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RULES ADOPTED BY THE COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES of the UNITED STATES
[House Prints 116-25]
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                    RULES ADOPTED BY THE COMMITTEES

                    OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                                 of the

                             UNITED STATES

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                             116th Congress

                               2019-2020

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                           COMMITTEE ON RULES

               JAMES P. McGOVERN, Massachusetts, Chairman
ALCEE L. HASTINGS, Florida,          TOM COLE, Oklahoma,
  Vice Chair                           Ranking Republican
NORMA J. TORRES, California          ROB WOODALL, Georgia,
ED PERLMUTTER, Colorado              MICHAEL C. BURGESS, Texas
JAMIE RASKIN, Maryland               DEBBIE LESKO, Arizona
MARY GAY SCANLON, Pennsylvania
JOSEPH D. MORELLE, New York
DONNA E. SHALALA, Florida
MARK DeSAULNIER, California
                       Don Sisson, Staff Director
                  Kelly Dixon, Minority Staff Director
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             Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process

                  ALCEE L. HASTINGS, Florida, Chairman
JOSEPH D. MORELLE, New York,         ROB WOODALL, Georgia,
  Vice Chair                           Ranking Republican
MARY GAY SCANLON, Pennsylvania       MICHAEL C. BURGESS, Texas
DONNA E. SHALALA, Florida
JAMES P. McGOVERN, Massachusetts
                                 ------                                

          Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House

                   NORMA J. TORRES, California, Chair
ED PERLMUTTER, Colorado,             DEBBIE LESKO, Arizona,
  Vice Chair                           Ranking Republican
MARY GAY SCANLON, Pennsylvania       ROB WOODALL, Georgia
JOSEPH D. MORELLE, New York
JAMES P. McGOVERN, Massachusetts
                                 ------                                

                  Subcommittee on Expedited Procedures

                     JAMIE RASKIN, Maryland, Chair
DONNA E. SHALALA, Florida,           MICHAEL C. BURGESS, Texas,
  Vice Chair                           Ranking Republican
NORMA J. TORRES, California          DEBBIE LESKO, Arizona
MARK DeSAULNIER, California
JAMES P. McGOVERN, Massachusetts



                            C O N T E N T S

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                Part I--Standing Committees of the House

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Committee on Agriculture.........................................    03
Committee on Appropriations......................................    25
Committee on Armed Services......................................    37
Committee on the Budget..........................................    51
Committee on Education and Labor.................................    61
Committee on Energy and Commerce.................................    79
Committee on Ethics..............................................    89
Committee on Financial Services..................................   119
Committee on Foreign Affairs.....................................   133
Committee on Homeland Security...................................   153
Committee on House Administration................................   165
Committee on the Judiciary.......................................   177
Committee on Natural Resources...................................   183
Committee on Oversight and Reform................................   199
Committee on Rules...............................................   211
Committee on Science, Space and Technology.......................   221
Committee on Small Business......................................   231
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure...................   245
Committee on Veterans' Affairs...................................   263
Committee on Ways and Means......................................   275

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

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.......................   287
Select Committee on the Climate Crisis...........................   307
Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress................   315

                Part III--Congressional Joint Committees

Joint Economic Committee.........................................   323
Joint Committee on the Library...................................   327
Joint Committee on Printing......................................   331
Joint Committee on Taxation......................................   337

                                Appendix

Rule X. Organization of Committees...............................   341
Rule XI. Procedures of Committees and Unfinished Business........   368
Rule XIII. Calendars and Committee Reports.......................   390
      
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                PART I--STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE HOUSE

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                        Committee on Agriculture

  COLLIN C. PETERSON, Minnesota, 
               Chair

K. MICHAEL CONAWAY, Texas,           DAVID SCOTT, Georgia
  Ranking Member                     JIM COSTA, California
GLENN ``GT'' THOMPSON, Pennsylvania  MARCIA L. FUDGE, Ohio
AUSTIN SCOTT, Georgia                JAMES P. McGOVERN, Massachusetts
ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, Arkansas  FILEMON VELA, Texas
SCOTT DesJARLAIS, Tennessee          STACEY E. PLASKETT, Virgin Islands
VICKY HARTZLER, Missouri             ALMA S. ADAMS, North Carolina,
DOUG LaMALFA, California               Vice Chair
RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois               ABIGAIL DAVIS SPANBERGER, Virginia
TED S. YOHO, Florida                 JAHANA HAYES, Connecticut
RICK W. ALLEN, Georgia               ANTONIO DELGADO, New York
MIKE BOST, Illinois                  TJ COX, California
DAVID ROUZER, North Carolina         ANGIE CRAIG, Minnesota
ANTHONY BRINDISI, New York           JEFFERSON VAN DREW, New Jersey
RALPH LEE ABRAHAM, Louisiana         JOSH HARDER, California
TRENT KELLY, Mississippi             KIM SCHRIER, Washington
JAMES COMER, Kentucky                CHELLIE PINGREE, Maine
ROGER W. MARSHALL, Kansas            CHERI BUSTOS, Illinois
DON BACON, Nebraska                  SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, New York
NEAL P. DUNN, Florida                SALUD O. CARBAJAL, California
DUSTY JOHNSON, South Dakota          AL LAWSON, Jr., Florida
JAMES R. BAIRD, Indiana              TOM O'HALLERAN, Arizona
JIM HAGEDORN, Minnesota              JIMMY PANETTA, California
                                     ANN KIRKPATRICK, Arizona
                                     CYNTHIA AXNE, Iowa

   Anne Simmons, Staff Director
   Matt Schertz, Minority Staff 
             Director

          RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE 116TH CONGRESS

                       (Adopted February 7, 2019)

                      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)(1) 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(k)(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) of 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 60 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 calendar day (excluding Saturdays, 
        Sundays, or legal holidays except when the House is in 
        session on such a 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.
    (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, 
the Committee shall:
          (1) 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 and 
        shall maintain the recordings of such coverage in a 
        manner that is easily accessible to the public; and
          (2) make each hearing or meeting for the transaction 
        of business open to coverage by television, radio, and 
        still photography in accordance with clause 4 of House 
        Rule XI. When such audio and visual coverage is 
        conducted in the Committee or Subcommittee, written 
        notice to that effect shall be provided to 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 for vocal conversation 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 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 Rule 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 House 
        Rule XI;
          (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, which shall include a record of 
        all Committee and Subcommittee action, 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; the name of each Member voting for and each Member 
voting against such amendment, motion, order, or other 
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. 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, Depositions, and Oaths

    (a) Issuance of Subpoenas.--In accordance with clause 2(m) 
of House Rule XI, 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.
    (c) Deposition Authority.--
          (1) The Chairman, 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.
          (2) Depositions taken under the authority prescribed 
        in this subsection shall be subject to regulations 
        issued by the chair of the Committee on Rules and 
        printed in the Congressional Record.''

                     Rule VIII.--Hearing Procedures

    (a) Power to Hear.--For the purpose of carrying out any of 
its functions and duties under House Rules 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 the Ranking Minority Member of 
the Subcommittee. After such consultation, the Chairman of the 
Subcommittee shall consult the Chairmen of the other 
subcommittees 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 system 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 paragraph (f) of Committee Rule XI.)
    (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 paragraph (b) of 
Committee Rule III.). 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 to voluntarily 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 pertinence of 
        testimony and evidence adduced at its hearings. A 
        witness may obtain a transcribed copy of his or her 
        testimony given at a public session. If given at an 
        executive session, a transcribed copy of testimony may 
        be obtained 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 the 
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 each record vote on any amendment 
        in the Committee and Subcommittee and on the motion to 
        report the measure or matter, including the total 
        number of votes cast for and against, and the names of 
        Members voting for and 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 the bill or joint 
        resolution in the fiscal year in which it is reported 
        and in each of the five fiscal years following that 
        fiscal year (or for the authorized duration of any 
        program authorized by the bill or joint resolution if 
        less than five years) (see clause 3(d)(1) of House Rule 
        XIII), 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 402 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 P.L. 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 (P.L. 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 
                P.L. 111-139; or
                  (B) the most recent catalog of Federal 
                Domestic Assistance, published pursuant to the 
                Federal Program Information Act (P.L. 95-220, 
                as amended by P. L. 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 written 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 clause 2(l) of House Rule XI and clause 3(a)(1) 
of House Rule XIII), 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 clause 3(a)(1) of 
        House Rule XII) 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.--For hearings 
held related to 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 House Rule XI 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 House Rule XXII whenever the Chairman 
considers it appropriate.

                  Rule X.--Other Committee Activities

    (a) Oversight Plan.--
          (1) Not later than March 1 of the first session of 
        the 116th Congress, the Chairman shall prepare, in 
        consultation with the Ranking Minority Member, an 
        oversight plan; provide a copy of that plan to each 
        Member of the Committee for at least seven calendar 
        days before its submission; and submit such plan 
        (including any supplemental, minority, additional, or 
        dissenting views submitted by a Member of the 
        Committee) simultaneously to the Committee on Oversight 
        and Reform and the Committee on House Administration 
        pursuant to clause 2(d) of House Rule X.
          (2) In developing the plan, the Chairman shall, to 
        the maximum extent feasible--
                  (A) consult with other committees that have 
                jurisdiction over the same or related laws, 
                programs, or agencies with the objective of 
                ensuring maximum coordination and cooperation 
                among committees when conducting reviews of 
                such laws, programs, or agencies and include in 
                the plan an explanation of steps that have been 
                or will be taken to ensure such coordination 
                and cooperation;
                  (B) 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;
                  (C) give priority consideration to including 
                in the plan the review of those laws, programs, 
                or agencies operating under permanent budget 
                authority or permanent statutory authority;
                  (D) have a view toward ensuring that all 
                significant laws, programs, or agencies within 
                the committee's jurisdiction are subject to 
                review every 10 years; and
                  (E) have a view toward insuring against 
                duplication of Federal programs.
    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(c) of House Rule X. The 
Committee shall include in the report filed pursuant to clause 
1(d) of House Rule XI separate sections summarizing the 
legislative and oversight activities of the Committee under 
House Rule X and House Rule XI, a summary of the authorization 
and oversight plan submitted by the Committee under clause 2(d) 
of House Rule X, a summary of actions taken and recommendations 
made with respect to the oversight and authorization 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 
States 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) 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.
    (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 clause 11 of House Rule I, 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) Member Day Hearing.--During the first session of a 
Congress, the Committee will hold a hearing at which it 
receives testimony from Members, Delegates, and the Resident 
Commissioner on proposed legislation within its jurisdiction.
    (j) 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 (13 members, 7 majority 
        and 6 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 (20 members, 11 majority and 9 
        minority)

    Policies, statutes, and markets relating to commodity 
exchanges; agricultural credit; rural development; energy; 
rural electrification.

Conservation and Forestry (11 members, 6 majority and 5 minority)

    Policies and statutes relating to resource conservation, 
forestry, and all forests under the jurisdiction of the 
Committee on Agriculture.

Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations (16 members, 9 majority 
        and 7 minority)

    Policies and statutes relating to nutrition, including the 
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and domestic 
commodity distribution and consumer initiative; departmental 
and agency oversight; and special investigations.

Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research (23 members, 13 majority and 
        10 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, 
including pesticides; bioterrorism; adulteration and quarantine 
matters; research, education, and extension; and biotechnology.

Livestock and Foreign Agriculture (22 members, 12 majority and 10 
        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 Chairman 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 
paragraph (b) of Committee Rule VIII.) 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 paragraph (a) of Committee Rule II and 
special or additional meetings under paragraph (b) of Committee 
Rule II 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 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 clause 9 of House Rule X)
          (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 clause 6(d) of House Rule X).
    (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 clause 
        8 of House Rule X). 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

 NITA LOWEY, New York, Chairwoman

KAY GRANGER, Texas,                  MARCY KAPTUR, Ohio
  Ranking Member                     PETER VISCLOSKY, Indiana
HAROLD ROGERS, Kentucky              JOSE SERRANO, New York
ROBERT ADERHOLT, Alabama             ROSA DeLAURO, Connecticut
MICHAEL SIMPSON, Idaho               DAVID PRICE, North Carolina
JOHN CARTER, Texas                   LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD, California
KEN CALVERT, California              SANFORD BISHOP, Georgia
TOM COLE, Oklahoma                   BARBARA LEE, California
MARIO DIAZ-BALART, Florida           BETTY McCOLLUM, Minnesota
TOM GRAVES, Georgia                  TIM RYAN, Ohio
STEVE WOMACK, Arkansas               C. RUPPERSBERGER, Maryland
JEFF FORTENBERRY, Nebraska           DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Florida
CHARLES FLEISCHMANN, Tennessee       HENRY CUELLAR, Texas
JAIME HERRERA BEUTLER, Washington    CHELLIE PINGREE, Maine
DAVID JOYCE, Ohio                    MIKE QUIGLEY, Illinois
ANDY HARRIS, Maryland                DEREK KILMER, Washington
MARTHA ROBY, Alabama                 MATT CARTWRIGHT, Pennsylvania
MARK AMODEI, Nevada                  GRACE MENG, New York
CHRIS STEWART, Utah                  MARK POCAN, Wisconsin
STEVEN PALAZZO, Mississippi          KATHERINE CLARK, Massachusetts
DAN NEWHOUSE, Washington             PETE AGUILAR, California
JOHN MOOLENAAR, Michigan             LOIS FRANKEL, Florida
JOHN RUTHERFORD, Florida             CHERI BUSTOS, Illinois
WILL HURD, Texas                     BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN, New Jersey
                                     BRENDA LAWRENCE, Michigan
                                     NORMA TORRES, California
                                     CHARLIE CRIST, Florida
                                     ANN KIRKPATRICK, Arizona
                                     ED CASE, Hawaii

 Shalanda Young, Clerk and Staff 
             Director
  Anne Marie Chotvacs, Minority 
     Clerk and Staff Director



        RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS 116TH CONGRESS

                       (Adopted January 30, 2019)

    RESOLVED, That the rules and practices of the Committee on 
Appropriations, House of Representatives, in the One Hundred 
Fifteenth 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 Sixteenth 
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 Chair, or any Member designated by the Chair, 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 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.
    (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 2 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 Chair 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 Chair 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 Chair 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, she or he 
is authorized, in her or his discretion, to arrange for their 
specialized training. The Chair is also authorized to employ 
additional personnel as necessary.
    (b) Assistants to Members.--
          (1) Each chair and ranking minority member of a 
        subcommittee or the full Committee may select and 
        designate not more than two staff members who shall 
        serve at the pleasure of that Member.
          (2) 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, and subject to other 
        terms and conditions established by the Chair.
          (3) Notwithstanding any other provision of this 
        subsection, the Chair may prescribe such terms and 
        conditions she or he deems necessary to regulate the 
        number and compensation of Assistants to Members and 
        retain 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.
          (4) Members designating staff members under this 
        subsection must specifically certify by letter to the 
        Chair 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 Chair may call and convene, as she or 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 Chair.
          (2) If at least three Committee Members desire that a 
        special meeting of the Committee be called by the 
        Chair, those Members may file in the Committee Offices 
        a written request to the Chair 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 Chair.
          (3) If within 3 calendar days after the filing of the 
        request, the Chair does not call the requested special 
        meeting to be held within 7 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 Chair To Preside in Absence of Chair.--A member of 
the majority party on the Committee or subcommittee thereof 
designated by the Chair of the full Committee shall be vice 
chair of the Committee or subcommittee, as the case may be, and 
shall preside at any meeting during the temporary absence of 
the Chair. If the Chair and vice chair 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 Chair 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 calendar day (excluding Saturdays, 
        Sundays, or legal holidays except when the House is in 
        session on such a 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. 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 Chair 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 Chair 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 Chair 
        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 Chair 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 5 
        subsequent days of hearings.
          (2) Subcommittee chairs shall coordinate the 
        development of schedules for meetings or hearings after 
        consultation with the Chair and other subcommittee 
        chairs 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 1 
        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 
        Chair or subcommittee chair, 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 1 day of 
        hearings thereon.
          (2) The Committee and its subcommittees shall observe 
        the 5-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 Chair or 
subcommittee chair 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 5-minute rule or while the Committee is in session.
    (g) Public Notice of Committee Hearings.--The Chair of the 
Committee shall make public announcement of the date, place, 
and subject matter of any Committee or subcommittee hearing at 
least 1 week before the commencement of the hearing. If the 
Chair 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 Chair or subcommittee chair 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 Chair 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 
        7 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 Chair 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) Duplicative Programs.--Each Committee report on a bill 
or joint resolution that establishes or reauthorizes a Federal 
program shall contain a statement indicating whether such 
program is known to be duplicative of another program, pursuant 
to clause 3(c)(5) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.
    (i) 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 2 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.
    (j) Availability of Reports.--A copy of each bill, 
resolution, or report shall be made available to each Member of 
the Committee at least 3 calendar days (excluding Saturdays, 
Sundays, and legal holidays except when the House is in session 
on such a day) 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 Chair 
and the Ranking Minority Member of the full Committee.
    (k) 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.
    (l) Motion to go to Conference.--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.

