportunity to question the witness for 5 minutes; and 
thereafter the Chairman of the Committee or Subcommittee may 
limit the time of a further round of questioning after giving 
due consideration to the importance of the subject matter and 
the length of time available. All questions put to witnesses 
shall be germane to the measure or matter under consideration. 
Unless a majority of the Committee or Subcommittee determines 
otherwise, no Committee or Subcommittee staff shall interrogate 
witnesses.
    (f) Extended Questioning for Designated Members.--
Notwithstanding paragraph (e), the Chairman and Ranking 
Minority Member may designate an equal number of Members from 
each party to question a witness for a period not longer than 
60 minutes.
    (g) Witnesses for the Minority.--When any hearing is 
conducted by the Committee or any Subcommittee upon any measure 
or matter, the minority party Members on the Committee or 
Subcommittee shall be entitled, upon request to the Chairman by 
a majority of those minority Members before the completion of 
such hearing, to call witnesses selected by the minority to 
testify with respect to that measure or matter during at least 
1 day of hearing thereon as provided in clause 2(j)(1) of House 
Rule XI.
    (h) Summary of Subject Matter.--Upon announcement of a 
hearing, to the extent practicable, the Committee shall make 
available immediately to all Members of the Committee a concise 
summary of the subject matter (including legislative reports 
and other material) under consideration. In addition, upon 
announcement of a hearing and subsequently as they are 
received, the Chairman of the Committee or Subcommittee shall, 
to the extent practicable, make available to the Members of the 
Committee any official reports from departments and agencies on 
such matter. (See Committee Rule XI(f).)
    (i) Open Hearings.--Each hearing conducted by the Committee 
or Subcommittee shall be open to the public, including radio, 
television and still photography coverage, except as provided 
in clause 4 of House Rule XI (see also Committee Rule III(b).). 
In any event, no Member of the House may be excluded from 
nonparticipatory attendance at any hearing unless the House by 
majority vote shall authorize the Committee or Subcommittee, 
for purposes of a particular series of hearings on a particular 
bill or resolution or on a particular subject of investigation, 
to close its hearings to Members by means of the above 
procedure.
    (j) Hearings and Reports.--
          (1)(i) The Chairman of the Committee or Subcommittee 
        at a hearing shall announce in an opening statement the 
        subject of the investigation. A copy of the Committee 
        Rules (and the applicable provisions of clause 2 of 
        House Rule XI, regarding hearing procedures, an excerpt 
        of which appears in Appendix A thereto) shall be made 
        available to each witness upon request. Witnesses at 
        hearings may be accompanied by their own counsel for 
        the purpose of advising them concerning their 
        constitutional rights. The Chairman of the Committee or 
        Subcommittee may punish breaches of order and decorum, 
        and of professional ethics on the part of counsel, by 
        censure and exclusion from the hearings; but only the 
        full Committee may cite the offender to the House for 
        contempt.
          (ii) Whenever it is asserted by a Member of the 
        Committee that the evidence or testimony at a hearing 
        may tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate any person, 
        or it is asserted by a witness that the evidence or 
        testimony that the witness would give at a hearing may 
        tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate the witness, 
        such testimony or evidence shall be presented in 
        executive session, notwithstanding the provisions of 
        paragraph (i) of this rule, if by a majority of those 
        present, there being in attendance the requisite number 
        required under the Rules of the Committee to be present 
        for the purpose of taking testimony, the Committee or 
        Subcommittee determines that such evidence or testimony 
        may tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate any person. 
        The Committee or Subcommittee shall afford a person an 
        opportunity voluntarily to appear as a witness; and the 
        Committee or Subcommittee shall receive and shall 
        dispose of requests from such person to subpoena 
        additional witnesses.
          (iii) No evidence or testimony taken in executive 
        session may be released or used in public sessions 
        without the consent of the Committee or Subcommittee. 
        In the discretion of the Committee or Subcommittee, 
        witnesses may submit brief and pertinent statements in 
        writing for inclusion in the record. The Committee or 
        Subcommittee is the sole judge of the pertinency of 
        testimony and evidence adduced at its hearings. A 
        witness may obtain a transcript copy of his or her 
        testimony given at a public session or, if given at an 
        executive session, when authorized by the Committee or 
        Subcommittee. (See paragraph (c) of Committee Rule V.)
          (2) A proposed investigative or oversight report 
        shall be considered as read if it has been available to 
        the Members of the Committee for at least 24 hours 
        (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays except 
        when the House is in session on such day) in advance of 
        their consideration.

            Rule IX.--The Reporting of Bills and Resolutions

    (a) Filing of Reports.--The Chairman shall report or cause 
to be reported promptly to the House any bill, resolution, or 
other measure approved by the Committee and shall take or cause 
to be taken all necessary steps to bring such bill, resolution, 
or other measure to a vote. No bill, resolution, or measure 
shall be reported from the Committee unless a majority of 
Committee is actually present. A Committee report on any bill, 
resolution, or other measure approved by the Committee shall be 
filed within 7 calendar days (not counting days on which the 
House is not in session) after the day on which there has been 
filed with the Majority Staff Director of the Committee a 
written request, signed by a majority of the Committee, for the 
reporting of that bill or resolution. The Majority Staff 
Director of the Committee shall notify the Chairman immediately 
when such a request is filed.
    (b) Content of Reports.--Each Committee report on any bill 
or resolution approved by the Committee shall include as 
separately identified sections:
          (1) a statement of the intent or purpose of the bill 
        or resolution;
          (2) a statement describing the need for such bill or 
        resolution;
          (3) a statement of Committee and Subcommittee 
        consideration of the measure including a summary of 
        amendments and motions offered and the actions taken 
        thereon;
          (4) the results of the each record vote on any 
        amendment in the Committee and Subcommittee and on the 
        motion to report the measure or matter, including the 
        names of those Members and the total voting for and the 
        names of those Members and the total voting against 
        such amendment or motion (See clause 3(b) of House Rule 
        XIII);
          (5) the oversight findings and recommendations of the 
        Committee with respect to the subject matter of the 
        bill or resolution as required pursuant to clause 
        3(c)(1) of House Rule XIII and clause 2(b)(1) of House 
        Rule X;
          (6) the detailed statement described in House Rule 
        XIII clause 3(c)(2) and section 308(a) of the 
        Congressional Budget Act of 1974 if the bill or 
        resolution provides new budget authority (other than 
        continuing appropriations), new spending authority 
        described in section 401(c)(2) of such Act, new credit 
        authority, or an increase or decrease in revenues or 
        tax expenditures, except that the estimates with 
        respect to new budget authority shall include, when 
        practicable, a comparison of the total estimated 
        funding level for the relevant program (or programs) to 
        the appropriate levels under current law;
          (7) the estimate of costs and comparison of such 
        estimates, if any, prepared by the Director of the 
        Congressional Budget Office in connection with such 
        bill or resolution pursuant to section 402 of the 
        Congressional Budget Act of 1974 if submitted in timely 
        fashion to the Committee;
          (8) a statement of general performance goals and 
        objectives, including outcome-related goals and 
        objectives, for which the measure authorizes funding;
          (9) an estimate by the Committee of the costs that 
        would be incurred in carrying out such bill or joint 
        resolution in the fiscal year in which it is reported 
        and for its authorized duration or for each of the 5 
        fiscal years following the fiscal year of reporting, 
        whichever period is less (see House Rule XIII, clause 
        3(d)(2), (3) and (h)(2), (3)), together with--(i) a 
        comparison of these estimates with those made and 
        submitted to the Committee by any Government agency 
        when practicable, and (ii) a comparison of the total 
        estimated funding level for the relevant program (or 
        programs) with appropriate levels under current law 
        (The provisions of this clause do not apply if a cost 
        estimate and comparison prepared by the Director of the 
        Congressional Budget Office under section 403 of the 
        Congressional Budget Act of 1974 has been timely 
        submitted prior to the filing of the report and 
        included in the report);
          (10) a list of congressional earmarks, limited tax 
        benefits, and limited tariff benefits in the bill or in 
        the report (and the name of any Member, Delegate, or 
        Resident Commissioner who submitted a request to the 
        Committee for each respective item included in such 
        list) or a statement that the proposition contains no 
        congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or 
        limited tariff benefits;
          (11) the changes in existing law (if any) shown in 
        accordance with clause 3 of House Rule XIII;
          (12) the determination required pursuant to section 
        5(b) of Public Law 92-463, if the legislation reported 
        establishes or authorizes the establishment of an 
        advisory committee;
          (13) the information on Federal and intergovernmental 
        mandates required by section 423(c) and (d) of the 
        Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as added by the 
        Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (P.L. 104-4);
          (14) a statement regarding the applicability of 
        section 102(b)(3) of the Congressional Accountability 
        Act, Public Law 104-1;
          (15) a statement indicating whether any provision of 
        the measure establishes or reauthorizes a program of 
        the Federal Government known to be duplicative of 
        another Federal program. The Statement shall at a 
        minimum explain whether--
                  (A) any such program was included in any 
                report from the Government Accountability 
                Office to Congress pursuant to section 21 of 
                Public Law 111-139; or
                  (B) the most recent catalog of Federal 
                Domestic Assistance, published pursuant to the 
                Federal Program Information Act (Public Law 95-
                220, as amended by Public Law 98-169), 
                identified other programs related to the 
                program established or reauthorized by the 
                measure; and
          (16) a statement estimating the number of directed 
        rule makings required by the measure.
    (c) Supplemental, Minority, Additional, or Dissenting 
Views.--If, at the time of approval of any measure or matter by 
the Committee, any Member of the Committee gives notice of 
intention to file supplemental, minority, additional, or 
dissenting views, all Members shall be entitled to not less 
than 2 subsequent calendar days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, 
and legal holidays except when the House is in session on such 
date) in which to file such writing and signed views, with the 
Majority Staff Director of the Committee. When time guaranteed 
by this paragraph has expired (or if sooner, when all separate 
views have been received), the Committee may arrange to file 
its report with the Clerk of the House not later than 1 hour 
after the expiration of such time. All such views (in 
accordance with House Rule XI, clause 2(l) and House Rule XIII, 
clause 3(a)(1)), as filed by one or more Members of the 
Committee, shall be included within and made a part of the 
report filed by the Committee with respect to that bill or 
resolution.
    (d) Printing of Reports.--The report of the Committee on 
the measure or matter noted in paragraph (a) above shall be 
printed in a single volume, which shall:
          (1) include all supplemental, minority, additional, 
        or dissenting views that have been submitted by the 
        time of the filing of the report; and
          (2) bear on its cover a recital that any such 
        supplemental, minority, additional, or dissenting views 
        (and any material submitted under House Rule XII, 
        clause 3(a)(1)) are included as part of the report.
    (e) Immediate Printing; Supplemental Reports.--Nothing in 
this rule shall preclude--
          (1) the immediate filing or printing of a Committee 
        report unless timely request for the opportunity to 
        file supplemental, minority, additional, or dissenting 
        views has been made as provided by paragraph (c); or
          (2) the filing by the Committee of any supplemental 
        report on any bill or resolution that may be required 
        for the correction of any technical error in a previous 
        report made by the Committee on that bill or 
        resolution.
    (f) Availability of Printed Hearing Records.--If hearings 
have been held on any reported bill or resolution, the 
Committee shall make every reasonable effort to have the record 
of such hearings printed and available for distribution to the 
Members of the House prior to the consideration of such bill or 
resolution by the House. Each printed hearing of the Committee 
or any of its subcommittees shall include a record of the 
attendance of the Members.
    (g) Committee Prints.--All Committee or Subcommittee prints 
or other Committee or Subcommittee documents, other than 
reports or prints of bills, that are prepared for public 
distribution shall be approved by the Chairman of the Committee 
or the Committee prior to public distribution.
    (h) Post Adjournment Filing of Committee Reports.--
          (1) After an adjournment of the last regular session 
        of a Congress sine die, an investigative or oversight 
        report approved by the Committee may be filed with the 
        Clerk at any time, provided that if a Member gives 
        notice at the time of approval of intention to file 
        supplemental, minority, additional, or dissenting 
        views, that Member shall be entitled to not less than 7 
        calendar days in which to submit such views for 
        inclusion with the report.
          (2) After an adjournment of the last regular session 
        of a Congress sine die, the Chairman of the Committee 
        may file at any time with the Clerk the Committee's 
        activity report for that Congress pursuant to clause 
        1(d)(1) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House without 
        the approval of the Committee, provided that a copy of 
        the report has been available to each Member of the 
        Committee for at least 7 calendar days and the report 
        includes any supplemental, minority, additional, or 
        dissenting views submitted by a Member of the 
        Committee.
    (i) Conference.--The Chairman is directed to offer a motion 
under clause 1 of Rule XXII of the Rules of the House whenever 
the Chairman considers it appropriate.

                  Rule X.--Other Committee Activities

    (a) Oversight Plan.--Not later than February 15 of the 
first session of a Congress, the Chairman shall convene the 
Committee in a meeting that is open to the public and with a 
quorum present to adopt its oversight plans for that Congress. 
Such plans shall be submitted simultaneously to the Committee 
on Oversight and Government Reform and to the Committee on 
House Administration. In developing such plans the Committee 
shall, to the maximum extent feasible--
          (1) consult with other committees of the House that 
        have jurisdiction over the same or related laws, 
        programs, or agencies within its jurisdiction, with the 
        objective of ensuring that such laws, programs, or 
        agencies are reviewed in the same Congress and that 
        there is a maximum of coordination between such 
        committees in the conduct of such reviews; and such 
        plans shall include an explanation of what steps have 
        been and will be taken to ensure such coordination and 
        cooperation;
          (2) review specific problems with Federal rules, 
        regulations, statutes, and court decisions that are 
        ambiguous, arbitrary, or nonsensical, or that impose 
        severe financial burdens on individuals;
          (3) give priority consideration to including in its 
        plans the review of those laws, programs, or agencies 
        operating under permanent budget authority or permanent 
        statutory authority;
          (4) have a view toward ensuring that all significant 
        laws, programs, or agencies within its jurisdiction are 
        subject to review at least once every 10 years; and
          (5) include proposals to cut or eliminate programs, 
        including mandatory spending programs, that are 
        inefficient, duplicative, outdated, or more 
        appropriately administered by State or local 
        governments.
    The Committee and its appropriate subcommittees shall 
review and study, on a continuing basis, the impact or probable 
impact of tax policies affecting subjects within its 
jurisdiction as provided in clause 2(d) of House Rule X. The 
Committee shall include in the report filed pursuant to clause 
1(d) of House Rule XI a summary of the oversight plans 
submitted by the Committee under clause 2(d) of House Rule X, a 
summary of actions taken and recommendations made with respect 
to each such plan, and a summary of any additional oversight 
activities undertaken by the Committee and any recommendations 
made or actions taken thereon.
    (b) Annual Appropriations.--The Committee shall, in its 
consideration of all bills and joint resolutions of a public 
character within its jurisdiction, ensure that appropriations 
for continuing programs and activities of the Federal 
government and the District of Columbia government will be made 
annually to the maximum extent feasible and consistent with the 
nature, requirements, and objectives of the programs and 
activities involved. The Committee shall review, from time to 
time, each continuing program within its jurisdiction for which 
appropriations are not made annually in order to ascertain 
whether such program could be modified so that appropriations 
therefor would be made annually.
    (c) Budget Act Compliance: Views and Estimates (See 
Appendix B).--Not later than 6 weeks after the President 
submits his budget under section 1105(a) of title 31, United 
State Code, or at such time as the Committee on the Budget may 
request, the Committee shall, submit to the Committee on the 
Budget (1) 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 (under section 301 of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974--see Appendix B) that are within its 
jurisdiction or functions; and (2) 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.
    (d) Budget Act Compliance: Recommended Changes.--Whenever 
the Committee is directed in a concurrent resolution on the 
budget to determine and recommend changes in laws, bills, or 
resolutions under the reconciliation process, it shall promptly 
make such determination and recommendations, and report a 
reconciliation bill or resolution (or both) to the House or 
submit such recommendations to the Committee on the Budget, in 
accordance with the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (See 
Appendix B).
    (e) Conference Committees.--Whenever in the legislative 
process it becomes necessary to appoint conferees, the Chairman 
shall, after consultation with the Ranking Minority Member, 
determine the number of conferees the Chairman deems most 
suitable and then recommend to the Speaker as conferees, in 
keeping with the number to be appointed by the Speaker as 
provided in House Rule I, clause 11, the names of those Members 
of the Committee of not less than a majority who generally 
supported the House position and who were primarily responsible 
for the legislation. The Chairman shall, to the fullest extent 
feasible, include those Members of the Committee who were the 
principal proponents of the major provisions of the bill as it 
passed the House and such other Committee Members of the 
majority party as the Chairman may designate in consultation 
with the Members of the majority party. Such recommendations 
shall provide a ratio of majority party Members to minority 
party Members no less favorable to the majority party than the 
ratio of majority party Members to minority party Members on 
the Committee. In making recommendations of Minority Party 
Members as conferees, the Chairman shall consult with the 
Ranking Minority Member of the Committee.
    (f) Hearing on Waste, Fraud, and Abuse.--
          (1) The Committee, or a Subcommittee, shall hold at 
        least one hearing during each 120-day period following 
        the establishment of the Committee on the topic of 
        waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement in Government 
        programs which the Committee may authorize.
          (2) A hearing described in subparagraph (1) shall 
        include a focus on the most egregious instances of 
        waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement as documented by 
        any report the Committee has received from a Federal 
        Office of the Inspector General or the Comptroller 
        General of the United States.
    (g) Hearing on Agency Financial Statements.--The Committee 
or a Subcommittee, shall hold at least one hearing in any 
session in which the Committee has received disclaimers of 
agency financial statements from auditors of any Federal agency 
that the Committee may authorize to hear testimony on such 
disclaimers from representatives of any such agency.
    (h) Hearing on GAO High-Risk-List.--The Committee or a 
Subcommittee, shall hold at least one hearing on issues raised 
by reports issued by the Comptroller General of the United 
States indicating that Federal programs or operations that the 
Committee may authorize are at high risk for waste, fraud, and 
mismanagement, known as the `high-risk-list' or the `high-risk 
series'.
    (i) Activities Report.--
          (1) Not later than January 2 of each odd-numbered 
        year, the Committee shall submit to the House a report 
        on the activities of the Committee. After adjournment 
        sine die of the last regular session of a Congress, or 
        after December 15 of an even-numbered year, whichever 
        occurs first, the Chair may file the report, a copy of 
        which shall be made available to each Member of the 
        Committee for at least 7 calendar days, with the Clerk 
        of the House at any time.
          (2) Such report shall include separate sections 
        summarizing the legislative and oversight activities of 
        the Committee during that Congress.
          (3) The oversight section of such report shall 
        include a summary of the oversight plans submitted by 
        the Committee pursuant to clause 2(d) of House Rule X, 
        a summary of the actions taken and recommendations made 
        with respect to each such plan, and a summary of any 
        additional oversight activities undertaken by the 
        Committee, and any recommendations made or actions 
        taken with respect thereto.

                        Rule XI.--Subcommittees

    (a) Number and Composition.--There shall be such 
subcommittees as specified in paragraph (c) of this rule. Each 
of such subcommittees shall be composed of the number of 
Members set forth in paragraph (c) of this rule, including ex 
officio Members.\1\ The Chairman may create additional 
subcommittees of an ad hoc nature as the Chairman determines to 
be appropriate subject to any limitations provided for in the 
House Rules.
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    \1\ The Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee serve 
as ex officio Members of the Subcommittees. (See paragraph (e) of this 
Rule).
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    (b) Ratios.--On each Subcommittee, there shall be a ratio 
of majority party Members to minority party Members which shall 
be consistent with the ratio on the full Committee. In 
calculating the ratio of majority party Members to minority 
party Members, there shall be included the ex officio Members 
of the subcommittees and ratios below reflect that fact.
    (c) Jurisdiction.--Each Subcommittee shall have the 
following general jurisdiction and number of Members:
    General Farm Commodities and Risk Management (22 members, 
13 majority and 9 minority)--Policies, statutes, and markets 
relating to commodities including barley, cotton, cottonseed, 
corn, grain sorghum, honey, mohair, oats, other oilseeds, 
peanuts, pulse crops, rice, soybeans, sugar, wheat, and wool; 
the Commodity Credit Corporation; risk management policies and 
statutes, including Federal Crop Insurance; producer data and 
privacy issues.
    Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit (15 members, 9 
majority and 6 minority)--Policies, statutes, and markets 
relating to commodity exchanges; agricultural credit; rural 
development; energy; rural electrification.
    Conservation and Forestry (15 members, 9 majority and 6 
minority)--Policies and statutes relating to resource 
conservation, forestry, and all forests under the jurisdiction 
of the Committee on Agriculture.
    Nutrition (22 members, 13 majority and 9 minority)--
Policies and statutes relating to nutrition, including the 
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and domestic 
commodity distribution and consumer initiatives.
    Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research (15 members, 9 
majority and 6 minority)--Policies, statutes, and markets 
relating to horticulture, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, 
and ornamentals; bees; and organic agriculture; policies and 
statutes relating to marketing and promotion orders; pest and 
disease management; bioterrorism; adulteration and quarantine 
matters; research, education, and extension; and biotechnology.
    Livestock and Foreign Agriculture (15 members, 9 majority 
and 6 minority)--Policies, statutes, and markets relating to 
all livestock, poultry, dairy, and seafood, including all 
products thereof; the inspection, marketing, and promotion of 
such commodities and products; aquaculture; animal welfare; 
grazing; foreign agricultural assistance and trade promotion.
    (d) Referral of Legislation.--
          (1)(a) In General.--All bills, resolutions, and other 
        matters referred to the Committee shall be referred to 
        all subcommittees of appropriate jurisdiction within 2 
        weeks after being referred to the Committee. After 
        consultation with the Ranking Minority Member, the 
        Chairman may determine that the Committee will consider 
        certain bills, resolutions, or other matters.
          (b) Trade Matters.--Unless action is otherwise taken 
        under subparagraph (3), bills, resolutions, and other 
        matters referred to the Committee relating to foreign 
        agriculture, foreign food or commodity assistance, and 
        foreign trade and marketing issues will be considered 
        by the Committee.
          (2) The Chairman, by a majority vote of the 
        Committee, may discharge a Subcommittee from further 
        consideration of any bill, resolution, or other matter 
        referred to the Subcommittee and have such bill, 
        resolution or other matter considered by the Committee. 
        The Committee having referred a bill, resolution, or 
        other matter to a Subcommittee in accordance with this 
        rule may discharge such Subcommittee from further 
        consideration thereof at any time by a vote of the 
        majority Members of the Committee for the Committee's 
        direct consideration or for reference to another 
        Subcommittee.
          (3) Unless the Committee, a quorum being present, 
        decides otherwise by a majority vote, the Chairman may 
        refer bills, resolutions, legislation or other matters 
        not specifically within the jurisdiction of a 
        Subcommittee, or that is within the jurisdiction of 
        more than one Subcommittee, jointly or exclusively as 
        the Chairman deems appropriate, including concurrently 
        to the subcommittees with jurisdiction, sequentially to 
        the subcommittees with jurisdiction (subject to any 
        time limits deemed appropriate), divided by subject 
        matter among the subcommittees with jurisdiction, or to 
        an ad hoc subcommittee appointed by the Chairman for 
        the purpose of considering the matter and reporting to 
        the Committee thereon, or make such other provisions 
        deemed appropriate.
    (e) Participation and Service of Committee Members on 
Subcommittees.--
          (1) The Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member 
        shall serve as ex officio Members of all subcommittees 
        and shall have the right to vote on all matters before 
        the subcommittees. The Chairman and the Ranking 
        Minority Member may not be counted for the purpose of 
        establishing a quorum.
          (2) Any Member of the Committee who is not a Member 
        of the Subcommittee may have the privilege of sitting 
        and nonparticipatory attendance at Subcommittee 
        hearings or meetings in accordance with clause 2(g)(2) 
        of House Rule XI. Such Member may not:
                  (i) vote on any matter;
                  (ii) be counted for the purpose of a 
                establishing a quorum;
                  (iii) participate in questioning a witness 
                under the 5 Minute Rule, unless permitted to do 
                so by the Subcommittee Chairman in consultation 
                with the Ranking Minority Member or a majority 
                of the Subcommittee, a quorum being present;
                  (iv) raise points of order; or
                  (v) offer amendments or motions.
    (f) Subcommittee Hearings and Meetings.--
          (1) Each Subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold 
        hearings, receive evidence, and make recommendations to 
        the Committee on all matters referred to it or under 
        its jurisdiction after consultation by the Subcommittee 
        Chairmen with the Committee Chairman. (See Committee 
        Rule VIII.)
          (2) After consultation with the Committee Chairman, 
        Subcommittee Chairmen shall set dates for hearings and 
        meetings of their subcommittees and shall request the 
        Majority Staff Director to make any announcement 
        relating thereto. (See Committee Rule VIII(b).) In 
        setting the dates, the Committee Chairman and 
        Subcommittee Chairman shall consult with other 
        Subcommittee Chairmen and relevant Committee and 
        Subcommittee Ranking Minority Members in an effort to 
        avoid simultaneously scheduling Committee and 
        Subcommittee meetings or hearings to the extent 
        practicable.
          (3) Notice of all Subcommittee meetings shall be 
        provided to the Chairman and the Ranking Minority 
        Member of the Committee by the Majority Staff Director.
          (4) Subcommittees may hold meetings or hearings 
        outside of the House if the Chairman of the Committee 
        and other Subcommittee Chairmen and the Ranking 
        Minority Member of the Subcommittee is consulted in 
        advance to ensure that there is no scheduling problem. 
        However, the majority of the Committee may authorize 
        such meeting or hearing.
          (5) The provisions regarding notice and the agenda of 
        Committee meetings under Committee Rule II(a) and 
        special or additional meetings under Committee Rule 
        II(b) shall apply to Subcommittee meetings.
          (6) If a vacancy occurs in a Subcommittee 
        chairmanship, the Chairman may set the dates for 
        hearings and meetings of the Subcommittee during the 
        period of vacancy. The Chairman may also appoint an 
        acting Subcommittee Chairman until the vacancy is 
        filled.
    (g) Subcommittee Action.--
          (1) Any bill, resolution, recommendation, or other 
        matter forwarded to the Committee by a Subcommittee 
        shall be promptly forwarded by the Subcommittee 
        Chairman or any Subcommittee Member authorized to do so 
        by the Subcommittee.
          (2) Upon receipt of such recommendation, the Majority 
        Staff Director of the Committee shall promptly advise 
        all Members of the Committee of the Subcommittee 
        action.
          (3) The Committee shall not consider any matters 
        recommended by subcommittees until 2 calendar days have 
        elapsed from the date of action, unless the Chairman or 
        a majority of the Committee determines otherwise.
    (h) Subcommittee Investigations.--No investigation shall be 
initiated by a Subcommittee without the prior consultation with 
the Chairman of the Committee or a majority of the Committee.

             Rule XII.--Committee Budget, Staff, and Travel

    (a) Committee Budget.--The Chairman, in consultation with 
the majority Members of the Committee, and the minority Members 
of the Committee, shall prepare a preliminary budget for each 
session of the Congress. Such budget shall include necessary 
amounts for staff personnel, travel, investigation, and other 
expenses of the Committee and subcommittees. After consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member, the Chairman shall include an 
amount budgeted to minority Members for staff under their 
direction and supervision. Thereafter, the Chairman shall 
combine such proposals into a consolidated Committee budget, 
and shall take whatever action is necessary to have such budget 
duly authorized by the House.
    (b) Committee Staff.--
          (1) The Chairman shall appoint and determine the 
        remuneration of, and may remove, the professional and 
        clerical employees of the Committee not assigned to the 
        minority. The professional and clerical staff of the 
        Committee not assigned to the minority shall be under 
        the general supervision and direction of the Chairman, 
        who shall establish and assign the duties and 
        responsibilities of such staff members and delegate 
        such authority as he or she determines appropriate. 
        (See House Rule X, clause 9)
          (2) The Ranking Minority Member of the Committee 
        shall appoint and determine the remuneration of, and 
        may remove, the professional and clerical staff 
        assigned to the minority within the budget approved for 
        such purposes. The professional and clerical staff 
        assigned to the minority shall be under the general 
        supervision and direction of the Ranking Minority 
        Member of the Committee who may delegate such authority 
        as he or she determines appropriate.
          (3) From the funds made available for the appointment 
        of Committee staff pursuant to any primary or 
        additional expense resolution, the Chairman shall 
        ensure that each Subcommittee is adequately funded and 
        staffed to discharge its responsibilities and that the 
        minority party is fairly treated in the appointment of 
        such staff (See House Rule X, clause 6(d)).
    (c) Committee Travel.--
          (1) Consistent with the primary expense resolution 
        and such additional expense resolution as may have been 
        approved, the provisions of this rule shall govern 
        official travel of Committee Members and Committee 
        staff regarding domestic and foreign travel (See House 
        Rule XI, clause 2(n) and House Rule X, clause 8 
        (reprinted in Appendix A)). Official travel for any 
        Member or any Committee staff member shall be paid only 
        upon the prior authorization of the Chairman. Official 
        travel may be authorized by the Chairman for any 
        Committee Member and any Committee staff member in 
        connection with the attendance of hearings conducted by 
        the Committee and its subcommittees and meetings, 
        conferences, facility inspections, and investigations 
        which involve activities or subject matter relevant to 
        the general jurisdiction of the Committee. Before such 
        authorization is given there shall be submitted to the 
        Chairman in writing the following:
                  (i) The purpose of the official travel;
                  (ii) The dates during which the official 
                travel is to be made and the date or dates of 
                the event for which the official travel is 
                being made;
                  (iii) The location of the event for which the 
                official travel is to be made; and
                  (iv) The names of Members and Committee staff 
                seeking authorization.
          (2) In the case of official travel of Members and 
        staff of a Subcommittee to hearings, meetings, 
        conferences, facility inspections and investigations 
        involving activities or subject matter under the 
        jurisdiction of such Subcommittee to be paid for out of 
        funds allocated to the Committee, prior authorization 
        must be obtained from the Subcommittee Chairman and the 
        full Committee Chairman. Such prior authorization shall 
        be given by the Chairman only upon the representation 
        by the applicable Subcommittee Chairman in writing 
        setting forth those items enumerated in clause (1).
          (3) Within 60 days of the conclusion of any official 
        travel authorized under this rule, there shall be 
        submitted to the Committee Chairman a written report 
        covering the information gained as a result of the 
        hearing, meeting, conference, facility inspection or 
        investigation attended pursuant to such official 
        travel.
          (4) 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, its territories or possessions. No 
        appropriated funds shall be expended for the purpose of 
        defraying expenses of Members of the Committee or its 
        employees in any country where local currencies are 
        available for this purpose; and the following 
        conditions shall apply with respect to their use of 
        such currencies;
                  (i) No Member or employee of the Committee 
                shall receive or expend local currencies for 
                subsistence in any country at a rate in excess 
                of the maximum per diem rate set forth in 
                applicable Federal law; and
                  (ii) Each Member or employee of the Committee 
                shall make an itemized report to the Chairman 
                within 60 days following the completion of 
                travel showing the dates each country was 
                visited, the amount of per diem furnished, the 
                cost of transportation furnished, and any funds 
                expended for any other official purpose, and 
                shall summarize in these categories the total 
                foreign currencies and appropriated funds 
                expended. All such individual reports shall be 
                filed by the Chairman with the Committee on 
                House Administration and shall be open to 
                public inspection.

                     Rule XIII.--Amendment of Rules

    These Rules may be amended by a majority vote of the 
Committee. A proposed change in these Rules shall not be 
considered by the Committee as provided in clause 2 of House 
Rule XI, unless written notice of the proposed change has been 
provided to each Committee Member 2 legislative days in advance 
of the date on which the matter is to be considered. Any such 
change in the Rules of the Committee shall be published in the 
Congressional Record within 30 calendar days after its 
approval.

                      Committee on Appropriations

 HAROLD ROGERS, Kentucky, Chairman

NITA M. LOWEY, New York              RODNEY P. FRELINGHUYSEN, New 
MARCY KAPTUR, Ohio                   Jersey
PETER J. VISCLOSKY, Indiana          ROBERT B. ADERHOLT, Alabama
JOSE E. SERRANO, New York            KAY GRANGER, Texas
ROSA L. DeLAURO, Connecticut         MICHAEL K. SIMPSON, Idaho
DAVID E. PRICE, North Carolina       JOHN ABNEY CULBERSON, Texas
LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD, California    ANDER CRENSHAW, Florida
SAM FARR, California                 JOHN R. CARTER, Texas
CHAKA FATTAH, Pennsylvania           KEN CALVERT, California
SANFORD D. BISHOP, Jr., Georgia      TOM COLE, Oklahoma
BARBARA LEE, California              MARIO DIAZ-BALART, Florida
MICHAEL M. HONDA, California         CHARLES W. DENT, Pennsylvania
BETTY McCOLLUM, Minnesota            TOM GRAVES, Georgia
STEVE ISRAEL, New York               KEVIN YODER, Kansas
TIM RYAN, Ohio                       STEVE WOMACK, Arkansas
C. A. DUTCH RUPPERSBERGER, Maryland  JEFF FORTENBERRY, Nebraska
DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Florida    THOMAS J. ROONEY, Florida
HENRY CUELLAR, Texas                 CHARLES J. ``CHUCK'' FLEISCHMANN, 
CHELLIE PINGREE, Maine               Tennessee
MIKE QUIGLEY, Illinois               JAIME HERRERA BEUTLER, Washington
DEREK KILMER, Washington             DAVID P. JOYCE, Ohio
                                     DAVID G. VALADAO, California
                                     ANDY HARRIS, Maryland
                                     MARTHA ROBY, Alabama
                                     MARK E. AMODEI, Nevada
                                     CHRIS STEWART, Utah
                                     E. SCOTT RIGELL, Virginia
                                     DAVID W. JOLLY, Florida
                                     DAVID YOUNG, Iowa
                                     EVAN H. JENKINS, West Virginia
                                     STEVEN M. PALAZZO, Mississippi

                     (As adopted January 28, 2015)


    RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS

    Resolved, That the rules and practices of the Committee on 
Appropriations, House of Representatives, in the One Hundred 
Thirteenth Congress, except as otherwise provided hereinafter, 
shall be and are hereby adopted as the rules and practices of 
the Committee on Appropriations in the One Hundred Fourteenth 
Congress.
    The foregoing resolution adopts the following rules:

                      Sec. 1: Power To Sit and Act

    (a) For the purpose of carrying out any of its functions 
and duties under Rules X and XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives, the Committee and each of its subcommittees is 
authorized:
          (1) 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 deems necessary; and
          (2) To require, by subpoena or otherwise, the 
        attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the 
        production of such books, reports, correspondence, 
        memorandums, papers, and documents as it deems 
        necessary.
    (b) The Chairman, or any Member designated by the Chairman, 
may administer oaths to any witness.
    (c) A subpoena may be authorized and issued by the 
Committee or its subcommittees under subsection (a)(2) in the 
conduct of any investigation or activity or series of 
investigations or activities, only when authorized by a 
majority of the Members of the Committee voting, a majority 
being present. The power to authorize and issue subpoenas under 
subsection (a)(2) may be delegated to the Chairman pursuant to 
such rules and under such limitations as the Committee may 
prescribe. Authorized subpoenas shall be signed by the Chairman 
or by any Member designated by the Committee.
    (d) Compliance with any subpoena issued by the Committee or 
its subcommittees may be enforced only as authorized or 
directed by the House.

                         Sec. 2: Subcommittees

    (a) The Majority Caucus of the Committee shall establish 
the number of subcommittees and shall determine the 
jurisdiction of each subcommittee.
    (b) Each subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold hearings, 
receive evidence, and report to the Committee all matters 
referred to it.
    (c) All legislation and other matters referred to the 
Committee shall be referred to the subcommittee of appropriate 
jurisdiction within two weeks unless, by majority vote of the 
Majority Members of the full Committee, consideration is to be 
by the full Committee.
    (d) The Majority Caucus of the Committee shall determine an 
appropriate ratio of Majority to Minority Members for each 
subcommittee. The Chairman is authorized to negotiate that 
ratio with the Minority; Provided, however, That party 
representation in each subcommittee, including ex-officio 
members, shall be no less favorable to the Majority than the 
ratio for the full Committee.
    (e) The Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the full 
Committee are each authorized to sit as a member of all 
subcommittees and to participate, including voting, in all of 
the work of the subcommittees.

                            Sec. 3: Staffing

    (a) Committee Staff.--The Chairman is authorized to appoint 
the staff of the Committee, and make adjustments in the job 
titles and compensation thereof subject to the maximum rates 
and conditions established in Clause 9(c) of Rule X of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives. In addition, he is 
authorized, in his discretion, to arrange for their specialized 
training. The Chairman is also authorized to employ additional 
personnel as necessary.
    (b) Assistants to Members.--
          (1) Each Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of a 
        Subcommittee or the Full Committee, including a 
        Chairman Emeritus, may select and designate one staff 
        member who shall serve at the pleasure of that Member.
          (2) Notwithstanding (b)(1), the Chairman may 
        prescribe such terms and conditions necessary to 
        achieve a reduction in the number of Assistants to 
        Members previously designated by a Member of the 
        Committee prior to the adoption of the Rules of the 
        House establishing the Committee for the 112th 
        Congress.
          (3) Staff members designated under this subsection 
        shall be compensated at a rate, determined by the 
        Member, not to exceed 75 per centum of the maximum 
        established in Clause 9(c) of Rule X of the Rules of 
        the House of Representatives.
          (4) Members designating staff members under this 
        subsection must specifically certify by letter to the 
        Chairman that the employees are needed and will be 
        utilized for Committee work.

                       Sec. 4: Committee Meetings

    (a) Regular Meeting Day.--The regular meeting day of the 
Committee shall be the first Wednesday of each month while the 
House is in session if notice is given pursuant to paragraph 
(d)(3).
    (b) Additional and Special Meetings.--
          (1) The Chairman may call and convene, as he 
        considers necessary, additional meetings of the 
        Committee for the consideration of any bill or 
        resolution pending before the Committee or for the 
        conduct of other Committee business. The Committee 
        shall meet for such purpose pursuant to that call of 
        the Chairman.
          (2) If at least three Committee Members desire that a 
        special meeting of the Committee be called by the 
        Chairman, those Members may file in the Committee 
        Offices a written request to the Chairman for that 
        special meeting. Such request shall specify the measure 
        or matter to be considered. Upon the filing of the 
        request, the Committee Clerk shall notify the Chairman.
          (3) If within three calendar days after the filing of 
        the request, the Chairman does not call the requested 
        special meeting to be held within seven calendar days 
        after the filing of the request, a majority of the 
        Committee Members may file in the Committee Offices 
        their written notice that a special meeting will be 
        held, specifying the date and hour of such meeting, and 
        the measure or matter to be considered. The Committee 
        shall meet on that date and hour.
          (4) Immediately upon the filing of the notice, the 
        Committee Clerk shall notify all Committee Members that 
        such special meeting will be held and inform them of 
        its date and hour and the measure or matter to be 
        considered. Such notice shall also be made publicly 
        available in electronic form and shall be deemed to 
        satisfy paragraph (d)(3). Only the measure or matter 
        specified in that notice may be considered at the 
        special meeting.
    (c) Vice Chairman To Preside in Absence of Chairman.--A 
member of the majority party on the Committee or subcommittee 
thereof designated by the Chairman of the full Committee shall 
be vice chairman of the Committee or subcommittee, as the case 
may be, and shall preside at any meeting during the temporary 
absence of the chairman. If the chairman and vice chairman of 
the Committee or subcommittee are not present at any meeting of 
the Committee or subcommittee, the ranking member of the 
majority party who is present shall preside at that meeting.
    (d) Business Meetings.--
          (1) Each meeting for the transaction of business, 
        including the markup of legislation, of the Committee 
        and its subcommittees shall be open to the public 
        except when the Committee or the subcommittee 
        concerned, in open session and with a majority present, 
        determines by roll call vote that all or part of the 
        remainder of the meeting on that day shall be closed.
          (2) No person other than Committee Members and such 
        congressional staff and departmental representatives as 
        they may authorize shall be present at any business or 
        markup session which has been closed.
          (3) The Chairman shall announce the date, place, and 
        subject matter of each committee meeting for the 
        transaction of business, which may not commence earlier 
        than the third day on which members have notice 
        thereof, unless the Chairman, with the concurrence of 
        the Ranking Minority Member, or the Committee by 
        majority vote with a quorum present for the transaction 
        of business, determines there is good cause to begin 
        the meeting sooner, in which case the Chairman shall 
        make the announcement at the earliest possible date. An 
        announcement shall be published promptly in the Daily 
        Digest and made publicly available in electronic form.
          (4) At least 24 hours prior to the commencement of a 
        meeting for the markup of a bill or resolution, or at 
        the time an announcement is made pursuant to the 
        preceding subparagraph within 24 hours before such 
        meeting, the Chairman shall cause the text of such bill 
        or resolution to be made publicly available in 
        electronic form.
    (e) Committee Records.--
          (1) The Committee shall keep a complete record of all 
        Committee action, including a record of the votes on 
        any question on which a roll call is taken. The result 
        of each roll call vote shall be available for 
        inspection by the public during regular business hours 
        in the Committee Offices and also made available in 
        electronic form within 48 hours of such record vote. 
        The information made available for public inspection 
        shall include a description of the amendment, motion, 
        or other proposition, and the name of each Member 
        voting for and each Member voting against, and the 
        names of those Members present but not voting.
          (2) Committee records (including hearings, data, 
        charts, and files) shall be kept separate and distinct 
        from the congressional office records of the Chairman 
        of the Committee. Such records shall be the property of 
        the House, and all Members of the House shall have 
        access thereto.
          (3) The records of the Committee at the National 
        Archives and Records Administration shall be made 
        available in accordance with Rule VII of the Rules of 
        the House, except that the Committee authorizes use of 
        any record to which Clause 3 (b)(4) of Rule VII of the 
        Rules of the House would otherwise apply after such 
        record has been in existence for 20 years. The Chairman 
        shall notify the Ranking Minority Member of any 
        decision, pursuant to Clause 3(b)(3) or Clause 4(b) of 
        Rule VII of the Rules of the House, to withhold a 
        record otherwise available, and the matter shall be 
        presented to the Committee for a determination upon the 
        written request of any Member of the Committee.
    (f) Availability of Amendments Adopted.--Not later than 24 
hours after the adoption of an amendment to a bill or 
resolution, the Chairman shall cause the text of any amendment 
adopted thereto to be made publicly available in electronic 
form.

              Sec. 5: Committee and Subcommittee Hearings

    (a) Overall Budget Hearings.--Overall budget hearings by 
the Committee, including the hearing required by Section 242(c) 
of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970 and Clause 
4(a)(1) of Rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives, 
shall be conducted in open session except when the Committee in 
open session and with a majority present, determines by roll 
call vote that the testimony to be taken at that hearing on 
that day may be related to a matter of national security; 
except that 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 furnished to each Member, Delegate, 
and the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.
    (b) Other Hearings.--
          (1) All other hearings conducted by the Committee or 
        its subcommittees shall be open to the public except 
        when the Committee or subcommittee in open session and 
        with a majority present determines by roll call 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 the national security or 
        would violate any law or Rule of the House of 
        Representatives. Notwithstanding the requirements of 
        the preceding sentence, a majority of those present at 
        a hearing conducted by the Committee or any of its 
        subcommittees, there being in attendance the number 
        required under Section 5(c) of these Rules to be 
        present for the purpose of taking testimony, (1) may 
        vote to close the hearing for the sole purpose of 
        discussing whether testimony or evidence to be received 
        would endanger the national security or violate Clause 
        2(k)(5) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
        Representatives or (2) may vote to close the hearing, 
        as provided in Clause 2(k)(5) of such Rule. No Member 
        of the House of Representatives may be excluded from 
        nonparticipatory attendance at any hearing of the 
        Committee or its subcommittees unless the House of 
        Representatives shall by majority vote authorize the 
        Committee or any of its subcommittees, 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 by the 
        same procedures designated in this subsection for 
        closing hearings to the public; Provided, however, That 
        the Committee or its subcommittees may by the same 
        procedure vote to close five subsequent days of 
        hearings.
          (2) Subcommittee chairmen shall coordinate the 
        development of schedules for meetings or hearings after 
        consultation with the Chairman and other subcommittee 
        chairmen with a view toward avoiding simultaneous 
        scheduling of Committee and subcommittee meetings or 
        hearings.
          (3) Each witness who is to appear before the 
        Committee or any of its subcommittees as the case may 
        be, insofar as is practicable, shall file in advance of 
        such appearance, a written statement of the proposed 
        testimony and shall limit the oral presentation at such 
        appearance to a brief summary, except that this 
        provision shall not apply to any witness appearing 
        before the Committee in the overall budget hearings.
          (4) Each witness appearing in a nongovernmental 
        capacity before the Committee, or any of its 
        subcommittees as the case may be, shall to the greatest 
        extent practicable, submit a written statement 
        including a curriculum vitae and a disclosure of the 
        amount and source (by agency and program) of any 
        Federal grant (or subgrant thereof) or contract (or 
        subcontract thereof), or contracts or payments 
        originating from a foreign government, 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 and related to the subject matter of the 
        hearing. Such statements, with appropriate redactions 
        to protect the privacy of witnesses, shall be made 
        publicly available in electronic form not later than 
        one day after the witness appears. The disclosure 
        referred to in this paragraph shall include the amount 
        and source of each Federal grant (or subgrant thereof) 
        or contract (or subcontract thereof) related to the 
        subject matter of the hearing, and the amount and 
        country of origin of any payment or contract related to 
        the subject matter of the hearing originating with a 
        foreign government.
    (c) Quorum for Taking Testimony.--The number of Members of 
the Committee which shall constitute a quorum for taking 
testimony and receiving evidence in any hearing of the 
Committee shall be two.
    (d) Calling and Interrogation of Witnesses.--
          (1) The Minority Members of the Committee or its 
        subcommittees shall be entitled, upon request to the 
        Chairman or subcommittee chairman, by a majority of 
        them before completion of any hearing, to call 
        witnesses selected by the Minority to testify with 
        respect to the matter under consideration during at 
        least one day of hearings thereon.
          (2) The Committee and its subcommittees shall observe 
        the five-minute rule during the interrogation of 
        witnesses until such time as each Member of the 
        Committee or subcommittee who so desires has had an 
        opportunity to question the witness.
    (e) Broadcasting and Photographing of Committee Meetings 
and Hearings.--Whenever a hearing or meeting conducted by the 
full Committee or any of its subcommittees is open to the 
public, those proceedings shall be open to coverage by 
television, radio, and still photography, and shall be 
conducted in accordance with the requirements set forth in 
Clause (4)(f) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives. Neither the full Committee Chairman or 
subcommittee chairman shall limit the number of television or 
still cameras to fewer than two representatives from each 
medium (except for legitimate space or safety, in which case 
pool coverage shall be authorized). To the maximum practicable, 
the Committee shall provide audio and video coverage of each 
hearing or meeting for the transaction of business in a manner 
that allows the public to easily listen to and view the 
proceedings and shall maintain the recordings of such coverage 
in a manner that is easily accessible to the public.
    (f) Subcommittee Meetings.--No subcommittee shall sit while 
the House is reading an appropriation measure for amendment 
under the five-minute rule or while the Committee is in 
session.
    (g) Public Notice of Committee Hearings.--The Chairman of 
the Committee shall make public announcement of the date, 
place, and subject matter of any Committee or subcommittee 
hearing at least one week before the commencement of the 
hearing. If the Chairman of the Committee or subcommittee, with 
the concurrence of the ranking minority member of the Committee 
or respective subcommittee, determines there is good cause to 
begin the hearing sooner, or if the Committee or subcommittee 
so determines by majority vote, a quorum being present for the 
transaction of business, the Chairman or subcommittee chairman 
shall make the announcement at the earliest possible date. Any 
announcement made under this subsection shall be promptly 
published in the Daily Digest and made publicly available in 
electronic form.

         Sec. 6: Procedures for Reporting Bills and Resolutions

    (a) Prompt Reporting Requirement.--
          (1) It shall be the duty of the Chairman to report, 
        or cause to be reported promptly to the House any bill 
        or resolution approved by the Committee and to take or 
        cause to be taken necessary steps to bring the matter 
        to a vote.
          (2) In any event, a report on a bill or resolution 
        which the Committee has approved shall be filed within 
        seven calendar days (exclusive of days in which the 
        House is not in session) after the day on which there 
        has been filed with the Committee Clerk a written 
        request, signed by a majority of Committee Members, for 
        the reporting of such bill or resolution. Upon the 
        filing of any such request, the Committee Clerk shall 
        notify the Chairman immediately of the filing of the 
        request. This subsection does not apply to the 
        reporting of a regular appropriation bill or to the 
        reporting of a resolution of inquiry addressed to the 
        head of an executive department.
    (b) Presence of Committee Majority.--No measure or 
recommendation shall be reported from the Committee unless a 
majority of the Committee was actually present.
    (c) Roll Call Votes.--With respect to each roll call vote 
on a motion to report any measure or matter of a public 
character, and on any amendment offered to the measure of 
matter, the total number of votes cast for and against, and the 
names of those Members voting for and against, shall be 
included in the Committee report on the measure or matter.
    (d) Compliance With Congressional Budget Act.--A Committee 
report on a bill or resolution which has been approved by the 
Committee shall include the statement required by Section 
308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, separately set 
out and clearly identified, if the bill or resolution provides 
new budget authority.
    (e) Changes in Existing Law.--Each Committee report on a 
general appropriation bill shall contain a concise statement 
describing fully the effect of any provision of the bill which 
directly or indirectly changes the application of existing law.
    (f) Rescissions and Transfers.--Each bill or resolution 
reported by the Committee shall include separate headings for 
rescissions and transfers of unexpended balances with all 
proposed rescissions and transfers listed therein. The report 
of the Committee accompanying such a bill or resolution shall 
include a separate section with respect to such rescissions or 
transfers.
    (g) Listing of Unauthorized Appropriations.--Each Committee 
report on a general appropriation bill shall contain a list of 
all appropriations contained in the bill for any expenditure 
not currently authorized by law for the period concerned 
(except for classified intelligence or national security 
programs, projects, or activities) along with a statement of 
the last year for which such expenditures were authorized, the 
level of expenditures authorized for that year, the actual 
level of expenditures for that year, and the level of 
appropriations in the bill for such expenditures.
    (h) Supplemental or Minority Views.--
          (1) If, at the time the Committee approves any 
        measure or matter, any Committee Member gives notice of 
        intention to file supplemental, minority, additional, 
        or dissenting views, all Members shall be entitled to 
        not less than two additional calendar days after the 
        day of such notice (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and 
        legal holidays) in which to file such views in writing 
        and signed by the Member, with the Clerk of the 
        Committee. All such views so filed shall be included in 
        and shall be a part of the report filed by the 
        Committee with respect to that measure or matter.
          (2) The Committee report on that measure or matter 
        shall be printed in a single volume which--
                  (i) shall include all supplemental, minority, 
                additional, or dissenting views which have been 
                submitted by the time of the filing of the 
                report, and
                  (ii) shall have on its cover a recital that 
                any such supplemental, minority, additional, or 
                dissenting views are included as part of the 
                report.
          (3) This subsection does not preclude--
                  (i) the immediate filing or printing of a 
                Committee report unless timely request for the 
                opportunity to file supplemental, minority, 
                additional, or dissenting views has been made 
                as provided by such subsection; or
                  (ii) the filing by the Committee of a 
                supplemental report on a measure or matter 
                which may be required for correction of any 
                technical error in a previous report made by 
                the Committee on that measure or matter.
          (4) If, at the time a subcommittee approves any 
        measure or matter for recommendation to the full 
        Committee, any Member of that subcommittee who gives 
        notice of intention to offer supplemental, minority, 
        additional, or dissenting views shall be entitled, 
        insofar as is practicable and in accordance with the 
        printing requirements as determined by the 
        subcommittee, to include such views in the Committee 
        Print with respect to that measure or matter.
    (i) Availability of Reports.--A copy of each bill, 
resolution, or report shall be made available to each Member of 
the Committee at least three calendar days (excluding 
Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) in advance of the date 
on which the Committee is to consider each bill, resolution, or 
report; Provided, That this subsection may be waived by 
agreement between the Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member 
of the full Committee.
    (j) Performance Goals and Objectives.--Each Committee 
report shall contain a statement of general performance goals 
and objectives, including outcome-related goals and objectives, 
for which the measure authorizes funding.
    (k) Motion to go to Conference.--The Chairman is directed 
to offer a motion under clause 1 of rule XXII of the Rules of 
the House whenever the Chairman considers it appropriate.

                             Sec. 7: Voting

    (a) No vote by any Member of the Committee or any of its 
subcommittees with respect to any measure or matter may be cast 
by proxy.
    (b) The vote on any question before the Committee shall be 
taken by the yeas and nays on the demand of one-fifth of the 
Members present.
    (c) The Chairman of the Committee or the chairman of any of 
its subcommittees may--
          (1) postpone further proceedings when a record vote 
        is ordered on the question of approving a measure or 
        matter or on adopting an amendment;
          (2) resume proceedings on a postponed question at any 
        time after reasonable notice.
    When proceedings resume on a postponed question, 
notwithstanding any intervening order for the previous 
question, an underlying proposition shall remain subject to 
further debate or amendment to the same extent as when the 
question was postponed.

                    Sec. 8: Studies and Examinations

    The following procedure shall be applicable with respect to 
the conduct of studies and examinations of the organization and 
operation of Executive Agencies under authority contained in 
Section 202(b) of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 
and in Clause (3)(a) of Rule X of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives:
    (a) The Chairman is authorized to appoint such staff and, 
in his discretion, arrange for the procurement of temporary 
services of consultants, as from time to time may be required.
    (b) Studies and examinations will be initiated upon the 
written request of a subcommittee which shall be reasonably 
specific and definite in character, and shall be initiated only 
by a majority vote of the subcommittee, with the chairman of 
the subcommittee and the ranking minority member thereof 
participating as part of such majority vote. When so initiated 
such request shall be filed with the Clerk of the Committee for 
submission to the Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member and 
their approval shall be required to make the same effective. 
Notwithstanding any action taken on such request by the 
chairman and ranking minority member of the subcommittee, a 
request may be approved by a majority of the Committee.
    (c) Any request approved as provided under subsection (b) 
shall be immediately turned over to the staff appointed for 
action.
    (d) Any information obtained by such staff shall be 
reported to the chairman of the subcommittee requesting such 
study and examination and to the Chairman and Ranking Minority 
Member, shall be made available to the members of the 
subcommittee concerned, and shall not be released for 
publication until the subcommittee so determines.
    (e) Any hearings or investigations which may be desired, 
aside from the regular hearings on appropriation items, when 
approved by the Committee, shall be conducted by the 
subcommittee having jurisdiction over the matter.

              Sec. 9: Temporary Investigative Task Forces

    (a) The Chairman of the Full Committee, in consultation 
with the Ranking Member of the Full Committee, may establish 
and appoint members to serve on task forces of the Committee, 
to examine specific activities for a limited period of time in 
accordance with clause 5(b)2(C) of Rule X of the Rules of the 
House.
    (b) The Chairman of the Full Committee shall issue a 
written directive, in consultation with the Ranking Member of 
the Full Committee, delineating the specific activities to be 
reviewed by a task force constituted pursuant to the preceding 
paragraph.
    (c) A task force constituted under this section shall 
provide a written report of its findings and recommendations to 
the Full Committee Chairman and Ranking Member and members of 
the relevant subcommittees having jurisdiction over the matters 
reviewed. Such report shall be approved by a majority vote of 
the task force and shall include any supplemental, minority, 
additional, or dissenting views submitted by a Member of the 
task force or a member of a subcommittee having jurisdiction 
over the matter reviewed.
    (d) Any information obtained during the course of such 
investigation, and any report produced by, a task force 
pursuant to this section, shall not be released until the 
Chairman of the Full Committee has authorized such release.
    (e) The Chairman is authorized to appoint such staff, and, 
in his discretion, arrange for the procurement of temporary 
services, as from time to time may be required.

                        Sec. 10: Official Travel

    (a) The chairman of a subcommittee shall approve requests 
for travel by subcommittee members and staff for official 
business within the jurisdiction of that subcommittee. The 
ranking minority member of a subcommittee shall concur in such 
travel requests by minority members of that subcommittee and 
the Ranking Minority Member shall concur in such travel 
requests for Minority Members of the Committee. Requests in 
writing covering the purpose, itinerary, and dates of proposed 
travel shall be submitted for final approval to the Chairman. 
Specific approval shall be required for each and every trip.
    (b) The Chairman is authorized during the recess of the 
Congress to approve travel authorizations for Committee Members 
and staff, including travel outside the United States.
    (c) As soon as practicable, the Chairman shall direct the 
head of each Government agency concerned to honor requests of 
subcommittees, individual Members, or staff for travel, the 
direct or indirect expenses of which are to be defrayed from an 
executive appropriation, only upon request from the Chairman.
    (d) In accordance with Clause 8 of Rule X of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives and Section 502(b) of the Mutual 
Security Act of 1954, as amended, local currencies owned by the 
United States shall be available to Committee Members and staff 
engaged in carrying out their official duties outside the 
United States, its territories, or possessions. No Committee 
Member or staff member shall receive or expend local currencies 
for subsistence in any country at a rate in excess of the 
maximum per diem rate set forth in applicable Federal law.
    (e) Travel Reports.--
          (1) Members or staff shall make a report to the 
        Chairman on their travel, covering the purpose, 
        results, itinerary, expenses, and other pertinent 
        comments.
          (2) With respect to travel outside the United States 
        or its territories or possessions, the report shall 
        include: (1) an itemized list showing the dates each 
        country was visited, the amount of per diem furnished, 
        the cost of transportation furnished, and any funds 
        expended for any other official purpose; and (2) a 
        summary in these categories of the total foreign 
        currencies and/or appropriated funds expended. All such 
        individual reports on foreign travel shall be filed 
        with the Chairman no later than sixty days following 
        completion of the travel for use in complying with 
        reporting requirements in applicable Federal law, and 
        shall be open for public inspection.
          (3) Each Member or employee performing such travel 
        shall be solely responsible for supporting the amounts 
        reported by the Member or employee.
          (4) No report or statement as to any trip shall be 
        publicized making any recommendations on behalf of the 
        Committee without the authorization of a majority of 
        the Committee.
    (f) Members and staff of the Committee performing 
authorized travel on official business pertaining to the 
jurisdiction of the Committee shall be governed by applicable 
laws or regulations of the House and of the Committee on House 
Administration pertaining to such travel, and as promulgated 
from time to time by the Chairman.

                      Sec. 11. Activities Reports

    (a) Not later than January 2 of each odd-numbered year, the 
Committee shall submit to the House a report on the activities 
of the Committee.
    (b) After adjournment sine die of a regular session of 
Congress, or after December 15, whichever occurs first, the 
Chairman may file the report with the Clerk of the House at any 
time and without the approval of the Committee, provided that a 
copy of the report has been available to each Member of the 
Committee for at least seven calendar days and the report 
includes any supplemental, minority, additional, or dissenting 
views submitted by a Member of the Committee.

                      Committee on Armed Services

  MAC THORNBERRY, Texas, Chairman

ADAM SMITH, Washington               WALTER B. JONES, North Carolina
LORETTA SANCHEZ, California          J. RANDY FORBES, Virginia
ROBERT A. BRADY, Pennsylvania        JEFF MILLER, Florida
SUSAN A. DAVIS, California           JOE WILSON, South Carolina
JAMES R. LANGEVIN, Rhode Island      FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey
RICK LARSEN, Washington              ROB BISHOP, Utah
JIM COOPER, Tennessee                MICHAEL R. TURNER, Ohio
MADELEINE Z. BORDALLO, Guam          JOHN KLINE, Minnesota
JOE COURTNEY, Connecticut            MIKE ROGERS, Alabama
NIKI TSONGAS, Massachusetts          TRENT FRANKS, Arizona
JOHN GARAMENDI, California           BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania
HENRY C. ``HANK'' JOHNSON, Jr., Georgia MICHAEL CONAWAY, Texas
JACKIE SPEIER, California            DOUG LAMBORN, Colorado
JOAQUIN CASTRO, Texas                ROBERT J. WITTMAN, Virginia
TAMMY DUCKWORTH, Illinois            DUNCAN HUNTER, California
SCOTT H. PETERS, California          JOHN FLEMING, Louisiana
MARC A. VEASEY, Texas                MIKE COFFMAN, Colorado
TULSI GABBARD, Hawaii                CHRISTOPHER P. GIBSON, New York
TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota           VICKY HARTZLER, Missouri
BETO O'ROURKE, Texas                 JOSEPH J. HECK, Nevada
DONALD NORCROSS, New Jersey          AUSTIN SCOTT, Georgia
RUBEN GALLEGO, Arizona               MO BROOKS, Alabama
MARK TAKAI, Hawaii                   RICHARD B. NUGENT, Florida
GWEN GRAHAM, Florida                 PAUL COOK, California
BRAD ASHFORD, Nebraska               JIM BRIDENSTINE, Oklahoma
SETH MOULTON, Massachusetts          BRAD R. WENSTRUP, Ohio
PETE AGUILAR, California             JACKIE WALORSKI, Indiana
                                     BRADLEY BYRNE, Alabama
                                     SAM GRAVES, Missouri
                                     RYAN K. ZINKE, Montana
                                     ELISE M. STEFANIK, New York
                                     MARTHA McSALLY, Arizona
                                     STEPHEN KNIGHT, California
                                     THOMAS MacARTHUR, New Jersey
                                     STEVE RUSSELL, Oklahoma

                     (As adopted January 14, 2015)


    RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) The Rules of the House of Representatives are the rules 
of the Committee on Armed Services (hereinafter referred to in 
these rules as the ``Committee'') and its subcommittees so far 
as applicable.
    (b) Pursuant to clause 2(a)(2) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the Committee's rules shall be 
publicly available in electronic form and published in the 
Congressional Record not later than 30 days after the chair of 
the committee is elected in each odd-numbered year.

                  Rule 2.--Full Committee Meeting Date

    (a) The Committee shall meet every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., 
when the House of Representatives is in session, and at such 
other times as may be fixed by the Chairman of the Committee 
(hereinafter referred to as the ``Chairman''), or by written 
request of members of the Committee pursuant to clause 2(c) of 
rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives.
    (b) A Wednesday meeting of the Committee may be dispensed 
with by the Chairman, but such action may be reversed by a 
written request of a majority of the members of the Committee.

                  Rule 3.--Subcommittee Meeting Dates

    Each subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold hearings, 
receive evidence, and report to the Committee on all matters 
referred to it. Insofar as possible, meetings of the Committee 
and its subcommittees shall not conflict. A subcommittee 
Chairman shall set meeting dates after consultation with the 
Chairman, other subcommittee Chairmen, and the Ranking Minority 
Member of the subcommittee with a view toward avoiding, 
whenever possible, simultaneous scheduling of Committee and 
subcommittee meetings or hearings.

  Rule 4.--Jurisdiction and Membership of Committee and Subcommittees

    (a) Jurisdiction.--
          (1) The Committee retains jurisdiction of all 
        subjects listed in clause 1(c) and clause 3(b) of rule 
        X of the Rules of the House of Representatives and 
        retains exclusive jurisdiction for: defense policy 
        generally, ongoing military operations, the 
        organization and reform of the Department of Defense 
        and Department of Energy, counter-drug programs, 
        security and humanitarian assistance (except special 
        operations-related activities) of the Department of 
        Defense, acquisition and industrial base policy, 
        technology transfer and export controls, joint 
        interoperability, detainee affairs and policy, force 
        protection policy and inter-agency reform as it 
        pertains to the Department of Defense and the nuclear 
        weapons programs of the Department of Energy. In 
        addition the committee will be responsible for 
        intelligence policy (including coordination of military 
        intelligence programs), national intelligence programs, 
        and Department of Defense elements that are part of the 
        Intelligence Community. While subcommittees are 
        provided jurisdictional responsibilities in 
        subparagraph (2), the Committee retains the right to 
        exercise oversight and legislative jurisdiction over 
        all subjects within its purview under rule X of the 
        Rules of the House of Representatives.
          (2) The Committee shall be organized to consist of 
        seven standing subcommittees with the following 
        jurisdictions:
                  Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces: 
                All Army, Air Force and Marine Corps 
                acquisition programs (except Marine Corps 
                amphibious assault vehicle programs, strategic 
                missiles, space, lift programs, special 
                operations, science and technology programs, 
                and information technology accounts) and the 
                associated weapons systems sustainment. In 
                addition, the subcommittee will be responsible 
                for Navy and Marine Corps aviation programs and 
                the associated weapons systems sustainment, 
                National Guard and Army, Air Force and Marine 
                Corps Reserve modernization, and ammunition 
                programs.
                  Subcommittee on Military Personnel: Military 
                personnel policy, Reserve Component integration 
                and employment issues, military health care, 
                military education, and POW/MIA issues. In 
                addition, the subcommittee will be responsible 
                for Morale, Welfare and Recreation issues and 
                programs.
                  Subcommittee on Readiness: Military 
                readiness, training, logistics and maintenance 
                issues and programs. In addition, the 
                subcommittee will be responsible for all 
                military construction, depot policy, civilian 
                personnel policy, environmental policy, 
                installations and family housing issues, 
                including the base closure process, and energy 
                policy and programs of the Department of 
                Defense.
                  Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection 
                Forces: Navy acquisition programs, Naval 
                Reserve equipment, and Marine Corps amphibious 
                assault vehicle programs (except strategic 
                weapons, space, special operations, science and 
                technology programs, and information technology 
                programs), deep strike bombers and related 
                systems, lift programs, seaborne unmanned 
                aerial systems and the associated weapons 
                systems sustainment. In addition, the 
                subcommittee will be responsible for Maritime 
                programs under the jurisdiction of the 
                Committee as delineated in paragraphs 5 and 9 
                of clause 1(c) of rule X of the Rules of the 
                House of Representatives.
                  Subcommittee on Strategic Forces: Strategic 
                weapons (except deep strike bombers and related 
                systems), space programs (including national 
                intelligence space programs), ballistic missile 
                defense, the associated weapons systems 
                sustainment, the Cooperative Threat Reduction 
                program, and Department of Energy national 
                security programs.
                  Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and 
                Capabilities: Defense-wide and joint enabling 
                activities and programs to include: Special 
                Operations Forces; counter-proliferation and 
                counter-terrorism programs and initiatives; 
                science and technology policy and programs; 
                information technology programs; homeland 
                defense and Department of Defense related 
                consequence management programs; related 
                intelligence support; and other enabling 
                programs and activities to include cyber 
                operations, strategic communications, and 
                information operations.
                  Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations: 
                Any matter within the jurisdiction of the 
                Committee, subject to the concurrence of the 
                Chairman of the Committee and, as appropriate, 
                affected subcommittee chairmen. The 
                subcommittee shall have no legislative 
                jurisdiction.
    (b) Membership of the Subcommittees.--
          (1) Subcommittee memberships, with the exception of 
        membership on the Subcommittee on Oversight and 
        Investigations, shall be filled in accordance with the 
        rules of the Majority party's conference and the 
        Minority party's caucus, respectively.
          (2) The Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the 
        Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations shall be 
        filled in accordance with the rules of the Majority 
        party's conference and the Minority party's caucus, 
        respectively. Consistent with the party ratios 
        established by the Majority party, all other Majority 
        members of the subcommittee shall be appointed by the 
        Chairman of the Committee, and all other Minority 
        members shall be appointed by the Ranking Minority 
        Member of the Committee.
          (3) The Chairman of the Committee and Ranking 
        Minority Member thereof may sit as ex officio members 
        of all subcommittees. Ex officio members shall not vote 
        in subcommittee hearings or meetings or be taken into 
        consideration for the purpose of determining the ratio 
        of the subcommittees or establishing a quorum at 
        subcommittee hearings or meetings.
          (4) A member of the Committee who is not a member of 
        a particular subcommittee may sit with the subcommittee 
        and participate during any of its hearings but shall 
        not have authority to vote, cannot be counted for the 
        purpose of achieving a quorum, and cannot raise a point 
        of order at the hearing.

               Rule 5.--Committee Panels and Task Forces

    (a) Committee Panels.--
          (1) The Chairman may designate a panel of the 
        Committee consisting of members of the Committee to 
        inquire into and take testimony on a matter or matters 
        that fall within the jurisdiction of more than one 
        subcommittee and to report to the Committee.
          (2) No panel appointed by the Chairman shall continue 
        in existence for more than six months after the 
        appointment. A panel so appointed may, upon the 
        expiration of six months, be reappointed by the 
        Chairman for a period of time which is not to exceed 
        six months.
          (3) Consistent with the party ratios established by 
        the Majority party, all Majority members of the panels 
        shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Committee, 
        and all Minority members shall be appointed by the 
        Ranking Minority Member of the Committee. The Chairman 
        of the Committee shall choose one of the Majority 
        members so appointed who does not currently chair 
        another subcommittee of the Committee to serve as 
        Chairman of the panel. The Ranking Minority Member of 
        the Committee shall similarly choose the Ranking 
        Minority Member of the panel.
          (4) No panel shall have legislative jurisdiction.
    (b) Committee and Subcommittee Task Forces.--
          (1) The Chairman of the Committee, or a Chairman of a 
        subcommittee with the concurrence of the Chairman of 
        the Committee, may designate a task force to inquire 
        into and take testimony on a matter that falls within 
        the jurisdiction of the Committee or subcommittee, 
        respectively. The Chairman and Ranking Minority Member 
        of the Committee or subcommittee shall each appoint an 
        equal number of members to the task force. The Chairman 
        of the Committee or subcommittee shall choose one of 
        the members so appointed, who does not currently chair 
        another subcommittee of the Committee, to serve as 
        Chairman of the task force. The Ranking Minority Member 
        of the Committee or subcommittee shall similarly 
        appoint the Ranking Minority Member of the task force.
          (2) No task force appointed by the Chairman of the 
        Committee or subcommittee shall continue in existence 
        for more than three months. A task force may only be 
        reappointed for an additional three months with the 
        written concurrence of the Chairman and Ranking 
        Minority Member of the Committee or subcommittee whose 
        Chairman appointed the task force.
          (3) No task force shall have legislative 
        jurisdiction.

          Rule 6.--Reference and Consideration of Legislation

    (a) The Chairman shall refer legislation and other matters 
to the appropriate subcommittee or to the full Committee.
    (b) Legislation shall be taken up for a hearing or markup 
only when called by the Chairman of the Committee or 
subcommittee, as appropriate, or by a majority of the Committee 
or subcommittee, as appropriate.
    (c) The Chairman, with approval of a majority vote of a 
quorum of the Committee, shall have authority to discharge a 
subcommittee from consideration of any measure or matter 
referred thereto and have such measure or matter considered by 
the Committee.
    (d) Reports and recommendations of a subcommittee may not 
be considered by the Committee until after the intervention of 
three calendar days from the time the report is approved by the 
subcommittee and available to the members of the Committee, 
except that this rule may be waived by a majority vote of a 
quorum of the Committee.
    (e) The Chairman, in consultation with the Ranking Minority 
Member, shall establish criteria for recommending legislation 
and other matters to be considered by the House of 
Representatives, pursuant to clause 1 of rule XV of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives. Such criteria shall not 
conflict with the Rules of the House of Representatives and 
other applicable rules.

         Rule 7.--Public Announcement of Hearings and Meetings

    (a) Pursuant to clause 2(g)(3) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the Chairman of the Committee, or 
of any subcommittee, panel, or task force, shall make a public 
announcement of the date, place, and subject matter of any 
hearing or meeting before that body at least one week before 
the commencement of a hearing and at least three days before 
the commencement of a meeting. However, if the Chairman of the 
Committee, or of any subcommittee, panel, or task force, with 
the concurrence of the respective Ranking Minority Member, 
determines that there is good cause to begin the hearing or 
meeting sooner, or if the Committee, subcommittee, panel, or 
task force so determines by majority vote, a quorum being 
present for the transaction of business, such chairman shall 
make the announcement at the earliest possible date. Any 
announcement made under this rule shall be promptly published 
in the Daily Digest, promptly entered into the committee 
scheduling service of the House Information Resources, and 
promptly made publicly available in electronic form.
    (b) At least 24 hours prior to the commencement of a 
meeting for the markup of legislation, or at the time of an 
announcement under paragraph (a) made within 24 hours before 
such meeting, the Chairman of the Committee, or of any 
subcommittee, panel, or task force shall cause the text of such 
measure or matter to be made publicly available in electronic 
form as provided in clause 2(g)(4) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives.

        Rule 8.--Broadcasting of Committee Hearings and Meetings

    (a) Pursuant to clause 2(e)(5) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the Committee shall, to the 
maximum extent practicable, provide audio and video coverage of 
each hearing or meeting for the transaction of business in a 
manner that allows the public to easily listen to and view the 
proceedings. The Committee shall maintain the recordings of 
such coverage in a manner that is easily accessible to the 
public.
    (b) Clause 4 of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives shall apply to the Committee.

           Rule 9.--Meetings and Hearings Open to the Public

    (a) Each hearing and meeting for the transaction of 
business, including the markup of legislation, conducted by the 
Committee, or any subcommittee, panel, or task force, to the 
extent that the respective body is authorized to conduct 
markups, shall be open to the public except when the Committee, 
subcommittee, panel, or task force in open session and with a 
majority being present, determines by record vote that all or 
part of the remainder of that hearing or meeting on that day 
shall be in executive session because disclosure of testimony, 
evidence, or other matters to be considered would endanger the 
national security, would compromise sensitive law enforcement 
information, or would violate any law or rule of the House of 
Representatives. Notwithstanding the requirements of the 
preceding sentence, a majority of those present, there being in 
attendance no fewer than two members of the Committee, 
subcommittee, panel, or task force may vote to close a hearing 
or meeting for the sole purpose of discussing whether testimony 
or evidence to be received would endanger the national 
security, would compromise sensitive law enforcement 
information, or would violate any law or rule of the House of 
Representatives. If the decision is to proceed in executive 
session, the vote must be by record vote and in open session, a 
majority of the Committee, subcommittee, panel, or task force 
being present.
    (b) Whenever it is asserted by a member of the Committee or 
subcommittee that the evidence or testimony at a hearing may 
tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate any person, or it is 
asserted by a witness that the evidence or testimony that the 
witness would give at a hearing may tend to defame, degrade, or 
incriminate the witness, notwithstanding the requirements of 
(a) and the provisions of clause 2(g)(2) of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives, such evidence or 
testimony shall be presented in executive session, if by a 
majority vote of those present, there being in attendance no 
fewer than two members of the Committee or subcommittee, the 
Committee or subcommittee determines that such evidence may 
tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate any person. A majority 
of those present, there being in attendance no fewer than two 
members of the Committee or subcommittee may also vote to close 
the hearing or meeting for the sole purpose of discussing 
whether evidence or testimony to be received would tend to 
defame, degrade, or incriminate any person. The Committee or 
subcommittee shall proceed to receive such testimony in open 
session only if the Committee or subcommittee, a majority being 
present, determines that such evidence or testimony will not 
tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate any person.
    (c) Notwithstanding the foregoing, and with the approval of 
the Chairman, each member of the Committee may designate by 
letter to the Chairman, one member of that member's personal 
staff, and an alternate, which may include fellows, with Top 
Secret security clearance to attend hearings of the Committee, 
or that member's subcommittee(s), panel(s), or task force(s) 
(excluding briefings or meetings held under the provisions of 
committee rule 9(a)), which have been closed under the 
provisions of rule 9(a) above for national security purposes 
for the taking of testimony. The attendance of such a staff 
member or fellow at such hearings is subject to the approval of 
the Committee, subcommittee, panel, or task force as dictated 
by national security requirements at that time. The attainment 
of any required security clearances is the responsibility of 
individual members of the Committee.
    (d) Pursuant to clause 2(g)(2) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, no Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner may be excluded from nonparticipatory attendance 
at any hearing of the Committee or a subcommittee, unless the 
House of Representatives shall by majority vote authorize the 
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 designated in this rule for closing hearings to the 
public.
    (e) The Committee or the subcommittee may vote, by the same 
procedure, to meet in executive session for up to five 
additional consecutive days of hearings.

                            Rule 10.--Quorum

    (a) For purposes of taking testimony and receiving 
evidence, two members shall constitute a quorum.
    (b) One-third of the members of the Committee or 
subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for taking any action, 
with the following exceptions, in which case a majority of the 
Committee or subcommittee shall constitute a quorum:
          (1) Reporting a measure or recommendation;
          (2) Closing Committee or subcommittee meetings and 
        hearings to the public;
          (3) Authorizing the issuance of subpoenas;
          (4) Authorizing the use of executive session 
        material; and
          (5) Voting to proceed in open session after voting to 
        close to discuss whether evidence or testimony to be 
        received would tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate 
        any person.
    (c) No measure or recommendation shall be reported to the 
House of Representatives unless a majority of the Committee is 
actually present.

