RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE 116TH CONGRESS JURISDICTION OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS Rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives establishes the standing Committees of the House and their jurisdiction. Under that Rule, all bills, resolutions, and other matters relating to the subjects within the jurisdiction of any standing Committee shall be referred to such Committee. Clause 1(s) of Rule X establishes the...
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COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS
MARK TAKANO, California, Chairman
JULIA BROWNLEY, California DAVID P.ROE, Tennessee, Ranking
KATHLEEN M. RICE, New York Member
CONOR LAMB, Pennsylvania, Vice- GUS M. BILIRAKIS, Florida
Chairman AUMUA AMATA COLEMAN RADEWAGEN,
MIKE LEVIN, California (American Samoa)
ANTHONY BRINDISI, New York MIKE BOST, Illinois
MAX ROSE, New York NEAL P. DUNN, Florida
CHRIS PAPPAS, New Hempshire JACK BERGMAN, Michigan
ELAINE G. LURIA, Virginia JIM BANKS, Indiana
SUSIE LEE, Nevada ANDY BARR, Kentucky
JOE CUNNINGHAM, South Carolina DANIEL MEUSER, Pennsylvania
GILBERT R. CISNEROS, JR., STEVE C.WATKINS, Kansas
California CHIP ROY, Texas
COLLIN C. PETERSON, Minnesota W. GREGORY STEUBE, Florida
GREGORIO KILILI CAMACHO SABLAN,
(Northern Mariana Islands)
COLIN Z. ALLRED, Texas
LAUREN UNDERWOOD, Illinois
Ray Kelley, Staff Director
Jon Towers, Republican Staff Director
RULES OF THE COMMITTEE
ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
FOR THE 116TH CONGRESS
JURISDICTION OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS
Rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives
establishes the standing Committees of the House and their
jurisdiction. Under that Rule, all bills, resolutions, and
other matters relating to the subjects within the jurisdiction
of any standing Committee shall be referred to such Committee.
Clause 1(s) of Rule X establishes the jurisdiction of the
Committee on Veterans' Affairs as follows:
(1) Veterans' measures generally.
(2) Cemeteries of the United States in which veterans
of any war or conflict are or may be buried, whether in
the United States or abroad (except cemeteries
administered by the Secretary of the Interior).
(3) Compensation, vocational rehabilitation, and
education of veterans.
(4) Life insurance issued by the Government on
account of service in the Armed Forces.
(5) Pensions of all the wars of the United States,
general and special.
(6) Readjustment of servicemembers to civil life.
(7) Servicemembers' civil relief.
(8) Veterans' hospitals, medical care, and treatment
Rule 1--General Provisions
(a) Applicability of the Rules of the U.S. House of
In General.--The Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives
(the House) are the Rules of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs
(Committee) and its Subcommittees so far as applicable.
(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. Except where the terms ``Full Committee'' and
``Subcommittee'' are specifically mentioned, the following
Rules shall apply to the Committee's Subcommittees and their
respective chairs and ranking minority Members to the same
extent as they apply to the Full Committee and its Chair and
Ranking Minority Member.
(c) Incorporation of House Rule on Committee Procedure.--
Clause 2 of House Rule XI, which pertains entirely to Committee
procedure, is incorporated and made part of the Rules of the
Committee so far as applicable.
(d) Privileged Motions.--In the Committee, a motion to
recess from day to day, a motion to recess subject to the call
of the Chair (within 24 hours), and a motion to dispense with
the first reading (in full) of a bill or resolution if printed
copies are available, shall be privileged and decided without
(e) Conferences.--Pursuant to clause 2(a)(3) of House Rule
XI, the Chair is authorized to offer a motion under clause 1 of
House Rule XXII whenever the Chair considers it appropriate.
(f) Vice Chair.--Pursuant to clause 2(d) of House Rule XI ,
the Chair of the Committee shall designate the Vice Chair of
(g) Taking of Depositions.--Pursuant to section 103(a) of
House Resolution 6 of the 116th Congress, the Chair upon
consultation with the Ranking Minority Member may order the
taking of depositions, including pursuant to subpoena, by a
Member or counsel of the Committee. Depositions taken by a
Member or counsel of the Committee shall be subject to
regulations issued by the Committee on Rules and printed in the
(h) Subpoenas.--Pursuant to clause 2(m) of House Rule XI,
subpoenas 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.
(i) Open Meetings and Hearings.--Meetings and hearings of
the Committee shall be open to the public unless closed in
accordance with clause 2(g) of House Rule XI.
(j) Motions, Reduced to Writing.--Every motion made to the
Committee and entertained by the Chair shall be reduced to
writing upon demand of any Member, and a copy made available to
each Member present.