                             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 Chair of the Committee or the chair 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 Chair is authorized to appoint such staff and, in 
her or 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 chair 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 Chair 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 chair 
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 chair of the subcommittee requesting such study 
and examination and to the Chair 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 Chair 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 Chair 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 Chair 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 Chair 
of the full Committee has authorized such release.
    (e) The Chair is authorized to appoint such staff, and, in 
her or his discretion, arrange for the procurement of temporary 
services, as from time to time may be required.

                        Sec. 10: Official Travel

    (a) The chair 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 Chair. Specific 
approval shall be required for each and every trip.
    (b) The Chair 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 Chair 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 Chair.
    (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 Chair 
        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 Chair no later than 60 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 
        Chair.

                      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 
Chair 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 7 calendar days and the report includes 
any supplemental, minority, additional, or dissenting views 
submitted by a Member of the Committee.

                      Committee on Armed Services

 ADAM SMITH, Washington, Chairman

MAC THORNBERRY, Texas,               SUSAN DAVIS, California
  Ranking Member                     JAMES R. LANGEVIN, Rhode Island
JOE WILSON, South Carolina           RICK LARSEN, Washington
ROB BISHOP, Utah                     JIM COOPER, Tennessee
MICHAEL TURNER, Ohio                 JOE COURTNEY, Connecticut
MIKE ROGERS, Alabama                 JOHN GARAMENDI, California
K. MICHAEL CONAWAY, Texas            JACKIE SPEIER, California
DOUG LAMBORN, Colorado               TULSI GABBARD, Hawaii
ROBERT WITTMAN, Virginia             DONALD NORCROSS, New Jersey
VICKY HARTZLER, Missouri             RUBEN GALLEGO, Arizona
AUSTIN SCOTT, Georgia                SETH MOULTON, Massachusetts
MO BROOKS, Alabama                   SALUD CARBAJAL, California
PAUL COOK, California                ANTHONY BROWN, Maryland,
BRADLEY BYRNE, Alabama                 Vice Chair
SAM GRAVES, Missouri                 RO KHANNA, California
ELISE STEFANIK, New York             WILLIAM KEATING, Massachusetts
SCOTT DesJARLAIS, Tennessee          FILEMON VELA, Texas
RALPH ABRAHAM, Louisiana             ANDY KIM, New Jersey
TRENT KELLY, Mississippi             KENDRA HORN, Oklahoma
MIKE GALLAGHER, Wisconsin            GIL CISNEROS, California
MATT GAETZ, Florida                  CHRISSY HOULAHAN, Pennsylvania
DON BACON, Nebraska                  JASON CROW, Colorado
JIM BANKS, Indiana                   XOCHITL TORRES SMALL, New Mexico
LIZ CHENEY, Wyoming                  ELISSA SLOTKIN, Michigan
PAUL MITCHELL, Michigan              MIKIE SHERRILL, New Jersey
JACK BERGMAN, Michigan               KATIE HILL, California
MICHAEL WALTZ, Florida               VERONICA ESCOBAR, Texas
                                     DEB HAALAND, New Mexico
                                     JARED GOLDEN, Maine
                                     LORI TRAHAN, Massachusetts
                                     ELAINE LURIA, Virginia

  Paul Arcangeli, Staff Director
 Jennifer Stewart, Minority Staff 
             Director

        RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES 116TH CONGRESS

                       (Adopted January 24, 2019)

                      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 60 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 the Department of Energy, counter-drug programs, 
        security cooperation and humanitarian assistance 
        activities (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. While subcommittees are provided 
        jurisdictional responsibilities in subparagraph (a)(2) 
        and are required to conduct oversight in their 
        respective jurisdictions, pursuant to clause 2(b)(2) of 
        rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives, 
        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 
        six standing subcommittees with the following 
        jurisdictions:
                  Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces: 
                Army programs and accounts related to aircraft, 
                ground equipment, missiles, ammunition, and 
                other procurement; Marine Corps programs and 
                accounts related to ground and amphibious 
                equipment, fighter aircraft, helicopters, air-
                launched weapons, and ammunition; Air Force 
                programs and accounts related to fighter, 
                training, reconnaissance and surveillance, and 
                electronic warfare aircraft, helicopters, air-
                launched weapons, ground equipment, and 
                ammunition; Navy programs and accounts related 
                to fighter, training, and electronic warfare 
                aircraft, helicopters, and air-launched 
                weapons; tactical air and missile defense 
                programs and accounts; chemical agent and 
                munition destruction programs and accounts; and 
                National Guard and Reserve equipment programs 
                and accounts.
                  Subcommittee on Military Personnel: 
                Department of Defense policy and programs and 
                accounts related to military personnel and 
                their families, Reserve Component integration 
                and employment, military health care, military 
                education, dependent schools, POW/MIA issues, 
                Morale, Welfare and Recreation, commissaries, 
                cemeteries under the jurisdiction of the 
                Department of Defense, the Uniform Code of 
                Military Justice, and military retirement 
                issues.
                  Subcommittee on Readiness: Department of 
                Defense policy and programs and accounts 
                related to military readiness, training, 
                logistics and maintenance, military 
                construction, organic industrial base, the 
                civilian and contract workforce, environment, 
                military installations and real property 
                management, family housing, base realignments 
                and closures, and energy.
                  Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection 
                Forces: Navy and Marine Corps acquisition 
                programs and accounts related to shipbuilding 
                and conversion, reconnaissance and 
                surveillance, tanker, and airlift aircraft, 
                ship and submarine-launched weapons, 
                ammunition, and other procurements; Air Force 
                programs and accounts related to bomber, 
                tanker, and airlift aircraft; Army programs and 
                accounts related to waterborne vessels; and 
                Maritime policy and programs and accounts 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: Department 
                of Defense and Department of Energy policy 
                related to strategic deterrence, strategic 
                stability, nuclear weapons, strategic and 
                nuclear arms control, nonproliferation, nuclear 
                safety, missile defense, and space; Department 
                of Defense programs and accounts related to 
                nuclear weapons, strategic missiles, nuclear 
                command and control systems, Department of 
                Defense intelligence space, space systems and 
                services of the military departments, and 
                intermediate and long-range missile defense 
                systems; and Department of Energy national 
                security programs and accounts.
                  Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging 
                Threats and Capabilities: Department of Defense 
                policy and programs and accounts related to 
                military intelligence, national intelligence, 
                countering weapons of mass destruction, 
                counter-proliferation, counter-terrorism, other 
                sensitive military operations, special 
                operations forces, cyber security, cyber 
                operations, cyber forces, information 
                technology, information operations, and science 
                and technology (including defense-wide programs 
                and accounts related to research, development, 
                testing, and evaluation, except for those 
                defense-wide programs and accounts related to 
                research, development, testing, and evaluation 
                of missile defense systems).
          (3) Definitions.--For the purposes of subparagraph 
        (a)(2):
                  (A) The phrase ``programs and accounts'' 
                means acquisition and modernization programs, 
                sustainment planning during program 
                development, and related funding lines for 
                procurement, advanced development, advanced 
                component development and prototypes, systems 
                development, sustainment planning, and 
                demonstration.
                  (B) The term ``policy'' means statutes, 
                regulations, directives, and other 
                institutional guidance.
                  (C) The phrase ``science and technology'' 
                means science and technology programs and 
                related funding lines for basic research, 
                applied research, and non-acquisition program 
                advanced development.
    (b) Membership of the Subcommittees.--
          (1) Subcommittee memberships shall be filled in 
        accordance with the rules of the majority party's 
        caucus and the minority party's conference, 
        respectively.
          (2) The Chairman of the Committee and the Ranking 
        Minority Member thereof (hereinafter referred to as the 
        ``Ranking Minority Member'') 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.
          (3) 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, and all minority 
        members shall be appointed by the Ranking Minority 
        Member. The Chairman 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 
        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, or the chairman of a subcommittee 
        with the concurrence of the Chairman, 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 the Ranking Minority Member or the chairman and the 
        ranking minority member of a subcommittee shall each 
        appoint an equal number of members to the task force. 
        The Chairman or the chairman of a 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 or the ranking minority member of a 
        subcommittee shall similarly appoint the ranking 
        minority member of the task force.
          (2) No task force appointed by the Chairman or the 
        chairman of a 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 the Ranking 
        Minority Member or the concurrence of the chairman and 
        the ranking minority member of the 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 or the chairman of a 
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, or the chairman 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 calendar days 
(excluding Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays except when 
the House is in session on such a day) before the commencement 
of a meeting. However, if the Chairman, with the concurrence of 
the Ranking Minority Member, or the chairman 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, 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, or the chairman 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, 
subcommittee, panel, or task force 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 paragraph (a) and the 
provisions of clause 2(g)(2)(A) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives and in accordance with the provisions 
of clause 2(g)(2)(B) 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, subcommittee, panel, or task force, the Committee, 
subcommittee, panel, or task force 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, subcommittee, 
panel, or task force 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, subcommittee, panel, or 
task force shall proceed to receive such testimony in open 
session only if the Committee, subcommittee, panel, or task 
force, 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, subcommittee, panel, or task force 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 the Ranking Minority Member or the chairman 
and the ranking minority member of a subcommittee, panel, or 
task force.
    (b)(1) Members who are present at a hearing of the 
Committee, subcommittee, panel, or task force when a hearing is 
originally convened shall be recognized by the Chairman or 
subcommittee, panel, or task force 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 or the 
chairman and the ranking minority member of a subcommittee, 
panel, or task force, as appropriate, 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, panel, or 
task force may be recognized by a subcommittee, panel, or task 
force chairman in order of their arrival and after all present 
subcommittee, panel, or task force members have been 
recognized.
    (3) The Chairman of the Committee or the chairman of a 
subcommittee, panel, or task force, 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 
Chairman and after consultation with the Ranking Minority 
Member, 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, panel, or task force shall be 
submitted to the Committee, subcommittee, panel, or task force 
at least 48 hours in advance of presentation and shall be 
distributed to all members of the Committee, subcommittee, 
panel, or task force 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, subcommittee, 
panel, or task force 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, 
subcommittee, panel, or task force, a quorum being present. In 
cases where a witness does not submit a statement by the time 
required under this rule, the Chairman, with the concurrence of 
the Ranking Minority Member, or the chairman of a subcommittee, 
panel, or task force, 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, panel, or task 
force 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, panel, or task force) 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, panel, or task force, members of the Committee, 
subcommittee, panel, or task force may put questions to the 
witness only when recognized by the Chairman, subcommittee, 
panel, or task force chairman, as appropriate, for that purpose 
according to rule 11 of the Committee.
    (b) Members of the Committee, subcommittee, panel, or task 
force 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 the subcommittee, 
panel, or task force chairman, as appropriate.
    (c) Questions put to witnesses before the Committee, 
subcommittee, panel, or task force shall be pertinent to the 
measure or matter that may be before the Committee, 
subcommittee, panel, or task force for consideration.

        Rule 16.--Publication of Committee Hearings and Markups

    The transcripts of those hearings conducted by the 
Committee, subcommittee, panel, or task force 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, with the concurrence of the Ranking 
Minority Member, or the chairman of a subcommittee, as 
appropriate, with the concurrence of the respective 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 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 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 the 
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

    JOHN A. YARMUTH, Kentucky, 
             Chairman

STEVE WOMACK, Arkansas,              SETH MOULTON, Massachusetts,
  Ranking Member                       Vice Chair
ROB WOODALL, Georgia                 HAKEEM S. JEFFRIES, New York
BILL JOHNSON, Ohio,                  BRIAN HIGGINS, New York
  Vice Ranking Minority Member       BRENDAN F. BOYLE, Pennsylvania
JASON SMITH, Missouri                RO KHANNA, California
BILL FLORES, Texas                   ROSA L. DeLAURO, Connecticut
GEORGE HOLDING, North Carolina       LLOYD DOGGETT, Texas
CHRIS STEWART, Utah                  DAVID E. PRICE, North Carolina
RALPH NORMAN, South Carolina         JANICE D. SCHAKOWSKY, Illinois
CHIP ROY, Texas                      DANIEL T. KILDEE, Michigan
DANIEL MEUSER, Pennsylvania          JIMMY PANETTA, California
WILLIAM R. TIMMONS IV, South CarolinaJOSEPH D. MORELLE, New York
DAN CRENSHAW, Texas                  STEVEN HORSFORD, Nevada
KEVIN HERN, Oklahoma                 ROBERT C. ``BOBBY'' SCOTT, 
TIM BURCHETT, Tennessee              Virginia
                                     SHEILA JACKSON LEE, Texas
                                     BARBARA LEE, California
                                     PRAMILA JAYAPAL, Washington
                                     ILHAN OMAR, Minnesota
                                     ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey
                                     SCOTT H. PETERS, California
                                     JIM COOPER, Texas

    Ellen Balis, Staff Director
    Dan Keniry, Minority Staff 
             Director

          RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE BUDGET 116TH CONGRESS

                       (Adopted January 29, 2019)

                         GENERAL APPLICABILITY

                 Rule 1.--Applicability of House Rules

    (a) Except as otherwise specified herein, the Rules of the 
House of Representatives 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 60 days after the Chair of the Committee is elected 
in each odd-numbered year.
    (c) The Chair, in consultation with the Ranking minority 
member, may establish such other procedures and take such 
actions as may be necessary to carry out these rules or 
facilitate the effective operation of the Committee.