                     Rule 11.--The Five-Minute Rule

    (a) Subject to rule 15, the time any one member may address 
the Committee or subcommittee on any measure or matter under 
consideration shall not exceed five minutes and then only when 
the member has been recognized by the Chairman or subcommittee 
chairman, as appropriate, except that this time limit may be 
exceeded by unanimous consent. Any member, upon request, shall 
be recognized for not more than five minutes to address the 
Committee or subcommittee on behalf of an amendment which the 
member has offered to any pending bill or resolution. The five-
minute limitation shall not apply to the Chairman and Ranking 
Minority Member of the Committee or subcommittee.
    (b)(1) Members who are present at a hearing of the 
Committee or subcommittee when a hearing is originally convened 
shall be recognized by the Chairman or subcommittee chairman, 
as appropriate, in order of seniority. Those members arriving 
subsequently shall be recognized in order of their arrival. 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Chairman and the Ranking 
Minority Member will take precedence upon their arrival. In 
recognizing members to question witnesses in this fashion, the 
Chairman shall take into consideration the ratio of the 
Majority to Minority members present and shall establish the 
order of recognition for questioning in such a manner as not to 
disadvantage the members of either party.
    (2) Pursuant to rule 4 and subject to rule 15, a member of 
the Committee who is not a member of a subcommittee may be 
recognized by a subcommittee chairman in order of their arrival 
and after all present subcommittee members have been 
recognized.
    (3) The Chairman of the Committee or a subcommittee, with 
the concurrence of the respective Ranking Minority Member, may 
depart with the regular order for questioning which is 
specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this rule provided that 
such a decision is announced prior to the hearing or prior to 
the opening statements of the witnesses and that any such 
departure applies equally to the Majority and the Minority.
    (c) No person other than a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner of Congress and committee staff may be seated in 
or behind the dais area during Committee, subcommittee, panel, 
or task force hearings and meetings.

             Rule 12.--Power To Sit and Act; Subpoena Power

    (a) For the purpose of carrying out any of its functions 
and duties under rules X and XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives, the Committee and any subcommittee is 
authorized (subject to subparagraph (b)(1) of this paragraph):
          (1) 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 hearings, and
          (2) to require by subpoena, or otherwise, the 
        attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the 
        production of such books, records, correspondence, 
        memorandums, papers and documents, including, but not 
        limited to, those in electronic form, as it considers 
        necessary.
    (b)(1) A subpoena may be authorized and issued by the 
Committee, or any subcommittee with the concurrence of the full 
Committee Chairman and after consultation with the Ranking 
Minority Member of the Committee, under subparagraph (a)(2) in 
the conduct of any investigation, or series of investigations 
or activities, only when authorized by a majority of the 
members voting, a majority of the Committee or subcommittee 
being present. Authorized subpoenas shall be signed only by the 
Chairman, or by any member designated by the Committee.
    (2) Pursuant to clause 2(m) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, compliance with any subpoena issued 
by the Committee or any subcommittee under subparagraph (a)(2) 
may be enforced only as authorized or directed by the House of 
Representatives.

                      Rule 13.--Witness Statements

    (a) Any prepared statement to be presented by a witness to 
the Committee or a subcommittee shall be submitted to the 
Committee or subcommittee at least 48 hours in advance of 
presentation and shall be distributed to all members of the 
Committee or subcommittee as soon as practicable but not less 
than 24 hours in advance of presentation. A copy of any such 
prepared statement shall also be submitted to the Committee in 
electronic form. If a prepared statement contains national 
security information bearing a classification of Confidential 
or higher, the statement shall be made available in the 
Committee rooms to all members of the Committee or subcommittee 
as soon as practicable but not less than 24 hours in advance of 
presentation; however, no such statement shall be removed from 
the Committee offices. The requirement of this rule may be 
waived by a majority vote of the Committee or subcommittee, a 
quorum being present. In cases where a witness does not submit 
a statement by the time required under this rule, the Chairman 
of the Committee or subcommittee, as appropriate, with the 
concurrence of the respective Ranking Minority Member, may 
elect to exclude the witness from the hearing.
    (b) The Committee and each subcommittee shall require each 
witness who is to appear before it to file with the Committee 
in advance of his or her appearance a written statement of the 
proposed testimony and to limit the oral presentation at such 
appearance to a brief summary of the submitted written 
statement.
    (c) Pursuant to clause 2(g)(5) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, written witness statements, with 
appropriate redactions to protect the privacy of the witness, 
shall be made publicly available in electronic form not later 
than one day after the witness appears.

               Rule 14.--Administering Oaths to Witnesses

    (a) The Chairman, or any member designated by the Chairman, 
may administer oaths to any witness.
    (b) Witnesses, when sworn, shall subscribe to the following 
oath:

          ``Do you solemnly swear (or affirm) that the 
        testimony you will give before this Committee (or 
        subcommittee) in the matters now under consideration 
        will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the 
        truth, so help you God?''

                   Rule 15.--Questioning of Witnesses

    (a) When a witness is before the Committee or a 
subcommittee, members of the Committee or subcommittee may put 
questions to the witness only when recognized by the Chairman 
or subcommittee chairman, as appropriate, for that purpose 
according to rule 11 of the Committee.
    (b) Members of the Committee or subcommittee who so desire 
shall have not more than five minutes to question each witness 
or panel of witnesses, the responses of the witness or 
witnesses being included in the five-minute period, until such 
time as each member has had an opportunity to question each 
witness or panel of witnesses. Thereafter, additional rounds 
for questioning witnesses by members are within the discretion 
of the Chairman or subcommittee chairman, as appropriate.
    (c) Questions put to witnesses before the Committee or 
subcommittee shall be pertinent to the measure or matter that 
may be before the Committee or subcommittee for consideration.

        Rule 16.--Publication of Committee Hearings and Markups

    The transcripts of those hearings conducted by the 
Committee, subcommittee, or panel will be published officially 
in substantially verbatim form, with the material requested for 
the record inserted at that place requested, or at the end of 
the record, as appropriate. The transcripts of markups 
conducted by the Committee or any subcommittee may be published 
officially in verbatim form. Any requests to correct any 
errors, other than those in transcription, will be appended to 
the record, and the appropriate place where the change is 
requested will be footnoted. Any transcript published under 
this rule shall include the results of record votes conducted 
in the session covered by the transcript and shall also include 
materials that have been submitted for the record and are 
covered under rule 19. The handling and safekeeping of these 
materials shall fully satisfy the requirements of rule 20. No 
transcript of an executive session conducted under rule 9 shall 
be published under this rule.

                     Rule 17.--Voting and Rollcalls

    (a) Voting on a measure or matter may be by record vote, 
division vote, voice vote, or unanimous consent.
    (b) A record vote shall be ordered upon the request of one-
fifth of those members present.
    (c) No vote by any member of the Committee or a 
subcommittee with respect to any measure or matter shall be 
cast by proxy.
    (d) In the event of a vote or votes, when a member is in 
attendance at any other committee, subcommittee, or conference 
committee meeting during that time, the necessary absence of 
that member shall be so noted in the record vote record, upon 
timely notification to the Chairman by that member.
    (e) The Chairman of the Committee or a subcommittee, as 
appropriate, with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority 
Member or the most senior Minority member who is present at the 
time, may elect to postpone requested record votes until such 
time or point at a markup as is mutually decided. When 
proceedings resume on a postponed question, notwithstanding any 
intervening order for the previous question, the underlying 
proposition shall remain subject to further debate or amendment 
to the same extent as when the question was postponed.

                      Rule 18.--Committee Reports

    (a) If, at the time of approval of any measure or matter by 
the Committee, any member of the Committee gives timely notice 
of intention to file supplemental, Minority, additional or 
dissenting views, all members shall be entitled to not less 
than two calendar days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal 
holidays except when the House is in session on such days) in 
which to file such written and signed views with the Staff 
Director of the Committee, or the Staff Director's designee. 
All such views so filed by one or more members of the Committee 
shall be included within, and shall be a part of, the report 
filed by the Committee with respect to that measure or matter.
    (b) With respect to each record vote on a motion to report 
any measure or matter, and on any amendment offered to the 
measure or matter, the total number of votes cast for and 
against, the names of those voting for and against, and a brief 
description of the question, shall be included in the Committee 
report on the measure or matter.
    (c) Not later than 24 hours after the adoption of any 
amendment to a measure or matter considered by the Committee, 
the Chairman shall cause the text of each such amendment to be 
made publicly available in electronic form as provided in 
clause 2(e)(6) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.

           Rule 19.--Public Inspection of Committee Rollcalls

    The result of each record vote in any meeting of the 
Committee shall be made available by the Committee for 
inspection by the public at reasonable times in the offices of 
the Committee and also made publicly available in electronic 
form within 48 hours of such record vote pursuant to clause 
2(e)(1)B(i) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives. Information so available shall include a 
description of the amendment, motion, order, or other 
proposition and the name of each member voting for and each 
member voting against such amendment, motion, order, or 
proposition and the names of those members present but not 
voting.

    Rule 20.--Protection of National Security and Other Information

    (a) Except as provided in clause 2(g) of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives, all national security 
information bearing a classification of Confidential or higher 
which has been received by the Committee or a subcommittee 
shall be deemed to have been received in executive session and 
shall be given appropriate safekeeping.
    (b) The Chairman of the Committee shall, with the approval 
of a majority of the Committee, establish such procedures as in 
his judgment may be necessary to prevent the unauthorized 
disclosure of any national security information that is 
received which is classified as Confidential or higher. Such 
procedures shall, however, ensure access to this information by 
any member of the Committee or any other Member, Delegate, or 
Resident Commissioner of the House of Representatives, staff of 
the Committee, or staff designated under rule 9(c) who have the 
appropriate security clearances and the need to know, who has 
requested the opportunity to review such material.
    (c) The Chairman of the Committee shall, in consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member, establish such procedures as 
in his judgment may be necessary to prevent the unauthorized 
disclosure of any proprietary information that is received by 
the Committee, subcommittee, panel, or task force. Such 
procedures shall be consistent with the Rules of the House of 
Representatives and applicable law.

                      Rule 21.--Committee Staffing

    The staffing of the Committee, the standing subcommittees, 
and any panel or task force designated by the Chairman or 
chairmen of the subcommittees shall be subject to the Rules of 
the House of Representatives.

                      Rule 22.--Committee Records

    The records of the Committee at the National Archives and 
Records Administration shall be made available for public use 
in accordance with rule VII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives. The Chairman shall notify the Ranking Minority 
Member of any decision, pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 
4(b) of rule VII, to withhold a record otherwise available, and 
the matter shall be presented to the Committee for a 
determination on the written request of any member of the 
Committee.

                      Rule 23.--Hearing Procedures

    Clause 2(k) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives shall apply to the Committee.

                  Rule 24.--Committee Activity Reports

    Not later than January 2nd of each odd-numbered year the 
Committee shall submit to the House a report on its activities, 
pursuant to clause 1(d) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.

                        Committee on the Budget

   TOM PRICE, Georgia, Chairman

CHRIS VAN HOLLEN, Maryland           SCOTT GARRETT, New Jersey
JOHN A. YARMUTH, Kentucky            MARIO DIAZ-BALART, Florida
BILL PASCRELL, Jr., New Jersey       TOM COLE, Oklahoma
TIM RYAN, Ohio                       TOM McCLINTOCK, California
GWEN MOORE, Wisconsin                DIANE BLACK, Tennessee
KATHY CASTOR, Florida                TODD ROKITA, Indiana, Vice 
JIM McDERMOTT, Washington            Chairman
BARBARA LEE, California              ROB WOODALL, Georgia
MARK POCAN, Wisconsin                MARSHA BLACKBURN, Tennessee
MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM, New Mexico   VICKY HARTZLER, Missouri
DEBBIE DINGELL, Michigan             TOM RICE, South Carolina
TED LIEU, California                 MARLIN A. STUTZMAN, Indiana
DONALD NORCROSS, New Jersey          MARK SANFORD, South Carolina
SETH MOULTON, Massachusetts          STEVE WOMACK, Arkansas
                                     DAVE BRAT, Virginia
                                     ROB BLUM, Iowa
                                     ALEXANDER X. MOONEY, West Virginia
                                     GLENN GROTHMAN, Wisconsin
                                     GARY J. PALMER, Alabama
                                     JOHN R. MOOLENAAR, Michigan
                                     BRUCE WESTERMAN, Arkansas
                                     VERN BUCHANAN, Florida

                     (As adopted January 22, 2015)


      RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS


                         GENERAL APPLICABILITY


                 Rule 1.--Applicability of House Rules

    (a) Except as otherwise specified herein, the Rules of the 
House are the rules of the Committee so far as applicable, 
except that a motion to recess from day to day, or a motion to 
recess subject to the call of the Chair (within 24 hours), or a 
motion to dispense with the first reading (in full) of a bill 
or resolution, if printed copies are available, is a non-
debatable motion of privilege in the Committee. A proposed 
investigative or oversight report shall be considered as read 
if it has been available to the members of the Committee for at 
least 24 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays 
except when the House is in session on such day).
    (b) The Committee's rules shall be publicly available in 
electronic form and published in the Congressional Record not 
later than 30 days after the Chair of the Committee is elected 
in each odd-numbered year.

                                MEETINGS


                       Rule 2.--Regular Meetings

    (a) The regular meeting day of the Committee shall be the 
second Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m., while the House is 
in session, if notice is given pursuant to paragraph (c) and 
paragraph (g)(3) of clause 2 of rule XI of House Rules.
    (b) Regular meetings shall be canceled when they conflict 
with meetings of either party's caucus or conference.
    (c) The Chair shall give written notice of the date, place, 
and subject matter of any Committee meeting, which may not 
commence earlier than the third day on which members have 
notice thereof, unless the Chair, with the concurrence of the 
Ranking Minority Member, or the Committee by majority vote with 
a quorum present for the transaction of business, determines 
there is good cause to begin the hearing sooner, in which case 
the Chair shall make the announcement at the earliest possible 
date. An announcement shall be published promptly in the Daily 
Digest and made publicly available in electronic form.

                Rule 3.--Additional and Special Meetings

    (a) The Chair may call and convene additional meetings of 
the Committee as the Chair considers necessary or special 
meetings at the request of a majority of the members of the 
Committee in accordance with clause 2(c) of rule XI of House 
Rules.
    (b) In the absence of exceptional circumstances, the Chair 
shall provide public electronic notice of additional meetings 
to the office of each member at least 24 hours in advance while 
Congress is in session, and at least 3 days in advance when 
Congress is not in session.

                    Rule 4.--Open Business Meetings

    (a) Meetings and hearings of the Committee shall be called 
to order and presided over by the Chair or, in the Chair's 
absence, by the member designated by the Chair as the Vice 
Chair of the Committee, or by the Ranking majority member of 
the Committee present as Acting Chair.
    (b) Each meeting for the transaction of Committee business, 
including the markup of measures, shall be open to the public 
except when the Committee, in open session and with a quorum 
present, determines by roll call vote that all or part of the 
remainder of the meeting on that day shall be closed to the 
public in accordance with clause 2(g)(1) of rule XI of the 
House Rules.
    (c) No person, other than members of the Committee and such 
congressional staff and departmental representatives as the 
Committee may authorize, shall be present at any business or 
markup session which has been closed to the public.
    (d) Not later than 24 hours after commencing a meeting to 
consider a measure or matter, the Chair of the Committee shall 
cause the text of such measure or matter and any amendment 
adopted thereto to be made publicly available in electronic 
form.

                            Rule 5.--Quorums

    (a) A majority of the Committee shall constitute a quorum. 
No business shall be transacted and no measure or 
recommendation shall be reported unless a quorum is actually 
present.

                          Rule 6.--Recognition

    Any member, when recognized by the Chair, may address the 
Committee on any bill, motion, or other matter under 
consideration before the Committee. The time of such member 
shall be limited to 5 minutes until all members present have 
been afforded an opportunity to comment.

                   Rule 7.--Consideration of Business

    Measures or matters may be placed before the Committee, for 
its consideration, by the Chair or by a majority vote of the 
Committee members, a quorum being present.

                  Rule 8.--Availability of Legislation

    (a) The Committee shall consider no bill, joint resolution, 
or concurrent resolution unless copies of the measure have been 
made available to all Committee members at least 24 hours prior 
to the time at which such measure is to be considered. When 
considering concurrent resolutions on the budget, this 
requirement shall be satisfied by making available copies of 
the complete Chairman's mark (or such material as will provide 
the basis for Committee consideration). The provisions of this 
rule may be suspended with the concurrence of the Chair and 
Ranking Minority Member.
    (b) At least 24 hours prior to the commencement of a 
meeting for the markup of legislation, the Chair shall cause 
the text of such legislation to be made publicly available in 
electronic form.

       Rule 9.--Procedure for Consideration of Budget Resolution

    (a) It shall be the policy of the Committee that the 
starting point for any deliberations on a concurrent resolution 
on the budget should be the estimated or actual levels for the 
fiscal year preceding the budget year.
    (b) In the consideration of a concurrent resolution on the 
budget, the Committee shall first proceed, unless otherwise 
determined by the Committee, to consider budget aggregates, 
functional categories, and other appropriate matters on a 
tentative basis, with the document before the Committee open to 
amendment. Subsequent amendments may be offered to aggregates, 
functional categories, or other appropriate matters, which have 
already been amended in their entirety.
    (c) Following adoption of the aggregates, functional 
categories, and other matters, the text of a concurrent 
resolution on the budget incorporating such aggregates, 
functional categories, and other appropriate matters shall be 
considered for amendment and a final vote.

                       Rule 10.--Roll Call Votes

    (a) A roll call of the members may be had upon the request 
of at least one-fifth of those present. In the apparent absence 
of a quorum, a roll call may be had on the request of any 
member.
    (b) No vote may be conducted on any measure or motion 
pending before the Committee unless a quorum is present for 
such purpose.
    (c) No vote by any member of the Committee on any measure 
or matter may be cast by proxy.
    (d) In accordance with clause 2(e)(1)(B) of rule XI of the 
House Rules, a record of the vote of each Committee member on 
each recorded vote shall be available for public inspection at 
the offices of the Committee and also made publicly available 
in electronic form within 48 hours of such record vote, and, 
with respect to any roll call vote on any motion to amend or 
report, shall be included in the report of the Committee 
showing the total number of votes cast for and against and the 
names of those members voting for and against.

                                HEARINGS


                   Rule 11.--Announcement of Hearings

    The Chair shall make a public announcement of the date, 
place, and subject matter of any Committee hearing at least one 
week before the hearing, beginning with the day in which the 
announcement is made and ending the day preceding the scheduled 
hearing unless the Chair, with the concurrence of the Ranking 
Minority Member, or the Committee by majority vote with a 
quorum present for the transaction of business, determines 
there is good cause to begin the hearing sooner, in which case 
the Chair shall make the announcement at the earliest possible 
date. Such announcement shall be published promptly in the 
Daily Digest and made publicly available in electronic form.

                        Rule 12.--Open Hearings

    (a) Each hearing conducted by the Committee or any of its 
task forces shall be open to the public except when the 
Committee or task force, in open session and with a quorum 
present, determines by roll call 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 the national security, 
or would compromise sensitive law enforcement information, or 
would tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate any person, or 
would violate any law or rule of the House of Representatives. 
The Committee or task forces may by the same procedure vote to 
close one subsequent day of hearing.
    (b) For the purposes clause 2(g)(2) of rule XI of House 
Rules, the task forces of the Committee are considered to be 
subcommittees.

                           Rule 13.--Quorums

    For the purpose of hearing testimony, not less than two 
members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum.

                    Rule 14.--Questioning Witnesses

    (a) Questioning of witnesses will be conducted under the 5-
minute rule unless the Committee adopts a motion pursuant to 
clause 2(j) of rule XI of the House Rules.
    (b) In questioning witnesses under the 5-minute rule:
          (1) First, the Chair and the Ranking Minority Member 
        shall be recognized;
          (2) Next, the Committee members present at the time 
        the hearing is called to order shall be recognized in 
        order of seniority; and
          (3) Finally, the Committee members not present at the 
        time the hearing is called to order may be recognized 
        in the order of their arrival at the hearing.
    (c) In recognizing Committee members to question witnesses, 
the Chair may take into consideration the ratio of majority 
members to minority members and the number of majority and 
minority members present and shall apportion the recognition 
for questioning in such a manner as not to disadvantage the 
members of the majority.
    (d) Notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraph (A), the 
Chair and Ranking Minority Member may designate an equal number 
of members from each party to question a witness for a period 
not longer than 30 minutes, or may designate staff from each 
party to question a witness for a period not longer than 30 
minutes.

                     Rule 15.--Subpoenas and Oaths

    (a) In accordance with clause 2(m) of rule XI of the House 
Rules, subpoenas authorized by a majority of the Committee or 
by the Chair (pursuant to such rules and limitations as the 
Committee may prescribe) may be issued over the signature of 
the Chair or of any member of the Committee designated by him, 
and may be served by any person designated by the Chair or such 
member.
    (b) The Chair, or any member of the Committee designated by 
the Chair, may administer oaths to witnesses.

                    Rule 16.--Witnesses' Statements

    (a) So far as practicable, any prepared statement to be 
presented by a witness shall be submitted to the Committee at 
least 24 hours in advance of presentation, and shall be 
distributed to all members of the Committee in advance of 
presentation.
    (b) To the greatest extent possible, each witness appearing 
in a nongovernmental capacity shall include with the written 
statement of proposed testimony a curriculum vitae and a 
disclosure of the amount and source (by agency and program) of 
any Federal grant (or sub-grant thereof) or contract (or 
subcontract thereof) received during the current fiscal year or 
either of the two preceding fiscal years.
    (c) Such statements, with appropriate redactions to protect 
the privacy of witnesses, shall be made publicly available in 
electronic form not later than one day after the witness 
appears.

                        PRINTS AND PUBLICATIONS


                       Rule 17.--Committee Prints

    All Committee prints and other materials prepared for 
public distribution shall be approved by the Committee prior to 
any distribution, unless such print or other material shows 
clearly on its face that it has not been approved by the 
Committee.

            Rule 18.--Committee Publications on the Internet

    (a) To the maximum extent feasible, the Committee shall 
make its publications available in electronic form.

                                 STAFF


                       Rule 19.--Committee Staff

    (a) Subject to approval by the Committee and to the 
provisions of the following paragraphs, the professional and 
clerical staff of the Committee shall be appointed, and may be 
removed, by the Chair.
    (b) Committee staff shall not be assigned any duties other 
than those pertaining to Committee business, and shall be 
selected without regard to race, creed, gender, or age, and 
solely on the basis of fitness to perform the duties of their 
respective positions.
    (c) All Committee staff shall be entitled to equitable 
treatment, including comparable salaries, facilities, access to 
official Committee records, leave, and hours of work.
    (d) Notwithstanding paragraphs a, b, and c, staff shall be 
employed in compliance with House rules, the Employment and 
Accountability Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, and 
any other applicable Federal statutes.

                      Rule 20.--Staff Supervision

    (a) Staff shall be under the general supervision and 
direction of the Chair, who shall establish and assign their 
duties and responsibilities, delegate such authority as he 
deems appropriate, fix and adjust staff salaries (in accordance 
with House Rule X, clause 9(c)) and job titles, and, at his 
discretion, arrange for their specialized training.
    (b) Staff assigned to the minority shall be under the 
general supervision and direction of the minority members of 
the Committee, who may delegate such authority, as they deem 
appropriate.

                                RECORDS


       Rule 21.--Preparation and Maintenance of Committee Records

    (a) A substantially verbatim account of remarks actually 
made during the proceedings shall be made of all hearings and 
business meetings subject only to technical, grammatical, and 
typographical corrections.
    (b) The proceedings of the Committee shall be recorded in a 
journal, which shall among other things, include a record of 
the votes on any question on which a record vote is taken.
    (c) Members of the Committee shall correct and return 
transcripts of hearings as soon as practicable after receipt 
thereof, except that any changes shall be limited to technical, 
grammatical, and typographical corrections.
    (d) Any witness may examine the transcript of his own 
testimony and make grammatical, technical, and typographical 
corrections.
    (e) The Chair may order the printing of a hearing record 
without the corrections of any member or witness if he 
determines that such member or witness has been afforded a 
reasonable time for correction, and that further delay would 
seriously impede the Committee's responsibility for meeting its 
deadlines under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.
    (f) Transcripts of hearings and meetings may be printed if 
the Chair decides it is appropriate, or if a majority of the 
members so request.

                 Rule 22.--Access to Committee Records

    (a)(1) The Chair shall promulgate regulations to provide 
for public inspection of roll call votes and to provide access 
by members to Committee records (in accordance with clause 2(e) 
of rule XI of the House Rules).
    (2) Access to classified testimony and information shall be 
limited to Members of Congress and to House Budget Committee 
staff and staff of the Office of Official Reporters who have 
appropriate security clearance.
    (3) Notice of the receipt of such information shall be sent 
to the Committee members. Such information shall be kept in the 
Committee safe, and shall be available to members in the 
Committee office.
    (b) The records of the Committee at the National Archives 
and Records Administration shall be made available for public 
use in accordance with rule VII of the House Rules. The Chair 
shall notify the Ranking Minority Member of any decision, 
pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 4(b) of the rule, to 
withhold a record otherwise available, and the matter shall be 
presented to the Committee for a determination on the written 
request of any member of the Committee.

                               OVERSIGHT


                      Rule 23.--General Oversight

    (a) The Committee shall review and study, on a continuing 
basis, the application, administration, execution, and 
effectiveness of those laws, or parts of laws, the subject of 
which is within its jurisdiction.
    (b) The Committee is authorized at any time to conduct such 
investigations and studies as it may consider necessary or 
appropriate in the exercise of its responsibilities under 
clause (1)(d) of rule X of the House Rules, and, subject to the 
adoption of expense resolutions as required by clause 6 of rule 
X of the House Rules, to incur expenses (including travel 
expenses) in connection therewith.
    (c) Not later than February 15 of the first session of a 
Congress, the Committee shall meet in open session, with a 
quorum present, to adopt its oversight plans for that Congress 
for submission to the Committee on House Administration and the 
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in accordance with 
the provisions of clause (2)(d) of rule X of the House Rules.

                                REPORTS


                  Rule 24.--Availability Before Filing

    (a) Any report accompanying any bill or resolution ordered 
reported to the House by the Committee shall be available to 
all Committee members at least 36 hours prior to filing with 
the House.
    (b) No material change shall be made in any report made 
available to members pursuant to section (a) without the 
concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member or by a majority 
vote of the Committee.
    (c) Notwithstanding any other rule of the Committee, either 
or both subsections (a) and (b) may be waived by the Chair or 
with a majority vote by the Committee.

               Rule 25.--Report on the Budget Resolution

    The report of the Committee to accompany a concurrent 
resolution on the budget shall include a comparison of the 
estimated or actual levels for the year preceding the budget 
year with the proposed spending and revenue levels for the 
budget year and each out year along with the appropriate 
percentage increase or decrease for each budget function and 
aggregate.
    The report shall include any roll call vote on any motion 
to amend or report any measure.

Rule 26.--Parliamentarian's Status Report and Section 302 Status Report

    (a)(1) In order to carry out its duty under sections 311 
and 312 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to advise the 
House of Representatives as to the current level of spending 
and revenues as compared to the levels set forth in the latest 
agreed-upon concurrent resolution on the budget, the Committee 
shall advise the Speaker on at least a monthly basis when the 
House is in session as to its estimate of the current level of 
spending and revenue. Such estimates shall be prepared by the 
staff of the Committee, transmitted to the Speaker in the form 
of a Parliamentarian's Status Report, and printed in the 
Congressional Record.
    (2) The Committee authorizes the Chair, in consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member, to transmit to the Speaker 
the Parliamentarian's Status Report described above.
    (b)(1) In order to carry out its duty under sections 302 
and 312 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to advise the 
House of Representatives as to the current level of spending 
within the jurisdiction of Committees as compared to the 
appropriate allocations made pursuant to the Budget Act in 
conformity with the latest agreed-upon concurrent resolution on 
the budget, the Committee shall, as necessary, advise the 
Speaker as to its estimate of the current level of spending 
within the jurisdiction of appropriate Committees. Such 
estimates shall be prepared by the staff of the Committee and 
transmitted to the Speaker in the form of a Section 302 Status 
Report.
    (2) The Committee authorizes the Chair, in consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member, to transmit to the Speaker 
the Section 302 Status Report described above.

                       Rule 27.--Activity Report

    (a) After an adjournment sine die of the last regular 
session of a Congress or after December 15 of an even-numbered 
year, the chair of the Committee may file any time with the 
Clerk the Committee's activity report for that Congress 
pursuant to clause (1)(d)(1) of rule XI of the House Rules 
without the approval of the Committee, if a copy of the report 
has been available to each member of the Committee for at least 
seven calendar days and the report includes any supplemental, 
minority, or additional views submitted by a member of the 
Committee.
    (b) Such report shall include separate sections summarizing 
the legislative and oversight activities of the Committee; a 
summary of the actions taken and recommendations made; a 
summary of any additional oversight activities undertaken by 
the Committee, and any recommendations made or actions taken 
thereon; and a delineation of any hearings held.

                             MISCELLANEOUS


            Rule 28.--Broadcasting of Meetings and Hearings

    (a) It shall be the policy of the Committee to give all 
news media access to open hearings of the Committee, subject to 
the requirements and limitations set forth in clause 4 of rule 
XI of the House Rules.
    (b) Whenever any Committee business meeting is open to the 
public, that meeting may be covered, in whole or in part, by 
television broadcast, radio broadcast, still photography, or by 
any of such methods of coverage, in accordance with clause 4 of 
rule XI of the House Rules.

                   Rule 29.--Appointment of Conferees

    (a) Majority party members recommended to the Speaker as 
conferees shall be recommended by the Chair subject to the 
approval of the majority party members of the Committee.
    (b) The Chair shall recommend such minority party members 
as conferees as shall be determined by the minority party; the 
recommended party representation shall be in approximately the 
same proportion as that in the Committee.

                           Rule 30.--Waivers

    When a reported bill or joint resolution, conference 
report, or anticipated floor amendment violates any provision 
of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Chair may, if 
practical, consult with the Committee members on whether the 
Chair should recommend, in writing, that the Committee on Rules 
report a special rule that enforces the Act by not waiving the 
applicable points of order during the consideration of such 
measure.

                Committee on Education and the Workforce

  JOHN KLINE, Minnesota, Chairman

ROBERT C. ``BOBBY'' SCOTT, Virginia  JOE WILSON, South Carolina
RUBEN HINOJOSA, Texas                VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina
SUSAN A. DAVIS, California           DUNCAN HUNTER, California
RAUL M. GRIJALVA, Arizona            DAVID P. ROE, Tennessee
JOE COURTNEY, Connecticut            GLENN THOMPSON, Pennsylvania
MARCIA L. FUDGE, Ohio                TIM WALBERG, Michigan
JARED POLIS, Colorado                MATT SALMON, Arizona
GREGORIO KILILI CAMACHO SABLAN, Northern Mariana Islandsucky
FREDERICA S. WILSON, Florida         TODD ROKITA, Indiana
SUZANNE BONAMICI, Oregon             LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania
MARK POCAN, Wisconsin                JOSEPH J. HECK, Nevada
MARK TAKANO, California              LUKE MESSER, Indiana
HAKEEM S. JEFFRIES, New York         BRADLEY BYRNE, Alabama
KATHERINE M. CLARK, Massachusetts    DAVE BRAT, Virginia
ALMA S. ADAMS, North Carolina        EARL L. ``BUDDY'' CARTER, Georgia
MARK DeSAULNIER, California          MIKE BISHOP, Michigan
                                     GLENN GROTHMAN, Wisconsin
                                     STEVE RUSSELL, Oklahoma
                                     CARLOS CURBELO, Florida
                                     ELISE M. STEFANIK, New York
                                     RICK W. ALLEN, Georgia

                     (As adopted January 22, 2015)


  RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND THE WORKFORCE FOR THE 114TH 
                                CONGRESS


           Rule 1.--Regular, Additional, and Special Meetings

    (a) Regular meetings of the Committee shall be held on the 
second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m., while the House 
is in session. The Committee shall meet for the consideration 
of a bill or resolution pending before the Committee or the 
transaction of other committee business on regular meeting days 
fixed by the Committee if notice is given in accordance with 
paragraph (g)(3) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.
    (b) The Chair may call and convene, as he or she considers 
necessary, additional meetings of the Committee for the 
consideration of any bill or resolution pending before the 
Committee or for the conduct of other Committee business.
    (c) If at least three members of the Committee desire that 
a special meeting of the Committee be called by the Chair, 
those members may file in the offices of the Committee their 
written request to the Chair for that special meeting. 
Immediately upon the filing of the request, the staff director 
of the Committee shall notify the Chair of the filing of the 
request. If, within three calendar days after the filing of the 
request, the Chair does not call the requested special meeting 
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, specifying the 
date and hour thereof, and the measure or matter to be 
considered at that special meeting. Immediately upon the filing 
of the notice, the staff director of the Committee shall notify 
all members of the Committee that such meeting will be held and 
inform them of its date and hour and the measure or matter to 
be considered. Such notice shall also be made publicly 
available in electronic form and shall satisfy the notice 
requirements in clause (g)(3)(A)(ii) of Rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives. The Committee shall meet on that 
date and hour and only the measure or matter specified in that 
notice may be considered at that special meeting.
    (d) Legislative meetings of the Committee and its 
subcommittees shall be open to the public, including radio, 
television, and still photography coverage, unless such 
meetings are closed pursuant to the requirements of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives. No business meeting of the 
Committee, other than regularly scheduled meetings, may be held 
without each member being given reasonable notice.
    (e) The Chair of the Committee or of a subcommittee, as 
appropriate, shall preside at meetings or hearings. In the 
absence of the Chair of the Committee or of a subcommittee, 
members shall preside as provided in clause 2(d) of Rule XI of 
the Rules of the House of Representatives. No person other than 
a Member of Congress or Congressional staff may walk in, stand 
in, or be seated at the rostrum area during a meeting or 
hearing of the Committee or subcommittee unless authorized by 
the Chair.

            Rule 2.--Standing Subcommittees and Jurisdiction

    (a) There shall be four standing subcommittees. In addition 
to conducting oversight in the area of their respective 
jurisdictions as required in clause 2 of Rule X of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, each subcommittee shall have the 
following jurisdiction:
          Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and 
        Secondary Education.--Education from early learning 
        through the high school level, including but not 
        limited to elementary and secondary education, special 
        education, homeless education, and migrant education; 
        overseas dependent schools; career and technical 
        education; school safety and alcohol and drug abuse 
        prevention; school lunch and child nutrition programs; 
        educational research and improvement including the 
        Institute of Education Sciences; environmental 
        education; pre-service and in-service teacher 
        professional development including Title II of the 
        Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Title II of 
        the Higher Education Act; early care and education 
        programs including the Head Start Act and the Child 
        Care and Development Block Grant Act; adolescent 
        development and training programs, including but not 
        limited to those providing for the care and treatment 
        of certain at-risk youth, including the Juvenile 
        Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and the Runaway 
        and Homeless Youth Act; and all matters dealing with 
        child abuse and domestic violence, including the Child 
        Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and child adoption.
          Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce 
        Training.--Education and training beyond the high 
        school level, including but not limited to higher 
        education generally, postsecondary student assistance 
        and employment services, and the Higher Education Act; 
        Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; all 
        domestic volunteer programs; all programs related to 
        the arts and humanities, museum and library services, 
        and arts and artifacts indemnity; postsecondary career 
        and technical education, apprenticeship programs, and 
        job training, including the Workforce Innovation and 
        Opportunity Act, vocational rehabilitation, and 
        training programs from immigration funding; science and 
        technology programs; adult basic education (family 
        literacy); all welfare reform programs, including work 
        incentive programs and welfare-to-work requirements; 
        poverty programs, including the Community Services 
        Block Grant Act and the Low Income Home Energy 
        Assistance Program (LIHEAP); the Native American 
        Programs Act; the Institute of Peace; and all matters 
        dealing with programs and services for the elderly 
        including nutrition programs and the Older Americans 
        Act.
          Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.--Wages and 
        hours of workers, including but not limited to the 
        Davis-Bacon Act, the Walsh-Healey Act, the Service 
        Contract Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act; 
        workers' compensation including the Federal Employees' 
        Compensation Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' 
        Compensation Act, and the Black Lung Benefits Act; the 
        Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection 
        Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act; the Worker 
        Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act; the 
        Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988; trade and 
        immigration issues as they affect employers and 
        workers; workers' safety and health, including but not 
        limited to occupational safety and health, mine safety 
        and health, and migrant and agricultural worker safety 
        and health; and all matters related to equal employment 
        opportunity and civil rights in employment.
          Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and 
        Pensions.--All matters dealing with relationships 
        between employers and employees, including but not 
        limited to the National Labor Relations Act, the Labor-
        Management Relations Act, and the Labor-Management 
        Reporting and Disclosure Act; the Bureau of Labor 
        Statistics; and employment-related health and 
        retirement security, including pension, health, and 
        other employee benefits and the Employee Retirement 
        Income Security Act (ERISA).
    (b) The majority party members of the Committee may provide 
for such temporary, ad hoc subcommittees as determined to be 
appropriate.

                     Rule 3.--Ex Officio Membership

    The Chair of the Committee and the ranking minority party 
member (``Ranking Member'') shall be ex officio members, but 
not voting members, of each subcommittee to which such Chair or 
Ranking Member has not been assigned.

                    Rule 4.--Subcommittee Scheduling

    (a) Subcommittee chair shall set meeting or hearing dates 
after consultation with the Chair and other subcommittee chair 
with a view toward avoiding simultaneous scheduling of 
Committee and subcommittee meetings or hearings, wherever 
possible. No such meetings or hearings, however, shall be held 
outside of Washington, D.C., or during a recess or adjournment 
of the House of Representatives without the prior authorization 
of the Committee Chair. Where practicable, 14 days' notice will 
be given of such meeting or hearing.
    (b) Available dates for subcommittee meetings during the 
session shall be assigned by the Chair to the subcommittees as 
nearly as practicable in rotation and in accordance with their 
workloads. As far as practicable, the Chair shall not schedule 
simultaneous subcommittee markups, a subcommittee markup during 
a full Committee markup, or any hearing during a markup.

                      Rule 5.--Subcommittee Rules

    The rules of the Committee shall be the rules of its 
subcommittees.

                 Rule 6.--Special Assignment of Members

    To facilitate the oversight and other legislative and 
investigative activities of the Committee, the Chair of the 
Committee may, at the request of a subcommittee chair, make a 
temporary assignment of any member of the Committee to such 
subcommittee for the purpose of constituting a quorum and of 
enabling such member to participate in any public hearing, 
investigation, or study by such subcommittee to be held outside 
of Washington, D.C. Any member of the Committee may attend 
public hearings of any subcommittee and any member of the 
Committee may question witnesses only when they have been 
recognized by the Chair for that purpose.

                       Rule 7.--Hearing Procedure

    (a) The Chair, in the case of hearings to be conducted by 
the Committee, and the appropriate subcommittee chair, in the 
case of hearings to be conducted by a subcommittee, shall make 
public announcement of the date, place, and subject matter of 
any hearing to be conducted on any measure or matter at least 
one week before the commencement of that hearing unless the 
Chair of the Committee, with the concurrence of the Ranking 
Member, determines that there is good cause to begin such 
hearing at an earlier date or 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. In the latter event, the Chair or the subcommittee 
chair, as the case may be, shall have such an announcement 
promptly published in the Daily Digest and made publicly 
available in electronic form. To the extent practicable, the 
Chair or the subcommittee chair shall make public announcement 
of the final list of witnesses scheduled to testify at least 48 
hours before the commencement of the hearing. The staff 
director of the Committee shall promptly notify the Daily 
Digest Clerk of the Congressional Record as soon as practicable 
after such public announcement is made.
    (b) Subcommittees are authorized to hold hearings, receive 
exhibits, hear witnesses, and report to the Committee for final 
action, together with such recommendations as may be agreed 
upon by the subcommittee.
    (c) All opening statements at hearings conducted by the 
Committee or any subcommittee will be made part of the 
permanent written record. Opening statements by members may not 
be presented orally, unless the Chair of the Committee or any 
subcommittee determines that one statement from the Chair or a 
designee will be presented, in which case the Ranking Member or 
a designee may also make a statement. If a witness scheduled to 
testify at any hearing of the Committee or any subcommittee is 
a constituent of a member of the Committee or subcommittee, 
such member shall be entitled to briefly introduce such witness 
at the hearing.
    (d) To the extent practicable, witnesses who are to appear 
before the Committee or a subcommittee shall file with the 
staff director of the Committee, at least 48 hours in advance 
of their appearance, a written statement of their proposed 
testimony, together with a brief summary thereof, and shall 
limit their oral presentation to a summary thereof. The staff 
director of the Committee shall promptly furnish to the staff 
director of the minority a copy of such testimony submitted to 
the Committee pursuant to this rule. The Chair of the 
Committee, or a member designated by the Chair, may administer 
oaths to witnesses.
    (e) When any hearing is conducted by the Committee or any 
subcommittee upon any measure or matter, the minority party 
members on the Committee shall be entitled, upon request to the 
Chair by a majority of those minority party members before the 
completion of such 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. The minority party 
may waive this right by calling at least one witness during a 
Committee hearing or subcommittee hearing.
    (f) In the conduct of hearings of subcommittees sitting 
jointly, the rules otherwise applicable to all subcommittees 
shall likewise apply to joint subcommittee hearings for 
purposes of such shared consideration.

               Rule 8.--Questioning of Hearing Witnesses

    (a) Subject to clauses (b), (c), and (d), a Committee 
member may question hearing witnesses only when the member has 
been recognized by the Chair for that purpose, and only for a 
five-minute period until all members present have had an 
opportunity to question a witness. The questioning of witnesses 
in both Committee and subcommittee hearings shall be initiated 
by the Chair, followed by the Ranking Member and all other 
members alternating between the majority and minority party. 
The Chair shall exercise discretion in determining the order in 
which members will be recognized. In recognizing members to 
question witnesses in this fashion, the Chair shall take into 
consideration the ratio of the majority to minority party 
members present and shall establish the order of recognition 
for questioning in such a manner as not to place the members of 
the majority party in a disadvantageous position.
    (b) The Chair may permit a specified number of members to 
question a witness for longer than five minutes. The time for 
extended questioning of a witness under this clause shall be 
equal for the majority party and the minority party and may not 
exceed one hour in the aggregate.
    (c) The Chair may permit Committee staff for the majority 
and the minority party members to question a witness for equal 
specified periods. The time for extended questioning of a 
witness under this clause shall be equal for the majority party 
and the minority party and may not exceed one hour in the 
aggregate.
    (d) In an investigative hearing or in an executive session, 
the Chair's authority to extend questioning under subsection 
(b) and (c) of this rule shall be equal for the majority and 
the minority party and may not exceed one hour in the 
aggregate, and shall only be conducted by counsel for the 
majority and the minority party when authorized under 
subsection (c) of this rule.

                      Rule 9.--Subpoena Authority

    The power to authorize and issue subpoenas is delegated to 
the Chair of the full Committee, as provided for under clause 
2(m)(3)(A)(i) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives. The Chair shall notify the Ranking Member 
prior to issuing any subpoena under such authority. To the 
extent practicable, the Chair shall consult with the Ranking 
Member at least 24 hours in advance of a subpoena being issued 
under such authority, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and federal 
holidays. As soon as practicable after issuing any subpoena 
under such authority, the Chair shall notify in writing all 
members of the Committee of the issuance of the subpoena.

                     Rule 10.--Deposition Procedure

    (a) In accordance with the Committee receiving 
authorization by the House of Representatives for the taking of 
depositions in furtherance of a Committee investigation, the 
Chair, upon consultation with the Ranking Member, may order the 
taking of depositions pursuant to notice or subpoena as 
contemplated by this rule.
    (b) The Chair or majority staff shall consult with the 
Ranking Member or minority staff no less than three business 
days before any notice or subpoena for a deposition is issued. 
After such consultation, all members shall receive written 
notice that a notice or subpoena for a deposition will be 
issued.
    (c) A notice or subpoena issued under this rule shall 
specify the date, time, and place of the deposition and the 
method or methods by which the deposition will be recorded. 
Prior to testifying, a deponent shall be provided with a copy 
of the Committee's rules, the House Resolution authorizing the 
taking of the deposition, and Rule X of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives.
    (d)(1) A deposition shall be conducted by one or more 
members or Committee counsel as designated by the Chair or 
Ranking Member.
    (2) A deposition shall be taken under oath or affirmation 
administered by a member or a person otherwise authorized to 
administer oaths and affirmations.
    (3) A deposition shall be, unless waived by the deponent, 
attended by a member of the Committee.
    (e) A deponent may be accompanied at a deposition by 
counsel to advise the deponent of the deponent's rights. Only 
members and Committee counsel, however, may examine the 
deponent. No one may be present at a deposition other than 
members, Committee staff designated by the Chair or Ranking 
Member, such individuals as may be required to administer the 
oath or affirmation and transcribe or record the proceedings, 
the deponent, and the deponent's counsel (including personal 
counsel and counsel for the entity employing the deponent if 
the scope of the deposition is expected to cover actions taken 
as part of the deponent's employment). Observers or counsel for 
other persons or entities may not attend.
    (f)(1) Unless the majority, minority, and deponent agree 
otherwise, questions in a deposition shall be propounded in 
rounds, alternating between the majority and minority. A single 
round shall not exceed 60 minutes per side, unless the members 
or counsel conducting the deposition agree to a different 
length of questioning. In each round, a member or Committee 
counsel designated by the Chair shall ask questions first, and 
the member or Committee counsel designated by the Ranking 
Member shall ask questions second.
    (2) Any objection made during a deposition must be stated 
concisely and in a non-argumentative and non-suggestive manner. 
Deponent may refuse to answer a question only to preserve a 
privilege. When the deponent has objected and refused to answer 
a question to preserve a privilege, the Chair may rule on any 
such objection after the deposition has adjourned. If the Chair 
overrules any such objection and thereby orders a deponent to 
answer any question to which a privilege objection was lodged, 
such ruling shall be filed with the clerk of the Committee and 
shall be provided to members and the deponent no less than 
three days before the ruling is enforced at a reconvened 
deposition. If a member of the Committee appeals in writing the 
ruling of the Chair, the appeal shall be preserved for 
Committee consideration. A deponent who refuses to answer a 
question after being directed to answer by the Chair in writing 
may be subject to sanction, except that no sanctions may be 
imposed if the ruling of the Chair is reversed on appeal. In 
all cases, when deposition testimony for which an objection has 
been made is offered for admission in evidence before the 
Committee, all properly lodged objections then made shall be 
timely and shall be considered by the Committee prior to 
admission in evidence before the Committee.
    (g) Deposition testimony shall be transcribed by 
stenographic means and may also be video recorded. The clerk of 
the Committee shall receive the transcript and any video 
recording and promptly forward such to minority staff at the 
same time the clerk distributes such to other majority staff.
    (h) The individual administering the oath shall certify on 
the transcript that the deponent was duly sworn. The 
transcriber shall certify that the transcript is a true, 
verbatim record of the testimony, and the transcript and any 
exhibits shall be filed, as shall any video recording, with the 
clerk of the Committee. In no case shall any video recording be 
considered the official transcript of a deposition or otherwise 
supersede the certified written transcript.
    (i) After receiving the transcript, majority staff shall 
make available the transcript for review by the deponent or 
deponent's counsel. No later than ten business days thereafter, 
the deponent may submit suggested changes to the Chair. 
Committee majority staff may direct the clerk of the Committee 
to note any typographical errors, including any requested by 
the deponent or minority staff, via an errata sheet appended to 
the transcript. Any proposed substantive changes, 
modifications, clarifications, or amendments to the deposition 
testimony must be submitted by the deponent as an affidavit 
that includes the deponent's reasons therefore. Any substantive 
changes, modifications, clarifications, or amendments shall be 
included as an appendix to the transcript, a copy of which 
shall be promptly forwarded to minority staff.
    (j) The Chair and Ranking Member shall consult regarding 
the release of deposition transcript or electronic recordings. 
If either objects in writing to a proposed release of a 
deposition transcript or electronic recording or a portion 
thereof, the matter shall be promptly referred to the Committee 
for resolution.

                           Rule 11.--Quorums

    One-third of the members of the Committee or subcommittee 
shall constitute a quorum for taking any action other than 
amending Committee rules, closing a meeting from the public, 
reporting a measure or recommendation, or in the case of the 
Committee or a subcommittee authorizing a subpoena. For the 
enumerated actions, a majority of the Committee or subcommittee 
shall constitute a quorum. Any two members shall constitute a 
quorum for the purpose of taking testimony and receiving 
evidence.

      Rule 12.--Referral of Bills, Resolutions, and Other Matters

    (a) The Chair shall consult with subcommittee chair 
regarding referral to the appropriate subcommittees of such 
bills, resolutions, and other matters that have been referred 
to the Committee. Once copies of a bill, resolution, or other 
matter are available to the Committee, the Chair shall, within 
three weeks of such availability, provide notice of referral, 
if any, to the appropriate subcommittee.
    (b) Referral to a subcommittee shall not be made until 
three days have elapsed after written notification of such 
proposed referral to all subcommittee chair, at which time such 
proposed referral shall be made unless one or more subcommittee 
chair shall have given written notice to the Chair of the full 
Committee and to the chair of each subcommittee that he or she 
intends to question such proposed referral at the next 
regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee, or at a special 
meeting of the Committee called for that purpose, at which time 
referral shall be made by the majority members of the 
Committee. All bills shall be referred under this rule to the 
subcommittee of proper jurisdiction without regard to whether 
the author is or is not a member of the subcommittee. Upon a 
majority vote of the Committee, a bill, resolution, or other 
matter referred to a subcommittee in accordance with this rule 
may be recalled at any time for the Committee's direct 
consideration or for reference to another subcommittee.
    (c) The Chair shall announce the date, place, and subject 
matter of a Committee meeting, which may not commence earlier 
than the third day on which members have notice thereof; but 
this requirement may be waived if the Chair of the Committee, 
with the concurrence of the Ranking Member, determines that 
there is good cause or 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 such 
business.
    (d) When a bill or resolution is being considered by the 
Committee or a subcommittee, members shall provide the clerk in 
a timely manner a sufficient number of written copies of any 
amendment offered, so as to enable each member present to 
receive a copy thereof prior to taking action. A point of order 
may be made against any amendment not reduced to writing. A 
copy of each such amendment shall be maintained in the public 
records of the Committee or subcommittee, as the case may be.
    (e) In determining the order in which amendments to a 
matter pending before the Committee or a subcommittee will be 
considered, the Chair may give priority to:
          (1) The Chair's mark, and
          (2) Amendments, otherwise in order, that have been 
        filed with the Committee at least 24 hours prior to the 
        Committee or subcommittee business meeting on said 
        measure or matter.

                            Rule 13.--Votes

    (a) With respect to each roll call vote on a motion to 
report any bill, resolution, or matter of a public character, 
and on any amendment offered thereto, the total number of votes 
cast for and against, and the names of those members voting for 
and against, shall be included in the Committee report on the 
measure or matter.
    (b) In accordance with clause 2(h) of Rule XI of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives, the Chair of the Committee or 
a subcommittee is authorized to postpone further proceedings 
when a record vote is ordered on the question of approving a 
measure or matter or on adopting an amendment. Such Chair may 
resume proceedings on a postponed request at any time after 
reasonable notice. When proceedings resume on a postponed 
question, notwithstanding any intervening order for the 
previous question, an underlying proposition shall remain 
subject to further debate or amendment to the same extent as 
when the question was postponed.

                    Rule 14.--Records and Rollcalls

    (a) Written records shall be kept of the proceedings of the 
Committee and of each subcommittee, including a record of the 
votes on any question on which a roll call is demanded. The 
result of each such roll call vote shall be made available by 
the Committee or subcommittee for inspection by the public at 
reasonable times in the offices of the Committee or 
subcommittee and shall be made available on the Committee's 
website within 48 hours of such record vote. Information so 
available for public inspection and on the Committee's website 
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 present but not 
voting. The text of an amendment offered to a measure or matter 
considered in Committee shall be made publicly available in 
electronic form not later than 24 hours after its final 
disposition in Committee. A record vote may be demanded by one-
fifth of the members present or, in the apparent absence of a 
quorum, by any one member.
    (b) In accordance with Rule VII of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, any official permanent record of the 
Committee (including any record of a legislative, oversight, or 
other activity of the Committee or any subcommittee) shall be 
made available for public use if such record has been in 
existence for 30 years, except that--
          (1) any record that the Committee (or a subcommittee) 
        makes available for public use before such record is 
        delivered to the Archivist under clause 2 of Rule VII 
        of the Rules of the House of Representatives shall be 
        made available immediately, including any record 
        described in subsection (a) of this Rule;
          (2) any investigative record that contains personal 
        data relating to a specific living individual (the 
        disclosure of which would be an unwarranted invasion of 
        personal privacy), any administrative record with 
        respect to personnel, and any record with respect to a 
        hearing closed pursuant to clause 2(g)(2) of Rule XI of 
        the Rules of the House of Representatives shall be 
        available if such record has been in existence for 50 
        years; or
          (3) except as otherwise provided by order of the 
        House of Representatives, any record of the 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.
    (c) The official permanent records of the Committee include 
noncurrent records of the Committee (including subcommittees) 
delivered by the Clerk of the House of Representatives to the 
Archivist of the United States for preservation at the National 
Archives and Records Administration, which are the property of 
and remain subject to the rules and orders of the House of 
Representatives.
    (d)(1) Any order of the Committee with respect to any 
matter described in paragraph (2) of this subsection shall be 
adopted only if the notice requirements of Committee Rule 12(c) 
have been met, a quorum consisting of a majority of the members 
of the Committee is present at the time of the vote, and a 
majority of those present and voting approve the adoption of 
the order, which shall be submitted to the Clerk of the House 
of Representatives, together with any accompanying report.
    (2) This subsection applies to any order of the Committee 
which--
          (A) provides for the non-availability of any record 
        subject to subsection (b) of this rule for a period 
        longer than the period otherwise applicable; or
          (B) is subsequent to, and constitutes a later order 
        under clause 4(b) of Rule VII of the Rules of the House 
        of Representatives, regarding a determination of the 
        Clerk of the House of Representatives with respect to 
        authorizing the Archivist of the United States to make 
        available for public use the records delivered to the 
        Archivist under clause 2 of Rule VII of the Rules of 
        the House of Representatives; or
          (C) specifies a time, schedule, or condition for 
        availability pursuant to subsection (b)(3) of this 
        Rule.

                           Rule 15.--Reports

    (a) Reports of the Committee. All Committee reports on 
bills or resolutions shall comply with the provisions of clause 
2 of Rule XI and clauses 2, 3, and 4 of Rule XIII of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives.
          (1) No such report shall be filed until copies of the 
        proposed report have been available to all members at 
        least 36 hours prior to such filing in the House of 
        Representatives. No material change shall be made in 
        the report distributed to members unless agreed to by 
        the Ranking Member; but any member or members of the 
        Committee may file, as part of the printed report, 
        individual, minority, or dissenting views, without 
        regard to the preceding provisions of this rule.
          (2) Such 36-hour period shall not conclude earlier 
        than the end of the period provided under clause 4 of 
        Rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives 
        after the Committee approves a measure or matter if a 
        member, at the time of such approval, gives notice of 
        intention to file supplemental, minority, or additional 
        views for inclusion as part of the printed report.
          (3) To the extent practicable, any report prepared 
        pursuant to a Committee or subcommittee study or 
        investigation shall be available to members no later 
        than 48 hours prior to consideration of any such report 
        by the Committee or subcommittee, as the case may be.
    (b) Disclaimers.--
          (1) A report on activities of the Committee required 
        under clause 1 of Rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
        Representatives shall include the following disclaimer 
        in the document transmitting the report to the Clerk of 
        the House of Representatives:

                  This report has not been officially adopted 
                by the Committee on Education and the Workforce 
                or any subcommittee thereof and therefore may 
                not necessarily reflect the views of its 
                members.

          Such disclaimer need not be included if the report 
        was circulated to all members of the Committee at least 
        seven days prior to its submission to the House of 
        Representatives and provision is made for the filing by 
        any member, as part of the printed report, of 
        individual, minority, or dissenting views.
          (2) All Committee or subcommittee reports printed 
        pursuant to legislative study or investigation and not 
        approved by a majority vote of the Committee or 
        subcommittee, as appropriate, shall contain the 
        following disclaimer on the cover of such report:

                  This report has not been officially adopted 
                by the Committee on Education and the Workforce 
                (or pertinent subcommittee thereof) and 
                therefore may not necessarily reflect the views 
                of its members.

          The minority party members of the Committee or 
        subcommittee shall have three calendar days, excluding 
        weekends and holidays, to file, as part of the printed 
        report, supplemental, minority, or additional views.
    (c) Reports of Subcommittees. Whenever a subcommittee has 
ordered a bill, resolution, or other matter to be reported to 
the Committee, the chair of the subcommittee reporting the 
bill, resolution, or matter to the Committee, or any member 
authorized by the subcommittee to do so, may report such bill, 
resolution, or matter to the Committee. It shall be the duty of 
the chair of the subcommittee to report or cause to be reported 
promptly such bill, resolution, or matter, and to take or cause 
to be taken the necessary steps to bring such bill, resolution, 
or matter to a vote.
          (1) In any event, the report, described in the 
        proviso in subsection (c)(2) of this rule, of any 
        subcommittee on a measure which has been approved by 
        the subcommittee shall be filed within seven calendar 
        days (exclusive of days on which the House is not in 
        session) after the day on which there has been filed 
        with the staff director of the Committee a written 
        request, signed by a majority of the members of the 
        subcommittee, for the reporting of that measure. Upon 
        the filing of any such request, the staff director of 
        the Committee shall transmit immediately to the chair 
        of the subcommittee a notice of the filing of that 
        request.
          (2) Bills, resolutions, or other matters favorably 
        reported by a subcommittee shall automatically be 
        placed upon the agenda of the Committee as of the time 
        they are reported. No bill or resolution or other 
        matter reported by a subcommittee shall be considered 
        by the full Committee unless it has been delivered or 
        electronically sent to all members and notice of its 
        prior transmission has been in the hands of all members 
        at least 48 hours prior to such consideration. A member 
        of the Committee shall receive, upon his or her 
        request, a paper copy of such bill, resolution, or 
        other matter reported. When a bill is reported from a 
        subcommittee, such measure shall be accompanied by a 
        section-by-section analysis; and, if the Chair of the 
        Committee so requires (in response to a request from 
        the Ranking Member of the Committee or for other 
        reasons), a comparison showing proposed changes in 
        existing law.

Rule 16.--Appointment of Conferees, Notice of Conference Meetings, and 
                           Conference Motion

    (a) Whenever in the legislative process it becomes 
necessary to appoint conferees, the Chair shall recommend to 
the Speaker as conferees the names of those members of the 
subcommittee which handled the legislation in the order of 
their seniority upon such subcommittee and such other Committee 
members as the Chair may designate with the approval of the 
majority party members. Recommendations of the Chair to the 
Speaker shall provide a ratio of majority party members to 
minority party members no less favorable to the majority party 
than the ratio of majority members to minority party members on 
the full Committee. In making assignments of minority party 
members as conferees, the Chair shall consult with the Ranking 
Member of the Committee.
    (b) After the appointment of conferees pursuant to clause 
11 of Rule I of the Rules of the House of Representatives for 
matters within the jurisdiction of the Committee, the Chair 
shall notify all members appointed to the conference of 
meetings at least 48 hours before the commencement of the 
meeting. If such notice is not possible, then notice shall be 
given as soon as possible.
    (c) The Chair is directed to offer a motion under clause 1 
of Rule XXII of the Rules of the House of Representatives 
whenever the Chair considers it appropriate.

          Rule 17.--Measures To Be Considered Under Suspension

    A member of the Committee may not seek to suspend the Rules 
of the House of Representatives on any bill, resolution, or 
other matter which has been modified after such measure is 
ordered reported, unless notice of such action has been given 
to the Chair and Ranking Member of the full Committee.

       Rule 18.--Broadcasting of Committee Hearings and Meetings

    (a) Television, Radio and Still Photography.--
          (1) Whenever a hearing or meeting conducted by the 
        Committee or any subcommittee is open to the public, 
        those proceedings shall be open to coverage by 
        television, radio, and still photography subject to the 
        requirements of clause 4 of Rule XI of the Rules of the 
        House of Representatives and except when the hearing or 
        meeting is closed pursuant to the Rules of the House of 
        Representatives and of the Committee. The coverage of 
        any hearing or meeting of the Committee or any 
        subcommittee thereof by television, radio, or still 
        photography shall be under the direct supervision of 
        the Chair of the Committee, the subcommittee chair, or 
        other member of the Committee presiding at such hearing 
        or meeting and may be terminated by such member in 
        accordance with the Rules of the House of 
        Representatives.
          (2) Personnel providing coverage by the television 
        and radio media shall be then currently accredited to 
        the Radio and Television Correspondents' Galleries.
          (3) Personnel providing coverage by still photography 
        shall be then accredited to the Press Photographers' 
        Gallery.
    (b) Audio and Video Coverage of Committee Hearings and 
Meetings.--To the maximum extent practicable, the Committee 
shall provide audio and video coverage of each hearing or 
meeting for the transaction of business in a manner that allows 
the public to easily listen to and view the proceedings and 
shall maintain the recordings of such coverage in a manner that 
is easily accessible to the public. Such coverage shall be fair 
and nonpartisan in accordance with clause 4(b) of Rule XI of 
the Rules of the House of Representatives and other applicable 
rules of the House of Representatives and of the Committee. 
Personnel providing such coverage shall be employees of the 
House of Representatives or currently accredited to the Radio 
and Television Correspondents' Galleries.

                       Rule 19.--Committee Staff

    (a) The employees of the Committee shall be appointed by 
the Chair in consultation with subcommittee chair and other 
majority party members of the Committee within the budget 
approved for such purposes by the Committee.
    (b) The staff appointed by the minority shall have their 
remuneration determined in such manner as the minority party 
members of the Committee shall determine within the budget 
approved for such purposes by the Committee.

          Rule 20.--Supervision and Duties of Committee Staff

    The staff of the Committee shall be under the general 
supervision and direction of the Chair, who shall establish and 
assign the duties and responsibilities of such staff members 
and delegate authority as he or she determines appropriate. The 
staff appointed by the minority shall be under the general 
supervision and direction of the minority party members of the 
Committee, who may delegate such authority as they determine 
appropriate. All Committee staff shall be assigned to Committee 
business and no other duties may be assigned to them.

                   Rule 21.--Authorization for Travel

    (a) Consistent with the primary expense resolution and such 
additional expense resolutions as may have been approved, the 
provisions of this rule shall govern travel of Committee 
members and staff. Travel to be paid from funds set aside for 
the full Committee for any member or any staff member shall be 
paid only upon the prior authorization of the Chair. Travel may 
be authorized by the Chair for any member and any staff member 
in connection with the attendance of hearings conducted by the 
Committee or any subcommittee thereof and meetings, 
conferences, and investigations that involve activities or 
subject matter under the general jurisdiction of the Committee. 
The Chair shall review travel requests to assure the validity 
to Committee business. Before such authorization is given, 
there shall be submitted to the Chair in writing the following:
          (1) The purpose of the travel;
          (2) The dates during which the travel is to be made 
        and the date or dates of the event for which the travel 
        is being made;
          (3) The location of the event for which the travel is 
        to be made; and
          (4) The names of members and staff seeking 
        authorization.
    (b)(1) In the case of travel outside the United States of 
members and staff of the Committee for the purpose of 
conducting hearings, investigations, studies, or attending 
meetings and conferences involving activities or subject matter 
under the legislative assignment of the Committee or pertinent 
subcommittees, prior authorization must be obtained from the 
Chair, or, in the case of a subcommittee, from the subcommittee 
chair and the Chair. Before such authorization is given, there 
shall be submitted to the Chair, in writing, a request for such 
authorization. Each request, which shall be filed in a manner 
that allows for a reasonable period of time for review before 
such travel is scheduled to begin, shall include the following:
          (A) The purpose of travel;
          (B) The dates during which the travel will occur;
          (C) The names of the countries to be visited and the 
        length of time to be spent in each;
          (D) an agenda of anticipated activities for each 
        country for which travel is authorized together with a 
        description of the purpose to be served and the areas 
        of Committee jurisdiction involved; and
          (E) The names of members and staff for whom 
        authorization is sought.
    (2) Requests for travel outside the United States may be 
initiated by the Chair or the chair of a subcommittee (except 
that individuals may submit a request to the Chair for the 
purpose of attending a conference or meeting) and shall be 
limited to members and permanent employees of the Committee.
    (3) The Chair shall not approve a request involving travel 
outside the United States while the House is in session (except 
in the case of attendance at meetings and conferences or where 
circumstances warrant an exception).
    (4) At the conclusion of any hearing, investigation, study, 
meeting, or conference for which travel outside the United 
States has been authorized pursuant to this rule, each 
subcommittee (or members and staff attending meetings or 
conferences) shall submit a written report to the Chair 
covering the activities of the subcommittee and containing the 
results of these activities and other pertinent observations or 
information gained as a result of such travel.
    (c) Members and staff of the Committee performing 
authorized travel on official business shall be governed by 
applicable laws, resolutions, or regulations of the House of 
Representatives and of the Committee on House Administration 
pertaining to such travel, including rules, procedures, and 
limitations prescribed by the Committee on House Administration 
with respect to domestic and foreign expense allowances.
    (d) Prior to the Chair's authorization for any travel, the 
Ranking Member shall be given a copy of the written request 
therefor.

                     Rule 22.--Budget and Expenses

    (a) The Chair, in consultation with the majority party 
members of the Committee, shall prepare a preliminary budget. 
Such budget shall include necessary amounts for staff 
personnel, for necessary travel, investigation, and other 
expenses of the Committee; and, after consultation with the 
minority party membership, the Chair shall include amounts 
budgeted to the minority party members for staff personnel to 
be under the direction and supervision of the minority party, 
travel expenses of minority party members and staff, and 
minority party office expenses. All travel expenses of minority 
party members and staff shall be paid for out of the amounts so 
set aside and budgeted. The Chair shall take whatever action is 
necessary to have the budget as finally approved by the 
Committee duly authorized by the House of Representatives. 
After such budget shall have been adopted, no change shall be 
made in such budget unless approved by the Committee. The Chair 
or the chair of any standing subcommittee may initiate 
necessary travel requests as provided in Committee Rule 21 
within the limits of their portion of the consolidated budget 
as approved by the House, and the Chair may execute necessary 
vouchers therefor.
    (b) Subject to the Rules of the House of Representatives 
and procedures prescribed by the Committee on House 
Administration, and with the prior authorization of the Chair 
of the Committee in each case, there may be expended in any one 
session of Congress for necessary travel expenses of witnesses 
attending hearings in Washington, D.C.:
          (1) Out of funds budgeted and set aside for each 
        subcommittee, not to exceed $5,000 for expenses of 
        witnesses attending hearings of each such subcommittee;
          (2) Out of funds budgeted for the full Committee 
        majority, not to exceed $5,000 for expenses of 
        witnesses attending full Committee hearings; and
          (3) Out of funds set aside to the minority party 
        members, (A) Not to exceed, for each of the 
        subcommittees, $5,000 for expenses of witnesses 
        attending subcommittee hearings, and (B) Not to exceed 
        $5,000 for expenses of witnesses attending full 
        Committee hearings.
    (c) A full and detailed monthly report accounting for all 
expenditures of Committee funds shall be maintained in the 
Committee office, where it shall be available to each member of 
the Committee. Such report shall show the amount and purpose of 
each expenditure, and the budget to which such expenditure is 
attributed.

                  Rule 23.--Changes in Committee Rules

    The Committee shall not consider a proposed change in these 
rules unless the text of such change has been delivered or 
electronically sent to all members and notice of its prior 
transmission has been in the hands of all members at least 48 
hours prior to such consideration; a member of the Committee 
shall receive, upon his or her request, a paper copy of the 
proposed change.

                    Committee on Energy and Commerce

  FRED UPTON, Michigan, Chairman

FRANK PALLONE, Jr., New Jersey       JOE BARTON, Texas
BOBBY L. RUSH, Illinois              ED WHITFIELD, Kentucky
ANNA G. ESHOO, California            JOHN SHIMKUS, Illinois
ELIOT L. ENGEL, New York             JOSEPH R. PITTS, Pennsylvania
GENE GREEN, Texas                    GREG WALDEN, Oregon
DIANA DeGETTE, Colorado              TIM MURPHY, Pennsylvania
LOIS CAPPS, California               MICHAEL C. BURGESS, Texas
MICHAEL F. DOYLE, Pennsylvania       MARSHA BLACKBURN, Tennessee,
JANICE D. SCHAKOWSKY, Illinois         Vice Chairman
G. K. BUTTERFIELD, North Carolina    STEVE SCALISE, Louisiana
DORIS O. MATSUI, California          ROBERT E. LATTA, Ohio
KATHY CASTOR, Florida                CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS, Washington
JOHN P. SARBANES, Maryland           GREGG HARPER, Mississippi
JERRY McNERNEY, California           LEONARD LANCE, New Jersey
PETER WELCH, Vermont                 BRETT GUTHRIE, Kentucky
BEN RAY LUJAN, New Mexico            PETE OLSON, Texas
PAUL TONKO, New York                 DAVID B. McKINLEY, West Virginia
JOHN A. YARMUTH, Kentucky            MIKE POMPEO, Kansas
YVETTE D. CLARKE, New York           ADAM KINZINGER, Illinois
DAVID LOEBSACK, Iowa                 H. MORGAN GRIFFITH, Virginia
KURT SCHRADER, Oregon                GUS M. BILIRAKIS, Florida
JOSEPH P. KENNEDY III, Massachusetts BILL JOHNSON, Ohio
TONY CARDENAS, California            BILLY LONG, Missouri
                                     RENEE L. ELLMERS, North Carolina
                                     LARRY BUCSHON, Indiana
                                     BILL FLORES, Texas
                                     SUSAN W. BROOKS, Indiana
                                     MARKWAYNE MULLIN, Oklahoma
                                     RICHARD HUDSON, North Carolina
                                     CHRIS COLLINS, New York
                                     KEVIN CRAMER, North Dakota

                     (As adopted January 14, 2015)


  RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) Rules of the Committee.--The Rules of the House are the 
rules of the Committee on Energy and Commerce (the 
``Committee'') and its subcommittees so far as is applicable.
    (b) Rules of the Subcommittees.--Each subcommittee of the 
Committee is part of the Committee and is subject to the 
authority and direction of the Committee and to its rules so 
far as is applicable. Written rules adopted by the Committee, 
not inconsistent with the Rules of the House, shall be binding 
on each subcommittee of the Committee.

                           Rule 2.--Meetings

    (a) Regular Meeting Days.--The Committee shall meet on the 
fourth Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m., for the consideration 
of bills, resolutions, and other business, if the House is in 
session on that day. If the House is not in session on that day 
and the Committee has not met during such month, the Committee 
shall meet at the earliest practicable opportunity when the 
House is again in session. The chairman of the Committee may, 
at his discretion, cancel, delay, or defer any meeting required 
under this section, after consultation with the ranking 
minority member.
    (b) Additional Meetings.--The chairman may call and 
convene, as he considers necessary, additional meetings of the 
Committee for the consideration of any bill or resolution 
pending before the Committee or for the conduct of other 
Committee business. The Committee shall meet for such purposes 
pursuant to that call of the chairman.
    (c) Notice.--The date, time, place, and subject matter of 
any meeting of the Committee scheduled on a Tuesday, Wednesday, 
or Thursday when the House will be in session shall be 
announced at least 36 hours (exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, 
and legal holidays except when the House is in session on such 
days) in advance of the commencement of such meeting. The date, 
time, place, and subject matter of other meetings when the 
House is in session shall be announced to allow Members to have 
at least three days notice (exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, 
and legal holidays except when the House is in session on such 
days) of such meeting. The date, time, place, and subject 
matter of all other meetings shall be announced at least 72 
hours in advance of the commencement of such meeting.
    (d) Agenda.--The agenda for each Committee meeting, setting 
out all items of business to be considered, shall be provided 
to each member of the Committee at least 36 hours in advance of 
such meeting.
    (e) Availability of Texts.--No bill, recommendation, or 
other matter shall be considered by the Committee unless the 
text of the matter, together with an explanation, has been 
available to members of the Committee for three days (or 24 
hours in the case of a substitute for introduced legislation). 
Such explanation shall include a summary of the major 
provisions of the legislation, an explanation of the 
relationship of the matter to present law, and a summary of the 
need for the legislation.
    (f) Waiver.--The requirements of subsections (c), (d), and 
(e) may be waived by a majority of those present and voting (a 
majority being present) of the Committee or by the chairman 
with the concurrence of the ranking member, as the case may be.

                           Rule 3.--Hearings

    (a) Notice.--The date, time, place, and subject matter of 
any hearing of the Committee shall be announced at least one 
week in advance of the commencement of such hearing, unless a 
determination is made in accordance with clause 2(g)(3) of Rule 
XI of the Rules of the House that there is good cause to begin 
the hearing sooner.
    (b) Memorandum.--Each member of the Committee shall be 
provided, except in the case of unusual circumstances, with a 
memorandum at least 48 hours before each hearing explaining (1) 
the purpose of the hearing and (2) the names of any witnesses.
    (c) Witnesses.--
          (1) Each witness who is to appear before the 
        Committee shall file with the clerk of the Committee, 
        at least two working days in advance of his or her 
        appearance, sufficient copies, as determined by the 
        chairman of the Committee of a written statement of his 
        or her proposed testimony to provide to members and 
        staff of the Committee, the news media, and the general 
        public. Each witness shall, to the greatest extent 
        practicable, also provide a copy of such written 
        testimony in an electronic format prescribed by the 
        chairman. Each witness shall limit his or her oral 
        presentation to a brief summary of the argument. The 
        chairman of the Committee or the presiding member may 
        waive the requirements of this paragraph or any part 
        thereof.
          (2) To the greatest extent practicable, the written 
        testimony of each witness appearing in a 
        nongovernmental capacity shall include a curriculum 
        vitae and a disclosure of any federal grant or contract 
        or foreign government contracts and payments related to 
        the subject matter of the hearing received during the 
        current calendar year or either of the two preceding 
        calendar years by the witness or by an entity 
        represented by the witness. The disclosure shall 
        include (i) the amount and source of each Federal grant 
        (or subgrant thereof) or contract (or subcontract 
        thereof) related to the subject matter of the hearing; 
        and (ii) the amount and country of origin of any 
        payment or contract related to the subject matter of 
        the hearing originating with a foreign government.
    (d) Questioning.--
          (1) The right to interrogate the witnesses before the 
        Committee shall alternate between majority and minority 
        members. Each member shall be limited to 5 minutes in 
        the interrogation of witnesses until such time as each 
        member who so desires has had an opportunity to 
        question witnesses. No member shall be recognized for a 
        second period of 5 minutes to interrogate a witness 
        until each member of the Committee present has been 
        recognized once for that purpose. The chairman shall 
        recognize in order of appearance members who were not 
        present when the meeting was called to order after all 
        members who were present when the meeting was called to 
        order have been recognized in the order of seniority on 
        the Committee.
          (2) The chairman, with the concurrence of the ranking 
        minority member, or the Committee by motion, may permit 
        an equal number of majority and minority members to 
        question a witness for a specified, total period that 
        is equal for each side and not longer than thirty 
        minutes for each side. The chairman with the 
        concurrence of the ranking minority member, or the 
        Committee by motion, may also permit committee staff of 
        the majority and minority to question a witness for a 
        specified, total period that is equal for each side and 
        not longer than thirty minutes for each side.
          (3) Each member may submit to the chairman of the 
        Committee additional questions for the record, to be 
        answered by the witnesses who have appeared. Each 
        member shall provide a copy of the questions in an 
        electronic format to the clerk of the Committee no 
        later than ten business days following a hearing. The 
        chairman shall transmit all questions received from 
        members of the Committee to the appropriate witness and 
        include the transmittal letter and the responses from 
        the witnesses in the hearing record. After consultation 
        with the ranking minority member, the chairman is 
        authorized to close the hearing record no earlier than 
        120 days from the date the questions were transmitted 
        to the appropriate witness.

                Rule 4.--Vice Chairmen; Presiding Member

    The chairman shall designate a member of the majority party 
to serve as vice chairman of the Committee, and shall designate 
a majority member of each subcommittee to serve as vice 
chairman of each subcommittee. The vice chairman of the 
Committee or subcommittee, as the case may be, shall preside at 
any meeting or hearing during the temporary absence of the 
chairman. If the chairman and vice chairman of the Committee or 
subcommittee are not present at any meeting or hearing, the 
ranking member of the majority party who is present shall 
preside at the meeting or hearing.