(k) Wireless Telephone Use Prohibited.--No person may use a
wireless telephone during a Committee meeting or hearing.
Rule 2--Committee Meetings
(a) Notice Requirements for Meetings.--The Chair shall
furnish each Member of the Committee with the date, place, and
a list of measures and subjects to be considered at a Committee
meeting, which may not commence earlier than the third calendar
day on which Members have notice thereof (excluding Saturdays,
Sundays and legal holidays except when the House is in session
on such a day).
(b) At least 48 hours prior to the commencement of a
meeting for the markup of legislation, including any amendment
in the nature of a substitute to such bills or resolutions that
shall first be recognized by the Chair, the text of such
legislation shall be made publicly available in electronic
(c) In an emergency that does not reasonably allow for the
notice as required in paragraph (a), the Chair may waive the
notice requirement with the concurrence of the Ranking Minority
Member; or if the Committee so determines by majority vote of
the quorum required under Committee Rule 4(a). An announcement
made under this subparagraph shall be published promptly in the
Daily Digest and made publicly available in electronic form.
(d) To the maximum extent practicable, amendments to a
measure or matter noticed under paragraph (b) shall be
submitted in writing or electronically to the designee of both
the Chair and Ranking Member and made available electronically
to each Member of the Committee at least 24 hours prior to the
consideration of the measure or matter. The Chair may use his
or her discretion to give priority to amendments submitted in
(e) Transcripts of markups shall be recorded and may be
published in the same manner as hearings before the Committee.
(f) Additional Meetings.--The Chair of the Committee may
call and convene, as the Chair 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 Chair.
(g) 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.
(a) Announcement of Hearing.--(1) The Chair, in the case of
a hearing to be conducted by the Committee, shall publicly
announce 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 in accordance with
clause 2(g)(3)(B) of House Rule XI -
(A) the Chair with the concurrence of the Ranking
Minority Member determines that there is good cause to
begin the hearing at an earlier date, or
(B) the Committee determines by majority vote of the
quorum required under Committee Rule 4(a) that a
hearing may begin earlier than one week after
announcement of the hearing as required under this
subsection. An announcement made under this
subparagraph shall be published promptly in the Daily
Digest and made publicly available in electronic form.
(b) Requirements for Testimony.--
(1) Pursuant to clause 2(g)(5) of House Rule XI, each
witness who is to appear before the Committee shall
file with the clerk of the Committee, at least 48 hours
(exclusive of weekends and holidays) in advance of his
or her appearance, or at such other time as designated
by the Chair after consultation with the Ranking
Minority Member, a written statement of his or her
proposed testimony. Each witness shall, to the greatest
extent practicable, provide a copy of such written
testimony in an electronic format prescribed by the
Chair. Each witness shall limit initial presentations
to a brief summary of the written statement.
(2)(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
(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.
(c) Calling and Questioning Witnesses.--
(1) Committee Members may question witnesses only
when they have been recognized by the Chair of the
Committee for that purpose, and only for a 5-minute
period until all Members present have had an
opportunity to question a witness. The questioning of
witnesses 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. Except as otherwise announced by the Chair 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 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.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1)
regarding the 5-minute Rule, and pursuant to clause
2(j) of House Rule XI, the Chair after consultation
with the Ranking Minority Member, may permit a
specified number of Committee Members to question a
witness for longer than 5 minutes. The time for
extended questioning of a witness under this paragraph
shall be equal for the majority party and the minority
party and may not exceed one hour in the aggregate. In
no event shall the Chair 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 Chair 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. The time for extended questioning of witnesses
by staff shall be equal for the majority party and the
minority party and may not exceed one hour in the
(3) Pursuant to clause 2(k) of House Rule XI, the
Chair at a hearing shall announce in an opening
statement the subject of the hearing, and a copy of the
Committee Rules and of clause 2 of House Rule XI shall
be made available to each witness on request.
(A) Witnesses at hearings 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 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.
(B) 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--
(i) notwithstanding clause 2(g)(2) of
House Rule XI, such testimony or
evidence shall be presented in
executive session if, in the presence
of the number of Members required under
Committee Rule 4(a), the Committee
determines by vote of a majority of
those present that such evidence or
testimony may tend to defame, degrade,
or incriminate any person; and
(ii) the Committee shall proceed to
receive such testimony in open session
only if the Committee, a majority being
present, determines that such evidence
or testimony will not tend to defame,
degrade, or incriminate any person.
In either case the Committee shall afford such person an
opportunity voluntarily to appear as a witness, and receive and
dispose of requests from such person to subpoena additional
(C) Except as provided in subparagraph (B),
the Chair shall receive and the Committee shall
dispose of requests to subpoena additional
(D) Evidence or testimony taken in executive
session, and proceedings conducted in executive
session, may be released or used in public
sessions only when authorized by the Committee,
a majority being present.