                          Rule 2.--Vice Chair

    The Chair of the Committee shall designate a member of the 
majority party to serve as Vice Chair of the Committee in 
accordance with clause 2(d) of Rule XI of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives. The Vice Chair shall preside at any 
meeting or hearing during the temporary absence of the Chair.

                                MEETINGS

                       Rule 3.--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(g)(3) of Rule XI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives.
    (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 calendar day (excluding 
Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays except when the House is 
in session on such 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. An announcement 
shall be published promptly in the Daily Digest and made 
publicly available in electronic form.

                Rule 4.--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 the 
Rules of the House of Representatives.
    (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 three days in advance when 
Congress is not in session.

                    Rule 5.--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 
Rules of the House of Representatives.
    (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 6.--Quorum

    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 7.--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 8.--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 9.--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 10.--Procedure for Consideration of Budget Resolution

    (a) 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. (b) 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 11.--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) In accordance with clause 2(e)(1)(B) of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives, 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.

                         Rule 12.--Proxy Voting

    No vote by any member of the Committee on any measure or 
matter may be cast by proxy.

                                HEARINGS


                   Rule 13.--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 14.--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 of clause 2(g)(2) of rule XI of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives, the task forces of the 
Committee are considered to be subcommittees.

                Rule 15.--Member Day Hearing Requirement

    During the first session of the 116th Congress, the 
Committee shall hold a Member Day Hearing to hear testimony 
from members, delegates, and the resident commissioner--whether 
or not they are a member of the Committee--on budget priorities 
and process.

                            Rule 16.--Quorum

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

                    Rule 17.--Questioning Witnesses

    (a) Questioning of witnesses will be conducted under the 
five-minute rule unless the Committee adopts a motion pursuant 
to clause 2(j) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.
    (b) In questioning witnesses under the five-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 section (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 18.--Subpoenas and Oaths

    (a) In accordance with clause 2(m) of rule XI of the Rules 
of the House of Representatives, 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 19.--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 20.--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 21.--Committee Publications on the Internet

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

                                 STAFF


                       Rule 22.--Committee Staff

    (a) Subject to approval by the Committee and to the 
provisions of the following sections, 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, religion, national origin, 
sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, 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 sections (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 23.--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 or 
she deems appropriate, fix and adjust staff salaries (in 
accordance with rule X, clause 9(c) of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives) and job titles, and, at his or her 
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 24.--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 or her 
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 or she 
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 25.--Access to Committee Records

    (a) 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 Rules of the House of Representatives).
    (b) 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.
    (c) 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.
    (d) 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 the written request of any member of the 
Committee.

                               OVERSIGHT


                      Rule 26.--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 Rules of the House of 
Representatives, 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 March 1 of the first session of a 
Congress, the Chair shall prepare, in consultation with the 
Ranking minority member, and submit to the Committees on 
Oversight and Reform and House Administration an oversight plan 
for that Congress in accordance with the provisions of clause 
2(d) of rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives. 
The Chair shall provide a copy of that plan to each member of 
the Committee for at least seven calendar days and must include 
any supplemental, minority, additional, or dissenting views 
submitted by a member of the Committee.

                                REPORTS


                  Rule 27.--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 sections (a) and (b) may be waived by the Chair or with 
a majority vote by the Committee.

               Rule 28.--Report on the Budget Resolution

    The report of the Committee to accompany a concurrent 
resolution on the budget shall include any roll call vote on 
any motion to amend or report any measure.

Rule 29.--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 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 30.--Activity Report

    (a) After an adjournment sine die of a regular session of a 
Congress or after December 15 of an even-numbered year, the 
chair 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 of 
Representatives 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 31.--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 Rules of the House of Representatives.
    (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 Rules of the House of Representatives.

                      Rule 32.--Committee Website

    (a) 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, other 
members of the House, and the public. 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, other members of the House, and 
the public.

                   Rule 33.--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 34.--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 Labor

    ROBERT C. ``BOBBY'' SCOTT, 
        Virginia, Chairman

VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina,       SUSAN A. DAVIS, California
  Ranking Member                     RAUL M. GRIJALVA, Arizona
DAVID P. ROE, Tennessee              JOE COURTNEY, Connecticut
GLENN THOMPSON, Pennsylvania         MARCIA L. FUDGE, Ohio
TIM WALBERG, Michigan                GREGORIO KILILI CAMACHO SABLAN, 
BRETT GUTHRIE, Kentucky              Northern Mariana Islands
BRADLEY BYRNE, Alabama               FREDERICA S. WILSON, Florida
GLENN GROTHMAN, Wisconsin            SUZANNE BONAMICI, Oregon
ELISE M. STEFANIK, New York          MARK TAKANO, California
RICK W. ALLEN, Georgia               ALMA S. ADAMS, North Carolina
FRANCIS ROONEY, Florida              MARK DeSAULNIER, California
LLOYD K. SMUCKER, Pennsylvania       DONALD NORCROSS, New Jersey
JIM BANKS, Indiana                   PRAMILA JAYAPAL, Washington
MARK WALKER, North Carolina          JOSEPH D. MORELLE, New York
JAMES COMER, Kentucky                SUSAN WILD, Pennsylvania
BEN CLINE, Virginia                  JOSH HARDER, California
RUSS FULCHER, Idaho                  LUCY McBATH, Georgia
VAN TAYLOR, Texas                    KIM SCHRIER, Washington
STEVE C. WATKINS, Jr., Kansas        LAUREN UNDERWOOD, Illinois
RON WRIGHT, Texas                    JAHANA HAYES, Connecticut
DAN MEUSER, Pennsylvania             DONNA E. SHALALA, Florida
WILLIAM R. TIMMONS, IV, South CarolinaNDY LEVIN, Michigan,
DUSTY JOHNSON, South Dakota            Vice Chair
                                     ILHAN OMAR, Minnesota
                                     DAVID TRONE, Maryland
                                     HALEY M. STEVENS, Michigan
                                     SUSIE LEE, Nevada
                                     LORI TRAHAN, Massachusetts
                                     JOAQUIN CASTRO, Texas

Veronique Pluviose, Staff Director
   Brandon Renz, Minority Staff 
             Director

      RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND LABOR 116TH CONGRESS

                       (Adopted January 29, 2019)

           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 five 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 early care and 
education programs such as the Head Start Act and the Child 
Care and Development Block Grant Act, special education, and 
homeless and migrant education; overseas dependent schools; 
career and technical education; school climate and safety, 
including alcohol and drug abuse prevention; educational 
equity, including facilities; educational research and 
improvement, including the Institute of Education Sciences; and 
pre-service and in-service teacher professional development, 
including Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education 
Act and Title of II of the Higher Education Act.
    Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce 
Investment.--Education and workforce development beyond the 
high school level, including but not limited to higher 
education generally, postsecondary student assistance and 
employment services, and the Higher Education Act, including 
campus safety and climate; adult education; postsecondary 
career and technical education, apprenticeship programs, and 
workforce development, including but not limited to the 
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, vocational 
rehabilitation, and workforce development programs from 
immigration fees; programs related to the arts and humanities, 
museum and library services, and arts and artifacts indemnity; 
science and technology programs; and domestic volunteer 
programs and national service programs, including the 
Corporation for National and Community Service.
    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 but not limited 
to 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, international labor rights, and 
immigration issues as they affect employers and workers; and 
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.
    Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.--
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 but not limited to pension, health, other 
employee benefits, and the Employee Retirement Income Security 
Act.
    Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services.--Matters 
relating to equal employment opportunities and civil rights 
generally; welfare reform programs, including but not limited 
to work incentive programs and welfare-to-work requirements; 
poverty and human services programs, including but not limited 
to the Community Services Block Grant Act and the Low Income 
Home Energy Assistance Program; the Native American Programs 
Act; school lunch and child nutrition programs; matters dealing 
with programs and services for the elderly, including but not 
limited to nutrition programs and the Older Americans Act; 
adolescent development programs, including but not limited to 
those providing for the care and treatment of certain at-risk 
youth such as the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 
Act and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act; and matters dealing 
with child abuse and domestic violence, including but not 
limited to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and 
child adoption.
    (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 Section 103 of H. Res. 6, regarding 
deposition authority in the House of Representatives, 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 and 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.
    (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 nonargumentative 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 calendar day (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, or 
legal holidays except when the House is in session on such a 
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.
    (f) The Chair shall provide, in a timely manner, 
electronically or in paper form to the Ranking Member a copy of 
each report received by the Chair that is authorized by statute 
to be transmitted to Congress and addressed by Rule II, section 
2(b) of the Rules of the House of Representatives, unless such 
report has been specifically marked as already having been sent 
to the Ranking Member or minority Committee staff.
    (g) The Chair or majority staff shall consult with the 
Ranking Member or minority staff before waiving Committee 
consideration of a bill referred to the Committee. The Chair 
shall provide to the Ranking Member a copy of any Committee 
letter exchanged with another committee waiving Committee 
consideration of a bill referred to the Committee within 24 
hours of issuing such a letter.

                            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 Labor 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 Labor (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) 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.
    (b) The Chair of the Committee shall not request to have 
scheduled any bill or resolution for consideration under 
suspension of the Rules 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 
acknowledges or recognizes a period of time for such purposes.

       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, unless such hearing or 
meeting is closed pursuant to the Rules of the House of 
Representatives and of the Committee. 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

    FRANK PALLONE, New Jersey, 
             Chairman

GREG WALDEN, Oregon,                 BOBBY L. RUSH, Illinois
  Ranking Member                     ANNA G. ESHOO, California
FRED UPTON, Michigan                 ELIOT L. ENGEL, New York
JOHN SHIMKUS, Illinois               DIANA DeGETTE, Colorado
MICHAEL C. BURGESS, Texas            MICHAEL F. DOYLE, Pennsylvania
STEVE SCALISE, Louisiana             JANICE D. SCHAKOWSKY, Illinois
ROBERT E. LATTA, Ohio                G.K. BUTTERFIELD, North Carolina
CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS, Washington   DORIS O. MATSUI, California
BRETT GUTHRIE, Kentucky              KATHY CASTOR, Florida
PETE OLSON, Texas                    JOHN P. SARBANES, Maryland
DAVID B. McKINLEY, West Virginia     JERRY McNERNEY, California
ADAM KINZINGER, Illinois             PETER WELCH, Vermont
H. MORGAN GRIFFITH, Virginia         BEN RAY LUJAN, New Mexico
GUS M. BILIRAKIS, Florida            PAUL TONKO, New York
BILL JOHNSON, Ohio                   YVETTE D. CLARKE, New York,
BILLY LONG, Missouri                   Vice Chair
LARRY BUCSHON, Indiana               DAVID LOEBSACK, Iowa
BILL FLORES, Texas                   KURT SCHRADER, Oregon
SUSAN W. BROOKS, Indiana             JOSEPH P. KENNEDY, Massachusetts
MARKWAYNE MULLIN, Oklahoma           TONY CARDENAS, California
RICHARD HUDSON, North Carolina       RAUL RUIZ, California
TIM WALBERG, Michigan                SCOTT H. PETERS, California
EARL L. ``BUDDY'' CARTER, Georgia    DEBBIE DINGELL, Michigan
JEFF DUNCAN, South Carolina          MARC A. VEASEY, Texas
GREG GIANFORTE, Montana              ANN M. KUSTER, New Hampshire
                                     ROBIN L. KELLY, Illinois
                                     NANETTE DIAZ BARRAGAN, California
                                     A. DONALD McEACHIN, Virginia
                                     LISA BLUNT ROCHESTER, Delaware
                                     DARREN SOTO, Florida
                                     TOM O'HALLERAN, Arizona

   Jeff Carroll, Staff Director
 Mike Bloomquist, Minority Staff 
             Director

      RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND COMMERCE 116TH CONGRESS

                       (Adopted January 24, 2019)

                      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.--Business Meetings/Markups

    (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 or her 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 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 
purposes pursuant to that call of the chairman.
    (c) Notice.--The date, time, place, and subject matter of 
any meeting of the Committee (other than a hearing) 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. In no 
event shall such meeting commence earlier than the third 
calendar day (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays 
except when the House is in session on such a day) on which 
members have notice thereof.
    (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 grants or 
        contracts 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 or relevant subcommittee, as the case may 
        be.
          (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 30 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 30 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 10 business days following a hearing. The 
        chairman shall transmit all questions received from 
        members of the Committee to the appropriate witnesses 
        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 witnesses.

                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 
most senior 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 or subcommittee in question. A majority of the 
members of the Committee or subcommittee 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) Documents reflecting the proceedings 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 not more than 24 hours after each 
meeting has adjourned, including a record showing those present 
at each meeting; and a record of the vote on any question on 
which a record vote is demanded, including 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.
    (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.
    (b) Postponement of Votes.--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. 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) 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 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 at subcommittee hearings.
          (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:
          (1) action is taken by the full Committee within 
        those two weeks, or
          (2) by majority vote of the members of the Committee, 
        consideration is to be by the full Committee. In the 
        case of legislation or other matters within the 
        jurisdiction of more than one subcommittee, the 
        chairman of the Committee may, in his or her 
        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 or her 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 or she may delegate such 
staff 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 they 
determine is 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 116th 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 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 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 that 
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 
staff members 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

   THEODORE E. DEUTCH, Florida, 
             Chairman

KENNY MARCHANT, Texas,               GRACE MENG, New York
  Ranking Member                     SUSAN WILD, Pennsylvania
JOHN RATCLIFFE, Texas                DEAN PHILLIPS, Minnesota
GEORGE HOLDING, North Carolina       ANTHONY BROWN, Maryland
JACKIE WALORSKI, Indiana
MICHAEL GUEST, Mississippi

Thomas A. Rust, Staff Director and 
           Chief Counsel

            RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON ETHICS 116TH CONGRESS

                      (Adopted February 27, 2019)

                                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, 116th 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 an 
investigation.
    (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 Guidelines and 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 Guidelines and 
        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, any form required by the Committee's Travel 
        Guidelines and Regulations may be subject to civil 
        penalties and criminal sanctions pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 
        Sec. 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 per Statement, including any amendment required by 
the Committee in accordance with clause (m). 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 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 staff 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 or information relating to any investigation or 
proceeding of the Committee or a subcommittee to any person or 
organization outside the Committee, unless authorized by the 
Committee.
    (d) 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) A 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 the 
respondent has been given full opportunity to respond pursuant 
to rule 22. 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.
    (f) 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.
    (g) 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 a 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, in writing 
        and under oath, by a Member of the House of 
        Representatives is transmitted directly to the 
        Committee;
          (2) information offered as a complaint, in writing 
        and under oath, 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 indicted or 
        otherwise formally charged with criminal conduct or is 
        convicted of a felony in a Federal, State, or local 
        court;
          (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);
          (2) reports received from the Office of the Inspector 
        General pursuant to House Rule II, clause 6(c)(5);
          (3) determinations regarding appeals from fines 
        imposed by the Sergeant-at-Arms for the use of 
        electronic devices in contravention of applicable House 
        rules or policies, pursuant to House Rule II, clause 
        3(g); and
          (4) information received from the Office of 
        Congressional Workplace Rights, pursuant to the 
        Congressional Accountability Act of 1995.