                       Rule 5.--Open Proceedings

    Except as provided by the Rules of the House, each meeting 
and hearing of the Committee for the transaction of business, 
including the markup of legislation, and each hearing, shall be 
open to the public, including to radio, television, and still 
photography coverage, consistent with the provisions of Rule XI 
of the Rules of the House.

                            Rule 6.--Quorum

    Testimony may be taken and evidence received at any hearing 
at which there are present not fewer than two members of the 
Committee in question. A majority of the members of the 
Committee shall constitute a quorum for those actions for which 
the House Rules require a majority quorum. For the purposes of 
taking any other action, one-third of the members of the 
Committee shall constitute a quorum.

                  Rule 7.--Official Committee Records

    (a)(1) Journal.--The proceedings of the Committee shall be 
recorded in a journal which shall, among other things, show 
those present at each meeting, and include a record of the vote 
on any question on which a record vote is demanded and a 
description of the amendment, motion, order, or other 
proposition voted. A copy of the journal shall be furnished to 
the ranking minority member.
    (2) Record Votes.--A record vote may be demanded by one-
fifth of the members present or, in the apparent absence of a 
quorum, by any one member. No demand for a record vote shall be 
made or obtained except for the purpose of procuring a record 
vote or in the apparent absence of a quorum. The result of each 
record vote in any meeting of the Committee shall be made 
publicly available in electronic form on the Committee's 
website and in the Committee office for inspection by the 
public, as provided in Rule XI, clause 2(e) of the Rules of the 
House, within 24 hours. Such result 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. The 
chairman, with the concurrence of the ranking minority member, 
may from time to time postpone record votes ordered on 
amendments to be held at a time certain during the 
consideration of legislation.
    (b) Archived Records.--The records of the Committee at the 
National Archives and Records Administration shall be made 
available for public use in accordance with Rule VII of the 
Rules of the House. The chairman shall notify the ranking 
minority member of any decision, pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or 
clause 4(b) of the Rule, to withhold a record otherwise 
available, and the matter shall be presented to the Committee 
for a determination on the written request of any member of the 
Committee. The chairman shall consult with the ranking minority 
member on any communication from the Archivist of the United 
States or the Clerk of the House concerning the disposition of 
noncurrent records pursuant to clause 3(b) of the Rule.

                         Rule 8.--Subcommittees

    (a) Establishment.--There shall be such standing 
subcommittees with such jurisdiction and size as determined by 
the majority party caucus of the Committee. The jurisdiction, 
number, and size of the subcommittees shall be determined by 
the majority party caucus prior to the start of the process for 
establishing subcommittee chairmanships and assignments.
    (b) Powers and Duties.--Each subcommittee is authorized to 
meet, hold hearings, receive testimony, mark up legislation, 
and report to the Committee on all matters referred to it. 
Subcommittee chairmen shall set hearing and meeting dates only 
with the approval of the chairman of the Committee with a view 
toward assuring the availability of meeting rooms and avoiding 
simultaneous scheduling of Committee and subcommittee meetings 
or hearings whenever possible.
    (c) Ratio of Subcommittees.--The majority caucus of the 
Committee shall determine an appropriate ratio of majority to 
minority party members for each subcommittee and the chairman 
shall negotiate that ratio with the minority party, provided 
that the ratio of party members on each subcommittee shall be 
no less favorable to the majority than that of the full 
Committee, nor shall such ratio provide for a majority of less 
than two majority members.
    (d) Selection of Subcommittee Members.--Prior to any 
organizational meeting held by the Committee, the majority and 
minority caucuses shall select their respective members of the 
standing subcommittees.
    (e) Ex Officio Members.--The chairman and ranking minority 
member of the Committee shall be ex officio members with voting 
privileges of each subcommittee of which they are not assigned 
as members and may be counted for purposes of establishing a 
quorum in such subcommittees.

                      Rule 9.--Opening Statements

    (a) Written Statements.--All written opening statements at 
hearings and business meetings conducted by the committee shall 
be made part of the permanent record.
    (b) Length.--
          (1) At full committee hearings, the chairman and 
        ranking minority member shall be limited to 5 minutes 
        each for an opening statement, and may designate 
        another member to give an opening statement of not more 
        than 5 minutes. At subcommittee hearings, the 
        subcommittee chairman and ranking minority member of 
        the subcommittee shall be limited to 5 minutes each for 
        an opening statement. In addition, the full committee 
        chairman and ranking minority member shall each be 
        allocated 5 minutes for an opening statement for 
        themselves or their designees.
          (2) At any business meeting of the Committee, 
        statements shall be limited to 5 minutes each for the 
        chairman and ranking minority member (or their 
        respective designee) of the Committee or subcommittee, 
        as applicable, and 3 minutes each for all other 
        members. The chairman may further limit opening 
        statements for Members (including, at the discretion of 
        the Chairman, the chairman and ranking minority member) 
        to one minute.

          Rule 10.--Reference of Legislation and Other Matters

    All legislation and other matters referred to the Committee 
shall be referred to the subcommittee of appropriate 
jurisdiction within two weeks of the date of receipt by the 
Committee unless action is taken by the full Committee within 
those two weeks, or by majority vote of the members of the 
Committee, consideration is to be by the full Committee. In the 
case of legislation or other matter within the jurisdiction of 
more than one subcommittee, the chairman of the Committee may, 
in his discretion, refer the matter simultaneously to two or 
more subcommittees for concurrent consideration, or may 
designate a subcommittee of primary jurisdiction and also refer 
the matter to one or more additional subcommittees for 
consideration in sequence (subject to appropriate time 
limitations), either on its initial referral or after the 
matter has been reported by the subcommittee of primary 
jurisdiction. Such authority shall include the authority to 
refer such legislation or matter to an ad hoc subcommittee 
appointed by the chairman, with the approval of the Committee, 
from the members of the subcommittees having legislative or 
oversight jurisdiction.

           Rule 11.--Managing Legislation on the House Floor

    The chairman, in his discretion, shall designate which 
member shall manage legislation reported by the Committee to 
the House.

    Rule 12.--Committee Professional and Clerical Staff Appointments

    (a) Delegation of Staff.--Whenever the chairman of the 
Committee determines that any professional staff member 
appointed pursuant to the provisions of clause 9 of Rule X of 
the House of Representatives, who is assigned to such chairman 
and not to the ranking minority member, by reason of such 
professional staff member's expertise or qualifications will be 
of assistance to one or more subcommittees in carrying out 
their assigned responsibilities, he may delegate such member to 
such subcommittees for such purpose. A delegation of a member 
of the professional staff pursuant to this subsection shall be 
made after consultation with subcommittee chairmen and with the 
approval of the subcommittee chairman or chairmen involved.
    (b) Minority Professional Staff.--Professional staff 
members appointed pursuant to clause 9 of Rule X of the House 
of Representatives, who are assigned to the ranking minority 
member of the Committee and not to the chairman of the 
Committee, shall be assigned to such Committee business as the 
minority party members of the Committee consider advisable.
    (c) Additional Staff Appointments.--In addition to the 
professional staff appointed pursuant to clause 9 of Rule X of 
the House of Representatives, the chairman of the Committee 
shall be entitled to make such appointments to the professional 
and clerical staff of the Committee as may be provided within 
the budget approved for such purposes by the Committee. Such 
appointee shall be assigned to such business of the full 
Committee as the chairman of the Committee considers advisable.
    (d) Sufficient Staff.--The chairman shall ensure that 
sufficient staff is made available to each subcommittee to 
carry out its responsibilities under the rules of the 
Committee.
    (e) Fair Treatment of Minority Members in Appointment of 
Committee Staff.--The chairman shall ensure that the minority 
members of the Committee are treated fairly in appointment of 
Committee staff.
    (f) Contracts for Temporary or Intermittent Services.--Any 
contract for the temporary services or intermittent service of 
individual consultants or organizations to make studies or 
advise the Committee or its subcommittees with respect to any 
matter within their jurisdiction shall be deemed to have been 
approved by a majority of the members of the Committee if 
approved by the chairman and ranking minority member of the 
Committee. Such approval shall not be deemed to have been given 
if at least one-third of the members of the Committee request 
in writing that the Committee formally act on such a contract, 
if the request is made within 10 days after the latest date on 
which such chairman or chairmen, and such ranking minority 
member or members, approve such contract.

                 Rule 13.--Supervision, Duties of Staff

    (a) Supervision of Majority Staff.--The professional and 
clerical staff of the Committee not assigned to the minority 
shall be under the supervision and direction of the chairman 
who, in consultation with the chairmen of the subcommittees, 
shall establish and assign the duties and responsibilities of 
such staff members and delegate such authority as he determines 
appropriate.
    (b) Supervision of Minority Staff.--The professional and 
clerical staff assigned to the minority shall be under the 
supervision and direction of the minority members of the 
Committee, who may delegate such authority as they determine 
appropriate.

                       Rule 14.--Committee Budget

    (a) Administration of Committee Budget.--The chairman of 
the Committee, in consultation with the ranking minority 
member, shall for the 114th Congress attempt to ensure that the 
Committee receives necessary amounts for professional and 
clerical staff, travel, investigations, equipment and 
miscellaneous expenses of the Committee and the subcommittees, 
which shall be adequate to fully discharge the Committee's 
responsibilities for legislation and oversight.
    (b) Monthly Expenditures Report.--Committee members shall 
be furnished a copy of each monthly report, prepared by the 
chairman for the Committee on House Administration, which shows 
expenditures made during the reporting period and cumulative 
for the year by the Committee and subcommittees, anticipated 
expenditures for the projected Committee program, and detailed 
information on travel.

              Rule 15.--Broadcasting of Committee Hearings

    Any meeting or hearing that is open to the public may be 
covered in whole or in part by radio or television or still 
photography, subject to the requirements of clause 4 of Rule XI 
of the Rules of the House. The coverage of any hearing or other 
proceeding of the Committee or any subcommittee thereof by 
television, radio, or still photography shall be under the 
direct supervision of the chairman of the Committee, the 
subcommittee chairman, or other member of the Committee 
presiding at such hearing or other proceeding and may be 
terminated by such member in accordance with the Rules of the 
House.

                        Rule 16.--Subpoena Power

    The power to authorize and issue subpoenas is delegated to 
the Chair of the full Committee, as provided for under clause 
2(m)(3)(A)(i) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives. The Chair shall notify the ranking minority 
member prior to issuing any subpoena under such authority. To 
the extent practicable, the Chair shall consult with the 
ranking minority member at least 72 hours in advance of a 
subpoena being issued under such authority. The chairman shall 
report to the members of the Committee on the issuance of a 
subpoena as soon as practicable but in no event later than one 
week after issuance of such subpoena.

                 Rule 17.--Travel of Members and Staff

    (a) Approval of Travel.--Consistent with the primary 
expense resolution and such additional expense resolutions as 
may have been approved, travel to be reimbursed from funds set 
aside for the Committee for any member or any staff member 
shall be paid only upon the prior authorization of the 
chairman. Travel may be authorized by the chairman for any 
member and any staff member in connection with the attendance 
of hearings conducted by the Committee or any subcommittee 
thereof and meetings, conferences, and investigations which 
involve activities or subject matter under the general 
jurisdiction of the Committee. Before such authorization is 
given there shall be submitted to the chairman in writing the 
following: (1) the purpose of the travel; (2) the dates during 
which the travel is to be made and the date or dates of the 
event for which the travel is being made; (3) the location of 
the event for which the travel is to be made; and (4) the names 
of members and staff seeking authorization.
    (b) Approval of Travel by Minority Members and Staff.--In 
the case of travel by minority party members and minority party 
professional staff for the purpose set out in (a), the prior 
approval, not only of the chairman but also of the ranking 
minority member, shall be required. Such prior authorization 
shall be given by the chairman only upon the representation by 
the ranking minority member in writing setting forth those 
items enumerated in (1), (2), (3), and (4) of paragraph (a).

                           Rule 18.--Website

    The chairman shall maintain an official Committee website 
for the purposes of furthering the Committee's legislative and 
oversight responsibilities, including communicating information 
about the Committee's activities to Committee members and other 
members of the House. The ranking minority member may maintain 
an official website for the purpose of carrying out official 
responsibilities, including communicating information about the 
activities of the minority members of the Committee to 
Committee members and other members of the House.

                         Rule 19.--Conferences

    The chairman of the Committee is directed to offer a motion 
under clause 1 of Rule XXII of the Rules of the House whenever 
the chairman considers it appropriate.

                          Committee on Ethics

  CHARLES W. DENT, Pennsylvania, 
             Chairman

LINDA T. SANCHEZ, California         PATRICK MEEHAN, Pennsylvania
MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts    TREY GOWDY, South Carolina
YVETTE D. CLARKE, New York           SUSAN W. BROOKS, Indiana
THEODORE E. DEUTCH, Florida          KENNY MARCHANT, Texas
JOHN B. LARSON, Connecticut

                     (As adopted February 12, 2015)


        RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON ETHICS FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS


                                FOREWORD

    The Committee on Ethics is unique in the House of 
Representatives. Consistent with the duty to carry out its 
advisory and enforcement responsibilities in an impartial 
manner, the Committee is the only standing committee of the 
House of Representatives the membership of which is divided 
evenly by party. These rules are intended to provide a fair 
procedural framework for the conduct of the Committee's 
activities and to help ensure that the Committee serves well 
the people of the United States, the House of Representatives, 
and the Members, officers, and employees of the House of 
Representatives.

                    PART I--GENERAL COMMITTEE RULES


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) So far as applicable, these rules and the Rules of the 
House of Representatives shall be the rules of the Committee 
and any subcommittee. The Committee adopts these rules under 
the authority of clause 2(a)(1) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, 114th Congress.
    (b) The rules of the Committee may be modified, amended, or 
repealed by a vote of a majority of the Committee.
    (c) When the interests of justice so require, the 
Committee, by a majority vote of its members, may adopt any 
special procedures, not inconsistent with these rules, deemed 
necessary to resolve a particular matter before it. Copies of 
such special procedures shall be furnished to all parties in 
the matter.
    (d) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member shall have access 
to such information that they request as necessary to conduct 
Committee business.

                          Rule 2.--Definitions

    (a) ``Committee'' means the Committee on Ethics.
    (b) ``Complaint'' means a written allegation of improper 
conduct against a Member, officer, or employee of the House of 
Representatives filed with the Committee with the intent to 
initiate an inquiry.
    (c) ``Inquiry'' means an investigation by an investigative 
subcommittee into allegations against a Member, officer, or 
employee of the House of Representatives.
    (d) ``Investigate,'' ``Investigating,'' and/or 
``Investigation'' mean review of the conduct of a Member, 
officer, or employee of the House of Representatives that is 
conducted or authorized by the Committee, an investigative 
subcommittee, or the Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee.
    (e) ``Board'' means the Board of the Office of 
Congressional Ethics.
    (f) ``Referral'' means a report sent to the Committee from 
the Board pursuant to House Rules and all applicable House 
Resolutions regarding the conduct of a House Member, officer, 
or employee, including any accompanying findings or other 
supporting documentation.
    (g) ``Investigative Subcommittee'' means a subcommittee 
designated pursuant to Rule 19(a) to conduct an inquiry to 
determine if a Statement of Alleged Violation should be issued.
    (h) ``Statement of Alleged Violation'' means a formal 
charging document filed by an investigative subcommittee with 
the Committee containing specific allegations against a Member, 
officer, or employee of the House of Representatives of a 
violation of the Code of Official Conduct, or of a law, rule, 
regulation, or other standard of conduct applicable to the 
performance of official duties or the discharge of official 
responsibilities.
    (i) ``Adjudicatory Subcommittee'' means a subcommittee 
designated pursuant to Rule 23(a) that holds an adjudicatory 
hearing and determines whether the counts in a Statement of 
Alleged Violation are proved by clear and convincing evidence.
    (j) ``Sanction Hearing'' means a Committee hearing to 
determine what sanction, if any, to adopt or to recommend to 
the House of Representatives.
    (k) ``Respondent'' means a Member, officer, or employee of 
the House of Representatives who is the subject of a complaint 
filed with the Committee or who is the subject of an inquiry or 
a Statement of Alleged Violation.
    (l) ``Office of Advice and Education'' refers to the Office 
established by section 803(i) of the Ethics Reform Act of 1989. 
The Office handles inquiries; prepares written opinions in 
response to specific requests; develops general guidance; and 
organizes seminars, workshops, and briefings for the benefit of 
the House of Representatives.
    (m) ``Member'' means a Representative in, or a Delegate to, 
or the Resident Commissioner to, the U.S. House of 
Representatives.

                 Rule 3.--Advisory Opinions and Waivers

    (a) The Office of Advice and Education shall handle 
inquiries; prepare written opinions providing specific advice, 
including reviews of requests for privately-sponsored travel 
pursuant to the Committee's travel regulations; develop general 
guidance; and organize seminars, workshops, and briefings for 
the benefit of the House of Representatives.
    (b) Any Member, officer, or employee of the House of 
Representatives may request a written opinion with respect to 
the propriety of any current or proposed conduct of such 
Member, officer, or employee.
    (c) The Office of Advice and Education may provide 
information and guidance regarding laws, rules, regulations, 
and other standards of conduct applicable to Members, officers, 
and employees in the performance of their duties or the 
discharge of their responsibilities.
    (d) In general, the Committee shall provide a written 
opinion to an individual only in response to a written request, 
and the written opinion shall address the conduct only of the 
inquiring individual, or of persons for whom the inquiring 
individual is responsible as employing authority.
    (e) A written request for an opinion shall be addressed to 
the Chair of the Committee and shall include a complete and 
accurate statement of the relevant facts. A request shall be 
signed by the requester or the requester's authorized 
representative or employing authority. A representative shall 
disclose to the Committee the identity of the principal on 
whose behalf advice is being sought.
    (f) Requests for privately-sponsored travel shall be 
treated like any other request for a written opinion for 
purposes of paragraphs (g) through (l).
          (1) The Committee's Travel Guidelines and Regulations 
        shall govern the request submission and Committee 
        approval process for privately-sponsored travel 
        consistent with House Rules.
          (2) A request for privately-sponsored travel of a 
        Member, officer, or employee shall include a completed 
        and signed Traveler Form that attaches the Private 
        Sponsor Certification Form and includes all information 
        required by the Committee's travel regulations. A 
        private sponsor offering officially-connected travel to 
        a Member, officer, or employee must complete and sign a 
        Private Sponsor Certification Form, and provide a copy 
        of that form to the invitee(s).
          (3) Any individual who knowingly and willfully 
        falsifies, or who knowingly and willfully fails to 
        file, a Traveler Form or Private Sponsor Certification 
        Form may be subject to civil penalties and criminal 
        sanctions pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1001.
    (g) The Office of Advice and Education shall prepare for 
the Committee a response to each written request for an opinion 
from a Member, officer, or employee. Each response shall 
discuss all applicable laws, rules, regulations, or other 
standards.
    (h) Where a request is unclear or incomplete, the Office of 
Advice and Education may seek additional information from the 
requester.
    (i) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member are authorized to 
take action on behalf of the Committee on any proposed written 
opinion that they determine does not require consideration by 
the Committee. If the Chair or Ranking Minority Member requests 
a written opinion, or seeks a waiver, extension, or approval 
pursuant to Rules 3(m), 4(c), 4(e), or 4(h), the next ranking 
member of the requester's party is authorized to act in lieu of 
the requester.
    (j) The Committee shall keep confidential any request for 
advice from a Member, officer, or employee, as well as any 
response thereto. Upon request of any Member, officer, or 
employee who has submitted a written request for an opinion or 
submitted a request for privately-sponsored travel, the 
Committee may release to the requesting individual a copy of 
their own written request for advice or submitted travel forms, 
any subsequent written communications between such individual 
and Committee staff regarding the request, and any Committee 
advisory opinion or travel letter issued to that individual in 
response. The Committee shall not release any internal 
Committee staff work product, communications, or notes in 
response to such a request, except as authorized by the 
Committee.
    (k) The Committee may take no adverse action in regard to 
any conduct that has been undertaken in reliance on a written 
opinion if the conduct conforms to the specific facts addressed 
in the opinion.
    (l) Information provided to the Committee by a Member, 
officer, or employee seeking advice regarding prospective 
conduct may not be used as the basis for initiating an 
investigation under clause 3(a)(2) or clause 3(b) of Rule XI of 
the Rules of the House of Representatives, if such Member, 
officer, or employee acts in good faith in accordance with the 
written advice of the Committee.
    (m) A written request for a waiver of clause 5 of House 
Rule XXV (the House gift rule), or for any other waiver or 
approval, shall be treated in all respects like any other 
request for a written opinion.
    (n) A written request for a waiver of clause 5 of House 
Rule XXV (the House gift rule) shall specify the nature of the 
waiver being sought and the specific circumstances justifying 
the waiver.
    (o) An employee seeking a waiver of time limits applicable 
to travel paid for by a private source shall include with the 
request evidence that the employing authority is aware of the 
request. In any other instance where proposed employee conduct 
may reflect on the performance of official duties, the 
Committee may require that the requester submit evidence that 
the employing authority knows of the conduct.

                     Rule 4.--Financial Disclosure

    (a) In matters relating to Title I of the Ethics in 
Government Act of 1978, the Committee shall coordinate with the 
Clerk of the House of Representatives, Legislative Resource 
Center, to assure that appropriate individuals are notified of 
their obligation to file reports required to be filed under 
Title I of the Ethics in Government Act and that such 
individuals are provided in a timely fashion with filing 
instructions and forms developed by the Committee.
    (b) The Committee shall coordinate with the Legislative 
Resource Center to assure that information that the Ethics in 
Government Act requires to be placed on the public record is 
made public.
    (c) Any reports required to be filed under Title I of the 
Ethics in Government Act filed by Members of the Board of the 
Office of Congressional Ethics that are forwarded to the 
Committee by the Clerk shall not be subject to paragraphs (d) 
through (q) of this Rule. The Office of Congressional Ethics 
retains jurisdiction over review of the timeliness and 
completeness of filings by Members of the Board as the Board's 
supervising ethics office.
    (d) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member are authorized to 
grant on behalf of the Committee requests for reasonable 
extensions of time for the filing of Financial Disclosure 
Statements. Any such request must be received by the Committee 
no later than the date on which the Statement in question is 
due. A request received after such date may be granted by the 
Committee only in extraordinary circumstances. Such extensions 
for one individual in a calendar year shall not exceed a total 
of 90 days. No extension shall be granted authorizing a 
nonincumbent candidate to file a statement later than 30 days 
prior to a primary or general election in which the candidate 
is participating.
    (e) An individual who takes legally sufficient action to 
withdraw as a candidate before the date on which that 
individual's Financial Disclosure Statement is due under the 
Ethics in Government Act shall not be required to file a 
Statement. An individual shall not be excused from filing a 
Financial Disclosure Statement when withdrawal as a candidate 
occurs after the date on which such Statement was due.
    (f) Any individual who files a report required to be filed 
under Title I of the Ethics in Government Act more than 30 days 
after the later of--
          (1) the date such report is required to be filed, or
          (2) if a filing extension is granted to such 
        individual, the last day of the filing extension 
        period, is required by such Act to pay a late filing 
        fee of $200. The Chair and Ranking Minority Member are 
        authorized to approve requests that the fee be waived 
        based on extraordinary circumstances.
    (g) Any late report that is submitted without a required 
filing fee shall be deemed procedurally deficient and not 
properly filed.
    (h) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member are authorized to 
approve requests for waivers of the aggregation and reporting 
of gifts as provided by section 102(a)(2)(C) of the Ethics in 
Government Act. If such a request is approved, both the 
incoming request and the Committee response shall be forwarded 
to the Legislative Resource Center for placement on the public 
record.
    (i) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member are authorized to 
approve blind trusts as qualifying under section 102(f)(3) of 
the Ethics in Government Act. The correspondence relating to 
formal approval of a blind trust, the trust document, the list 
of assets transferred to the trust, and any other documents 
required by law to be made public, shall be forwarded to the 
Legislative Resource Center for such purpose.
    (j) The Committee shall designate staff counsel who shall 
review reports required to be filed under Title I of the Ethics 
in Government Act and, based upon information contained 
therein, indicate in a form and manner prescribed by the 
Committee whether the Statement appears substantially accurate 
and complete and the filer appears to be in compliance with 
applicable laws and rules.
    (k) Each report required to be filed under Title I of the 
Ethics in Government Act shall be reviewed within 60 days after 
the date of filing.
    (l) If the reviewing counsel believes that additional 
information is required because (1) the report required to be 
filed under Title I of the Ethics in Government Act appears not 
substantially accurate or complete, or (2) the filer may not be 
in compliance with applicable laws or rules, then the reporting 
individual shall be notified in writing of the additional 
information believed to be required, or of the law or rule with 
which the reporting individual does not appear to be in 
compliance. Such notice shall also state the time within which 
a response is to be submitted. Any such notice shall remain 
confidential.
    (m) Within the time specified, including any extension 
granted in accordance with clause (d), a reporting individual 
who concurs with the Committee's notification that the report 
required to be filed under Title I of the Ethics in Government 
Act is not complete, or that other action is required, shall 
submit the necessary information or take appropriate action. 
Any amendment may be in the form of a revised report required 
to be filed under Title I of the Ethics in Government Act or an 
explanatory letter addressed to the Clerk of the House of 
Representatives.
    (n) Any amendment shall be placed on the public record in 
the same manner as other reports required to be filed under 
Title I of the Ethics in Government Act. The individual 
designated by the Committee to review the original report 
required to be filed under Title I of the Ethics in Government 
Act shall review any amendment thereto.
    (o) Within the time specified, including any extension 
granted in accordance with clause (d), a reporting individual 
who does not agree with the Committee that the report required 
to be filed under Title I of the Ethics in Government Act is 
deficient or that other action is required, shall be provided 
an opportunity to respond orally or in writing. If the 
explanation is accepted, a copy of the response, if written, or 
a note summarizing an oral response, shall be retained in 
Committee files with the original report.
    (p) The Committee shall be the final arbiter of whether any 
report required to be filed under Title I of the Ethics in 
Government Act requires clarification or amendment.
    (q) If the Committee determines, by vote of a majority of 
its members, that there is reason to believe that an individual 
has willfully failed to file a report required to be filed 
under Title I of the Ethics in Government Act or has willfully 
falsified or willfully failed to file information required to 
be reported, then the Committee shall refer the name of the 
individual, together with the evidence supporting its finding, 
to the Attorney General pursuant to section 104(b) of the 
Ethics in Government Act. Such referral shall not preclude the 
Committee from initiating such other action as may be 
authorized by other provisions of law or the Rules of the House 
of Representatives.

                           Rule 5.--Meetings

    (a) The regular meeting day of the Committee shall be the 
second Tuesday of each month, except when the House of 
Representatives is not meeting on that day. When the Committee 
Chair determines that there is sufficient reason, meetings may 
be called on additional days. A regularly scheduled meeting 
need not be held when the Chair determines there is no business 
to be considered.
    (b) The Chair shall establish the agenda for meetings of 
the Committee and the Ranking Minority Member may place 
additional items on the agenda.
    (c) All meetings of the Committee or any subcommittee 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.
    (d) Any hearing held by an adjudicatory subcommittee or any 
sanction hearing held by the Committee shall be open to the 
public unless the Committee or subcommittee, by an affirmative 
vote of a majority of its members, closes the hearing to the 
public.
    (e) A subcommittee shall meet at the discretion of its 
Chair.
    (f) Insofar as practicable, notice for any Committee or 
subcommittee meeting shall be provided at least seven days in 
advance of the meeting. The Chair of the Committee or 
subcommittee may waive such time period for good cause.

                        Rule 6.--Committee Staff

    (a) The staff is to be assembled and retained as a 
professional, nonpartisan staff.
    (b) Each member of the staff shall be professional and 
demonstrably qualified for the position for which the 
individual is hired.
    (c) The staff as a whole and each individual member of the 
staff shall perform all official duties in a nonpartisan 
manner.
    (d) No member of the staff shall engage in any partisan 
political activity directly affecting any congressional or 
presidential election.
    (e) No member of the staff or outside counsel may accept 
public speaking engagements or write for publication on any 
subject that is in any way related to the employment or duties 
with the Committee of such individual without specific prior 
approval from the Chair and Ranking Minority Member.
    (f) All staff members shall be appointed by an affirmative 
vote of a majority of the members of the Committee. Such vote 
shall occur at the first meeting of the membership of the 
Committee during each Congress and as necessary during the 
Congress.
    (g) Subject to the approval of the Committee on House 
Administration, the Committee may retain counsel not employed 
by the House of Representatives whenever the Committee 
determines, by an affirmative vote of a majority of the members 
of the Committee, that the retention of outside counsel is 
necessary and appropriate.
    (h) If the Committee determines that it is necessary to 
retain staff members for the purpose of a particular 
investigation or other proceeding, then such staff shall be 
retained only for the duration of that particular investigation 
or proceeding.
    (i) Outside counsel may be dismissed prior to the end of a 
contract between the Committee and such counsel only by a 
majority vote of the members of the Committee.
    (j) In addition to any other staff provided for by law, 
rule, or other authority, with respect to the Committee, the 
Chair and Ranking Minority Member each may appoint one 
individual as a shared staff member from the respective 
personal staff of the Chair or Ranking Minority Member to 
perform service for the Committee. Such shared staff may assist 
the Chair or Ranking Minority Member on any subcommittee on 
which the Chair or Ranking Minority Member serves. Only 
paragraphs (c) and (e) of this Rule and Rule 7(b) shall apply 
to shared staff.

                        Rule 7.--Confidentiality

    (a) Before any Member or employee of the Committee, 
including members of an investigative subcommittee selected 
under clause 5(a)(4) of Rule X of the House of Representatives 
and shared staff designated pursuant to Committee Rule 6(j), 
may have access to information that is confidential under the 
rules of the Committee, the following oath (or affirmation) 
shall be executed in writing:
    ``I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will not disclose, 
to any person or entity outside the Committee on Ethics, 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 provided to the Clerk 
of the House as part of the records of the House. Breaches of 
confidentiality shall be investigated by the Committee and 
appropriate action shall be taken.
    (b) No member of the staff or outside counsel may make 
public, unless approved by an affirmative vote of a majority of 
the members of the Committee, any information, document, or 
other material that is confidential, derived from executive 
session, or classified and that is obtained during the course 
of employment with the Committee.
    (c) Committee members and staff shall not disclose any 
evidence relating to an investigation to any person or 
organization outside the Committee unless authorized by the 
Committee.
    (d) Members and staff of the Committee shall not disclose 
to any person or organization outside the Committee, unless 
authorized by the Committee, any information regarding the 
Committee's or a subcommittee's investigative, adjudicatory, or 
other proceedings, including but not limited to: (i) the fact 
or nature of any complaints; (ii) executive session 
proceedings; (iii) information pertaining to or copies of any 
Committee or subcommittee report, study or other document which 
purports to express the views, findings, conclusions or 
recommendations of the Committee or subcommittee in connection 
with any of its activities or proceedings; or (iv) any other 
information or allegation respecting the conduct of a Member, 
officer, or employee of the House. This rule shall not prohibit 
the Chair or Ranking Minority Member from disclosing to the 
Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics the existence of a 
Committee investigation, the name of the Member, officer or 
employee of the House who is the subject of that investigation, 
and a brief statement of the scope of that investigation in a 
written request for referral pursuant to Rule 17A(k). Such 
disclosures will only be made subject to written confirmation 
from the Board that the information provided by the Chair or 
Ranking Minority Member will be kept confidential by the Board.
    (e) Except as otherwise specifically authorized by the 
Committee, no Committee member or staff member shall disclose 
to any person outside the Committee, the name of any witness 
subpoenaed to testify or to produce evidence.
    (f) Except as provided in Rule 17A, the Committee shall not 
disclose to any person or organization outside the Committee 
any information concerning the conduct of a respondent until it 
has transmitted a Statement of Alleged Violation to such 
respondent and the respondent has been given full opportunity 
to respond pursuant to Rule 22. The Statement of Alleged 
Violation and any written response thereto shall be made public 
at the first meeting or hearing on the matter that is open to 
the public after such opportunity has been provided. Any other 
materials in the possession of the Committee regarding such 
statement may be made public as authorized by the Committee to 
the extent consistent with the Rules of the House of 
Representatives. If no public hearing is held on the matter, 
the Statement of Alleged Violation and any written response 
thereto shall be included in the Committee's final report on 
the matter to the House of Representatives.
    (g) Unless otherwise determined by a vote of the Committee, 
only the Chair or Ranking Minority Member of the Committee, 
after consultation with each other, may make public statements 
regarding matters before the Committee or any subcommittee.
    (h) The Committee may establish procedures necessary to 
prevent the unauthorized disclosure of any testimony or other 
information received by the Committee or its staff.

          Rule 8.--Subcommittees--General Policy and Structure

    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of these Rules, the 
Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee may consult 
with an investigative subcommittee either on their own 
initiative or on the initiative of the subcommittee, shall have 
access to evidence and information before a subcommittee with 
whom they so consult, and shall not thereby be precluded from 
serving as full, voting members of any adjudicatory 
subcommittee. Except for the Chair and Ranking Minority Member 
of the Committee pursuant to this paragraph, evidence in the 
possession of an investigative subcommittee shall not be 
disclosed to other Committee members except by a vote of the 
subcommittee.
    (b) The Committee may establish other noninvestigative and 
nonadjudicatory subcommittees and may assign to them such 
functions as it may deem appropriate. The membership of each 
subcommittee shall provide equal representation for the 
majority and minority parties.
    (c) The Chair may refer any bill, resolution, or other 
matter before the Committee to an appropriate subcommittee for 
consideration. Any such bill, resolution, or other matter may 
be discharged from the subcommittee to which it was referred by 
a majority vote of the Committee.
    (d) Any member of the Committee may sit with any 
noninvestigative or nonadjudicatory subcommittee, but only 
regular members of such subcommittee may vote on any matter 
before that subcommittee.

              Rule 9.--Quorums and Member Disqualification

    (a) The quorum for the Committee or an investigative 
subcommittee to take testimony and to receive evidence shall be 
two members, unless otherwise authorized by the House of 
Representatives.
    (b) The quorum for an adjudicatory subcommittee to take 
testimony, receive evidence, or conduct business shall consist 
of a majority plus one of the members of the adjudicatory 
subcommittee.
    (c) Except as stated in clauses (a) and (b) of this rule, a 
quorum for the purpose of conducting business consists of a 
majority of the members of the Committee or subcommittee.
    (d) A member of the Committee shall be ineligible to 
participate in any Committee or subcommittee proceeding in 
which such Member is the respondent.
    (e) A member of the Committee may seek disqualification 
from participating in any investigation of the conduct of a 
Member, officer, or employee of the House of Representatives 
upon the submission in writing and under oath of an affidavit 
of disqualification stating that the member cannot render an 
impartial and unbiased decision. If the Committee approves and 
accepts such affidavit of disqualification, the Chair shall so 
notify the Speaker and ask the Speaker to designate a Member of 
the House of Representatives from the same political party as 
the disqualified member of the Committee to act as a member of 
the Committee in any Committee proceeding relating to such 
investigation.

                      Rule 10.--Vote Requirements

    (a) The following actions shall be taken only upon an 
affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Committee 
or subcommittee, as appropriate:
          (1) Issuing a subpoena.
          (2) Adopting a full Committee motion to create an 
        investigative subcommittee.
          (3) Adopting or amending of a Statement of Alleged 
        Violation.
          (4) Finding that a count in a Statement of Alleged 
        Violation has been proved by clear and convincing 
        evidence.
          (5) Sending a letter of reproval.
          (6) Adopting a recommendation to the House of 
        Representatives that a sanction be imposed.
          (7) Adopting a report relating to the conduct of a 
        Member, officer, or employee.
          (8) Issuing an advisory opinion of general 
        applicability establishing new policy.
    (b) Except as stated in clause (a), action may be taken by 
the Committee or any subcommittee thereof by a simple majority, 
a quorum being present.
    (c) No motion made to take any of the actions enumerated in 
clause (a) of this Rule may be entertained by the Chair unless 
a quorum of the Committee is present when such motion is made.

                      Rule 11.--Committee Records

    (a) All communications and all pleadings pursuant to these 
rules shall be filed with the Committee at the Committee's 
office or such other place as designated by the Committee.
    (b) All records of the Committee which have been delivered 
to the Archivist of the United States shall be made available 
to the public in accordance with Rule VII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives.

     Rule 12.--Broadcasts of Committee and Subcommittee Proceedings

    (a) Television or radio coverage of a Committee or 
subcommittee hearing or meeting shall be without commercial 
sponsorship.
    (b) Not more than four television cameras, operating from 
fixed positions, shall be permitted in a hearing or meeting 
room. The Committee may allocate the positions of permitted 
television cameras among the television media in consultation 
with the Executive Committee of the Radio and Television 
Correspondents' Galleries.
    (c) Television cameras shall be placed so as not to 
obstruct in any way the space between any witness giving 
evidence or testimony and any member of the Committee, or the 
visibility of that witness and that member to each other.
    (d) Television cameras shall not be placed in positions 
that unnecessarily obstruct the coverage of the hearing or 
meeting by the other media.

                    PART II--INVESTIGATIVE AUTHORITY


                       Rule 13.--House Resolution

    Whenever the House of Representatives, by resolution, 
authorizes or directs the Committee to undertake an inquiry or 
investigation, the provisions of the resolution, in conjunction 
with these Rules, shall govern. To the extent the provisions of 
the resolution differ from these Rules, the resolution shall 
control.

      Rule 14.--Committee Authority to Investigate--General Policy

    (a) Pursuant to clause 3(b) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, the Committee may exercise its 
investigative authority when:
          (1) information offered as a complaint by a Member of 
        the House of Representatives is transmitted directly to 
        the Committee;
          (2) information offered as a complaint by an 
        individual not a Member of the House is transmitted to 
        the Committee, provided that a Member of the House 
        certifies in writing that such Member believes the 
        information is submitted in good faith and warrants the 
        review and consideration of the Committee;
          (3) the Committee, on its own initiative, undertakes 
        an investigation;
          (4) a Member, officer, or employee is convicted in a 
        Federal, State, or local court of a felony;
          (5) the House of Representatives, by resolution, 
        authorizes or directs the Committee to undertake an 
        inquiry or investigation; or
          (6) a referral from the Board is transmitted to the 
        Committee.
    (b) The Committee also has investigatory authority over:
          (1) certain unauthorized disclosures of intelligence-
        related information, pursuant to House Rule X, clauses 
        11(g)(4) and (g)(5); or
          (2) reports received from the Office of the Inspector 
        General pursuant to House Rule II, clause 6(c)(5).

                          Rule 15.--Complaints

    (a) A complaint submitted to the Committee shall be in 
writing, dated, and properly verified (a document will be 
considered properly verified where a notary executes it with 
the language, ``Signed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me on 
(date) by (the name of the person)'' setting forth in simple, 
concise, and direct statements--
          (1) the name and legal address of the party filing 
        the complaint (hereinafter referred to as the 
        ``complainant'');
          (2) the name and position or title of the respondent;
          (3) the nature of the alleged violation of the Code 
        of Official Conduct or of other law, rule, regulation, 
        or other standard of conduct applicable to the 
        performance of duties or discharge of responsibilities; 
        and
          (4) the facts alleged to give rise to the violation. 
        The complaint shall not contain innuendo, speculative 
        assertions, or conclusory statements.
    (b) Any documents in the possession of the complainant that 
relate to the allegations may be submitted with the complaint.
    (c) Information offered as a complaint by a Member of the 
House of Representatives may be transmitted directly to the 
Committee.
    (d) Information offered as a complaint by an individual not 
a Member of the House may be transmitted to the Committee, 
provided that a Member of the House certifies in writing that 
such Member believes the information is submitted in good faith 
and warrants the review and consideration of the Committee.
    (e) A complaint must be accompanied by a certification, 
which may be unsworn, that the complainant has provided an 
exact copy of the filed complaint and all attachments to the 
respondent.
    (f) The Committee may defer action on a complaint against a 
Member, officer, or employee of the House of Representatives 
when the complaint alleges conduct that the Committee has 
reason to believe is being reviewed by appropriate law 
enforcement or regulatory authorities, or when the Committee 
determines that it is appropriate for the conduct alleged in 
the complaint to be reviewed initially by law enforcement or 
regulatory authorities.
    (g) A complaint may not be amended without leave of the 
Committee. Otherwise, any new allegations of improper conduct 
must be submitted in a new complaint that independently meets 
the procedural requirements of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives and the Committee's Rules.
    (h) The Committee shall not accept, and shall return to the 
complainant, any complaint submitted within the 60 days prior 
to an election in which the subject of the complaint is a 
candidate.
    (i) The Committee shall not consider a complaint, nor shall 
any investigation be undertaken by the Committee, of any 
alleged violation which occurred before the third previous 
Congress unless the Committee determines that the alleged 
violation is directly related to an alleged violation which 
occurred in a more recent Congress.

    Rule 16.--Duties of Committee Chair and Ranking Minority Member

    (a) Whenever information offered as a complaint is 
submitted to the Committee, the Chair and Ranking Minority 
Member shall have 14 calendar days or 5 legislative days, 
whichever occurs first, to determine whether the information 
meets the requirements of the Committee's rules for what 
constitutes a complaint.
    (b) Whenever the Chair and Ranking Minority Member jointly 
determine that information submitted to the Committee meets the 
requirements of the Committee's rules for what constitutes a 
complaint, they shall have 45 calendar days or 5 legislative 
days, whichever is later, after the date that the Chair and 
Ranking Minority Member determine that information filed meets 
the requirements of the Committee's rules for what constitutes 
a complaint, unless the Committee by an affirmative vote of a 
majority of its members votes otherwise, to--
          (1) recommend to the Committee that it dispose of the 
        complaint, or any portion thereof, in any manner that 
        does not require action by the House, which may include 
        dismissal of the complaint or resolution of the 
        complaint by a letter to the Member, officer, or 
        employee of the House against whom the complaint is 
        made;
          (2) establish an investigative subcommittee; or
          (3) request that the Committee extend the applicable 
        45-calendar day period when they determine more time is 
        necessary in order to make a recommendation under 
        paragraph (1) or (2) of Rule 16(b).
    (c) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member may jointly 
gather additional information concerning alleged conduct which 
is the basis of a complaint or of information offered as a 
complaint until they have established an investigative 
subcommittee or the Chair or Ranking Minority Member has placed 
on the agenda the issue of whether to establish an 
investigative subcommittee.
    (d) If the Chair and Ranking Minority Member jointly 
determine that information submitted to the Committee meets the 
requirements of the Committee rules for what constitutes a 
complaint, and the complaint is not disposed of within 45 
calendar days or 5 legislative days, whichever is later, and no 
additional 45-day extension is made, then they shall establish 
an investigative subcommittee and forward the complaint, or any 
portion thereof, to that subcommittee for its consideration. If 
at any time during the time period either the Chair 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.
    (e) Whenever the Chair and Ranking Minority Member jointly 
determine that information submitted to the Committee does not 
meet the requirements for what constitutes a complaint set 
forth in the Committee rules, they may (1) return the 
information to the complainant with a statement that it fails 
to meet the requirements for what constitutes a complaint set 
forth in the Committee's rules; or (2) recommend to the 
Committee that it authorize the establishment of an 
investigative subcommittee.

                   Rule 17.--Processing of Complaints

    (a) If a complaint is in compliance with House and 
Committee Rules, a copy of the complaint and the Committee 
Rules shall be forwarded to the respondent within 5 days with 
notice that the complaint conforms to the applicable rules.
    (b) The respondent may, within 30 days of the Committee's 
notification, provide to the Committee any information relevant 
to a complaint filed with the Committee. The respondent may 
submit a written statement in response to the complaint. Such a 
statement shall be signed by the respondent. If the statement 
is prepared by counsel for the respondent, the respondent shall 
sign a representation that the respondent has reviewed the 
response and agrees with the factual assertions contained 
therein.
    (c) The Committee staff may request information from the 
respondent or obtain additional information relevant to the 
case from other sources prior to the establishment of an 
investigative subcommittee only when so directed by the Chair 
and Ranking Minority Member.
    (d) The respondent shall be notified in writing regarding 
the Committee's decision either to dismiss the complaint or to 
create an investigative subcommittee.

  Rule 17A.--Referrals From the Board of the Office of Congressional 
                                 Ethics

    (a) The Committee has exclusive jurisdiction over the 
interpretation, administration, and enforcement of the Code of 
Official Conduct pursuant to clause 1(g) of House Rule X. 
Receipt of referrals from the Board under this rule does not 
limit the Committee's discretion to address referrals in any 
way through the appropriate procedures authorized by Committee 
Rules. The Committee shall review the report and findings 
transmitted by the Board without prejudice or presumptions as 
to the merit of the allegations.
    (b)(1) Whenever the Committee receives either (A) a 
referral containing a written report and any findings and 
supporting documentation from the Board; or (B) a referral from 
the Board pursuant to a request under Rule 17A(k), the Chair 
shall have 45 calendar days or 5 legislative days after the 
date the referral is received, whichever is later, to make 
public the report and findings of the Board unless the Chair 
and Ranking Minority Member jointly decide, or the Committee 
votes, to withhold such information for not more than one 
additional 45-day period.
    (2) At least one calendar day before the Committee makes 
public any report and findings of the Board the Chair shall 
notify in writing the Board and the Member, officer, or 
employee who is the subject of the referral of the impending 
public release of these documents. At the same time, the Chair 
shall transmit a copy of any public statement on the 
Committee's disposition of the matter and any accompanying 
Committee report to the individual who is the subject of the 
referral.
    (3) All public statements and reports and findings of the 
Board that are required to be made public under this Rule shall 
be posted on the Committee's website.
    (c) If the OCE report and findings are withheld for an 
additional 45-day period pursuant to paragraph (b)(1), the 
Chair shall--
          (1) make a public statement on the day of such 
        decision or vote that the matter referred from the 
        Board has been extended; and
          (2) make public the written report and findings 
        pursuant to paragraph (b) upon the termination of such 
        additional period.
    (d) If the Board transmits a report with a recommendation 
to dismiss or noting a matter as unresolved due to a tie vote, 
and the matter is extended for an additional period as provided 
in paragraph (b), the Committee is not required to make a 
public statement that the matter has been extended pursuant to 
paragraph (b)(1).
    (e) If the Committee votes to dismiss a matter referred 
from the Board, the Committee is not required to make public 
the written report and findings of the Board pursuant to 
paragraph (c) unless the Committee's vote is inconsistent with 
the recommendation of the Board. A vote by the Committee to 
dismiss a matter is not considered inconsistent with a report 
from the Board that the matter is unresolved by the Board due 
to a tie vote.
    (f) Except as provided by paragraph (g):
          (1) If the Committee establishes an investigative 
        subcommittee respecting any matter referred by the 
        Board, then the report and findings of the Board shall 
        not be made public until the conclusion of the 
        investigative subcommittee process. The Committee shall 
        issue a public statement noting the establishment of an 
        investigative subcommittee, which shall include the 
        name of the Member, officer, or employee who is the 
        subject of the inquiry, and shall set forth the alleged 
        violation.
          (2) If any such investigative subcommittee does not 
        conclude its review within one year after the Board's 
        referral, then the Committee shall make public the 
        report of the Board no later than one year after the 
        referral. If the investigative subcommittee does not 
        conclude its review before the end of the Congress in 
        which the report of the Board is made public, the 
        Committee shall make public any findings of the Board 
        on the last day of that Congress.
    (g) If the vote of the Committee is a tie or the Committee 
fails to act by the close of any applicable period(s) under 
this rule, the report and the findings of the Board shall be 
made public by the Committee, along with a public statement by 
the Chair explaining the status of the matter.
    (h)(1) If the Committee agrees to a request from an 
appropriate law enforcement or regulatory authority to defer 
taking action on a matter referred by the Board under paragraph 
(b)--
          (A) The Committee is not required to make public the 
        written report and findings of the Board pursuant to 
        paragraph (c), except that if the recommendation of the 
        Board is that the matter requires further review, the 
        Committee shall make public the written report of the 
        Board but not the findings; and
          (B) The Committee shall make a public statement that 
        it is deferring taking action on the matter at the 
        request of such law enforcement or regulatory authority 
        within one day (excluding weekends and public holidays) 
        of the day that the Committee agrees to the request.
    (2) If the Committee has not acted on the matter within one 
year of the date the public statement described in paragraph 
(h)(1)(B) is released, the Committee shall make a public 
statement that it continues to defer taking action on the 
matter. The Committee shall make a new statement upon the 
expiration of each succeeding one-year period during which the 
Committee has not acted on the matter.
    (i) The Committee shall not accept, and shall return to the 
Board, any referral from the Board within 60 days before a 
Federal, State, or local election in which the subject of the 
referral is a candidate.
    (j) The Committee may postpone any reporting requirement 
under this rule that falls within that 60-day period until 
after the date of the election in which the subject of the 
referral is a candidate. For purposes of calculating any 
applicable period under this Rule, any days within the 60-day 
period before such an election shall not be counted.
    (k)(1) At any time after the Committee receives written 
notification from the Board of the Office of Congressional 
Ethics that the Board is undertaking a review of alleged 
conduct of any Member, officer, or employee of the House at a 
time when the Committee is investigating, or has completed an 
investigation of the same matter, the Committee may so notify 
the Board in writing and request that the Board cease its 
review and refer the matter to the Committee for its 
consideration immediately. The Committee shall also notify the 
Board in writing if the Committee has not reached a final 
resolution of the matter or has not referred the matter to the 
appropriate Federal or State authorities by the end of any 
applicable time period specified in Rule 17A (including any 
permissible extension).
    (2) The Committee may not request a second referral of the 
matter from the Board if the Committee has notified the Board 
that it is unable to resolve the matter previously requested 
pursuant to this section. The Board may subsequently send a 
referral regarding a matter previously requested and returned 
by the Committee after the conclusion of the Board's review 
process.

         Rule 18.--Committee-Initiated Inquiry or Investigation

    (a) Notwithstanding the absence of a filed complaint, the 
Committee may consider any information in its possession 
indicating that a Member, officer, or employee may have 
committed a violation of the Code of Official Conduct or any 
law, rule, regulation, or other standard of conduct applicable 
to the conduct of such Member, officer, or employee in the 
performance of the duties or the discharge of the 
responsibilities of such individual. The Chair and Ranking 
Minority Member may jointly gather additional information 
concerning such an alleged violation by a Member, officer, or 
employee unless and until an investigative subcommittee has 
been established. The Chair and Ranking Minority Member may 
also jointly take appropriate action consistent with Committee 
Rules to resolve the matter.
    (b) If the Committee votes to establish an investigative 
subcommittee, the Committee shall proceed in accordance with 
Rule 19.
    (c) Any written request by a Member, officer, or employee 
of the House of Representatives that the Committee conduct an 
investigation into such person's own conduct shall be 
considered in accordance with subsection (a) of this Rule.
    (d) An inquiry shall not be undertaken regarding any 
alleged violation that occurred before the third previous 
Congress unless a majority of the Committee determines that the 
alleged violation is directly related to an alleged violation 
that occurred in a more recent Congress.
    (e)(1) An inquiry shall be undertaken by an investigative 
subcommittee with regard to any felony conviction of a Member, 
officer, or employee of the House of Representatives in a 
Federal, State, or local court who has been sentenced. 
Notwithstanding this provision, the Committee has the 
discretion to initiate an inquiry upon an affirmative vote of a 
majority of the members of the Committee at any time prior to 
conviction or sentencing.
    (2) Not later than 30 days after a Member of the House is 
indicted or otherwise formally charged with criminal conduct in 
any Federal, State, or local court, the Committee shall either 
initiate an inquiry upon a majority vote of the members of the 
Committee or submit a report to the House describing its 
reasons for not initiating an inquiry and describing the 
actions, if any, that the Committee has taken in response to 
the allegations.

                  Rule 19.--Investigative Subcommittee

    (a)(1) Upon the establishment of an investigative 
subcommittee, the Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee shall designate four members (with equal 
representation from the majority and minority parties) to serve 
as an investigative subcommittee to undertake an inquiry. 
Members of the Committee and Members of the House selected 
pursuant to clause 5(a)(4)(A) of Rule X of the House of 
Representatives are eligible for appointment to an 
investigative subcommittee, as determined by the Chair and 
Ranking Minority Member of the Committee. At the time of 
appointment, the Chair shall designate one member of the 
subcommittee to serve as the Chair and the Ranking Minority 
Member shall designate one member of the subcommittee to serve 
as the ranking minority member of the investigative 
subcommittee. The Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee may serve as members of an investigative 
subcommittee, but may not serve as non-voting, ex-officio 
members.
    (2) The respondent shall be notified of the membership of 
the investigative subcommittee and shall have 10 days after 
such notice is transmitted to object to the participation of 
any subcommittee member. Such objection shall be in writing and 
must be on the grounds that the subcommittee member cannot 
render an impartial and unbiased decision. The members of the 
Committee shall engage in a collegial discussion regarding such 
objection. The subcommittee member against whom the objection 
is made shall be the sole judge of any disqualification and may 
choose to seek disqualification from participating in the 
inquiry pursuant to Rule 9(e).
    (b) In an inquiry undertaken by an investigative 
subcommittee--
          (1) All proceedings, including the taking of 
        testimony, shall be conducted in executive session and 
        all testimony taken by deposition or things produced 
        pursuant to subpoena or otherwise shall be deemed to 
        have been taken or produced in executive session.
          (2) The Chair of the investigative subcommittee shall 
        ask the respondent and all witnesses whether they 
        intend to be represented by counsel. If so, the 
        respondent or witnesses or their legal representatives 
        shall provide written designation of counsel. A 
        respondent or witness who is represented by counsel 
        shall not be questioned in the absence of counsel 
        unless an explicit waiver is obtained.
          (3) The subcommittee shall provide the respondent an 
        opportunity to present, orally or in writing, a 
        statement, which must be under oath or affirmation, 
        regarding the allegations and any other relevant 
        questions arising out of the inquiry.
          (4) The staff may interview witnesses, examine 
        documents and other evidence, and request that 
        submitted statements be under oath or affirmation and 
        that documents be certified as to their authenticity 
        and accuracy.
          (5) The subcommittee, by a majority vote of its 
        members, may require, by subpoena or otherwise, the 
        attendance and testimony of witnesses and the 
        production of such books, records, correspondence, 
        memoranda, papers, documents, and other items as it 
        deems necessary to the conduct of the inquiry. Unless 
        the Committee otherwise provides, the subpoena power 
        shall rest in the Chair and Ranking Minority Member of 
        the Committee and a subpoena shall be issued upon the 
        request of the investigative subcommittee.
          (6) The subcommittee shall require that testimony be 
        given under oath or affirmation. The form of the oath 
        or affirmation shall be: ``Do you solemnly swear (or 
        affirm) that the testimony you will give before this 
        subcommittee in the matter now under consideration will 
        be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the 
        truth (so help you God)?'' The oath or affirmation 
        shall be administered by the Chair or subcommittee 
        member designated by the Chair to administer oaths.
    (c) During the inquiry, the procedure respecting the 
admissibility of evidence and rulings shall be as follows:
          (1) Any relevant evidence shall be admissible unless 
        the evidence is privileged under the precedents of the 
        House of Representatives.
          (2) The Chair of the subcommittee or other presiding 
        member at any investigative subcommittee proceeding 
        shall rule upon any question of admissibility or 
        relevance of evidence, motion, procedure, or any other 
        matter, and may direct any witness to answer any 
        question under penalty of contempt. A witness, witness 
        counsel, or a member of the subcommittee may appeal any 
        rulings to the members present at that proceeding. A 
        majority vote of the members present at such proceeding 
        on such appeal shall govern the question of 
        admissibility, and no appeal shall lie to the 
        Committee.
          (3) Whenever a person is determined by a majority 
        vote to be in contempt of the subcommittee, the matter 
        may be referred to the Committee to determine whether 
        to refer the matter to the House of Representatives for 
        consideration.
          (4) Committee counsel may, subject to subcommittee 
        approval, enter into stipulations with the respondent 
        and/or the respondent's counsel as to facts that are 
        not in dispute.
    (d) Upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the 
subcommittee members, and an affirmative vote of a majority of 
the full Committee, an investigative subcommittee may expand 
the scope of its inquiry.
    (e) Upon completion of the inquiry, the staff shall draft 
for the investigative subcommittee a report that shall contain 
a comprehensive summary of the information received regarding 
the alleged violations.
    (f) Upon completion of the inquiry, an investigative 
subcommittee, by a majority vote of its members, may adopt a 
Statement of Alleged Violation if it determines that there is 
substantial reason to believe that a violation of the Code of 
Official Conduct, or of a law, rule, regulation, or other 
standard of conduct applicable to the performance of official 
duties or the discharge of official responsibilities by a 
Member, officer, or employee of the House of Representatives 
has occurred. If more than one violation is alleged, such 
Statement shall be divided into separate counts. Each count 
shall relate to a separate violation, shall contain a plain and 
concise statement of the alleged facts of such violation, and 
shall include a reference to the provision of the Code of 
Official Conduct or law, rule, regulation, or other applicable 
standard of conduct governing the performance of duties or 
discharge of responsibilities alleged to have been violated. A 
copy of such Statement shall be transmitted to the respondent 
and the respondent's counsel.
    (g) If the investigative subcommittee does not adopt a 
Statement of Alleged Violation, it shall transmit to the 
Committee a report containing a summary of the information 
received in the inquiry, its conclusions and reasons therefore, 
and any appropriate recommendation.

        Rule 20.--Amendments to Statements of Alleged Violation

    (a) An investigative subcommittee may, upon an affirmative 
vote of a majority of its members, amend its Statement of 
Alleged Violation anytime before the Statement of Alleged 
Violation is transmitted to the Committee; and
    (b) If an investigative subcommittee amends its Statement 
of Alleged Violation, the respondent shall be notified in 
writing and shall have 30 calendar days from the date of that 
notification to file an answer to the amended Statement of 
Alleged Violation.

               Rule 21.--Committee Reporting Requirements

    (a) Whenever an investigative subcommittee does not adopt a 
Statement of Alleged Violation and transmits a report to that 
effect to the Committee, the Committee may by an affirmative 
vote of a majority of its members transmit such report to the 
House of Representatives;
    (b) Whenever an investigative subcommittee adopts a 
Statement of Alleged Violation but recommends that no further 
action be taken, it shall transmit a report to the Committee 
regarding the Statement of Alleged Violation; and
    (c) Whenever an investigative subcommittee adopts a 
Statement of Alleged Violation, the respondent admits to the 
violations set forth in such Statement, the respondent waives 
the right to an adjudicatory hearing, and the respondent's 
waiver is approved by the Committee--
          (1) the subcommittee shall prepare a report for 
        transmittal to the Committee, a final draft of which 
        shall be provided to the respondent not less than 15 
        calendar days before the subcommittee votes on whether 
        to adopt the report;
          (2) the respondent may submit views in writing 
        regarding the final draft to the subcommittee within 7 
        calendar days of receipt of that draft;
          (3) the subcommittee shall transmit a report to the 
        Committee regarding the Statement of Alleged Violation 
        together with any views submitted by the respondent 
        pursuant to subparagraph (2), and the Committee shall 
        make the report, together with the respondent's views, 
        available to the public before the commencement of any 
        sanction hearing; and
          (4) the Committee shall by an affirmative vote of a 
        majority of its members issue a report and transmit 
        such report to the House of Representatives, together 
        with the respondent's views previously submitted 
        pursuant to subparagraph (2) and any additional views 
        respondent may submit for attachment to the final 
        report; and
    (d) Members of the Committee shall have not less than 72 
hours to review any report transmitted to the Committee by an 
investigative subcommittee before both the commencement of a 
sanction hearing and the Committee vote on whether to adopt the 
report.

                     Rule 22.--Respondent's Answer

    (a)(1) Within 30 days from the date of transmittal of a 
Statement of Alleged Violation, the respondent shall file with 
the investigative subcommittee an answer, in writing and under 
oath, signed by respondent and respondent's counsel. Failure to 
file an answer within the time prescribed shall be considered 
by the Committee as a denial of each count.
    (2) The answer shall contain an admission to or denial of 
each count set forth in the Statement of Alleged Violation and 
may include negative, affirmative, or alternative defenses and 
any supporting evidence or other relevant information.
    (b) The respondent may file a Motion for a Bill of 
Particulars within 10 days of the date of transmittal of the 
Statement of Alleged Violation. If a Motion for a Bill of 
Particulars is filed, the respondent shall not be required to 
file an answer until 20 days after the subcommittee has replied 
to such motion.
    (c)(1) The respondent may file a Motion to Dismiss within 
10 days of the date of transmittal of the Statement of Alleged 
Violation or, if a Motion for a Bill of Particulars has been 
filed, within 10 days of the date of the subcommittee's reply 
to the Motion for a Bill of Particulars. If a Motion to Dismiss 
is filed, the respondent shall not be required to file an 
answer until 20 days after the subcommittee has replied to the 
Motion to Dismiss, unless the respondent previously filed a 
Motion for a Bill of Particulars, in which case the respondent 
shall not be required to file an answer until 10 days after the 
subcommittee has replied to the Motion to Dismiss. The 
investigative subcommittee shall rule upon any motion to 
dismiss filed during the period between the establishment of 
the subcommittee and the subcommittee's transmittal of a report 
or Statement of Alleged Violation to the Committee or to the 
Chair and Ranking Minority Member at the conclusion of an 
inquiry, and no appeal of the subcommittee's ruling shall lie 
to the Committee.
    (2) A Motion to Dismiss may be made on the grounds that the 
Statement of Alleged Violation fails to state facts that 
constitute a violation of the Code of Official Conduct or other 
applicable law, rule, regulation, or standard of conduct, or on 
the grounds that the Committee lacks jurisdiction to consider 
the allegations contained in the Statement.
    (d) Any motion filed with the subcommittee pursuant to this 
rule shall be accompanied by a Memorandum of Points and 
Authorities.
    (e)(1) The Chair of the investigative subcommittee, for 
good cause shown, may permit the respondent to file an answer 
or motion after the day prescribed above.
    (2) If the ability of the respondent to present an adequate 
defense is not adversely affected and special circumstances so 
require, the Chair of the investigative subcommittee may direct 
the respondent to file an answer or motion prior to the day 
prescribed above.
    (f) If the day on which any answer, motion, reply, or other 
pleading must be filed falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, 
such filing shall be made on the first business day thereafter.
    (g) As soon as practicable after an answer has been filed 
or the time for such filing has expired, the Statement of 
Alleged Violation and any answer, motion, reply, or other 
pleading connected therewith shall be transmitted by the Chair 
of the investigative subcommittee to the Chair and Ranking 
Minority Member of the Committee.

                    Rule 23.--Adjudicatory Hearings

    (a) If a Statement of Alleged Violation is transmitted to 
the Chair and Ranking Minority Member pursuant to Rule 22, and 
no waiver pursuant to Rule 26(b) has occurred, the Chair shall 
designate the members of the Committee who did not serve on the 
investigative subcommittee to serve on an adjudicatory 
subcommittee. The Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee shall be the Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the 
adjudicatory subcommittee unless they served on the 
investigative subcommittee. The respondent shall be notified of 
the designation of the adjudicatory subcommittee and shall have 
10 days after such notice is transmitted to object to the 
participation of any subcommittee member. Such objection shall 
be in writing and shall be on the grounds that the member 
cannot render an impartial and unbiased decision. The members 
of the Committee shall engage in a collegial discussion 
regarding such objection. The member against whom the objection 
is made shall be the sole judge of any disqualification and may 
choose to seek disqualification from serving on the 
subcommittee pursuant to Rule 9(e).
    (b) A majority of the adjudicatory subcommittee membership 
plus one must be present at all times for the conduct of any 
business pursuant to this rule.
    (c) The adjudicatory subcommittee shall hold a hearing to 
determine whether any counts in the Statement of Alleged 
Violation have been proved by clear and convincing evidence and 
shall make findings of fact, except where such violations have 
been admitted by respondent.
    (d) The subcommittee may require, by subpoena or otherwise, 
the attendance and testimony of such witnesses and production 
of such books, records, correspondence, memoranda, papers, 
documents, and other items as it deems necessary. A subpoena 
for documents may specify terms of return other than at a 
meeting or hearing of the subcommittee. Depositions, 
interrogatories, and sworn statements taken under any 
investigative subcommittee direction may be accepted into the 
hearing record.
    (e) The procedures set forth in clause 2(g)(1)-(4), (6)-(7) 
and (k) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives 
shall apply to adjudicatory hearings. All such hearings shall 
be open to the public unless the adjudicatory subcommittee, 
pursuant to such clause, determines that the hearings or any 
part thereof should be closed.
    (f)(1) The adjudicatory subcommittee shall, in writing, 
notify the respondent that the respondent and respondent's 
counsel have the right to inspect, review, copy, or photograph 
books, papers, documents, photographs, or other tangible 
objects that committee counsel intends to use as evidence 
against the respondent in an adjudicatory hearing. The 
respondent shall be given access to such evidence, and shall be 
provided the names of witnesses committee counsel intends to 
call, and a summary of their expected testimony, no less than 
15 calendar days prior to any such hearing. Except in 
extraordinary circumstances, no evidence may be introduced or 
witness called in an adjudicatory hearing unless the respondent 
has been afforded a prior opportunity to review such evidence 
or has been provided the name of the witness.
    (2) After a witness has testified on direct examination at 
an adjudicatory hearing, the Committee, at the request of the 
respondent, shall make available to the respondent any 
statement of the witness in the possession of the Committee 
which relates to the subject matter as to which the witness has 
testified.
    (3) Any other testimony, statement, or documentary evidence 
in the possession of the Committee which is material to the 
respondent's defense shall, upon request, be made available to 
the respondent.
    (g) No less than 5 days prior to the hearing, the 
respondent or counsel shall provide the adjudicatory 
subcommittee with the names of witnesses expected to be called, 
summaries of their expected testimony, and copies of any 
documents or other evidence proposed to be introduced.
    (h) The respondent or counsel may apply to the subcommittee 
for the issuance of subpoenas for the appearance of witnesses 
or the production of evidence. The application shall be granted 
upon a showing by the respondent that the proposed testimony or 
evidence is relevant and not otherwise available to respondent. 
The application may be denied if not made at a reasonable time 
or if the testimony or evidence would be merely cumulative.
    (i) No later than two weeks or 5 legislative days after the 
Chair of the Committee designates members to serve on an 
adjudicatory subcommittee, whichever is later, the Chair of the 
adjudicatory subcommittee shall establish a schedule and 
procedure for the hearing and for prehearing matters. The 
procedures may be changed either by the Chair of the 
adjudicatory subcommittee or by a majority vote of the members 
of the subcommittee. If the Chair makes prehearing rulings upon 
any question of admissibility or relevance of evidence, motion, 
procedure, or any other matter, the Chair shall make available 
those rulings to all subcommittee members at the time of the 
ruling.
    (j) The procedures regarding the admissibility of evidence 
and rulings shall be as follows:
          (1) Any relevant evidence shall be admissible unless 
        the evidence is privileged under the precedents of the 
        House of Representatives.
          (2) The Chair of the subcommittee or other presiding 
        member at an adjudicatory subcommittee hearing shall 
        rule upon any question of admissibility or relevance of 
        evidence, motion, procedure, or any other matter, and 
        may direct any witness to answer any question under 
        penalty of contempt. A witness, witness counsel, or a 
        member of the subcommittee may appeal any ruling to the 
        members present at that proceeding. A majority vote of 
        the members present at such proceeding on such an 
        appeal shall govern the question of admissibility and 
        no appeal shall lie to the Committee.
          (3) Whenever a witness is deemed by a Chair or other 
        presiding member to be in contempt of the subcommittee, 
        the matter may be referred to the Committee to 
        determine whether to refer the matter to the House of 
        Representatives for consideration.
          (4) Committee counsel may, subject to subcommittee 
        approval, enter into stipulations with the respondent 
        and/or the respondent's counsel as to facts that are 
        not in dispute.
    (k) Unless otherwise provided, the order of an adjudicatory 
hearing shall be as follows:
          (1) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the 
        subcommittee shall open the hearing with equal time and 
        during which time, the Chair shall state the 
        adjudicatory subcommittee's authority to conduct the 
        hearing and the purpose of the hearing.
          (2) The Chair shall then recognize Committee counsel 
        and the respondent's counsel, in turn, for the purpose 
        of giving opening statements.
          (3) Testimony from witnesses and other relevant 
        evidence shall be received in the following order 
        whenever possible:
                  (i) witnesses (deposition transcripts and 
                affidavits obtained during the inquiry may be 
                used in lieu of live witnesses) and other 
                evidence offered by the Committee counsel,
                  (ii) witnesses and other evidence offered by 
                the respondent,
                  (iii) rebuttal witnesses, as permitted by the 
                Chair.
          (4) Witnesses at a hearing shall be examined first by 
        counsel calling such witness. The opposing counsel may 
        then cross-examine the witness. Redirect examination 
        and recross examination by counsel may be permitted at 
        the Chair's discretion. Subcommittee members may then 
        question witnesses. Unless otherwise directed by the 
        Chair, questions by Subcommittee members shall be 
        conducted under the five-minute rule.
          (5) The Chair shall then recognize Committee counsel 
        and respondent's counsel, in turn, for the purpose of 
        giving closing arguments. Committee counsel may reserve 
        time for rebuttal argument, as permitted by the Chair.
    (l) A subpoena to a witness to appear at a hearing shall be 
served sufficiently in advance of that witness' scheduled 
appearance to allow the witness a reasonable period of time, as 
determined by the Chair of the adjudicatory subcommittee, to 
prepare for the hearing and to employ counsel.
    (m) Each witness appearing before the subcommittee shall be 
furnished a printed copy of the Committee rules, the relevant 
provisions of the Rules of the House of Representatives 
applicable to the rights of witnesses, and a copy of the 
Statement of Alleged Violation.
    (n) Testimony of all witnesses shall be taken under oath or 
affirmation. The form of the oath or affirmation shall be: ``Do 
you solemnly swear (or affirm) that the testimony you will give 
before this subcommittee in the matter now under consideration 
will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth 
(so help you God)?'' The oath or affirmation shall be 
administered by the Chair or Committee member designated by the 
Chair to administer oaths.
    (o) At an adjudicatory hearing, the burden of proof rests 
on Committee counsel to establish the facts alleged in the 
Statement of Alleged Violation by clear and convincing 
evidence. However, Committee counsel need not present any 
evidence regarding any count that is admitted by the respondent 
or any fact stipulated. Committee counsel or respondent's 
counsel may move the adjudicatory subcommittee to make a 
finding that there is no material fact at issue. If the 
adjudicatory subcommittee finds that there is no material fact 
at issue, the burden of proof will be deemed satisfied.
    (p) As soon as practicable after all testimony and evidence 
have been presented, the subcommittee shall consider each count 
contained in the Statement of Alleged Violation and shall 
determine by a majority vote of its members whether each count 
has been proved. If a majority of the subcommittee does not 
vote that a count has been proved, a motion to reconsider that 
vote may be made only by a member who voted that the count was 
not proved. A count that is not proved shall be considered as 
dismissed by the subcommittee.
    (q) The findings of the adjudicatory subcommittee shall be 
reported to the Committee.

  Rule 24.--Sanction Hearing and Consideration of Sanctions or Other 
                            Recommendations

    (a) If no count in a Statement of Alleged Violation is 
proved, the Committee shall prepare a report to the House of 
Representatives, based upon the report of the adjudicatory 
subcommittee.
    (b) If an adjudicatory subcommittee completes an 
adjudicatory hearing pursuant to Rule 23 and reports that any 
count of the Statement of Alleged Violation has been proved, a 
hearing before the Committee shall be held to receive oral and/
or written submissions by counsel for the Committee and counsel 
for the respondent as to the sanction the Committee should 
recommend to the House of Representatives with respect to such 
violations. Testimony by witnesses shall not be heard except by 
written request and vote of a majority of the Committee.
    (c) Upon completion of any proceeding held pursuant to 
clause (b), the Committee shall consider and vote on a motion 
to recommend to the House of Representatives that the House 
take disciplinary action. If a majority of the Committee does 
not vote in favor of the recommendation that the House of 
Representatives take action, a motion to reconsider that vote 
may be made only by a member who voted against the 
recommendation. The Committee may also, by majority vote, adopt 
a motion to issue a Letter of Reproval or take other 
appropriate Committee action.
    (d) If the Committee determines a Letter of Reproval 
constitutes sufficient action, the Committee shall include any 
such letter as a part of its report to the House of 
Representatives.
    (e) With respect to any proved counts against a Member of 
the House of Representatives, the Committee may recommend to 
the House one or more of the following sanctions:
          (1) Expulsion from the House of Representatives.
          (2) Censure.
          (3) Reprimand.
          (4) Fine.
          (5) Denial or limitation of any right, power, 
        privilege, or immunity of the Member if under the 
        Constitution the House of Representatives may impose 
        such denial or limitation.
          (6) Any other sanction determined by the Committee to 
        be appropriate.
    (f) With respect to any proved counts against an officer or 
employee of the House of Representatives, the Committee may 
recommend to the House one or more of the following sanctions:
          (1) Dismissal from employment.
          (2) Reprimand.
          (3) Fine.
          (4) Any other sanction determined by the Committee to 
        be appropriate.
    (g) With respect to the sanctions that the Committee may 
recommend, reprimand is appropriate for serious violations, 
censure is appropriate for more serious violations, and 
expulsion of a Member or dismissal of an officer or employee is 
appropriate for the most serious violations. A recommendation 
of a fine is appropriate in a case in which it is likely that 
the violation was committed to secure a personal financial 
benefit; and a recommendation of a denial or limitation of a 
right, power, privilege, or immunity of a Member is appropriate 
when the violation bears upon the exercise or holding of such 
right, power, privilege, or immunity. This clause sets forth 
general guidelines and does not limit the authority of the 
Committee to recommend other sanctions.
    (h) The Committee report shall contain an appropriate 
statement of the evidence supporting the Committee's findings 
and a statement of the Committee's reasons for the recommended 
sanction.

     Rule 25.--Disclosure of Exculpatory Information to Respondent

    If the Committee, or any investigative or adjudicatory 
subcommittee at any time receives any exculpatory information 
respecting a Complaint or Statement of Alleged Violation 
concerning a Member, officer, or employee of the House of 
Representatives, it shall make such information known and 
available to the Member, officer, or employee as soon as 
practicable, but in no event later than the transmittal of 
evidence supporting a proposed Statement of Alleged Violation 
pursuant to Rule 26(c). If an investigative subcommittee does 
not adopt a Statement of Alleged Violation, it shall identify 
any exculpatory information in its possession at the conclusion 
of its inquiry and shall include such information, if any, in 
the subcommittee's final report to the Committee regarding its 
inquiry. For purposes of this rule, exculpatory evidence shall 
be any evidence or information that is substantially favorable 
to the respondent with respect to the allegations or charges 
before an investigative or adjudicatory subcommittee.