(E) 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
(F) A witness may obtain a transcript copy of
the testimony of such witness given at a public
session or, if given at an executive session,
when authorized by the Committee.
(4) Non-Committee Members may be invited to sit at
the dais for and participate in Committee hearings with
the unanimous consent of the Members present. Further,
non-Committee Members may be recognized for questioning
of witnesses but only after all Committee Members have
first been recognized.
(5) Pursuant to House Rule XI clause 2(j)(1), when a
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 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.
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, 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 or to the Full Committee in a
meeting of a Subcommittee unless a majority of the Members of
the Committee are 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 with respect to any measure or matter
may be cast by proxy.
(e) Postponing Proceedings.--The Committee 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; and may resume proceedings 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.
(a) Establishment and Jurisdiction.--
(1) There shall be five Subcommittees of the
Committee with jurisdictions 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 (including homeless veterans housing),
transition of servicemembers to civilian life,
veteran-owned business concerns, 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, community care, medical support and
compliance, medical facilities, medical and
prosthetic research, provision of healthcare to
homeless veterans, and major and minor
(D) Subcommittee on Oversight and
Investigations, which shall have oversight and
investigative jurisdiction over veterans'
matters generally, and over such matters as may
be referred to the Subcommittee by the Chair of
the Full Committee for its oversight or
investigation and for its appropriate
recommendations. The Subcommittee shall have
legislative jurisdiction over information
technology and procurement generally, and over
such bills or resolutions as may be referred to
it by the Chair of the Full Committee.
(E) Subcommittee on Technology Modernization,
which shall have oversight and investigative
jurisdiction over Department of Veterans
Affairs' enterprise technology modernization
programs and projects, including the Electronic
Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program.
(2) Each Subcommittee shall have responsibility for
such other measures or matters as the Chair refers to
(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 Chair 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 Chair deems appropriate. In referring any
measure or matter to a Subcommittee, the Chair 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 Chairs shall set dates for
hearings and meetings of their respective Subcommittees
after consultation with the Chair of the Committee and
other Subcommittee chairs 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 Chair 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 Chair and the Ranking Minority Member
of the Committee of the Subcommittee's action.
(3) A Member of the Committee who is not a Member of
a 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
(4) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the
Committee may serve as ex-officio Members of each
standing Subcommittee to which the Chair or 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.
(5) Non-Committee Members may be invited to sit at
the dais for and participate in 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
(6) Each Subcommittee shall provide the Full
Committee with copies of such record votes taken in
Subcommittee and such other records with respect to the
Subcommittee as the Chair of the Committee deems
necessary for the Committee to comply with the House
Rule 6--General Oversight Responsibility
(a) Purpose.--Pursuant to House Rule X clause 2, the
Committee shall carry out oversight responsibilities consistent
with clause 1(s) of House Rule X and Committee Rule 5.
(b) Oversight Plan.--Not later than March 1 of the first
session of a Congress, the Chair shall prepare, in consultation
with the Ranking Minority Member, an oversight plan for that
Congress; provide a copy of that plan to each Member of the
Committee for at least seven calendar days before its
submission; and submit the plan (including any supplemental,
minority, additional, or dissenting views submitted by a Member
of the Committee) to the Committee on Oversight and Reform and
the Committee on House Administration, in accordance with House
Rule X clause 2(d).
(c) 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 for carrying out oversight
(d) Pursuant to House Rule XI clause 1(b), the Committee
may conduct at any time such investigations and studies as it
considers necessary or appropriate in the exercise of its
responsibilities under Rule X.
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 submission of the budget by the President, 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
meeting and hearing of the Committee. 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
Committee action. 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, including a record of the
votes on any question on which a record vote is taken.
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
also made publicly available in electronic form within
48 hours of such record vote. Information so available
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.
(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 House
Rule VII. The Chair shall notify the Ranking Minority Member of
any decision made by the Clerk of the House, pursuant to clause
4 of House Rule VII, to withhold a record otherwise available,
and the matter shall be presented to the Committee for a vote
on written request of any Member of the Committee.
(d) Availability of Adopted Amendments.--Not later than 24
hours after the adoption of any amendment to a measure or
matter considered by the Committee, the Chair shall cause the
text of each such amendment to be made publicly available in
(e) 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.
(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--
(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
(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 Rules 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 Chair
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
Chair 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
Chair 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.
Rule 11--Media Coverage
(a) Media Coverage.--Any meeting of the Committee 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 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
(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, strobe lights, 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 the Committee 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
(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.