                          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(s);
          (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(s).
    (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 before 
a Federal, State, or local 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(s) within 5 days 
with notice that the complaint conforms to the applicable 
rules.
    (b) A respondent may, within 30 days of the Committee's 
notification in clause (a), 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 a 
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(s) shall be notified in writing 
regarding the Chair and Ranking Minority Member's determination 
under rule 16(e) or 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 and the date of the 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 investigation 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 Chair and Ranking Minority 
Member have the discretion to gather information pursuant to 
subsection (a) of this rule, and 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.
    (3) In addition to any other evidence which the Committee 
or investigative subcommittee may consider, the Committee or 
investigative subcommittee may take into evidence any 
information related to the subject of an investigation 
contained in trial transcripts and all exhibits admitted into 
evidence at trial.

                  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) A 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 evidence or testimony produced pursuant to subpoena 
        or otherwise shall be deemed to have been taken or 
        produced in executive session.
          (2) The investigative subcommittee, through any of 
        its members or the staff, shall ask the respondent(s) 
        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(s) 
        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) Required testimony shall 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 any individual 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 a 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.
    (h) An investigative subcommittee may transmit a single 
report regarding multiple respondents, but shall adopt a 
separate Statement of Alleged Violation for each respondent 
where applicable.

        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 public 
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 a 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 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 or electronic 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 respondent, it shall make such information known 
and available to the respondent 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) If the Committee issues a report with respect to a 
claim referred to the Committee by the Office of Congressional 
Workplace Rights pursuant to Section 416(e) of the 
Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, the Committee shall 
ensure that the report does not directly disclose the identity 
or position of the individual who filed the claim.
    (h) 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;
          (4) the Committee votes to expand the scope of the 
        inquiry of an investigative subcommittee; and
          (5) the Committee or an investigative subcommittee 
        determines to take into evidence the trial transcript 
        or exhibits admitted into evidence at a criminal trial 
        pursuant to rule 18(e)(3).
    (i) Whenever an investigative subcommittee adopts a 
Statement of Alleged Violation and a respondent enters into an 
agreement with that subcommittee to settle an investigation, in 
whole or in part, 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.
    (j) 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.
    (k) Whenever a motion to establish an investigative 
subcommittee does not prevail, the Committee shall promptly 
send a letter to the respondent(s) informing the respondent(s) 
of such vote.
    (l) 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.
    (m) Prior to their testimony, witnesses shall be furnished 
a printed or electronic copy of the Committee's Rules and the 
provisions of the Rules of the House of Representatives 
applicable to the rights of witnesses.
    (n) 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.
    (o) 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.
    (p) 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

    MAXINE WATERS, California, 
            Chairwoman

PATRICK McHENRY, North Carolina,     CAROLYN B. MALONEY, New York
  Ranking Member                     NYDIA M. VELAZQUEZ, New York
PETER T. KING, New York              BRAD SHERMAN, California
FRANK D. LUCAS, Oklahoma             GREGORY W. MEEKS, New York
BILL POSEY, Florida                  WM. LACY CLAY, Missouri
BLAINE LUETKEMEYER, Missouri         DAVID SCOTT, Georgia
BILL HUIZENGA, Michigan              AL GREEN, Texas
SEAN P. DUFFY, Wisconsin             EMANUEL CLEAVER, Missouri
STEVE STIVERS, Ohio                  ED PERLMUTTER, Colorado
ANN WAGNER, Missouri                 JIM A. HIMES, Connecticut
ANDY BARR, Kentucky                  BILL FOSTER, Illinois
SCOTT TIPTON, Colorado               JOYCE BEATTY, Ohio
ROGER WILLIAMS, Texas                DENNY HECK, Washington
FRENCH HILL, Arkansas                JUAN VARGAS, California
TOM EMMER, Minnesota                 JOSH GOTTHEIMER, New Jersey
LEE M. ZELDIN, New York              VICENTE GONZALEZ, Texas
BARRY LOUDERMILK, Georgia            AL LAWSON, Florida
ALEXANDER X. MOONEY, West Virginia   MICHAEL SAN NICOLAS, Guam
WARREN DAVIDSON, Ohio                RASHIDA TLAIB, Michigan
TED BUDD, North Carolina             KATIE PORTER, California
DAVID KUSTOFF, Tennessee             CINDY AXNE, Iowa
TREY HOLLINGSWORTH, Indiana          SEAN CASTEN, Illinois
ANTHONY GONZALEZ, Ohio               AYANNA PRESSLEY, Massachusetts
JOHN ROSE, Tennessee                 BEN McADAMS, Utah
BRYAN STEIL, Wisconsin               ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ, New York
LANCE GOODEN, Texas                  JENNIFER WEXTON, Virginia
DENVER RIGGLEMAN, Virginia           STEPHEN F. LYNCH, Massachusetts
                                     TULSI GABBARD, Hawaii
                                     ALMA ADAMS, North Carolina
                                     MADELEINE DEAN, Pennsylvania
                                     JESUS ``CHUY'' GARCIA, Illinois
                                     SYLVIA GARCIA, Texas
                                     DEAN PHILLIPS, Minnesota

 Charla Ouertatani, Staff Director
   Stephen Cote, Minority Staff 
             Director

      RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES 116TH CONGRESS

                       (Adopted January 30, 2019)

                      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 Chair of the Committee, 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 Chair 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, but no later 
than the next meeting day.
          (B) In exercising postponement authority under 
        subparagraph (A), the Chair 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, 
        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) 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 thereof) 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. The 
Chair shall, so far as practicable, recognize alternately based 
on seniority of the majority and minority members present at 
the time the hearing was called to order and others based on 
their arrival at the hearing. The Chair shall, so far as 
practicable, defer to the Ranking Member with respect to the 
order of recognition for minority Members. 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 time 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. Unless there are exigent circumstances, 
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, and such notice shall include a full 
copy of the proposed subpoena, including any proposed document 
schedule.
    (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 six subcommittees of the Committee as 
follows:
          (A) Subcommittee on Investor Protection, 
        Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets.--The 
        jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Investor 
        Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets 
        includes--
                  (i) initiatives to protect investor interest 
                and to promote investor confidence in market 
                integrity;
                  (ii) securities, including retirement savings 
                plans and products, exchanges, and finance;
                  (iii) capital markets activities, including 
                securitization, business capital formation, 
                securities lending, and repurchase agreements;
                  (iv) investment companies, investment 
                advisers, and advisers to private funds;
                  (v) activities involving accounting and 
                auditing;
                  (vi) activities involving futures, forwards, 
                options, and other types of derivative 
                instruments;
                  (vii) the Securities and Exchange Commission;
                  (viii) the Financial Accounting Standards 
                Board;
                  (ix) the Municipal Securities Rulemaking 
                Board;
                  (x) the Public Company Accounting Oversight 
                Board;
                  (xi) the Securities Investor Protection 
                Corporation; and
                  (xii) self-regulatory organizations 
                registered with the Securities and Exchange 
                Commission.
          (B) Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial 
        Institutions.--The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on 
        Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions 
        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 Consumer 
                Financial Protection Bureau;
                  (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;
                  (ix) consumer access to savings accounts and 
                checking accounts in financial institutions, 
                including lifeline banking and other consumer 
                accounts; and
                  (x) financial stability and systemic risk, 
                including all matters relating to the Financial 
                Stability Oversight Council and the Office of 
                Financial Research.
          (C) Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, 
        and Insurance.--The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on 
        Housing, Community Development, and Insurance 
        includes--
                  (i) 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; secondary market organizations for 
                home mortgages, including the Federal National 
                Mortgage Association, the Federal Home Loan 
                Mortgage Corporation, and the Federal 
                Agricultural Mortgage Corporation; the Federal 
                Housing Finance Agency; the Federal Home Loan 
                Banks; 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;
                  (ii) 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;
                  (iii) the qualifications for and designation 
                of Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities 
                (other than matters relating to tax benefits); 
                and
                  (iv) insurance generally, including but not 
                limited to, 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, and the Federal 
                Insurance Office.
          (D) Subcommittee on National Security, International 
        Development, and Monetary Policy.--The jurisdiction of 
        the Subcommittee on National Security, International 
        Development, and Monetary Policy includes--
                  (i) financial aid to all sectors and elements 
                within the economy;
                  (ii) financial support networks of national 
                security threats, including matters related to 
                terrorist financing, money laundering, drug 
                sale proceeds, and alternative remittance 
                systems;
                  (iii) methods to detect and inhibit terrorism 
                and illicit finance, including matters related 
                to anti-money laundering and combating the 
                financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) standards, 
                asset forfeiture, and financial sanctions, as 
                well as programs related to such matters 
                administered by agencies or subunits thereof, 
                including activities of the Office of Terrorism 
                and Financial Intelligence and the Financial 
                Crimes Enforcement Network;
                  (iv) Inter-governmental initiatives to detect 
                and inhibit terrorism and illicit finance, 
                including the Financial Action Task Force;
                  (v) 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;
                  (vi) international trade, including but not 
                limited to the activities of the Export-Import 
                Bank;
                  (vii) the International Monetary Fund, its 
                permanent and temporary agencies, and all 
                matters related thereto;
                  (viii) 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;
                  (ix) defense production matters as contained 
                in the Defense Production Act of 1950, as 
                amended;
                  (xi) economic growth and stabilization;
                  (xii) 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;
                  (xiii) 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; 
                and
                  (xiv) development of new or alternative forms 
                of currency.
          (E) Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion.--The 
        jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Diversity and 
        Inclusion includes--
                  (i) all matters related to diversity and 
                inclusion within all the agencies, departments, 
                programs, and entities within the jurisdiction 
                of the Committee, including workforce diversity 
                and inclusion, external or customer diversity 
                and inclusion, and supplier diversity;
                  (ii) the Offices of Minority and Women 
                Inclusion within the federal financial 
                agencies; and
                  (iv) methods, initiatives, and measures to 
                promote financial and economic inclusion for 
                all consumers.
          (F) Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.--
        The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Oversight and 
        Investigations includes--
                  (i) the oversight of all agencies, 
                departments, programs, matters, and entities, 
                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 may 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 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 chair of the Committee as the Chair 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 Chair 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 Investor Protection, 
        Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets, shall be 
        comprised of 23 members, 13 elected by the majority 
        caucus and 10 elected by the minority caucus.
          (B) The Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and 
        Financial Institutions shall be comprised of 23 
        members, 13 elected by the majority caucus and 10 
        elected by the minority caucus.
          (C) The Subcommittee on Housing, Community 
        Development, and Insurance shall be comprised of 23 
        members, 13 elected by the majority caucus and 10 
        elected by the minority caucus.
          (D) The Subcommittee on National Security, 
        International Development, and Monetary Policy shall be 
        comprised of 21 members, 12 elected by the majority 
        caucus and 9 elected by the minority caucus.
          (E) The Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion shall 
        be comprised of 21 members, 12 elected by the majority 
        caucus and 9 elected by the minority caucus.
          (F) The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations 
        shall be comprised of 17 members, 10 elected by the 
        majority caucus and 7 elected by the minority caucus.
Subcommittee Meetings and Hearings
    (d)(1) Each subcommittee of the Committee may be authorized 
at the sole direction of the Chair 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 Foreign Affairs

ELIOT L. ENGEL, New York, Chairman

MICHAEL McCAUL, Texas,               JOAQUIN CASTRO, Texas,
  Ranking Republican                   Vice Chair
CHRIS SMITH, New Jersey              BRAD SHERMAN, California
STEVE CHABOT, Ohio                   GREGORY MEEKS, New York
JOE WILSON, South Carolina           ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey
SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania            GERALD CONNOLLY, Virginia
TED YOHO, Florida                    THEODORE DEUTCH, Florida
ADAM KINZINGER, Illinois             KAREN BASS, California
LEE ZELDIN, New York                 WILLIAM KEATING, Massachusetts
JIM SENSENBRENNER, Wisconsin         DAVID CICILLINE, Rhode Island
ANN WAGNER, Missouri                 AMI BERA, California
BRIAN MAST, Florida                  DINA TITUS, Nevada
FRANCIS ROONEY, Florida              ADRIANO ESPAILLAT, New York
BRIAN FITZPATRICK, Pennsylvania      TED LIEU, California
JOHN CURTIS, Utah                    SUSAN WILD, Pennsylvania
KEN BUCK, Colorado                   DEAN PHILLIPS, Minnesota
RON WRIGHT, Texas                    ILHAN OMAR, Minnesota
GUY RESCHENTHALER, Pennsylvania      COLIN ALLRED, Texas
TIM BURCHETT, Tennessee              ANDY LEVIN, Michigan
GREG PENCE, Indiana                  ABIGAIL SPANBERGER, Virginia
STEVE WATKINS, Kansas                CHRISSY HOULAHAN, Pennsylvania
MICHAEL GUEST, Mississippi           TOM MALINOWSKI, New Jersey
                                     DAVID TRONE, Maryland
                                     JIM COSTA, California
                                     JUAN VARGAS, California
                                     VICENTE GONZALEZ, Texas

  Jason Steinbaum, Staff Director
Brendan P. Shields, Minority Staff 
             Director

        RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS 116TH CONGRESS

                       (Adopted January 29, 2019)

                         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.

                          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.

                               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.

              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.

                   5.--Convening Hearings and Markups

    (a) Hearings.--
          (1) Notice.--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. No change 
        shall be made to a publicly announced hearing title 
        until after consultation with the relevant Ranking 
        Minority Member and notice to previously announced 
        witnesses.
          (2) Member Day Hearing.--During the first session of 
        each Congress, the full Committee shall hold a hearing 
        at which it receives testimony from Members, Delegates, 
        and the Resident Commissioner on proposed legislation 
        within its jurisdiction.
    (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.

                             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 
        calendar year or either of the two previous calendar 
        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; a disclosure 
        of whether the witness is negotiating or awaiting 
        approval to receive a contract with or payment from a 
        foreign government; 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.

          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, including 
official prints of hearings and markups sessions.

         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.

                  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.

                              10.--Proxies

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

                              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.

                  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.

                          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.