             Rule 26.--Rights of Respondents and Witnesses

    (a) A respondent shall be informed of the right to be 
represented by counsel, to be provided at the respondent's own 
expense.
    (b) A respondent may seek to waive any procedural rights or 
steps in the disciplinary process. A request for waiver must be 
in writing, signed by the respondent, and must detail what 
procedural steps the respondent seeks to waive. Any such 
request shall be subject to the acceptance of the Committee or 
subcommittee, as appropriate.
    (c) Not less than 10 calendar days before a scheduled vote 
by an investigative subcommittee on a Statement of Alleged 
Violation, the subcommittee shall provide the respondent with a 
copy of the Statement of Alleged Violation it intends to adopt 
together with all evidence it intends to use to prove those 
charges which it intends to adopt, including documentary 
evidence, witness testimony, memoranda of witness interviews, 
and physical evidence, unless the subcommittee by an 
affirmative vote of a majority of its members decides to 
withhold certain evidence in order to protect a witness, but if 
such evidence is withheld, the subcommittee shall inform the 
respondent that evidence is being withheld and of the count to 
which such evidence relates.
    (d) Neither the respondent nor respondent's counsel shall, 
directly or indirectly, contact the subcommittee or any member 
thereof during the period of time set forth in paragraph (c) 
except for the sole purpose of settlement discussions where 
counsels for the respondent and the subcommittee are present.
    (e) If, at any time after the issuance of a Statement of 
Alleged Violation, the Committee or any subcommittee thereof 
determines that it intends to use evidence not provided to a 
respondent under paragraph (c) to prove the charges contained 
in the Statement of Alleged Violation (or any amendment 
thereof), such evidence shall be made immediately available to 
the respondent, and it may be used in any further proceeding 
under the Committee's rules.
    (f) Evidence provided pursuant to paragraph (c) or (e) 
shall be made available to the respondent and respondent's 
counsel only after each agrees, in writing, that no document, 
information, or other materials obtained pursuant to that 
paragraph shall be made public until--
          (1) such time as a Statement of Alleged Violation is 
        made public by the Committee if the respondent has 
        waived the adjudicatory hearing; or
          (2) the commencement of an adjudicatory hearing if 
        the respondent has not waived an adjudicatory hearing; 
        but the failure of respondent and respondent's counsel 
        to so agree in writing, and therefore not receive the 
        evidence, shall not preclude the issuance of a 
        Statement of Alleged Violation at the end of the period 
        referenced to in (c).
    (g) A respondent shall receive written notice whenever--
          (1) the Chair and Ranking Minority Member determine 
        that information the Committee has received constitutes 
        a complaint;
          (2) a complaint or allegation is transmitted to an 
        investigative subcommittee;
          (3) that subcommittee votes to authorize its first 
        subpoena or to take testimony under oath, whichever 
        occurs first; and
          (4) the Committee votes to expand the scope of the 
        inquiry of an investigative subcommittee.
    (h) Whenever an investigative subcommittee adopts a 
Statement of Alleged Violation and a respondent enters into an 
agreement with that subcommittee to settle a complaint on which 
the Statement is based, that agreement, unless the respondent 
requests otherwise, shall be in writing and signed by the 
respondent and the respondent's counsel, the Chair and Ranking 
Minority Member of the subcommittee, and outside counsel, if 
any.
    (i) Statements or information derived solely from a 
respondent or respondent's counsel during any settlement 
discussions between the Committee or a subcommittee thereof and 
the respondent shall not be included in any report of the 
subcommittee or the Committee or otherwise publicly disclosed 
without the consent of the respondent.
    (j) Whenever a motion to establish an investigative 
subcommittee does not prevail, the Committee shall promptly 
send a letter to the respondent informing the respondent of 
such vote.
    (k) Witnesses shall be afforded a reasonable period of 
time, as determined by the Committee or subcommittee, to 
prepare for an appearance before an investigative subcommittee 
or for an adjudicatory hearing and to obtain counsel.
    (l) Prior to their testimony, witnesses shall be furnished 
a printed copy of the Committee's Rules of Procedure and the 
provisions of the Rules of the House of Representatives 
applicable to the rights of witnesses.
    (m) Witnesses may be accompanied by their own counsel for 
the purpose of advising them concerning their constitutional 
rights. The Chair may punish breaches of order and decorum, and 
of professional responsibility on the part of counsel, by 
censure and exclusion from the hearings; and the Committee may 
cite the offender to the House of Representatives for contempt.
    (n) Each witness subpoenaed to provide testimony or other 
evidence shall be provided the same per diem rate as 
established, authorized, and regulated by the Committee on 
House Administration for Members, officers and employees of the 
House, and, as the Chair considers appropriate, actual expenses 
of travel to or from the place of examination. No compensation 
shall be authorized for attorney's fees or for a witness' lost 
earnings. Such per diem may not be paid if a witness had been 
summoned at the place of examination.
    (o) With the approval of the Committee, a witness, upon 
request, may be provided with a transcript of the witness' own 
deposition or other testimony taken in executive session, or, 
with the approval of the Chair and Ranking Minority Member, may 
be permitted to examine such transcript in the office of the 
Committee. Any such request shall be in writing and shall 
include a statement that the witness, and counsel, agree to 
maintain the confidentiality of all executive session 
proceedings covered by such transcript.

                      Rule 27.--Frivolous Filings

    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, the Committee may take such action as 
it, by an affirmative vote of a majority deems appropriate in 
the circumstances.

          Rule 28.--Referrals to Federal or State Authorities

    Referrals made under clause 3(a)(3) of Rule XI of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives may be made by an affirmative 
vote of two-thirds of the members of the Committee.

                    Committee on Financial Services

  JOHN KLINE, Minnesota, Chairman

ROBERT C. ``BOBBY'' SCOTT, Virginia  JOE WILSON, South Carolina
RUBEN HINOJOSA, Texas                VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina
SUSAN A. DAVIS, California           DUNCAN HUNTER, California
RAUL M. GRIJALVA, Arizona            DAVID P. ROE, Tennessee
JOE COURTNEY, Connecticut            GLENN THOMPSON, Pennsylvania
MARCIA L. FUDGE, Ohio                TIM WALBERG, Michigan
JARED POLIS, Colorado                MATT SALMON, Arizona
GREGORIO KILILI CAMACHO SABLAN, Northern Mariana Islandsucky
FREDERICA S. WILSON, Florida         TODD ROKITA, Indiana
SUZANNE BONAMICI, Oregon             LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania
MARK POCAN, Wisconsin                JOSEPH J. HECK, Nevada
MARK TAKANO, California              LUKE MESSER, Indiana
HAKEEM S. JEFFRIES, New York         BRADLEY BYRNE, Alabama
KATHERINE M. CLARK, Massachusetts    DAVE BRAT, Virginia
ALMA S. ADAMS, North Carolina        EARL L. ``BUDDY'' CARTER, Georgia
MARK DeSAULNIER, California          MIKE BISHOP, Michigan
                                     GLENN GROTHMAN, Wisconsin
                                     STEVE RUSSELL, Oklahoma
                                     CARLOS CURBELO, Florida
                                     ELISE M. STEFANIK, New York
                                     RICK W. ALLEN, Georgia

                     (As adopted January 14, 2015)


  RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) The rules of the House are the rules of the Committee 
on Financial Services (hereinafter in these rules referred to 
as the ``Committee'') and its subcommittees so far as 
applicable, except that 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, are privileged 
motions in the Committee and shall be considered without 
debate. A proposed investigative or oversight report shall be 
considered as read if it has been available to the members of 
the Committee for at least 24 hours (excluding Saturdays, 
Sundays, or legal holidays except when the House is in session 
on such day).
    (b) Each subcommittee is a part of the Committee, and is 
subject to the authority and direction of the Committee and to 
its rules so far as applicable.
    (c) The provisions of clause 2 of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House are incorporated by reference as the rules of the 
Committee to the extent applicable.

                           Rule 2.--Meetings


                          CALLING OF MEETINGS

    (a)(1) The Committee shall regularly meet on the first 
Tuesday of each month when the House is in session.
    (2) A regular meeting of the Committee may be dispensed 
with if, in the judgment of the Chairman of the Committee 
(hereinafter in these rules referred to as the ``Chair''), 
there is no need for the meeting.
    (3) Additional regular meetings and hearings of the 
Committee may be called by the Chair, in accordance with clause 
2(g)(3) of rule XI of the rules of the House.
    (4) Special meetings shall be called and convened by the 
Chair as provided in clause 2(c)(2) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House.

                          NOTICE FOR MEETINGS

    (b)(1) The Chair shall notify each member of the Committee 
of the agenda of each regular meeting of the Committee at least 
three calendar days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal 
holidays except when the House is in session on any such day) 
before the time of the meeting.
    (2) The Chair shall provide to each member of the 
Committee, at least three calendar days (excluding Saturdays, 
Sundays, and legal holidays except when the House is in session 
on any such day) before the time of each regular meeting for 
each measure or matter on the agenda a copy of--
          (A) the measure or materials relating to the matter 
        in question; and
          (B) an explanation of the measure or matter to be 
        considered, which, in the case of an explanation of a 
        bill, resolution, or similar measure, shall include a 
        summary of the major provisions of the legislation, an 
        explanation of the relationship of the measure to 
        present law, and a summary of the need for the 
        legislation.
    (3) At least 24 hours prior to the commencement of a 
meeting for the markup of legislation, the Chair shall cause 
the text of such legislation to be made publicly available in 
electronic form.
    (4) The provisions of this subsection may be waived by a 
two-thirds vote of the Committee or by the Chair with the 
concurrence of the ranking minority member.

                Rule 3.--Meeting and Hearing Procedures


                               IN GENERAL

    (a)(1) Meetings and hearings of the Committee shall be 
called to order and presided over by the Chair or, in the 
Chair's absence, by a member designated by the Chair to carry 
out such duties.
    (2) Meetings and hearings of the committee shall be open to 
the public unless closed in accordance with clause 2(g) of rule 
XI of the Rules of the House.
    (3) Any meeting or hearing of the Committee that is open to 
the public shall be open to coverage by television broadcast, 
radio broadcast, and still photography in accordance with the 
provisions of clause 4 of rule XI of the Rules of the House 
(which are incorporated by reference as part of these rules). 
Operation and use of any Committee operated broadcast system 
shall be fair and nonpartisan and in accordance with clause 
4(b) of rule XI and all other applicable rules of the Committee 
and the House.
    (4) To the extent feasible, members and witnesses may use 
the Committee equipment for the purpose of presenting 
information electronically during a meeting or hearing, 
provided the information is transmitted to the appropriate 
Committee staff in an appropriate electronic format at least 
one business day before the meeting or hearing so as to ensure 
display capacity and quality. The content of all materials must 
relate to the pending business of the Committee and conform to 
the rules of the House. The confidentiality of the material 
will be maintained by the technical staff until its official 
presentation to the Committee members. For the purposes of 
maintaining the official records of the committee, printed 
copies of all materials presented, to the extent practicable, 
must accompany the presentations.
    (5) No person, other than a Member of Congress, Committee 
staff, or an employee of a Member when that Member has an 
amendment under consideration, may stand in or be seated at the 
rostrum area of the Committee rooms unless the Chair determines 
otherwise.

                                 QUORUM

    (b)(1) For the purpose of taking testimony and receiving 
evidence, two members of the Committee shall constitute a 
quorum.
    (2) A majority of the members of the Committee shall 
constitute a quorum for the purposes of reporting any measure 
or matter, of authorizing a subpoena (other than a subpoena 
authorized and issued by the Chair pursuant to subsection 
(e)(1)), of closing a meeting or hearing pursuant to clause 
2(g) of rule XI of the rules of the House (except as provided 
in clause 2(g)(2)(A) and (B)) or of releasing executive session 
material pursuant to clause 2(k)(7) of rule XI of the rules of 
the House.
    (3) For the purpose of taking any action other than those 
specified in paragraph (2) one-third of the members of the 
Committee shall constitute a quorum.

                                 VOTING

    (c)(1) No vote may be conducted on any measure or matter 
pending before the Committee unless the requisite number of 
members of the Committee is actually present for such purpose.
    (2) A record vote of the Committee shall be provided on any 
question before the Committee upon the request of one-fifth of 
the members present.
    (3) No vote by any member of the Committee on any measure 
or matter may be cast by proxy.
    (4) In addition to any other requirement of these rules or 
the Rules of the House, including clause 2(e)(1)(B) of rule XI, 
the Chair shall make the record of the votes on any question on 
which a record vote is demanded publicly available for 
inspection at the offices of the Committee and in electronic 
form on the Committee's Web site not later than one business 
day after such vote is taken. Such record shall include in 
electronic form the text 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. With respect to any record vote on any 
motion to report or record vote on any amendment, a record of 
such votes shall be included in the report of the Committee 
showing the total number of votes cast for and against and the 
names of those members of the committee present but not voting.
    (5) Postponed Record Votes.--
          (A) Subject to subparagraph (B), the Chairman may 
        postpone further proceedings when a record vote is 
        ordered on the question of approving any measure or 
        matter or adopting an amendment. The Chairman may 
        resume proceedings on a postponed request at any time, 
        but no later than the next meeting day.
          (B) In exercising postponement authority under 
        subparagraph (A), the Chairman shall take all 
        reasonable steps necessary to notify members on the 
        resumption of proceedings on any postponed record vote.
          (C) When proceedings resume on a postponed question, 
        not withstanding any intervening order for the previous 
        question, an underlying proposition shall remain 
        subject to further debate or amendment to the same 
        extent as when the question was postponed.
          (D) The Chair's authority to postpone recorded votes 
        will not be used to prejudice a member with regard to 
        the offering of another amendment. In the application 
        of this rule, the Chair will consult regularly with the 
        ranking minority member regarding the scheduling of the 
        resumption of postponed votes.

                           HEARING PROCEDURES

    (d)(1)(A) The Chair shall make public announcement of the 
date, place, and subject matter of any committee hearing at 
least one week before the commencement of the hearing, unless 
the Chair, with the concurrence of the ranking minority member, 
or the Committee by majority vote with a quorum present for the 
transaction of business, determines there is good cause to 
begin the hearing sooner, in which case the Chair shall make 
the announcement at the earliest possible date.
    (B) Not less than three days before the commencement of a 
hearing (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays 
except when the House is in session on any such day) announced 
under this paragraph, the Chair shall provide to the members of 
the Committee a concise summary of the subject of the hearing, 
or, in the case of a hearing on a measure or matter, a copy of 
the measure or materials relating to the matter in question and 
a concise explanation of the measure or matter to be 
considered. At the same time the Chair provides the information 
required by the preceding sentence, the Chair shall also 
provide to the members of the Committee a list of the witnesses 
expected to appear before the Committee at that hearing. The 
witness list may not be modified within 24 hours of a hearing, 
unless the Chair, with the concurrence of the ranking minority 
member, determines there is good cause for such modification.
    (2) To the greatest extent practicable--
          (A) each witness who is to appear before the 
        Committee shall file with the Committee two business 
        days in advance of the appearance sufficient copies 
        (including a copy in electronic form), as determined by 
        the Chair, of a written statement of proposed testimony 
        and shall limit the oral presentation to the Committee 
        to brief summary thereof; and
          (B) each witness appearing in a non-governmental 
        capacity shall include with the written statement of 
        proposed testimony a curriculum vitae and a disclosure 
        of the amount and source (by agency and program) of any 
        Federal grant (or subgrant hereof) or contract (or 
        subcontract thereof) received during the current fiscal 
        year or either of the two preceding fiscal years. Such 
        disclosure statements, with appropriate redactions to 
        protect the privacy of the witness, shall be made 
        publicly available in electronic form not later than 
        one day after the witness appears.
    (3) The requirements of paragraph (2)(A) may be modified or 
waived by the Chair when the Chair determines it to be in the 
best interest of the Committee.
    (4)(A) Subject to subparagraph (B), the five-minute rule 
shall be observed in the interrogation of witnesses before the 
Committee or any of its subcommittees until each present member 
thereof has had an opportunity to question the witnesses. No 
member shall be recognized for a second period of five minutes 
to interrogate witnesses until each present member of the 
Committee or such subcommittee has been recognized once for 
that purpose.
          (B) The Chair may permit a specified number of 
        members to question one or more witnesses for a 
        specified period of time not to exceed 60 minutes in 
        the aggregate, equally divided between and controlled 
        by the Chair and the ranking minority member.
    (5) Whenever any hearing is conducted by the Committee on 
any measure or matter, the minority party members of the 
Committee shall be entitled, upon the request of a majority of 
them before the completion of the hearing, to call witnesses 
with respect to that measure or matter during at least one day 
of hearing thereon. The Chair, with the concurrence of the 
ranking minority member, will determine the date, time, and 
place of such hearing.
    (6) At any hearing of the Committee, opening statements by 
members of the Committee shall be limited to 10 minutes in the 
aggregate. The Chair shall control five minutes and recognize 
members in the Chair's sole discretion. The ranking minority 
member shall control five minutes; the Chair shall recognize 
members for such five minutes according to the direction of the 
ranking minority member as communicated to the Chair.
    (7) Notwithstanding any member's oral delivery of an 
opening statement, written opening statements by any member of 
the Committee submitted to the Chair within 5 legislative days 
after the adjournment of a hearing shall be made a part of the 
official hearing record thereof.

                          SUBPOENAS AND OATHS

    (e)(1) The power to authorize and issue subpoenas is 
delegated to the Chair. The Chair will provide written notice 
to the ranking minority member at least 48 hours in advance of 
the authorization and issuance of a subpoena, except when 
exigent circumstances exist that do not permit such amount of 
notice, in which case the Chair shall provide such notice as 
soon as possible.
    (2) Authorized subpoenas shall be signed by the Chair or by 
any member designated by the Committee, and may be served by 
any person designated by the Chair or such member.
    (3) The Chair, or any member of the Committee designated by 
the Chair, may administer oaths to witnesses before the 
Committee.

         Rule 4.--Procedures for Reporting Measures or Matters

    (a) No measure or matter shall be reported from the 
Committee unless a majority of the Committee is actually 
present.
    (b) The Chair of the Committee shall report or cause to be 
reported promptly to the House any measure approved by the 
Committee and take necessary steps to bring a matter to a vote.
    (c) The report of the Committee on a measure which 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 there has been filed with the clerk of 
the Committee a written request, signed by a majority of the 
members of the Committee, for the reporting of that measure 
pursuant to the provisions of clause 2(b)(2) of rule XIII of 
the Rules of the House.
    (d) All reports printed by the Committee pursuant to a 
legislative study or investigation and not approved by a 
majority vote of the Committee shall contain the following 
disclaimer on the cover of such report: ``This report has not 
been officially adopted by the Committee on Financial Services 
and may not necessarily reflect the views of its Members.''
    (e) The Chair is directed to offer a motion under clause 1 
of rule XXII of the Rules of the House whenever the Chair 
considers it appropriate.

                         Rule 5.--Subcommittees


          ESTABLISHMENT AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF SUBCOMMITTEES

    (a)(1) There shall be five subcommittees of the Committee 
as follows:
          (A) Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government 
        Sponsored Enterprises.--The jurisdiction of the 
        Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government 
        Sponsored Enterprises includes--
                  (i) securities, exchanges, and finance;
                  (ii) capital markets activities, including 
                business capital formation and venture capital;
                  (iii) activities involving futures, forwards, 
                options, and other types of derivative 
                instruments;
                  (iv) the Securities and Exchange Commission;
                  (v) secondary market organizations for home 
                mortgages, including the Federal National 
                Mortgage Association, the Federal Home Loan 
                Mortgage Corporation, and the Federal 
                Agricultural Mortgage Corporation;
                  (vi) the Federal Housing Finance Agency; and
                  (vii) the Federal Home Loan Banks.
          (B) Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and 
        Consumer Credit.--The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee 
        on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit 
        includes--
                  (i) all agencies, including the Office of the 
                Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal 
                Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of 
                Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the 
                Federal Reserve System, and the National Credit 
                Union Administration, which directly or 
                indirectly exercise supervisory or regulatory 
                authority in connection with, or provide 
                deposit insurance for, financial institutions, 
                and the establishment of interest rate ceilings 
                on deposits;
                  (ii) all matters related to the Bureau of 
                Consumer Financial Protection;
                  (iii) the chartering, branching, merger, 
                acquisition, consolidation, or conversion of 
                financial institutions;
                  (iv) consumer credit, including the provision 
                of consumer credit by insurance companies, and 
                further including those matters in the Consumer 
                Credit Protection Act dealing with truth in 
                lending, extortionate credit transactions, 
                restrictions on garnishments, fair credit 
                reporting and the use of credit information by 
                credit bureaus and credit providers, equal 
                credit opportunity, debt collection practices, 
                and electronic funds transfers, including 
                consumer transactions using mobile devices;
                  (v) creditor remedies and debtor defenses, 
                Federal aspects of the Uniform Consumer Credit 
                Code, credit and debit cards, and the 
                preemption of State usury laws;
                  (vi) consumer access to financial services, 
                including the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act and 
                the Community Reinvestment Act;
                  (vii) the terms and rules of disclosure of 
                financial services, including the 
                advertisement, promotion and pricing of 
                financial services, and availability of 
                government check cashing services;
                  (viii) deposit insurance; and
                  (ix) consumer access to savings accounts and 
                checking accounts in financial institutions, 
                including lifeline banking and other consumer 
                accounts.
          (C) Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance.--The 
        jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Housing and 
        Insurance includes--
                  (i) insurance generally; terrorism risk 
                insurance; private mortgage insurance; 
                government sponsored insurance programs, 
                including those offering protection against 
                crime, fire, flood (and related land use 
                controls), earthquake and other natural 
                hazards; the Federal Insurance Office;
                  (ii) housing (except programs administered by 
                the Department of Veterans Affairs), including 
                mortgage and loan insurance pursuant to the 
                National Housing Act; rural housing; housing 
                and homeless assistance programs; all 
                activities of the Government National Mortgage 
                Association; housing construction and design 
                and safety standards; housing-related energy 
                conservation; housing research and 
                demonstration programs; financial and technical 
                assistance for nonprofit housing sponsors; 
                housing counseling and technical assistance; 
                regulation of the housing industry (including 
                landlord/tenant relations); and real estate 
                lending including regulation of settlement 
                procedures;
                  (iii) community development and community and 
                neighborhood planning, training and research; 
                national urban growth policies; urban/rural 
                research and technologies; and regulation of 
                interstate land sales; and,
                  (iv) the qualifications for and designation 
                of Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities 
                (other than matters relating to tax benefits).
          (D) Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade.--The 
        jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and 
        Trade includes--
                  (i) financial aid to all sectors and elements 
                within the economy;
                  (ii) economic growth and stabilization;
                  (iii) defense production matters as contained 
                in the Defense Production Act of 1950, as 
                amended;
                  (iv) domestic monetary policy, and agencies 
                which directly or indirectly affect domestic 
                monetary policy, including the effect of such 
                policy and other financial actions on interest 
                rates, the allocation of credit, and the 
                structure and functioning of domestic financial 
                institutions;
                  (v) coins, coinage, currency, and medals, 
                including commemorative coins and medals, proof 
                and mint sets and other special coins, the 
                Coinage Act of 1965, gold and silver, including 
                the coinage thereof (but not the par value of 
                gold), gold medals, counterfeiting, currency 
                denominations and design, the distribution of 
                coins, and the operations of the Bureau of the 
                Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing;
                  (vi) development of new or alternative forms 
                of currency;
                  (vii) multilateral development lending 
                institutions, including activities of the 
                National Advisory Council on International 
                Monetary and Financial Policies as related 
                thereto, and monetary and financial 
                developments as they relate to the activities 
                and objectives of such institutions;
                  (viii) international trade, including but not 
                limited to the activities of the Export-Import 
                Bank;
                  (ix) the International Monetary Fund, its 
                permanent and temporary agencies, and all 
                matters related thereto; and
                  (x) international investment policies, both 
                as they relate to United States investments for 
                trade purposes by citizens of the United States 
                and investments made by all foreign entities in 
                the United States.
          (E) Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.--
        The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Oversight and 
        Investigations includes--
                  (i) the oversight of all agencies, 
                departments, programs, and matters within the 
                jurisdiction of the Committee, including the 
                development of recommendations with regard to 
                the necessity or desirability of enacting, 
                changing, or repealing any legislation within 
                the jurisdiction of the Committee, and for 
                conducting investigations within such 
                jurisdiction; and
                  (ii) research and analysis regarding matters 
                within the jurisdiction of the Committee, 
                including the impact or probable impact of tax 
                policies affecting matters within the 
                jurisdiction of the Committee.
    (2) In addition, each such subcommittee shall have specific 
responsibility for such other measures or matters as the Chair 
refers to it.
    (3) Each subcommittee of the Committee shall review and 
study, on a continuing basis, the application, administration, 
execution, and effectiveness of those laws, or parts of laws, 
the subject matter of which is within its general 
responsibility.

           REFERRAL OF MEASURES AND MATTERS TO SUBCOMMITTEES

    (b)(1) The Chair shall regularly refer to one or more 
subcommittees such measures and matters as the Chair deems 
appropriate given its jurisdiction and responsibilities. In 
making such a referral, the Chair may designate a subcommittee 
of primary jurisdiction and subcommittees of additional or 
sequential jurisdiction.
    (2) All other measures or matters shall be subject to 
consideration by the full Committee.
    (3) In referring any measure or matter to a subcommittee, 
the Chair may specify a date by which the subcommittee shall 
report thereon to the Committee.
    (4) The Chair, in his or her sole discretion, may discharge 
a subcommittee from consideration of any measure or matter 
referred to a subcommittee of the Committee.

                      COMPOSITION OF SUBCOMMITTEES

    (c)(1) Members shall be elected to each subcommittee and to 
the positions of chair and ranking minority member thereof, in 
accordance with the rules of the respective party caucuses. The 
Chair of the Committee shall designate a member of the majority 
party on each subcommittee as its vice chair. The Chair may 
designate one member of the Committee who previously has served 
as the chairman of the Committee as the Chairman Emeritus.
    (2) The Chair and ranking minority member of the Committee 
shall be ex officio members with voting privileges of each 
subcommittee of which they are not assigned as members and may 
be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum in such 
subcommittees. The Chairman Emeritus shall be an ex officio 
member without voting privileges of each subcommittee to which 
he or she is not assigned and shall not count for purposes of 
establishing a quorum in such subcommittees.
    (3) The subcommittees shall be comprised as follows:
          (A) The Subcommittee on Capital Markets and 
        Government Sponsored Enterprises shall be comprised of 
        30 members, 17 elected by the majority caucus and 13 
        elected by the minority caucus.
          (B) The Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and 
        Consumer Credit shall be comprised of 30 members, 17 
        elected by the majority caucus and 13 elected by the 
        minority caucus.
          (C) The Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance shall 
        be comprised of 21 members, 12 elected by the majority 
        caucus and 9 elected by the minority caucus.
          (D) The Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade 
        shall be comprised of 21 members, 12 elected by the 
        majority caucus and 9 elected by the minority caucus.
          (E) The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations 
        shall be comprised of 21 members, 12 elected by the 
        majority caucus and 9 elected by the minority caucus.

                   SUBCOMMITTEE MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

    (d)(1) Each subcommittee of the Committee is authorized to 
meet, hold hearings, receive testimony, mark up legislation, 
and report to the full Committee on any measure or matter 
referred to it, consistent with subsection (a).
    (2) No subcommittee of the Committee may meet or hold a 
hearing at the same time as a meeting or hearing of the 
Committee.
    (3) The chair of each subcommittee shall set hearing and 
meeting dates only with the approval of the Chair with a view 
toward assuring the availability of meeting rooms and avoiding 
simultaneous scheduling of Committee and subcommittee meetings 
or hearings.

                          EFFECT OF A VACANCY

    (e) Any vacancy in the membership of a subcommittee shall 
not affect the power of the remaining members to execute the 
functions of the subcommittee as long as the required quorum is 
present.

                                RECORDS

    (f) Each subcommittee of the Committee shall provide the 
full Committee with copies of such records of votes taken in 
the subcommittee and such other records with respect to the 
subcommittee as the Chair deems necessary for the Committee to 
comply with all rules and regulations of the House.

                             Rule 6.--Staff


                               IN GENERAL

    (a)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), the 
professional and other staff of the Committee shall be 
appointed, and may be removed by the Chair, and shall work 
under the general supervision and direction of the Chair.
    (2) All professional and other staff provided to the 
minority party members of the Committee shall be appointed, and 
may be removed, by the ranking minority member of the 
Committee, and shall work under the general supervision and 
direction of such member.
    (3) It is intended that the skills and experience of all 
members of the Committee staff be available to all members of 
the Committee.

                           SUBCOMMITTEE STAFF

    (b) From funds made available for the appointment of staff, 
the Chair of the Committee shall, pursuant to clause 6(d) of 
rule X of the Rules of the House, ensure that sufficient staff 
is made available so that each subcommittee can carry out its 
responsibilities under the rules of the Committee and that the 
minority party is treated fairly in the appointment of such 
staff.

                         COMPENSATION OF STAFF

    (c)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), the Chair shall 
fix the compensation of all professional and other staff of the 
Committee.
    (2) The ranking minority member shall fix the compensation 
of all professional and other staff provided to the minority 
party members of the Committee.

                       Rule 7.--Budget and Travel


                                 BUDGET

    (a)(1) The Chair, in consultation with other members of the 
Committee, shall prepare for each Congress a budget providing 
amounts for staff, necessary travel, investigation, and other 
expenses of the Committee and its subcommittees.
    (2) From the amount provided to the Committee in the 
primary expense resolution adopted by the House of 
Representatives, the Chair, after consultation with the ranking 
minority member, shall designate an amount to be under the 
direction of the ranking minority member for the compensation 
of the minority staff, travel expenses of minority members and 
staff, and minority office expenses. All expenses of minority 
members and staff shall be paid for out of the amount so set 
aside.

                                 TRAVEL

    (b)(1) The Chair may authorize travel for any member and 
any staff member of the Committee in connection with activities 
or subject matters under the general jurisdiction of the 
Committee. Before such authorization is granted, there shall be 
submitted to the Chair in writing the following:
          (A) The purpose of the travel.
          (B) The dates during which the travel is to occur.
          (C) The names of the States or countries to be 
        visited and the length of time to be spent in each.
          (D) The names of members and staff of the Committee 
        for whom the authorization is sought.
    (2) Members and staff of the Committee shall make a written 
report to the Chair on any travel they have conducted under 
this subsection, including a description of their itinerary, 
expenses, and activities, and of pertinent information gained 
as a result of such travel.
    (3) Members and staff of the Committee performing 
authorized travel on official business shall be governed by 
applicable laws, resolutions, and regulations of the House and 
of the Committee on House Administration.

                   Rule 8.--Committee Administration


                                RECORDS

    (a)(1) There shall be a transcript made of each regular 
meeting and hearing of the Committee, and the transcript may be 
printed if the Chair decides it is appropriate or if a majority 
of the members of the Committee requests such printing. Any 
such transcripts shall be 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. Nothing in this 
paragraph shall be construed to require that all such 
transcripts be subject to correction and publication.
    (2) The Committee shall keep a record of all actions of the 
Committee and of its subcommittees. The record shall contain 
all information required by clause 2(e)(1) of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House and shall be available in electronic form 
and for public inspection at reasonable times in the offices of 
the Committee.
    (3) All Committee hearings, records, data, charts, and 
files shall be kept separate and distinct from the 
congressional office records of the Chair, shall be the 
property of the House, and all Members of the House shall have 
access thereto as provided in clause 2(e)(2) of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House.
    (4) The records of the Committee at the National Archives 
and Records Administration shall be made available for public 
use in accordance with rule VII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives. The Chair shall notify the ranking minority 
member of any decision, pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 
4(b) of the rule, to withhold a record otherwise available, and 
the matter shall be presented to the Committee for a 
determination on written request of any member of the 
Committee.

                 COMMITTEE PUBLICATIONS ON THE INTERNET

    (b) The Chair shall maintain an official Committee website 
for the purpose of carrying out the official responsibilities 
of the Committee, including communicating information about the 
Committee's activities. The ranking minority member may 
maintain an official website. To the maximum extent feasible, 
the Committee shall make its publications available in 
electronic form on the official Committee website maintained by 
the Chair.

      AUDIO AND VIDEO COVERAGE OF COMMITTEE HEARINGS AND MEETINGS

    (c)(1) To the maximum extent feasible, the Committee shall 
provide audio and video coverage of each hearing or meeting for 
the transaction of business in a manner that allows the public 
to easily listen to and view the proceedings; and,
    (2) maintain the recordings of such coverage in a manner 
that is easily accessible to the public.

                    Committee on the Foreign Affairs

   EDWARD R. ROYCE, California, 
             Chairman

ELIOT L. ENGEL, New York             CHRISTOPHER H. SMITH, New Jersey
BRAD SHERMAN, California             ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, Florida
GREGORY W. MEEKS, New York           DANA ROHRABACHER, California
ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey              STEVE CHABOT, Ohio
GERALD E. CONNOLLY, Virginia         JOE WILSON, South Carolina
THEODORE E. DEUTCH, Florida          MICHAEL T. McCAUL, Texas
BRIAN HIGGINS, New York              TED POE, Texas
KAREN BASS, California               MATT SALMON, Arizona
WILLIAM R. KEATING, Massachusetts    DARRELL E. ISSA, California
DAVID N. CICILLINE, Rhode Island     TOM MARINO, Pennsylvania
ALAN GRAYSON, Florida                JEFF DUNCAN, South Carolina
AMI BERA, California                 MO BROOKS, Alabama
ALAN S. LOWENTHAL, California        PAUL COOK, California
GRACE MENG, New York                 RANDY K. WEBER, Sr., Texas
LOIS FRANKEL, Florida                SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania
TULSI GABBARD, Hawaii                RON DeSANTIS, Florida
JOAQUIN CASTRO, Texas                MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina
ROBIN L. KELLY, Illinois             TED S. YOHO, Florida
BRENDAN F. BOYLE, Pennsylvania       CURT CLAWSON, Florida
                                     SCOTT DesJARLAIS, Tennessee
                                     REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin
                                     DAVID A. TROTT, Michigan
                                     LEE M. ZELDIN, New York
                                     DANIEL M. DONOVAN, Jr., New York

                     (As adopted January 21, 2015)


    RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) The Rules of the House of Representatives, and in 
particular, the committee rules enumerated in clause 2 of rule 
XI, are the rules of the Committee on Foreign Affairs 
(hereafter referred to as the ``Committee''), to the extent 
applicable.
    (b) A motion to recess and a motion to dispense with the 
first reading (in full) of a bill or resolution, if printed 
copies are available, are privileged non-debatable motions in 
Committee.
    (c) The Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs shall 
consult the Ranking Minority Member to the extent possible with 
respect to the business of the Committee. Each subcommittee of 
the Committee is a part of the Committee and is subject to the 
authority and direction of the Committee and to its rules, to 
the extent applicable.

                        Rule 2.--Date of Meeting

    The regular meeting date of the Committee shall be the 
first Tuesday of every month when the House of Representatives 
is in session pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XI of the House 
of Representatives. Additional meetings may be called by the 
Chairman as the Chairman may deem necessary or at the request 
of a majority of the Members of the Committee in accordance 
with clause 2(c) of rule XI of the House of Representatives. 
The determination of the business to be considered at each 
meeting shall be made by the Chairman subject to clause 2(c) of 
rule XI of the House of Representatives. A regularly scheduled 
meeting need not be held if, in the judgment of the Chairman, 
there is no business to be considered.

                            Rule 3.--Quorum

    For purposes of taking testimony and receiving evidence, 
two Members shall constitute a quorum, and the Chairman of the 
full Committee or a subcommittee shall make every effort to 
ensure that the relevant Ranking Minority Member or another 
Minority Member is present at the time a hearing is convened. 
One-third of the Members of the Committee or subcommittee shall 
constitute a quorum for taking any action, except: (1) 
reporting a measure or recommendation; (2) closing Committee 
meetings and hearings to the public; (3) authorizing the 
issuance of subpoenas; and (4) any other action for which an 
actual majority quorum is required by any rule of the House of 
Representatives or by law. No measure or recommendation shall 
be reported to the House of Representatives unless a majority 
of the Committee is actually present. No measure or 
recommendation shall be reported to the full Committee by a 
subcommittee unless half of the subcommittee is actually 
present. A record vote may be demanded by one-fifth of the 
Members present or, in the apparent absence of a quorum, by any 
one Member.

           Rule 4.--Meetings and Hearings Open to the Public

    (a) Meetings.--
          (1) Each meeting for the transaction of business, 
        including the markup of legislation, of the Committee 
        or a subcommittee shall be open to the public 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 closed to the public, because disclosure of 
        matters to be considered would endanger national 
        security, would compromise sensitive law enforcement 
        information, or would tend to defame, degrade or 
        incriminate any person or otherwise violate any labor 
        rule of the House of Representatives. No person other 
        than Members of the Committee and such congressional 
        staff and departmental representatives as the Committee 
        or subcommittee may authorize shall be present at any 
        business or markup session which has been closed to the 
        public. This subsection does not apply to open 
        Committee hearings which are provided for by subsection 
        (b) of this rule.
          (2) The Chairman of the full Committee or a 
        subcommittee may postpone further proceedings when a 
        record vote is ordered on the question of approving any 
        measure or matter, or adopting an amendment. The 
        relevant Chairman may resume proceedings on a postponed 
        request at any time. When exercising postponement 
        authority, the relevant Chairman shall take all 
        reasonable steps necessary to notify Members on the 
        resumption of proceedings on any postponed record vote. 
        When proceedings resume on a postponed question, 
        notwithstanding any intervening order for the previous 
        question, an underlying proposition shall remain 
        subject to further debate or amendment to the same 
        extent as when the question was postponed.
    (b) Hearings.--
          (1) Each hearing conducted by the Committee or a 
        subcommittee shall be open to the public 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 
        should be closed to the public because disclosure of 
        testimony, evidence or other matters to be considered 
        would endanger the national security, would compromise 
        sensitive law enforcement information, or otherwise 
        would violate any law or rule of the House of 
        Representatives. Notwithstanding the preceding 
        sentence, a majority of those present, there being in 
        attendance the requisite number required under the 
        rules of the Committee to be present for the purpose of 
        taking testimony--
                  (A) may vote to close the hearing for the 
                sole purpose of discussing whether testimony or 
                evidence to be received would endanger the 
                national security, would compromise sensitive 
                law enforcement information, or violate 
                paragraph (2) of this subsection; or
                  (B) may vote to close the hearing, as 
                provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection.
          (2) Whenever it is asserted by a Member of the 
        Committee that the evidence or testimony at a hearing 
        may tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate any person, 
        or it is asserted by a witness that the evidence or 
        testimony that the witness would give at a hearing may 
        tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate the witness--
                  (A) such testimony or evidence shall be 
                presented in executive session, notwithstanding 
                the provisions of paragraph (1) of this 
                subsection, if by a majority of those present, 
                there being in attendance the requisite number 
                required under the rules of the Committee to be 
                present for the purpose of taking testimony, 
                the Committee or subcommittee determines that 
                such evidence or testimony may tend to defame, 
                degrade, or incriminate any person; and
                  (B) the Committee or subcommittee 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.
          (3) No Member of the House of Representatives may be 
        excluded from non-participatory attendance at any 
        hearing of the Committee or a subcommittee unless the 
        House of Representatives has by majority vote 
        authorized the 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 by the 
        same procedures designated in this subsection for 
        closing hearings to the public.
          (4) A Member of the House of Representatives who is 
        not a Member of the Committee may not be recognized to 
        participate in a Committee or Subcommittee hearing 
        except by the unanimous consent of Committee Members 
        present at such hearing. Participatory recognition of a 
        non-Committee Member shall occur only after all 
        Committee Members seeking recognition, both majority 
        and minority, have had their opportunity to participate 
        and question any witnesses.
          (5) The Committee or a subcommittee may by the 
        procedure designated in this subsection vote to close 
        one (1) subsequent day of hearing.
          (6) No congressional staff shall be present at any 
        meeting or hearing of the Committee or a subcommittee 
        that has been closed to the public, and at which 
        classified information will be involved, unless such 
        person is authorized access to such classified 
        information in accordance with rule XX of the House of 
        Representatives.

                Rule 5.--Convening Hearings and Markups

    (a) Hearings.--Public announcement shall be made of the 
date, place, and subject matter of any hearing to be conducted 
by the Committee or a subcommittee at the earliest possible 
date, and in any event at least one (1) week before the 
commencement of that hearing. If the Chairman of the full 
Committee or a subcommittee, with the concurrence of the 
relevant Ranking Minority Member, determines that there is good 
cause to begin a hearing sooner, or if the Committee or 
subcommittee so determines by majority vote in the presence of 
the number of members required under the rules of the Committee 
for the taking of action, the Chairman of the full Committee, 
if concurring, shall make the announcement at the earliest 
possible date.
    (b) Markups and Other Meetings to Transact Business.--
          (1) Convening.--The Chairman of the full Committee or 
        a subcommittee may call or convene, as the relevant 
        Chairman considers necessary, meetings of the Committee 
        or subcommittee for the consideration of a bill or 
        resolution pending before the Committee or 
        subcommittee, as the case may be, or for the conduct of 
        other Committee or subcommittee business.
          (2) Notice.--Public announcement shall be made by the 
        Chairman of the full Committee of the date, place, and 
        subject matter of any markup or other meeting to 
        conduct business at the earliest possible date, and in 
        any event at least one (1) week before the commencement 
        of such markup or meeting, unless the relevant Chairman 
        determines, in consultation with the relevant Ranking 
        Minority Member, that there is good cause to begin such 
        a markup or meeting on an earlier date. If such 
        determination is made, the Chairman of the full 
        Committee, if concurring in that determination, shall 
        make the announcement at the earliest possible date.
          (3) Agenda and Texts.--The relevant Chairman shall 
        provide to all Committee or subcommittee Members an 
        agenda for each Committee and subcommittee markup or 
        other meeting to transact business, setting out all 
        items of business to be considered, including whenever 
        possible a copy of any measure scheduled for markup, at 
        least 48 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal 
        holidays) before the meeting.
          Bills on subjects not listed on such agenda shall be 
        subject to a point of order unless their consideration 
        is agreed to by a two-thirds vote of the Committee or 
        subcommittee, or by the Chairman of the full Committee 
        with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member. 
        The text of any measure to be marked up shall be made 
        publicly available in electronic form at least 24 hours 
        prior to the commencement of the markup meeting, or at 
        the time of an announcement under subparagraph (b)(2) 
        made within 24 hours before such meeting.
    (c) Publication.--Public announcement of all hearings and 
markups shall be published in the Daily Digest portion of the 
Congressional Record and made publicly available in electronic 
form. Members shall be notified by the Staff Director of all 
meetings (including markups and hearings) and briefings of 
subcommittees and of the full Committee.
    (d) Member Seating.--During Committee and subcommittee 
hearings and markups, chairs on the dais are for Members. No 
staff member other than a Committee or subcommittee staff 
director, counsel, or professional staff member may occupy a 
chair on the dais, unless authorized by the Chairman of the 
full Committee, after consultation with the Ranking Member of 
the Full Committee. Only one staff member each from the 
majority and the minority may occupy chairs on the dais at any 
time during a hearing or markup.

                           Rule 6.--Witnesses

    (a) Interrogation of Witnesses.--
          (1) In so far as practicable, witnesses shall be 
        permitted to present their oral statements without 
        interruption subject to reasonable time constraints 
        imposed by the Chairman of the full Committee or a 
        subcommittee, with questioning by the Committee Members 
        taking place afterward. Members should refrain from 
        questions until such statements are completed.
          (2) In recognizing Members, the relevant Chairman 
        shall, to the extent practicable, give preference to 
        the Members on the basis of their arrival at the 
        hearing, taking into consideration the majority and 
        minority ratio of the Members actually present. A 
        Member desiring to speak or ask a question shall 
        address the relevant Chairman and not the witness.
          (3) Subject to paragraph (4), each Member may 
        interrogate the witness for 5 minutes, the reply of the 
        witness being included in the 5-minute period. After 
        all Members have had an opportunity to ask questions, 
        the round shall begin again under the 5-minute rule.
          (4) Notwithstanding paragraph (3), the relevant 
        Chairman, with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority 
        Member, may permit one (1) or more majority Members of 
        the Committee designated by the relevant Chairman to 
        question a witness for a specified period of not longer 
        than 30 minutes. On such occasions, an equal number of 
        minority Members of the Committee designated by the 
        Ranking Minority Member shall be permitted to question 
        the same witness for the same period of time. Committee 
        staff may be permitted to question a witness for equal 
        specified periods either with the concurrence of the 
        Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the full 
        Committee or by motion. However, in no case may 
        questioning by Committee staff proceed before each 
        Member of the Committee who wishes to speak under the 
        5-minute rule has had one opportunity to do so.
    (b) Testimony of Witnesses.--
          (1) Advance Filing Requirement.--Each witness who is 
        to appear before the Committee or a subcommittee is 
        required to file testimony with the Committee or 
        subcommittee at least two (2) business days in advance 
        of that appearance. For purposes of this subsection, 
        testimony includes the written statement of a witness, 
        as well as any video, photographs, audio-visual matter, 
        posters, or other supporting materials that the witness 
        intends to present or display before the Committee. 
        Such testimony should be provided in electronic form to 
        the extent practicable. The Committee or subcommittee 
        shall notify Members at least two business days in 
        advance of a hearing of the availability of testimony 
        submitted by witnesses. In addition, each witness shall 
        provide sufficient copies, as determined by the 
        Chairman of the full Committee or a subcommittee, of 
        his or her proposed written statement to be provided to 
        Members and staff of the Committee or subcommittee, the 
        news media, and the general public. The text of the 
        written statement provided pursuant to this paragraph 
        shall be considered final, and may not be revised by 
        the witness after the Committee meeting at which the 
        witness appears.
          (2) Witness Preclusion and Waiver.--The requirements 
        of paragraph (1) or any part thereof may be waived by 
        the Chairman of the full Committee or a subcommittee, 
        or the presiding Member, or the Ranking Member of the 
        Committee or subcommittee as it relates to witnesses 
        who are called by the minority to testify, provided 
        that the witness or the relevant Chairman or Ranking 
        Minority Member has submitted, prior to the witness's 
        appearance, a written explanation to the reasons 
        testimony has not been made available to the Committee 
        or subcommittee. If a witness who is not an official of 
        the U.S. Government has not submitted testimony as 
        required by paragraph (1) and no such written 
        explanation has been submitted, the witness shall be 
        released from testifying unless a majority of the 
        Committee or subcommittee votes to accept his or her 
        testimony.
          (3) Remote Witness Participation.--The Chairman of 
        the full Committee or a subcommittee shall promptly, 
        and not later than 48 hours beforehand if possible, 
        notify the relevant Ranking Member of any witness who 
        is likely to present testimony other than in person, 
        such as by videoconference. A witness may not testify 
        via telephone or other audio-only medium without the 
        concurrence of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the 
        Committee or subcommittee. The relevant Chairman shall 
        make reasonable efforts to verify the identity of any 
        witness participating remotely.
          (4) `Truth In Testimony' Disclosure.--In the case of 
        a witness appearing in a nongovernmental capacity, a 
        written statement of proposed testimony shall, to the 
        extent practicable, include: a curriculum vitae; a 
        disclosure of the amount and source of any Federal 
        grant (or subgrant thereof) or contract (or subcontract 
        thereof), or of any contract or payment originating 
        with a foreign government, 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, to the extent that such information is 
        relevant to the subject matter of, and the witness' 
        representational capacity at, the hearing; and a 
        disclosure of whether the witness is an active 
        registrant under the Foreign Agents Registration Act 
        (FARA). Such statements, with appropriate redactions to 
        protect the privacy, safety, or security of the 
        witness, shall be made publicly available in electronic 
        form not later than one day after the witness appears.
          (5) Witness Presentation.--A witness shall limit his 
        or her oral presentation to a brief summary of his or 
        her written statement.
          (6) Translation.--A witness requiring an interpreter 
        or translator should include in the testimony provided 
        pursuant to paragraph (1) the identity of the 
        interpreter or translator that the witness intends to 
        use. Unless properly noticed as a separate witness, an 
        interpreter or translator appearing before the 
        Committee should not present views or statements other 
        than those expressed by the witness.
    (c) Oaths. The Chairman of the full Committee or a 
subcommittee, or any Member of the Committee designated by the 
relevant Chairman, may administer oaths to any witness 
appearing before the Committee.

       Rule 7.--Preparation and Maintenance of Committee Records

    An accurate stenographic record shall be made of all 
hearings and markup sessions. Members of the Committee and any 
witness may examine the transcript of his or her own remarks 
and may make any grammatical or technical changes that do not 
substantively alter the record. Any such Member or witness 
shall return the transcript to the Committee offices within 
seven (7) calendar days (not including Saturdays, Sundays, and 
legal holidays) after receipt of the transcript, or as soon 
thereafter as is practicable.
    Any information supplied for the record at the request of a 
Member of the Committee shall be provided to the Member when 
received by the Committee.
    Transcripts of hearings and markup sessions (except for the 
record of a meeting or hearing which is closed to the public) 
shall be printed as soon as is practicable after receipt of the 
corrected versions, except that the Chairman may order the 
transcript of a hearing to be printed without the corrections 
of a Member or witness if the Chairman determines that such 
Member or witness has been afforded a reasonable time to 
correct such transcript and such transcript has not been 
returned within such time.
    The records of the Committee at the National Archives and 
Records Administration shall be made available for public use 
in accordance with rule VII of the House of Representatives. 
The Chairman shall notify the Ranking Minority Member of any 
decision, pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 4(b) of the 
rule, to withhold a record otherwise available, and the matter 
shall be presented to the Committee for a determination on the 
written request of any Member of the Committee.
    The Committee shall, to the maximum extent feasible, make 
its publications available in electronic form.

       Rule 8.--Extraneous Materials in Committee Hearings Prints

    No extraneous material shall be printed in either the body 
or appendices of any Committee or subcommittee hearing, except 
matter which has been accepted for inclusion in the record 
during the hearing or by agreement of the Chairman of the full 
Committee or a subcommittee and Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee or subcommittee within five (5) calendar days of the 
hearing. Copies of bills and other legislation under 
consideration and responses to written questions submitted by 
Members shall not be considered extraneous material.
    Extraneous material in either the body or appendices of any 
hearing to be printed which would be in excess of eight (8) 
printed pages (for any one submission) shall be accompanied by 
a written request to the relevant Chairman. Such written 
request shall contain an estimate in writing from the Public 
Printer of the probable cost of publishing such material.

                Rule 9.--Information on Committee Action

    (a) Record Votes.--The result of each record vote in any 
meeting of the Committee outside of executive session shall be 
made publicly available in electronic form within 48 hours of 
such record vote. Such result shall include a description of 
the amendment, motion, order, or other proposition, the name of 
each Member voting for and against, and the Members present but 
not voting.
    (b) Adopted Amendments.--Not later than 24 hours after the 
adoption of any amendment to a measure or matter considered by 
the Committee, the text of each such amendment shall be made 
publicly available in electronic form.
    (c) Hearing and Markup Attendance.--Member attendance at 
each Committee hearing and markup shall be recorded and 
included in the Committee print of the transcript of that 
hearing or markup.

                           Rule 10.--Proxies

    Proxy voting is not permitted in the Committee or in 
subcommittees.

                           Rule 11.--Reports

    (a) Reports on Bills and Resolutions.--To the extent 
practicable, not later than 24 hours before a report is to be 
filed with the Clerk of the House on a measure that has been 
ordered reported by the Committee, the Chairman shall make 
available for inspection by all Members of the Committee a copy 
of the draft Committee report in order to afford Members 
adequate information and the opportunity to draft and file any 
supplemental, minority or additional views which they may deem 
appropriate.
    With respect to each record vote on a motion to report any 
measure or matter of a public character, and on any amendment 
offered to the measure or matter, the total number of votes 
cast for and against, and the names of those Members voting for 
and against, shall be included in any Committee report on the 
measure or matter.
    (b) Prior Approval of Certain Reports.--No Committee, 
subcommittee, or staff report, study, or other document which 
purports to express publicly the views, findings, conclusions, 
or recommendations of the Committee or a subcommittee may be 
released to the public or filed with the Clerk of the House 
unless approved by a majority of the Committee or subcommittee, 
as appropriate. A proposed investigative or oversight report 
shall be considered as read if it has been available to Members 
of the Committee for at least 24 hours (excluding Saturdays, 
Sundays, or legal holidays except when the House is in session 
on such a day). In any case in which clause 2(l) of rule XI and 
clause 3(a)(1) of rule XIII of the House of Representatives 
does not apply, each Member of the Committee or subcommittee 
shall be given an opportunity to have views or a disclaimer 
included as part of the material filed or released, as the case 
may be.
    (c) Foreign Travel Reports.--At the same time that the 
report required by clause 8(b)(3) of rule X of the House of 
Representatives, regarding foreign travel reports, is submitted 
to the Chairman, Members and employees of the Committee shall 
provide a report to the Chairman listing all official meetings, 
interviews, inspection tours and other official functions in 
which the individual participated, by country and date. Under 
extraordinary circumstances, the Chairman may waive the listing 
in such report of an official meeting, interview, inspection 
tour, or other official function. The report shall be 
maintained in the Committee offices and shall be available for 
public inspection during normal business hours. Except in 
extraordinary circumstances, no Member or employee of the 
Committee will be authorized for additional Committee travel 
until the reports described in this subsection have been 
submitted to the Chairman for that person's prior Committee 
travel.

               Rule 12.--Reporting Bills and Resolutions

    Except in extraordinary circumstances, bills and 
resolutions will not be considered by the Committee unless and 
until the appropriate subcommittee has recommended the bill or 
resolution for Committee action, and will not be taken to the 
House of Representatives for action unless and until the 
Committee or a relevant subcommittee has ordered reported such 
bill or resolution, a quorum being present.
    Except in extraordinary circumstances, a bill or resolution 
originating in the House of Representatives that contains 
exclusively findings and policy declarations or expressions of 
the sense of the House of Representatives or the sense of the 
Congress shall not be considered by the Committee or a 
subcommittee unless such bill or resolution has at least 25 
House co-sponsors, at least 10 of whom are Members of the 
Committee.
    For purposes of this rule, extraordinary circumstances will 
be determined by the Chairman, after consultation with the 
Ranking Minority Member and such other Members of the Committee 
as the Chairman deems appropriate.
    The Committee or a subcommittee shall not consider a bill 
or resolution originating in the House of Representatives that 
expresses appreciation, commends, congratulates, celebrates, 
recognizes the accomplishments of, or celebrates the 
anniversary of, an entity, event, group, individual, 
institution, team, or government program, or that acknowledges 
or recognizes a period of time for such purposes, except in 
circumstances determined by the Chairman with the concurrence 
of the Ranking Minority Member.
    The Chairman is directed to offer a motion under clause 1 
of rule XXII of the Rules of the House whenever the Chairman 
considers it appropriate.

                        Rule 13.--Staff Services

    The Committee staff shall be selected and organized so that 
it can provide a comprehensive range of professional services 
in the field of foreign affairs to the Committee, the 
subcommittees, and all its Members. The staff shall include 
persons with training and experience in foreign affairs, making 
available to the Committee individuals with knowledge of major 
countries, areas, and U.S. overseas programs and operations.
    Subject to clause 9 of rule X of the House of 
Representatives, the staff of the Committee, except as provided 
in paragraph (c), shall be appointed, and may be removed, by 
the Chairman with the approval of the majority of the Members 
in the majority party of the Committee. Their remuneration 
shall be fixed by the Chairman, and they shall work under the 
general supervision and direction of the Chairman. Staff 
assignments are to be authorized by the Chairman or by the 
Staff Director under the direction of the Chairman.
    Subject to clause 9 of rule X of the House of 
Representatives, the staff of the Committee assigned to the 
minority shall be appointed, their remuneration determined, and 
may be removed, by the Ranking Minority Member with the 
approval of the majority of the minority party Members of the 
Committee. Such staff shall work under the general supervision 
and direction of the Ranking Minority Member with the approval 
or consultation of the minority Members of the Committee.
    The Chairman shall ensure that sufficient staff is made 
available to each subcommittee to carry out its 
responsibilities under the rules of the Committee. The Chairman 
shall ensure that the minority party is fairly treated in the 
appointment of such staff.

           Rule 14.--Number and Jurisdiction of Subcommittees

    (a) Full Committee.--The full Committee will be responsible 
for oversight and legislation relating to: foreign assistance 
(including development assistance, Millennium Challenge 
Corporation, the Millennium Challenge Account, HIV/AIDS in 
foreign countries, security assistance, and Public Law 480 
programs abroad); national security developments affecting 
foreign policy; strategic planning and agreements; war powers, 
treaties, executive agreements, and the deployment and use of 
United States Armed Forces; peacekeeping, peace enforcement, 
and enforcement of United Nations or other international 
sanctions; arms control and disarmament issues; the United 
States Agency for International Development; activities and 
policies of the State, Commerce, and Defense Departments and 
other agencies related to the Arms Export Control Act and the 
Foreign Assistance Act, including export and licensing policy 
for munitions items and technology and dual-use equipment and 
technology; international law; promotion of democracy; 
international law enforcement issues, including narcotics 
control programs and activities; Broadcasting Board of 
Governors; embassy security; international broadcasting; public 
diplomacy, including international communication and 
information policy, and international education and exchange 
programs; and all other matters not specifically assigned to a 
subcommittee. The full Committee will have jurisdiction over 
legislation with respect to the administration of the Export 
Administration Act, including the export and licensing of dual-
use equipment and technology and other matters related to 
international economic policy and trade not otherwise assigned 
to a subcommittee, and with respect to the United Nations, its 
affiliated agencies, and other international organizations, 
including assessed and voluntary contributions to such 
organizations. The full Committee may conduct oversight and 
investigations with respect to any matter within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee as defined in the Rules of the 
House of Representatives.
    (b) Subcommittees.--There shall be six (6) standing 
subcommittees. The names and jurisdiction of those 
subcommittees shall be as follows:
          (1) Functional Subcommittee.--There shall be one 
        subcommittee with functional jurisdiction:
                  Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, 
                and Trade: Oversight and legislative 
                responsibilities over the United States' 
                efforts to manage and coordinate international 
                programs to combat terrorism as coordinated by 
                the Department of State and other agencies, and 
                efforts to bring international terrorists to 
                justice. With the concurrence of the Chairman 
                of the full Committee, oversight of, and 
                legislation pertaining to, nonproliferation 
                matters involving nuclear, chemical, biological 
                and other weapons of mass destruction, except 
                for legislation involving the Foreign 
                Assistance Act, the Arms Export Control Act, 
                the Export Administration Act, and sanctions 
                laws pertaining to individual countries and the 
                provision of foreign assistance (which is 
                reserved to the full Committee). Oversight of 
                matters relating to international economic and 
                trade policy; commerce with foreign countries; 
                international investment policy; the Overseas 
                Private Investment Corporation and the Trade 
                and Development Agency; commodity agreements; 
                and special oversight of international 
                financial and monetary institutions; the 
                Export-Import Bank, and customs. With the 
                concurrence of the Chairman of the full 
                Committee, legislative jurisdiction over 
                measures related to export promotion and 
                measures related to the Overseas Private 
                Investment Corporation and the Trade and 
                Development Agency.
          (2) Regional Subcommittees.--There shall be five 
        subcommittees with regional jurisdiction: the 
        Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human 
        Rights, and International Organizations; the 
        Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific; the Subcommittee 
        on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats; the 
        Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa; and 
        the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. As detailed 
        below, two of the regional subcommittees also shall 
        have functional jurisdiction.
          The regional subcommittees shall have jurisdiction 
        over the following within their respective regions:
                  (1) Matters affecting the political relations 
                between the United States and other countries 
                and regions, including resolutions or other 
                legislative measures directed to such 
                relations.
                  (2) Legislation with respect to disaster 
                assistance outside the Foreign Assistance Act, 
                boundary issues, and international claims.
                  (3) Legislation with respect to region- or 
                country-specific loans or other financial 
                relations outside the Foreign Assistance Act.
                  (4) Legislation and oversight regarding human 
                rights practices in particular countries.
                  (5) Oversight of regional lending 
                institutions.
                  (6) Oversight of matters related to the 
                regional activities of the United Nations, of 
                its affiliated agencies, and of other 
                multilateral institutions.
                  (7) Identification and development of options 
                for meeting future problems and issues relating 
                to U.S. interests in the region.
                  (8) Oversight of base rights and other 
                facilities access agreements and regional 
                security pacts.
                  (9) Concurrent oversight jurisdiction with 
                respect to matters assigned to the functional 
                subcommittees insofar as they may affect the 
                region.
                  (10) Oversight of foreign assistance 
                activities affecting the region, with the 
                concurrence of the Chairman of the full 
                Committee.
                  (11) Such other matters as the Chairman of 
                the full Committee may determine.
          The Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global 
        Human Rights, and International Organizations: In 
        addition to its regional jurisdiction, oversight of: 
        international health issues, including transboundary 
        infectious diseases, maternal health and child 
        survival, and programs related to the global ability to 
        address health issues; population issues; the United 
        Nations and its affiliated agencies (excluding 
        peacekeeping and enforcement of United Nations or other 
        international sanctions); the American Red Cross; and 
        the Peace Corps. In addition, legislation and oversight 
        pertaining to: implementation of the Universal 
        Declaration of Human Rights; other matters relating to 
        internationally-recognized human rights, including 
        legislation aimed at the promotion of human rights and 
        democracy generally; and the Hague Convention on the 
        Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, and 
        related issues.
          The Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging 
        Threats: In addition to its regional jurisdiction, with 
        the concurrence of the Chairman of the full Committee, 
        oversight related to emerging foreign threats to the 
        national security and interests of the United States.

              Rule 15.--Powers and Duties of Subcommittees

    (a) In General.--Each subcommittee is authorized to meet, 
hold hearings, receive evidence, and report to the full 
Committee on all matters referred to it.
    (b) Scheduling.--Subcommittee chairmen shall set meeting 
dates after consultation with the Chairman, other subcommittee 
chairmen, the relevant Ranking Minority Member and other 
appropriate Members, with a view toward minimizing scheduling 
conflicts. Subcommittee meetings shall not be scheduled to 
occur simultaneously with meetings of the full Committee. 
Hearings shall not be scheduled to occur prior to the first 
vote or subsequent to the last vote of a legislative week, or 
outside of Washington, D.C., without prior consultation with 
the relevant Ranking Minority Member. In order to ensure 
orderly administration and fair assignment of hearing and 
meeting rooms, the subject, time, and location of hearings and 
meetings shall be arranged in advance with the Chairman through 
the Staff Director of the Committee.
    (c) Vice Chairmen.--The Chairman of the Full Committee 
shall designate a Member of the majority party on each 
subcommittee as its vice chairman.
    (d) Participation.--The Chairman of the full Committee and 
the Ranking Minority Member may attend the meetings and 
participate in the activities of all subcommittees of which 
they are not Members, except that they may not vote or be 
counted for a quorum in such subcommittees.
    (e) Required Oversight Hearings.--During each 180-day 
period following organization of the Committee, each 
subcommittee shall hold at least one hearing on oversight of 
U.S. Government activities.

                Rule 16.--Referral of Bills by Chairman

    In accordance with rule 14 of the Committee and to the 
extent practicable, all legislation and other matters referred 
to the Committee shall be referred by the Chairman to a 
subcommittee of primary jurisdiction within two (2) weeks. In 
accordance with rule 14 of the Committee, legislation may also 
be referred to additional subcommittees for consideration. 
Unless otherwise directed by the Chairman, such subcommittees 
shall act on or be discharged from consideration of legislation 
that has been approved by the subcommittee of primary 
jurisdiction within two (2) weeks of such action. In referring 
any legislation to a subcommittee, the Chairman may specify a 
date by which the subcommittee shall report thereon to the full 
Committee.
    Subcommittees with regional jurisdiction shall have joint 
jurisdiction with the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, 
Global Human Rights, and International Organizations over 
legislation regarding human rights practices in particular 
countries within their regions.
    The Chairman may designate a subcommittee Chairman or other 
Member to take responsibility as manager of a bill or 
resolution during its consideration in the House of 
Representatives.

   Rule 17.--Party Ratios on Subcommittees and Conference Committees

    The majority party caucus of the Committee shall determine 
an appropriate ratio of majority to minority party Members for 
each subcommittee. Party representation on each subcommittee or 
conference committee shall be no less favorable to the majority 
party than the ratio for the full Committee. The Chairman and 
the Ranking Minority Member are authorized to negotiate matters 
affecting such ratios including the size of subcommittees and 
conference committees.

               Rule 18.--Subcommittee Funding and Records

    Each subcommittee shall have adequate funds to discharge 
its responsibility for legislation and oversight.
    In order to facilitate Committee compliance with clause 
2(e)(1) of rule XI of the House of Representatives, each 
subcommittee shall keep a complete record of all subcommittee 
actions which shall include a record of the votes on any 
question on which a record vote is demanded. The result of each 
record vote shall be promptly made available to the full 
Committee for inspection by the public in accordance with rule 
9 of the Committee.
    All subcommittee hearings, records, data, charts, and files 
shall be kept distinct from the congressional office records of 
the Member serving as Chairman of the subcommittee. 
Subcommittee records shall be coordinated with the records of 
the full Committee, shall be the property of the House, and all 
Members of the House shall have access thereto.

              Rule 19.--Meetings of Subcommittee Chairmen

    The Chairman shall call a meeting of the subcommittee 
chairmen on a regular basis not less frequently than once a 
month. Such a meeting need not be held if there is no business 
to conduct. It shall be the practice at such meetings to review 
the current agenda and activities of each of the subcommittees.

               Rule 20.--Access to Classified Information

    (a) Authorized Persons.--In accordance with the 
stipulations of the Rules of the House of Representatives, all 
Members of the House who have executed the oath required by 
clause 13 of rule XXIII of the House of Representatives shall 
be authorized to have access to classified information within 
the possession of the Committee.
    Members of the Committee staff shall be considered 
authorized to have access to classified information within the 
possession of the Committee when they have the proper security 
clearances, when they have executed the oath required by clause 
13 of rule XXIII of the House of Representatives, and when they 
have a demonstrable need to know. The decision on whether a 
given staff member has a need to know will be made on the 
following basis:
          (1) In the case of the full Committee majority staff, 
        by the Chairman, acting through the Staff Director;
          (2) In the case of the full Committee minority staff, 
        by the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee, acting 
        through the Minority Staff Director;
          (3) In the case of subcommittee majority staff, by 
        the chairman of the subcommittee;
          (4) In the case of the subcommittee minority staff, 
        by the Ranking Minority Member of the subcommittee.
    No other individuals shall be considered authorized 
persons, unless so designated by the Chairman of the full 
Committee.
    (b) Designated Persons.--Each Committee Member is permitted 
to designate one member of his or her staff as having the right 
of access to information classified Confidential. Such 
designated persons must have the proper security clearance, 
have executed the oath required by clause 13 of rule XXIII of 
the House of Representatives, and have a need to know as 
determined by his or her principal. Upon request of a Committee 
Member in specific instances, a designated person also shall be 
permitted access to information classified Secret which has 
been furnished to the Committee pursuant to section 36 of the 
Arms Export Control Act, as amended. Upon the written request 
of a Committee Member and with the approval of the Chairman in 
specific instances, a designated person may be permitted access 
to other classified materials. Designation of a staff person 
shall be by letter from the Committee Member to the Chairman.
    (c) Location.--Classified information will be stored in 
secure safes in the Office of the Security Officer and in the 
Office of the Minority Staff Director. All materials classified 
Top Secret or higher must be stored in a Secure 
Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF).
    (d) Handling.--Materials classified Confidential or Secret 
may be taken from Committee offices to other Committee offices 
and hearing rooms by Members of the Committee and authorized 
Committee staff in connection with hearings and briefings of 
the Committee or its subcommittees for which such information 
is deemed to be essential. Removal of such information from the 
Committee offices shall be only with the permission of the 
Chairman under procedures designed to ensure the safe handling 
and storage of such information at all times. Except as 
provided in this paragraph, Top Secret materials may not be 
taken from approved storage areas for any purpose, except that 
such materials may be taken to hearings and other meetings that 
are being conducted at the Top Secret level when necessary. 
Materials classified Top Secret may otherwise be used under 
conditions approved by the Chairman after consultation with the 
Ranking Minority Member.
    (e) Notice.--Appropriate notice of the receipt of 
classified documents received by the Committee from the 
Executive Branch will be sent promptly to Committee Members 
through the Survey of Activities or by other means.
    (f) Access.--Except as provided for above, access to 
materials classified Top Secret or otherwise restricted held by 
the Committee will be in approved Committee spaces. The 
following procedures will be observed:
          (1) Authorized persons will be permitted access to 
        classified documents after inquiring of the Staff 
        Director or an assigned staff member. Access to the 
        SCIF will be afforded during regular Committee hours.
          (2) Authorized persons will be required to identify 
        themselves, to identify the documents or information 
        they wish to view, and to sign the Classified Materials 
        Log, which is kept with the classified information.
          (3) The assigned staff member will be responsible for 
        maintaining a log which identifies: (1) authorized 
        persons seeking access, (2) the classified information 
        requested, and (3) the time of arrival and departure of 
        such persons. The assigned staff member will also 
        assure that the classified materials are returned to 
        the proper location.
    (g) Divulgence.--Classified information provided to the 
Committee by the Executive Branch shall be handled in 
accordance with the procedures that apply within the Executive 
Branch for the protection of such information. Any classified 
information to which access has been gained through the 
Committee may not be divulged to any unauthorized person. 
Classified material shall not be photocopied or otherwise 
reproduced. In no event shall classified information be 
discussed in a non-secure environment. Apparent violations of 
this rule should be reported as promptly as possible to the 
Chairman for appropriate action.
    (h) Other Regulations.--The Chairman, after consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member, may establish such additional 
regulations and procedures as in his judgment may be necessary 
to safeguard classified information under the control of the 
Committee. Members of the Committee will be given notice of any 
such regulations and procedures promptly. They may be modified 
or waived in any or all particulars by a majority vote of the 
full Committee.

       Rule 21.--Broadcasting of Committee Hearings and Meetings

    All Committee and subcommittee meetings or hearings which 
are open to the public may be covered, in whole or in part, by 
television broadcast, radio broadcast, and still photography, 
or by any such methods of coverage in accordance with the 
provisions of clause 3 of House rule XI.
    The Chairman of the full Committee or a subcommittee shall 
determine, in his or her discretion, the number of television 
and still cameras permitted in a hearing or meeting room, but 
shall not limit the number of television or still cameras to 
fewer than two (2) representatives from each medium.
    Such coverage shall be in accordance with the following 
requirements contained in section 116(b) of the Legislative 
Reorganization Act of 1970, and clause 4 of XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives:
    (a) If the television, Internet or radio 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.
    (b) No witness served with a subpoena by the Committee 
shall be required against his will to be photographed at any 
hearing or to give evidence or testimony while the broadcasting 
of that hearing, by radio or television is being conducted. At 
the request of any such witness who does not wish to be 
subjected to radio, television, Internet or still photography 
coverage, all lenses shall be covered and all microphones used 
for coverage turned off. This subparagraph is supplementary to 
clause 2(k)(5) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives relating to the protection of the rights of 
witnesses.
    (c) The allocation among cameras permitted by the Chairman 
of the full Committee or a subcommittee in a hearing room shall 
be in accordance with fair and equitable procedures devised by 
the Executive Committee of the Radio and Television 
Correspondents' Galleries.
    (d) Television cameras shall be placed so as not to 
obstruct in any way the space between any witness giving 
evidence or testimony and Member of the Committee or its 
subcommittees or the visibility of that witness and that Member 
to each other.
    (e) Television cameras shall operate from fixed positions 
but shall not be placed in positions which obstruct 
unnecessarily the coverage of the hearing by the other media.
    (f) Equipment necessary for coverage by the television and 
radio media shall not be installed in, or removed from, the 
hearing or meeting room while the Committee or subcommittee is 
in session.
    (g) Floodlights, spotlights, strobe lights, and flashguns 
shall not be used in providing any method of coverage of the 
hearing or meeting, except that the television media may 
install additional lighting in the hearing room, without cost 
to the Government, in order to raise the ambient lighting level 
in the hearing room to the lowest level necessary to provide 
adequate television coverage of the hearing or meeting at the 
current state-of-the-art level of television coverage.
    (h) In the allocation of the number of still photographers 
permitted by the Chairman of the full Committee or a 
subcommittee in a hearing or meeting room, preference shall be 
given to photographers from Associated Press Photos, United 
Press International News pictures, and Reuters. If requests are 
made by more of the media than will be permitted by the 
Chairman of the full Committee or a subcommittee for coverage 
of the hearing or meeting by still photography, that coverage 
shall be made on the basis of a fair and equitable pool 
arrangement devised by the Standing Committee of Press 
Photographers.
    (i) Photographers shall not position themselves, at any 
time during the course of the hearing or meeting, between the 
witness table and the Members of the Committee or its 
subcommittees.
    (j) Photographers shall not place themselves in positions 
which obstruct unnecessarily the coverage of the hearing by the 
other media.
    (k) Personnel providing coverage by the television and 
radio media shall be currently accredited to the Radio and 
Television Correspondents' Galleries.
    (l) Personnel providing coverage by still photography shall 
be currently accredited to the Press Photographers' Gallery 
Committee of Press Photographers.
    (m) 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.

                       Rule 22.--Subpoena Powers

    A subpoena may be authorized and issued by the Chairman, in 
accordance with clause 2(m) of rule XI of the House of 
Representatives, in the conduct of any investigation or 
activity or series of investigations or activities within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee, following consultation with the 
Ranking Minority Member.
    In addition, a subpoena may be authorized and issued by the 
Committee or its subcommittees in accordance with clause 2(m) 
of rule XI of the House of the Representatives, in the conduct 
of any investigation or activity or series of investigations or 
activities, when authorized by a majority of the Members 
voting, a majority of the Committee or subcommittee being 
present.
    Authorized subpoenas shall be signed by the Chairman or by 
any Member designated by the Committee.

         Rule 23.--Recommendation for Appointment of Conferees

    Whenever the Speaker is to appoint a conference committee, 
the Chairman shall recommend to the Speaker as conferees those 
Members of the Committee who are primarily responsible for the 
legislation (including to the full extent practicable the 
principal proponents of the major provisions of the bill as it 
passed the House), who have actively participated in the 
Committee or subcommittee consideration of the legislation, and 
who agree to attend the meetings of the conference. With regard 
to the appointment of minority Members, the Chairman shall 
consult with the Ranking Minority Member.

                      Rule 24.--General Oversight

    Not later than February 15th of the first session of a 
Congress, the Committee shall meet in open session, with a 
quorum present, to adopt its oversight plans for that Congress 
for submission to the Committee on House Administration and the 
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in accordance 
with the provisions of clause 2(d) of rule X of the House of 
Representatives.
    In accordance with the provisions of clause 2(n) of rule XI 
of the House of Representatives, the Committee or a 
subcommittee thereof shall hold at least one hearing during 
each 120-day period following its establishment on the topic of 
waste, fraud, abuse, or mismanagement in programs within its 
jurisdiction, as documented in reports received from a Federal 
Office of the Inspector General or the Comptroller General of 
the United States that have been provided to the Ranking 
Minority Member prior to the notice of the hearing pursuant to 
Committee rule 5.

               Rule 25.--Other Procedures and Regulations

    The Chairman, in consultation with the Ranking Minority 
Member, may establish such other procedures and take such 
actions as may be necessary to carry out the foregoing rules or 
to facilitate the effective operation of the Committee. Any 
additional procedures or regulations may be modified or 
rescinded in any or all particulars by a majority vote of the 
full Committee.

                     Committee on Homeland Security

MICHAEL T. McCAUL, Texas, Chairman

BENNIE G. THOMPSON, Mississippi      LAMAR SMITH, Texas
LORETTA SANCHEZ, California          PETER T. KING, New York
SHEILA JACKSON LEE, Texas            MIKE ROGERS, Alabama
JAMES R. LANGEVIN, Rhode Island      CANDICE S. MILLER, Michigan, Vice 
BRIAN HIGGINS, New York              Chair
CEDRIC L. RICHMOND, Louisiana        JEFF DUNCAN, South Carolina
WILLIAM R. KEATING, Massachusetts    TOM MARINO, Pennsylvania
DONALD M. PAYNE, Jr., New Jersey     LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania
FILEMON VELA, Texas                  SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania
BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN, New Jersey    CURT CLAWSON, Florida
KATHLEEN M. RICE, New York           JOHN KATKO, New York
NORMA J. TORRES, California          WILL HURD, Texas
                                     EARL L. ``BUDDY'' CARTER, Georgia
                                     MARK WALKER, North Carolina
                                     BARRY LOUDERMILK, Georgia
                                     MARTHA McSALLY, Arizona
                                     JOHN RATCLIFFE, Texas
                                     DANIEL M. DONOVAN, Jr., New York

                     (As adopted January 21, 2015)


   RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS


                      Rule I.--General Provisions

    (A) Applicability of the Rules of the U.S. House of 
Representatives.--The Rules of the U.S. House of 
Representatives (the ``House'') are the rules of the Committee 
on Homeland Security (the ``Committee'') and its subcommittees 
insofar as applicable.
    (B) Applicability to Subcommittees.--Except where the terms 
``Full Committee'' and ``subcommittee'' are specifically 
mentioned, the following rules shall apply to the Committee's 
subcommittees and their respective Chairmen and Ranking 
Minority Members to the same extent as they apply to the Full 
Committee and its Chairman and Ranking Minority Member.
    (C) Appointments by the Chairman.--Clause 2(d) of Rule XI 
of the House shall govern the designation of a Vice Chairman of 
the Full Committee.
    (D) Recommendation of Conferees.--Whenever the Speaker of 
the House is to appoint a conference committee on a matter 
within the jurisdiction of the Full Committee, the Chairman 
shall recommend to the Speaker of the House conferees from the 
Full Committee. In making recommendations of Minority Members 
as conferees, the Chairman shall do so with the concurrence of 
the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee.
    (E) Motions to Disagree.--The Chairman is authorized to 
offer a motion under clause 1 of Rule XXII of the Rules of the 
House whenever the Chairman considers it appropriate.
    (F) Committee Website.--The Chairman shall maintain an 
official Committee web site for the purposes of furthering the 
Committee's legislative and oversight responsibilities, 
including communicating information about the Committee's 
activities to Committee Members, other Members, and the public 
at large. The Ranking Minority Member may maintain a similar 
web site for the same purposes. The official Committee web site 
shall display a link on its home page to the web site 
maintained by the Ranking Minority Member.
    (G) Activity Report.--Not later than January 2 of each odd 
numbered year, the Committee shall submit to the House a report 
on the activities of the Committee. After adjournment sine die 
of the last regular session of a Congress, or after December 15 
of an even-numbered year, whichever occurs first, the Chair may 
file the report with the Clerk at any time and without approval 
of the Committee provided that a copy of the report has been 
available to each Member of the Committee for at least seven 
calendar days and the report includes any supplemental, 
minority, additional, or dissenting views submitted by a Member 
of the Committee.

                       Rule II.--Committee Panels

    (A) Designation.--The Chairman of the Full Committee, with 
the concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member, may designate a 
panel of the Committee consisting of Members of the Committee 
to inquire into and take testimony on a matter or matters that 
warrant enhanced consideration and to report to the Committee.
    (B) Duration.--No panel appointed by the Chairman shall 
continue in existence for more than six months after the 
appointment.
    (C) Party Ratios and Appointment.--The ratio of Majority to 
Minority Members shall be comparable to the Full Committee, 
consistent with the party ratios established by the Majority 
party, with all Majority members of the panels appointed by the 
Chairman of the Committee and all Minority members appointed by 
the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee. The Chairman of 
the Committee shall choose one of the Majority Members so 
appointed who does not currently chair another Subcommittee of 
the Committee to serve as Chairman of the panel. The Ranking 
Minority Member of the Committee shall similarly choose the 
Ranking Minority Member of the panel.
    (D) Ex Officio Members.--The Chairman and Ranking Minority 
Member of the Full Committee may serve as ex-officio Members of 
each committee panel but are not authorized to vote on matters 
that arise before a committee panel and shall not be counted to 
satisfy the quorum requirement for any purpose other than 
taking testimony.
    (E) Jurisdiction.--No panel shall have legislative 
jurisdiction.
    (F) Applicability of Committee Rules.--Any designated panel 
shall be subject to all Committee Rules herein.

                        Rule III.--Subcommittees

    (A) Generally.--The Full Committee shall be organized into 
the following six standing subcommittees and each shall have 
specific responsibility for such measures or matters as the 
Chairman refers to it:
          (1) Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and 
        Intelligence;
          (2) Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security;
          (3) Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure 
        Protection and Security Technologies;
          (4) Subcommittee on Oversight and Management 
        Efficiency;
          (5) Subcommittee on Transportation Security; and
          (6) Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response 
        and Communications.
    (B) Selection and Ratio of Subcommittee Members.--The 
Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Full Committee 
shall select their respective Members of each subcommittee. The 
ratio of Majority to Minority Members shall be comparable to 
the Full Committee, consistent with the party ratios 
established by the Majority party, except that each 
subcommittee shall have at least two more Majority Members than 
Minority Members.
    (C) Ex Officio Members.--The Chairman and Ranking Minority 
Member of the Full Committee shall be ex officio members of 
each subcommittee but are not authorized to vote on matters 
that arise before each subcommittee. The Chairman and Ranking 
Minority Member of the Full Committee shall only be counted to 
satisfy the quorum requirement for the purpose of taking 
testimony and receiving evidence.
    (D) Powers and Duties of Subcommittees.--Except as 
otherwise directed by the Chairman of the Full Committee, each 
subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold hearings, receive 
testimony, mark up legislation, and report to the Full 
Committee on all matters within its purview. Subcommittee 
Chairmen shall set hearing and meeting dates only with the 
approval of the Chairman of the Full Committee. To the greatest 
extent practicable, no more than one meeting and hearing should 
be scheduled for a given time.
    (E) Special Voting Provision.--If a tie vote occurs in a 
Subcommittee on the question of forwarding any measure to the 
Full Committee, the measure shall be placed on the agenda for 
Full Committee consideration as if it had been ordered reported 
by the Subcommittee without recommendation.

                       Rule IV.--Time of Meetings

    (A) Regular Meeting Date.--The regular meeting date and 
time for the transaction of business of the Full Committee 
shall be at 10:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday that the House is 
in Session each month, unless otherwise directed by the 
Chairman.
    (B) Additional Meetings.--At the discretion of the 
Chairman, additional meetings of the Committee may be scheduled 
for the consideration of any legislation or other matters 
pending before the Committee or to conduct other Committee 
business. The Committee shall meet for such purposes pursuant 
to the call of the Chairman.
    (C) Consideration.--Except in the case of a special meeting 
held under clause 2(c)(2) of House Rule XI, the determination 
of the business to be considered at each meeting of the 
Committee shall be made by the Chairman.

                    Rule V.--Notice and Publication

    (A) Notice.--
          (1) Hearings.--Pursuant to clause 2(g)(3) of rule XI 
        of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
        Chairman of the Committee shall make public 
        announcement of the date, place, and subject matter of 
        any hearing before the Full Committee or subcommittee, 
        which may not commence earlier than one week after such 
        notice. However, if the Chairman of the Committee, with 
        the concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member, 
        determines that there is good cause to begin the 
        hearing sooner, or if the Committee so determines by 
        majority vote, a quorum being present for the 
        transaction of business, the Chairman shall make the 
        announcement at the earliest possible date. The names 
        of all witnesses scheduled to appear at such hearing 
        shall be provided to Members no later than 48 hours 
        prior to the commencement of such hearing.
          (2) Meetings.--The date, time, place and subject 
        matter of any meeting, which could be a briefing, other 
        than a hearing or a regularly scheduled meeting, may 
        not commence earlier than the third day on which 
        Members have notice thereof except in the case of a 
        special meeting called under clause 2(c)(2) of House 
        Rule XI. These notice requirements may be waived if the 
        Chairman with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority 
        Member, determines that there is good cause to begin 
        the meeting sooner or if the Committee so determines by 
        majority vote, a quorum being present for the 
        transaction of business.
                  (a) Copies of any measure or matter to be 
                considered for approval by the Committee at any 
                meeting, including any mark, print or amendment 
                in the nature of a substitute shall be provided 
                to the Members at least 48 hours in advance. 
                Any substitute amendment in the nature of a 
                substitute shall be provided to the Members at 
                least 24 hours in advance.
                  (b) At least 48 hours prior to the 
                commencement of a meeting for the markup of a 
                measure or matter, the text of such measure or 
                matter, including any mark, print or amendment 
                in the nature of a substitute, shall be made 
                publicly available in electronic form and 
                posted on the official Committee web site. Any 
                substitute amendment in the nature of a 
                substitute shall be made publicly available in 
                electronic form at least 24 hours prior to the 
                commencement of a meeting for the markup of a 
                measure or matter.
                  (c) Not later than 24 hours after concluding 
                a meeting to consider a measure or matter, the 
                text of such measure or matter as ordered 
                forwarded or reported, including any amendments 
                adopted or defeated, shall be made publicly 
                available in electronic form and posted on the 
                official Committee web site.
          (3) Publication.--The meeting or hearing announcement 
        shall be promptly published in the Daily Digest portion 
        of the Congressional Record. To the greatest extent 
        practicable, meeting announcements shall be entered 
        into the Committee scheduling service of the House 
        Information Resources.

           Rule VI.--Open Meetings and Hearings; Broadcasting

    (A) Open Meetings.--All meetings and hearings of the 
Committee shall be open to the public including to radio, 
television, and still photography coverage, except as provided 
by Rule XI of the Rules of the House or when the Committee, in 
open session and with a majority present, determines by 
recorded 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 the national security, compromise sensitive law 
enforcement information, tend to defame, degrade or incriminate 
a witness, or violate any law or rule of the House of 
Representatives.
    (B) Broadcasting.--Whenever any hearing or meeting 
conducted by the Committee is open to the public, the Committee 
shall permit that hearing or meeting to be covered by 
television broadcast, internet broadcast, print media, and 
still photography, or by any of such methods of coverage, in 
accordance with the provisions of clause 4 of Rule XI of the 
Rules of the House. Operation and use of any Committee operated 
broadcast system shall be fair and nonpartisan and in 
accordance with clause 4(b) of Rule XI and all other applicable 
rules of the Committee and the House. Priority shall be given 
by the Committee to members of the Press Galleries. Pursuant to 
clause 2(e) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives, the Committee shall, to the greatest extent 
practicable, provide audio and video coverage of each hearing 
or meeting in a manner that allows the public to easily listen 
to and view the proceedings and shall maintain the recordings 
of such coverage in a manner that is easily accessible to the 
public.
    (C) Transcripts.--A transcript shall be made of the 
testimony of each witness appearing before the Committee during 
a Committee hearing. All transcripts of meetings or hearings 
that are open to the public shall be made available.

            Rule VII.--Procedures for Meetings and Hearings

    (A) Opening Statements.--At any meeting of the Committee, 
the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member shall be entitled to 
present oral opening statements of five minutes each. Other 
Members may submit written opening statements for the record. 
The Chairman presiding over the meeting may permit additional 
opening statements by other Members of the Full Committee or of 
that subcommittee, with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority 
Member.
    (B) The Five-Minute Rule.--The time any one Member may 
address the Committee on any bill, motion, or other matter 
under consideration by the Committee shall not exceed five 
minutes, and then only when the Member has been recognized by 
the Chairman, except that this time limit may be extended when 
permitted by unanimous consent.
    (C) Postponement of Vote.--The Chairman may postpone 
further proceedings when a record vote is ordered on the 
question of approving any measure or matter or adopting an 
amendment. The Chairman may resume proceedings on a postponed 
vote at any time, provided that all reasonable steps have been 
taken to notify Members of the resumption of such proceedings, 
including circulation of notice by the Clerk of the Committee, 
or other designee of the Chair. When proceedings resume on a 
postponed question, notwithstanding any intervening order for 
the previous question, an underlying proposition shall remain 
subject to further debate or amendment to the same extent as 
when the question was postponed.
    (D) Contempt Procedures.--No recommendation that a person 
be cited for contempt of Congress shall be forwarded to the 
House unless and until the Full Committee has, upon notice to 
all its Members, met and considered the alleged contempt. The 
person to be cited for contempt shall be afforded, upon notice 
of at least 72 hours, an opportunity to state why he or she 
should not be held in contempt prior to a vote of the Full 
Committee, with a quorum being present, on the question whether 
to forward such recommendation to the House. Such statement 
shall be, in the discretion of the Chairman, either in writing 
or in person before the Full Committee.
    (E) Record.--Members may have 10 business days to submit to 
the Chief Clerk of the Committee their statements for the 
record, and, in the case of a hearing, additional questions for 
the hearing record to be directed towards a witness at the 
hearing.

                         Rule VIII.--Witnesses

    (A) Questioning of Witnesses.--
          (1) Questioning of witnesses by Members will be 
        conducted under the five-minute rule unless the 
        Committee adopts a motion permitted by clause 2(j)(2) 
        of House Rule XI.
          (2) In questioning witnesses under the five-minute 
        rule, the Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member 
        shall first be recognized. In a subcommittee meeting or 
        hearing, the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of 
        the Full Committee are then recognized. All other 
        Members who are present before the commencement of the 
        meeting or hearing will be recognized in the order of 
        seniority on the Committee, alternating between 
        Majority and Minority Members. Committee Members 
        arriving after the commencement of the hearing shall be 
        recognized in order of appearance, alternating between 
        Majority and Minority Members, after all Members 
        present at the beginning of the hearing have been 
        recognized. Each Member shall be recognized at least 
        once before any Member is given a second opportunity to 
        question a witness.
          (3) The Chairman, in consultation with the Ranking 
        Minority Member, or the Committee by motion, may permit 
        an extension of the period of questioning of a witness 
        beyond five minutes but the time allotted must be 
        equally apportioned to the Majority party and the 
        Minority and may not exceed one hour in the aggregate.
          (4) The Chairman, in consultation with the Ranking 
        Minority Member, or the Committee by motion, may permit 
        Committee staff of the Majority and Minority to 
        question a witness for a specified period of time, but 
        the time allotted must be equally apportioned to the 
        Majority and Minority staff and may not exceed one hour 
        in the aggregate.
    (B) Minority Witnesses.--Whenever a hearing is conducted by 
the Committee upon any measure or matter, the Minority party 
Members on the Committee shall be entitled, upon request to the 
Chairman by a majority of those Minority Members before the 
completion of such 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.
    (C) Oath or Affirmation.--The Chairman of the Committee or 
any Member designated by the Chairman, may administer an oath 
to any witness.
    (D) Statements by Witnesses.--
          (1) Consistent with the notice given, and to the 
        greatest extent practicable, witnesses shall submit a 
        prepared or written statement for the record of the 
        proceedings (including, where practicable, an 
        electronic copy) with the Clerk of the Committee no 
        less than 48 hours in advance of the witness's 
        appearance before the Committee. Unless the 48 hour 
        requirement is waived or otherwise modified by the 
        Chairman, after consultation with the Ranking Minority 
        Member, the failure to comply with this requirement may 
        result in the exclusion of the written testimony from 
        the hearing record and/or the barring of an oral 
        presentation of the testimony. The Clerk of the 
        Committee shall provide any such prepared or written 
        statement submitted to the Clerk prior to the hearing 
        to the Members of the Committee prior to the 
        commencement of the hearing.
          (2) In the case of a witness appearing in a non-
        governmental capacity, a written statement of proposed 
        testimony shall include a curriculum vita and a 
        disclosure of any Federal grants or contracts, or 
        contracts or payments originating with a foreign 
        government, received during the current calendar year 
        or either of the two preceding calendar years by the 
        witness or by an entity represented by the witness and 
        related to the subject matter of the hearing. Such 
        disclosures shall include the amount and source of each 
        Federal grant (or subgrant thereof) or contract (or 
        subcontract thereof) related to the subject matter of 
        the hearing, and the amount and country of origin of 
        any payment or contract related to the subject matter 
        jurisdiction of the hearing originating with a foreign 
        government. Such statements, with the appropriate 
        redactions to protect the privacy or security of the 
        witness, shall be made publicly available in electronic 
        form not later than one day after the witness appears.

                            Rule IX.--Quorum

    Quorum Requirements.--Two Members shall constitute a quorum 
for purposes of taking testimony and receiving evidence. One-
third of the Members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum 
for conducting business, except for (1) reporting a measure or 
recommendation; (2) closing Committee meetings to the public, 
pursuant to Committee Rule IV; (3) any other action for which 
an actual majority quorum is required by any rule of the House 
of Representatives or by law. The Chairman's staff shall 
consult with the Ranking Minority Member's staff when 
scheduling meetings and hearings, to ensure that a quorum for 
any purpose will include at least one Minority Member of the 
Committee.

                            Rule X.--Decorum

    (A) Breaches of Decorum.--The Chairman may punish breaches 
of order and decorum, by censure and exclusion from the 
hearing; and the Committee may cite the offender to the House 
for contempt.
    (B) Access to Dais.--Access to the dais before, during, and 
after a hearing, markup, or other meeting of the Committee 
shall be limited to Members and staff of the Committee. Subject 
to availability of space on the dais, Committee Members' 
personal staff may be present on the dais during a hearing if 
their employing Member is seated on the dais and during a 
markup or other meeting if their employing Member is the author 
of a measure or amendment under consideration by the Committee, 
but only during the time that the measure or amendment is under 
active consideration by the Committee, or otherwise at the 
discretion of the Chairman, or of the Ranking Minority Member 
for personal staff employed by a Minority Member.
    (C) Wireless Communications Use Prohibited.--During a 
hearing, mark-up, or other meeting of the Committee, ringing or 
audible sounds or conversational use of cellular telephones or 
other electronic devices is prohibited in the Committee room.

                  Rule XI.--Referrals to Subcommittees

    Referral of Bills and Other Matters by Chairman.--Except 
for bills and other matters retained by the Chairman for Full 
Committee consideration, each bill or other matter referred to 
the Full Committee shall be referred by the Chairman to one or 
more subcommittees within two weeks of receipt by the 
Committee. In referring any measure or matter to a 
subcommittee, the Chair may specify a date by which the 
subcommittee shall report thereon to the Full Committee. Bills 
or other matters referred to subcommittees may be reassigned or 
discharged by the Chairman.

                          Rule XII.--Subpoenas

    (A) Authorization.-- The power to authorize and issue 
subpoenas is delegated to the Chairman of the Full Committee, 
as provided for under clause 2(m)(3)(A)(i) of Rule XI of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives. The Chairman shall 
notify the Ranking Minority Member prior to issuing any 
subpoena under such authority. To the extent practicable, the 
Chairman shall consult with the Ranking Minority Member at 
least 24 hours in advance of a subpoena being issued under such 
authority, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays. 
The Chairman of the Full Committee shall notify Members of the 
Committee of the authorization and issuance of a subpoena under 
this rule as soon as practicable, but in no event later than 
one week after service of such subpoena.
    (B) Disclosure.--Provisions may be included in a subpoena 
with the concurrence of the Chairman and the Ranking Minority 
Member of the Full Committee, or by the Committee, to prevent 
the disclosure of the Full Committee's demands for information 
when deemed necessary for the security of information or the 
progress of an investigation, including but not limited to 
prohibiting the revelation by witnesses and their counsel of 
Full Committee's inquiries.
    (C) Subpoena duces tecum.--A subpoena duces tecum may be 
issued whose return to the Committee Clerk shall occur at a 
time and place other than that of a regularly scheduled 
meeting.

                      Rule XIII.--Committee Staff

    (A) Generally.--Committee staff members are subject to the 
provisions of clause 9 of House Rule X and must be eligible to 
be considered for routine access to classified information.
    (B) Staff Assignments.--For purposes of these rules, 
Committee staff means the employees of the Committee, 
detailees, fellows, or any other person engaged by contract or 
otherwise to perform services for, or at the request of, the 
Committee. All such persons shall be either Majority, Minority, 
or shared staff. The Chairman shall appoint, supervise, where 
applicable determine remuneration of, and may remove Majority 
staff. The Ranking Minority Member shall appoint, supervise, 
where applicable determine remuneration of, and may remove 
Minority staff. In consultation with the Ranking Minority 
Member, the Chairman may appoint, supervise, determine 
remuneration of and may remove shared staff that is assigned to 
service of the Committee. The Chairman shall certify Committee 
staff appointments, including appointments by the Ranking 
Minority Member, as required.
    (C) Divulgence of Information.--Prior to the public 
acknowledgement by the Chairman or the Committee of a decision 
to initiate an investigation of a particular person, entity, or 
subject, no member of the Committee staff shall knowingly 
divulge to any person any information, including non-classified 
information, which comes into his or her possession by virtue 
of his or her status as a member of the Committee staff, if the 
member of the Committee staff has a reasonable expectation that 
such information may alert the subject of a Committee 
investigation to the existence, nature, or substance of such 
investigation, unless authorized to do so by the Chairman or 
the Committee.

         Rule XIV.--Committee Member And Committee Staff Travel

    (A) Approval of Travel.--Consistent with the primary 
expense resolution and such additional expense resolutions as 
may have been approved, travel to be reimbursed from funds set 
aside for the Committee for any Committee Member or Committee 
staff shall be paid only upon the prior authorization of the 
Chairman. Travel may be authorized by the Chairman for any 
Committee Member or Committee staff only in connection with 
official Committee business, such as the attendance of hearings 
conducted by the Committee and meetings, conferences, site 
visits, and investigations that involve activities or subject 
matters under the general jurisdiction of the Full Committee.
          (1) Proposed Travel by Majority Party Committee 
        Members and Committee Staff.--In the case of proposed 
        travel by Majority party Committee Members or Committee 
        staff, before such authorization is given, there shall 
        be submitted to the Chairman in writing the following: 
        (a) the purpose of the travel; (b) the dates during 
        which the travel is to be made and the date or dates of 
        the event for which the travel is being made; (c) the 
        location of the event for which the travel is to be 
        made; (d) the estimated total cost of the travel; and 
        (e) the names of Members and staff seeking 
        authorization. On the basis of that information, the 
        Chairman shall determine whether the proposed travel is 
        for official Committee business, concerns a subject 
        matter under the jurisdiction of the Full Committee, 
        and is not excessively costly in view of the Committee 
        business proposed to be conducted.
          (2) Proposed Travel by Minority Party Committee 
        Members and Committee Staff.--In the case of proposed 
        travel by Minority party Committee Members or Committee 
        staff, the Ranking Minority Member shall provide to the 
        Chairman a written representation setting forth the 
        information specified in items (a), (b), (c), (d) and 
        (e) of subparagraph (1) and his or her determination 
        that such travel complies with the other requirements 
        of subparagraph (1).
    (B) Foreign Travel.--Committee Member and Committee staff 
requests for foreign travel must include a written 
representation setting forth the information specified in items 
(a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) of subparagraph (A)(1) and be 
submitted to the Chairman and, absent extenuating 
circumstances, to the Ranking Minority Member, not fewer than 
ten business days prior to the start of the travel. Within 
thirty days of the conclusion of any such foreign travel 
authorized under this rule, there shall be submitted to the 
Chairman a written report summarizing the information gained as 
a result of the travel in question, or other Committee 
objectives served by such travel. The requirements of this 
section may be waived or abridged by the Chairman.
    (C) Compliance with Committee Travel Policy and 
Guidelines.--Travel must be in accordance with the Committee 
Travel Policy and Guidelines, as well as with House Rules, the 
Travel Guidelines and Regulations and any additional guidance 
set forth by the Committee on Ethics and the Committee on House 
Administration. Committee Members and staff shall follow these 
rules, policies, guidelines, and regulations in requesting and 
proceeding with any Committee-related travel.

      Rule XV.--Classified and Controlled Unclassified Information

    (A) Security Precautions.--Committee staff offices, 
including Majority and Minority offices, shall operate under 
strict security precautions administered by the Security 
Officer of the Committee. A security officer shall be on duty 
at all times during normal office hours. Classified documents 
and controlled unclassified information (CUI)--formerly known 
as sensitive but unclassified (SBU) information--may be 
destroyed, discussed, examined, handled, reviewed, stored, 
transported and used only in an appropriately secure manner in 
accordance with all applicable laws, executive orders, and 
other governing authorities. Such documents may be removed from 
the Committee's offices only in furtherance of official 
Committee business. Appropriate security procedures, as 
determined by the Chairman in consultation with the Ranking 
Minority Member, shall govern the handling of such documents 
removed from the Committee's offices.
    (B) Temporary Custody of Executive Branch Material.--
Executive branch documents or other materials containing 
classified information in any form that were not made part of 
the record of a Committee hearing, did not originate in the 
Committee or the House, and are not otherwise records of the 
Committee shall, while in the custody of the Committee, be 
segregated and maintained by the Committee in the same manner 
as Committee records that are classified. Such documents and 
other materials shall be returned to the Executive branch 
agency from which they were obtained at the earliest 
practicable time.
    (C) Access by Committee Staff.--Access to classified 
information supplied to the Committee shall be limited to 
Committee staff members with appropriate security clearances 
and a need-to-know, as determined by the Chairman or Ranking 
Minority Member, and under the direction of the Majority or 
Minority Staff Directors.
    (D) Maintaining Confidentiality.--No Committee Member or 
Committee staff shall disclose, in whole or in part or by way 
of summary, to any person who is not a Committee Member or 
authorized Committee staff for any purpose or in connection 
with any proceeding, judicial or otherwise, any testimony given 
before the Committee in executive session except for purposes 
of obtaining an official classification of such testimony. 
Classified information and controlled unclassified information 
(CUI) shall be handled in accordance with all applicable laws, 
executive orders, and other governing authorities and 
consistently with the provisions of these rules and Committee 
procedures.
    (E) Oath.--Before a Committee Member or Committee staff 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 on the Committee on Homeland 
        Security, except as authorized by the Committee or the 
        House of Representatives or in accordance with the 
        Rules of such Committee or the Rules of the House.

    Copies of the executed oath (or affirmation) shall be 
retained by the Clerk of the Committee as part of the records 
of the Committee.
    (F) Disciplinary Action.--The Chairman shall immediately 
consider disciplinary action in the event any Committee Member 
or Committee staff member fails to conform to the provisions of 
these rules governing the disclosure of classified or 
unclassified information. Such disciplinary action may include, 
but shall not be limited to, immediate dismissal from the 
Committee staff, criminal referral to the Justice Department, 
and notification of the Speaker of the House. With respect to 
Minority staff, the Chairman shall consider such disciplinary 
action in consultation with the Ranking Minority Member.

                      Rule XVI.--Committee Records

    (A) Committee Records.--Committee Records shall constitute 
all data, charts and files in possession of the Committee and 
shall be maintained in accordance with clause 2(e) of House 
Rule XI.
    (B) Legislative Calendar.--The Clerk of the Committee shall 
maintain a printed calendar for the information of each 
Committee Member showing any procedural or legislative measures 
considered or scheduled to be considered by the Committee, and 
the status of such measures and such other matters as the 
Committee determines shall be included. The calendar shall be 
revised from time to time to show pertinent changes. A copy of 
such revisions shall be made available to each Member of the 
Committee upon request.
    (C) Members Right To Access.--Members of the Committee and 
of the House shall have access to all official Committee 
Records. Access to Committee files shall be limited to 
examination within the Committee offices at reasonable times. 
Access to Committee Records that contain classified information 
shall be provided in a manner consistent with these rules.
    (D) Removal of Committee Records.--Files and records of the 
Committee are not to be removed from the Committee offices. No 
Committee files or records that are not made publicly available 
shall be photocopied by any Member.
    (E) Executive Session Records.--Evidence or testimony 
received by the Committee in executive session shall not be 
released or made available to the public unless agreed to by 
the Committee. Such information may be made available to 
appropriate government personnel for purposes of 
classification. Such information Members may examine the 
Committee's executive session records, but may not make copies 
of, or take personal notes from, such records.
    (F) Availability of Committee Records.--The Committee shall 
keep a complete record of all Committee action including 
recorded votes and attendance at hearings and meetings. 
Information so available for public inspection shall include a 
description of each amendment, motion, order, or other 
proposition, including the name of the Member who offered the 
amendment, motion, order, or other proposition, and the name of 
each Member voting for and each Member voting against each such 
amendment, motion, order, or proposition, as well as the names 
of those Members present but not voting. Such record shall be 
made available to the public at reasonable times within the 
Committee offices and also made publicly available in 
electronic form and posted on the official Committee web site 
within 48 hours of such record vote.
    (G) Separate and Distinct.--All Committee records and files 
must be kept separate and distinct from the office records of 
the Members serving as Chairman and Ranking Minority Member. 
Records and files of Members' personal offices shall not be 
considered records or files of the Committee.
    (H) Disposition of Committee Records.--At the conclusion of 
each Congress, non-current records of the Committee shall be 
delivered to the Archivist of the United States in accordance 
with Rule VII of the Rules of the House.
    (I) Archived Records.--The records of the Committee at the 
National Archives and Records Administration shall be made 
available for public use in accordance with Rule VII of the 
Rules of the House. The Chairman shall notify the Ranking 
Minority Member of any decision, pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or 
clause 4(b) of the Rule, to withhold a record otherwise 
available, and the matter shall be presented to the Committee 
for a determination on the written request of any member of the 
Committee. The Chairman shall consult with the Ranking Minority 
Member on any communication from the Archivist of the United 
States or the Clerk of the House concerning the disposition of 
noncurrent records pursuant to clause 3(b) of the Rule.

                      Rule XVII.--Committee Rules

    (A) Availability of Committee Rules in Electronic Form.--
Pursuant to clause 2(a) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives, the Committee shall make its rules publicly 
available in electronic form and posted on the official 
Committee web site and shall submit such rules for publication 
in the Congressional Record not later than 30 days after the 
Chairman of the Committee is elected in each odd-numbered year.
    (B) Changes to Committee Rules.--These rules may be 
modified, amended, or repealed by the Full Committee provided 
that a notice in writing of the proposed change has been given 
to each Member at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at which 
action thereon is to be taken and such changes are not 
inconsistent with the Rules of the House of Representatives.

                   Committee on House Administration

   CANDICE S. MILLER, Michigan, 
             Chairman

ROBERT A. BRADY, Pennsylvania        GREGG HARPER, Mississippi
ZOE LOFGREN, California              RICHARD B. NUGENT, Florida
JUAN VARGAS, California              RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois
                                     BARBARA COMSTOCK, Virginia
                                     MARK WALKER, North Carolina

                     (As adopted January 27, 2015)


 RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS


                               Rule No. 1


                           GENERAL PROVISIONS

    (a) The Rules of the House are the rules of the Committee 
so far as applicable, except that a motion to recess from day 
to day is a privileged motion in the Committee.
    (b) The Committee is authorized at any time to conduct such 
investigations and studies as it may consider necessary or 
appropriate in the exercise of its responsibilities under House 
Rule X and, subject to the adoption of expense resolutions as 
required by House Rule X, clause 6, to incur expenses 
(including travel expenses) in connection therewith.
    (c) The Committee is authorized to have printed and bound 
testimony and other data presented at hearings held by the 
Committee, and to make such information available to the 
public. All costs of stenographic services and transcripts in 
connection with any meeting or hearing of the Committee shall 
be paid from the appropriate House account.
    (d) The Committee shall submit to the House, not later than 
January 2 of each odd-numbered year, a report on the activities 
of the committee under House Rules X and XI.
    (e) The Committee's rules shall be made publicly available 
in electronic form and published in the Congressional Record 
not later than 30 days after the Committee is elected in each 
odd-numbered year.

                               Rule No. 2


                      REGULAR AND SPECIAL MEETINGS

    (a) The regular meeting date of the Committee on House 
Administration shall be the second Wednesday of every month 
when the House is in session in accordance with Clause 2(b) of 
House Rule XI. If the House is not in session on the second 
Wednesday of a month, the regular meeting date shall be the 
third Wednesday of that month. Additional meetings may be 
called by the Chair of the Committee as she or he may deem 
necessary or at the request of a majority of the members of the 
Committee in accordance with Clause 2(c) of House Rule XI. The 
determination of the business to be considered at each meeting 
shall be made by the Chair subject to Clause 2(c) of House Rule 
XI. A regularly scheduled meeting may be dispensed with if, in 
the judgment of the Chair, there is no need for the meeting.
    (b) If the Chair is not present at any meeting of the 
Committee, the ranking member of the majority party who is 
present shall preside at the meeting.
    (c) The Chair, in the case of meetings to be conducted by 
the Committee shall make public announcement of the date, 
place, and subject matter of any meeting to be conducted on any 
measure or matter. Such meeting shall not commence earlier than 
the third day on which members have notice thereof. If the 
Chair, with the concurrence of the ranking minority member, 
determines that there is good cause to begin the meeting 
sooner, or if the Committee so determines by majority vote, a 
quorum being present, the Chair shall make the announcement at 
the earliest possible date. The announcement shall promptly be 
made publicly available in electronic form and published in the 
Daily Digest.
    (d) The Chair, in the case of meetings to be conducted by 
the Committee shall make available on the Committee's web site 
the text of any legislation to be marked up at a meeting at 
least 24 hours before such meeting (or at the time of an 
announcement made within 24 hours of such meeting). This 
requirement shall also apply to any resolution or regulation to 
be considered at a meeting.

                               Rule No. 3


                             OPEN MEETINGS

    As required by Clause 2(g), of House Rule XI, each meeting 
for the transaction of business, including the markup of 
legislation of the Committee shall be open to the public except 
when the Committee in open session and with a quorum present 
determines by record vote that all or part of the remainder of 
the meeting on that day shall be closed to the public because 
disclosure of matters to be considered would endanger national 
security, would compromise sensitive law enforcement 
information, or would tend to defame, degrade or incriminate 
any person, or otherwise would violate any law or rule of the 
House. Provided, however, that no person other than members of 
the Committee, and such congressional staff and such other 
persons as the Committee may authorize, shall be present in any 
business or markup session which has been closed to the public. 
To the maximum extent practicable, the Chair shall cause to be 
provided audio and video coverage of each hearing or meeting 
that allows the public to easily listen to and view the 
proceedings and maintain the recordings of such coverage in a 
manner that is easily accessible to the public.

                               Rule No. 4


                         RECORDS AND ROLLCALLS

    (a)(1) A record vote shall be held if requested by any 
member of the Committee.
    (2) The result of each record vote in any meeting of the 
Committee shall be made available for inspection by the public 
at reasonable times at the Committee offices, including a 
description of the amendment, motion, order or other 
proposition; the name of each member voting for and against; 
and the members present but not voting.
    (3) The Chairman shall make the record of the votes on any 
question on which a record vote is demanded available on the 
Committee's website not later than 48 hours after such vote is 
taken (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays). Such 
record 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.
    (4) The Chairman shall make available on the Committee's 
website not later than 24 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, 
and legal holidays) after the adoption of any amendment to a 
measure or matter the text of such amendment.
    (b)(1) Subject to subparagraph (2), the Chairman may 
postpone further proceedings when a record vote is ordered on 
the question of approving any measure or matter or adopting an 
amendment. The Chair may resume proceedings on a postponed 
request at any time.
    (2) In exercising postponement authority under subparagraph 
(1), the Chairman shall take all reasonable steps necessary to 
notify members on the resumption of proceedings on any 
postponed record vote.
    (3) When proceedings resume on a postponed question, 
notwithstanding any intervening order for the previous 
question, an underlying proposition shall remain subject to 
further debate or amendment to the same extent as when the 
question was postponed.
    (c) All Committee hearings, records, data, charts, and 
files shall be kept separate and distinct from the 
congressional office records of the member serving as Chair; 
and such records shall be the property of the House and all 
members of the House shall have access thereto.
    (d) House records of the Committee which are at the 
National Archives shall be made available pursuant to House 
Rule VII. The Chairman shall notify the ranking minority member 
of any decision to withhold a record pursuant to the rule, and 
shall present the matter to the Committee upon written request 
of any Committee member.
    (e) To the maximum extent feasible, the Committee shall 
make its publications available in electronic form.

                               Rule No. 5


                                PROXIES

    No vote by any member in the Committee may be cast by 
proxy.

                               Rule No. 6


                  POWER TO SIT AND ACT; SUBPOENA POWER

    (a) For the purpose of carrying out any of its functions 
and duties under House Rules X and XI, the Committee is 
authorized (subject to subparagraph (b)(1) of this paragraph)--
          (1) 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; 
        and
          (2) to require, by subpoena or otherwise, the 
        attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the 
        production of such books, records, correspondence, 
        memorandums, papers, documents and other materials as 
        it deems necessary, including materials in electronic 
        form. The Chair, or any member designated by the Chair, 
        may administer oaths to any witness.
    (b)(1) A subpoena may be authorized and issued by the 
Committee in the conduct of any investigation or series of 
investigations or activities, only when authorized by a 
majority of the members voting, a majority being present. The 
power to authorize and issue subpoenas under subparagraph 
(a)(2) may be delegated to the Chair pursuant to such rules and 
under such limitations as the Committee may prescribe. 
Authorized subpoenas shall be signed by the Chair or by any 
member designated by the Committee, and may be served by any 
person designated by the Chair or such member.
    (2) Compliance with any subpoena issued by the Committee 
may be enforced only as authorized or directed by the House.

                               Rule No. 7


                                QUORUMS

    No measure or recommendation shall be reported to the House 
unless a majority of the Committee is actually present. For the 
purposes of taking any action other than reporting any measure, 
issuance of a subpoena, closing meetings, promulgating 
Committee orders, or changing the rules of the Committee, one-
third of the members of the Committee shall constitute a 
quorum. For purposes of taking testimony and receiving 
evidence, two members shall constitute a quorum.

                               Rule No. 8


                               AMENDMENTS

    Any amendment offered to any pending legislation before the 
Committee must be made available in written form when requested 
by any member of the Committee. If such amendment is not 
available in written form when requested, the Chair will allow 
an appropriate period of time for the provision thereof.

                               Rule No. 9


                           HEARING PROCEDURES

    (a) The Chair, in the case of hearings to be conducted by 
the Committee shall make public announcement of the date, 
place, and subject matter of any hearing to be conducted on any 
measure or matter at least one (1) week before the commencement 
of that hearing. If the Chair, with the concurrence of the 
ranking minority member, determines that there is good cause to 
begin the hearing sooner, or if the Committee so determines by 
majority vote, a quorum being present, the Chair shall make the 
announcement at the earliest possible date. The clerk of the 
Committee shall promptly notify the Daily Digest Clerk of the 
Congressional Record as soon as possible after such public 
announcement is made.
    (b) Unless excused by the Chair, each witness who is to 
appear before the Committee shall file with the clerk of the 
Committee, at least 48 hours in advance of his or her 
appearance, a written statement of his or her proposed 
testimony and shall limit his or her oral presentation to a 
summary of his or her statement.
    (c) When any hearing is conducted by the Committee upon any 
measure or matter, the minority party members on the Committee 
shall be entitled, upon request to the Chair by a majority of 
those minority members before the completion of such hearing, 
to call witnesses selected by the minority to testify with 
respect to that measure or matter during at least one day of 
hearings thereon.
    (d) Reserved.
    (e) Committee members may question witnesses only when they 
have been recognized by the Chair for that purpose, and only 
for a 5-minute period until all members present have had an 
opportunity to question a witness. The 5-minute period for 
questioning a witness by any one member can be extended as 
provided by House Rules. The questioning of a witness in 
Committee hearings shall be initiated by the Chair, followed by 
the ranking minority member and all other members alternating 
between the majority and minority. In recognizing members to 
question witnesses in this fashion, the Chair shall take into 
consideration the ratio of the majority to minority members 
present and shall establish the order of recognition for 
questioning in such a manner as not to disadvantage the members 
of the majority. The Chair may accomplish this by recognizing 
two majority members for each minority member recognized.
    (f) The following additional rules shall apply to hearings 
of the Committee as applicable:
          (1) The Chair at a hearing shall announce in an 
        opening statement the subject of the investigation.
          (2) A copy of the Committee rules and this clause 
        shall be made available to each witness as provided by 
        clause 2(k)(2) of Rule XI.
          (3) Witnesses at hearings may be accompanied by their 
        own counsel for the purpose of advising them concerning 
        their constitutional rights.
          (4) The Chair 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) If the Committee determines that evidence or 
        testimony at a hearing may tend to defame, degrade, or 
        incriminate any person, it shall--
                  (A) afford such person an opportunity 
                voluntarily to appear as a witness;
                  (B) receive such evidence or testimony in 
                executive session; and
                  (C) receive and dispose of requests from such 
                person to subpoena additional witnesses.
          (6) Except as provided in subparagraph (f)(5), the 
        Chair shall receive and the Committee shall dispose of 
        requests to subpoena additional witnesses.
          (7) No evidence or testimony taken in executive 
        session may be released or used in public sessions 
        without the consent of the Committee.
          (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.

                              Rule No. 10


              PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING MEASURES OR MATTERS

    (a)(1) It shall be the duty of the Chair to report or cause 
to be reported promptly to the House any measure approved by 
the Committee and to take or cause to be taken necessary steps 
to bring the matter to a vote.
    (2) In any event, the report of the Committee on a measure 
which has been approved by the Committee shall be filed within 
7 calendar days (exclusive of days on which the House is not in 
session) after the day on which there has been filed with the 
clerk of the Committee a written request, signed by a majority 
of the members of the Committee, for the reporting of that 
measure. Upon the filing of any such request, the clerk of the 
Committee shall transmit immediately to the Chair notice of the 
filing of that request.
    (b)(1) No measure or recommendation shall be reported to 
the House unless a majority of the Committee is actually 
present.
    (2) With respect to each record vote on a motion to report 
any measure or matter of a public character, and on any 
amendment offered to the measure or matter, the total number of 
votes cast for and against, and the names of those members 
voting for and against, shall be included in the Committee 
report on the measure or matter.
    (c) The report of the Committee on a measure or matter 
which has been approved by the Committee shall include the 
matters required by Clause 3(c) of Rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House.
    (d) If, at the time any measure or matter is ordered 
reported by the Committee, any member of the Committee gives 
notice of intention to file supplemental, minority, additional, 
or dissenting views, that member shall be entitled to not less 
than two additional calendar days after the day of such notice, 
commencing on the day on which the measure or matter(s) was 
approved, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays, in 
which to file such views, in writing and signed by that member, 
with the clerk of the Committee. All such views so filed by one 
or more members of the Committee shall be included within, and 
shall be a part of, the report filed by the Committee with 
respect to that measure or matter. The report of the Committee 
upon that measure or matter shall be printed in a single volume 
which--
          (1) shall include all supplemental, minority, 
        additional or dissenting views, in the form submitted, 
        by the time of the filing of the report, and
          (2) shall bear upon its cover a recital that any such 
        supplemental, minority, additional, or dissenting views 
        (and any material submitted under subparagraph (c)) are 
        included as part of the report. This subparagraph does 
        not preclude--
          (A) the immediate filing or printing of a Committee 
        report unless timely request for the opportunity to 
        file supplemental, minority, additional, or dissenting 
        views has been made as provided by paragraph (c); or
          (B) the filing of any supplemental report upon any 
        measure or matter which may be required for the 
        correction of any technical error in a previous report 
        made by the Committee upon that measure or matter.
          (3) shall, when appropriate, contain the documents 
        required by Clause 3(e) of Rule XIII of the Rules of 
        the House.
    (e) The Chair, following consultation with the ranking 
minority member, is directed to offer a motion under clause 1 
of Rule XXII of the Rules of the House, relating to going to 
conference with the Senate, whenever the Chair considers it 
appropriate.
    (f) If hearings have been held on any such measure or 
matter so reported, the Committee shall make every reasonable 
effort to have such hearings published and available to the 
members of the House prior to the consideration of such measure 
or matter in the House.
    (g) The Chair may designate any majority member of the 
Committee to act as ``floor manager'' of a bill or resolution 
during its consideration in the House.

                              Rule No. 11


                          COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT

    The Committee shall conduct oversight of matters within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee in accordance with House Rule X, 
clause 2 and clause 4. Not later than February 15 of the first 
session of a Congress, the Committee shall, in a meeting that 
is open to the public and with a quorum present, adopt its 
oversight plan for that Congress in accordance with House Rule 
X, clause 2(d).

                              Rule No. 12


          REVIEW OF CONTINUING PROGRAMS; BUDGET ACT PROVISIONS

    (a) The Committee shall, in its consideration of all bills 
and joint resolutions of a public character within its 
jurisdiction, ensure that appropriation for continuing programs 
and activities of the Federal Government will be made annually 
to the maximum extent feasible and consistent with the nature, 
requirement, and objectives of the programs and activities 
involved. For the purposes of this paragraph a Government 
agency includes the organizational units of government listed 
in Clause 4(e) of Rule X of House Rules.
    (b) The Committee shall review, from time to time, each 
continuing program within its jurisdiction for which 
appropriations are not made annually in order to ascertain 
whether such program could be modified so that appropriations 
therefore would be made annually.
    (c) The Committee shall, on or before February 25 of each 
year, submit to the Committee on the Budget (1) 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 
which are within its jurisdiction or functions, and (2) an 
estimate of the total amounts of new budget authority, and 
budget outlays resulting there from, to be provided or 
authorized in all bills and resolutions within its jurisdiction 
which it intends to be effective during that fiscal year.
    (d) As soon as practicable after a concurrent resolution on 
the budget for any fiscal year is agreed to, the Committee 
(after consulting with the appropriate committee or committees 
of the Senate) shall subdivide any allocation made to it in the 
joint explanatory statement accompanying the conference report 
on such resolution, and promptly report such subdivisions to 
the House, in the manner provided by section 302 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974.
    (e) Whenever the Committee is directed in a concurrent 
resolution on the budget to determine and recommend changes in 
laws, bills, or resolutions under the reconciliation process it 
shall promptly make such determination and recommendations, and 
report a reconciliation bill or resolution (or both) to the 
House or submit such recommendations to the Committee on the 
Budget, in accordance with the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974.

                              Rule No. 13


            BROADCASTING OF COMMITTEE HEARINGS AND MEETINGS

    Whenever any hearing or meeting conducted by the Committee 
is open to the public, those proceedings shall be open to 
coverage by television, radio, and still photography, as 
provided in Clause 4 of House Rule XI, subject to the 
limitations therein. Operation and use of any Committee 
Internet broadcast system shall be fair and nonpartisan and in 
accordance with Clause 4(b) of rule XI and all other applicable 
rules of the Committee and the House.

                              Rule No. 14


                            COMMITTEE STAFF

    The staff of the Committee on House Administration shall be 
appointed as follows:
    (a) The staff shall be appointed by the Chair except as 
provided in paragraph (b), and may be removed by the Chair, and 
shall work under the general supervision and direction of the 
Chair;
    (b) All staff provided to the minority party members of the 
Committee shall be appointed by the ranking minority member, 
and may be removed by the ranking minority member of the 
Committee, and shall work under the general supervision and 
direction of such member;
    (c) The appointment of all professional staff shall be 
subject to the approval of the Committee as provided by, and 
subject to the provisions of, clause 9 of Rule X of the Rules 
of the House;
    (d) The Chair shall fix the compensation of all staff of 
the Committee, after consultation with the ranking minority 
member regarding any minority party staff, within the budget 
approved for such purposes for the Committee.

                              Rule No. 15


                      TRAVEL OF MEMBERS AND STAFF

    (a) Consistent with the primary expense resolution and such 
additional expense resolutions as may have been approved, the 
provisions of this rule shall govern travel of Committee 
members and staff. Travel for any member or any staff member 
shall be paid only upon the prior authorization of the Chair or 
her or his designee. Travel may be authorized by the Chair for 
any member and any staff member in connection with the 
attendance at hearings conducted by the Committee and meetings, 
conferences, and investigations which involve activities or 
subject matter under the general jurisdiction of the Committee. 
Before such authorization is given there shall be submitted to 
the Chair in writing the following:
          (1) The purpose of the travel;
          (2) The dates during which the travel will occur;
          (3) The locations to be visited and the length of 
        time to be spent in each; and
          (4) The names of members and staff seeking 
        authorization.
    (b)(1) In the case of travel outside the United States of 
members and staff of the Committee for the purpose of 
conducting hearings, investigations, studies, or attending 
meetings and conferences involving activities or subject matter 
under the legislative assignment of the committee, prior 
authorization must be obtained from the Chair. Before such 
authorization is given, there shall be submitted to the Chair, 
in writing, a request for such authorization. Each request, 
which shall be filed in a manner that allows for a reasonable 
period of time for review before such travel is scheduled to 
begin, shall include the following:
          (A) the purpose of the travel;
          (B) the dates during which the travel will occur;
          (C) the names of the countries to be visited and the 
        length of time to be spent in each;
          (D) an agenda of anticipated activities for each 
        country for which travel is authorized together with a 
        description of the purpose to be served and the areas 
        of committee jurisdiction involved; and
          (E) the names of members and staff for whom 
        authorization is sought.
    (2) At the conclusion of any hearing, investigation, study, 
meeting or conference for which travel outside the United 
States has been authorized pursuant to this rule, members and 
staff attending meetings or conferences shall submit a written 
report to the Chair covering the activities and other pertinent 
observations or information gained as a result of such travel.
    (c) Members and staff of the Committee performing 
authorized travel on official business shall be governed by 
applicable laws, resolutions, or regulations of the House and 
of the Committee on House Administration pertaining to such 
travel.

                              Rule No. 16

    Reserved.

                              Rule No. 17

    Reserved.

                              Rule No. 18


                    OTHER PROCEDURES AND REGULATIONS

    The Chair may establish such other procedures and take such 
actions as may be necessary to carry out the foregoing rules or 
to facilitate the effective operation of the committee.

                              Rule No. 19


                 DESIGNATION OF CLERK OF THE COMMITTEE

    For the purposes of these rules and the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, the staff director of the Committee shall 
act as the clerk of the Committee.

                       Committee on the Judiciary

MICHAEL T. McCAUL, Texas, Chairman

BENNIE G. THOMPSON, Mississippi      LAMAR SMITH, Texas
LORETTA SANCHEZ, California          PETER T. KING, New York
SHEILA JACKSON LEE, Texas            MIKE ROGERS, Alabama
JAMES R. LANGEVIN, Rhode Island      CANDICE S. MILLER, Michigan,
BRIAN HIGGINS, New York                Vice Chair
CEDRIC L. RICHMOND, Louisiana        JEFF DUNCAN, South Carolina
WILLIAM R. KEATING, Massachusetts    TOM MARINO, Pennsylvania
DONALD M. PAYNE, Jr., New Jersey     LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania
FILEMON VELA, Texas                  SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania
BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN, New Jersey    CURT CLAWSON, Florida
KATHLEEN M. RICE, New York           JOHN KATKO, New York
NORMA J. TORRES, California          WILL HURD, Texas
                                     EARL L. ``BUDDY'' CARTER, Georgia
                                     MARK WALKER, North Carolina
                                     BARRY LOUDERMILK, Georgia
                                     MARTHA McSALLY, Arizona
                                     JOHN RATCLIFFE, Texas
                                     DANIEL M. DONOVAN, Jr., New York

                     (As adopted January 21, 2015)


     RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS


                                Rule I.

    The Rules of the House of Representatives are the rules of 
the Committee on the Judiciary and its Subcommittees with the 
following specific additions thereto.

                      Rule II.--Committee Meetings

    (a) The regular meeting day of the Committee on the 
Judiciary for the conduct of its business shall be on Wednesday 
of each week while the House is in session.
    (b) Additional meetings may be called by the Chairman and a 
regular meeting of the Committee may be dispensed with when, in 
the judgment of the Chairman, there is no need therefor.
    (c) The Chairman shall furnish each Member of the Committee 
or Subcommittee with the date, place, and a list of bills and 
subjects to be considered at a Committee or Subcommittee 
meeting, which may not commence earlier than the third day on 
which Members have notice thereof (excluding Saturdays, Sundays 
and legal holidays when the House is not in session).
    (d) At least 48 hours prior to the commencement of a 
meeting for the markup of legislation, the text of such 
legislation shall be made publicly available in electronic 
form.
    (e) In an emergency that does not reasonably allow for the 
notice as requirements in (c) and (d), the Chairman may waive 
the notice requirements with the concurrence of the Ranking 
Minority Member.
    (f) To the maximum extent practicable, amendments to a 
measure or matter shall be submitted in writing or 
electronically to the designee of both the Chairman and Ranking 
Member at least 24 hours prior to the consideration of the 
measure or matter. The Chairman may use his discretion to give 
priority to amendments submitted in advance.
    (g) Committee and Subcommittee meetings for the transaction 
of business, i.e. meetings other than those held for the 
purpose of taking testimony, shall be open to the public except 
when the Committee or Subcommittee determines by majority vote 
to close the meeting because disclosure of matters to be 
considered would endanger national security, would compromise 
sensitive law enforcement information, or would tend to defame, 
degrade or incriminate any person or otherwise would violate 
any law or rule of the House.
    (h) Every motion made to the Committee and entertained by 
the Chairman shall be reduced to writing upon demand of any 
Member, and a copy made available to each Member present.
    (i) For purposes of taking any action at a meeting of the 
full Committee or any Subcommittee thereof for which a majority 
is not required, a quorum shall be constituted by the presence 
of not less than one-third of the Members of the Committee or 
Subcommittee, respectively.
    (j)(1) Subject to subparagraph (2), the Chairman may 
postpone further proceedings when a record vote is ordered on 
the question of approving any measure or matter or adopting an 
amendment. The Chairman may resume proceedings on a postponed 
request at any time.
    (2) In exercising postponement authority under subparagraph 
(1), the Chairman shall take all reasonable steps necessary to 
notify Members on the resumption of proceedings on any 
postponed record vote.
    (3) When proceedings resume on a postponed question, 
notwithstanding any intervening order for the previous 
question, an underlying proposition shall remain subject to 
further debate or amendment to the same extent as when the 
question was postponed.
    (k) Transcripts of markups shall be recorded and may be 
published in the same manner as hearings before the Committee.
    (l) Without further action of the Committee, the Chairman 
is directed to offer a motion under clause 1 of rule XXII of 
the Rules of the House of Representatives whenever the Chairman 
considers it appropriate.

                          Rule III.--Hearings

    (a) The Committee Chairman or any Subcommittee Chairman 
shall make public announcement of the date, place, and subject 
matter of any hearing to be conducted by it on any measure or 
matter at least one week before the commencement of that 
hearing. If the Chairman of the Committee, or Subcommittee, 
with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member, determines 
there is good cause to begin the hearing sooner, or if the 
Committee or Subcommittee so determines by majority vote, a 
quorum being present for the transaction of business, the 
Chairman or Subcommittee Chairman shall make the announcement 
at the earliest possible date.
    (b) Committee and Subcommittee hearings shall be open to 
the public except when the Committee or Subcommittee determines 
by majority vote to close the meeting because disclosure of 
matters to be considered would endanger national security, 
would compromise sensitive law enforcement information, or 
would tend to defame, degrade or incriminate any person or 
otherwise would violate any law or rule of the House.
    (c) For purposes of taking testimony and receiving evidence 
before the Committee or any Subcommittee, a quorum shall be 
constituted by the presence of two Members.
    (d) In the course of any hearing each Member shall be 
allowed five minutes for the interrogation of a witness until 
such time as each Member who so desires has had an opportunity 
to question the witness.
    (e) The transcripts of those hearings conducted by the 
Committee which are decided to be printed shall be published in 
verbatim form, with the material requested for the record 
inserted at that place requested, or at the end of the record, 
as appropriate. Individuals, including Members of Congress, 
whose comments are to be published as part of a Committee 
document shall be given the opportunity to verify the accuracy 
of the transcription in advance of publication. Any requests by 
those Members, staff or witnesses to correct any errors other 
than errors in the transcription, or disputed errors in 
transcription, shall be appended to the record, and the 
appropriate place where the change is requested will be 
footnoted. Prior to approval by the Chairman of hearings 
conducted jointly with another congressional Committee, a 
memorandum of understanding shall be prepared which 
incorporates an agreement for the publication of the verbatim 
transcript.

                          Rule IV.--Subpoenas

    (a) A subpoena may be authorized and issued by the 
Chairman, in accordance with clause 2(m) of rule XI of the 
House of Representatives, in the conduct of any investigation 
or activity or series of investigations or activities within 
the jurisdiction of the Committee, following consultation with 
the Ranking Minority Member.
    (b) In addition, a subpoena may be authorized and issued by 
the Committee or its Subcommittees in accordance with clause 
2(m) of rule XI of the House of Representatives, in the conduct 
of any investigation or activity or series of investigations or 
activities, when authorized by a majority of the Members 
voting, a majority of the Committee or Subcommittee being 
present. Authorized subpoenas shall be signed by the Chairman 
or by any Member designated by the Committee.
    (c) At least two business days before issuing any subpoena 
pursuant to subsection (a), the Chair shall consult with the 
Ranking Member regarding the authorization and issuance of such 
subpoena, and the Chair shall provide a full copy of the 
proposed subpoena, including any proposed document schedule, at 
that time.
    (d) The requirements of subsection (c) may be waived in the 
event of an emergency that does not reasonably allow for 
advance written notice.

                         Rule V.--Broadcasting

    Whenever a hearing or meeting conducted by the Committee or 
any Subcommittee is open to the public, those proceedings shall 
be open to coverage by television, radio and still photography 
subject to the requirements of clause 4 of rule XI of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives.

                    Rule VI.--Standing Subcommittees

    (a) The full Committee shall have jurisdiction over: 
copyright, and other such matters as determined by the 
Chairman, and relevant oversight.
    (b) There shall be five standing Subcommittees of the 
Committee on the Judiciary, with jurisdictions as follows:
          The Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil 
        Justice shall have jurisdiction over the following 
        subject matters: constitutional amendments, 
        constitutional rights, Federal civil rights, claims 
        against the United States, non-immigration private 
        claims bills, ethics in government, tort liability, 
        including medical malpractice and product liability, 
        legal reform generally, other appropriate matters as 
        referred by the Chairman, and relevant oversight.
          The Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, 
        and the Internet shall have jurisdiction over the 
        following subject matters: Administration of U.S. 
        Courts, Federal Rules of Evidence, Civil and Appellate 
        Procedure, judicial ethics, patent and trademark law, 
        information technology, other appropriate matters as 
        referred to by the Chairman, and relevant oversight.
          The Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland 
        Security, and Investigations shall have jurisdiction 
        over the following subject matters: Federal Criminal 
        Code, drug enforcement, sentencing, parole and pardons, 
        internal and homeland security, Federal Rules of 
        Criminal Procedure, prisons, criminal law enforcement, 
        and other appropriate matters as referred by the 
        Chairman, and relevant oversight.
          The Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security 
        shall have jurisdiction over the following subject 
        matters: immigration and naturalization, border 
        security, admission of refugees, treaties, conventions 
        and international agreements, Federal charters of 
        incorporation, private immigration bills, non-border 
        immigration enforcement, other appropriate matters as 
        referred by the Chairman, and relevant oversight.
          The Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and 
        Antitrust Law shall have jurisdiction over the 
        following subject matters: bankruptcy and commercial 
        law, bankruptcy judgeships, administrative law, 
        independent counsel, state taxation affecting 
        interstate commerce, interstate compacts, antitrust 
        matters, other appropriate matters as referred by the 
        Chairman, and relevant oversight.
    (c) The Chairman of the Committee and Ranking Minority 
Member thereof shall be ex officio Members, but not voting 
Members, of each Subcommittee to which such Chairman or Ranking 
Minority Member has not been assigned by resolution of the 
Committee. Ex officio Members shall not be counted as present 
for purposes of constituting a quorum at any hearing or meeting 
of such Subcommittee.

             Rule VII.--Powers and Duties of Subcommittees

    Each Subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold hearings, 
receive evidence, and report to the full Committee on all 
matters referred to it or under its jurisdiction. Subcommittee 
chairmen shall set dates for hearings and meetings of their 
respective Subcommittees after consultation with the Chairman 
and other Subcommittee chairmen with a view toward avoiding 
simultaneous scheduling of full Committee and Subcommittee 
meetings or hearings whenever possible.

                  Rule VIII.--Non-Legislative Reports

    No report of the Committee or Subcommittee which does not 
accompany a measure or matter for consideration by the House 
shall be published unless all Members of the Committee or 
Subcommittee issuing the report shall have been apprised of 
such report and given the opportunity to give notice of 
intention to file supplemental, additional, or dissenting views 
as part of the report. In no case shall the time in which to 
file such views be less than three calendar days (excluding 
Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays when the House is not in 
session).

                      Rule IX.--Committee Records

    The records of the Committee at the National Archives and 
Records Administration shall be made available for public use 
according to the Rules of the House. The Chairman shall notify 
the Ranking Minority Member of any decision to withhold a 
record otherwise available, and the matter shall be presented 
to the Committee for a determination on the written request of 
any Member of the Committee.

                  Rule X.--Official Committee Website

    (a) The Chairman shall maintain an official website on 
behalf of the Committee for the purpose of furthering the 
Committee's legislative and oversight responsibilities, 
including communicating information about the Committee's 
activities to Committee Members and other Members of the House.
    (b) The Chairman shall make the record of the votes on any 
question on which a record vote is demanded in the full 
Committee available on the Committee's official website not 
later than 48 hours after such vote is taken. Such record shall 
identify or describe 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 the Members voting present.
    (c) Not later than 24 hours after the adoption of any 
amendment to a measure or matter considered by the Committee or 
its Subcommittees, the Chairman shall make the text of each 
such amendment publicly available in electronic form.
    (d) Not later than 3 days after the conclusion of a 
Committee meeting, the transcript of such meeting and the text 
of all amendments offered shall be made available on the 
Committee website.
    (e) The Ranking Member is authorized to maintain a similar 
official website on behalf of the Committee Minority for the 
same purpose, including communicating information about the 
activities of the Minority to Committee Members and other 
Members of the House.

                     Committee on Natural Resources

    ROB BISHOP, Utah, Chairman

RAUL M. GRIJALVA, Arizona            DON YOUNG, Alaska
GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California      LOUIE GOHMERT, Texas
MADELEINE Z. BORDALLO, Guam          DOUG LAMBORN, Colorado
JIM COSTA, California                ROBERT J. WITTMAN, Virginia
GREGORIO KILILI CAMACHO SABLAN, Northern Mariana Islandsiana
NIKI TSONGAS, Massachusetts          TOM McCLINTOCK, California
PEDRO R. PIERLUISI, Puerto Rico      GLENN THOMPSON, Pennsylvania
JARED HUFFMAN, California            CYNTHIA M. LUMMIS, Wyoming
RAUL RUIZ, California                DAN BENISHEK, Michigan
ALAN S. LOWENTHAL, California        JEFF DUNCAN, South Carolina
MATT CARTWRIGHT, Pennsylvania        PAUL A. GOSAR, Arizona
DONALD S. BEYER, Jr., Virginia       RAUL R. LABRADOR, Idaho
NORMA J. TORRES, California          DOUG LaMALFA, California
DEBBIE DINGELL, Michigan             JEFF DENHAM, California
RUBEN GALLEGO, Arizona               PAUL COOK, California
LOIS CAPPS, California               BRUCE WESTERMAN, Arkansas
JARED POLIS, Colorado                GARRET GRAVES, Louisiana
Vacancy                              DAN NEWHOUSE, Washington
                                     RYAN K. ZINKE, Montana
                                     JODY B. HICE, Georgia
                                     AUMUA AMATA COLEMAN RADEWAGEN, 
                                     American Samoa
                                     THOMAS MacARTHUR, New Jersey
                                     ALEXANDER X. MOONEY, West Virginia
                                     CRESENT HARDY, Nevada
                                     Vacancy

                     (As adopted January 28, 2015)


   RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS


               Rule 1.--Rules of the House; Vice Chairmen

    (a) Applicability of House Rules.--
          (1) The Rules of the House of Representatives, so far 
        as they are applicable, are the rules of the Committee 
        on Natural Resources (hereinafter in these rules 
        referred to as the ``Committee'') and its 
        Subcommittees.
          (2) Each Subcommittee is part of the Committee and is 
        subject to the authority, direction and rules of the 
        Committee. References in these rules to ``Committee'' 
        and ``Chairman'' shall apply to each Subcommittee and 
        its Chairman wherever applicable.
          (3) House Rule XI is incorporated and made a part of 
        the rules of the Committee to the extent applicable.
    (b) Vice Chairmen.--Unless inconsistent with other rules, 
the Chairman shall appoint Vice Chairmen of the Committee and 
the Subcommittees. If the Chairman of the Committee or 
Subcommittee is not present at any meeting of the Committee or 
Subcommittee, as the case may be, the Vice Chairman shall 
preside. If the Vice Chairman is not present, the ranking 
Member of the Majority party on the Committee or Subcommittee 
who is present shall preside at that meeting.

                     Rule 2.--Meetings In General 

    (a) Scheduled Meetings.--The Committee shall meet at 10 
a.m. the first Wednesday of each month when the House is in 
session if so noticed by the Chairman under Committee Rule 
3(a). The Committee shall also meet at the call of the Chairman 
subject to advance notice to all Members of the Committee. 
Special meetings shall be called and convened by the Chairman 
as provided in clause 2(c)(1) of House Rule XI. Any Committee 
meeting or hearing that conflicts with a party caucus, 
conference, or similar party meeting shall be rescheduled at 
the discretion of the Chairman, in consultation with the 
Ranking Minority Member. The 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.
    (b) Open Meetings.--Each meeting for the transaction of 
business, including the markup of legislation, and each hearing 
of the Committee or a Subcommittee shall be open to the public, 
except as provided by clause 2(g) and clause 2(k) of House Rule 
XI.
    (c) Broadcasting.--Whenever a meeting for the transaction 
of business, including the markup of legislation, or a hearing 
is open to the public, that meeting or hearing shall be open to 
coverage by television, radio, and still photography in 
accordance with clauses 2(a)(1) and 4 of House Rule XI. The 
provisions of clause 4(f) of House Rule XI are specifically 
made part of these rules by reference. To the maximum extent 
practicable, the Committee shall provide audio and visual 
coverage of each hearing or meeting for the transaction of 
business in a manner that allows the public to easily listen to 
and view the proceedings, and maintain the recordings of such 
coverage in a manner that is easily accessible to the public. 
Operation and use of any Committee Internet broadcast system 
shall be fair and nonpartisan and in accordance with clause 
4(b) of House Rule XI and all other applicable rules of the 
Committee and the House.
    (d) Oversight Plan.--No later than February 15 of the first 
session of each Congress, the Committee shall adopt its 
oversight plans for that Congress in accordance with clause 
2(d)(1) of House Rule X.

           Rule 3.--Meeting and Hearing Procedures in General

    (a) Notice and Information for Members and the Public.--
          (1) The Chairman shall publicly announce the date, 
        place and subject matter of: (i) a Committee hearing, 
        which may not commence earlier than one week after such 
        notice; or (ii) a Committee meeting, which may not 
        commence earlier than the third day on which Members 
        have notice thereof.
          (2) A hearing or meeting may begin sooner if the 
        Chairman, with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority 
        Member, determines that there is good cause to begin 
        the meeting or hearing sooner, or if the Committee so 
        determines by majority vote. In these cases, the 
        Chairman shall publicly announce the meeting or hearing 
        at the earliest possible time. The Committee shall 
        promptly notify the Daily Digest Clerk of the 
        Congressional Record and shall promptly make publicly 
        available in electronic form the appropriate 
        information as soon as possible after the public 
        announcement is made.
          (3) To the extent practicable, a background 
        memorandum prepared by the Majority staff summarizing 
        the major provisions of any bill being considered by 
        the Committee, including the need for the bill and its 
        effect on current law, will be available for the 
        Members of the Committee and the public no later than 
        48 hours before the meeting.
    (b) Public Availability of Markup Text.--At least 24 hours 
prior to the markup of any legislation (or at the time of an 
announcement under paragraph (a)(2) above made within 24 hours 
before such meeting), the Chairman shall cause the text of such 
legislation to be made publicly available in electronic form.
    (c) Meetings and Hearings to Begin Promptly.--Each meeting 
or hearing of the Committee shall begin promptly at the time 
stipulated in the public announcement of the meeting or 
hearing.
    (d) Addressing the Committee.--A Committee Member may 
address the Committee or a Subcommittee on any bill, motion, or 
other matter under consideration or may question a witness at a 
hearing only when recognized by the Chairman for that purpose. 
The time a Member may address the Committee or Subcommittee for 
any purpose or to question a witness shall be limited to five 
minutes, except as provided in Committee Rule 4(f). A Member 
shall limit his remarks to the subject matter under 
consideration. The Chairman shall enforce the preceding 
provision.
    (e) Quorums.--
          (1) A majority of the Members of the Committee shall 
        constitute a quorum for the reporting of any measure or 
        recommendation, the authorizing of a subpoena, the 
        closing of any meeting or hearing to the public under 
        clause 2(g)(1), clause 2(g)(2)(A) and clause 2(k)(5)(B) 
        of House Rule XI, and the releasing of executive 
        session materials under clause 2(k)(7) of House Rule X. 
        Testimony and evidence may be received at any hearing 
        at which there are at least two Members of the 
        Committee present. For the purpose of transacting all 
        other business of the Committee, one third of the 
        Members shall constitute a quorum.
          (2) When a call of the roll is required to ascertain 
        the presence of a quorum, the offices of all Members 
        shall be notified and the Members shall have not less 
        than 15 minutes to prove their attendance. The Chairman 
        shall have the discretion to waive this requirement 
        when a quorum is actually present or whenever a quorum 
        is secured and may direct the relevant Committee Staff 
        to note the names of all Members present within the 15-
        minute period.
    (f) Participation of Members in Committee and 
Subcommittees.--Any Member of the Committee may sit with any 
Subcommittee during any meeting or hearing, and by unanimous 
consent of the Members of the Subcommittee, may participate in 
such meeting or hearing. However, a Member who is not a Member 
of the Subcommittee may not vote on any matter before the 
Subcommittee, be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum 
or raise points of order.
    (g) Proxies.--No vote in the Committee or its Subcommittees 
may be cast by proxy.
    (h) Record Votes.--Record votes shall be ordered on the 
demand of one-fifth of the Members present, or by any Member in 
the apparent absence of a quorum.
    (i) Postponed Record Votes.--
          (1) Subject to paragraph (2), the Chairman may, after 
        consultation with the Ranking Minority Member, postpone 
        further proceedings when a record vote is ordered on 
        the question of approving any measure or matter or 
        adopting an amendment. The Chairman shall resume 
        proceedings on a postponed request at any time after 
        reasonable notice, but no later than the next meeting 
        day.
          (2) Notwithstanding any intervening order for the 
        previous question, when proceedings resume on a 
        postponed question under paragraph (1), an underlying 
        proposition shall remain subject to further debate or 
        amendment to the same extent as when the question was 
        postponed.
          (3) This rule shall apply to Subcommittee 
        proceedings.
    (j) Privileged Motions.--A motion to recess from day to 
day, a motion to recess subject to the call of the Chairman 
(within 24 hours), and a motion to dispense with the first 
reading (in full) of a bill or resolution if printed copies are 
available, are nondebatable motions of high privilege.
    (k) Layover and Copy of Bill.--No measure or recommendation 
reported by a Subcommittee shall be considered by the Committee 
until two calendar days from the time of Subcommittee action. 
No bill shall be considered by the Committee unless a copy has 
been delivered to the office of each Member of the Committee 
requesting a copy. These requirements may be waived by a 
majority vote of the Committee at the time of consideration of 
the measure or recommendation.
    (l) Access to Dais and Conference Room.--Access to the 
hearing rooms' daises (and to the conference rooms adjacent to 
the Committee hearing rooms) shall be limited to Members of 
Congress and employees of the Committee during a meeting or 
hearing of the Committee, except that Committee Members' 
personal staff may be present on the daises if their employing 
Member is the author of a bill or amendment under consideration 
by the Committee, but only during the time that the bill or 
amendment is under active consideration by the Committee. 
Access to the conference rooms adjacent to the Committee 
hearing rooms shall be limited to Members of Congress and 
employees of Congress during a meeting or hearing of the 
Committee.
    (m) Cellular Telephones.--The use of cellular telephones is 
prohibited on the Committee dais or in the Committee hearing 
rooms during a meeting or hearing of the Committee.
    (n) Motion to go to Conference with the Senate.--The 
Chairman may offer a motion under clause 1 of Rule XXII 
whenever the Chairman considers it appropriate.

                      Rule 4.--Hearing Procedures

    (a) Written Statement; Oral Testimony.--Each witness who is 
to appear before the Committee or a Subcommittee shall file 
with the relevant Full Committee Staff or Subcommittee Clerk, 
at least two working days before the day of his or her 
appearance, a written statement of their proposed testimony. 
Each witness shall limit his or her oral presentation to a 
five-minute summary of the written statement, unless the 
Chairman, in consultation with the Ranking Minority Member, 
extends this time period. Subject to the approval of the 
Committee, the Chairman may waive oral testimony of any witness 
who has submitted written testimony for the record. In 
addition, a witness appearing in a nongovernmental capacity 
shall include a curriculum vitae and a disclosure of any 
Federal grants or contracts, or contracts or payments 
originating with a foreign government, received during the 
current calendar year or either of the previous calendar years 
by the witness or by the entity represented by the witness and 
related to the subject matter of the hearing. The disclosure 
shall include the amount and source of each Federal grant (or 
subgrant thereof) or contract (or subcontract thereof) related 
to the subject matter of the hearing and the amount and country 
of origin of any payment or contract related to the subject 
matter of the hearing originating with a foreign government. 
Failure to comply with these disclosure requirements may result 
in the exclusion of the written testimony from the hearing 
record and/or the barring of an oral presentation of the 
testimony.
    (b) Minority Witnesses.--When any hearing is conducted by 
the Committee or any Subcommittee upon any measure or matter, 
the Minority party Members on the Committee or Subcommittee 
shall be entitled, upon request to the Chairman by a majority 
of those Minority Members 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 
hearings thereon.
    (c) Information for Members.--After announcement of a 
hearing, the Committee shall make available as soon as 
practicable to all Members of the Committee a tentative witness 
list and to the extent practicable the Majority staff shall 
make publicly available a memorandum explaining the subject 
matter of the hearing (including relevant legislative reports 
and other necessary material). In addition, the Chairman shall 
make available to the Members of the Committee any official 
reports from departments and agencies on the subject matter as 
they are received.
    (d) Subpoenas.--The Committee or a Subcommittee may 
authorize and issue a subpoena under clause 2(m) of House Rule 
XI if authorized by a majority of the Members voting. In 
addition, the Chairman of the Committee may authorize and issue 
subpoenas during any period of time in which the House of 
Representatives has adjourned for more than three days. 
Subpoenas shall be signed only by the Chairman of the 
Committee, or any Member of the Committee authorized by the 
Committee, and may be served by any person designated by the 
Chairman or Member.
    (e) Oaths.--The Chairman of the Committee, the Chairmen of 
the Subcommittees or any Member designated by the Chairman may 
administer oaths to any witness before the Committee. All 
witnesses appearing in hearings may be administered the 
following oath by the Chairman or his designee prior to 
receiving the testimony: ``Do you solemnly swear or affirm that 
the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the 
whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?''
    (f) Opening Statements; Questioning of Witnesses.--
          (1) Opening statements by Members may not be 
        presented orally, unless the Chairman or his designee 
        makes a statement, in which case the Ranking Minority 
        Member or his designee may also make a statement. In 
        addition, the Vice Chairman may make a statement, in 
        which case, a designee of the Ranking Minority Member 
        may also make a statement. If a witness scheduled to 
        testify at any hearing of the Committee is a 
        constituent of a Member of the Committee, that Member 
        shall be entitled to briefly introduce the witness at 
        the hearing.
          (2) The questioning of witnesses in Committee and 
        Subcommittee hearings shall be initiated by the 
        Chairman, followed by the Ranking Minority Member and 
        all other Members alternating between the Majority and 
        Minority parties. In recognizing Members to question 
        witnesses, the Chairman shall take into consideration 
        the ratio of the Majority to Minority Members present 
        and shall establish the order of recognition for 
        questioning in a manner so as not to disadvantage the 
        Members of the Majority or the Members of the Minority. 
        A motion is in order to allow designated Majority and 
        Minority party Members to question a witness for a 
        specified period to be equally divided between the 
        Majority and Minority parties. This period shall not 
        exceed one hour in the aggregate.
    (g) Materials for Hearing Record.--Any materials submitted 
specifically for inclusion in the hearing record must address 
the announced subject matter of the hearing and be submitted to 
the relevant Full Committee Staff or Subcommittee Clerk no 
later than 10 business days following the last day of the 
hearing.
    (h) Claims of Privilege.--Claims of common-law privileges 
made by witnesses in hearings, or by interviewees or deponents 
in investigations or inquiries, are applicable only at the 
discretion of the Chairman, subject to appeal to the Committee.

                  Rule 5.--Filing of Committee Reports

    (a) Duty of Chairman.--Whenever the Committee authorizes 
the favorable reporting of a measure from the Committee, the 
Chairman or his designee shall report the same to the House of 
Representatives and shall take all steps necessary to secure 
its passage without any additional authority needing to be set 
forth in the motion to report each individual measure. In 
appropriate cases, the authority set forth in this rule shall 
extend to moving in accordance with the Rules of the House of 
Representatives that the House be resolved into the Committee 
of the Whole House on the State of the Union for the 
consideration of the measure; and to moving in accordance with 
the Rules of the House of Representatives for the disposition 
of a Senate measure that is substantially the same as the House 
measure as reported.
    (b) Filing.--A report on a measure which has been approved 
by the Committee shall be filed within seven calendar days 
(exclusive of days on which the House of Representatives is not 
in session) after the day on which there has been filed with 
the relevant Full Committee Staff a written request, signed by 
a majority of the Members of the Committee, for the reporting 
of that measure. Upon the filing with the relevant Full 
Committee Staff of this request, the Staff shall transmit 
immediately to the Chairman notice of the filing of that 
request.
    (c) Supplemental, Additional, Dissenting or Minority 
Views.--Any Member may, if notice is given by any Member at the 
time a measure or matter is approved by the Committee, file 
supplemental, additional, dissenting or minority views. These 
views must be in writing and signed by each Member joining 
therein and be filed with the Committee Chief Counsel not less 
than two additional calendar days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays 
and legal holidays except when the House is in session on those 
days) of the time the bill or resolution is approved by the 
Committee. This paragraph shall not preclude the filing of any 
supplemental report on any measure or matter that may be 
required for the correction of any technical error in a 
previous report made by the Committee on that bill or 
resolution.
    (d) Review by Members.--Each Member of the Committee shall 
be given an opportunity to review each proposed Committee 
report before it is filed with the Clerk of the House of 
Representatives. Nothing in this paragraph extends the time 
allowed for filing supplemental, additional or minority views 
under paragraph (c).
    (e) Disclaimer.--All Committee or Subcommittee reports 
printed and not approved by a majority vote of the Committee or 
Subcommittee, as appropriate, shall contain the following 
disclaimer on the cover of the report: ``This report has not 
been officially adopted by the (Committee on Natural Resources) 
(Subcommittee) and may not therefore necessarily reflect the 
views of its Members.''