             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 
International Development Finance Corporation, 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; international cyber issues; 
U.S. Agency for Global Media; 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:

           Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, 
        and International Organizations
           Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation
            Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the Environment
           Middle East, North Africa and International 
        Terrorism
            Oversight and Investigations
           Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security and 
        Trade

    The 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 and oversight regarding human rights 
        practices in particular countries.
          (3) Legislation with respect to region- or country-
        specific loans or other financial relations outside the 
        Foreign Assistance Act.
          (4) Legislation with respect to disaster assistance 
        outside the Foreign Assistance Act, boundary issues, 
        and international claims.
          (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 challenges relating to U.S. interests in 
        the region including terrorism and cyber issues.
          (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 other subcommittees insofar as 
        they may affect the region.
          (10) Oversight of foreign assistance activities 
        affecting the region.
          (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 Asia, the Pacific and 
Nonproliferation.--In addition to its regional jurisdiction, 
oversight of: nonproliferation matters involving nuclear, 
chemical, biological and other weapons of mass destruction.
    The Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy and the 
Environment.--In addition to its regional jurisdiction, 
oversight of: global energy trends; energy security, responses 
to energy crises and challenges; international efforts to 
reduce greenhouse gas emissions; development of renewable 
energy technologies; promotion of transparency and good 
governance in the global energy sector; universal access to 
uninterrupted and affordable energy; environmental conservation 
and wildlife protection.
    The Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and 
International Terrorism.--In addition to its regional 
jurisdiction, oversight of: international terrorist threats, 
United States' efforts to manage and coordinate international 
programs to prevent and combat terrorism as coordinated by the 
Department of State and other agencies, and efforts to bring 
international terrorists to justice.
    The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.--With the 
concurrence of the Chairman of the full Committee, oversight 
and investigations of all matters within the jurisdiction of 
the Committee.
    The Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian 
Security and Trade.--In addition to its regional jurisdiction, 
oversight of: matters relating to international economic and 
trade policy; commerce with foreign countries; international 
investment policy; the International Development Finance 
Corporation and Trade and Development Agency; commodity 
agreements; and special oversight of international financial 
and monetary institutions; the Export-Import Bank, and customs; 
civilian security, including transnational organized crime and 
preventing violence by state or non-state actors. With the 
concurrence of the Chairman of the full Committee, legislative 
jurisdiction over measures related to export promotion and 
measures related to the International Development Finance 
Corporation and the Trade and Development Agency.

                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.

                   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.

      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.

                 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.

                 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.

                 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 Top 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.

          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 rule 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.

                          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.

            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.

                         24.--General Oversight

    Not later than March 1 of the first session of a Congress, 
the Chairman 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) 
simultaneously to the Committee on Oversight and Reform and the 
Committee on House Administration, 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.

                 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

 BENNIE G. THOMPSON, Mississippi, 
             Chairman

MIKE ROGERS, Alabama                 SHEILA JACKSON LEE, Texas
  Ranking Member                     JAMES R. LANGEVIN, Rhode Island
PETER T. KING, New York              CEDRIC L. RICHMOND, Louisiana
MICHAEL T. McCAUL, Texas             DONALD M. PAYNE, Jr., New Jersey
JOHN KATKO, New York                 KATHLEEN M. RICE, New York
JOHN RATCLIFFE, Texas                J. LUIS CORREA, California
MARK WALKER, North Carolina          XOCHITL TORRES SMALL, New Mexico
CLAY HIGGINS, Louisiana              MAX ROSE, New York
DEBBIE LESKO, Arizona                LAUREN UNDERWOOD, Illinois
MARK GREEN, Tennessee                ELISSA SLOTKIN, Michigan
VAN TAYLOR, Texas                    EMANUEL CLEAVER, Missouri
JOHN JOYCE, Pennsylvania             AL GREEN, Texas
DAN CRENSHAW, Texas                  YVETTE D. CLARKE, New York
MICHAEL GUEST, Mississippi           DINA TITUS, Nevada
                                     BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN, New Jersey
                                     NANETTE DIAZ BARRAGAN, California
                                     VAL BUTLER DEMINGS, Florida

    Hope Goins, Staff Director
   Chris Vieson, Minority Staff 
             Director

       RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY 116TH CONGRESS

                       (Adopted January 30, 2019)

                      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) Conferences.--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.
    (E) 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.
    (F) Activity Report.--The Committee shall submit a report 
to the House on the activities of the Committee in accordance 
with House Rule XI 1(d).

                        Rule II.--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 Border Security, Facility, and 
        Operations
          (2) Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure 
        Protection, and Innovation
          (3) Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, 
        and Recovery
          (4) Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism
          (5) Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, and 
        Accountability
          (6) Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime 
        Security
    (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.

                  Rule III.--Special Committee Panels

    (A) Designation.--The Chairman of the Full Committee may 
designate a special 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) Party Ratios and Appointment.--The chairman of a 
special panel shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Full 
Committee. The Ranking Minority Member of the Full Committee 
may select a ranking minority member for a special panel and 
may appoint additional minority members, consistent with the 
ratio of the full committee. The Chairman and Ranking Minority 
Member may serve as ex officio members.
    (C) Duration.--No special panel shall continue in existence 
for more than six months.
    (D) Jurisdiction.--No panel shall have legislative 
jurisdiction.

                       Rule IV.--Regular 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.--
                  (a) 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.
                  (b) However, a hearing may begin sooner than 
                specified in (a) if the Chairman of the 
                Committee, with the concurrence of the Ranking 
                Minority Member, determines that there is good 
                cause to begin such hearing sooner, or if the 
                Committee so determines by majority vote, a 
                quorum being present for the transaction of 
                business. If such a determination is made, the 
                Chairman shall make the announcement required 
                under (a) at the earliest possible date. To the 
                extent practicable, 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.--
                  (a) The Chair shall announce the date, time, 
                place and subject matter of any meeting, which 
                may not commence earlier than the third 
                calendar day (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, or 
                legal holidays except when the House is in 
                session on such a 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.
                  (b) At least 48 hours prior to the 
                commencement of a meeting for the markup of 
                legislation, or at the time of announcement of 
                the meeting, if less than 48 hours under rule 
                V(A)(2), the text of such legislation to be 
                marked up shall be provided to the Members, 
                made publicly available in electronic form, and 
                posted on the official Committee web site.
                  (c) Not later than 24 hours after concluding 
                a meeting to consider legislation, the text of 
                such legislation 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) Briefings.--The Chairman shall provide notice of 
        the date, time, place, and subject matter of a Member 
        briefing. To the extent practicable, a Member briefing 
        shall not commence earlier than the third day on which 
        Members have notice thereof.
    (B) Publication.--House Rule XI 2(g)(3)(C) is hereby 
incorporated by reference.

           Rule VI.--Open Meetings and Hearings; Broadcasting

    (A) Open Meetings.--
          (1) 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.
          (2) The Committee or Subcommittee may meet in 
        executive session for up to five additional consecutive 
        days of hearings if agreed to by the same procedure.
    (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 and may resume proceedings on a postponed vote at any 
time after reasonable notice to Members by the Clerk or other 
designee of the Chairman. 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) 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. To the extent practicable, 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 
        a specified number of Members to question a witness for 
        a period longer than 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.--House Rule XI 2 (j)(1) is hereby 
incorporated by reference.
    (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, each witness 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.
          (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 a hearing 
or meeting; 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; Counsel

    (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.
    (D) Counsel.--When representing a witness or entity before 
the Committee in response to a document request, request for 
transcribed interview, or subpoena from the Committee, or in 
connection with testimony before the Committee at a hearing, 
counsel for the witness or entity must promptly submit to the 
Committee a notice of appearance specifying the following: (a) 
counsel's name, firm or organization, and contact information; 
and (b) each client represented by the counsel in connection 
with the proceeding. Submission of a notice of appearance 
constitutes acknowledgement that counsel is authorized to 
accept service of process by the Committee on behalf of such 
client(s), and that counsel is bound by and agrees to comply 
with all applicable House and Committee rules and regulations.
    (E) Deposition Authority.--Section 103 of H. Res 6 is 
hereby incorporated by reference.

                      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, interns, 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.--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 XV.--Committee Records

    (A) Committee Records.--House Rule XI 2(e) is hereby 
incorporated by reference.
    (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 authorized by 
the Committee, a majority being present. Such information may 
be made available to appropriate government personnel for 
purposes of classification. 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 XVI.--Committee Rules

    (A) Availability of Committee Rules in Electronic Form.--
House Rule XI 2(a) is hereby incorporated by reference.
    (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

     ZOE LOFGREN, California, 
            Chairperson

RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois,              JAMIE RASKIN, Maryland
  Ranking Member                     SUSAN A. DAVIS, California
MARK WALKER, North Carolina          G. K. BUTTERFIELD, North Carolina
BARRY LOUDERMILK, Georgia            MARCIA L. FUDGE, Ohio
                                     PETE AGUILAR, California

    Jamie Fleet, Staff Director
    Jen Daulby, Minority Staff 
             Director

     RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION 116TH CONGRESS

                       (Adopted February 7, 2019)

                    Rule No. 1.--General Provisions

    (a) The Rules of the House of Representatives 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 rule 
X of the Rules of the House of Representatives and, subject to 
the adoption of expense resolutions as required by clause 6 of 
rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives, 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 rules X and XI of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives.
    (e) The Committee's rules shall be made publicly available 
in electronic form and published in the Congressional Record 
not later than 60 days after the Committee is elected in each 
odd-numbered year.

               Rule No. 2.--Regular and Special Meetings

    (a)(1) The regular meeting date of the Committee shall be 
the second Tuesday of every month when the House is in session 
in accordance with clause 2(b) of rule XI of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives. If the House is not in session on the 
second Tuesday of a month, the regular meeting date shall be 
the third Tuesday of that month.
    (2) Additional meetings may be called by the Chairperson of 
the full Committee as the Chairperson considers 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 Rules of the 
House of Representatives.
    (3) The determination of the business to be considered at 
each meeting shall be made by the Chairperson subject to clause 
2(c) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives. A 
regularly scheduled meeting may be dispensed with if, in the 
judgment of the Chairperson, there is no need for the meeting.
    (b) If the Chairperson 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 Chairperson, 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 calendar day (excluding 
Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays except when the House is 
in session on such a day) on which members have notice thereof. 
If the Chairperson, 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 Chairperson 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 Chairperson, 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 rule XI of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, 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 Chairperson 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 Chairperson 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 Chairperson 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 Chairperson may 
postpone further proceedings when a record vote is ordered on 
the question of approving any measure or matter or adopting an 
amendment. The Chairperson may resume proceedings on a 
postponed request at any time.
    (2) In exercising postponement authority under subparagraph 
(1), the Chairperson 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 
Chairperson; 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 rule VII 
of the Rules of the House of Representatives. The Chairperson 
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 rules X and XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives, 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 Chairperson, or any member designated by the 
        Chairperson, may administer oaths to any witness.
    (b)(1) A subpoena may be authorized and issued by the 
Chairperson of the full Committee, 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.
    (2) In addition, a subpoena may be authorized and issued by 
the Committee in accordance with clause 2(m) of rule XI of the 
Rules 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 being present. Authorized 
subpoenas shall be signed by the Chairperson or by any Member 
designated by the Committee.
    (3) At least two business days before issuing any subpoena 
pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection, the Chairperson 
shall consult with the ranking minority member regarding the 
authorization and issuance of such subpoena, and the 
Chairperson shall provide a full copy of the proposed subpoena, 
including any proposed document schedule, at that time.
    (4) The requirements of paragraph (3) may be waived in the 
event of an exigent circumstance that does not reasonably allow 
for advance written notice.

                          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 Chairperson will 
allow an appropriate period of time for the provision thereof.

                    Rule No. 9.--Hearing Procedures

    (a) The Chairperson 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. If the Chairperson, 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 Chairperson 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 Chairperson, 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 Chairperson 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) All other members of the Committee may have the 
privilege of sitting with any subcommittee during its hearing 
or deliberations and may participate in such hearings or 
deliberations, but no member who is not a member of the 
subcommittee shall count for a quorum or offer any motion or 
amendment or vote on any matter before the subcommittee.
    (e) Committee members may question witnesses only when they 
have been recognized by the Chairperson 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 clause 2(j) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives. The questioning of a witness in Committee 
hearings shall be initiated by the Chairperson, 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 Chairperson 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 Chairperson 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 Chairperson 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 of the Rules of the House of 
        Representatives.
          (3) Witnesses at hearings may be accompanied by their 
        own counsel for the purpose of advising them concerning 
        their constitutional rights.
          (4) The Chairperson 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 paragraph (5) of this 
        subsection, the Chairperson 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 Chairperson 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 Chairperson 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 of Representatives.
    (d)(1) 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.
    (2) 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.
    (3) The report of the Committee upon that measure or matter 
shall be printed in a single volume which--
          (A) shall include all supplemental, minority, 
        additional or dissenting views, in the form submitted, 
        by the time of the filing of the report, and
          (B) 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--
                  (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 subsection (c); or
                  (ii) 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.
    (4) shall, when appropriate, contain the documents required 
by clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House.
    (e) The Chairperson, 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 of 
Representatives relating to going to conference with the 
Senate, whenever the Chairperson 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 Chairperson 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

    (a) The Committee shall conduct oversight of matters within 
the jurisdiction of the Committee in accordance with clauses 2 
and 4 of rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives.
    (b) Not later than March 1 of the first session of a 
Congress and in accordance with clause 2(d) of rule X of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives, the Committee shall 
prepare an oversight plan for that Congress.

   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 the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.
    (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, in accordance with clause 4(f)(1) 
of rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives, 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) 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 rule XI of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives, 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 of the Rules of the House of Representatives 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 Chairperson except 
as provided in paragraph (b), and may be removed by the 
Chairperson, and shall work under the general supervision and 
direction of the Chairperson;
    (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 Chairperson 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 
Chairperson or her or his designee. Travel may be authorized by 
the Chairperson 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 Chairperson 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 Chairperson. Before 
such authorization is given, there shall be submitted to the 
Chairperson, 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 Chairperson 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.--Staff Deposition Authority

    The Chairperson may authorize the staff of the Committee to 
conduct depositions pursuant to section 3(a) of H. Res. 6, 
116th Congress, and subject to any regulations issued pursuant 
thereto.

         Rule No. 17.--Number and Jurisdiction of Subcommittees

    (a) There shall be one standing subcommittee, with party 
ratios of members as indicated. The subcommittee shall have 
jurisdiction as stated by these rules, may conduct oversight 
over such subject matter, and may consider such legislation as 
may be referred to them by the Chairperson. The name and 
jurisdiction of the subcommittee shall be:
          (1) Subcommittee on Elections (3/1).--Matters 
        relating to voting rights issues and such other matters 
        as may be referred to the subcommittee.
    (b) No subcommittee shall meet during any full Committee 
meeting or hearing.
    (c) The Chairperson may establish and appoint members, 
consistent with the ratio between majority and minority members 
serving on the Subcommittee on Elections, to serve on task 
forces, panels, special, or select subcommittees of the 
Committee, to perform specific functions for limited periods of 
time, as the Chairperson deems appropriate.

         Rule No. 18.--Referral of Legislation to Subcommittees

    The Chairperson may refer legislation or other matters to a 
subcommittee as the Chairperson considers appropriate. The 
Chairperson may discharge the subcommittee of any matter 
referred to it.

            Rule No. 19.--Powers and Duties of Subcommittees

    The subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold hearings, 
receive evidence and report to the full committee on all 
matters referred to it. No subcommittee shall meet during any 
Committee meeting.