 Rule 6.--Establishment of Subcommittees; Full Committee Jurisdiction; 
                             Bill Referrals

    (a) Subcommittees.--There shall be five standing 
Subcommittees of the Committee, with the following jurisdiction 
and responsibilities:

                     SUBCOMMITTEE ON FEDERAL LANDS

          (1) Measures and matters related to the National Park 
        System and its units, including Federal reserved water 
        rights.
          (2) The National Wilderness Preservation System.
          (3) Wild and Scenic Rivers System, National Trails 
        System, national heritage areas and other national 
        units established for protection, conservation, 
        preservation or recreational development, other than 
        coastal barriers.
          (4) Military parks and battlefields, national 
        cemeteries administered by the Secretary of the 
        Interior, parks in and within the vicinity of the 
        District of Columbia and the erection of monuments to 
        the memory of individuals.
          (5) Federal and non-Federal outdoor recreation plans, 
        programs and administration including the Land and 
        Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 and the Outdoor 
        Recreation Act of 1963.
          (6) Preservation of prehistoric ruins and objects of 
        interest on the public domain and other historic 
        preservation programs and activities, including 
        national monuments, historic sites and programs for 
        international cooperation in the field of historic 
        preservation.
          (7) Matters concerning the following agencies and 
        programs: Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery Program, 
        Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American 
        Engineering Record, and U.S. Holocaust Memorial.
          (8) Public lands generally, including measures or 
        matters relating to entry, easements, withdrawals, 
        grazing and Federal reserved water rights.
          (9) Forfeiture of land grants and alien ownership, 
        including alien ownership of mineral lands.
          (10) Cooperative efforts to encourage, enhance and 
        improve international programs for the protection of 
        the environment and the conservation of natural 
        resources otherwise within the jurisdiction of the 
        Subcommittee.
          (11) Forest reservations, including management 
        thereof, created from the public domain.
          (12) Public forest lands generally, including 
        measures or matters related to entry, easements, 
        withdrawals, grazing and Federal reserved water rights.
          (13) Wildlife resources, including research, 
        restoration, refuges and conservation, and National 
        Wildlife Refuges.

                SUBCOMMITTEE ON WATER, POWER AND OCEANS

          (1) Generation and marketing of electric power from 
        Federal water projects by Federally chartered or 
        Federal regional power marketing authorities.
          (2) All measures and matters concerning water 
        resources planning conducted pursuant to the Water 
        Resources Planning Act, water resource research and 
        development programs and saline water research and 
        development.
          (3) Compacts relating to the use and apportionment of 
        interstate waters, water rights and major interbasin 
        water or power movement programs.
          (4) All measures and matters pertaining to irrigation 
        and reclamation projects and other water resources 
        development and recycling programs, including policies 
        and procedures.
          (5) Indian water rights and settlements.
          (6) Rights of way over public lands for energy-
        related transmission.
          (7) Fisheries management and fisheries research 
        generally, including the management of all commercial 
        and recreational fisheries (including the 
        reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Fishery 
        Conservation and Management Act), interjurisdictional 
        fisheries, international fisheries agreements, 
        aquaculture, seafood safety, and fisheries promotion.
          (8) All matters pertaining to the protection of 
        coastal and marine environments, estuarine protection, 
        and coastal barriers (except coastal zone management).
          (9) Oceanography.
          (10) Ocean engineering, including materials, 
        technology and systems.
          (11) Marine sanctuaries.
          (12) U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.
          (13) All matters regarding Antarctica within the 
        Committee's jurisdiction.
          (14) Sea Grant programs and marine extension 
        services.
          (15) Cooperative efforts to encourage, enhance and 
        improve international programs for the protection of 
        the environment and the conservation of natural 
        resources otherwise within the jurisdiction of the 
        Subcommittee.

              SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES

          (1) All measures and matters concerning the U.S. 
        Geological Survey, except for the activities and 
        programs of the Water Resources Division or its 
        successor.
          (2) All measures and matters affecting geothermal 
        resources.
          (3) Conservation of United States uranium supply.
          (4) Mining interests generally, including all matters 
        involving mining regulation and enforcement, including 
        the reclamation of mined lands, the environmental 
        effects of mining, and the management of mineral 
        receipts, mineral land laws and claims, long-range 
        mineral programs and deep seabed mining.
          (5) Mining schools, experimental stations and long-
        range mineral programs.
          (6) Mineral resources on public lands.
          (7) Conservation and development of oil and gas 
        resources of the Outer Continental Shelf.
          (8) Petroleum conservation on the public lands and 
        conservation of the radium supply in the United States.
          (9) Measures and matters concerning the 
        transportation of natural gas from or within Alaska and 
        disposition of oil transported by the trans-Alaska oil 
        pipeline.
          (10) Cooperative efforts to encourage, enhance and 
        improve international programs for the protection of 
        the environment and the conservation of natural 
        resources otherwise within the jurisdiction of the 
        Subcommittee.
          (11) Coastal zone management.

       SUBCOMMITTEE ON INDIAN, INSULAR AND ALASKA NATIVE AFFAIRS

          (1) Measures relating to the welfare of Native 
        Americans, including management of Indian lands in 
        general and special measures relating to claims which 
        are paid out of Indian funds.
          (2) All matters regarding the relations of the United 
        States with Native Americans and Native American 
        tribes, including special oversight functions under 
        House Rule X.
          (3) All matters regarding Native Alaskans.
          (4) All matters related to the Federal trust 
        responsibility to Native Americans and the sovereignty 
        of Native Americans.
          (5) All matters regarding insular areas of the United 
        States.
          (6) All measures or matters regarding the Freely 
        Associated States.
          (7) All matters regarding Native Hawaiians.

              SUBCOMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS

          (1) Primary and general oversight and investigative 
        authority on all activities, policies and programs 
        within the jurisdiction of the Committee under House 
        Rule X.
    (b) Full Committee.--The following measures and matters 
shall be retained at the Full Committee:
          (1) Environmental and habitat measures of general 
        applicability, including the National Environmental 
        Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.
          (2) Cooperative efforts to encourage, enhance and 
        improve international programs for the protection of 
        the environment and the conservation of natural 
        resources otherwise within the jurisdiction of the Full 
        Committee under this paragraph.
          (3) All other measures and matters retained by the 
        Full Committee, including those retained under 
        Committee Rule 6(e).
          (4) General and continuing oversight and 
        investigative authority over activities, policies and 
        programs within the jurisdiction of the Full Committee.
    (c) Ex-officio Members.--The Chairman and Ranking Minority 
Member of the Committee may serve as ex-officio Members of each 
standing Subcommittee to which the Chairman or the Ranking 
Minority Member have not been assigned. Ex-officio Members 
shall have the right to fully participate in Subcommittee 
activities but may not vote and may not be counted in 
establishing a quorum.
    (d) Powers and Duties of Subcommittees.--Each Subcommittee 
is authorized to meet, hold hearings, receive evidence and 
report to the Committee on all matters within its jurisdiction. 
Each Subcommittee shall review and study, on a continuing 
basis, the application, administration, execution and 
effectiveness of those statutes, or parts of statutes, the 
subject matter of which is within that Subcommittee's 
jurisdiction; and the organization, operation, and regulations 
of any Federal agency or entity having responsibilities in or 
for the administration of such statutes, to determine whether 
these statutes are being implemented and carried out in 
accordance with the intent of Congress. Each Subcommittee shall 
review and study any conditions or circumstances indicating the 
need of enacting new or supplemental legislation within the 
jurisdiction of the Subcommittee. Each Subcommittee shall have 
general and continuing oversight and investigative authority 
over activities, policies and programs within the jurisdiction 
of the Subcommittee.
    (e) Referral to Subcommittees; Recall.--
          (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) and for those 
        measures or matters retained at the Full Committee, 
        every legislative measure or other matter referred to 
        the Committee shall be referred to the maximum extent 
        possible to the Subcommittee of jurisdiction within two 
        weeks of the date of its referral to the Committee. If 
        any measure or matter is within or affects the 
        jurisdiction of one or more Subcommittees, the Chairman 
        may refer that measure or matter simultaneously to two 
        or more Subcommittees for concurrent consideration or 
        for consideration in sequence subject to appropriate 
        time limits, or divide the matter into two or more 
        parts and refer each part to a Subcommittee.
          (2) The Chairman, with the approval of a majority of 
        the Majority Members of the Committee, may refer a 
        legislative measure or other matter to a select or 
        special Subcommittee. A legislative measure or other 
        matter referred by the Chairman to a Subcommittee may 
        be recalled from the Subcommittee for direct 
        consideration by the Full Committee, or for referral to 
        another Subcommittee, provided Members of the Committee 
        receive one week written notice of the recall and a 
        majority of the Members of the Committee do not object. 
        In addition, a legislative measure or other matter 
        referred by the Chairman to a Subcommittee may be 
        recalled from the Subcommittee at any time by majority 
        vote of the Committee for direct consideration by the 
        Full Committee or for referral to another Subcommittee.
    (f) Consultation.--Each Subcommittee Chairman shall consult 
with the Chairman of the Full Committee prior to setting dates 
for Subcommittee meetings and hearings with a view towards 
avoiding whenever possible conflicting Committee and 
Subcommittee meetings and hearings.
    (g) Vacancy.--A vacancy in the membership of a Subcommittee 
shall not affect the power of the remaining Members to execute 
the functions of the Subcommittee.

         Rule 7.--Task Forces, Special or Select Subcommittees

    (a) Appointment.--The Chairman of the Committee is 
authorized, after consultation with the Ranking Minority 
Member, to appoint Task Forces, or special or select 
Subcommittees, to carry out the duties and functions of the 
Committee.
    (b) Ex-Officio Members.--The Chairman and Ranking Minority 
Member of the Committee may serve as ex-officio Members of each 
Task Force, or special or select Subcommittee if they are not 
otherwise members. Ex-officio Members shall have the right to 
fully participate in activities but may not vote and may not be 
counted in establishing a quorum.
    (c) Party Ratios.--The ratio of Majority Members to 
Minority Members, excluding ex-officio Members, on each Task 
Force, special or select Subcommittee shall be as close as 
practicable to the ratio on the Full Committee.
    (d) Temporary Resignation.--A Member can temporarily resign 
his or her position on a Subcommittee to serve on a Task Force, 
special or select Subcommittee without prejudice to the 
Member's seniority on the Subcommittee.
    (e) Chairman and Ranking Minority Member.--The Chairman of 
any Task Force, or special or select Subcommittee shall be 
appointed by the Chairman of the Committee. The Ranking 
Minority Member shall select a Ranking Minority Member for each 
Task Force, or standing, special or select Subcommittee.

                  Rule 8.--Recommendation of Conferees

    Whenever it becomes necessary to appoint conferees on a 
particular measure, the Chairman shall recommend to the Speaker 
as conferees those Majority Members, as well as those Minority 
Members recommended to the Chairman by the Ranking Minority 
Member, primarily responsible for the measure. The ratio of 
Majority Members to Minority Members recommended for 
conferences shall be no greater than the ratio on the 
Committee.

                       Rule 9.--Committee Records

    (a) Segregation of Records.--All Committee records shall be 
kept separate and distinct from the office records of 
individual Committee Members serving as Chairmen or Ranking 
Minority Members. These records shall be the property of the 
House and all Members shall have access to them in accordance 
with clause 2(e)(2) of House Rule XI.
    (b) Availability.--The Committee shall make available to 
the public for review at reasonable times in the Committee 
office transcripts of public meetings and hearings, except 
those that are unrevised or unedited and intended solely for 
the use of the Committee.
    (c) Archived Records.--Records of the Committee which are 
deposited with the National Archives shall be made available 
for public use pursuant to House Rule VII. The Chairman of the 
Committee shall notify the Ranking Minority Member of any 
decision, pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 4(b) of House 
Rule VII, to withhold, or to provide a time, schedule or 
condition for availability of any record otherwise available. 
At the written request of any Member of the Committee, the 
matter shall be presented to the Committee for a determination 
and shall be subject to the same notice and quorum requirements 
for the conduct of business under Committee Rule 3.
    (d) Records of Closed Meetings.--Notwithstanding the other 
provisions of this rule, no records of Committee meetings or 
hearings which were closed to the public pursuant to the Rules 
of the House of Representatives shall be released to the public 
unless the Committee votes to release those records in 
accordance with the procedure used to close the Committee 
meeting.
    (e) Classified Materials.--All classified materials shall 
be maintained in an appropriately secured location and shall be 
released only to authorized persons for review, who shall not 
remove the material from the Committee offices without the 
written permission of the Chairman.
    (f) Committee Information Available for the Public.--In 
addition to any other requirement of these rules or the Rules 
of the House of Representatives, the Chairman shall cause to be 
made available publicly in electronic form the following:
          (1) a record of the votes on any question on which a 
        recorded vote is taken which shall be posted no later 
        than 24 hours after the vote is taken that shall 
        include:
                  (i) a copy of the amendment or a detailed 
                description of the motion, order or other 
                proposition; and
                  (ii) the name of each Member voting for and 
                each Member voting against such amendment, 
                motion, order, or proposition, the names of 
                those Members voting present, and the names of 
                any Member not present.
          (2) copies of all amendments adopted in Committee by 
        voice vote or unanimous consent within 24 hours of the 
        adoption of the amendment.
          (3) the rules of the Committee, once adopted, and any 
        amendments thereto, in accordance with clause 2(a)(2) 
        of House Rule XI.
          (4) the statements required under the second sentence 
        of clause 2(g)(5) of House Rule XI, with appropriate 
        redactions to protect the privacy of the witness, which 
        shall be posted no later than one day after the witness 
        appears before the Committee.

                Rule 10.--Committee Budget and Expenses

    (a) Budget.--At the beginning of each Congress, after 
consultation with the Chairman of each Subcommittee and the 
Ranking Minority Member, the Chairman shall present to the 
Committee for its approval a budget covering the funding 
required for staff, travel, and miscellaneous expenses.
    (b) Expense Resolution.--Upon approval by the Committee of 
each budget, the Chairman, acting pursuant to clause 6 of House 
Rule X, shall prepare and introduce in the House a supporting 
expense resolution, and take all action necessary to bring 
about its approval by the Committee on House Administration and 
by the House of Representatives.
    (c) Amendments.--The Chairman shall report to the Committee 
any amendments to each expense resolution and any related 
changes in the budget.
    (d) Additional Expenses.--Authorization for the payment of 
additional or unforeseen Committee expenses may be procured by 
one or more additional expense resolutions processed in the 
same manner as set out under this rule.
    (e) Month Reports.--Copies of each monthly report, prepared 
by the Chairman for the Committee on House Administration, 
which shows expenditures made during the reporting period and 
cumulative for the year, anticipated expenditures for the 
projected Committee program, and detailed information on 
travel, shall be available to each Member.

                       Rule 11.--Committee Staff

    (a) Rules and Policies.--Committee staff members are 
subject to the provisions of clause 9 of House Rule X, as well 
as any written personnel policies the Committee may from time 
to time adopt.
    (b) Majority and Nonpartisan Staff.--The Chairman shall 
appoint, determine the remuneration of, and may remove, the 
legislative and administrative employees of the Committee not 
assigned to the Minority. The legislative and administrative 
staff of the Committee not assigned to the Minority shall be 
under the general supervision and direction of the Chairman, 
who shall establish and assign the duties and responsibilities 
of these staff members and delegate any authority he determines 
appropriate.
    (c) Minority Staff.--The Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee shall appoint, determine the remuneration of, and may 
remove, the legislative and administrative staff assigned to 
the Minority within the budget approved for those purposes. The 
legislative and administrative staff assigned to the Minority 
shall be under the general supervision and direction of the 
Ranking Minority Member of the Committee who may delegate any 
authority the Ranking Member determines appropriate.
    (d) Availability.--The skills and services of all Committee 
staff shall be available to all Members of the Committee.

                       Rule 12.--Committee Travel

    In addition to any written travel policies the Committee 
may from time to time adopt, all travel of Members and staff of 
the Committee or its Subcommittees, to hearings, meetings, 
conferences and investigations, including all foreign travel, 
must be authorized by the Full Committee Chairman prior to any 
public notice of the travel and prior to the actual travel. In 
the case of Minority staff, all travel shall first be approved 
by the Ranking Minority Member. Funds authorized for the 
Committee under clauses 6 and 7 of House Rule X are for 
expenses incurred in the Committee's activities within the 
United States.

                  Rule 13.--Changes to Committee Rules

    The rules of the Committee may be modified, amended, or 
repealed, by a majority vote of the Committee, provided that 
written notice of the proposed change has been provided each 
Member of the Committee prior to the meeting date on which the 
changes are to be discussed and voted on consistent with 
Committee Rule 3(a). A change to the rules of the Committee 
shall be published in the Congressional Record no later than 30 
days after its approval and made publicly available in 
electronic form.

                       Rule 14.--Other Procedures

    The Chairman may establish procedures and take actions as 
may be necessary to carry out the rules of the Committee or to 
facilitate the effective administration of the Committee, in 
accordance with the rules of the Committee and the Rules of the 
House of Representatives.

              Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

  JASON CHAFFETZ, Utah, Chairman

ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland         JOHN L. MICA, Florida
CAROLYN B. MALONEY, New York         MICHAEL R. TURNER, Ohio
ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON,               JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee
  District of Columbia               JIM JORDAN, Ohio
WM. LACY CLAY, Missouri              TIM WALBERG, Michigan
STEPHEN F. LYNCH, Massachusetts      JUSTIN AMASH, Michigan
JIM COOPER, Tennessee                PAUL A. GOSAR, Arizona
GERALD E. CONNOLLY, Virginia         SCOTT DesJARLAIS, Tennessee
MATT CARTWRIGHT, Pennsylvania        TREY GOWDY, South Carolina
TAMMY DUCKWORTH, Illinois            BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas
ROBIN L. KELLY, Illinois             CYNTHIA M. LUMMIS, Wyoming
BRENDA L. LAWRENCE, Michigan         THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky
TED LIEU, California                 MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina
BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN, New Jersey    RON DeSANTIS, Florida
STACEY E. PLASKETT, Virgin Islands   MICK MULVANEY, South Carolina
MARK DeSAULNIER, California          KEN BUCK, Colorado
BRENDAN F. BOYLE, Pennsylvania       MARK WALKER, North Carolina
PETER WELCH, Vermont                 ROD BLUM, Iowa
MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM, New Mexico   JODY B. HICE, Georgia
                                     STEVE RUSSELL, Oklahoma
                                     EARL L. ``BUDDY'' CARTER, Georgia
                                     GLENN GROTHMAN, Wisconsin
                                     WILL HURD, Texas
                                     GARY J. PALMER, Alabama

                     (As adopted January 27, 2015)


RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM FOR THE 114TH 
                                CONGRESS


                     Rule 1.--Application of Rules

    Except where the terms ``full committee'' and 
``subcommittee'' are specifically referred to, the following 
rules shall apply to the Committee on Oversight and Government 
Reform and its subcommittees as well as to the respective 
chairs and ranking minority members.

                           Rule 2.--Meetings

    The regular meetings of the full committee shall be held on 
the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m., when the House is 
in session. The chairman is authorized to dispense with a 
regular meeting or to change the date thereof, and to call and 
convene additional meetings, when circumstances warrant. A 
special meeting of the committee may be requested by members of 
the committee pursuant to the provisions of House Rule XI, 
clause 2(c)(2). Subcommittees shall meet at the call of the 
subcommittee chairs. Every member of the committee, unless 
prevented by unusual circumstances, shall be provided with a 
memorandum at least three calendar days before each meeting or 
hearing explaining: (1) the purpose of the meeting or hearing; 
and (2) the names, titles, background and reasons for 
appearance of any witnesses. The ranking minority member shall 
be responsible for providing the same information on witnesses 
whom the minority may request.

                            Rule 3.--Quorums

    (a) A majority of the members of the committee shall form a 
quorum, except that two members shall constitute a quorum for 
taking testimony and receiving evidence, and one third of the 
members shall form a quorum for taking any action other than 
for which the presence of a majority of the committee is 
otherwise required. If the chairman is not present at any 
meeting of the committee or subcommittee, the ranking member of 
the majority party on the committee who is present shall 
preside at that meeting.
    (b) The chairman of the full committee may, at the request 
of a subcommittee chair, make a temporary assignment of any 
member of the full committee to such subcommittee for the 
purpose of constituting a quorum at and participating in any 
public hearing by such subcommittee to be held outside of 
Washington, DC. Members appointed to such temporary positions 
shall not be voting members. The chairman shall give reasonable 
notice of such temporary assignment to the ranking minority 
members of the committee.

                       Rule 4.--Committee Reports

    (a) Bills and resolutions approved by the full committee 
shall be reported by the chairman pursuant to House Rule XIII, 
clauses 2-4.
    (b) A proposed investigative or oversight report shall not 
be considered in the committee unless the proposed report has 
been available to the members of the committee for at least 
three calendar days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal 
holidays, unless the House is in session on such days) before 
consideration of such proposed report in the committee. If 
hearings have been held on the matter reported upon, every 
reasonable effort shall be made to have such hearings printed 
and available to the members of the committee before the 
consideration of the proposed report in the committee.
    (c) Every investigative or oversight report shall be 
approved by a majority vote of the committee at a meeting at 
which a quorum is present. If at the time of approval of such a 
report a member of the committee gives notice of intent to file 
supplemental, minority, additional, or dissenting views that 
member shall be entitled to file such views following House 
Rule XI, clause 2(l) and Rule XIII, clause 3(a)(1).
    (d) Only those investigative or oversight reports approved 
by a majority vote of the committee may be ordered printed, 
unless otherwise required by the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.

                         Rule 5.--Record Votes

    (a) A record vote of the members may be had upon the 
request of any member upon approval of a one-fifth vote of the 
members present.
    (b) Pursuant to House Rule XI, clause 2(h)(4), the chairman 
is authorized to postpone further proceedings when a record 
vote is ordered on the question of approving a measure or 
matter or on adopting an amendment and to resume proceedings on 
a postponed question at any time after reasonable notice. When 
proceedings resume on a postponed question, notwithstanding any 
intervening order for the previous question, an underlying 
proposition shall remain subject to further debate or amendment 
to the same extent as when the question was postponed. After 
consultation with the ranking minority member, the chairman 
shall take reasonable steps to notify members on the resumption 
of proceedings on any postponed record vote.

                   Rule 6.--Subcommittees; Referrals

    (a) There shall be six standing subcommittees with 
appropriate party ratios. The chairman shall assign members to 
the subcommittees. Minority party assignments shall be made 
only with the concurrence of the ranking minority member. The 
subcommittees shall have the following fixed jurisdictions:
          (1) The Subcommittee on Government Operations.--
        Legislative and oversight jurisdiction over government 
        management and accounting measures; the economy, 
        efficiency, and management of government operations and 
        activities; procurement; federal property; public 
        information, including the Freedom of Information Act 
        and Federal Advisory Committee Act; federal records 
        (including the National Archives and Records 
        Administration and the Presidential Records Act); 
        federal civil service; the U.S. Postal Service; the 
        Census Bureau; and the District of Columbia. The 
        Subcommittee also has legislative jurisdiction over 
        drug policy and the Office of Information and 
        Regulatory Affairs.
          (2) The Subcommittee on National Security.--Oversight 
        jurisdiction over national security, homeland security, 
        foreign operations, immigration, defense, and criminal 
        justice.
          (3) The Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits, and 
        Administrative Rules--Oversight jurisdiction over 
        health care policy, administration, and programs; 
        regulatory affairs; government-wide rules and 
        regulations; Social Security; and the administration 
        and solvency of benefit and entitlement programs.
          (4) The Subcommittee on the Interior.--Oversight 
        jurisdiction over food and drug safety, energy policy, 
        public lands, the Environmental Protection Agency, and 
        the Department of the Interior.
          (5) The Subcommittee on Information Technology.--
        Oversight jurisdiction over information security 
        management, cybersecurity, information technology 
        policy and procurement, emerging technologies, 
        intellectual property, telecommunications, and privacy.
          (6) The Subcommittee on Transportation and Public 
        Assets.--Oversight jurisdiction over federal real 
        property, the General Services Administration, the 
        Department of Housing and Urban Development, the 
        Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Transportation 
        Security Administration, and the Department of 
        Transportation.
    (b) Bills, resolutions, and other matters shall be 
expeditiously referred by the chairman to subcommittees for 
consideration or investigation in accordance with their fixed 
jurisdictions. Where the subject matter of the referral 
involves the jurisdiction of more than one subcommittee or does 
not fall within any previously assigned jurisdiction, the 
chairman shall refer the matter as he may deem advisable. 
Bills, resolutions, and other matters referred to subcommittees 
may be re-referred or discharged by the chairman when, in his 
judgment, the subcommittee is not able to complete its work or 
cannot reach agreement therein.
    (c) The chairman and the ranking minority member of the 
full committee shall be ex officio members of all 
subcommittees. They are authorized to vote on subcommittee 
matters; but, unless they are regular members of the 
subcommittee, they shall not be counted in determining a 
subcommittee quorum other than a quorum for taking testimony.

                    Rule 7.--Subcommittee Scheduling

    (a) Each subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold hearings, 
receive testimony, mark up legislation, and report to the full 
committee on any measure or matter referred to it.
    (b) No subcommittee may meet or hold a hearing at the same 
time as a meeting or hearing of the full committee.
    (c) The chair of each subcommittee shall set hearing and 
meeting dates only with the approval of the full committee 
chairman with a view toward assuring the availability of 
meeting rooms and avoiding simultaneous scheduling of committee 
meetings or hearings.
    (d) Each subcommittee chair shall notify the chairman of 
any hearing plans at least two weeks before the date of 
commencement of the hearings, including the date, place, 
subject matter, and the names of witnesses, willing and 
unwilling, who would be called to testify, including, to the 
extent the chair is advised thereof, witnesses whom the 
minority members may request.

                             Rule 8.--Staff

    (a) Except as otherwise provided by House Rule X, clauses 
6, 7 and 9, the chairman of the full committee shall have the 
authority to hire and discharge employees of the professional 
and clerical staff of the committee.
    (b) Except as otherwise provided by House Rule X, clauses 
6, 7 and 9, the staff of the committee shall be subject to the 
direction of the chairman of the full committee and shall 
perform such duties as he or she may assign.

                           Rule 9.--Hearings

    (a) A committee member may question witnesses only when 
recognized by the chairman for that purpose. In accordance with 
House Rule XI, clause 2(j)(2), the five-minute rule shall apply 
during the questioning of witnesses in a hearing. The chairman 
shall, so far as practicable, recognize alternately based on 
seniority of those majority and minority members present at the 
time the hearing was called to order and others based on their 
arrival at the hearing. After that, additional time may be 
extended at the direction of the chairman.
    (b) The chairman, or the committee by motion, may permit a 
specified number of majority and minority members to question a 
witness for a specified, total period that is equal for each 
side and not longer than thirty minutes for each side.
    (c) The chairman, or the committee by motion, may permit 
committee staff of the majority and minority to question a 
witness for a specified, total period that is equal for each 
side and not longer than thirty minutes for each side.
    (d) Nothing in paragraph (b) or (c) affects the rights of a 
member (other than a member designated under paragraph (b)) to 
question a witness for 5 minutes in accordance with paragraph 
(a). In any extended questioning permitted under paragraph (b) 
or (c), the chairman shall determine how to allocate the time 
permitted for extended questioning by majority members or 
majority committee staff, and the ranking minority member shall 
determine how to allocate the time permitted for extended 
questioning by minority members or minority committee staff.
    (e) Hearings shall be conducted according to the procedures 
in House Rule XI, clause 2(k). All questions put to witnesses 
before the committee shall be relevant to the subject matter 
before the Committee for consideration, and the chairman shall 
rule on the relevance of any questions put to the witnesses.
    (f) Witnesses appearing before the committee shall so far 
as practicable, submit written statements at least 24 hours 
before their appearance. Witnesses appearing in a non-
governmental capacity 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), as well as the amount and source of 
payments or contracts originating from foreign governments, 
insofar as they relate to the subject matter of the hearing, 
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.
    (g) The chairman or any member designated by the chairman 
may administer oaths to any witness before the committee. All 
witnesses appearing in hearings may be administered the 
following oath by the chairman or his designee prior to 
receiving the testimony: ``Do you solemnly swear or affirm that 
the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the 
whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?''.
    (h) To the maximum extent practicable, amendments to a 
measure or matter shall be submitted in writing or 
electronically to the designee of both the chairman and ranking 
minority member at least 24 hours prior to the consideration of 
the measure or matter. The chairman may use his discretion to 
give priority to amendments submitted in advance.

        Rule 10.--Committee Records, Open Meetings, Transparency

    (a) The committee staff shall maintain in the committee 
offices a complete record of committee actions from the current 
Congress including a record of the roll call votes taken at 
committee business meetings. The original records, or true 
copies thereof, as appropriate, shall be available for public 
inspection whenever the committee offices are open for public 
business. The staff shall assure that such original records are 
preserved with no unauthorized alteration, additions, or 
defacement.
    (b) A stenographic record of all testimony shall be kept of 
public hearings and shall be made available on such conditions 
as the chairman may prescribe.
    (c) Meetings for the transaction of business and hearings 
of the committee shall be open to the public or closed in 
accordance with the Rules of the House of Representatives.
    (d) The chairman of the full committee shall maintain an 
official website on behalf of the committee for the purpose of 
furthering the committee's legislative and oversight 
responsibilities, including communicating information about the 
committee's activities to committee members and other members 
of the House. To the greatest extent practicable, the chairman 
shall ensure that committee records are made available on the 
committee's official website in appropriate formats.
    (e) The ranking minority member of the full committee is 
authorized to maintain a similar official website on behalf of 
the committee minority for the same purpose, including 
communicating information about the activities of the minority 
to committee members and other members of the House.

      Rule 11.--Audio and Visual Coverage of Committee Proceedings

    (a) An open meeting or hearing of the committee may be 
covered, in whole or in part, by television broadcast, radio 
broadcast, internet broadcast, and still photography, unless 
closed subject to the provisions of House Rules. Any such 
coverage shall conform to the provisions of House Rule XI, 
clause 4.
    (b) Use of the Committee Broadcast System shall be fair and 
nonpartisan, and in accordance with House Rule XI, clause 4(b), 
and all other applicable rules of the House of Representatives 
and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Members 
of the committee shall have prompt access to a copy of coverage 
by the Committee Broadcast System, to the extent that such 
coverage is maintained.
    (c) Personnel providing coverage of an open meeting or 
hearing of the committee by internet broadcast, other than 
through the Committee Broadcast System shall be currently 
accredited to the Radio and Television Correspondents' 
Galleries. If the Committee Broadcast System is not available, 
the chairman may, with the concurrence of the ranking minority 
member, direct staff to provide coverage in a manner that is 
fair and nonpartisan and in accordance with House Rule XI, 
clause 4.

                Rule 12.--Additional Duties of Chairman

    The chairman of the full committee shall:
    (a) Make available to other committees the findings and 
recommendations resulting from the investigations of the 
committee as required by House Rule X, clause 4(c)(2);
    (b) Direct such review and studies on the impact or 
probable impact of tax policies affecting subjects within the 
committee's jurisdiction as required by House Rule X, clause 
2(c);
    (c) Submit to the Committee on the Budget views and 
estimates required by House Rule X, clause 4(f), and to file 
reports with the House as required by the Congressional Budget 
Act;
    (d) Authorize and issue subpoenas as provided in House Rule 
XI, clause 2(m), in the conduct of any investigation or 
activity or series of investigations or activities within the 
jurisdiction of the Committee;
    (e) Prepare, after consultation with the ranking minority 
member, a budget for the Committee;
    (f) Make any necessary technical and conforming changes to 
legislation reported by the committee upon unanimous consent; 
and
    (g) Offer motions under clause 1 of Rule XXII of the Rules 
of the House (motion to request or agree to a conference) 
whenever the chairman considers it appropriate.

        Rule 13.--Consideration of Certain Bills and Resolutions

    (a) The determination of the subject matter of 
commemorative stamps and new semi-postal issues is properly for 
consideration by the Postmaster General and the committee will 
not give consideration to legislative proposals specifying the 
subject matter of commemorative stamps and new semi-postal 
issues. It is suggested that recommendations for the subject 
matter of stamps be submitted to the Postmaster General.
    (b) The consideration of bills designating facilities of 
the United States Postal Service shall be conducted so as to 
minimize the time spent on such matters by the committee and 
the House of Representatives.
    (c) The chairman shall not request to have scheduled any 
resolution for consideration under suspension of the Rules, 
which expresses appreciation, commends, congratulates, 
celebrates, recognizes the accomplishments of, or celebrates 
the anniversary of, an entity, event, group, individual, 
institution, team or government program; or acknowledges or 
recognizes a period of time for such purposes.

                    Rule 14.--Panels and Task Forces

    (a) The chairman of the full committee is authorized to 
appoint panels or task forces to carry out the duties and 
functions of the committee.
    (b) The chairman and ranking minority member of the full 
committee may serve as ex-officio members of each panel or task 
force.
    (c) The chairman of any panel or task force shall be 
appointed by the chairman of the full committee. The ranking 
minority member of the full committee shall select a ranking 
minority member for each panel or task force.
    (d) The House and committee rules applicable to 
subcommittee meetings, hearings, recommendations, and reports 
shall apply to the meetings, hearings, recommendations, and 
reports of panels and task forces.
    (e) No panel or task force so appointed shall continue in 
existence for more than six months. A panel or task force so 
appointed may, upon the expiration of six months, be 
reappointed by the chairman.

                     Rule 15.--Deposition Authority

    (a) The chairman of the full committee, upon consultation 
with the ranking minority member of the full committee, may 
order the taking of depositions, under oath and pursuant to 
notice or subpoena.
    (b) Notices for the taking of depositions shall specify the 
date, time, and place of examination (if other than within the 
committee offices). Depositions shall be taken under oath 
administered by a member or a person otherwise authorized to 
administer oaths.
    (c) Consultation with the ranking minority member shall 
include three business days notice before any deposition is 
taken. All members shall also receive three business days 
notice that a deposition has been scheduled.
    (d) Witnesses may be accompanied at a deposition by counsel 
to advise them of their rights. No one may be present at 
depositions except members, committee staff designated by the 
chairman or ranking minority member of the full committee, an 
official reporter, the witness, and the witness's counsel. 
Observers or counsel for other persons, or for agencies under 
investigation, may not attend.
    (e) At least one member of the committee shall be present 
at each deposition taken by the committee, unless the witness 
to be deposed agrees in writing to waive this requirement.
    (f) A deposition shall be conducted by any member or staff 
attorney designated by the chairman or ranking minority member. 
When depositions are conducted by committee staff attorneys, 
there shall be no more than two committee staff attorneys 
permitted to question a witness per round. One of the committee 
staff attorneys shall be designated by the chairman and the 
other by the ranking minority member. Other committee staff 
members designated by the chairman or ranking minority member 
may attend, but may not pose questions to the witness.
    (g) Questions in the deposition shall be propounded in 
rounds, alternating between the majority and minority. A single 
round shall not exceed 60 minutes per side, unless the members 
or staff attorneys conducting the deposition agree to a 
different length of questioning. In each round, a member or 
committee staff attorney designated by the chairman shall ask 
questions first, and the member or committee staff attorney 
designated by the ranking minority member shall ask questions 
second.
    (h) Any objection made during a deposition must be stated 
concisely and in a non-argumentative and non-suggestive manner. 
The witness may refuse to answer a question only to preserve a 
privilege. When the witness has objected and refused to answer 
a question to preserve a privilege, the full committee chairman 
may rule on any such objection after the deposition has 
adjourned. If the chairman overrules any such objection and 
thereby orders a witness to answer any question to which a 
privilege objection was lodged, such ruling shall be filed with 
the clerk of the committee and shall be provided to the members 
and the witness no less than three days before the reconvened 
deposition. If a member of the committee appeals in writing the 
ruling of the chairman, the appeal shall be preserved for 
committee consideration. A deponent who refuses to answer a 
question after being directed to answer by the chairman in 
writing may be subject to sanction, except that no sanctions 
may be imposed if the ruling of the chairman is reversed on 
appeal.
    (i) Committee staff shall ensure that the testimony is 
either transcribed or electronically recorded or both. If a 
witness's testimony is transcribed, the witness or the 
witness's counsel shall be afforded an opportunity to review a 
copy. No later than five days thereafter, the witness may 
submit suggested changes to the chairman. Committee staff may 
make any typographical and technical changes. Substantive 
changes, modifications, clarifications, or amendments to the 
deposition transcript submitted by the witness must be 
accompanied by a letter signed by the witness requesting the 
changes and a statement of the witness's reasons for each 
proposed change. Any substantive changes, modifications, 
clarifications, or amendments shall be included as an appendix 
to the transcript conditioned upon the witness signing the 
transcript.
    (j) The individual administering the oath, if other than a 
member, shall certify on the transcript that the witness was 
duly sworn. The transcriber shall certify that the transcript 
is a true record of the testimony, and the transcript shall be 
filed, together with any electronic recording, with the clerk 
of the Committee in Washington, DC. Depositions shall be 
considered to have been taken in Washington, DC, as well as the 
location actually taken once filed there with the clerk of the 
Committee for the Committee's use. The chairman and the ranking 
minority member of the full committee shall be provided with a 
copy of the transcripts of the deposition at the same time.
    (k) The chairman and ranking minority member of the full 
committee shall consult regarding the release of depositions. 
If either objects in writing to a proposed release of a 
deposition or a portion thereof, the matter shall be promptly 
referred to the full committee for resolution.
    (l) A witness shall not be required to testify unless the 
witness has been provided with a copy of the committee's rules.

                           Committee on Rules

  PETE SESSIONS, Texas, Chairman

LOUISE McINTOSH SLAUGHTER,           VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina,
  New York                             Vice Chairman
JAMES P. McGOVERN, Massachusetts     TOM COLE, Oklahoma
ALCEE L. HASTINGS, Florida           ROB WOODALL, Georgia
JARED POLIS, Colorado                MICHAEL C. BURGESS, Texas
                                     STEVE STIVERS, Ohio
                                     DOUG COLLINS, Georgia
                                     BRADLEY BYRNE, Alabama
                                     DAN NEWHOUSE, Washington

                      (As adopted January 7, 2015)


         RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) The Rules of the House are the rules of the Committee 
and its subcommittees so far as applicable, except that 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, are non-debatable privileged motions in 
the Committee. A proposed investigative or oversight report 
shall be considered as read if it has been available to the 
members of the Committee for at least 24 hours (excluding 
Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays except when the House is 
in session on such day).
    (b) Each subcommittee is a part of the Committee, and is 
subject to the authority and direction of the Committee and to 
its rules so far as applicable.
    (c) The provisions of clause 2 of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House are incorporated by reference as the rules of the 
Committee to the extent applicable.
    (d) The Committee's rules shall be published in the 
Congressional Record not later than 30 days after the Committee 
is elected in each odd-numbered year.

           Rule 2.--Regular, Additional, and Special Meetings


                            REGULAR MEETINGS

    (a)(1) The Committee shall regularly meet at 5:00 p.m. on 
the first day on which votes are scheduled of each week when 
the House is in session.
    (2) A regular meeting of the Committee may be dispensed 
with if, in the judgment of the Chair, there is no need for the 
meeting.
    (3) Additional regular meetings and hearings of the 
Committee may be called by the Chair.

                      NOTICE FOR REGULAR MEETINGS

    (b) The Chair shall notify in electronic or written form 
each member of the Committee of the agenda of each regular 
meeting of the Committee at least 48 hours before the time of 
the meeting and shall provide to each member of the Committee, 
at least 24 hours before the time of each regular meeting:
          (1) for each bill or resolution scheduled on the 
        agenda for consideration of a rule, a copy of--
                  (A) the bill or resolution;
                  (B) any committee reports thereon; and
                  (C) any available letter requesting a rule 
                for the bill or resolution; and
          (2) for each other bill, resolution, report, or other 
        matter on the agenda a copy of--
                  (A) the bill, resolution, report, or 
                materials relating to the other matter in 
                question; and
                  (B) any report on the bill, resolution, 
                report, or any other matter made by any 
                subcommittee of the Committee.

                           EMERGENCY MEETINGS

    (c)(1) The Chair may call an emergency meeting of the 
Committee at any time on any measure or matter which the Chair 
determines to be of an emergency nature; provided, however, 
that the Chair has made an effort to consult the ranking 
minority member, or, in such member's absence, the next ranking 
minority party member of the Committee.
    (2) As soon as possible after calling an emergency meeting 
of the Committee, the Chair shall notify each member of the 
Committee of the time and location of the meeting.
    (3) To the extent feasible, the notice provided under 
paragraph (2) shall include the agenda for the emergency 
meeting and copies of available materials which would otherwise 
have been provided under subsection (b) if the emergency 
meeting was a regular meeting.

                            SPECIAL MEETINGS

    (d) Special meetings shall be called and convened as 
provided in clause 2(c)(2) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House.

                Rule 3.--Meeting and Hearing Procedures


                               IN GENERAL

    (a)(1) Meetings and hearings of the Committee shall be 
called to order and presided over by the Chair or, in the 
Chair's absence, by the member designated by the Chair as the 
Vice Chair of the Committee, or by the ranking majority member 
of the Committee present as Acting Chair.
    (2) Meetings and hearings of the Committee shall be open to 
the public unless closed in accordance with clause 2(g) of rule 
XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives.
    (3) Any meeting or hearing of the Committee that is open to 
the public shall be open to coverage by television, radio, and 
still photography in accordance with the provisions of clause 4 
of rule XI of the Rules of the House (which are incorporated by 
reference as part of these rules).
    (4) Before a motion to report a rule is offered, a copy of 
the language recommended shall be furnished to each member of 
the Committee.

                                 QUORUM

    (b)(1) For the purpose of hearing testimony on requests for 
rules, five members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum.
    (2) For the purpose of taking testimony and receiving 
evidence on measures or matters of original jurisdiction before 
the Committee, three members of the Committee shall constitute 
a quorum.
    (3) A majority of the members of the Committee shall 
constitute a quorum for the purposes of: reporting any measure 
or matter; authorizing a subpoena; closing a meeting or hearing 
pursuant to clause 2(g) of rule XI of the Rules of the House 
(except as provided in clause 2(g)(2)(A) and (B)); or taking 
any other action.

                                 VOTING

    (c)(1) No vote may be conducted on any measure or motion 
pending before the Committee unless a majority of the members 
of the Committee is actually present for such purpose.
    (2) A record vote of the Committee shall be provided on any 
question before the Committee upon the request of any member.
    (3) No vote by any member of the Committee on any measure 
or matter may be cast by proxy.
    (4) A record of the vote of each member of the Committee on 
each record vote on any measure or matter before the Committee 
shall be made publicly available in electronic form within 48 
hours, and with respect to any record vote on any motion to 
amend or report, shall be included in the report of the 
Committee showing the total number of votes cast for and 
against and the names of those members voting for and against.

                           HEARING PROCEDURES

    (d)(1) With regard to hearings on matters of original 
jurisdiction, to the greatest extent practicable:
          (A) each witness who is to appear before the 
        Committee shall file with the Committee at least 24 
        hours in advance of the appearance a statement of 
        proposed testimony in written and electronic form and 
        shall limit the oral presentation to the Committee to a 
        brief summary thereof; and
          (B) 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 any Federal grants or contracts, or 
        contracts or payments originating with a foreign 
        government, received during the current calendar year 
        or either of the two previous calendar years by the 
        witness or by an entity represented by the witness and 
        related to the subject matter of the hearing.
          (C) The disclosure referred to in subdivision (B) 
        shall include--
                  (i) the amount and country of origin of any 
                payment or contract related to the subject 
                matter of the hearing originating with a 
                foreign government.
                  (ii) the amount and country of origin of any 
                payment or contract related to the subject 
                matter of the hearing originating with a 
                foreign government.
          (D) Such statements, with appropriate redactions to 
        protect the privacy or security of the witness, shall 
        be made publicly available in electronic form not later 
        than one day after the witness appears.
    (2) The five-minute rule shall be observed in the 
interrogation of each witness before the Committee until each 
member of the Committee has had an opportunity to question the 
witness.
    (3) The provisions of clause 2(k) of rule XI of the Rules 
of the House shall apply to any hearing conducted by the 
Committee.

                          SUBPOENAS AND OATHS

    (e)(1) Pursuant to clause 2(m) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, a subpoena may be authorized and 
issued by the Committee or a subcommittee in the conduct of any 
investigation or series of investigations or activities, only 
when authorized by a majority of the members voting, a majority 
being present.
    (2) The Chair may authorize and issue subpoenas under such 
clause during any period in which the House has adjourned for a 
period of longer than three days.
    (3) Authorized subpoenas shall be signed by the Chair or by 
any member designated by the Committee, and may be served by 
any person designated by the Chair or such member.
    (4) The Chair, or any member of the Committee designated by 
the Chair, may administer oaths to witnesses before the 
Committee.

              Rule 4.--General Oversight Responsibilities

    (a) The Committee shall review and study, on a continuing 
basis, the application, administration, execution, and 
effectiveness of those laws, or parts of laws, the subject 
matter of which is within its jurisdiction.
    (b) Not later than February 15 of the first session of a 
Congress, the Committee shall meet in open session, with a 
quorum present, to adopt its oversight plans for that Congress 
for submission to the Committee on House Administration and the 
Committee on Government Reform, in accordance with the 
provisions of clause 2(d) of House rule X.

                         Rule 5.--Subcommittees


          ESTABLISHMENT AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF SUBCOMMITTEES

    (a)(1) There shall be two subcommittees of the Committee as 
follows:
          (A) Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, 
        which shall have general responsibility for measures or 
        matters related to relations between the Congress and 
        the Executive Branch.
          (B) Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the 
        House, which shall have general responsibility for 
        measures or matters related to process and procedures 
        of the House, relations between the two Houses of 
        Congress, relations between the Congress and the 
        Judiciary, and internal operations of the House.
    (2) In addition, each such subcommittee shall have specific 
responsibility for such other measures or matters as the Chair 
refers to it.
    (3) Each subcommittee of the Committee shall review and 
study, on a continuing basis, the application, administration, 
execution, and effectiveness of those laws, or parts of laws, 
the subject matter of which is within its general 
responsibility.

           REFERRAL OF MEASURES AND MATTERS TO SUBCOMMITTEES

    (b)(1) No special order providing for the consideration of 
any bill or resolution shall be referred to a subcommittee of 
the Committee.
    (2) The Chair shall refer to a subcommittee such measures 
or matters of original jurisdiction as the Chair deems 
appropriate given its jurisdiction and responsibilities.
    (3) All other measures or matters of original jurisdiction 
shall be subject to consideration by the full Committee.
    (4) In referring any measure or matter of original 
jurisdiction to a subcommittee, the Chair may specify a date by 
which the subcommittee shall report thereon to the Committee.
    (5) The Committee by motion may discharge a subcommittee 
from consideration of any measure or matter referred to a 
subcommittee of the Committee.

                      COMPOSITION OF SUBCOMMITTEES

    (c) The size and ratio of each subcommittee shall be 
determined by the Committee and members shall be elected to 
each subcommittee, and to the positions of chair and ranking 
minority member thereof, in accordance with the rules of the 
respective party caucuses. The Chair of the full committee may 
designate a member of the majority party on each subcommittee 
as its vice chair.

                   SUBCOMMITTEE MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

    (d)(1) Each subcommittee of the Committee is authorized to 
meet, hold hearings, receive testimony, mark up legislation, 
and report to the full Committee on any measure or matter 
referred to it.
    (2) No subcommittee of the Committee may meet or hold a 
hearing at the same time as a meeting or hearing of the full 
Committee is being held.
    (3) The chair of each subcommittee shall schedule meetings 
and hearings of the subcommittee only after consultation with 
the Chair.

                                 QUORUM

    (e)(1) For the purpose of taking testimony, two members of 
the subcommittee shall constitute a quorum.
    (2) For all other purposes, a quorum shall consist of a 
majority of the members of a subcommittee.

                          EFFECT OF A VACANCY

    (f) Any vacancy in the membership of a subcommittee shall 
not affect the power of the remaining members to execute the 
functions of the subcommittee.

                                RECORDS

    (g) Each subcommittee of the Committee shall provide the 
full Committee with copies of such records of votes taken in 
the subcommittee and such other records with respect to the 
subcommittee necessary for the Committee to comply with all 
rules and regulations of the House.

                             Rule 6.--Staff


                               IN GENERAL

    (a)(1) Except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3), the 
professional and other staff of the Committee shall be 
appointed, by the Chair, and shall work under the general 
supervision and direction of the Chair.
    (2) All professional, and other staff provided to the 
minority party members of the Committee shall be appointed, by 
the ranking minority member of the Committee, and shall work 
under the general supervision and direction of such member.
    (3) The appointment of all professional staff shall be 
subject to the approval of the Committee as provided by, and 
subject to the provisions of, clause 9 of rule X of the Rules 
of the House.

                            ASSOCIATE STAFF

    (b) Associate staff for members of the Committee may be 
appointed only at the discretion of the Chair (in consultation 
with the ranking minority member regarding any minority party 
associate staff), after taking into account any staff ceilings 
and budgetary constraints in effect at the time, and any terms, 
limits, or conditions established by the Committee on House 
Administration under clause 9 of rule X of the Rules of the 
House.

                           SUBCOMMITTEE STAFF

    (c) From funds made available for the appointment of staff, 
the Chair of the Committee shall, pursuant to clause 6(d) of 
rule X of the Rules of the House, ensure that sufficient staff 
is made available to each subcommittee to carry out its 
responsibilities under the rules of the Committee, and, after 
consultation with the ranking minority member of the Committee, 
that the minority party of the Committee is treated fairly in 
the appointment of such staff.

                         COMPENSATION OF STAFF

    (d) The Chair shall fix the compensation of all 
professional and other staff of the Committee, after 
consultation with the ranking minority member regarding any 
minority party staff.

                         CERTIFICATION OF STAFF

    (e)(1) To the extent any staff member of the Committee or 
any of its subcommittees does not work under the direct 
supervision and direction of the Chair, the member of the 
Committee who supervises and directs the staff member's work 
shall file with the Chief of Staff of the Committee (not later 
than the tenth day of each month) a certification regarding the 
staff member's work for that member for the preceding calendar 
month.
    (2) The certification required by paragraph (1) shall be in 
such form as the Chair may prescribe, shall identify each staff 
member by name, and shall state that the work engaged in by the 
staff member and the duties assigned to the staff member for 
the member of the Committee with respect to the month in 
question met the requirements of clause 9 of rule X of the 
rules of the House.
    (3) Any certification of staff of the Committee, or any of 
its subcommittees, made by the Chair in compliance with any 
provision of law or regulation shall be made--
          (A) on the basis of the certifications filed under 
        paragraph (1) to the extent the staff is not under the 
        Chair's supervision and direction, and
          (B) on his own responsibility to the extent the staff 
        is under the Chair's direct supervision and direction.

               Rule 7.--Budget, Travel, Pay of Witnesses


                                 BUDGET

    (a) The Chair, in consultation with other members of the 
Committee, shall prepare for each Congress a budget providing 
amounts for staff, necessary travel, investigation, and other 
expenses of the Committee and its subcommittees.

                                 TRAVEL

    (b)(1) The Chair may authorize travel for any member and 
any staff member of the Committee in connection with activities 
or subject matters under the general jurisdiction of the 
Committee. Before such authorization is granted, there shall be 
submitted to the Chair in writing the following:
          (A) The purpose of the travel.
          (B) The dates during which the travel is to occur.
          (C) The names of the States or countries to be 
        visited and the length of time to be spent in each.
          (D) The names of members and staff of the Committee 
        for whom the authorization is sought.
    (2) Members and staff of the Committee shall make a written 
report to the Chair on any travel they have conducted under 
this subsection, including a description of their itinerary, 
expenses, and activities, and of pertinent information gained 
as a result of such travel.
    (3) Members and staff of the Committee performing 
authorized travel on official business shall be governed by 
applicable laws, resolutions, and regulations of the House and 
of the Committee on House Administration.

                            PAY OF WITNESSES

    (c) Witnesses may be paid from funds made available to the 
Committee in its expense resolution subject to the provisions 
of clause 5 of rule XI of the Rules of the House.

                   Rule 8.--Committee Administration


                               REPORTING

    (a) Whenever the Committee authorizes the favorable 
reporting of a bill or resolution from the Committee--
          (1) The Chair or acting Chair shall report it to the 
        House or designate a member of the Committee to do so.
          (2) In the case of a bill or resolution in which the 
        Committee has original jurisdiction, the Chair shall 
        allow, to the extent that the anticipated floor 
        schedule permits, any member of the Committee a 
        reasonable amount of time to submit views for inclusion 
        in the Committee report on the bill or resolution. Any 
        such report shall contain all matters required by the 
        Rules of the House of Representatives (or by any 
        provision of law enacted as an exercise of the 
        rulemaking power of the House) and such other 
        information as the Chair deems appropriate.
          (3) In the case of a resolution providing for 
        consideration of a measure, the Committee report 
        accompanying such resolution shall include an accurate 
        explanation of any waivers of points of order, 
        including a detailed explanation of all points of 
        order.

                                RECORDS

    (b)(1) There shall be a transcript made of each regular 
meeting and hearing of the Committee, and the transcript may be 
printed if the Chair decides it is appropriate or if a majority 
of the members of the Committee requests such printing. Any 
such transcripts shall be 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. Nothing in this 
paragraph shall be construed to require that all such 
transcripts be subject to correction and publication.
    (2) The Committee shall keep a record of all actions of the 
Committee and of its subcommittees. The record shall contain 
all information required by clause 2(e)(1) of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives and shall be available 
for public inspection at reasonable times in the offices of the 
Committee.
    (3) All Committee hearings, records, data, charts, and 
files shall be kept separate and distinct from the 
congressional office records of the Chair, shall be the 
property of the House, and all Members of the House shall have 
access thereto as provided in clause 2(e)(2) of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House.
    (4) The records of the Committee at the National Archives 
and Records Administration shall be made available for public 
use in accordance with rule VII of the Rules of the House. The 
Chair shall notify the ranking minority member of any decision, 
pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 4(b) of the rule, to 
withhold a record otherwise available, and the matter shall be 
presented to the Committee for a determination on written 
request of any member of the Committee.

                        AUDIO AND VIDEO COVERAGE

    (c) The Chair shall provide, to the maximum extent 
practicable--
          (1) complete and unedited audio and video broadcasts 
        of all committee hearings and meetings; and
          (2) for distribution of such broadcasts and unedited 
        recordings thereof to the public and for the storage of 
        audio and video recordings of the proceedings. 
        Proceedings shall be broadcast live on the Majority 
        Committee website and recordings shall be made 
        available on such website within one calendar day of 
        the proceeding.

                 COMMITTEE PUBLICATIONS ON THE INTERNET

    (d) To the maximum extent feasible, the Committee shall 
make its publications available in electronic form.

                                JOURNAL

    (e)(1) The Committee shall maintain a Committee Journal, 
which shall include all bills, resolutions, and other matters 
referred to or reported by the Committee and all bills, 
resolutions, and other matters reported by any other committee 
on which a rule has been granted or formally requested, and 
such other matters as the Chair shall direct. The Journal shall 
be published periodically, but in no case less often than once 
in each session of Congress.
    (2) A rule is considered as formally requested when the 
Chairman of a committee of primary jurisdiction which has 
reported a bill or resolution (or a member of such committee 
authorized to act on the Chairman's behalf):
          (A) has requested, in writing to the Chair, that a 
        hearing be scheduled on a rule for the consideration of 
        the bill or resolution; and
          (B) has supplied the Committee with the bill or 
        resolution, as reported, together with the final 
        committee report thereon.

                            OTHER PROCEDURES

    (f) The Chair may establish such other Committee procedures 
and take such actions as may be necessary to carry out these 
rules or to facilitate the effective operation of the Committee 
and its subcommittees in a manner consistent with these rules.

                 Rule 9.--Amendments to Committee Rules

    The rules of the Committee may be modified, amended or 
repealed, in the same manner and method as prescribed for the 
adoption of committee rules in clause 2 of rule XI of the Rules 
of the House, but only if written notice of the proposed change 
has been provided to each Member at least 48 hours before the 
time of the meeting at which the vote on the change occurs. Any 
such change in the rules of the Committee shall be published in 
the Congressional Record within 30 calendar days after their 
approval.

              Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

   LAMAR SMITH, Texas, Chairman

EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas         F. JAMES SENSENBRENNER, Jr., 
ZOE LOFGREN, California              Wisconsin
DANIEL LIPINSKI, Illinois            DANA ROHRABACHER, California
DONNA F. EDWARDS, Maryland           FRANK D. LUCAS, Oklahoma,
SUZANNE BONAMICI, Oregon               Vice Chairman
ERIC SWALWELL, California            RANDY NEUGEBAUER, Texas
ALAN GRAYSON, Florida                MICHAEL T. McCAUL, Texas
AMI BERA, California                 MO BROOKS, Alabama
ELIZABETH H. ESTY, Connecticut       RANDY HULTGREN, Illinois
MARC A. VEASEY, Texas                BILL POSEY, Florida
KATHERINE M. CLARK, Massachusetts    THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky
DONALD S. BEYER, Jr., Virginia       JIM BRIDENSTINE, Oklahoma
ED PERLMUTTER, Colorado              RANDY K. WEBER, Sr., Texas
PAUL TONKO, New York                 BILL JOHNSON, Ohio
MARK TAKANO, California              JOHN R. MOOLENAAR, Michigan
BILL FOSTER, Illinois                STEPHEN KNIGHT, California
Vacant                               BRIAN BABIN, Texas
                                     BRUCE WESTERMAN, Arkansas
                                     BARBARA COMSTOCK, Virginia
                                     DAN NEWHOUSE, Washington
                                     GARY J. PALMER, Alabama
                                     BARRY LOUDERMILK, Georgia
                                     RALPH LEE ABRAHAM, Louisiana

                     (As adopted January 27, 2015)


RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE, AND TECHNOLOGY FOR THE 114TH 
                                CONGRESS


                            Rule I.--General

    (a) Application of Rules.--
          (1) The Rules of the House of Representatives 
        (``House Rules'') are the rules of the Committee on 
        Science, Space, and Technology and its Subcommittees 
        with the specific additions thereto contained in these 
        rules.
          (2) Except where the term ``Subcommittee'' is 
        specifically referred to, the following rules shall 
        apply to the Committee and its Subcommittees as well as 
        to the respective Chairs and Ranking Minority Members.
    (b) Other Procedures.--The Chair may establish such other 
procedures and take such actions as may be necessary to carry 
out these rules or to facilitate the effective operation of the 
Committee.
    (c) Use of Hearing Rooms.--In consultation with the Ranking 
Minority Member, the Chair of the Committee shall establish 
guidelines for the use of Committee hearing rooms.

           Rule 2.--Regular, Additional, and Special Meetings

    (a) Regular Meetings.--The regular meeting day of the 
Committee for the conduct of its business shall be on the first 
Thursday of each month, if the House is in session. If the 
House is not in session on that day, then the Committee shall 
meet on the next Thursday of such month on which the House is 
in session, or at another practicable time as determined by the 
Chair.
          (1) A regular meeting of the Committee may be 
        dispensed with if, in the judgment of the Chair, there 
        is no need for the meeting.
          (2) The Chair may call and convene, as he considers 
        necessary and in accordance with the notice 
        requirements contained in these rules, additional 
        meetings of the Committee for the consideration of any 
        bill or resolution pending before the Committee or for 
        the conduct of other Committee business.
    (b) Bills and Subjects to be Considered.--
          (1) The Chair shall announce the date, place, and 
        subject matter of any Committee meeting, which may not 
        commence earlier than the third day on which Members 
        have notice thereof, unless the Chair, with the 
        concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member, or the 
        Committee by majority vote with a quorum present for 
        the transaction of business, determines there is good 
        cause to begin the meeting sooner, in which case the 
        Chair shall make the announcement at the earliest 
        possible date.
          (2) At least 48 hours prior to the commencement of a 
        meeting for the markup of legislation, the Chair shall 
        cause the text of such legislation to be made publicly 
        available in electronic form.
          (3) To the maximum extent practicable, amendments to 
        a measure or matter shall be submitted in writing or 
        electronically to the designee of both the Chair and 
        Ranking Minority Member at least 24 hours prior to the 
        consideration of the measure or matter, and the Chair 
        may oppose any amendment not so submitted.
    (c) Open Meetings.--
          (1) Meetings for the transaction of business and 
        hearings of the Committee shall be open to the public 
        or closed in accordance with the House Rules.
          (2) Any Member who is not a Member of the Committee 
        (or any Committee Member who is not a Member of the 
        Subcommittee) may have the privilege of 
        nonparticipatory attendance at Committee or 
        Subcommittee hearings or meetings in accordance with 
        clause 2(g)(2) of House Rule XI. Such Member may not:
                  (i) vote on any matter;
                  (ii) be counted for the purpose of 
                establishing a quorum;
                  (iii) participate in questioning a witness 
                under the 5 Minute Rule, unless permitted to do 
                so by the Chair;
                  (iv) raise points of order; or
                  (v) offer amendments or motions.
    (d) Quorums.--A majority of the Committee shall form a 
quorum, except that two Members shall constitute a quorum for 
taking testimony and receiving evidence, and one third of the 
Members shall form a quorum for taking any action other than 
for which the presence of a majority of the Committee is 
otherwise required. If the Chair is not present at any meeting 
of the Committee or Subcommittee, the Vice Chair on the 
Committee who is present shall preside at the meeting, unless 
another Member of the Committee is designated by the Chair.
    (e) Postponement of Proceedings.--
          (1) Pursuant to clause 2(h)(4) of House Rule XI, the 
        Chair may postpone further proceedings when a record 
        vote is ordered on the question of approving a measure 
        or matter or on adopting an amendment. The Chair may 
        resume proceedings on a postponed vote at any time 
        after reasonable notice.
          (2) When proceedings resume on a postponed question, 
        notwithstanding any intervening order for the previous 
        question, an underlying proposition shall remain 
        subject to further debate or amendment to the same 
        extent as when the question was postponed.
    (f) Time for Statements and Debate.--
          (1) Insofar as is practicable, the Chair, after 
        consultation with the Ranking Minority Member, shall 
        limit the total time of opening statements by Members 
        at a Committee meeting to no more than ten minutes, the 
        time to be divided equally between the Chair and 
        Ranking Minority Member. When requested, ex officio 
        Members of any Subcommittee shall also be recognized at 
        a Subcommittee hearing for five minutes each to present 
        an opening statement.
          (2) The time any one Member may address the Committee 
        on any bill, amendment, motion, or other matter under 
        consideration by the Committee will be limited to five 
        minutes, and then only when the Member has been 
        recognized by the Chair. This time limit may be waived 
        by the Chair pursuant to unanimous consent.
    (g) Requests for Recorded Vote.--A record vote of the 
Committee shall be provided on any question before the 
Committee upon the request of one-fifth of the Members present.
    (h) Transcripts.--Transcripts of markups shall be recorded 
and may be published in the same manner as hearings before the 
Committee. Transcripts shall be included as part of the 
legislative report unless waived by the Chair of the Committee.
    (i) Motion To Go To Conference.--Without further action of 
the Committee, the Chair is authorized to offer a motion under 
clause 1 of House Rule XXII whenever the Chair considers it 
appropriate.

                           Rule 3.--Hearings

    (a) Notice of Hearings.--
          (1) The Chair shall publicly announce the date, 
        place, and subject matter of any hearing to be 
        conducted by the Committee on any measure or matter at 
        least one week before the commencement of that hearing. 
        If the Chair, with the concurrence of the Ranking 
        Minority Member, determines there is good cause to 
        begin the hearing sooner, or if the Committee so 
        determines by majority vote, a quorum being present for 
        the transaction of business, the Chair shall make the 
        announcement at the earliest possible date.
          (2) The Chair shall publicly announce a list of 
        witnesses to testify at a hearing as soon as a complete 
        list of witnesses, including those to be called by the 
        minority, is compiled. When practicable, the Chair and 
        the Ranking Minority Member will seek to have a 
        complete list of witnesses compiled at or as soon as 
        practicable after the time that the hearing is publicly 
        announced.
    (b) Witnesses.--
          (1) Insofar as is practicable, no later than 48 hours 
        in advance of his or her appearance, each witness who 
        is to appear before the Committee shall file, in 
        printed copy and in electronic form, a written 
        statement of his or her proposed testimony and a 
        curriculum vitae.
          (2) Each witness shall limit his or her presentation 
        to a five minute summary, however additional time may 
        be granted by the Chair when appropriate.
          (3) The Chair, or any Member of the Committee 
        designated by the Chair, may administer oaths to 
        witnesses before the Committee.
          (4) Whenever any hearing is conducted by the 
        Committee on any measure or matter, the Minority 
        Members of the Committee shall be entitled, upon 
        request to the Chair by a majority of them before the 
        completion of the hearing, to call witnesses selected 
        by the Minority to testify with respect to the measure 
        or matter during at least one day of hearing thereon.
          (5) 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 any Federal grants, cooperative 
        agreements, or contracts, or contracts or payments 
        originating with a foreign government, received during 
        the current calendar year or either of the two previous 
        calendar years by the witness or by an entity 
        represented by the witness and related to the subject 
        matter of the hearing. The disclosure shall include the 
        amount and source of each Federal grant (or subgrant 
        thereof), cooperative agreement, or contract (or 
        subcontract thereof) related to the subject matter of 
        the hearing; and the amount and country of origin of 
        any payment or contract related to the subject matter 
        of the hearing originating with a foreign government. 
        Such statements, with appropriate redactions to protect 
        the privacy or security of the witness, shall be made 
        publicly available in electronic form not later than 
        one day after the witness appears.
    (c) Questioning of Witnesses.--
          (1) The right to interrogate a witness before the 
        Committee shall alternate between Majority and Minority 
        Members of the Committee. Each Member shall be limited 
        to five minutes in the interrogation of witnesses. No 
        Member may be recognized for a second period of 
        interrogation until each Member present, who wishes to 
        be recognized, has been recognized at least once.
          (2) Notwithstanding clause 1, upon a motion the 
        Chair, in consultation with the Ranking Minority 
        Member, may:
                  (i) Designate an specified number of Members 
                of the Committee from each party to question a 
                witness for a period of time equally divided 
                between the majority party and the minority 
                party, not to exceed one hour in the aggregate; 
                or
                  (ii) Designate staff from each party to 
                question a witness for a period of time equally 
                divided between the majority party and the 
                minority party, not to exceed one hour in the 
                aggregate.
          (3) Members of the Committee have two weeks from the 
        date of a hearing to submit additional questions in 
        writing for the record to be answered by witnesses who 
        have appeared in person. The letters of transmittal and 
        any responses thereto shall be included in the hearing 
        record.
    (d) Claims of Privilege.--Claims of common-law privileges 
made by witnesses in hearings, or by interviewees or deponents 
in investigations or inquiries, are applicable only at the 
discretion of the Chair, subject to appeal to the Committee.
    (e) Publication of Transcripts.--The transcripts of those 
hearings conducted by the Committee, when it is decided they 
will be printed, shall be published in substantially verbatim 
form, with the material requested for the record inserted at 
that place requested, or at the end of the record, as 
appropriate. Individuals, including Members, whose comments are 
to be published as part of a Committee document shall be given 
the opportunity to verify the accuracy of the transcription in 
advance of publication. Any requests by those Members, staff, 
or witnesses to correct any errors other than errors in the 
transcript, or disputed errors in transcription, shall be 
appended to the record, and the appropriate place where the 
change is requested will be footnoted. Prior to approval by the 
Chair of hearings conducted jointly with another Congressional 
Committee, a memorandum of understanding shall be prepared 
which incorporates an agreement for the publication of the 
transcript.
    (f) Pertinence of Testimony.--At the discretion of the 
Committee, brief and pertinent statements may be submitted in 
writing for inclusion in the record. The Committee is the sole 
judge of the pertinence of testimony and evidence adduced at 
its hearing.

                            Rule 4.--Reports

    (a) Bills and resolutions approved by the Committee shall 
be reported by the Chair pursuant to clauses 2-4 of House Rule 
XIII.
    (b) A proposed investigative or oversight report shall be 
considered as read if it has been available to the Members of 
the Committee for at least 2-4 hours (excluding Saturdays, 
Sundays, or legal holidays except when the House is in session 
on such days).
    (c) Every investigative or oversight report shall be 
approved by a majority vote of the Committee at a meeting at 
which a quorum is present. If at the time of approval of such a 
report a Member of the Committee gives notice of intent to file 
supplemental, minority, additional, or dissenting views that 
Member shall be entitled to file such views.
    (d) Only those investigative or oversight reports approved 
by a majority vote of the Committee may be ordered printed, 
unless otherwise required by House Rules.

                         Rule 5.--Broadcasting

    (a) Whenever a meeting for the transaction of business, 
including the markup of legislation or a hearing is open to the 
public, that meeting or hearing shall be open to coverage by 
television, radio, and still photography in accordance with 
clause 4 of House Rule XI.
    (b) To the maximum extent practicable, the Committee shall 
provide audio and visual coverage of each hearing or meeting 
for the transaction of business in a manner that allows the 
public to easily listen to and view the proceedings, and 
maintain the recordings of such coverage in a manner that is 
easily accessible to the public. Operation and use of any 
Committee internet broadcast system shall be fair and 
nonpartisan, and in accordance with clauses 4 (b) and (f) of 
House Rule XI and all other applicable rules of the Committee 
and the House.

                         Rule 6.--Subcommittees

    (a) Committee Jurisdiction.--The Committee shall have 
jurisdiction over such matters as determined by the Chair.
    (b) Subcommittees and Jurisdiction.--There shall be five 
standing Subcommittees of the Committee on Science, Space, and 
Technology, with jurisdictions as follows:
          (1) Subcommittee on Energy.--Shall have jurisdiction 
        over the following subject matters: all matters 
        relating to energy research, development, and 
        demonstration projects therefor; commercial application 
        of energy technology; Department of Energy research, 
        development, and demonstration programs; Department of 
        Energy laboratories; Department of Energy science 
        activities; energy supply activities; nuclear, solar, 
        and renewable energy, and other advanced energy 
        technologies; uranium supply and enrichment, and 
        Department of Energy waste management; fossil energy 
        research and development; clean coal technology; energy 
        conservation research and development, including 
        building performance, alternate fuels, distributed 
        power systems, and industrial process improvements; 
        pipeline research, development, and demonstration 
        projects; energy standards; other appropriate matters 
        as referred by the Chair; and relevant oversight.
          (2) Subcommittee on Environment.--Shall have 
        jurisdiction over the following subject matters: all 
        matters relating to environmental research; 
        Environmental Protection Agency research and 
        development; environmental standards; climate change 
        research and development; the National Oceanic and 
        Atmospheric Administration, including all activities 
        related to weather, weather services, climate, the 
        atmosphere, marine fisheries, and oceanic research; 
        risk assessment activities; scientific issues related 
        to environmental policy, including climate change; 
        remote sensing data related to climate change at the 
        National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); 
        earth science activities conducted by the NASA; other 
        appropriate matters as referred by the Chair; and 
        relevant oversight.
          (3) Subcommittee on Research and Technology.--Shall 
        have jurisdiction over the following subject matters: 
        all matters relating to science policy and science 
        education; the Office of Science and Technology Policy; 
        all scientific research, and scientific and engineering 
        resources (including human resources); all matters 
        relating to science, technology, engineering and 
        mathematics education; intergovernmental mechanisms for 
        research, development, and demonstration and cross-
        cutting programs; international scientific cooperation; 
        National Science Foundation; university research 
        policy, including infrastructure and overhead; 
        university research partnerships, including those with 
        industry; science scholarships; computing, 
        communications, networking, and information technology; 
        research and development relating to health, 
        biomedical, and nutritional programs; research, 
        development, and demonstration relating to nanoscience, 
        nanoengineering, and nanotechnology; agricultural, 
        geological, biological and life sciences research; 
        materials research, development, demonstration, and 
        policy; all matters relating to competitiveness, 
        technology, standards, and innovation; standardization 
        of weights and measures, including technical standards, 
        standardization, and conformity assessment; 
        measurement, including the metric system of 
        measurement; the Technology Administration of the 
        Department of Commerce; the National Institute of 
        Standards and Technology; the National Technical 
        Information Service; competitiveness, including small 
        business competitiveness; tax, antitrust, regulatory 
        and other legal and governmental policies related to 
        technological development and commercialization; 
        technology transfer, including civilian use of defense 
        technologies; patent and intellectual property policy; 
        international technology trade; research, development, 
        and demonstration activities of the Department of 
        Transportation; surface and water transportation 
        research, development, and demonstration programs; 
        earthquake programs and fire research programs, 
        including those related to wildfire proliferation 
        research and prevention; biotechnology policy; 
        research, development, demonstration, and standards-
        related activities of the Department of Homeland 
        Security; Small Business Innovation Research and 
        Technology Transfer; voting technologies and standards; 
        other appropriate matters as referred by the Chair; and 
        relevant oversight.
          (4) Subcommittee on Space.--Shall have jurisdiction 
        over the following subject matters: all matters 
        relating to astronautical and aeronautical research and 
        development; national space policy, including access to 
        space; sub-orbital access and applications; National 
        Aeronautics and Space Administration and its contractor 
        and government-operated labs; space commercialization, 
        including commercial space activities relating to the 
        Department of Transportation and the Department of 
        Commerce; exploration and use of outer space; 
        international space cooperation; the National Space 
        Council; space applications, space communications and 
        related matters; Earth remote sensing policy; civil 
        aviation research, development, and demonstration; 
        research, development, and demonstration programs of 
        the Federal Aviation Administration; space law; other 
        appropriate matters as referred by the Chair; and 
        relevant oversight.
          (5) Subcommittee on Oversight.--Shall have general 
        and special investigative authority on all matters 
        within the jurisdiction of the Committee.
    (c) Composition of Subcommittees.--
          (1) The Chair shall assign Members to the 
        Subcommittees. Minority party assignments shall be made 
        only with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority 
        Member. The Chair shall determine the ratio of Majority 
        Members to Minority Members of each Subcommittee; 
        provided that the ratio of Majority Members to Minority 
        Members on each Subcommittee (excluding any ex officio 
        Member) shall be no less favorable to the majority 
        party than the ratio for the Committee.
          (2) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the 
        Committee shall be ex officio Members of each 
        Subcommittee to which such Chair or Ranking Minority 
        Member has not been assigned by the Chair. They are not 
        authorized to vote on Subcommittee matters. Unless they 
        are regular Members of the Subcommittee, they shall not 
        be counted in determining a Subcommittee quorum other 
        than a quorum for taking testimony.
    (d) Referral to Subcommittees.--The Chair shall 
expeditiously refer all legislation and other matters referred 
to the Committee to the Subcommittee or Subcommittees of 
appropriate jurisdiction, unless the Chair deems consideration 
is to be by the Committee. Subcommittee Chairs may make 
requests for referral of specific matters to their Subcommittee 
if they believe Subcommittee jurisdictions so warrant.
    (e) Subcommittee Procedures and Reports.--
          (1) Subcommittee Chairs shall set meeting dates with 
        the concurrence of the Chair and after consultation 
        with the other Subcommittee Chairs with a view toward 
        avoiding simultaneous scheduling of Subcommittee 
        meetings or hearings wherever possible. No Subcommittee 
        may meet or hold a hearing at the same time as a 
        meeting or hearing of the Committee without 
        authorization from the Chair.
          (2) Each Subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold 
        hearings, receive testimony or evidence, mark up 
        legislation, and report to the Committee on all matters 
        referred to it. For matters within its jurisdiction, 
        each Subcommittee is authorized to conduct legislative, 
        investigative, forecasting, and general oversight 
        hearings; to conduct inquiries into the future; and to 
        undertake budget impact studies.
          (3) Each Subcommittee shall provide the Committee 
        with copies of such records of votes taken in the 
        Subcommittee and such other records with respect to the 
        Subcommittee as the Chair of the Committee deems 
        necessary to ensure compliance with the House Rules.
          (4) After ordering a measure or matter reported, a 
        Subcommittee shall issue a report in such form as the 
        Chair shall specify. To the maximum extent practicable, 
        reports and recommendations of a Subcommittee shall not 
        be considered by the Committee until after the 
        intervention of 48 hours from the time the report is 
        submitted and made available to the Committee. Printed 
        hearings thereon shall be made available, if feasible, 
        to the Committee, except that this Rule may be waived 
        at the discretion of the Chair after consultation with 
        the Ranking Minority Member.

                          Rule 7.--Vice Chairs

    (a) The Chair of the Committee shall designate a Member of 
the majority party to serve as Vice Chair of the Committee, and 
shall designate a Majority Member of each Subcommittee to serve 
as Vice Chair of the Subcommittee. Vice Chairs of the Committee 
and each Subcommittee serve at the pleasure of the Chair, who 
may at any time terminate his designation of a Member as Vice 
Chair and designate a different Member of the majority party to 
serve as Vice Chair of the Committee or relevant Subcommittee.
    (b) The Chair may assign duties, privileges, and 
responsibilities to the Vice Chairs of the Committee or the 
various Subcommittees.

                 Rule 8.--Oversight and Investigations

    (a) The Committee shall review and study, on a continuing 
basis, the application, administration, execution, and 
effectiveness of those laws, or parts of laws, the subject 
matter of which is within its jurisdiction, including all laws, 
programs, and Government activities relating to nonmilitary 
research and development in accordance with House Rule X.
    (b) Not later than February 15th of the first session of 
the 114th Congress, the Committee shall meet in open session, 
with a quorum present, to adopt its oversight plan for 
submission to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform 
and the Committee on House Administration in accordance with 
the provisions of clause 2(d) of House Rule X.
    (c) Any investigation undertaken in the name of the 
Committee shall be approved by the Chair. Nothing in this 
subsection shall be interpreted to infringe on a Subcommittee's 
authority to conduct general oversight of matters within its 
jurisdiction, short of undertaking an investigation.