             Rule No. 20.--Other Procedures and Regulations

    The Chairperson 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. 21.--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

JERROLD NADLER, New York, Chairman

DOUG COLLINS, Georgia,               ZOE LOFGREN, California
  Ranking Member                     SHEILA JACKSON LEE, Texas
F. JAMES SENSENBRENNER, Jr., WisconsinTEVE COHEN, Tennessee
STEVE CHABOT, Ohio                   HENRY C. ``HANK'' JOHNSON, Jr., 
LOUIE GOHMERT, Texas                 Georgia
JIM JORDAN, Ohio                     THEODORE E. DEUTCH, Florida
KEN BUCK, Colorado                   KAREN BASS, California
JOHN RATCLIFFE, Texas                CEDRIC RICHMOND, Louisiana
MARTHA ROBY, Alabama                 HAKEEM S. JEFFRIES, New York
MATT GAETZ, Florida                  DAVID N. CICILLINE, Rhode Island
MIKE JOHNSON, Louisiana              ERIC SWALWELL, California
ANDY BIGGS, Arizona                  TED LIEU, California
TOM McCLINTOCK, California           JAMIE RASKIN, Maryland
DEBBIE LESKO, Arizona                PRAMILA JAYAPAL, Washington
GUY RESCHENTHALER, Pennsylvania      VAL BUTLER DEMINGS, Florida
BEN CLINE, Virginia                  J. LUIS CORREA, California
KELLY ARMSTRONG, North Dakota        MARY GAY SCANLON, Pennsylvania,
W. GREGORY STEUBE, Florida             Vice Chair
                                     SYLVIA R. GARCIA, Texas
                                     JOE NEGUSE, Colorado
                                     LUCY McBATH, Georgia
                                     GREG STANTON, Arizona
                                     MADELEINE DEAN, Pennsylvania
                                     DEBBIE MUCARSE-POWELL, Florida
                                     VERONICA ESCOBAR, Texas

  Perry Apelbaum, Staff Director
  Brendan Belair, Minority Staff 
             Director

         RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY 116TH CONGRESS

                       (Adopted January 24, 2019)

                               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 hearing 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.
    (f) Prior to approval by the Chairman of hearings conducted 
jointly with another congressional Committee, a memorandum of 
understanding shall be prepared that specifies, to the extent 
possible, any deviation from Rule III of the Committee rules, 
and incorporates an agreement for the publication of the 
verbatim transcript. The Chairman shall provide this memorandum 
of understanding to the Ranking Member prior to the 
commencement of such hearing.

                          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 calendar days (excluding Saturdays, 
Sundays, and legal holidays when the House is not in session) 
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 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, Civil Rights, and 
Civil Liberties shall have jurisdiction over the following 
subject matters: constitutional rights, constitutional 
amendments, 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, Legal Services 
Corporation, 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, and Homeland Security 
shall have jurisdiction over the following subject matters: 
Federal Criminal Code, drug policy, 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 Citizenship 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 Antitrust, Commercial, and 
Administrative Law shall have jurisdiction over the following 
subject matters: the antitrust laws and competition policy, 
bankruptcy and commercial law, bankruptcy judgeships, Federal 
Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, administrative law, the 
Administrative Conference of the United States, state taxation 
affecting interstate commerce, interstate compacts, other 
appropriate matters as referred by the Chairman, and relevant 
oversight.
    (a) 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

    RAUL M. GRIJALVA, Arizona, 
             Chairman

ROB BISHOP, Utah                     GRACE NAPOLITANO, California
  Ranking Member                     JIM COSTA, California
LIZ CHENEY, Wyoming                  GREGORIO SABLAN, Northern Mariana 
AUMUA AMATA COLEMAN RADEWAGEN, American Samoa
PAUL COOK, California                JARED HUFFMAN, California
JOHN R. CURTIS, Utah                 ALAN LOWENTHAL, California
RUSS FULCHER, Idaho                  RUBEN GALLEGO, Arizona
JENNIFFER GONZALEZ COLON, Puerto RicoTJ COX, California
PAUL A. GOSAR, Arizona               JOE NEGUSE, Colorado
GARRET GRAVES, Louisiana             MIKE LEVIN, California
LOUIE GOHMERT, Texas                 DEB HAALAND, New Mexico
KEVIN HERN, Oklahoma                 JEFFERSON VAN DREW, New Jersey
JODY B. HICE, Georgia                JOE CUNNINGHAM, South Carolina
MIKE JOHNSON, Louisiana              NYDIA M. VELAQUEZ, New York
DOUG LAMBORN, Colorado               DIANA DeGETTE, Colorado
TOM McCLINTOCK, California           WM. LACY CLAY, Missouri
DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida              DEBBIE DINGELL, Michigan
BRUCE WESTERMAN, Arkansas            ANTHONY BROWN, Maryland
ROBERT J. WITTMAN, Virginia          A. DONALD McEACHIN, Virginia
DON YOUNG, Alaska                    DARREN SOTO, Florida
                                     ED CASE, Hawaii
                                     STEVEN HORSFORD, Nevada
                                     MICHAEL SAN NICOLAS, Guam
                                     MATT CARTWRIGHT, Pennsylvania
                                     PAUL TONKO, New York

   David Watkins, Staff Director
  Parish Braden, Minority Staff 
             Director

       RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES 116TH CONGRESS

                       (Adopted January 30, 2019)

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

    (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 ``Chair'' shall apply to each Subcommittee and its 
        Chair wherever applicable.
          (3) House Rule XI is incorporated and made a part of 
        the rules of the Committee to the extent applicable.
    (b) Vice Chair.--Unless inconsistent with other rules, the 
Chair shall designate a Vice Chair of the Committee and appoint 
Vice Chairs of the Subcommittees. If the Chair of the Committee 
or Subcommittee is not present at any meeting of the Committee 
or Subcommittee, as the case may be, the Vice Chair shall 
preside. If the Vice Chair is not present, the Ranking Member 
of the Majority party on the Committee or Subcommittee who is 
present, or the Chair's designee, 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 Chair under Committee Rule 3(a). 
The Committee shall also meet at the call of the Chair subject 
to advance notice to all Members of the Committee. Special 
meetings shall be called and convened by the Chair 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 Chair, 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 March 1 of the first 
session of each Congress, the Committee shall prepare and 
submit its oversight plan for that Congress in accordance with 
clause 2(d) of House Rule X.

           Rule 3.--Meeting and Hearing Procedures in General

    (a) Notice and Information for Members and the Public.--
          (1) The Chair shall publicly announce the date, place 
        and subject matter of a Committee hearing or meeting in 
        accordance with clause 2(g)(3) of House Rule XI.
          (2) A hearing or meeting may begin sooner if the 
        Chair, 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 Chair 
        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 Chair 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 Chair 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). Members 
shall limit remarks to the subject matter under consideration.
    (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 Chair 
        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 Chair 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 Chair 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 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, 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.
          (1) 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 and other Electronic Devices.--
During a meeting of the Committee, ringing or audible sounds or 
conversational use of cellular telephones or other electronic 
devices is prohibited on the Committee dais or in the Committee 
hearing rooms.
    (n) Motion to go to Conference with the Senate.--The Chair 
may offer a motion under clause 1 of House Rule XXII whenever 
the Chair considers it appropriate.
    (o) Materials for Record.--Other than witness questions for 
the hearing record, materials must be submitted within 10 
business days following the last day of the hearing or meeting. 
Witness questions for the hearing record must be submitted to 
the relevant Full Committee staff or Subcommittee Clerk within 
3 business days following the last day of the hearing. The 
materials submitted must address the subject matter of the 
hearing or meeting. Only a Member of the Committee or an 
invited witness may submit materials for inclusion in the 
hearing or meeting record.

                      Rule 4.--Hearing Procedures

    (a) Written Statement; Oral Testimony.--Witnesses who are 
to appear before the Committee or a Subcommittee shall file 
with the relevant Full Committee staff or Subcommittee Clerk, 
at least two business days before the day of their appearance, 
a written statement of their proposed testimony. Witnesses 
shall limit their oral presentation to a five-minute summary of 
the written statement, unless the Chair, in consultation with 
the Ranking Minority Member, extends this time period. Subject 
to the approval of the Committee, the Chair 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 two 
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 Chair 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 Chair 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 Chair 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 and, as 
soon as practicable, the Chair shall notify all Members of the 
Committee of such action. Subpoenas shall be signed only by the 
Chair of the Committee, or any Member of the Committee 
authorized by the Committee, and may be served by any person 
designated by the Chair or Member.
    (e) Oaths.--The Chair of the Committee, the Chairs of the 
Subcommittees or any Member designated by the Chair may 
administer oaths to any witness before the Committee. All 
witnesses appearing in hearings may be administered the 
following oath by the Chair or his designee prior to receiving 
the testimony: ``Do you solemnly swear or affirm, under penalty 
of law, 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 may be made by the Chair and 
        the Ranking Member or their designee. If a witness 
        scheduled to testify at any hearing of the Committee is 
        a constituent of a Member of the Committee, that Member 
        may be recognized for up to 30 seconds to briefly 
        introduce the witness at the hearing.
          (2) The questioning of witnesses in Committee and 
        Subcommittee hearings may be initiated by the Chair, 
        followed by the Ranking Minority Member and all other 
        Members alternating between the Majority and Minority 
        parties. In recognizing Members to question witnesses, 
        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 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) 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.

                  Rule 5.--Filing of Committee Reports

    (a) Duty of Chair.--Whenever the Committee authorizes the 
favorable reporting of a measure from the Committee, the Chair 
or the Chair's 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 Chair 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, dissenting 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 National Parks, Forests, and Public 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) General and continuing oversight and 
        investigative authority over activities, policies and 
        programs within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee.
Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
          (1) 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.
          (2) Compacts relating to the use and apportionment of 
        interstate waters, water rights and major interbasin 
        water or power movement programs.
          (3) All measures and matters pertaining to irrigation 
        and reclamation projects and other water resources 
        development and recycling programs, including policies 
        and procedures.
          (4) Indian water rights and settlements.
          (5) Activities and programs of the Water Resources 
        Division or its successor within the U.S. Geological 
        Survey.
          (6) The Endangered Species Act.
          (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.
          (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.
          (16) Coastal zone management.
          (17) Wildlife resources, including research, 
        restoration, and conservation.
          (18) Measures and matters related to the U.S. Fish 
        and Wildlife Service, including ecological services, 
        fish and aquatic conservation, international affairs, 
        migratory birds, national wildlife refuge system, 
        wildlife and sport fish restoration, and the Lacey Act.
          (19) General and continuing oversight and 
        investigative authority over activities, policies and 
        programs within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee.
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
          (1) Planning for and development of energy from solar 
        and wind resources on land belonging to the United 
        States, including the outer Continental Shelf.
          (2) All matters and measures affecting geothermal 
        resources.
          (3) Marine hydrokinetic energy development on the 
        outer Continental Shelf.
          (4) All matters related to the leasing, development, 
        and conservation of fossil fuel resources belonging to 
        the United States, including on the outer Continental 
        Shelf and land where the surface is owned by entities 
        other than the United States, including decommissioning 
        of relevant facilities and reclamation of affected 
        areas.
          (5) Mitigation of energy and mining related impacts 
        on Federal lands and resources.
          (6) Terrestrial and geological sequestration of 
        carbon dioxide, except for matters involving 
        implementation of land or forestry management 
        strategies.
          (7) All measures and matters concerning the Office of 
        Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.
          (8) All measures and matters concerning the U.S. 
        Geological Survey, except for the activities and 
        programs of the Water Resources Division or its 
        successor.
          (9) Collection and management of energy and mineral 
        revenues.
          (10) Mining interests generally, including all 
        matters involving mining regulation and enforcement, 
        including the reclamation of mined lands, the 
        environmental effects of mining, mineral land laws and 
        claims, long-range mineral programs, and seabed mining.
          (11) Conservation of United States uranium supply.
          (12) Geospatial data collection and management, 
        except for nautical charts (or data collected by the 
        National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).
          (13) Helium supply and management of the Federal 
        helium program.
          (14) Rights-of-way over public lands for pipeline 
        transportation of oil, natural gas, carbon dioxide, and 
        helium.
          (15) Measures and matters concerning the 
        transportation of natural gas from or within Alaska and 
        disposition of oil transported by the trans-Alaska oil 
        pipeline.
          (16) 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.
          (17) Generation and marketing of electric power from 
        Federal water projects by Federally chartered or 
        Federal regional power marketing authorities.
          (18) Rights-of-way over public lands for energy-
        related transmission.
          (19) General and continuing oversight and 
        investigative authority over activities, policies and 
        programs within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee.
Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States
          (1) All matters related to the Federal trust 
        responsibility to Native Americans and the sovereignty 
        of Native Americans.
          (2) 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.
          (3) All matters regarding Native Alaskans.
          (4) All matters regarding the relations of the United 
        States with Native Americans and Native American 
        tribes, including special oversight functions under 
        House Rule X.
          (5) All matters regarding Native Hawaiians.
          (6) General and continuing oversight and 
        investigative authority over activities, policies and 
        programs within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee.
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.
          (2) All matters regarding insular areas of the United 
        States.
          (3) All measures or matters regarding the Freely 
        Associated States.
          (4) 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.
          (5) All other measures and matters retained by the 
        Full Committee, including those retained under 
        Committee Rule 6(e).
          (6) General and continuing oversight and 
        investigative authority over activities, policies and 
        programs within the jurisdiction of the Full Committee.
    (c) Ex-officio Members.--The Chair and Ranking Minority 
Member of the Committee may serve as ex-officio Members of each 
standing Subcommittee to which the Chair 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 for 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 Chair 
        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 Chair, 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 Chair 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 Chair 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 Chair shall consult 
with the Chair 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 Chair 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 Chair 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.--Members can temporarily resign 
their 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) Chair and Ranking Minority Member.--The Chair of any 
Task Force, or special or select Subcommittee shall be 
appointed by the Chair 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 Chair shall recommend to the Speaker as 
conferees those Majority Members primarily responsible for the 
measure. Similarly, the Ranking Member shall recommend to the 
Minority Leader as conferees those Minority Members 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 Chairs 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 Chair 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 Chair.
    (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 Chair 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 Chair of each Subcommittee and the 
Ranking Minority Member, the Chair 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 Chair, 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 Chair 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) Monthly Reports.--Copies of each monthly report 
prepared by the Chair 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 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 Chair 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 Chair, who 
shall establish and assign the duties and responsibilities of 
Committee staff and delegate any authority the Chair 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 Chair 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 to 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 Chair 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 Reform

  ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland, 
             Chairman

JIM JORDAN, Ohio,                    CAROLYN B. MALONEY, New York
  Ranking Republican                 ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, District of 
JUSTIN AMASH, Michigan               Columbia
PAUL A. GOSAR, Arizona               WM. LACY CLAY, Missouri
VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina        STEPHEN F. LYNCH, Massachusetts
THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky              JIM COOPER, Tennessee
MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina         GERALD E. CONNOLLY, Virginia
JODY B. HICE, Georgia                RAJA KRISHNAMOORTHI, Illinois
GLENN GROTHMAN, Wisconsin            JAMIE RASKIN, Maryland
JAMES COMER, Kentucky                HARLEY ROUDA, California
MICHAEL CLOUD, Texas                 KATIE HILL, California
BOB GIBBS, Ohio                      DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Florida
CLAY HIGGINS, Louisiana              JOHN P. SARBANES, Maryland
RALPH NORMAN, South Carolina         PETER WELCH, Vermont
CHIP ROY, Texas                      JACKIE SPEIER, California
CAROL D. MILLER, West Virginia       ROBIN L. KELLY, Illinois
MARK E. GREEN, Tennessee             MARK DeSAULNIER, California
KELLY ARMSTRONG, North Dakota        BRENDA L. LAWRENCE, Michigan
W. GREGORY STEUBE, Florida           STACEY E. PLASKETT, Virgin Islands
                                     RO KHANNA, California
                                     JIMMY GOMEZ, California
                                     ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ, New York
                                     AYANNA PRESSLEY, Massachusetts
                                     RASHIDA TLAIB, Michigan

   David Rapallo, Staff Director
 Susanne Sachsman Grooms, Deputy 
 Staff Director and Chief Counsel
   Krista Boyd, General Counsel
  Elisa Lanier, Chief Clerk and 
      Director of Operations
Christopher Hixon, Minority Staff 
             Director

     RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND REFORM 116TH CONGRESS

                       (Adopted January 29, 2019)

                            Rule 1.--General

    Rules of the House. The Rules of the House are the rules of 
the Committee on Oversight and Reform (``the Committee'') and 
its subcommittees so far as applicable.
    Application of the Rules. Except where the terms ``the 
Committee'' and ``subcommittee'' are specifically referred to, 
the following rules shall apply to the Committee and its 
subcommittees as well as to their respective chairs, ranking 
minority members, members, and staff.