                           Rule 9.--Subpoenas

    The power to authorize and issue subpoenas is delegated to 
the Chair as provided for under clause 2(m)(3)(A)(i) of House 
Rule XI.

                     Rule 10.--Deposition Authority

    The Chair may authorize the staff of the Committee to 
conduct depositions pursuant to section 3(b) of House 
Resolution 5, 114th Congress, and subject to any regulations 
issued pursuant thereto.

                      Rule 11.--Committee Records

    (a) The records of the Committee at the National Archives 
and Records Administration shall be made available for public 
use in accordance with House Rule VII.
    (b) The Chair shall notify the Ranking Minority Member of 
the Committee of any decision, pursuant to clauses 3(b)(3) or 
4(b) of House Rule VII, to withhold a record otherwise 
available, and the matter shall be presented to the Committee 
for a determination on the written request of any Member of the 
Committee.

                  Rule 12.--Official Committee Website

    The Chair shall maintain an official Committee website for 
the purpose of furthering the Committee's legislative and 
oversight responsibilities, including communicating information 
about the Committee's activities to Committee Members and other 
Members of the House. The Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee may maintain a similar website for the same purpose, 
including communicating information about the activities of the 
minority to Committee Members and other Members of the House.

                       Rule 13.--Committee Budget

    From the amount provided to the Committee in the primary 
expense resolution adopted by the House of Representatives in 
the 114th Congress, the Chair shall designate one-third of the 
budget, after adjustment for the salaries of the shared 
administrative functions for the Clerk, Printer and Financial 
Administrator, under the direction of the Ranking Minority 
Member for the purposes of minority staff, travel expenses of 
minority staff and Members, and all other minority office 
expenses.

                Rule 14.--Amendments to Committee Rules

    The rules of the Committee may be modified, amended or 
repealed, in the same manner and method as prescribed for the 
adoption of committee rules in clause 2 of House Rule XI, but 
only if written notice of the proposed change has been provided 
to each such Member at least 3 days before the time of the 
meeting at which the vote on the change occurs. Any such change 
in the rules of the Committee shall be published in the 
Congressional Record within 30 calendar days after their 
approval.

                      Committee on Small Business

   STEVE CHABOT, Ohio, Chairman

NYDIA M. VELAZQUEZ, New York         STEVE KING, Iowa
JUDY CHU, California                 BLAINE LUETKEMEYER, Missouri
JANICE HAHN, California              RICHARD L. HANNA, New York
DONALD M. PAYNE, Jr., New Jersey     TIM HUELSKAMP, Kansas
GRACE MENG, New York                 TOM RICE, South Carolina
BRENDA L. LAWRENCE, Michigan         CHRISTOPHER P. GIBSON, New York
ALMA S. ADAMS, North Carolina        DAVE BRAT, Virginia
YVETTE D. CLARKE, New York           AUMUA AMATA COLEMAN RADEWAGEN,
SETH MOULTON, Massachusetts            American Samoa
MARK TAKAI, Hawaii                   STEPHEN KNIGHT, California
                                     CARLOS CURBELO, Florida
                                     MIKE BOST, Illinois
                                     CRESENT HARDY, Nevada
                                     TRENT KELLY, Mississippi

                     (As adopted February 12, 2015)


    RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    The Rules of the House of Representatives, in total (but 
especially with respect to the operations of committees Rule X, 
cl. 1(q), cl. 2, cl. 3(l), and Rule XI) are the rules of the 
Committee on Small Business to the extent applicable and are 
incorporated by reference. Each Subcommittee of the Committee 
on Small Business (``the Committee'') is a part of the 
Committee and is subject to the authority and direction of the 
Committee, and to the rules of the House and the rules adopted 
herein to the extent applicable.

                Rule 2.--Referral of Bills by the Chair

    The Chair will retain consideration of all legislation 
referred to the Committee by the Speaker. No action will be 
required of a Subcommittee before legislation is considered for 
report by the Committee. Subcommittee chairs, pursuant to the 
rules set out herein, may hold hearings on any bill referred to 
the Committee.

                        Rule 3.--Date of Meeting

    The regular meeting date of the Committee shall be the 
second Wednesday of every month when the House is in session. 
The Chair may dispense with the meeting of the Committee, if in 
the sole discretion of the Chair, there is no need for such 
meeting. Additional meetings may be called as deemed necessary 
by the Chair or at the request of the majority Members of the 
Committee pursuant to Rule XI, cl. 2(c) of the rules of the 
House.
    At least 3 days notice of such an additional meeting shall 
be given unless the Chair, with the concurrence of the Ranking 
Minority Member, determines that there is good cause to call 
the meeting on less notice or upon a vote by a majority of the 
Committee (a quorum being present). To the extent possible, the 
three days shall be counted from the 72 hours before the time 
of the meeting. Announcements of the meeting shall be published 
promptly in the Daily Digest and made publicly available in 
electronic form.
    The determination of the business to be considered at each 
meeting shall be made by the Chair subject to limitations set 
forth in House Rule XI, cl. 2(c).
    The Chair shall provide to each Member of the Committee, to 
the extent practicable, at least 48 hours in advance of a 
meeting, a copy of the bill, resolution, report or other item 
to be considered at the meeting, but no later than 24 hours 
before the meeting. Such material also shall be made available 
to the public at least 24 hours in advance in electronic form.
    The rules for notice and meetings as set forth in Rule 3 of 
these Rules shall not apply to special and emergency meetings. 
Clause 2(c)(2) of Rule XI and clause 2(g)(3)(A) of Rule XI of 
the Rules of the House, as applicable, shall apply to such 
meetings.
    A record vote of the Committee shall be provided on any 
question before the Committee upon the request of any Member of 
the Committee. A record of the vote of each Member of the 
Committee on a matter before the Committee shall be available 
in electronic form within 48 hours of such record vote, and, 
with respect to any roll call vote on any motion to amend or 
report, shall be included in the report of the Committee 
showing the total number of votes cast for and against and the 
names of those Members voting for and against.
    The Chair of the Committee shall, not later than 24 hours 
after consideration of a bill, resolution, report or other item 
cause the text of the reported item and any amendment adopted 
thereto to be made publicly available in electronic form.

                   Rule 4.--Announcement of Hearings

    Public announcement of the date, place, and subject matter 
of any hearing to be conducted by the Committee shall be made 
no later than 7 calendar days before the commencement of the 
hearing. To the extent possible, the seven days shall be 
counted from 168 hours before the time of the Committee's 
hearing.
    The Chair, with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority 
Member, or upon a vote by the majority of the Committee (a 
quorum being present), may authorize a hearing to commence on 
less than 7 calendar days notice.
    (a) Witness Lists.--Unless the Chair determines it is 
impracticable to do so, the Committee shall make a tentative 
witness list available at the time it makes the public 
announcement of the hearing. If a tentative witness list is not 
made available at the time of the announcement of the hearing, 
such witness list shall be made available as soon as 
practicable after such announcement is made. A final witness 
list shall be issued by the Committee no later than 48 hours 
prior to the commencement of the hearing.
    (b) Material for the Hearing.--The Chair shall provide to 
all Members of the Committee, as soon as practicable after the 
announcement of the hearing, a memorandum explaining the 
subject matter of the hearing and any official reports from 
departments and agencies on the subject matter of the hearing. 
Such material shall be made available to all Members of the 
Committee no later than 48 hours before the commencement of the 
hearing unless the Chair, after consultation with the Ranking 
Minority Member, determines that certain reports from 
departments or agencies should not be made available prior to 
the commencement of the hearing. Material provided by the Chair 
to all Members, whether provided prior to or at the hearing, 
shall be placed on the Committee website no later than 48 hours 
after the commencement of the hearing unless such material 
contains sensitive or classified information in which case such 
material shall be handled pursuant to Rule 15 of the 
Committee's Rules.

           Rule 5.--Meetings and Hearings Open to the Public

    (a) Meetings.--Each meeting of the Committee or its 
Subcommittees for the transaction of business, including the 
markup of legislation, shall be open to the public, including 
to radio, television, and still photography coverage, except as 
provided by House Rule XI, cl. 4. If the majority of Members of 
the Committee or Subcommittee present at the meeting, determine 
by a recorded vote in open session that all or part of the 
remainder of the meeting on that day shall be closed to the 
public because the disclosure of matters to be considered would 
endanger national security, would compromise sensitive law 
enforcement information, or would tend to defame, degrade, or 
incriminate any person or otherwise would violate any law or 
rule of the House; provided however, that no person other than 
Members of the Committee, and such congressional staff and such 
executive branch representatives they may authorize, shall be 
present in any meeting which has been closed to the public.
    The Chair and Ranking Minority Member are ex officio 
Members of all Subcommittees for the purpose of any meeting 
conducted by a Subcommittee.
    (b) Hearings.--Each hearing conducted by the Committee or 
its Subcommittees shall be open to the public, including radio, 
television and still photography coverage. If the majority of 
Members of the Committee or Subcommittee present at the 
hearing, determine by a recorded vote in open session, that all 
or part of the remainder of the hearing on that day shall be 
closed to the public because the disclosure of matters to be 
considered would endanger national security, would compromise 
sensitive law enforcement information, or would tend to defame, 
degrade, or incriminate any person or otherwise would violate 
any law or rule of the House; provided however, that the 
Committee or Subcommittee may by the same procedure also vote 
to close one subsequent day of hearings. Notwithstanding the 
requirements of the preceding sentence, a majority of those 
present (if the requisite number of Members are present under 
Committee rules for the purpose of taking testimony) may vote: 
(i) to close the hearing for the sole purpose of discussing 
whether the testimony or evidence to be received would endanger 
the national security, would compromise sensitive law 
enforcement information, or violate Rule XI, cl. 2(k)(5) of the 
House or (ii) to close the hearing, as provided clause 2(k)(5) 
of Rule XI of the House.
    The Chair and Ranking Minority Member are ex officio 
Members of all Subcommittees for any hearing conducted by a 
Subcommittee. Members of the Committee who wish to participate 
in a hearing of the Subcommittee to which they are not Members 
shall make such request to the Chair and the Ranking Minority 
Member of the Subcommittee at the commencement of the hearing. 
The Chair, after consultation with the Ranking Minority Member 
of the Subcommittee, shall grant such request.
    No Member of the House may be excluded from non-
participatory attendance at any hearing of the Committee or any 
Subcommittee, unless the House of Representatives shall by 
majority vote authorize the Committee or Subcommittees, for 
purposes of a particular subject of investigation, to close its 
hearing to Members by the same procedures designated to close 
hearings to the public.
    Members of Congress who are not Members of the Committee 
but would like to participate in a hearing shall notify the 
Chair and the Ranking Minority Member and submit a formal 
request no later than 24 hours before the commencement of the 
meeting or hearing.
    To the maximum extent practicable, the Committee shall 
provide audio and video coverage of each hearing or meeting for 
the transaction of business in a manner that allows the public 
to easily listen and view the proceedings and shall maintain 
the recordings of such coverage in a manner easily accessible 
to the public.

                           Rule 6.--Witnesses

    (a) Statement of Witnesses.--Each witness who is to appear 
before the Committee or Subcommittee shall file an electronic 
copy of the testimony with the Committee and the Ranking 
Minority Member no later than 48 hours before the commencement 
of the hearing. In addition, the witness shall provide 25 
copies of the testimony by the commencement of the hearing. The 
Chair may waive the requirement by the witness providing 25 
copies in which case the Committee or Subcommittee shall 
provide the 25 copies.
    Each non-governmental witness shall provide to the 
Committee and the Ranking Minority Member, no later than 48 
hours before the commencement of the hearing, a curriculum 
vitae or other statement describing their education, 
employment, professional affiliation or other background 
information pertinent to their testimony.
    As required by rule XI, cl. 2(g) of the Rules of the House, 
each non-governmental witness before the commencement of the 
hearing shall file with the Chair a disclosure form detailing 
any contracts or grants that the witness has with the federal 
government. Such information shall be posted on the Committee 
website within 24 hours after the witness appeared at the 
hearing.
    The failure to provide the materials set forth by the 
deadlines set forth in these rules may be grounds for excluding 
both the oral and written testimony of the witness unless 
waived by the Chair of the Committee or Subcommittee.
    The Committee will provide public access to printed 
materials, including the testimony of witnesses in electronic 
form on the Committee's website no later than 24 hours after 
the hearing is adjourned. Supplemental material provided after 
the hearing adjourns, shall be placed on the Committee website 
no later than 24 hours after receipt of such material.
    (b) Number of Witnesses and Witnesses Selected by the 
Minority.--For any hearing conducted by the Committee or 
Subcommittee there shall be no more than four non-governmental 
witnesses of which the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee 
or Subcommittee (as appropriate) is entitled to select one 
witness for the hearing. Witnesses selected by the Ranking 
Minority Member of the Committee or Subcommittee shall be 
invited to testify by the Chair of the Committee or 
Subcommittee (as appropriate). Rule 6(A) shall apply with equal 
force to witnesses selected by the Ranking Minority Member of 
the Committee or Subcommittee.
    The limitations set forth in the preceding paragraph shall 
not apply if the Committee holds a hearing to honor the work of 
the small business community in conjunction with the annual 
celebration of Small Business Week. Witness limitations for 
such a hearing shall be determined by the Chair in consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member.
    (c) Interrogation of Witnesses.--Except when the Committee 
adopts a motion pursuant to subdivisions (B) and (C) of clause 
2(i)(2) of rule XI of the Rules of the House, Committee Members 
may question witnesses only when they have been recognized by 
the Chair for that purpose.
    The Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee or 
Subcommittee shall face no limitation on the length of the time 
that they may question a witness. After recognition by the 
Chair, other Members shall have the opportunity, as set forth 
in rule XI, cl. 2 (j) of the Rules of the House, to question 
each witness on the panel for a period not to exceed five 
minutes.
    For any hearing, the Chair of the Committee or Subcommittee 
may offer a motion to extend the questioning of a witness or 
witnesses by Members other than the Chair or Ranking Minority 
Member identified in the motion for more than five minutes as 
set forth in rule XI, cl. 2(j)(B).
    The Chair of the Committee or Subcommittee shall commence 
questioning followed by the Ranking Minority Member. 
Thereafter, questioning shall alternate between the majority 
and minority Members in order of their arrival at the hearing 
after the gavel has been struck to commence the hearing with 
the first arriving having priority over Members of his or her 
party. If Members arrive simultaneously or are there prior to 
the gavel being struck to commence the hearing, order of 
questioning shall be based on seniority.
    In recognizing Members to question witnesses, the Chair may 
take into consideration the ratio of majority and minority 
Members present in such a manner as to not disadvantage the 
Members of either party.

                           Rule 7.--Subpoenas

    A subpoena may be authorized and issued by the Committee in 
the conduct of any investigation or series of investigations or 
activities to require the attendance and testimony of such 
witness and the production of such books, records, 
correspondence, memoranda, papers and document, as deemed 
necessary. Such subpoena shall be authorized by a majority of 
the full Committee. The requirement that the authorization of a 
subpoena require a majority vote may be waived by the Ranking 
Member of the Committee. The Chair may issue a subpoena, in 
consultation with the Ranking Minority Member, when the House 
is out for session for more than three legislative days.

                            Rule 8.--Quorum

    A quorum, for purposes of reporting a measure or 
recommendation, shall be a majority of the Committee Members. 
For purposes of taking testimony or receiving evidence, a 
quorum shall be one Member from the Majority and one Member 
from the Minority. The Chair of the Committee or Subcommittee 
shall exercise reasonable comity by waiting for the Ranking 
Minority Member even if a quorum is present before striking the 
gavel to commence the hearing. For hearings held by the 
Committee or a Subcommittee in a location other than the 
Committee's hearing room in Washington, DC, a quorum shall be 
deemed to present if the Chair of the Committee or Subcommittee 
is present.

                   Rule 9.--Amendments During Mark-Up

    Any amendment offered to any pending legislation before the 
Committee must be made available in written form by any Member 
of the Committee. If such amendment is not available in written 
form when requested, the Chair shall allow an appropriate 
period for the provision thereof and may adjourn the markup to 
provide sufficient time for the provision of such written 
amendment. Such period or adjournment shall not prejudice the 
offering of such amendment.
    For amendments to be accepted during mark-up, there is no 
requirement that the amendments be filed prior to commencement 
of the mark-up or prepared with the assistance of the Office of 
Legislative Counsel. Even though it is not necessary, Members 
seeking to amend legislation during mark-up should draft 
amendments with the assistance of the Office of Legislative 
Counsel and consult with the Chair or Ranking Member's staff 
(as appropriate) in the preparation of such amendments.

                 Rule 10.--Postponement of Proceedings

    The Chair in consultation with the Ranking Minority Member 
may postpone further proceedings when a record vote is ordered 
on the question of approving any measure or matter or adopting 
an amendment. The Chair may resume postponed proceedings, but 
no later than 24 hours after such postponement, unless the 
House is not in session or there are conflicts with Member 
schedules that make it unlikely a quorum will be present to 
conduct business on the postponed proceeding. In such cases, 
the Chair will consult with Members to set a time as early as 
possible to resume proceedings but in no event later than the 
next meeting date as set forth in Rule 3 of these Rules. When 
proceedings resume on a postponed question, notwithstanding any 
intervening order for the previous question, an underlying 
proposition shall remain subject to further debate or amendment 
to the same extent as when the question was postponed.

           Rule 11.--Number and Jurisdiction of Subcommittees

    There will be five Subcommittees as follows:
    (a) The Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade.--
This Subcommittee (which will consist of six (6) Republican 
Members and four (4) Democratic Members) will address policies 
that enhance rural economic growth, increasing America's energy 
independence and ensuring that America's small businesses can 
compete effectively in a global marketplace.
           Oversight of agricultural policies.
           Oversight of environmental issues and 
        regulations (including agencies such as the 
        Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of 
        Engineers).
           Oversight of energy issues, including 
        expansion of domestic resources whether they are 
        renewable or non-renewable.
           Oversight of international trade policy with 
        particular emphasis on agencies that provide direct 
        assistance to small businesses, such as: the Small 
        Business Administration's (SBA) Office of International 
        Trade, the Department of Commerce's United States 
        Export Assistance Centers, the Department of 
        Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service, and the 
        Export-Import Bank.
           Oversight of infringement of intellectual 
        property rights by foreign competition.
    (b) The Subcommittee on Health and Technology.--This 
Subcommittee (which will consist of six (6) Republican Members 
and four (4) Democratic Members) will address how health care 
policies may inhibit or promote economic growth and job 
creation by small businesses. In addition, the Subcommittee 
will examine small business job growth through the creation and 
adoption of advanced technologies.
           Oversight of the implementation of the 
        Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
           Oversight of availability and affordability 
        of health care coverage for small businesses.
           Oversight of general technology issues, 
        including intellectual property policy in the United 
        States.
           Oversight of United States 
        telecommunications policies including, but not limited 
        to, the National Broadband Plan and allocation of 
        electromagnetic spectrum.
           The Small Business Innovation Research 
        Program.
           Small Business Technology Transfer Program.
    (c) The Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital 
Access.--This Subcommittee (which will consist of six (6) 
Republican Members and four (4) Democratic Members) will 
evaluate the operation of the financial markets in the United 
States and their ability to provide needed capital to small 
businesses. In addition, the Subcommittee will review federal 
programs, especially those overseen by the SBA, aimed at 
assisting entrepreneurs in obtaining needed capital. Since the 
tax policy plays an integral role in access to capital, this 
Committee also will examine the impact of federal tax policies 
on small businesses.
           Oversight of capital access and financial 
        markets.
           Implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street 
        Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
           SBA financial assistance programs, including 
        guaranteed loans, microloans, certified development 
        company loans, and small business investment companies.
           Oversight of the Department of Agriculture 
        business and industry guaranteed loan program.
           Oversight of general tax policy affecting 
        small businesses.
           The management of the SBA disaster loan 
        program.
    (d) The Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and 
Regulations.--This Subcommittee (which will consist of six (6) 
Republican Members and four (4) Democratic Members) will probe 
the efficient operation of government programs that affect 
small businesses, including the SBA, and develop proposals to 
make them operate in a more cost-effective manner. This 
Subcommittee also will review the regulatory burdens imposed on 
small businesses and how those burdens may be alleviated.
           Oversight of general issues affecting small 
        businesses and federal agencies.
           Oversight of the management of the SBA.
           Oversight of the SBA Inspector General.
           Implementation of the Regulatory Flexibility 
        Act.
           Oversight of the Office of Information and 
        Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and 
        Budget.
           Use of the Congressional Review Act.
           Transparency of the federal rulemaking 
        process as required by the Administrative Procedure and 
        Data Quality Acts.
           Implementation of the Paperwork Reduction 
        Act.
    (e) The Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce.--This 
Subcommittee (which will consist of six (6) Republican Members 
and four (4) Democratic Members) will assess the federal 
procurement system, including those programs designed 
specifically to enhance participation by small businesses in 
providing goods and services to the federal government. The 
Subcommittee will examine various programs designed to provide 
technical assistance to small businesses, whether specifically 
aimed at federal contractors or small businesses in general. 
Finally, the Subcommittee will review the broad scope of 
workforce issues that affect the ability of small businesses to 
obtain and maintain qualified employees.
           Oversight of government-wide procurement 
        practices and programs affecting small businesses.
           Oversight of federal procurement policies 
        that inhibit or expand participation by small 
        businesses in the federal contracting marketplace.
           All contracting programs established by the 
        Small Business Act, including HUBZone, 8(a), Women-, 
        and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business 
        Programs.
           Technical assistance provided to federal 
        contractors and perspective contractors through SBA 
        personnel, Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business 
        Utilization, and Procurement Technical Assistance 
        Centers.
           The SBA Surety Bond guarantee program.
           Oversight of all federal policies that 
        affect the workforce including, but not limited to, the 
        roles of the Department of Labor and the National Labor 
        Relations Board.
           SBA entrepreneurial development and 
        technical assistance programs unrelated to 
        participation in the federal government contracting.

              Rule 12.--Powers and Duties of Subcommittees

    Each Subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold hearings, 
receive evidence, and report to the Committee on any matters 
referred to it. Prior to the scheduling of any meeting or 
hearing of a Subcommittee, the Chair of the Subcommittee shall 
obtain the approval of the Chair of the Committee.
    No hearing or meeting of a Subcommittee shall take place at 
the same time as the meeting or hearing of the full Committee 
or another Subcommittee, provided however, that the 
Subcommittee Chairs may hold field hearings that conflict with 
those held by other Subcommittees of the Committee.

                       Rule 13.--Committee Staff

    (a) Majority Staff.--The employees of the Committee, except 
those assigned to the Minority as provided below, shall be 
appointed and assigned, and may be removed by the Chair of the 
Committee. The Chair shall fix their remuneration and they 
shall be under the general supervision and direction of the 
Chair.
    (b) Minority Staff.--The employees of the Committee 
assigned to the Minority shall be appointed and assigned, and 
their remuneration determined, as the Ranking Minority Member 
of the Committee shall decide.
    (c) Subcommittee Staff.--There shall be no separate staff 
assigned to Subcommittees. The Chair and Ranking Member shall 
endeavor to ensure that sufficient committee staff is made 
available in order that each Subcommittee may carry out the 
responsibilities set forth in rule 11, supra.

                           Rule 14.--Records

    The Committee shall keep a complete record of all actions, 
which shall include a record of the votes on any question on 
which a recorded vote is demanded. The result of any vote by 
the Committee, or if applicable by a Subcommittee, including a 
voice vote shall be posted on the Committee's website within 24 
hours after the vote has been taken. Such record shall include 
a description of the amendment, motion, order, or other 
proposition, the name of the Member voting for and against such 
amendment, motion, order, or other proposition, and the names 
of Members present but not voting. For any amendment, motion, 
order, or other proposition decided by voice vote, the record 
shall include a description and whether the voice vote was in 
favor or against.
    The Committee shall keep a complete record of all Committee 
and Subcommittee activity which, in the case of a meeting or 
hearing transcript shall include a substantially verbatim 
account of the remarks actually made during the proceedings 
subject only to technical, grammatical, and typographical 
corrections authorized by the person making the remarks.
    The records of the Committee at the National Archives and 
Records Administration shall be made available in accordance 
with rule VII of the Rules of the House. The Chair of the 
Committee shall notify the Ranking Member of the Committee of 
any decision, pursuant to rule VII, cl. 3(b)(3) or cl. 4 (b), 
to withhold a record otherwise available, and the matter shall 
be presented to the Committee for a determination of the 
written request of any Member of the Committee.
    The Committee Rules shall be made publicly available in 
electronic form and published in the Congressional Record not 
later than 30 days after the Chair of the Committee is elected 
in each odd-numbered year.

        Rule 15.--Access to Classified or Sensitive Information

    Access to classified or sensitive information supplied to 
the Committee or Subcommittees and attendance at closed 
sessions of the Committee or a Subcommittee shall be limited to 
Members and necessary Committee staff and stenographic 
reporters who have appropriate security clearance when the 
Chair determines that such access or attendance is essential to 
the functioning of the Committee or one of its Subcommittees.
    The procedures to be followed in granting access to those 
hearings, records, data, charts, and files of the Committee 
which involve classified information or information deemed to 
be sensitive shall be as follows:
    (a) Only Members of the House of Representatives and 
specifically designated Committee staff of the Committee on 
Small Business may have access to such information.
    (b) Members who desire to read materials that are in 
possession of the Committee shall notify the Clerk of the 
Committee in writing.
    (c) The Clerk of the Committee will maintain an accurate 
access log, which identifies the circumstances surrounding 
access to the information, without revealing the material 
examined.
    (d) If the material desired to be reviewed is material 
which the Committee or Subcommittee deems to be sensitive 
enough to require special handling, before receiving access to 
such information, individuals will be required to sign an 
access information sheet acknowledging such access and that the 
individual has read and understands the procedures under which 
access is being granted.
    (e) Material provided for review under this rule shall not 
be removed from a specified room within the Committee offices.
    (f) Individuals reviewing materials under this rule shall 
make certain that the materials are returned to the proper 
custodian.
    (g) No reproductions or recordings may be made of any 
portion of such materials.
    (h) The contents of such information shall not be divulged 
to any person in any way, form, shape, or manner and shall not 
be discussed with any person who has not received the 
information in the manner authorized by the rules of the 
Committee.
    (i) When not being examined in the manner described herein, 
such information will be kept in secure safes or locked file 
cabinets within the Committee offices.
    (j) These procedures only address access to information the 
Committee or Subcommittee deems to be sensitive enough to 
require special treatment.
    (k) If a Member of the House of Representatives believes 
that certain sensitive information should not be restricted as 
to dissemination or use, the Member may petition the Committee 
or Subcommittee to so rule. With respect to information and 
materials provided to the Committee by the Executive Branch or 
an independent agency as that term is defined in 44 U.S.C. 
Sec. 3502, the classification of information and materials as 
determined by the Executive Branch or independent agency shall 
prevail unless affirmatively changed by the Committee or 
Subcommittee involved, after consultation with the Executive 
Branch or independent agency.
    (l) Other materials in the possession of the Committee are 
to be handled in the accordance with normal practices and 
traditions of the Committee.

                       Rule 16.--Other Procedures

    The Chair of the Committee may establish such other 
procedures and take such actions as may be necessary to carry 
out the foregoing rules or to facilitate the effective 
operation of the Committee.

                Rule 17.--Amendments to Committee Rules

    The rules of the Committee may be modified, amended or 
repealed by a majority vote of the Members, at a meeting 
specifically called for such purpose, but only if written 
notice of the proposed change or changes has been provided to 
each Member of the Committee at least 72 hours prior to the 
time of the meeting of the Committee to consider such change or 
changes.

                      Rule 18.--Budget and Travel

    From the amount provided to the Committee in the primary 
expense resolution adopted by the House of Representatives in 
the 113th Congress, the Chair, after consultation with the 
Ranking Minority Member, shall designate one-third of the 
budget under the direction of the Ranking Minority Member for 
the purposes of minority staff, travel expenses of minority 
staff and Members, and minority office expenses.
    The Chair may authorize travel in connection with 
activities or subject matters under the legislative or 
oversight jurisdiction of the Committee as set forth in rule X 
of the Rules of the House.
    The Ranking Minority Member may authorize travel for any 
Minority Member or staff of the minority in connection with 
activities or subject matters under the Committee's 
jurisdiction as set forth in rule X of the Rules of the House. 
Before such travel, there shall be submitted to the Chair of 
the Committee in writing the following at least seven (7) 
calendar days prior specifying: a) the purpose of the travel; 
b) the dates during which the travel is to occur; c) the names 
of the states or countries to be visited and the length of time 
spent in each; and d) the names of Members and staff of the 
Committee participating in such travel. Prior approval shall 
not be required of Minority Staff traveling to participate in a 
deposition, authorized by the Chair in rule 16 of these Rules 
of an individual located outside of the Washington, DC 
metropolitan area.

                      Rule 19.--Committee Website

    The Chair shall maintain an official Committee website for 
the purpose of furthering the Committee's legislative and 
oversight responsibilities, including communicating information 
about Committees activities to Committee Members and other 
Members of the House. The Ranking Minority Member may maintain 
a similar website for the same purpose, including communicating 
information about the activities of the Minority to Committee 
Members and other Members of the House.

                       Rule 20.--Rule Vice Chair

    Pursuant to the Rules of the House, the Chair shall 
designate a Member of the Majority to serve as Vice Chair of 
the Committee. The Vice Chair shall preside at any meeting or 
hearing during the temporary absence of the Chair. The Chair 
also reserves the right to designate a Member of the Committee 
Majority to serve as the Chair at a hearing or meeting.

             Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

   BILL SHUSTER, Pennsylvania, 
             Chairman

PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon             DON YOUNG, Alaska
ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON,               JOHN J. DUNCAN, Jr., Tennessee,
  District of Columbia                 Vice Chairman
JERROLD NADLER, New York             JOHN L. MICA, Florida
CORRINE BROWN, Florida               FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey
EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas         SAM GRAVES, Missouri
ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland         CANDICE S. MILLER, Michigan
RICK LARSEN, Washington              DUNCAN HUNTER, California
MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, Massachusetts    ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, 
GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California      Arkansas
DANIEL LIPINSKI, Illinois            LOU BARLETTA, Pennsylvania
STEVE COHEN, Tennessee               BLAKE FARENTHOLD, Texas
ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey              BOB GIBBS, Ohio
DONNA F. EDWARDS, Maryland           RICHARD L. HANNA, New York
JOHN GARAMENDI, California           DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida
ANDRE CARSON, Indiana                JEFF DENHAM, California
JANICE HAHN, California              REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin
RICHARD M. NOLAN, Minnesota          THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky
ANN KIRKPATRICK, Arizona             TOM RICE, South Carolina
DINA TITUS, Nevada                   MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina
SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, New York       SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania
ELIZABTH H. ESTY, Connecticut        RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois
LOIS FRANKEL, Florida                MARK SANFORD, South Carolina
CHERI BUSTOS, Illinois               ROB WOODALL, Georgia
JARED HUFFMAN, California            TODD ROKITA, Indiana
JULIA BROWNLEY, California           JOHN KATKO, New York
                                     BRIAN BABIN, Texas
                                     CRESENT HARDY, Nevada
                                     RYAN A. COSTELLO, Pennsylvania
                                     GARRET GRAVES, Louisiana
                                     MIMI WALTERS, California
                                     BARBARA COMSTOCK, Virginia
                                     CARLOS CURBELO, Florida
                                     DAVID ROUZER, North Carolina
                                     LEE M. ZELDIN, New York

                     (As adopted January 27, 2015)


  RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE 
                             114TH CONGRESS


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) Applicability of House Rules.--
          (1) In general.--The Rules of the House are the rules 
        of the Committee and its subcommittees so far as 
        applicable, except that 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, are non-debatable privileged motions in 
        the Committee and its subcommittees.
          (2) Subcommittees.--Each subcommittee is part of the 
        Committee, and is subject to the authority and 
        direction of the Committee and its rules so far as 
        applicable.
          (3) Incorporation of house rule on committee 
        procedure.--Rule XI of the Rules of the House, which 
        pertains entirely to Committee procedure, is 
        incorporated and made a part of the rules of the 
        Committee to the extent applicable. Pursuant to clause 
        2(a)(3) of rule XI of the Rules of the House, the 
        Chairman of the Committee is authorized to offer a 
        motion under clause 1 of rule XXII of the Rules of the 
        House whenever the Chairman considers it appropriate.
    (b) Publication of Rules.--Pursuant to clause 2(a) of rule 
XI of the Rules of the House, the Committee's rules shall be 
publicly available in electronic form and published in the 
Congressional Record not later than 30 days after the Chairman 
is elected in each odd-numbered year.
    (c) Vice Chairman.--The Chairman shall appoint a vice 
chairman of the Committee and of each subcommittee. If the 
Chairman of the Committee or subcommittee is not present at any 
meeting of the Committee or subcommittee, as the case may be, 
the vice chairman shall preside. If the vice chairman is not 
present, the ranking member of the majority party on the 
Committee or subcommittee who is present shall preside at that 
meeting.

           Rule 2.--Regular, Additional, and Special Meetings

    (a) Regular Meetings.--Regular meetings of the Committee 
shall be held on the first Wednesday of every month to transact 
its business unless such day is a holiday, or the House is in 
recess or is adjourned, in which case the Chairman shall 
determine the regular meeting day of the Committee for that 
month. A regular meeting of the Committee may be dispensed with 
if, in the judgment of the Chairman, there is no need for the 
meeting. This paragraph shall not apply to meetings of any 
subcommittee.
    (b) Additional Meetings.--The Chairman may call and 
convene, as he or she considers necessary, additional meetings 
of the Committee for the consideration of any bill or 
resolution pending before the Committee or for the conduct of 
other committee business. The Committee shall meet for such 
purpose pursuant to the call of the Chairman.
    (c) Special Meetings.--If at least three members of the 
Committee desire that a special meeting of the Committee be 
called by the Chairman, those members may file in the offices 
of the Committee their written request to the Chairman for that 
special meeting. 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, within 3 calendar days after 
the filing of the request, the Chairman does not call the 
requested special meeting to be held within 7 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, specifying the date and hour thereof, and the measure or 
matter to be considered at that special meeting. 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 meeting will be held and 
inform them of its date and hour and the measure or matter to 
be considered; and only the measure or matter specified in that 
notice may be considered at that special meeting. Such notice 
shall also be made publicly available in electronic form and 
shall be deemed to satisfy paragraph (d)(1).
    (d) Notice.--
          (1) Minimum notice period.--Pursuant to clause 
        2(g)(3) of rule XI of the Rules of the House, the 
        Chairman shall make a public announcement of the date, 
        place, and subject matter of a Committee or 
        subcommittee meeting, which may not commence earlier 
        than the third day on which members have notice 
        thereof.
          (2) Changes in meeting times.--A meeting may commence 
        sooner than announced if the Chairman, with concurrence 
        of the ranking minority member, determines there is 
        good cause to begin the meeting sooner or the Committee 
        or subcommittee so determines by majority vote, a 
        quorum being present for the transaction of business. 
        The Chairman shall make a public announcement of the 
        meeting time change at the earliest possible 
        opportunity.
          (3) Notification of daily digest clerk.--The clerk of 
        the Committee shall notify the Daily Digest Clerk of 
        the Congressional Record as soon as possible after a 
        public announcement of a time change for a Committee or 
        subcommittee meeting is made under this paragraph.
    (e) Prohibition on Sitting During Joint Session.--The 
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.

                Rule 3.--Meetings and Hearings Generally

    (a) Minimum Period for Availability of Committee Markup 
Text.--Pursuant to clause 2(g)(4) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House, the Chairman shall make publicly available, in 
electronic form, the text of any legislation to be marked up at 
least 24 hours prior to the commencement of a meeting for the 
markup of legislation, or at the time of a meeting announcement 
under paragraph (d)(2) of Committee rule II if made within 24 
hours before such meeting.
    (b) Open Meetings.--Each meeting for the transaction of 
business, including the markup of legislation, and each hearing 
of the Committee or a subcommittee shall be open to the public, 
except as provided by clause 2(g) of rule XI of the Rules of 
the House.
    (c) Meetings To Begin Promptly.--Each meeting or hearing of 
the Committee shall begin promptly at the time so stipulated in 
the public announcement of the meeting or hearing.
    (d) Addressing the Committee.--Except as provided under 
paragraph (e) of Committee rule VI, a Committee member may 
address the Committee or a subcommittee on any bill, motion, or 
other matter under consideration--
      (1) only when recognized by the Chairman for that 
purpose; and
      (2) only for 5 minutes, or for a period of time 
designated by the Chairman with concurrence of the ranking 
minority member, until such time as each member of the 
Committee or subcommittee who so desires has had an opportunity 
to address the Committee or subcommittee.
    A member shall be limited in his or her remarks to the 
subject matter under consideration. The Chairman shall enforce 
this paragraph.
    (e) Participation of Members in Subcommittee Meetings and 
Hearings.--All members of the Committee who are not members of 
a particular subcommittee may, by unanimous consent of the 
members of such subcommittee, participate in any subcommittee 
meeting or hearing. However, a member who is not a member of 
the subcommittee may not vote on any matter before the 
subcommittee, be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum, 
or raise points of order.
    (f) Broadcasting.--Whenever a meeting for the transaction 
of business, including the markup of legislation, or a hearing 
is open to the public, that meeting or hearing shall be open to 
coverage by television, radio, and still photography in 
accordance with clause 4 of rule XI of the Rules of the House. 
Operation and use of any Committee Internet broadcast system 
shall be fair and nonpartisan and in accordance with clause 
4(b) of rule XI of the Rules of the House and all other 
applicable rules of the Committee and the House. Further, 
pursuant to clause 2(e)(5) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House, the Committee shall provide audio and video coverage of 
each hearing or meeting for the transaction of business in a 
manner that allows the public to easily listen to and view the 
proceedings. The Committee shall also maintain the recordings 
of such coverage in a manner that is easily accessible to the 
public.
    (g) Access to the Dais and Lounges.--Access to the hearing 
rooms' daises and to the lounges adjacent to the Committee 
hearing rooms shall be limited to Members of Congress and 
employees of Congress during a meeting or hearing of the 
Committee unless specifically permitted by the Chairman or 
ranking minority member.
    (h) Use of Cellular Telephones.--The use of cellular 
telephones in the Committee hearing room is prohibited during a 
meeting or hearing of the Committee.
    (i) Availability of Text of Amendments in Electronic 
Form.--Pursuant to clause 2(e) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House, not later than 24 hours after the adoption of any 
amendment to a measure or matter considered by the Committee, 
the Chairman shall cause the text of the amendment to be made 
publicly available in electronic form.

Rule 4.--Power to Sit and Act; Power to Conduct Investigations; Oaths; 
                             Subpoena Power

    (a) Authority to Sit and Act.--For the purpose of carrying 
out any of its functions and duties under rules X and XI of the 
Rules of the House, the Committee and each of its 
subcommittees, is authorized (subject to paragraph (d)(1))--
          (1) 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; 
        and
          (2) to require, by subpoena or otherwise, the 
        attendance and testimony of such witnesses and the 
        production of such books, records, correspondence, 
        memorandums, papers, and documents, as it deems 
        necessary.
    (b) Authority to Conduct Investigations.--
          (1) In general.--The Committee is authorized at any 
        time to conduct such investigations and studies as it 
        may consider necessary or appropriate in the exercise 
        of its responsibilities under rule X of the Rules of 
        the House and (subject to the adoption of expense 
        resolutions as required by rule X, clause 6 of the 
        Rules of the House) to incur expenses (including travel 
        expenses) in connection therewith.
          (2) Major investigations by subcommittees.--A 
        subcommittee may not begin a major investigation 
        without approval of a majority of such subcommittee.
    (c) Oaths.--The Chairman, or any member designated by the 
Chairman, may administer oaths to any witness.
    (d) Issuance of Subpoenas.--
          (1) In general.--A subpoena may be issued by the 
        Committee or subcommittee under paragraph (a)(2) in the 
        conduct of any investigation or activity or series of 
        investigations or activities, only when authorized by a 
        majority of the members voting, a majority being 
        present. Such authorized subpoenas shall be signed by 
        the Chairman of the Committee or by any member 
        designated by the Committee. If a specific request for 
        a subpoena has not been previously rejected by either 
        the Committee or subcommittee, the Chairman of the 
        Committee, after consultation with the ranking minority 
        member of the Committee, may authorize and issue a 
        subpoena under paragraph (a)(2) in the conduct of any 
        investigation or activity or series of investigations 
        or activities, and such subpoena shall for all purposes 
        be deemed a subpoena issued by the Committee. As soon 
        as practicable after a subpoena is issued under this 
        rule, the Chairman shall notify all members of the 
        Committee of such action.
          (2) Enforcement.--Compliance with any subpoena issued 
        by the Committee or subcommittee under paragraph (a)(2) 
        may be enforced only as authorized or directed by the 
        House.
    (e) Expenses of Subpoenaed Witnesses.--Each witness who has 
been subpoenaed, upon the completion of his or her testimony 
before the Committee or any subcommittee, may report to the 
offices of the Committee, and there sign appropriate vouchers 
for travel allowances and attendance fees. If hearings are held 
in cities other than Washington, D.C., the witness may contact 
the counsel of the Committee, or his or her representative, 
before leaving the hearing room.

        Rule 5.--Quorums and Record Votes; Postponement of Votes

    (a) Working Quorum.--One-third of the members of the 
Committee or a subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for 
taking any action other than the closing of a meeting pursuant 
to clauses 2(g) and 2(k)(5) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House, the authorizing of a subpoena pursuant to paragraph (d) 
of Committee rule IV, the reporting of a measure or 
recommendation pursuant to paragraph (b)(1) of Committee rule 
VII, and the actions described in paragraphs (b), (c) and (d) 
of this rule.
    (b) Quorum for Reporting.--A majority of the members of the 
Committee or a subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for the 
reporting of a measure or recommendation.
    (c) Approval of Certain Matters.--A majority of the members 
of the Committee or a subcommittee shall constitute a quorum 
for approval of a resolution concerning any of the following 
actions:
          (1) A prospectus for construction, alteration, 
        purchase or acquisition of a public building or the 
        lease of space as required by section 3307 of title 40, 
        United States Code.
          (2) Survey investigation of a proposed project for 
        navigation, flood control, and other purposes by the 
        Corps of Engineers (section 4 of the Rivers and Harbors 
        Act of March 4, 1913, 33 U.S.C. 542).
          (3) Construction of a water resources development 
        project by the Corps of Engineers with an estimated 
        Federal cost not exceeding $15,000,000 (section 201 of 
        the Flood Control Act of 1965).
          (4) Deletion of water quality storage in a Federal 
        reservoir project where the benefits attributable to 
        water quality are 15 percent or more but not greater 
        than 25 percent of the total project benefits (section 
        65 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1974).
          (5) Authorization of a Natural Resources Conservation 
        Service watershed project involving any single 
        structure of more than 4,000 acre feet of total 
        capacity (section 2 of P.L. 566, 83rd Congress).
    (d) Quorum for Taking Testimony.--Two members of the 
Committee or subcommittee shall constitute a quorum for the 
purpose of taking testimony and receiving evidence.
    (e) Record Votes.--A record vote may be demanded by one-
fifth of the members present.
    (f) Postponement of Votes.--
          (1) In general.--In accordance with clause 2(h)(4) of 
        rule XI of the Rules of the House, the Chairman of the 
        Committee or a subcommittee, after consultation with 
        the ranking minority member of the Committee or 
        subcommittee, may--
                  (A) postpone further proceedings when a 
                record vote is ordered on the question of 
                approving a measure or matter or on adopting an 
                amendment; and
                  (B) resume proceedings on a postponed 
                question at any time after reasonable notice.
          (2) Resumption of proceedings.--When proceedings 
        resume on a postponed question, notwithstanding any 
        intervening order for the previous question, an 
        underlying proposition shall remain subject to further 
        debate or amendment to the same extent as when the 
        question was postponed.
    (g) Availability of Record Votes in Electronic Form.--
Pursuant to clause 2(e)(1)(B)(i) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House, the Chairman shall make the result of any record vote 
publicly available for inspection at reasonable times in the 
offices of the Committee and in electronic form within 48 hours 
of such record vote.

                      Rule 6.--Hearing Procedures

    (a) Announcement of Hearing.--
          (1) Minimum notice period.--Pursuant to clause 
        2(g)(3) of rule XI of the Rules of the House, the 
        Chairman shall make a public announcement of the date, 
        place, and subject matter of a Committee or 
        subcommittee hearing, which may not commence earlier 
        than the one week after such notice.
          (2) Changes in hearing times.--A hearing may commence 
        sooner than announced if the Chairman, with concurrence 
        of the ranking minority member, determines there is 
        good cause to begin the hearing sooner or the Committee 
        so determines by majority vote, a quorum being present 
        for the transaction of business. The Chairman shall 
        make a public announcement of the hearing time change 
        at the earliest possible opportunity.
          (3) Notification of daily digest clerk.--The clerk of 
        the Committee shall notify the Daily Digest Clerk of 
        the Congressional Record as soon as possible after a 
        public announcement of a time change for a Committee or 
        subcommittee hearing is made under this paragraph.
    (b) Written Statement; Oral Testimony.--
          (1) Filing of statement.--So far as practicable, each 
        witness who is to appear before the Committee or a 
        subcommittee shall file with the clerk of the Committee 
        or subcommittee, at least 2 working days before the day 
        of his or her appearance, a written statement of 
        proposed testimony. The Chairman, with the concurrence 
        of the ranking minority member, may take the following 
        actions for failure to comply with this requirement: 
        (A) exclude such witness' written testimony from the 
        hearing record; (B) bar such witness oral presentation 
        of the testimony; or (C) both (A) and (B). Each witness 
        shall limit his or her oral presentation to a summary 
        of the written statement.
          (2) Truth in testimony information.--Pursuant to 
        clause 2(g)(5) of rule XI of the Rules of the House, 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 of each Federal grant (or 
        subgrant thereof) or contract (or subcontract thereof), 
        or the amount and country of origin of any contract or 
        payment originating with a foreign government, received 
        during the current calendar year or either of the two 
        previous calendar years by the witness or by an entity 
        represented by the witness and related to the subject 
        matter of the hearing.
          (3) Availability of information in electronic form.--
        Statements filed under this paragraph, with appropriate 
        redaction to protect the privacy of the witness, shall 
        be made publicly available in electronic form not later 
        than one day after the witness appears.
    (c) Minority Witnesses.--When any hearing is conducted by 
the Committee or any subcommittee upon any measure or matter, 
the minority party members on the Committee or subcommittee 
shall be entitled, upon request to the Chairman by a majority 
of those minority members before the completion of such 
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.
    (d) Summary of Subject Matter.--Upon announcement of a 
hearing, to the extent practicable, the Committee shall make 
available immediately to all members of the Committee a concise 
summary of the subject matter (including legislative reports 
and other material) under consideration. In addition, upon 
announcement of a hearing and subsequently as they are 
received, the Chairman shall make available to the members of 
the Committee any official reports from departments and 
agencies on such matter.
    (e) Opening Statements; Questioning of Witnesses.--
          (1) Opening Statements.--
                  (A) Chairman and Ranking Member.--At a 
                hearing of the Full Committee, the Chairman and 
                ranking minority member of the Committee shall 
                each be entitled to present an oral opening 
                statement of five minutes. At a hearing of a 
                subcommittee, the Chairman and ranking minority 
                member of the Committee and the Chairman and 
                ranking minority member of the subcommittee 
                shall each be entitled to present an opening 
                statement for five minutes.
                  (B) Other Members.--At a hearing of the Full 
                Committee or a subcommittee, other members of 
                the Committee or subcommittee, as appropriate, 
                may submit written opening statements for the 
                record. The Chairman presiding over the hearing 
                may permit oral opening statements by other 
                members of the Committee or subcommittee, as 
                appropriate, with the concurrence of the 
                ranking minority member.
          (2) Questioning of witnesses.--The questioning of 
        witnesses in Committee and subcommittee hearings shall 
        be initiated by the Chairman, followed by the ranking 
        minority member and all other members alternating 
        between the majority and minority parties. In 
        recognizing members to question witnesses in this 
        fashion, the Chairman shall take into consideration the 
        ratio of the majority to minority members present and 
        shall establish the order of recognition for 
        questioning in such a manner as not to disadvantage the 
        members of the majority nor the members of the 
        minority. The Chairman may accomplish this by 
        recognizing two majority members for each minority 
        member recognized.
    (f) Procedures for Questions.--
          (1) In general.--A Committee member may question a 
        witness at a hearing--
                  (A) only when recognized by the Chairman for 
                that purpose; and
                  (B) subject to subparagraphs (2) and (3), 
                only for 5 minutes until such time as each 
                member of the Committee or subcommittee who so 
                desires has had an opportunity to question the 
                witness.
    A member shall be limited in his or her remarks to the 
subject matter under consideration. The Chairman shall enforce 
this subparagraph.
          (2) Extended questioning of witnesses by members.--
        The Chairman of the Committee or a subcommittee, with 
        the concurrence of the ranking minority member, or the 
        Committee or subcommittee by motion, may permit a 
        specified number of its members to question a witness 
        for longer than 5 minutes. The time for extended 
        questioning of a witness under this subdivision shall 
        be equal for the majority party and minority party and 
        may not exceed one hour in the aggregate.
          (3) Extended questioning of witnesses by staff.--The 
        Chairman of the Committee or a subcommittee, with the 
        concurrence of the ranking minority member, or the 
        Committee or subcommittee by motion, may permit 
        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 minority party and may not exceed one hour in 
        the aggregate.
          (4) Right to question witnesses following extended 
        questioning.--Nothing in subparagraph (2) or (3) 
        affects the right of a member (other than a member 
        designated under subparagraph (2)) to question a 
        witness for 5 minutes in accordance with subparagraph 
        (1)(B) after the questioning permitted under 
        subparagraph (2) or (3).
    (g) Additional Hearing Procedures.--Clause 2(k) of Rule XI 
of the Rules of the House (relating to additional rules for 
hearings) applies to hearings of the Committee and its 
subcommittees.

   Rule 7.--Procedures for Reporting Bills, Resolutions, and Reports

    (a) Filing of Reports.--
    (1) In general.--The Chairman of the Committee shall report 
promptly to the House any measure or matter approved by the 
Committee and take necessary steps to bring the measure or 
matter to a vote.
          (2) Requests for reporting.--The report of the 
        Committee on a measure or matter which has been 
        approved by the Committee shall be filed within 7 
        calendar days (exclusive of days on which the House is 
        not in session) after the day on which there has been 
        filed with the clerk of the Committee a written 
        request, signed by a majority of the members of the 
        Committee, for the reporting of that measure or matter. 
        Upon the filing of any such request, the clerk of the 
        Committee shall transmit immediately to the Chairman of 
        the Committee notice of the filing of that request.
    (b) Quorum; Record Votes.--
          (1) Quorum.--No measure, matter, or recommendation 
        shall be reported from the Committee unless a majority 
        of the Committee was actually present.
          (2) Record votes.--With respect to each record vote 
        on a motion to report any measure or matter of a public 
        character, and on any amendment offered to the measure 
        or matter, the total number of votes cast for and 
        against, and the names of those members voting for and 
        against, shall be included in the Committee report on 
        the measure or matter.
    (c) Required Matters.--The report of the Committee on a 
measure or matter which has been approved by the Committee 
shall include the items required to be included by clauses 2(c) 
and 3 of Rule XIII of the Rules of the House.
    (d) Additional Views.--If, at the time of approval of any 
measure or matter by the Committee, any member of the Committee 
gives notice of intention to file supplemental, minority, 
additional, or dissenting views, all members shall be entitled 
to not less than two additional calendar days after the day of 
such notice (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) 
in which to file such written and signed views in accordance 
with clause 2(l) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House.
    (e) Activities Report.--
          (1) In general.--Not later than January 2 of each odd 
        numbered year, the Committee shall submit to the House 
        a report on the activities of the Committee.
          (2) Contents.--The report shall include--
                  (A) separate sections summarizing the 
                legislative and oversight activities of the 
                Committee under Rules X and XI of the Rules of 
                the House during the Congress;
                  (B) a summary of the oversight plans 
                submitted by the Committee under clause 2(d) of 
                Rule X of the Rules of the House;
                  (C) a summary of the actions taken and 
                recommendations made with respect to the 
                oversight plans specified in subdivision (B);
          (D) a summary of any additional oversight activities 
        undertaken by the Committee and any recommendations 
        made or actions taken thereon; and
          (E) a delineation of any hearings held pursuant to 
        clauses 2(n), (o), or (p) of Rule XI of the Rules of 
        the House.
          (3) Filing.--After an adjournment sine die of the 
        last regular session of a Congress, or after December 
        15 of an even numbered year, whichever occurs first, 
        the Chairman may file the report described in 
        subparagraph (1) with the Clerk of the House 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, additional, or dissenting views 
                submitted by a member of the Committee.
    (f) Other Committee Materials.--
          (1) In general.--All Committee and subcommittee 
        prints, reports, documents, or other materials, not 
        otherwise provided for under this rule, that purport to 
        express publicly the views of the Committee or any of 
        its subcommittees or members of the Committee or its 
        subcommittees shall be approved by the Committee or the 
        subcommittee prior to printing and distribution and any 
        member shall be given an opportunity to have views 
        included as part of such material prior to printing, 
        release, and distribution in accordance with paragraph 
        (d) of this rule.
          (2) Documents containing views other than member 
        views.--A Committee or subcommittee document containing 
        views other than those of members of the Committee or 
        subcommittee shall not be published without approval of 
        the Committee or subcommittee.
          (3) Disclaimer.--All Committee or subcommittee 
        reports printed pursuant to legislative study or 
        investigation and not approved by a majority vote of 
        the Committee or subcommittee, as appropriate, shall 
        contain the following disclaimer on the cover of such 
        report: ``This report has not been officially adopted 
        by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 
        (or pertinent subcommittee thereof) and may not 
        therefore necessarily reflect the views of its 
        members.''.
          (4) Compilations of laws.--To the maximum extent 
        practicable, the Committee shall publish a compilation 
        of laws under the jurisdiction of each subcommittee.
    (g) Availability of Publications.--Pursuant to clause 
2(e)(4) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House, the Committee 
shall make its publications available in electronic form to the 
maximum extent feasible.

     Rule 8.--Establishment of Subcommittees; Size and Party Ratios

    (a) Establishment.--There shall be 6 standing 
subcommittees. These subcommittees, with the following sizes 
(including delegates) and majority/minority ratios, are:
          (1) Subcommittee on Aviation (35 Members: 20 Majority 
        and 15 Minority).
          (2) Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
        Transportation (17 Members: 10 Majority and 7 
        Minority).
          (3) Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public 
        Buildings, and Emergency Management (17 Members: 10 
        Majority and 7 Minority).
          (4) Subcommittee on Highways and Transit (49 Members: 
        28 Majority and 21 Minority).
          (5) Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and 
        Hazardous Materials (31 Members: 18 Majority and 13 
        Minority).
          (6) Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment 
        (31 Members: 18 Majority and 13 Minority).
    (b) Ex Officio Members.--The Chairman and ranking minority 
member of the Committee shall serve as ex officio voting 
members on each subcommittee.
    (c) Ratios.--On each subcommittee there shall be a ratio of 
majority party members to minority party members which shall be 
no less favorable to the majority party than the ratio for the 
Full Committee. In calculating the ratio of majority party 
members to minority party members, there shall be included the 
ex officio members of the subcommittees.

              Rule 9.--Powers and Duties of Subcommittees

    (a) Authority to Sit.--Each subcommittee is authorized to 
meet, hold hearings, receive evidence, and report to the Full 
Committee on all matters referred to it or under its 
jurisdiction. Subcommittee chairmen shall set dates for 
hearings and meetings of their respective subcommittees after 
consultation with the Chairman and other subcommittee chairmen 
with a view toward avoiding simultaneous scheduling of Full 
Committee and subcommittee meetings or hearings whenever 
possible.
    (b) Consideration by Committee.--Each bill, resolution, or 
other matter favorably reported by a subcommittee shall 
automatically be placed upon the agenda of the Committee. Any 
such matter reported by a subcommittee shall not be considered 
by the Committee unless it has been delivered to the offices of 
all members of the Committee at least 48 hours before the 
meeting, unless the Chairman determines that the matter is of 
such urgency that it should be given early consideration. Where 
practicable, such matters shall be accompanied by a comparison 
with present law and a section-by-section analysis.

           Rule 10.--Referral of Legislation to Subcommittees

    (a) General Requirement.--Except where the Chairman of the 
Committee determines, in consultation with the majority members 
of the Committee, that consideration is to be by the Full 
Committee, each bill, resolution, investigation, or other 
matter which relates to a subject listed under the jurisdiction 
of any subcommittee established in Committee Rule VIII referred 
to or initiated by the Full Committee shall be referred by the 
Chairman to all subcommittees of appropriate jurisdiction 
within two weeks. All bills shall be referred to the 
subcommittee of proper jurisdiction without regard to whether 
the author is or is not a member of the subcommittee.
    (b) Recall From Subcommittee.--A bill, resolution, or other 
matter referred to a subcommittee in accordance with this rule 
may be recalled therefrom at any time by a vote of a majority 
of the members of the Committee voting, a quorum being present, 
for the Committee's direct consideration or for reference to 
another subcommittee.
    (c) Multiple Referrals.--In carrying out this rule with 
respect to any matter, the Chairman may refer the matter 
simultaneously to two or more subcommittees for concurrent 
consideration or for consideration in sequence (subject to 
appropriate time limitations in the case of any subcommittee 
after the first), or divide the matter into two or more parts 
(reflecting different subjects and jurisdictions) and refer 
each such part to a different subcommittee, or make such other 
provisions as he or she considers appropriate.

                 Rule 11.--Recommendation of Conferees

    The Chairman of the Committee shall recommend to the 
Speaker as conferees the names of those members (1) of the 
majority party selected by the Chairman, and (2) of the 
minority party selected by the ranking minority member of the 
Committee. Recommendations of conferees to the Speaker shall 
provide a ratio of majority party members to minority party 
members which shall be no less favorable to the majority party 
than the ratio for the Committee.

                          Rule 12.--Oversight

    (a) Purpose.--The Committee shall carry out oversight 
responsibilities as provided in this rule in order to assist 
the House in--
          (1) its analysis, appraisal, and evaluation of--
                  (A) the application, administration, 
                execution, and effectiveness of the laws 
                enacted by the Congress; or
                  (B) conditions and circumstances which may 
                indicate the necessity or desirability of 
                enacting new or additional legislation; and
          (2) its formulation, consideration, and enactment of 
        such modifications or changes in those laws, and of 
        such additional legislation, as may be necessary or 
        appropriate.
    (b) Oversight Plan.--Not later than February 15 of the 
first session of each Congress, the Committee shall adopt its 
oversight plan for that Congress in accordance with clause 
2(d)(1) of rule X of the Rules of the House.
    (c) Review of Laws and Programs.--The Committee and the 
appropriate subcommittees shall cooperatively review and study, 
on a continuing basis, the application, administration, 
execution, and effectiveness of those laws, or parts of laws, 
the subject matter of which is within the jurisdiction of the 
Committee, and the organization and operation of the Federal 
agencies and entities having responsibilities in or for the 
administration and execution thereof, in order to determine 
whether such laws and the programs thereunder are being 
implemented and carried out in accordance with the intent of 
the Congress and whether such programs should be continued, 
curtailed, or eliminated. In addition, the Committee and the 
appropriate subcommittees shall cooperatively review and study 
any conditions or circumstances which may indicate the 
necessity or desirability of enacting new or additional 
legislation within the jurisdiction of the Committee (whether 
or not any bill or resolution has been introduced with respect 
thereto), and shall on a continuing basis undertake future 
research and forecasting on matters within the jurisdiction of 
the Committee.
    (d) Review of Tax Policies.--The Committee and the 
appropriate subcommittees shall cooperatively review and study 
on a continuing basis the impact or probable impact of tax 
policies affecting subjects within the jurisdiction of the 
Committee.

     Rule 13.--Review of Continuing Programs; Budget Act Provisions

    (a) Ensuring Annual Appropriations.--The Committee shall, 
in its consideration of all bills and joint resolutions of a 
public character within its jurisdiction, ensure that 
appropriations for continuing programs and activities of the 
Federal Government and the District of Columbia government will 
be made annually to the maximum extent feasible and consistent 
with the nature, requirements, and objectives of the programs 
and activities involved.
    (b) Review of Multi-Year Appropriations.--The Committee 
shall review, from time to time, each continuing program within 
its jurisdiction for which appropriations are not made annually 
in order to ascertain whether such program could be modified so 
that appropriations therefore would be made annually.
    (c) Views and Estimates.--In accordance with clause 4(f)(1) 
of Rule X of the Rules of the House, the Committee shall submit 
to the Committee on the Budget--
          (1) 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 which are within 
        its jurisdiction or functions; and
          (2) an estimate of the total amount of new budget 
        authority, and budget outlays resulting therefrom, to 
        be provided or authorized in all bills and resolutions 
        within its jurisdiction which it intends to be 
        effective during that fiscal year.
    (d) Budget Allocations.--As soon as practicable after a 
concurrent resolution on the budget for any fiscal year is 
agreed to, the Committee (after consulting with the appropriate 
committee or committees of the Senate) shall subdivide any 
allocations made to it in the joint explanatory statement 
accompanying the conference report on such resolution, and 
promptly report such subdivisions to the House, in the manner 
provided by section 302 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974.
    (e) Reconciliation.--Whenever the Committee is directed in 
a concurrent resolution on the budget to determine and 
recommend changes in laws, bills, or resolutions under the 
reconciliation process, it shall promptly make such 
determination and recommendations, and report a reconciliation 
bill or resolution (or both) to the House or submit such 
recommendations to the Committee on the Budget, in accordance 
with the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

                           Rule 14.--Records

    (a) Keeping of Records.--The Committee shall keep a 
complete record of all Committee action which shall include--
          (1) in the case of any meeting or hearing 
        transcripts, 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
          (2) a record of the votes on any question on which a 
        record vote is taken.
    (b) Public Inspection.--The result of each such record vote 
shall be made available by the Committee for inspection by the 
public at reasonable times in the offices of the Committee. 
Information so available for public inspection shall include a 
description of the amendment, motion, order, or other 
proposition and the name of each member voting for and each 
member voting against such amendment, motion, order, or 
proposition, and the names of those members present but not 
voting.
    (c) Property of the House.--All Committee records 
(including hearings, data, charts, and files) shall be kept 
separate and distinct from the congressional office records of 
the member serving as Chairman of the Committee; and such 
records shall be the property of the House and all members of 
the House shall have access thereto.
    (d) Availability of Archived Records.--The records of the 
Committee at the National Archives and Records Administration 
shall be made available for public use in accordance with rule 
VII of the rules of the House. The Chairman shall notify the 
ranking minority member of the Committee of any decision, 
pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 4(b) of such rule, to 
withhold a record otherwise available, and the matter shall be 
presented to the Committee for a determination on written 
request of any member of the Committee.
    (e) Authority To Print.--The Committee is authorized to 
have printed and bound testimony and other data presented at 
hearings held by the Committee. All costs of stenographic 
services and transcripts in connection with any meeting or 
hearing of the Committee shall be paid as provided in clause 
1(c) of rule XI of the House.

                      Rule 15.--Committee Budgets

    (a) Biennial Budget.--The Chairman, in consultation with 
the chairman of each subcommittee, the majority members of the 
Committee, and the minority members of the Committee, shall, 
for each Congress, prepare a consolidated Committee budget. 
Such budget shall include necessary amounts for staff 
personnel, necessary travel, investigation, and other expenses 
of the Committee.
    (b) Additional Expenses.--Authorization for the payment of 
additional or unforeseen Committee expenses may be procured by 
one or more additional expense resolutions processed in the 
same manner as set out herein.
    (c) Travel Requests.--The Chairman or any chairman of a 
subcommittee may initiate necessary travel requests as provided 
in Committee Rule XVII within the limits of the consolidated 
budget as approved by the House and the Chairman may execute 
necessary vouchers thereof.
    (d) Monthly Reports.--Once monthly, the Chairman shall 
submit to the Committee on House Administration, in writing, a 
full and detailed accounting of all expenditures made during 
the period since the last such accounting from the amount 
budgeted to the Committee. Such report shall show the amount 
and purpose of such expenditure and the budget to which such 
expenditure is attributed. A copy of such monthly report shall 
be available in the Committee office for review by members of 
the Committee.

                       Rule 16.--Committee Staff

    (a) Appointment by Chairman.--The Chairman shall appoint 
and determine the remuneration of, and may remove, the 
employees of the Committee not assigned to the minority. The 
staff of the Committee not assigned to the minority shall be 
under the general supervision and direction of the Chairman, 
who shall establish and assign the duties and responsibilities 
of such staff members and delegate such authority as he or she 
determines appropriate.
    (b) Appointment by Ranking Minority Member.--The ranking 
minority member of the Committee shall appoint and determine 
the remuneration of, and may remove, the staff assigned to the 
minority within the budget approved for such purposes. The 
staff assigned to the minority shall be under the general 
supervision and direction of the ranking minority member of the 
Committee who may delegate such authority as he or she 
determines appropriate.
    (c) Intention Regarding Staff.--It is intended that the 
skills and experience of all members of the Committee staff 
shall be available to all members of the Committee.

                 Rule 17.--Travel of Members and Staff

    (a) Approval.--Consistent with the primary expense 
resolution and such additional expense resolutions as may have 
been approved, the provisions of this rule shall govern travel 
of Committee members and staff. Travel to be reimbursed from 
funds set aside for the Committee for any member or any staff 
member shall be paid only upon the prior authorization of the 
Chairman. Travel shall be authorized by the Chairman for any 
member and any staff member in connection with the attendance 
of hearings conducted by the Committee or any subcommittee and 
meetings, conferences, and investigations which involve 
activities or subject matter under the general jurisdiction of 
the Committee. Before such authorization is given there shall 
be submitted to the Chairman in writing the following:
          (1) The purpose of the travel.
          (2) The dates during which the travel is to be made 
        and the date or dates of the event for which the travel 
        is being made.
          (3) The location of the event for which the travel is 
        to be made.
          (4) The names of members and staff seeking 
        authorization.
    (b) Subcommittee Travel.--In the case of travel of members 
and staff of a subcommittee to hearings, meetings, conferences, 
and investigations involving activities or subject matter under 
the legislative assignment of such subcommittee, prior 
authorization must be obtained from the subcommittee chairman 
and the Chairman. Such prior authorization shall be given by 
the Chairman only upon the representation by the chairman of 
such subcommittee in writing setting forth those items 
enumerated in subparagraphs (1), (2), (3), and (4) of paragraph 
(a) and that there has been a compliance where applicable with 
Committee Rule VI.
    (c) Travel Outside the United States.--
          (1) In general.--In the case of travel outside the 
        United States of members and staff of the Committee or 
        of a subcommittee for the purpose of conducting 
        hearings, investigations, studies, or attending 
        meetings and conferences involving activities or 
        subject matter under the legislative assignment of the 
        Committee or pertinent subcommittee, prior 
        authorization must be obtained from the Chairman, or, 
        in the case of a subcommittee from the subcommittee 
        chairman and the Chairman. Before such authorization is 
        given there shall be submitted to the Chairman, in 
        writing, a request for such authorization. Each 
        request, which shall be filed in a manner that allows 
        for a reasonable period of time for review before such 
        travel is scheduled to begin, shall include the 
        following:
                  (A) The purpose of the travel.
                  (B) The dates during which the travel will 
                occur.
                  (C) The names of the countries to be visited 
                and the length of time to be spent in each.
                  (D) An agenda of anticipated activities for 
                each country for which travel is authorized 
                together with a description of the purpose to 
                be served and the areas of Committee 
                jurisdiction involved.
                  (E) The names of members and staff for whom 
                authorization is sought.
          (2) Initiation of requests.--Requests for travel 
        outside the United States may be initiated by the 
        Chairman or the chairman of a subcommittee (except that 
        individuals may submit a request to the Chairman for 
        the purpose of attending a conference or meeting) and 
        shall be limited to members and permanent employees of 
        the Committee.
    (d) Reports by Members and Staff.--Within 15 legislative 
days from the conclusion of any hearing, investigation, study, 
meeting, or conference for which travel has been authorized 
pursuant to this rule, each member and staff member involved in 
such travel shall submit a written report to the Chairman 
covering the activities and other pertinent observations or 
information gained as a result of such travel.
    (e) Applicability of Laws, Rules, Policies.--Members and 
staff of the Committee performing authorized travel on official 
business shall be governed by applicable laws, resolutions, or 
regulations of the House and of the Committee on House 
Administration pertaining to such travel, and by the travel 
policy of the Committee.

                       Rule 18.--Committee Panels

    (a) Designation.--In accordance with clause 5(b)(2)(C) of 
rule X of the Rules of the House, the Chairman of the 
Committee, with the concurrence of the ranking minority member, 
may designate a panel of the Committee consisting of members of 
the Committee to inquire into and take testimony on a matter or 
matters that fall within the jurisdiction of more than one 
subcommittee and to report to the Committee.
    (b) Duration.--No panel designated under paragraph (a) 
shall continue in existence for more than six months after the 
date of the designation.
    (c) Party Ratios and Appointment.--The ratio of majority 
members to minority members on a panel designated under 
paragraph (a) shall be as close as practicable to the ratio of 
the Full Committee. All majority members of the panels shall be 
appointed by the Chairman of the Committee, and all minority 
members shall be appointed by the ranking minority member of 
the Committee. The Chairman of the Committee shall choose one 
of the majority members so appointed to serve as Chairman of 
the panel. The ranking minority member of the Committee shall 
similarly choose the ranking minority member of the panel.
    (d) Ex Officio Members.--The Chairman and ranking minority 
member of the Committee may serve as ex-officio members of a 
panel designated under paragraph (a). The Chairman and ranking 
minority member are authorized to vote on matters that arise 
before the panel and shall be counted to satisfy the quorum 
requirement for any purpose.
    (e) Jurisdiction.--No panel designated under paragraph (a) 
shall have legislative jurisdiction.
    (f) Applicability of Committee Rules.--A panel designated 
under paragraph (a) shall be subject to all Committee Rules 
herein.

                     Committee on Veterans' Affairs

  JEFF MILLER, Florida, Chairman

CORRINE BROWN, Florida               DOUG LAMBORN, Colorado
MARK TAKANO, California              GUS M. BILIRAKIS, Florida
JULIA BROWNLEY, California           DAVID P. ROE, Tennessee
DINA TITUS, Nevada                   DAN BENISHEK, Michigan
RAUL RUIZ, California                TIM HUELSKAMP, Kansas
ANN M. KUSTER, New Hampshire         MIKE COFFMAN, Colorado
BETO O'ROURKE, Texas                 BRAD R. WENSTRUP, Ohio
KATHLEEN M. RICE, New York           JACKIE WALORSKI, Indiana
TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota           RALPH LEE ABRAHAM, Louisiana
JERRY McNERNEY, California           LEE M. ZELDIN, New York
                                     RYAN A. COSTELLO, Pennsylvania
                                     AUMUA AMATA COLEMAN RADEWAGEN,
                                       American Samoa
                                     MIKE BOST, Illinois

                     (As adopted January 21, 2015)


   RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS


                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) Applicability of House Rules.--The Rules of the House 
are the rules of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs and its 
subcommittees so far as applicable, except that 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, are non-debatable privileged motions in 
Committees and subcommittees.
    (b) Subcommittees.--Each subcommittee of the Committee is a 
part of the Committee and is subject to the authority and 
direction of the Committee and to its rules so far as 
applicable.
    (c) Incorporation of House Rule on Committee Procedure.--
Rule XI of the Rules of the House, which pertains entirely to 
Committee procedure, is incorporated and made part of the rules 
of the Committee to the extent applicable. Pursuant to clause 
2(a)(3) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House, the Chairman of 
the full Committee is directed to offer a motion under clause 1 
of Rule XXII of the Rules of the House whenever the Chairman 
considers it appropriate.
    (d) Vice Chairman.--Pursuant to clause 2(d) of Rule XI of 
the Rules of the House, the Chairman of the full Committee 
shall designate the Vice Chairman of the Committee.

                Rule 2.--Regular and Additional Meetings

    (a) Regular Meetings.--The regular meeting day for the 
Committee shall be at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each 
month in such place as the Chairman may designate. However, the 
Chairman may dispense with a regular Wednesday meeting of the 
Committee.
    (b) Additional Meetings.--The Chairman of the Committee may 
call and convene, as he considers necessary, additional 
meetings of the Committee for the consideration of any bill or 
resolution pending before the Committee or for the conduct of 
other Committee business. The Committee shall meet for such 
purpose pursuant to the call of the Chairman.
    (c) Notice.--The Chairman shall notify each member of the 
Committee of the agenda of each regular and additional meeting 
of the Committee at least 24 hours before the time of the 
meeting, except under circumstances the Chairman determines to 
be of an emergency nature. Under such circumstances, the 
Chairman shall make an effort to consult the ranking minority 
member, or in such member's absence, the next ranking minority 
party member of the Committee.

                Rule 3.--Meetings and Hearings Generally

    (a) Open Meetings and Hearings.--Meetings and hearings of 
the Committee and each of its subcommittees shall be open to 
the public unless closed in accordance with clause 2(g) of Rule 
XI of the Rules of the House.
    (b) Announcement of Hearing.--The Chairman, in the case of 
a hearing to be conducted by the Committee, and the 
subcommittee Chairman, in the case of a hearing to be conducted 
by a subcommittee, shall make public announcement of the date, 
place, and subject matter of any hearing to be conducted on any 
measure or matter at least one week before the commencement of 
that hearing unless the Committee or the subcommittee 
determines that there is good cause to begin the hearing at an 
earlier date. In the latter event, the Chairman or the 
subcommittee Chairman, as the case may be, shall consult with 
the ranking minority member and make such public announcement 
at the earliest possible date. The clerk of the Committee shall 
promptly notify the Daily Clerk of the Congressional Record and 
the Committee scheduling service of the House Information 
Resources as soon as possible after such public announcement is 
made.
    (c) Wireless Telephone Use Prohibited.--No person may use a 
wireless telephone during a Committee or subcommittee meeting 
or hearing.
    (d) Media Coverage.--Any meeting of the Committee or its 
subcommittees that is open to the public shall be open to 
coverage by radio, television, and still photography in 
accordance with the provisions of clause 4(f) of House Rule XI 
as follows:
          (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 chair 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) If requests are made by more of the media than 
        will be permitted by a committee or subcommittee chair 
        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.
    (e) Requirements for Testimony.--
          (1) Each witness who is to appear before the 
        Committee or a subcommittee shall file with the clerk 
        of the Committee, at least 48 hours in advance of his 
        or her appearance, or at such other time as designated 
        by the Chairman after consultation with the Ranking 
        Member, a written statement of his or her proposed 
        testimony. Each witness shall, to the greatest extent 
        practicable, also provide a copy of such written 
        testimony in an electronic format prescribed by the 
        Chairman. Each witness shall limit any oral 
        presentation to a summary of the written statement.
          (2) Pursuant to clause 2(g)(5) of Rule XI of the 
        Rules of the House:
                  (A) In the case of a witness appearing in a 
                non-governmental capacity, a written statement 
                of proposed testimony shall include a 
                curriculum vitae and a disclosure of any 
                Federal grants or contracts, or contracts or 
                payments originating with a foreign government, 
                received during the current calendar year or 
                either of the two previous calendar years by 
                the witness and related to the subject matter 
                of the hearing.
                  (B) The disclosure required by this rule 
                shall include the amount and source of each 
                Federal grant (or subgrant thereof) or contract 
                (or subcontract thereof) related to the subject 
                matter of the hearing and the amount and 
                country of origin of any payment or contract 
                related to the subject matter of the hearing 
                originating with a foreign government.
    (f) Calling and Questioning Witnesses.--
          (1) Committee and subcommittee members may question 
        witnesses only when they have been recognized by the 
        Chairman of the Committee or subcommittee for that 
        purpose, and only for a 5-minute period until all 
        members present have had an opportunity to question a 
        witness. The 5-minute period for questioning a witness 
        by any one member may be extended only with the 
        unanimous consent of all members present. The 
        questioning of witnesses in both Committee and 
        subcommittee hearings shall be initiated by the 
        Chairman, followed by the ranking minority party member 
        and all other members alternating between the majority 
        and minority. Except as otherwise announced by the 
        Chairman at the beginning of a hearing, members who are 
        present at the start of the hearing will be recognized 
        before other members who arrive after the hearing has 
        begun. In recognizing members to question witnesses in 
        this fashion, the Chairman shall take into 
        consideration the ratio of the majority to minority 
        members present and shall establish the order of 
        recognition for questioning in such a manner as not to 
        disadvantage the members of the majority.
          (2) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1) 
        regarding the 5-minute rule, the Chairman after 
        consultation with the ranking minority member may 
        designate an equal number of members of the Committee 
        or subcommittee majority and minority party to question 
        a witness for a period not longer than 30 minutes. In 
        no event shall the Chairman allow a member to question 
        a witness for an extended period under this rule until 
        all members present have had the opportunity to ask 
        questions under the 5-minute rule. The Chairman after 
        consultation with the ranking minority member may 
        permit Committee staff for its majority and minority 
        party members to question a witness for equal specified 
        periods of time.
          (3) Non-Committee Members may be invited to sit at 
        the dais for Committee hearings with the unanimous 
        consent of all Members present. Further, non-Committee 
        Members may be recognized for questioning of witnesses 
        but only after all Committee Members have first been 
        recognized.
          (4) When a hearing is conducted by the Committee or a 
        subcommittee on any measure or matter, the minority 
        party members on the Committee shall be entitled, upon 
        request to the Chairman of a majority of those minority 
        members 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 the hearing thereon.
    (g) Subpoenas.--Pursuant to clause 2(m) of Rule XI of the 
Rules of the House, a subpoena may be authorized and issued by 
the Committee or a subcommittee in the conduct of any 
investigation or series of investigations or activities, only 
when authorized by a majority of the members voting, a majority 
being present.
    (h) Notice Requirements.--
          (1) The text of all bills or resolutions for markup, 
        and any amendments in the nature of a substitute to 
        such bills or resolution to be first recognized by the 
        Chairman, shall be made available, via written or 
        electronic notice, to Committee members at least 48 
        hours prior to a scheduled markup, except as agreed to 
        by unanimous consent.
          (2) Subject to the second sentence of this paragraph, 
        it shall not be in order for the Committee to consider 
        any amendment proposed to a bill or resolution under 
        consideration by the Committee, or proposed to an 
        amendment in the nature of a substitute noticed under 
        paragraph (1), unless a written or electronic copy of 
        such amendment has been delivered to each Member of the 
        Committee (or Subcommittee for purposes of Subcommittee 
        markups) at least 24 hours before the meeting at which 
        the amendment is to be proposed. This paragraph may be 
        waived by unanimous consent and shall apply only when 
        the 48-hour written notice has been provided in 
        accordance with paragraph (1).
    (i) Congressional Budget Office Scoring.--The Committee 
shall not include any bill or resolution for consideration 
during a committee markup which is not accompanied by an 
accounting from the Congressional Budget Office of the 
mandatory and discretionary costs or savings associated with 
such bill or resolution.
    The accounting from the Congressional Budget Office need 
not be official, but is expected to provide Committee members 
with an approximation of the budgetary impact a bill or 
resolution may have prior to any vote to favorably forward or 
report such bill or resolution. The requirements of this 
paragraph may be waived by a majority of Committee members, a 
quorum being present.

     Rule 4.--Quorum and Record Votes; Postponement of Proceedings

    (a) Working Quorum.--A majority of the members of the 
Committee shall constitute a quorum for business and a majority 
of the members of any subcommittee shall constitute a quorum 
thereof for business, except that two members shall constitute 
a quorum for the purpose of taking testimony and receiving 
evidence.
    (b) Quorum for Reporting.--No measure or recommendation 
shall be reported to the House of Representatives unless a 
majority of the Committee was actually present.
    (c) Record Votes.--A record vote may be demanded by one-
fifth of the members present or, in the apparent absence of a 
quorum, by any one member. With respect to any record vote on 
any motion to amend or report, the total number of votes cast 
for and against, and the names of those members voting for and 
against, shall be included in the report of the Committee on 
the bill or resolution.
    (d) Prohibition Against Proxy Voting.--No vote by any 
member of the Committee or a subcommittee with respect to any 
measure or matter may be cast by proxy.
    (e) Postponing Proceedings.--Committee and subcommittee 
chairmen may postpone further proceedings when a record vote is 
ordered on the question of approving a measure or matter or on 
adopting an amendment, and may resume proceedings within two 
legislative days on a postponed question after reasonable 
notice. When proceedings resume on a postponed question, 
notwithstanding any intervening order for the previous 
question, an underlying proposition shall remain subject to 
further debate or amendment to the same extent as when the 
question was postponed.

                         Rule 5.--Subcommittees

    (a) Establishment and Jurisdiction.--
          (1) There shall be four subcommittees of the 
        Committee as follows:
                  (A) Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and 
                Memorial Affairs, which shall have legislative, 
                oversight and investigative jurisdiction over 
                compensation; general and special pensions of 
                all the wars of the United States; life 
                insurance issued by the Government on account 
                of service in the Armed Forces; 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; 
                burial benefits; the Board of Veterans' 
                Appeals; and the United States Court of Appeals 
                for Veterans Claims.
                  (B) Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, 
                which shall have legislative, oversight and 
                investigative jurisdiction over education of 
                veterans, employment and training of veterans, 
                vocational rehabilitation, veterans' housing 
                programs, readjustment of servicemembers to 
                civilian life, and servicemembers civil relief.
                  (C) Subcommittee on Health, which shall have 
                legislative, oversight, and investigative 
                jurisdiction over the Veterans Health 
                Administration (VHA) including medical 
                services, medical support and compliance, 
                medical facilities, medical and prosthetic 
                research, and major and minor construction.
                  (D) Subcommittee on Oversight and 
                Investigations, which shall have oversight and 
                investigative jurisdiction over veterans' 
                matters generally, information technology, 
                procurement, and over such matters as may be 
                referred to the subcommittee by the Chairman of 
                the full Committee for its oversight or 
                investigation and for its appropriate 
                recommendations. The subcommittee shall have 
                legislative jurisdiction over such bills or 
                resolutions as may be referred to it by the 
                Chairman of the full Committee.
          (2) Each subcommittee shall have responsibility for 
        such other measures or matters as the Chairman refers 
        to it.
    (b) Vacancies.--Any vacancy in the membership of a 
subcommittee shall not affect the power of the remaining 
members to execute the functions of that subcommittee.
    (c) Ratios.--On each subcommittee, there shall be a ratio 
of majority party members to minority party members which shall 
be consistent with the ratio on the full Committee.
    (d) Referral to Subcommittees.--The Chairman of the 
Committee may refer a measure or matter, which is within the 
general responsibility of more than one of the subcommittees of 
the Committee, as the Chairman deems appropriate. In referring 
any measure or matter to a subcommittee, the Chairman of the 
Committee may specify a date by which the subcommittee shall 
report thereon to the Committee.
    (e) Powers and Duties.--
          (1) Each subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold 
        hearings, receive evidence, and report to the full 
        Committee on all matters referred to it or under its 
        jurisdiction. Subcommittee chairmen shall set dates for 
        hearings and meetings of their respective subcommittees 
        after consultation with the Chairman of the Committee 
        and other subcommittee chairmen with a view toward 
        avoiding simultaneous scheduling of Committee and 
        subcommittee meetings or hearings whenever possible.
          (2) Whenever a subcommittee has ordered a bill, 
        resolution, or other matter to be reported to the 
        Committee, the Chairman of the subcommittee reporting 
        the bill, resolution, or matter to the full Committee, 
        or any member authorized by the subcommittee to do so 
        shall notify the Chairman and the ranking minority 
        party member of the Committee of the Subcommittee's 
        action.
          (3) A member of the Committee who is not a member of 
        a particular subcommittee may sit with the subcommittee 
        during any of its meetings and hearings, but shall not 
        have authority to vote, cannot be counted for a quorum, 
        and cannot raise a point of order at the meeting or 
        hearing.
          (4) Non-Committee Members may be invited to sit at 
        the dais for subcommittee hearings with the unanimous 
        consent of all Members present. Further, non-Committee 
        Members may be recognized for questioning of witnesses 
        but only after all subcommittee Members have first been 
        recognized for questioning.
          (5) Each subcommittee shall provide the Committee 
        with copies of such record votes taken in subcommittee 
        and such other records with respect to the subcommittee 
        as the Chairman of the Committee deems necessary for 
        the Committee to comply with all rules and regulations 
        of the House.

               Rule 6.--General Oversight Responsibility

    (a) Purpose.--Pursuant to clause 2 of Rule X of the Rules 
of the House, the Committee shall carry out oversight 
responsibilities. In order to assist the House in--
          (1) Its analysis, appraisal, evaluation of--
                  (A) The application, administration, 
                execution, and effectiveness of the laws 
                enacted by the Congress, or
                  (B) Conditions and circumstances, which may 
                indicate the necessity or desirability of 
                enacting new or additional legislation, and
          (2) Its formulation, consideration and enactment of 
        such modifications or changes in those laws, and of 
        such additional legislation, as may be necessary or 
        appropriate, the Committee and its various 
        subcommittees, consistent with their jurisdiction as 
        set forth in Rule 5, shall have oversight 
        responsibilities as provided in subsection (b).
    (b) Review of Laws and Programs.--The Committee and its 
subcommittees shall review and study, on a continuing basis, 
the applications, administration, execution, and effectiveness 
of those laws, or parts of laws, the subject matter of which is 
within the jurisdiction of the Committee or subcommittee, and 
the organization and operation of the Federal agencies and 
entities having responsibilities in or for the administration 
and execution thereof, in order to determine whether such laws 
and the programs thereunder are being implemented and carried 
out in accordance with the intent of the Congress and whether 
such programs should be continued, curtailed, or eliminated. In 
addition, the Committee and its subcommittees shall review and 
study any conditions or circumstances which may indicate the 
necessity or desirability of enacting new or additional 
legislation within the jurisdiction of the Committee or 
subcommittee (whether or not any bill or resolution has been 
introduced with respect thereto), and shall on a continuing 
basis undertake future research and forecasting on matters 
within the jurisdiction of the Committee or subcommittee.
    (c) Oversight Plan.--Not later than February 15 of the 
first session of a Congress, the Committee shall meet in open 
session, with a quorum present, to adopt its oversight plans 
for that Congress for submission to the Committee on House 
Administration and the Committee on Oversight and Government 
Reform, in accordance with the provisions of clause 2(d) of 
Rule X of the Rules of the House.
    (d) Oversight by Subcommittees.--The existence and 
activities of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations 
shall in no way limit the responsibility of the other 
subcommittees of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs for 
carrying out oversight duties.

                  Rule 7.--Budget Act Responsibilities

    (a) Budget Act Responsibilities.--Pursuant to clause 
4(f)(1) of Rule X of the Rules of the House, the 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--
          (1) 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
          (2) 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.

                   Rule 8.--Records and Other Matters

    (a) Transcripts.--There shall be a transcript made of each 
regular and additional meeting and hearing of the Committee and 
its subcommittees. Any such transcript shall be 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.
    (b) Records.--
          (1) The Committee shall keep a record of all actions 
        of the Committee and each of its subcommittees. The 
        record shall contain all information required by clause 
        2(e)(1) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House and shall 
        be available for public inspection at reasonable times 
        in the offices of the Committee.
          (2) There shall be kept in writing a record of the 
        proceedings of the Committee and each of its 
        subcommittees, including a record of the votes on any 
        question on which a recorded vote is demanded. The 
        result of each such record vote shall be made available 
        by the Committee for inspection by the public at 
        reasonable times in the offices of the Committee. 
        Information so available for public inspection shall 
        include a description of the amendment, motion, order 
        or other proposition and the name of each member voting 
        for and each member voting against such amendment, 
        motion, order, or proposition, and the names of those 
        members present but not voting.
    (c) Availability of Archived Records.--The records of the 
Committee at the National Archives and Records Administration 
shall be made available for public use in accordance with Rule 
VII of the Rules of the House. The Chairman shall notify the 
ranking minority member of any decision, pursuant to clause 3 
or clause 4 of Rule VII of the Rules of the House, to withhold 
a record otherwise available, and the matter shall be presented 
to the Committee for a determination on written request of any 
member of the Committee.
    (d) Availability of Publications.--Pursuant to clause 
2(e)(4) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House, the Committee 
shall make its publications available in electronic form to the 
maximum extent feasible.

                            Rule 9.--Travel

    (a) Requirements for Travel.--All requests for travel, 
funded by the Committee, for Members and staff in connection 
with activities or subject matters under the general 
jurisdiction of the Committee, shall be submitted to the Chair 
for approval or disapproval. All travel requests should be 
submitted to the Chair at least five working days in advance of 
the proposed travel. For all travel funded by any other source, 
notice shall be given to the Chair at least five working days 
in advance of the proposed travel. All travel requests shall be 
submitted to the Chair in writing and include the following:
          (1) The purpose of the travel.
          (2) The dates during which the travel is to occur.
          (3) The names of the locations to be visited and the 
        length of time to be spent in each.
          (4) The names of members and staff of the Committee 
        for whom the authorization is sought. Travel by the 
        minority shall be submitted to the Chair via the 
        Ranking Member.
    (b) Trip Reports.--Members and staff shall make a written 
report to the Chair within 15 working days on all travel 
approved under this subsection. Reports shall include a 
description of their itinerary, expenses, and activities, and 
pertinent information gained as a result of such travel.
    When travel involves majority and minority Members or 
staff, the majority shall submit the report to the Chair on 
behalf of the majority and minority. The minority may append 
additional remarks to the report at their discretion.
    (c) Applicability of House Rules.--Members and staff of the 
Committee performing authorized travel on official business 
shall be governed by applicable laws, resolutions, and 
regulations of the House and of the Committee on House 
Administration.

                       Rule 10.--Facility Naming

    (a) Facility Naming.--No Department of Veterans Affairs 
(VA) facility or property shall be named after any individual 
by the Committee unless:
          (1) Such individual is deceased and was:
                  (A) A veteran who (i) was instrumental in the 
                construction or the operation of the facility 
                to be named, or (ii) was a recipient of the 
                Medal of Honor or, as determined by the 
                Chairman and Ranking Minority Member, otherwise 
                performed military service of an 
                extraordinarily distinguished character;
                  (B) A Member of the United States House of 
                Representatives or Senate who had a direct 
                association with such facility;
                  (C) An Administrator of Veterans' Affairs, a 
                Secretary of Veterans Affairs, a Secretary of 
                Defense or of a service branch, or a military 
                or other Federal civilian official of 
                comparable or higher rank; or
                  (D) An individual who, as determined by the 
                Chairman and Ranking Minority Member, performed 
                outstanding service for veterans.
          (2) Each Member of the Congressional delegation 
        representing the State in which the designated facility 
        is located must indicate in writing such Member's 
        support of the proposal to name such facility after 
        such individual. Evidence of a Member's support in 
        writing may either be in the form of a letter to the 
        Chairman and Ranking Member or co-sponsorship of 
        legislation proposing to name the particular VA 
        facility in question.
          (3) The pertinent State department or chapter of each 
        Congressionally chartered veterans' organization having 
        a national membership of at least 500,000 must indicate 
        in writing its support of such proposal.
    (b) The above criteria for naming a VA facility may be 
waived by unanimous consent.

                      Committee on Ways and Means

  PAUL RYAN, Wisconsin, Chairman 

SANDER M. LEVIN, Michigan            SAM JOHNSON, Texas
CHARLES B. RANGEL, New York          KEVIN BRADY, Texas
JIM McDERMOTT, Washington            DEVIN NUNES, California
JOHN LEWIS, Georgia                  PATRICK J. TIBERI, Ohio
RICHARD E. NEAL, Massachusetts       DAVID G. REICHERT, Washington
XAVIER BECERRA, California           CHARLES W. BOUSTANY, Jr., 
LLOYD DOGGETT, Texas                 Louisiana
MIKE THOMPSON, California            PETER J. ROSKAM, Illinois
JOHN B. LARSON, Connecticut          TOM PRICE, Georgia
EARL BLUMENAUER, Oregon              VERN BUCHANAN, Florida
RON KIND, Wisconsin                  ADRIAN SMITH, Nebraska
BILL PASCRELL, Jr., New Jersey       LYNN JENKINS, Kansas
JOSEPH CROWLEY, New York             ERIK PAULSEN, Minnesota
DANNY K. DAVIS, Illinois             KENNY MARCHANT, Texas
LINDA T. SANCHEZ, California         DIANE BLACK, Tennessee
                                     TOM REED, New York
                                     TODD C. YOUNG, Indiana
                                     MIKE KELLY, Pennsylvania
                                     JAMES B. RENACCI, Ohio
                                     PATRICK MEEHAN, Pennsylvania
                                     KRISTI L. NOEM, South Dakota
                                     GEORGE HOLDING, North Carolina
                                     JASON SMITH, Missouri
                                     ROBERT J. DOLD, Illinois

                     (As adopted January 21, 2015)


    RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS


                               A. GENERAL


                  Rule 1.--Application of House Rules

    The rules of the House are the rules of the Committee on 
Ways and Means and its subcommittees so far as applicable, 
except that 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, is a non-debatable 
motion of high privilege in the Committee.
    Each subcommittee of the Committee is part of the Committee 
and is subject to the authority and direction of the Committee 
and to its rules so far as applicable. Written rules adopted by 
the Committee, not inconsistent with the Rules of the House, 
shall be binding on each subcommittee of the Committee.
    The provisions of rule XI of the Rules of the House are 
incorporated by reference as the rules of the Committee to the 
extent applicable.

                   Rule 2.--Meeting Date and Quorums

    The regular meeting day of the Committee on Ways and Means 
shall be on the second Wednesday of each month while the House 
is in session. However, the Committee shall not meet on the 
regularly scheduled meeting day if there is no business to be 
considered.
    A majority of the Committee constitutes a quorum for 
business; provided however, that two Members shall constitute a 
quorum at any regularly scheduled hearing called for the 
purpose of taking testimony and receiving evidence. In 
establishing a quorum for purposes of a public hearing, every 
effort shall be made to secure the presence of at least one 
Member each from the majority and the minority.
    The Chairman of the Committee may call and convene, as he 
considers necessary, additional meetings of the Committee for 
the consideration of any bill or resolution pending before the 
Committee or for the conduct of other Committee business. The 
Committee shall meet pursuant to the call of the Chair.

                       Rule 3.--Committee Budget

    For each Congress, the Chairman, in consultation with the 
Majority Members of the Committee, shall prepare a preliminary 
budget. Such budget shall include necessary amounts for staff 
personnel, travel, investigation, and other expenses of the 
Committee. After consultation with the Minority Members, the 
Chairman shall include an amount budgeted by Minority Members 
for staff under their direction and supervision.

              Rule 4.--Publication of Committee Documents

    Any Committee or Subcommittee print, document, or similar 
material prepared for public distribution shall either be 
approved by the Committee or Subcommittee prior to distribution 
and opportunity afforded for the inclusion of supplemental, 
minority or additional views, or such document shall 
prominently display near the top of its cover the following: 
``Majority [or Minority] Staff Report,'' as appropriate.
    The requirements of this rule shall apply only to the 
publication of policy-oriented, analytical documents, and not 
to the publication of public hearings, legislative documents, 
documents which are administrative in nature or reports which 
are required to be submitted to the Committee under public law. 
The appropriate characterization of a document subject to this 
rule shall be determined after consultation with the Minority.

                        Rule 5.--Official Travel

    Consistent with the primary expense resolution and such 
additional expense resolution as may have been approved, the 
provisions of this rule shall govern official travel of 
Committee Members and Committee staff. Official travel to be 
reimbursed from funds set aside for the full Committee for any 
Member or any Committee staff member shall be paid only upon 
the prior authorization of the Chairman. Official travel may be 
authorized by the Chairman for any Member and any Committee 
staff member in connection with the attendance of hearings 
conducted by the Committee, its Subcommittees, or any other 
Committee or Subcommittee of the Congress on matters relevant 
to the general jurisdiction of the Committee, and meetings, 
conferences, facility inspections, and investigations which 
involve activities or subject matter relevant to the general 
jurisdiction of the Committee. Before such authorization is 
given, there shall be submitted to the Chairman in writing the 
following:
          (1) The purpose of the official travel;
          (2) The dates during which the official travel is to 
        be made and the date or dates of the event for which 
        the official travel is being made;
          (3) The location of the event for which the official 
        travel is to be made; and
          (4) The names of the Members and Committee staff 
        seeking authorization.
    In the case of official travel of Members and staff of a 
Subcommittee to hearings, meetings, conferences, facility 
inspections and investigations involving activities or subject 
matter under the jurisdiction of such Subcommittee, prior 
authorization must be obtained from the Subcommittee Chairman 
and the full Committee Chairman. Such prior authorization shall 
be given by the full Committee Chairman only upon the 
representation by the applicable Subcommittee Chairman in 
writing setting forth those items enumerated above.
    Within 60 days of the conclusion of any official travel 
authorized under this rule, there shall be submitted to the 
full Committee Chairman a written report covering the 
information gained as a result of the hearing, meeting, 
conference, facility inspection or investigation attended 
pursuant to such official travel.

      Rule 6.--Availability of Committee Records and Publications

    The records of the Committee at the National Archives and 
Records Administration shall be made available for public use 
in accordance with rule VII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives. The Chairman shall notify the Ranking Minority 
Member of any decision, pursuant to clause 3(b)(3) or clause 
4(b) of Rule VII, to withhold a record otherwise available, and 
the matter shall be presented to the Committee for a 
determination on the written request of any Member of the 
Committee. The Committee shall, to the maximum extent feasible, 
make its publications available in electronic form.

                       Rule 7.--Committee Website

    The Chairman shall maintain an official Committee website 
for the purpose of furthering the Committee's legislative and 
oversight responsibilities, including communicating information 
about the Committee's activities to Committee members and other 
members of the House. The ranking minority member may maintain 
a similar website for the same purpose, including communicating 
information about the activities of the minority to Committee 
members and other members of the House.

                            B. SUBCOMMITTEES


             Rule 8.--Subcommittee Ratios and Jurisdiction

    All matters referred to the Committee on Ways and Means 
involving revenue measures, except those revenue measures 
referred to Subcommittees under paragraphs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 
shall be considered by the full Committee and not in 
Subcommittee. There shall be six standing Subcommittees as 
follows: a Subcommittee on Trade; a Subcommittee on Oversight; 
a Subcommittee on Health; a Subcommittee on Social Security; a 
Subcommittee on Human Resources; and a Subcommittee on Select 
Revenue Measures. The ratio of Republicans to Democrats on any 
Subcommittee of the Committee shall be consistent with the 
ratio of Republicans to Democrats on the full Committee.
    1. The Subcommittee on Trade shall consist of 16 Members, 
10 of whom shall be Republicans and 6 of whom shall be 
Democrats.
    The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Trade shall include 
bills and matters referred to the Committee on Ways and Means 
that relate to customs and customs administration including 
tariff and import fee structure, classification, valuation of 
and special rules applying to imports, and special tariff 
provisions and procedures which relate to customs operation 
affecting exports and imports; import trade matters, including 
import impact, industry relief from injurious imports, 
adjustment assistance and programs to encourage competitive 
responses to imports, unfair import practices including 
antidumping and countervailing duty provisions, and import 
policy which relates to dependence on foreign sources of 
supply; commodity agreements and reciprocal trade agreements 
involving multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations and 
implementation of agreements involving tariff and non-tariff 
trade barriers to and distortions of international trade; 
international rules, organizations and institutional aspects of 
international trade agreements; budget authorizations for the 
customs revenue functions of the Department of Homeland 
Security, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. 
Trade Representative; and special trade-related problems 
involving market access, competitive conditions of specific 
industries, export policy and promotion, access to materials in 
short supply, bilateral trade relations including trade with 
developing countries, operations of multinational corporations, 
and trade with non-market economies.
    2. The Subcommittee on Oversight shall consist of 11 
Members, 7 of whom shall be Republicans and 4 of whom shall be 
Democrats.
    The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Oversight shall 
include all matters within the scope of the full Committee's 
jurisdiction but shall be limited to existing law. Said 
oversight jurisdiction shall not be exclusive but shall be 
concurrent with that of the other Subcommittees. With respect 
to matters involving the Internal Revenue Code and other 
revenue issues, said concurrent jurisdiction shall be shared 
with the full Committee. Before undertaking any investigation 
or hearing, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight shall 
confer with the Chairman of the full Committee and the Chairman 
of any other Subcommittee having jurisdiction.
    3. The Subcommittee on Health shall consist of 16 Members, 
10 of whom shall be Republicans and 6 of whom shall be 
Democrats.
    The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Health shall 
include bills and matters referred to the Committee on Ways and 
Means that relate to programs providing payments (from any 
source) for health care, health delivery systems, or health 
research. More specifically, the jurisdiction of the 
Subcommittee on Health shall include bills and matters that 
relate to the health care programs of the Social Security Act 
(including titles V, XI (Part B), XVIII, and XIX thereof) and, 
concurrent with the full Committee, tax credit and deduction 
provisions of the Internal Revenue Code dealing with health 
insurance premiums and health care costs.
    4. The Subcommittee on Social Security shall consist of 11 
Members, 7 of whom shall be Republicans and 4 of whom shall be 
Democrats.
    The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Social Security 
shall include bills and matters referred to the Committee on 
Ways and Means that relate to the Federal Old Age, Survivors' 
and Disability Insurance System, the Railroad Retirement 
System, and employment taxes and trust fund operations relating 
to those systems. More specifically, the jurisdiction of the 
Subcommittee on Social Security shall include bills and matters 
involving title II of the Social Security Act and Chapter 22 of 
the Internal Revenue Code (the Railroad Retirement Tax Act), as 
well as provisions in title VII and title XI of the Act 
relating to procedure and administration involving the Old Age, 
Survivors' and Disability Insurance System.
    5. The Subcommittee on Human Resources shall consist of 11 
Members, 7 of whom shall be Republicans and 4 of whom shall be 
Democrats.
    The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Human Resources 
shall include bills and matters referred to the Committee on 
Ways and Means that relate to the public assistance provisions 
of the Social Security Act, including temporary assistance for 
needy families, child care, child and family services, child 
support, foster care, adoption, supplemental security income, 
social services, eligibility of welfare recipients for food 
stamps, and low-income energy assistance. More specifically, 
the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Human Resources shall 
include bills and matters relating to titles I, IV, VI, X, XIV, 
XVI, XVII, XX and related provisions of titles VII and XI of 
the Social Security Act.
    The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Human Resources 
shall also include bills and matters referred to the Committee 
on Ways and Means that relate to the Federal-State system of 
unemployment compensation, and the financing thereof, including 
the programs for extended and emergency benefits. More 
specifically, the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Human 
Resources shall also include all bills and matters pertaining 
to the programs of unemployment compensation under titles III, 
IX and XII of the Social Security Act, Chapters 23 and 23A of 
the Internal Revenue Code, and the Federal-State Extended 
Unemployment Compensation Act of 1970, and provisions relating 
thereto.
    6. The Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures shall 
consist of 11 Members, 7 of whom shall be Republicans and 4 of 
whom shall be Democrats.
    The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Select Revenue 
Measures shall consist of those revenue measures that, from 
time to time, shall be referred to it specifically by the 
Chairman of the full Committee.

              Rule 9.--Ex-Officio Members of Subcommittees

    The Chairman of the full Committee and the Ranking Minority 
Member may sit as ex-officio Members of all Subcommittees. They 
may be counted for purposes of assisting in the establishment 
of a quorum for a Subcommittee. However, their absence shall 
not count against the establishment of a quorum by the regular 
Members of the Subcommittee. Ex-officio Members shall neither 
vote in the Subcommittee nor be taken into consideration for 
the purposes of determining the ratio of the Subcommittee.

                    Rule 10.--Subcommittee Meetings

    Insofar as practicable, meetings of the full Committee and 
its Subcommittees shall not conflict. Subcommittee Chairmen 
shall set meeting dates after consultation with the Chairman of 
the full Committee and other Subcommittee Chairmen with a view 
towards avoiding, wherever possible, simultaneous scheduling of 
full Committee and Subcommittee meetings or hearings.

      Rule 11.--Reference of Legislation and Subcommittee Reports

    Except for bills or measures retained by the Chairman of 
the full Committee for full Committee consideration, every bill 
or other measure referred to the Committee shall be referred by 
the Chairman of the full Committee to the appropriate 
Subcommittee in a timely manner. A Subcommittee shall, within 
three legislative days of the referral, acknowledge same to the 
full Committee.
    After a measure has been pending in a Subcommittee for a 
reasonable period of time, the Chairman of the full Committee 
may make a request in writing to the Subcommittee that the 
Subcommittee forthwith report the measure to the full Committee 
with its recommendations. If within seven legislative days 
after the Chairman's written request, the Subcommittee has not 
so reported the measure, then there shall be in order in the 
full Committee a motion to discharge the Subcommittee from 
further consideration of the measure. If such motion is 
approved by a majority vote of the full Committee, the measure 
may thereafter be considered only by the full Committee.
    No measure reported by a Subcommittee shall be considered 
by the full Committee unless it has been presented to all 
Members of the full Committee at least two legislative days 
prior to the full Committee's meeting, together with a 
comparison with present law, a section-by-section analysis of 
the proposed change, a section-by-section justification, and a 
draft statement of the budget effects of the measure that is 
consistent with the requirements for reported measures under 
clause 3(d)(1) of Rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.

         Rule 12.--Recommendation for Appointment of Conferees

    Whenever in the legislative process it becomes necessary to 
appoint conferees, the Chairman of the full Committee shall 
recommend to the Speaker as conferees the names of those 
Committee Members as the Chairman may designate. In making 
recommendations of Minority Members as conferees, the Chairman 
shall consult with the Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee.

                              C. HEARINGS


                          Rule 13.--Witnesses

    In order to assure the most productive use of the limited 
time available to question hearing witnesses, a witness who is 
scheduled to appear before the full Committee or a Subcommittee 
shall file with the Clerk of the Committee at least 48 hours in 
advance of his or her appearance a written statement of their 
proposed testimony. In addition, all witnesses shall comply 
with formatting requirements as specified by the Committee and 
the Rules of the House. Failure to comply with the 48-hour rule 
may result in a witness being denied the opportunity to testify 
in person. Failure to comply with the formatting requirements 
may result in a witness' statement being rejected for inclusion 
in the published hearing record. In addition to the 
requirements of clause 2(g)(5) of Rule XI of the Rules of the 
House regarding information required of public witnesses, a 
witness shall limit his or her oral presentation to a summary 
of their position and shall provide sufficient copies of their 
written statement to the Clerk for distribution to Members, 
staff and news media.
    A witness appearing at a public hearing, or submitting a 
statement for the record of a public hearing, or submitting 
written comments in response to a published request for 
comments by the Committee must include in their statement or 
submission, a list of all clients, persons or organizations on 
whose behalf the witness appears. Oral testimony and statements 
for the record, or written comments in response to a request 
for comments by the Committee, will be accepted only from 
citizens of the United States or corporations or associations 
organized under the laws of one of the 50 States of the United 
States or the District of Columbia, unless otherwise directed 
by the Chairman of the full Committee or Subcommittee involved. 
Written statements from non-citizens may be considered for 
acceptance in the record if transmitted to the Committee in 
writing by Members of Congress.

                   Rule 14.--Questioning of Witnesses

    Committee Members may question witnesses only when 
recognized by the Chairman for that purpose. All Members shall 
be limited to five minutes on the initial round of questioning. 
In questioning witnesses under the five minute rule, the 
Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member shall be recognized 
first, after which Members who are in attendance at the 
beginning of a hearing will be recognized in the order of their 
seniority on the Committee. Other Members shall be recognized 
in the order of their appearance at the hearing. In recognizing 
Members to question witnesses, the Chairman may take into 
consideration the ratio of Majority Members to Minority Members 
and the number of Majority and Minority Members present and 
shall apportion the recognition for questioning in such a 
manner as not to disadvantage Members of the majority.

                        Rule 15.--Subpoena Power

    The power to authorize and issue subpoenas is delegated to 
the Chairman of the full Committee, as provided for under 
clause 2(m)(3)(A)(i) of Rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.

                     Rule 16.--Records of Hearings

    An accurate stenographic record shall be kept of all 
testimony taken at a public hearing. The staff shall transmit 
to a witness the transcript of his or her testimony for 
correction and immediate return to the Committee offices. Only 
changes in the interest of clarity, accuracy and corrections in 
transcribing errors will be permitted. Changes that 
substantially alter the actual testimony will not be permitted. 
Members shall have the opportunity to correct their own remarks 
before publication. The Chairman of the full Committee may 
order the printing of a hearing without the corrections of a 
witness or Member if he determines that a reasonable time has 
been afforded to make corrections and that further delay would 
impede the consideration of the legislation or other measure 
that is the subject of the hearing.

                   Rule 17.--Broadcasting of Hearings

    The provisions of clause 4(f) of Rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives are specifically made a part of 
these rules by reference. In addition, the following policy 
shall apply to media coverage of any meeting of the full 
Committee or a Subcommittee:
          (1) An appropriate area of the Committee's hearing 
        room will be designated for members of the media and 
        their equipment.
          (2) No interviews will be allowed in the Committee 
        room while the Committee is in session. Individual 
        interviews must take place before the gavel falls for 
        the convening of a meeting or after the gavel falls for 
        adjournment.
          (3) Day-to-day notification of the next day's 
        electronic coverage shall be provided by the media to 
        the Chairman of the full Committee through an 
        appropriate designee.
          (4) Still photography during a Committee meeting will 
        not be permitted to disrupt the proceedings or block 
        the vision of Committee Members or witnesses.
          (5) Further conditions may be specified by the 
        Chairman.

                               D. MARKUPS


                      Rule 18.--Previous Question

    The Chairman shall not recognize a Member for the purpose 
of moving the previous question unless the Member has first 
advised the Chair and the Committee that this is the purpose 
for which recognition is being sought.

                 Rule 19.--Postponement of Proceedings

    The Chairman may postpone further proceedings when a record 
vote is ordered on the question of approving any measure or 
matter or adopting an amendment.
    The Chairman may resume proceedings on a postponed request 
at any time. In exercising postponement authority the Chairman 
shall take reasonable steps to notify Members on the resumption 
of proceedings on any postponed record vote.
    When proceedings resume on a postponed question, 
notwithstanding any intervening order for the previous 
question, an underlying proposition shall remain subject to 
further debate or amendment to the same extent as when the 
question was postponed.

                  Rule 20.--Motion To Go To Conference

    The Chairman is authorized to offer a motion under clause 1 
of Rule XXII of the Rules of the House of Representatives 
whenever the Chairman considers it appropriate.

 Rule 21.--Official Transcripts of Markups and Other Committee Meetings

    An official stenographic transcript shall be kept 
accurately reflecting all markups and other official meetings 
of the full Committee and the Subcommittees, whether they be 
open or closed to the public. This official transcript, marked 
as ``uncorrected,'' shall be available for inspection by the 
public (except for meetings closed pursuant to clause 2(g)(1) 
of Rule XI of the Rules of the House), by Members of the House, 
or by Members of the Committee together with their staffs, 
during normal business hours in the full Committee or 
Subcommittee office under such controls as the Chairman of the 
full Committee deems necessary. Official transcripts shall not 
be removed from the Committee or Subcommittee office.
    If, however, (1) in the drafting of a Committee or 
Subcommittee decision, the Office of the House Legislative 
Counsel or (2) in the preparation of a Committee report, the 
Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation determines 
(in consultation with appropriate majority and minority 
committee staff) that it is necessary to review the official 
transcript of a markup, such transcript may be released upon 
the signature and to the custody of an appropriate committee 
staff person. Such transcript shall be returned immediately 
after its review in the drafting session.
    The official transcript of a markup or Committee meeting 
other than a public hearing shall not be published or 
distributed to the public in any way except by a majority vote 
of the Committee. Before any public release of the uncorrected 
transcript, Members must be given a reasonable opportunity to 
correct their remarks. In instances in which a stenographic 
transcript is kept of a conference committee proceeding, all of 
the requirements of this rule shall likewise be observed.

      Rule 22.--Publication of Decisions and Legislative Language

    A press release describing any tentative or final decision 
made by the full Committee or a Subcommittee on legislation 
under consideration shall be made available to each Member of 
the Committee as soon as possible, but no later than the next 
day. However, the legislative draft of any tentative or final 
decision of the full Committee or a Subcommittee shall not be 
publicly released until such draft is made available to each 
Member of the Committee.

                                E. STAFF


                Rule 23.--Supervision of Committee Staff

    The staff of the Committee shall be under the general 
supervision and direction of the Chairman of the full Committee 
except as provided in clause 9 of Rule X of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives concerning Committee expenses and 
staff.
    Pursuant to clause 6(d) of Rule X of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, the Chairman of the full Committee, from 
the funds made available for the appointment of Committee staff 
pursuant to primary and additional expense resolutions, shall 
ensure that each Subcommittee receives sufficient staff to 
carry out its responsibilities under the rules of the 
Committee, and that the minority party is fairly treated in the 
appointment of such staff.

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            PART II--SELECT AND PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEES

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Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in 
                                Benghazi

   TREY GOWDY, South Carolina, 
             Chairman

ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland         LYNN A. WESTMORELAND, Georgia
ADAM SMITH, Washington               JIM JORDAN, Ohio
ADAM B. SCHIFF, California           PETER J. ROSKAM, Illinois
LINDA T. SANCHEZ, California         MIKE POMPEO, Kansas
TAMMY DUCKWORTH, Illinois            MARTHA ROBY, Alabama
                                     SUSAN W. BROOKS, Indiana

    A description of the Select Committee on the Events 
Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi and the rules 
by which it functions can be found in H. Res. 567 (113th 
Congress), which was agreed to on May 8, 2014. While the select 
committee has the ability to adopt additional rules, they have 
not yet done so.

               Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

 DEVIN NUNES, California, Chairman

ADAM B. SCHIFF, California           JEFF MILLER, Florida
LUIS V. GUTIERREZ, Illinois          K. MICHAEL CONAWAY, Texas
JAMES A. HIMES, Connecticut          PETER T. KING, New York
TERRI A. SEWELL, Alabama             FRANK A. LoBIONDO, New Jersey
ANDRE CARSON, Indiana                LYNN A. WESTMORELAND, Georgia
JACKIE SPEIER, California            THOMAS J. ROONEY, Florida
MIKE QUIGLEY, Illinois               JOSEPH J. HECK, Nevada
ERIC SWALWELL, California            MIKE POMPEO, Kansas
PATRICK MURPHY, Florida              ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, Florida
                                     MICHAEL R. TURNER, Ohio
                                     BRAD R. WENSTRUP, Ohio
                                     CHRIS STEWART, Utah

                     (As adopted January 28, 2015)


 RULES OF THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE FOR THE 114TH 
                                CONGRESS


                          Sec. 1.--Meeting Day

    Regular Meeting Day for the Full Committee. The regular 
meeting day of the Committee for the transaction of Committee 
business shall be the first Thursday of each month, unless 
otherwise directed by the Chair.

                      Sec. 2.--Notice for Meetings

    (a) Generally.--In the case of any meeting of the 
Committee, the Chief Clerk of the Committee shall provide 
reasonable notice to every member of the Committee. Such notice 
shall provide the time, place, and subject matter of the 
meeting, and shall be made consistent with the provisions of 
clause 2(g)(3) of House Rule XI.
    (b) Hearings.--Except as provided in subsection (d), a 
Committee hearing may not commence earlier than one week after 
such notice.
    (c) Business Meetings.--Except as provided in subsection 
(d), a Committee business meeting may not commence earlier than 
the third day on which Members have notice thereof.
    (d) Exception.--A hearing or business meeting may begin 
sooner than otherwise specified in either of the following 
circumstances (in which case the Chair shall provide the notice 
at the earliest possible time):
          (1) the Chair, with the concurrence of the Ranking 
        Minority Member, determines there is good cause; or
          (2) 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.
    (e) Definition.--For purposes of this rule, ``notice'' 
means:
          (1) Written notification; or
          (2) Notification delivered by facsimile transmission, 
        regular mail, or electronic mail.

              Sec. 3.--Preparations for Committee Meetings

    (a) Generally.--Designated Committee Staff, as directed by 
the Chair, shall brief members of the Committee at a time 
sufficiently prior to any Committee meeting in order to:
          (1) Assist Committee members in preparation for such 
        meeting; and
          (2) Determine which matters members wish considered 
        during any meeting.
    (b) Briefing Materials.--
          (1) Such a briefing shall, at the request of a 
        member, include a list of all pertinent papers and such 
        other materials that have been obtained by the 
        Committee that bear on matters to be considered at the 
        meeting; and
          (2) The Staff Director shall also recommend to the 
        Chair any testimony, papers, or other materials to be 
        presented to the Committee at the meeting of the 
        Committee.

                         Sec. 4.--Open Meetings

    (a) Generally.--Pursuant to House Rule XI, but subject to 
the limitations of subsections (b) and (c), Committee meetings 
held for the transaction of business and Committee hearings 
shall be open to the public.
    (b) Meetings.--Any meeting or portion thereof for the 
transaction of business, including the markup of legislation, 
or any hearing or portion thereof shall be closed to the public 
if the Committee determines by record vote in open session, 
with a majority of the Committee present, that disclosure of 
the matters to be discussed may:
          (1) Endanger national security;
          (2) Compromise sensitive law enforcement information;
          (3) Tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate any 
        person; or
          (4) Otherwise violate any law or Rule of the House.
    (c) Hearings.--The Committee may vote to close a Committee 
hearing pursuant to clause 11(d)(2) of House Rule X, regardless 
of whether a majority is present, so long as at least two 
members of the Committee are present, one of whom is a member 
of the Minority and votes upon the motion.
    (d) Briefings.--Committee briefings shall be closed to the 
public.

                            Sec. 5.--Quorum

    (a) Hearings.--For purposes of taking testimony, or 
receiving evidence, a quorum shall consist of two Committee 
members, at least one of whom is a member of the Majority.
    (b) Reporting Measures and Recommendations.--For purposes 
of reporting a measure or recommendation, a quorum shall 
consist of a majority of the Committee's members.
    (c) Other Committee Proceedings.--For purposes of the 
transaction of all other Committee business, other than the 
consideration of a motion to close a hearing as described in 
rule 4(c), a quorum shall consist of one-third of the 
Committee's members.

              Sec. 6.--Procedures for Amendments and Votes

    (a) Amendments.--When a bill or resolution is being 
considered by the Committee, members shall provide the Chief 
Clerk in a timely manner with a sufficient number of written 
copies of any amendment offered, so as to enable each member 
present to receive a copy thereof prior to taking action. A 
point of order may be made against any amendment not reduced to 
writing. A copy of each such amendment shall be maintained in 
the public records of the Committee.
    (b) Reporting Record Votes.--Whenever the Committee reports 
any measure or matter by record vote, the report of the 
Committee upon such measure or matter shall include a 
tabulation of the votes cast in favor of, and the votes cast in 
opposition to, such measure or matter.
    (c) Postponement of Further Proceedings.--In accordance 
with clause 2(h) of House Rule XI, the Chair is authorized to 
postpone further proceedings when a record vote is ordered on 
the question of approving a measure or matter or adopting an 
amendment. The Chair may resume proceedings on a postponed 
request at any time after reasonable notice. When proceedings 
resume on a postponed question, notwithstanding any intervening 
order for the previous question, an underlying proposition 
shall remain subject to further debate or amendment to the same 
extent as when the question was postponed.
    (d) Availability of Record Votes on Committee Website.--In 
addition to any other requirement of the Rules of the House, 
the Chair shall make the record votes on any measure or matter 
on which a record vote is taken, other than a motion to close a 
Committee hearing, briefing, or meeting, available on the 
Committee's website not later than 2 business days after such 
vote is taken. Such record shall include an unclassified 
description of the amendment, motion, order, or other 
proposition, the name of each member voting in favor of, and 
each member voting in opposition to, such amendment, motion, 
order, or proposition, and the names of those members of the 
Committee present but not voting.

                         Sec. 7.--Subcommittees

    (a) Generally.--
          (1) Creation of subcommittees shall be by majority 
        vote of the Committee.
          (2) Subcommittees shall deal with such legislation 
        and oversight of programs and policies as the Committee 
        may direct.
          (3) Subcommittees shall be governed by these rules.
          (4) For purposes of these rules, any reference herein 
        to the ``Committee'' shall be interpreted to include 
        subcommittees, unless otherwise specifically provided.
    (b) Establishment of Subcommittees.--The Committee 
establishes the following subcommittees:
          (1) Subcommittee on the Central Intelligence Agency;
          (2) Subcommittee on the National Security Agency and 
        Cybersecurity
          (3) Subcommittee on Emerging Threats; and
          (4) Subcommittee on Department of Defense 
        Intelligence and Overhead Architecture.
    (c) Subcommittee Membership.--
          (1) Generally.--Each member of the Committee may be 
        assigned to at least one of the subcommittees.
          (2) Ex Officio Membership.--In the event that the 
        Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the full Committee 
        do not choose to sit as regular voting members of one 
        or more of the subcommittees, each is authorized to sit 
        as an ex officio member of the subcommittees and 
        participate in the work of the subcommittees. When 
        sitting ex officio, however, they:
                  (A) Shall not have a vote in the 
                subcommittee; and
                  (B) Shall not be counted for purposes of 
                determining a quorum.
    (d) Regular Meeting Day for Subcommittees.--There is no 
regular meeting day for subcommittees.

     Sec. 8.--Procedures for Taking Testimony or Receiving Evidence

    (a) Notice.--Adequate notice shall be given to all 
witnesses appearing before the Committee.
    (b) Oath or Affirmation.--The Chair may require testimony 
of witnesses to be given under oath or affirmation.
    (c) Administration of Oath or Affirmation.--Upon the 
determination that a witness shall testify under oath or 
affirmation, any member of the Committee designated by the 
Chair may administer the oath or affirmation.
    (d) Questioning of Witnesses.--
          (1) Generally.--Questioning of witnesses before the 
        Committee shall be conducted by members of the 
        Committee.
          (2) Exceptions.--
                  (A) The Chair, in consultation with the 
                Ranking Minority Member, may determine that 
                Committee Staff will be authorized to question 
                witnesses at a hearing in accordance with 
                clause (2)(j) of House Rule XI.
                  (B) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member are 
                each authorized to designate Committee Staff to 
                conduct such questioning.
    (e) Counsel for the Witness.--
          (1) Generally.--Witnesses before the Committee may be 
        accompanied by counsel, subject to the requirements of 
        paragraph (2).
          (2) Counsel Clearances Required.--In the event that a 
        meeting of the Committee has been closed because the 
        subject to be discussed deals with classified 
        information, counsel accompanying a witness before the 
        Committee must possess the requisite security clearance 
        and provide proof of such clearance to the Committee at 
        least 24 hours prior to the meeting at which the 
        counsel intends to be present.
          (3) Failure to Obtain Counsel.--Any witness who is 
        unable to obtain counsel should notify the Committee. 
        If such notification occurs at least 24 hours prior to 
        the witness' appearance before the Committee, the 
        Committee shall then endeavor to obtain voluntary 
        counsel for the witness. Failure to obtain counsel, 
        however, will not excuse the witness from appearing and 
        testifying.
          (4) Conduct of Counsel for Witnesses.--Counsel for 
        witnesses appearing before the Committee shall conduct 
        themselves ethically and professionally at all times in 
        their dealings with the Committee.
                  (A) A majority of members of the Committee 
                may, should circumstances warrant, find that 
                counsel for a witness before the Committee 
                failed to conduct himself or herself in an 
                ethical or professional manner.
                  (B) Upon such finding, counsel may be subject 
                to appropriate disciplinary action.
          (5) Temporary Removal of Counsel.--The Chair may 
        remove counsel during any proceeding before the 
        Committee for failure to act in an ethical and 
        professional manner.
          (6) Committee Reversal.--A majority of the members of 
        the Committee may vote to overturn the decision of the 
        Chair to remove counsel for a witness.
          (7) Role of Counsel for Witness.--
                  (A) Counsel for a witness:
                          (i) Shall not be allowed to examine 
                        witnesses before the Committee, either 
                        directly or through cross-examination; 
                        but
                          (ii) May submit questions in writing 
                        to the Committee that counsel wishes 
                        propounded to a witness; or
                          (iii) May suggest, in writing to the 
                        Committee, the presentation of other 
                        evidence or the calling of other 
                        witnesses.
                  (B) The Committee may make such use of any 
                such questions, or suggestions, as the 
                Committee deems appropriate.
    (f) Statements by Witnesses.--
          (1) Generally.--A witness may make a statement, which 
        shall be brief and relevant, at the beginning and at 
        the conclusion of the witness' testimony.
          (2) Length.--Each such statement shall not exceed 
        five minutes in length, unless otherwise determined by 
        the Chair.
          (3) Submission to the Committee.--Any witness 
        desiring to submit a written statement for the record 
        of the proceeding shall submit a copy of the statement 
        to the Chief Clerk of the Committee.
                  (A) Such statements shall ordinarily be 
                submitted no less than 48 hours in advance of 
                the witness' appearance before the Committee 
                and shall be submitted in written and 
                electronic format.
                  (B) In the event that the hearing was called 
                with less than 24 hours notice, written 
                statements should be submitted as soon as 
                practicable prior to the hearing.
    (g) Objections and Ruling.--
          (1) Generally.--Any objection raised by a witness, or 
        counsel for the witness, shall be ruled upon by the 
        Chair, and such ruling shall be the ruling of the 
        Committee.
          (2) Committee Action.--A ruling by the Chair may be 
        overturned upon a majority vote of the Committee.
    (h) Transcripts.--
          (1) Transcript Required.--A transcript shall be made 
        of the testimony of each witness appearing before the 
        Committee during any hearing of the Committee.
          (2) Opportunity to Inspect.--Any witness testifying 
        before the Committee shall be given a reasonable 
        opportunity to inspect the transcript of the hearing, 
        and may be accompanied by counsel to determine whether 
        such testimony was correctly transcribed. Such counsel:
                  (A) May review the transcript only if he or 
                she has the appropriate security clearances 
                necessary to review any classified aspect of 
                the transcript; and
                  (B) Should, to the extent possible, be the 
                same counsel that was present for such 
                classified testimony.
          (3) Corrections.--
                  (A) Pursuant to Rule XI of the House Rules, 
                any corrections the witness desires to make in 
                a transcript shall be limited to technical, 
                grammatical, and typographical corrections.
                  (B) Corrections may not be made to change the 
                substance of the testimony.
                  (C) Such corrections shall be submitted in 
                writing to the Committee within 7 days after 
                the transcript is made available to the 
                witnesses.
                  (D) Any questions arising with respect to 
                such corrections shall be decided by the Chair.
          (4) Copy for the Witness.--At the request of the 
        witness, any portion of the witness' testimony given in 
        executive session shall be made available to that 
        witness if that testimony is subsequently quoted or 
        intended to be made part of a public record. Such 
        testimony shall be made available to the witness at the 
        witness' expense.
    (i) Requests to Testify.--
          (1) Generally.--The Committee will consider requests 
        to testify on any matter or measure pending before the 
        Committee.
          (2) Recommendations for Additional Evidence.--Any 
        person who believes that testimony, other evidence, or 
        commentary, presented at a public hearing may tend to 
        affect adversely that person's reputation may submit to 
        the Committee, in writing:
                  (A) A request to appear personally before the 
                Committee;
                  (B) A sworn statement of facts relevant to 
                the testimony, evidence, or commentary; or
                  (C) Proposed questions for the cross-
                examination of other witnesses.
          (3) Committee Discretion.--The Committee may take 
        those actions it deems appropriate with respect to such 
        requests.
    (j) Contempt Procedures.--Citations for contempt of 
Congress shall be forwarded to the House only if:
          (1) Reasonable notice is provided to all members of 
        the Committee of a meeting to be held to consider any 
        such contempt recommendations;
          (2) The Committee has met and considered the contempt 
        allegations;
          (3) The subject of the allegations was afforded an 
        opportunity to state either in writing or in person, 
        why he or she should not be held in contempt; and
          (4) The Committee agreed by majority vote to forward 
        the citation recommendations to the House.
    (k) Release of Name of Witness.--
          (1) Generally.--At the request of a witness scheduled 
        to be heard by the Committee, the name of that witness 
        shall not be released publicly prior to, or after, the 
        witness' appearance before the Committee.
          (2) Exceptions.--Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the 
        Chair may authorize the release to the public of the 
        name of any witness scheduled to appear before the 
        Committee.

                        Sec. 9.--Investigations

    (a) Commencing Investigations.--The Committee shall conduct 
investigations only if approved by the Chair, in consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member.
    (b) Conducting Investigations.--An authorized investigation 
may be conducted by members of the Committee or Committee Staff 
designated by the Chair, in consultation with the Ranking 
Minority Member, to undertake any such investigation.

                          Sec. 10.--Subpoenas

    (a) Generally.--All subpoenas shall be authorized by the 
Chair of the full Committee, upon consultation with the Ranking 
Minority Member, or by vote of the full Committee.
    (b) Subpoena Contents.--Any subpoena authorized by the 
Chair of the full Committee or by the full Committee may 
compel:
          (1) The attendance of witnesses and testimony before 
        the Committee; or
          (2) The production of memoranda, documents, records, 
        or any other tangible item.
    (c) Signing of Subpoena.--A subpoena authorized by the 
Chair of the full Committee or by the full Committee may be 
signed by the Chair or by any member of the Committee 
designated to do so by the full Committee.
    (d) Subpoena Service.--A subpoena authorized by the Chair 
of the full Committee, or by the full Committee, may be served 
by any person designated to do so by the Chair.
    (e) Other Requirements.--Each subpoena shall have attached 
thereto a copy of these rules.

                       Sec. 11.--Committee Staff

    (a) Definition.--For the purpose of these rules, 
``Committee Staff'' or ``Staff of the Committee'' means:
          (1) Employees of the Committee;
          (2) Consultants to the Committee;
          (3) Employees of other Government agencies detailed 
        to the Committee; or
          (4) Any other person engaged by contract, or 
        otherwise, to perform services for, or at the request 
        of, the Committee.
    (b) Appointment of Committee Staff and Security 
Requirements.--
          (1) Chair's Authority.--Except as provided in 
        paragraph (2), the Committee Staff shall be appointed, 
        and may be removed, by the Chair and shall work under 
        the general supervision and direction of the Chair.
          (2) Staff Assistance to Minority Membership.--Except 
        as provided in paragraphs (3) and (4), and except as 
        otherwise provided by Committee Rules, the Committee 
        Staff provided to the Minority Party members of the 
        Committee shall be appointed, and may be removed, by 
        the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee, and shall 
        work under the general supervision and direction of 
        such member.
          (3) Security Clearance Required.--All offers of 
        employment for prospective Committee Staff positions 
        shall be contingent upon:
                  (A) The results of a background 
                investigation; and
                  (B) A determination by the Chair that 
                requirements for the appropriate security 
                clearances have been met.
          (4) Security Requirements.--Notwithstanding paragraph 
        (2), the Chair shall supervise and direct the Committee 
        Staff with respect to the security and nondisclosure of 
        classified information. Committee Staff shall comply 
        with requirements necessary to ensure the security and 
        nondisclosure of classified information as determined 
        by the Chair in consultation with the Ranking Minority 
        Member.

   Sec. 12.--Limit on Discussion of Classified Work of the Committee

    (a) Prohibition.--
          (1) Generally.--Except as otherwise provided by these 
        rules and the Rules of the House of Representatives, 
        members of the Committee and Committee Staff shall not 
        at any time, either during that person's tenure as a 
        member of the Committee or as Committee Staff, or 
        anytime thereafter, discuss or disclose, or cause to be 
        discussed or disclosed:
                  (A) The classified substance of the work of 
                the Committee;
                  (B) Any information received by the Committee 
                in executive session;
                  (C) Any classified information received by 
                the Committee from any source; or
                  (D) The substance of any hearing that was 
                closed to the public pursuant to these rules or 
                the Rules of the House.
          (2) Non-Disclosure in Proceedings.--
                  (A) Members of the Committee and the 
                Committee Staff shall not discuss either the 
                substance or procedure of the work of the 
                Committee with any person not a member of the 
                Committee or the Committee Staff in connection 
                with any proceeding, judicial or otherwise, 
                either during the person's tenure as a member 
                of the Committee, or of the Committee Staff, or 
                at any time thereafter, except as directed by 
                the Committee in accordance with the Rules of 
                the House and these rules.
                  (B) In the event of the termination of the 
                Committee, members and Committee Staff shall be 
                governed in these matters in a manner 
                determined by the House concerning discussions 
                of the classified work of the Committee.
          (3) Exceptions.--
                  (A) Notwithstanding the provisions of 
                subsection (a)(1), members of the Committee and 
                the Committee Staff may discuss and disclose 
                those matters described in subsection (a)(1) 
                with:
                          (i) Members and staff of the Senate 
                        Select Committee on Intelligence 
                        designated by the chair of that 
                        committee;
                          (ii) The chairmen and ranking 
                        minority members of the House and 
                        Senate Committees on Appropriations and 
                        staff of those committees designated by 
                        the chairmen of those committees; and,
                          (iii) The chair and ranking minority 
                        member of the Subcommittee on Defense 
                        of the House Committee on 
                        Appropriations and staff of that 
                        subcommittee as designated by the chair 
                        of that subcommittee, or Members of 
                        that subcommittee designated by the 
                        Chair pursuant to clause (g)(1) of 
                        Committee Rule 14.
                  (B) Notwithstanding the provisions of 
                subsection (a)(1), members of the Committee and 
                the Committee Staff may discuss and disclose 
                only that budget-related information necessary 
                to facilitate the enactment of the annual 
                defense authorization bill with the chairmen 
                and ranking minority members of the House and 
                Senate Committees on Armed Services and the 
                staff of those committees as designated by the 
                chairmen of those committees.
                  (C) Notwithstanding the provisions of 
                subsection (a)(1), members of the Committee and 
                the Committee Staff may discuss with and 
                disclose to the chair and ranking minority 
                member of a subcommittee of the House 
                Appropriations Committee with jurisdiction over 
                an agency or program within the National 
                Intelligence Program (NIP), and staff of that 
                subcommittee as designated by the chair of that 
                subcommittee, only that budget-related 
                information necessary to facilitate the 
                enactment of an appropriations bill within 
                which is included an appropriation for an 
                agency or program within the NIP.
                  (D) The Chair may, in consultation with the 
                Ranking Minority Member, upon the written 
                request to the Chair from the Inspector General 
                of an element of the Intelligence Community, 
                grant access to Committee transcripts or 
                documents that are relevant to an investigation 
                of an allegation of possible false testimony or 
                other inappropriate conduct before the 
                Committee, or that are otherwise relevant to 
                the Inspector General's investigation.
                  (E) Upon the written request of the head of 
                an Intelligence Community element, the Chair 
                may, in consultation with the Ranking Minority 
                Member, make available Committee briefing or 
                hearing transcripts to that element for review 
                by that element if a representative of that 
                element testified, presented information to the 
                Committee, or was present at the briefing or 
                hearing the transcript of which is requested 
                for review.
                  (F) Members and Committee Staff may discuss 
                and disclose such matters as otherwise directed 
                by the Committee.
          (4) Records of Closed Proceedings.--Any records or 
        notes taken by any person memorializing material 
        otherwise prohibited from disclosure by members of the 
        Committee and Committee Staff under these rules, 
        including information received in executive session and 
        the substance of any hearing or briefing that was 
        closed to the public, shall remain Committee material 
        subject to these rules and may not be publicly 
        discussed, disclosed, or caused to be publicly 
        discussed or disclosed, unless authorized by the 
        Committee consistent with these rules.
    (b) Non-Disclosure Agreement.--
          (1) Generally.--All Committee Staff must, before 
        joining the Committee Staff, agree in writing, as a 
        condition of employment, not to divulge or cause to be 
        divulged any classified information which comes into 
        such person's possession while a member of the 
        Committee Staff, to any person not a member of the 
        Committee or the Committee Staff, except as authorized 
        by the Committee in accordance with the Rules of the 
        House and these Rules.
          (2) Other Requirements.--In the event of the 
        termination of the Committee, members and Committee 
        Staff must follow any determination by the House of 
        Representatives with respect to the protection of 
        classified information received while a member of the 
        Committee or as Committee Staff.
          (3) Requests for Testimony of Staff.--
                  (A) All Committee Staff must, as a condition 
                of employment, agree in writing to notify the 
                Committee immediately of any request for 
                testimony received while a member of the 
                Committee Staff, or at any time thereafter, 
                concerning any classified information received 
                by such person while a member of the Committee 
                Staff.
                  (B) Committee Staff shall not disclose, in 
                response to any such request for testimony, any 
                such classified information, except as 
                authorized by the Committee in accordance with 
                the Rules of the House and these rules.
                  (C) In the event of the termination of the 
                Committee, Committee Staff will be subject to 
                any determination made by the House of 
                Representatives with respect to any requests 
                for testimony involving classified information 
                received while a member of the Committee Staff.

                     Sec. 13.--Classified Material

    (a) Receipt of Classified Information.--
          (1) Generally.--In the case of any information that 
        has been classified under established security 
        procedures and submitted to the Committee by any 
        source, the Committee shall receive such classified 
        information as executive session material.
          (2) Staff Receipt of Classified Materials.--For 
        purposes of receiving classified information, the 
        Committee Staff is authorized to accept information on 
        behalf of the Committee.
    (b) Non-Disclosure of Classified Information.--Any 
classified information received by the Committee, from any 
source, shall not be disclosed to any person not a member of 
the Committee or the Committee Staff, or otherwise released, 
except as authorized by the Committee in accordance with the 
Rules of the House and these rules.
    (c) Exception for Non-Exclusive Materials.--
          (1) Non-Exclusive Materials.--Any materials provided 
        to the Committee by the executive branch, if provided 
        in whole or in part for the purpose of review by 
        members who are not members of the Committee, shall be 
        received or held by the Committee on a non-exclusive 
        basis. Classified information provided to the Committee 
        shall be considered to have been provided on an 
        exclusive basis unless the executive branch provides a 
        specific, written statement to the contrary.
          (2) Access for Non-Committee Members.--In the case of 
        materials received on a non-exclusive basis, the Chair, 
        in consultation with the Ranking Minority Member, may 
        grant non-Committee members access to such materials in 
        accordance with the requirements of Rule 14(f)(4), 
        notwithstanding paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of Rule 
        14.

   Sec. 14.--Procedures Related to Handling of Classified Information

    (a) Security Measures.--
          (1) Strict Security.--The Committee's offices shall 
        operate under strict security procedures administered 
        by the Director of Security and Registry of the 
        Committee under the direct supervision of the Staff 
        Director.
          (2) U.S. Capitol Police Presence Required.--At least 
        one U.S. Capitol Police officer shall be on duty at all 
        times outside the entrance to Committee offices to 
        control entry of all persons to such offices.
          (3) Identification Required.--Before entering the 
        Committee's offices all persons shall identify 
        themselves to the U.S. Capitol Police officer described 
        in paragraph (2) and to a member of the Committee or 
        Committee Staff.
          (4) Maintenance of Classified Materials.--Classified 
        documents shall be segregated and maintained in 
        approved security storage locations.
          (5) Examination of Classified Materials.--Classified 
        documents in the Committee's possession shall be 
        examined in an appropriately secure manner.
          (6) Prohibition on Removal of Classified Materials.--
        Removal of any classified document from the Committee's 
        offices is strictly prohibited, except as provided by 
        these rules.
          (7) Exception.--Notwithstanding the prohibition set 
        forth in paragraph (6), a classified document, or copy 
        thereof, may be removed from the Committee's offices in 
        furtherance of official Committee business. Appropriate 
        security procedures shall govern the handling of any 
        classified documents removed from the Committee's 
        offices.
    (b) Access to Classified Information by Members.--All 
members of the Committee shall at all times have access to all 
classified papers and other material received by the Committee 
from any source.
    (c) Need-to-know.--
          (1) Generally.--Committee Staff shall have access to 
        any classified information provided to the Committee on 
        a strict ``need-to-know'' basis, as determined by the 
        Committee, and under the Committee's direction by the 
        Staff Director.
          (2) Appropriate Clearances Required.--Committee Staff 
        must have the appropriate clearances prior to any 
        access to compartmented information.
    (d) Oath.--
          (1) Requirement.--Before any member of the Committee, 
        or the Committee Staff, shall have access to classified 
        information, the following oath shall be executed:

          ``I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will not 
        disclose or cause to be disclosed any classified 
        information received in the course of my service on the 
        House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, 
        except when authorized to do so by the Committee or the 
        House of Representatives.''

          (2) Copy.--A copy of such executed oath shall be 
        retained in the files of the Committee.
    (e) Registry.--
          (1) Generally.--The Committee shall maintain a 
        registry that:
                  (A) Provides a brief description of the 
                content of all classified documents provided to 
                the Committee by the executive branch that 
                remain in the possession of the Committee; and
                  (B) Lists by number all such documents.
          (2) Designation by the Staff Director.--The Staff 
        Director shall designate a member of the Committee 
        Staff to be responsible for the organization and daily 
        maintenance of such registry.
          (3) Availability.--Such registry shall be available 
        to all members of the Committee and Committee Staff.
    (f) Requests by Members of Other Committees.--Pursuant to 
the Rules of the House, members who are not members of the 
Committee may be granted access to such classified transcripts, 
records, data, charts, or files of the Committee, and be 
admitted on a non-participatory basis to classified hearings of 
the Committee involving discussions of classified material in 
the following manner:
          (1) Written Notification Required.--Members who 
        desire to examine classified materials in the 
        possession of the Committee, or to attend Committee 
        hearings or briefings on a non-participatory basis, 
        must notify the Chief Clerk of the Committee in 
        writing. Such notification shall state with specificity 
        the justification for the request and the need for 
        access.
          (2) Committee Consideration.--The Committee shall 
        consider each such request by non-Committee members at 
        the earliest practicable opportunity. The Committee 
        shall determine, by record vote, what action it deems 
        appropriate in light of all of the circumstances of 
        each request. In its determination, the Committee shall 
        consider:
                  (A) The sensitivity to the national defense 
                or the confidential conduct of the foreign 
                relations of the United States of the 
                information sought;
                  (B) The likelihood of its being directly or 
                indirectly disclosed;
                  (C) The jurisdictional interest of the member 
                making the request; and
                  (D) Such other concerns, constitutional or 
                otherwise, as may affect the public interest of 
                the United States.
          (3) Committee Action.--After consideration of the 
        member's request, the Committee may take any action it 
        deems appropriate under the circumstances, including 
        but not limited to:
                  (A) Approving the request, in whole or part;
                  (B) Denying the request;
                  (C) Providing the requested information or 
                material in a different form than that sought 
                by the member; or
                  (D) Making the requested information or 
                material available to all members of the House.
          (4) Chair and Ranking Member Consideration of 
        Requests for Previously Granted Materials.--If the 
        Committee has granted a non-Committee member access to 
        classified materials, the Chair and Ranking Member may 
        jointly determine, in writing, what action they deem 
        appropriate for subsequent requests for the same 
        materials in the same Congress.
                  (A) In their determination, the Chair and 
                Ranking Member shall consider the factors 
                described in paragraph (2) and may take any 
                action they deem appropriate, including, but 
                not limited to, the actions described in 
                paragraph (3) and referring the request to the 
                Committee for consideration.
                  (B) If the Chair and Ranking Member are 
                unable to reach a joint determination or if 
                they refer a request to the Committee as 
                described in subparagraph (A), the Committee 
                shall consider the request at the earliest 
                practicable opportunity in the manner described 
                in paragraphs (2) and (3).
          (5) Requirements for Access by Non-Committee 
        Members.--Prior to a non-Committee member being given 
        access to classified information pursuant to this 
        subsection, the requesting member shall:
                  (A) Provide the Committee a copy of the oath 
                executed by such member pursuant to House Rule 
                XXIII, clause 13; and
                  (B) Agree in writing not to divulge any 
                classified information provided to the member, 
                pursuant to this subsection, to any person not 
                a member of the Committee or the Committee 
                Staff, except as otherwise authorized by the 
                Committee in accordance with the Rules of the 
                House and these rules.
          (6) Consultation Authorized.--When considering a 
        member's request, the Committee may consult the 
        Director of National Intelligence and such other 
        officials it considers necessary.
          (7) Finality of Committee Decision.--
                  (A) Should the member making such a request 
                disagree with the determination by the 
                Committee or the determination by the Chair and 
                Ranking Member with respect to that request or 
                any part thereof, that member must notify the 
                Committee in writing of such disagreement.
                  (B) The Committee shall subsequently consider 
                the matter and decide, by record vote, what 
                further action or recommendation, if any, the 
                Committee will take.
    (g) Admission of Designated Members of the Subcommittee on 
Defense of the Committee on Appropriations.--Notwithstanding 
the provisions of subsection (f), the Chair may admit no more 
than three designated Members of the Subcommittee on Defense of 
the Committee on Appropriations to classified hearings and 
briefings of the Committee involving discussions of classified 
material. Such Members may also be granted access to classified 
transcripts, records, data, charts or files of the Committee 
incident to such attendance.
          (1) Designation.--The Chair may designate three 
        Members of the Subcommittee to be eligible for 
        admission in consultation with the Ranking Minority 
        Member, of whom not more than two may be from the same 
        political party. Such designation shall be effective 
        for the entire Congress.
          (2) Admission.--The Chair may determine whether to 
        admit designated Members at each hearing or briefing of 
        the Committee involving discussions of classified 
        material. If the Chair admits any of the designated 
        Members to a particular hearing or briefing, all three 
        of the designated Members shall be admitted to that 
        hearing or briefing. Designated Members shall not be 
        counted for quorum purposes and shall not have a vote 
        in any meeting.
          (3) Requirements for Access.--Prior to being given 
        access to classified information pursuant to this 
        subsection, a designated Member shall:
                  (A) Provide the Committee a copy of the oath 
                executed by such Member pursuant to House Rule 
                XXIII, clause 13; and
                  (B) Agree in writing not to divulge any 
                classified information provided to the Member 
                pursuant to this subsection to any person not a 
                Member of the Committee or a designated Member 
                or authorized Staff of the Subcommittee on 
                Defense of the Committee on Appropriations, 
                except as otherwise authorized by the Committee 
                in accordance with the Rules of the House and 
                these rules.
    (h) Admission of the Chair and Ranking Member of the 
Committee on Armed Services.--Notwithstanding the provisions of 
subsection (f), the Chair may admit the Chair and Ranking 
Member of the Committee on Armed Services to classified 
hearings and briefings of the Committee involving discussions 
of budget-related classified information necessary to 
facilitate the enactment of the annual defense authorization 
bill. Such members may also be granted access to classified 
transcripts, records, data, charts or files of the Committee 
incident to such attendance.
          (1) Admission.--The Chair may determine whether to 
        admit the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on 
        Armed Services at each hearing or briefing of the 
        Committee. If the Chair admits either the Chair or 
        Ranking Member of the Committee on Armed Services, both 
        the Chair and Ranking Member shall be admitted to that 
        hearing or briefing. The Chair and Ranking Member of 
        the Committee on Armed Services shall not be counted 
        for quorum purposes and shall not have a vote in any 
        meeting.
          (2) Requirements for Access.--Prior to being given 
        access to classified information pursuant to this 
        subsection, the Chair and Ranking Member of the 
        Committee on Armed Services shall:
                  (A) Provide the Committee a copy of the oath 
                executed by such member pursuant to House Rule 
                XXIII, clause 13; and
                  (B) Agree in writing not to divulge any 
                classified or executive session information 
                provided to the member pursuant to this 
                subsection to any person not a member of the 
                Committee or authorized staff of the Committee 
                on Armed Services except as otherwise 
                authorized by the Committee in accordance with 
                the Rules of the House and these rules.
    (i) Advising the House or Other Committees.--Pursuant to 
Section 501 of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 
413), and to the Rules of the House, the Committee shall call 
to the attention of the House, or to any other appropriate 
committee of the House, those matters requiring the attention 
of the House, or such other committee, on the basis of the 
following provisions:
          (1) By Request of Committee Member.--At the request 
        of any member of the Committee to call to the attention 
        of the House, or any other committee, executive session 
        material in the Committee's possession, the Committee 
        shall meet at the earliest practicable opportunity to 
        consider that request.
          (2) Committee Consideration of Request.--The 
        Committee shall consider the following factors, among 
        any others it deems appropriate:
                  (A) The effect of the matter in question on 
                the national defense or the foreign relations 
                of the United States;
                  (B) Whether the matter in question involves 
                sensitive intelligence sources and methods;
                  (C) Whether the matter in question otherwise 
                raises questions affecting the national 
                interest; and
                  (D) Whether the matter in question affects 
                matters within the jurisdiction of another 
                Committee of the House.
          (3) Views of Other Committees.--In examining such 
        factors, the Committee may seek the opinion of members 
        of the Committee appointed from standing committees of 
        the House with jurisdiction over the matter in 
        question, or submissions from such other committees.
          (4) Other Advice.--The Committee may, during its 
        deliberations on such requests, seek the advice of any 
        executive branch official.
    (j) Reasonable Opportunity to Examine Materials.--Before 
the Committee makes any decision regarding any request for 
access to any classified information in its possession, or a 
proposal to bring any matter to the attention of the House or 
another committee, members of the Committee shall have a 
reasonable opportunity to examine all pertinent testimony, 
documents, or other materials in the Committee's possession 
that may inform their decision on the question.
    (k) Notification to the House.--The Committee may bring a 
matter to the attention of the House when, after consideration 
of the factors set forth in this rule, it considers the matter 
in question so grave that it requires the attention of all 
members of the House, and time is of the essence, or for any 
reason the Committee finds compelling.
    (l) Method of Disclosure to the House.--
          (1) Should the Committee decide by record vote that a 
        matter requires the attention of the House as described 
        in subsection (i), it shall make arrangements to notify 
        the House promptly.
          (2) In such cases, the Committee shall consider 
        whether:
                  (A) To request an immediate secret session of 
                the House (with time equally divided between 
                the Majority and the Minority); or
                  (B) To publicly disclose the matter in 
                question pursuant to clause 11(g) of House Rule 
                X.
    (m) Requirement to Protect Sources and Methods.--In 
bringing a matter to the attention of the House, or another 
committee, the Committee, with due regard for the protection of 
intelligence sources and methods, shall take all necessary 
steps to safeguard materials or information relating to the 
matter in question.
    (n) Availability of Information to Other Committees.--The 
Committee, having determined that a matter shall be brought to 
the attention of another committee, shall ensure that such 
matter, including all classified information related to that 
matter, is promptly made available to the chair and ranking 
minority member of such other committee.
    (o) Provision of Materials.--The Director of Security and 
Registry for the Committee shall provide a copy of these rules, 
and the applicable portions of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives governing the handling of classified 
information, along with those materials determined by the 
Committee to be made available to such other committee of the 
House or non-Committee member.
    (p) Ensuring Clearances and Secure Storage.--The Director 
of Security and Registry shall ensure that such other committee 
or non-Committee member receiving such classified materials may 
properly store classified materials in a manner consistent with 
all governing rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and 
statutes.
    (q) Log.--The Director of Security and Registry for the 
Committee shall maintain a written record identifying the 
particular classified document or material provided to such 
other committee or non-Committee member, the reasons agreed 
upon by the Committee for approving such transmission, and the 
name of the committee or non-Committee member receiving such 
document or material.
    (r) Miscellaneous Requirements.--
          (1) Staff Director's Additional Authority.--The Staff 
        Director is further empowered to provide for such 
        additional measures, which he or she deems necessary, 
        to protect such classified information authorized by 
        the Committee to be provided to such other committee or 
        non-Committee member.
          (2) Notice to Originating Agency.--In the event that 
        the Committee authorizes the disclosure of classified 
        information provided to the Committee by an agency of 
        the executive branch to a non-Committee member or to 
        another committee, the Chair may notify the providing 
        agency of the Committee's action prior to the 
        transmission of such classified information.

                     Sec. 15.--Legislative Calendar

    (a) Generally.--The Chief Clerk, under the direction of the 
Staff Director, shall maintain a printed calendar that lists:
          (1) The legislative measures introduced and referred 
        to the Committee;
          (2) The status of such measures; and
          (3) Such other matters that the Committee may 
        require.
    (b) Revisions to the Calendar.--The calendar shall be 
revised from time to time to show pertinent changes.
    (c) Availability.--A copy of each such revision shall be 
furnished to each member, upon request.
    (d) Consultation with Appropriate Government Entities.--
Unless otherwise directed by the Committee, legislative 
measures referred to the Committee may be referred by the Chief 
Clerk to the appropriate department or agency of the Government 
for reports thereon.

                      Sec. 16.--Committee Website

    The Chair shall maintain an official Committee web site for 
the purpose of furthering the Committee's legislative and 
oversight responsibilities, including communicating information 
about the Committee's activities to Committee members and other 
members of the House.

                 Sec. 17.--Motions To Go To Conference

    In accordance with clause 2(a) of House Rule XI, the Chair 
is authorized and directed to offer a privileged motion to go 
to conference under clause 1 of House Rule XXII whenever the 
Chair considers it appropriate.

                       Sec. 18.--Committee Travel

    (a) Authority.--The Chair may authorize members and 
Committee Staff to travel on Committee business.
    (b) Requests.--
          (1) Member Requests.--Members requesting 
        authorization for such travel shall state the purpose 
        and length of the trip, and shall submit such request 
        directly to the Chair.
          (2) Committee Staff Requests.--Committee Staff 
        requesting authorization for such travel shall state 
        the purpose and le