                           Rule 2.--Meetings

    Regular Meetings. The regular meetings of the Committee 
shall be held on the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m., 
when the House is in session. The Chair of the Committee is 
authorized to dispense with a regular meeting or to change the 
date thereof when circumstances warrant.
    Additional and Special Meetings. The Chair of the Committee 
may 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).
    Subcommittee Meetings. Each subcommittee shall meet at the 
call of its chair, subject to rule 7.
    Presiding Member. The Chair of the Committee or a 
subcommittee shall preside over each meeting and hearing 
thereof (``the presiding member''). If the Chair of the 
Committee or a subcommittee is not present during a meeting or 
hearing thereof, the Vice Chair of the Committee or 
subcommittee, designated pursuant to House Rule XI, clause 
2(d), shall serve as the presiding member during the absence of 
the Chair. If the Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee or a 
subcommittee are not present during a meeting or hearing 
thereof, the ranking member of the majority party on the 
Committee or subcommittee who is present shall serve as the 
presiding member during the absence of the Chair and Vice 
Chair.
    Notice. The chair of the Committee or a subcommittee shall 
announce the date, place, and subject matter of a meeting or 
hearing pursuant to House Rule XI, clause 2(g)(3)(A).
    Agenda. Every member of the Committee, unless prevented by 
unusual circumstances, shall be provided with a memorandum at 
least three calendar days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and 
legal holidays, unless the House is in session on such 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.
    Availability of Text. To the maximum extent practicable, 
amendments to a measure or matter shall be submitted in writing 
or electronically to the designee of the Chair and Ranking 
Minority Member of the Committee or a subcommittee at least 24 
hours prior to its consideration of the measure or matter. The 
Chair may exercise discretion to give priority to amendments 
submitted pursuant to this process.

                            Rule 3.--Quorums

    Generally. A majority of the members of the Committee or a 
subcommittee shall form a quorum for the Committee or 
subcommittee, respectively, 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 or subcommittee is otherwise 
required.
    Subcommittee Field Hearings. 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 at and participating 
in any public hearing by such subcommittee to be held outside 
of Washington, DC. A member appointed to such temporary 
positions shall not be a voting member. The Chair of the 
Committee shall give reasonable notice of such temporary 
assignment to the ranking minority member of the Committee and 
of the respective subcommittee.

                       Rule 4.--Committee Reports

    Bills and Resolutions. Each bill or resolution approved by 
the Committee shall be reported by the Chair of the Committee 
pursuant to House Rule XIII, clauses 2-4.
    Approval of Investigative and Oversight Reports. Only those 
investigative or oversight reports approved by a majority vote 
of the Committee at a meeting at which a quorum is present may 
be ordered printed, unless otherwise required by the Rules of 
the House of Representatives.
    Notice of Investigative and Oversight Reports. 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 a hearing has been held on 
the matter reported upon, every reasonable effort shall be made 
to have such hearing printed and available to the members of 
the Committee before the consideration of the proposed report 
in the Committee.
    Additional Views. If at the time of approval of a report, a 
member of the Committee gives notice of intent to file 
supplemental, minority, additional, or dissenting views, any 
member of the Committee shall be entitled to file such views 
following House Rule XI, clause 2(l) and rule XIII, clause 
3(a)(1).

                         Rule 5.--Record Votes

    Request for Record Vote. 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.
    Postponement of a Record Vote. Pursuant to House Rule XI, 
clause 2 (h)(4), the presiding member at a meeting 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 Chair shall 
take reasonable steps to notify members on the resumption of 
proceedings on any postponed record vote.

                   Rule 6.--Subcommittees; Referrals

    (a)(1) There shall be five subcommittees of the Committee, 
with appropriate party ratios, as follows:
    Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, which has 
oversight jurisdiction over: issues related to civil rights, 
civil liberties and the equal protection of laws, including 
voting rights, freedom of religion, speech, press, and 
assembly; equal employment; nondisclosure agreements; criminal 
justice reform policies; and legislative and oversight 
jurisdiction over the Census Bureau and the Census.
    Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, which shall 
have oversight jurisdiction over: income inequality and 
policies that affect the growth and prosperity of the middle 
class, including education, housing, labor, trade, small 
business, agriculture; securities regulation; consumer 
protection; private sector information technology security, 
policy, and management; intellectual property; 
telecommunications; and federal acquisition policy unrelated to 
national security and information technology.
    Subcommittee on Environment, which shall have oversight 
jurisdiction over: global climate change; environmental 
protection, public lands, endangered species, air and water 
quality; oceans; public health; conservation; international 
agreements; energy policy, research and development; and 
oversight and legislative jurisdiction over regulatory affairs 
and federal paperwork reduction.
    Subcommittee on Government Operations, which shall have 
oversight jurisdiction over: information security, including 
cybersecurity and federal information security; information 
technology policy, management, and procurement; emerging 
technologies; intellectual property; telecommunications; and 
privacy.
    Subcommittee on National Security, which shall have 
oversight jurisdiction over: national security; homeland 
security; foreign operations, including the relationships of 
the United States with other nations; immigration; defense; 
issues affecting veterans; and oversight and legislative 
jurisdiction over federal acquisition policy related to 
national security.
    In addition, each subcommittee shall have specific 
responsibility for such other measures or matters as the Chair 
of the Committee refers to it.
    Each subcommittee with legislative jurisdiction 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.
    Referrals. Bills, resolutions, and other matters may be 
expeditiously referred by the Chair of the Committee to 
subcommittees, as appropriate in the determination of the Chair 
of the Committee, for consideration or investigation in 
accordance with subcommittees' jurisdictions. Bills, 
resolutions, and other matters referred to subcommittees may be 
re-referred or discharged by the Chair of the Committee when, 
in the judgment of the Chair, the subcommittee is not able to 
complete its work or cannot reach agreement therein.
    Membership. The Chair of the Committee shall assign members 
to the subcommittees and shall designate the chair and 
vicechair of each subcommittee. Minority party assignments, 
including designation of the ranking minority member of each 
subcommittee, shall be made only with the concurrence of the 
Ranking Minority Member of the Committee.
    Ex Officio Membership. The Chair of the Committee and the 
Ranking Minority Member of the 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 Hearing and Meeting Procedure

    Generally. Each subcommittee is authorized to meet, hold 
hearings, receive testimony, mark up legislation, and report to 
the Committee on any measure or matter referred to it.
    During Committee Meetings and Hearings. No subcommittee may 
meet or hold a hearing at the same time as a meeting or hearing 
of the Committee.
    Scheduling. Each subcommittee chair shall set hearing and 
meeting dates only with the approval of the Chair of the 
Committee with a view toward assuring the availability of 
meeting rooms and avoiding simultaneous scheduling of meetings 
or hearings.

                             Rule 8.--Staff

    Employment Authority. Except as otherwise provided by House 
Rule X, clauses 6, 7 and 9, the Chair of the Committee shall 
have the authority to hire and discharge employees of the 
professional and clerical staff of the Committee and 
subcommittees.
    Duties. Except as otherwise provided by House Rule X, 
clauses 6, 7 and 9, the staff of the Committee and 
subcommittees shall be subject to the direction of the Chair of 
the Committee and shall perform such duties as the Chair of the 
Committee may assign.

                           Rule 9.--Hearings

    Generally. Hearings shall be conducted according to the 
procedures in House Rule XI, clause 2(k). The Chair of the 
Committee or subcommittee shall make an opening statement as 
set forth in House Rule XI, clause 2(k)(1). In addition, the 
Ranking Minority Member of the Committee or subcommittee may 
make an opening statement. All questions put to witnesses 
before the Committee or a subcommittee shall be relevant to the 
subject matter before the Committee or subcommittee for 
consideration, and the presiding member shall rule on the 
relevance of any question put to a witness.
    Recognition and Order of Questioning. A member may question 
witnesses only when recognized by the presiding member 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 presiding member shall, so far as 
practicable, recognize alternately based on seniority of those 
majority and minority members present at the conclusion of the 
members' opening statements as determined by the Chair for the 
majority members and the Ranking Minority Member for the 
minority members. Other members will be recognized based on 
their arrival at the hearing. Additional time may be extended 
at the direction of the presiding member.
    Extended Questioning. The presiding member, or the 
Committee or subcommittee 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.
    Staff Questioning. The presiding member, or the Committee 
or subcommittee by motion, may permit Committee or subcommittee 
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.
    Time for Questioning. Nothing in paragraph (c) or (d) 
affects the rights of a member (other than a member designated 
under paragraph (c)) to question a witness for 5 minutes in 
accordance with paragraph (b). In any extended questioning 
permitted under paragraph (c) or (d), the presiding member 
shall determine how to allocate the time permitted for extended 
questioning by majority members or staff, and the ranking 
minority member shall determine how to allocate the time 
permitted for extended questioning by minority members or 
staff.
    Witness Statements. Witnesses appearing before the 
Committee or a subcommittee shall, so far as practicable, 
submit written statements at least 24 hours before their 
appearance.
    Oaths. The presiding member may administer oaths to any 
witness before the Committee or subcommittee. All witnesses 
appearing in hearings may be administered the following oath by 
the presiding member 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?''

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

    Generally. The Committee and subcommittee staff shall 
maintain in the Committee offices a complete record of 
Committee and subcommittee actions from the current Congress 
including a record of the roll call votes taken at 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.
    Transcripts of Proceedings. A stenographic record of all 
testimony shall be kept of public hearings and shall be made 
available on such conditions as the Chair of the Committee may 
prescribe.
    Open Meetings. Meetings and hearings shall be open to the 
public or closed in accordance with the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.
    Committee Website. The Chair of the 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 Chair of 
the Committee shall ensure that Committee records are made 
available on the Committee's official website in appropriate 
formats.
    Minority Website. The Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee is authorized to maintain an official website on 
behalf of the minority members of the Committee for the same 
purpose as in paragraph (d), including communicating 
information about the activities of the minority to Committee 
members and other members of the House.
    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 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.

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

    Generally. An open meeting or hearing 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.
    Committee Broadcast System. 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 and the Committee. 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.
    Other Coverage. 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 Chair of the Committee may, with the 
concurrence of the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee, 
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 the Chair of the Committee

    The Chair of the Committee shall:
    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);
    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);
    the operation of Government activities at all levels, 
including the Executive Office of the President, as required by 
House Rule X, clause 3(i);
    the effect of laws enacted to reorganize the legislative 
and executive branches of the Government, as required by House 
Rule X, clause 4(c)(1)(B);
    and intergovernmental relationships between the United 
States and the States and municipalities and between the United 
States and international organizations of which the United 
States is a member, as required by House Rule X, clause 
4(c)(1)(C);
    Submit to the Committee on House Administration the 
Committee's oversight plan as required by House Rule X, clause 
2(d);
    Report to the House by April 15 in the first session of 
Congress, after consultation with the Speaker, the Majority 
Leader, and the Minority Leader, the oversight plans submitted 
by committees together with any recommendations that the 
Committee, or the House leadership group described above, may 
make to ensure the most effective coordination of oversight 
plans and otherwise achieve the objectives of House Rule X, 
clause 2;
    Submit to the House such recommendations as the Committee 
considers necessary or desirable in connection with the reports 
of the Comptroller General, as required by House Rule X, clause 
4(c)(1)(A);
    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;
    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;
    Prepare, after consultation with the Ranking Minority 
Member of the Committee, a budget for the Committee;
    Make any necessary technical and conforming changes to 
legislation reported by the Committee upon unanimous consent; 
and
    Offer motions under clause 1 of rule XXII of the Rules of 
the House (motion to request or agree to a conference) whenever 
the Chair of the Committee considers it appropriate.

        Rule 13.--Consideration of Certain Bills and Resolutions

    Commemorative Stamps. 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.
    Postal Naming Bills. 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.
    Resolutions. The Chair of the Committee 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

    Generally. The Chair of the Committee is authorized to 
appoint panels or task forces to carry out the duties and 
functions of the Committee.
    Ex Officio Membership. The Chair and Ranking Minority 
Member of the Committee may serve as ex-officio members of each 
panel or task force established under this Rule.
    Appointment of Leadership. The chair of any panel or task 
force shall be appointed by the Chair of the Committee. The 
Ranking Minority Member of the Committee shall select a ranking 
minority member for each panel or task force.
    Application of Rules. 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.
    Termination. No panel or task force appointed under this 
rule shall continue in existence for more than six months. A 
panel or task force appointed under this rule may, upon the 
expiration of six months, be reappointed by the chair.

                     Rule 15.--Deposition Authority

    Generally. The Chair of the Committee, upon consultation 
with the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee, may order 
the taking of depositions, under oath and pursuant to notice or 
subpoena.
    Notices. Notices for the taking of depositions shall 
specify the date, time, and place of examination. All members 
shall also receive three calendar days' written notice 
(excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays, unless the 
House is in session on such days) that a deposition has been 
scheduled, except in exigent circumstances. Depositions may 
continue from day to day.
    Oaths. Depositions shall be taken under oath administered 
by a member or a person otherwise authorized to administer 
oaths.
    Consultation. Consultation with the Ranking Minority Member 
of the Committee shall include three calendar days' notice 
(excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays, unless the 
House is in session on such days), and a copy of a proposed 
deposition subpoena, if applicable, before any deposition is 
taken.
    Attendance. 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 Chair of the Committee or the Ranking Minority Member of 
the 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.
    Joint Depositions. The Chair of the Committee may designate 
a deposition as part of a joint investigation between 
committees, and in that case, provide notice to members of both 
committees.
    Who May Question. A deposition shall be conducted by any 
member or counsel designated by the Chair of the Committee or 
Ranking Minority Member of the Committee. When depositions are 
conducted by Committee counsel, there shall be no more than two 
Committee counsel permitted to question a witness per round. 
One of the Committee counsels shall be designated by the Chair 
of the Committee and the other by the Ranking Minority Member 
of the Committee. Other Committee staff members designated by 
the Chair of the Committee or Ranking Minority Member of the 
Committee may attend, but may not pose questions to the 
witness.
    Order of Questions. 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 counsel conducting the deposition agree 
to a different length of questioning. In each round, the 
member(s) or Committee counsel designated by the Chair of the 
Committee shall ask questions first, and the member(s) or 
Committee counsel designated by the Ranking Minority Member of 
the Committee shall ask questions second.
    Objections. 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 refused to answer a 
question to preserve a privilege, members or staff may (i) 
proceed with the deposition, or (ii) either at that time or at 
a subsequent time, seek a ruling from the Chair either by 
telephone or otherwise. If the Chair of the Committee overrules 
any such objection during the deposition, the witness shall be 
ordered to answer. If following the deposition's recess, the 
Chair of the Committee 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 Chair, the appeal shall be preserved for 
Committee consideration. A deponent who refuses to answer a 
question after being directed by the Chair in writing, or 
orally during the proceeding as reflected in the record, may be 
subject to sanction, except that no sanctions may be imposed if 
the ruling of the Chair is reversed by the Committee on appeal.
    Record of Testimony. 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 after the witness has 
been notified of the opportunity to review the transcript, the 
witness may submit suggested changes to the Chair of the 
Committee. 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.
    Transcription Requirements. 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, D.C. Depositions shall be considered to have been 
taken in Washington, D.C., as well as the location actually 
taken once filed there with the clerk of the Committee for the 
Committee's use. The Chair of the Committee and the Ranking 
Minority Member of the Committee shall be provided with a copy 
of the transcripts of the deposition at the same time.
    Release. The Chair of the Committee and Ranking Minority 
Member of the Committee shall consult in advance regarding the 
release of deposition testimony, transcripts, or recordings, 
and portions thereof. If either objects in writing to a 
proposed release of a deposition testimony, transcript or 
recording, or a portion thereof, the matter shall be promptly 
referred to the Committee for resolution.
    Provision of Rules to Witnesses. A witness shall not be 
required to testify unless the witness has been provided with a 
copy of the Committee's rules.

               Rule 16.--Witness and Privilege Procedure

    Witness Disclosures. Witnesses appearing at a hearing of 
the Committee or a subcommittee 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 calendar 
year or either of the two previous calendar years, by the 
witness or by an entity represented by the witness.
    Representation by Counsel. When representing a witness or 
entity before the Committee or a subcommittee in response to a 
request or subpoena from the Committee, or in connection with 
testimony before the Committee or a subcommittee, counsel for 
the witness or entity must promptly submit to the Committee a 
notice of appearance specifying the following: (1) counsel's 
name, firm or organization, bar membership, and contact 
information including email; and (2) each client or entity 
represented by the counsel in connection with the proceeding.
    Privileges. The Chair of the Committee has the authority to 
rule on assertions of privilege.
    For the Chair to consider assertions of privilege over 
testimony or statements, witnesses or entities must clearly 
state the specific privilege being asserted and the reason for 
the assertion on or before the scheduled date of testimony or 
appearance, or upon a demand from the Chair of the Committee 
that provides for a subsequent due date.
    For the Chair to consider an assertion of privilege over a 
document, on or before the scheduled date of testimony or 
appearance, or upon a demand from the Chair of the Committee 
that provides for a subsequent due date, the assertion must be 
set forth in a privilege log that includes the following 
information for each document for which a privilege is 
asserted: (a) every privilege asserted; (b) the type of 
document; (c) the general subject matter; (d) the date, author, 
addressee, and any other recipients; (e) the relationship of 
the author and addressee to each other; and (f) the basis for 
the privilege asserted.
    The only assertions of executive privilege that the Chair 
of the Committee will consider are those made in writing by an 
executive branch official authorized to assert the privilege.
    The Chair of the Committee may waive or modify any of the 
requirements of this rule in order to facilitate cooperation.

                           Committee on Rules

JAMES P. McGOVERN, Massachusetts, 
             Chairman

TOM COLE, Oklahoma,                  ALCEE L. HASTINGS, Florida,
  Ranking Republican                   Vice Chair
ROB WOODALL, Georgia                 NORMA J. TORRES, California
MICHAEL C. BURGESS, Texas            ED PERLMUTTER, Colorado
DEBBIE LESKO, Arizona                JAMIE RASKIN, Maryland
                                     MARY GAY SCANLON, Pennsylvania
                                     JOSEPH D. MORELLE, New York
                                     DONNA E. SHALALA, Florida
                                     MARK DeSAULNIER, California

    Don Sisson, Staff Director
   Kelly Dixon, Minority Staff 
             Director

             RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON RULES 116TH CONGRESS

                       (Adopted January 8, 2019)

                      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

    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.

                         Rule 5.--Subcommittees


          ESTABLISHMENT AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF SUBCOMMITTEES

    (a)(1) There shall be three 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.
          (C) Subcommittee on Expedited Procedures, which shall 
        have general responsibility for measures or matters 
        related to expedited procedures for floor consideration 
        in law or in the Rules of the House of Representatives.
    (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.

                    SURVEY OF ACTIVITIES REQUIREMENT

    (f) The Committee's Survey of Activities, filed pursuant to 
clause 1(d) of rule XI of the Rules of the House, shall include 
a compilation of all known waivers of points of order 
previously disclosed in reports from the Committee on Rules 
pursuant to paragraph (a)(3) of this rule or included in the 
Congressional Record.

                            OTHER PROCEDURES

    (g) 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

  EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas, 
            Chairwoman

FRANK LUCAS, Oklahoma,               ZOE LOFGREN, California
  Ranking Republican                 DANIEL LIPINSKI, Illinois
MO BROOKS, Alabama                   SUZANNE BONAMICI, Oregon
BILL POSEY, Florida                  AMI BERA, California, Vice Chair
RANDY WEBER, Texas                   CONOR LAMB, Pennsylvania
BRIAN BABIN, Texas                   LIZZIE FLETCHER, Texas
ANDY BIGGS, Arizona                  HALEY STEVENS, Michigan
ROGER MARSHALL, Kansas               KENDRA HORN, Oklahoma
RALPH NORMAN, South Carolina         MIKIE SHERRILL, New Jersey
MICHAEL CLOUD, Texas                 BRAD SHERMAN, California
TROY BALDERSON, Ohio                 STEVE COHEN, Tennessee
PETE OLSON, Texas                    JERRY McNERNEY, California
ANTHONY GONZALEZ, Ohio               ED PERLMUTTER, Colorado
MICHAEL WALTZ, Florida               PAUL TONKO, New York
JIM BAIRD, Indiana                   BILL FOSTER, Illinois
JAIME HERRERA BEUTLER, Washington    DON BEYER, Virginia
JENNIFFER GONZALEZ-COLON, Puerto RicoCHARLIE CRIST, Florida
  VACANCY                            SEAN CASTEN, Illinois
                                     KATIE HILL, California
                                     BEN McADAMS, Utah
                                     JENNIFER WEXTON, Virginia

 Richard Obermann, Staff Director
   Josh Mathis, Minority Staff 
             Director

RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE, AND TECHNOLOGY 116TH CONGRESS

                       (Adopted February 6, 2019)

                            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 of the Committee, after 
consultation with the Ranking Minority Member of the Committee, 
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 II.--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 
Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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 calendar day (excluding 
        Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays except when the 
        House is in session on such a 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 (excluding 
        Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays except when the 
        House is in session on such a day), 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.--
    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.
    (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, except in the case of joint 
        Subcommittee hearings, in which case the total time of 
        opening statements by Members at such joint hearing 
        shall be no more than twenty minutes, the time to be 
        divided equally between the Chairs and Ranking Minority 
        Members. 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 three or more Members or, in the 
apparent absence of a quorum, by any one Member.
    (h) Transcripts.--Transcripts of markups shall be recorded 
and may be published in the same manner as hearings before the 
Committee, and 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 III.--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 before the Committee. 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 IV.--Reports

    (a) Bills and resolutions approved by the Committee shall 
be reported by the Chair pursuant to clauses 2-094 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 24 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 V.--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 VI.--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;; 
        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 and Aeronautics.--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 Investigations and 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.
          (1) (2) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member of the 
        Committee shall be ex officio Members of each 
        Subcommittee and shall have the right to vote and be 
        counted as part of the quorum and ratios on all matters 
        before the Subcommittee.
    (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 warrants.
    (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 (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, 
        and legal holidays except when the House is in session 
        on such a day) 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.
          (5) Any Member of the Committee may have the 
        privilege of sitting with any Subcommittee during its 
        hearings or deliberations and may participate in such 
        hearings or deliberations, but no Member who is not a 
        Member of the Subcommittee shall vote on any matter 
        before such Subcommittee, except as provided in rule 
        VI(c)(2).

                         Rule VII.--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 VIII.--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 March 1st of the first session of the 
116th Congress, the Chair, after consultation with the Ranking 
Minority Member, shall submit the Committee's oversight plan to 
the Committee on Oversight 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 IX.--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. 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 24 hours in advance of a subpoena 
being issued under such authority.

                     Rule X.--Deposition Authority

    The Chair may authorize the staff of the Committee to 
conduct depositions pursuant to section 103 of House Resolution 
6, 116th Congress, and subject to any regulations issued 
pursuant thereto.

                      Rule XI.--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 XII.--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 XIII.--Committee Budget

    From the amount provided to the Committee in the primary 
expense resolution adopted by the House of Representatives in 
the 116th 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 XIV.--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

    NYDIA VELAZQUEZ, New York, 
            Chairwoman

STEVE CHABOT, Ohio,                  ABBY FINKENAUER, Iowa
  Ranking Member                     ANDY KIM, New Jersey
AUMUA AMATA COLEMAN RADEWAGEN,       SHARICE DAVIDS, Kansas
American Samoa,                      JARED GOLDEN, Maine
  Vice Ranking Member                JASON CROW, Colorado
TRENT KELLY, Mississippi             JUDY CHU, California
TROY BALDERSON, Ohio                 MARC VEASEY,Texas
KEVIN HERN, Oklahoma                 DWIGHT EVANS, Pennsylvania
JIM HAGEDORN, Minnesota              BRAD SCHNEIDER, Illinois
PETE STAUBER, Minnesota              ADRIANO ESPAILLAT, New York
TIM BURCHETT, Tennessee              ANTONIO DELGADO, New York
ROSS SPANO, Florida                  CHRISSY HOULAHAN, Pennsylvania
JOHN JOYCE, Pennsylvania             ANGIE CRAIG, Minnesota

  Adam Minehardt, Staff Director
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Minority Staff 
             Director

        RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS 116TH CONGRESS

                       (Adopted February 6, 2019)

                         1.--General Provisions

    (A) Rules of the Committee.--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 
(``Committee'') to the extent applicable and are incorporated 
by reference.
    (B) Appointments by the Chair.-- Pursuant to the Rules of 
the House, the Chair shall designate a Member of the Committee 
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.

                   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.

                           3.--Subcommittees

    (C) Generally.--Each Subcommittee of the Committee is 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. The Chairman and 
Ranking Member of the Committee are ex officio Members of all 
Subcommittees for the purpose of any meeting conducted by a 
Subcommittee.
    (D) The Committee shall be organized into the following 
five subcommittees:
          (1) Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, 
        Trade, and Entrepreneurship.--This Subcommittee (which 
        will consist of six (6) Democratic Members and four (4) 
        Republican 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.
           Oversight of SBA entrepreneurial development 
        programs, including Small Business Development Centers, 
        Women's Business Centers, Veteran Business Outreach 
        Centers, and SCORE.
          (2) Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce 
        Development.--
          This Subcommittee (which will consist of six (6) 
        Democratic Members and four (4) Republican Members) 
        will address how innovation promotes 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. 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 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.
           Oversight of workforce issues, including but 
        not limited to health care, retirement, and labor 
        challenges facing 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.
           Oversight of the Small Business Innovation 
        Research Program.
           Oversight of the Small Business Technology 
        Transfer Program.
          (3) Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital 
        Access.--
          This Subcommittee (which will consist of six (6) 
        Democratic Members and four (4) Republican 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.
          (4) Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and 
        Regulations.--
          This Subcommittee (which will consist of six (6) 
        Democratic Members and four (4) Republican 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.
          (5) Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure.--
          This Subcommittee (which will consist of six (6) 
        Democratic Members and four (4) Republican 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 review the broad scope of 
        opportunities available to small businesses for 
        rebuilding and modernizing the nations' infrastructure.
           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 prospective contractors through SBA 
        personnel, Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business 
        Utilization, and Procurement Technical Assistance 
        Centers.
           The SBA Surety Bond guarantee program.
           General oversight of programs available to 
        small businesses in modernizing and strengthening the 
        nation's infrastructure.
    (E) 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.
    (F) Hearing Time and Date.--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.

                          4.--Committee Staff

    (G) 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.
    (H) 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.
    (I) Subcommittee Staff.--There shall be no separate staff 
assigned to Subcommittees. The Chair and Ranking Minority 
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 3, supra.

                              5.--Meetings

    (A) Regular Meetings.--The regular meeting day 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.
    (B) Additional Meetings.--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, pursuant to 
rule XI, cl. 2(g)(3)(A), 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). Announcements of the 
meeting shall be published promptly in the Daily Digest and 
made publicly available in electronic form.
    (C) Business to be Considered.--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).
    (D) Meeting Materials.--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.
    (E) Special and Emergency Meetings.--The rules for notice 
and meetings as set forth in rule 5 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.

                6.--Notice and Announcement of Hearings

    (A) 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 seven (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.
    (B) Exception.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 days' notice.
    (C) 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.
    (D) Hearing Material.--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 16 of the 
Committee's Rules.

              7.--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.
    (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.
    (C) Participation in Subcommittee Hearings.--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.
    (D) Non-Participatory Attendance by Other Members of the 
House.--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.
    (E) Procedure to Participate.--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. Such Member may not 
vote on any matter; be counted for the purpose of establishing 
a quorum; participate in questioning a witness under the 5-
Minute rule, unless permitted to do so by the Chair in 
consultation with the Ranking Minority Member; raise points of 
order; or offer amendments or motions.
    (F) Audio and Video Coverage.--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. 
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.

                             8.--Witnesses

    (A) Number of Witnesses.--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.
    (B) Witnesses Selected by the Minority.--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.
    (C) Small Business Week Exception.--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.
    (D) Statement of Witnesses.--
          (1) Insofar as is practicable, each witness who is to 
        appear before the Committee or Subcommittee shall file 
        an electronic copy of the written 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 
        written 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.
          (2) Each witness shall limit his or her oral 
        presentation to a five-minute summary of the written 
        testimony, unless the Chair in consultation with the 
        Ranking Minority Member extends this time period.
          (3) Insofar as is practicable, 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.
    (E) Witness Disclosure.--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, as well as the amount 
and country of origin of any payment or contract related to the 
subject of the hearing originating with a foreign government. 
Such information shall be posted on the Committee website 
within 24 hours after the witness appeared at the hearing.
    (F) Failure to Comply.--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.
    (G) Public Access to Witness Materials.--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.
    (H) Questioning 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. 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 the Member identified in the motion for 
more than five minutes as set forth in rule XI, cl. 2(j)(B). No 
Member may be recognized for a second period of interrogation, 
subject to the 5-minute rule, until each Member present, who 
wishes to be recognized, has been recognized at least once.
    (I) Order of Questioning.--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. Before the gavel has 
been struck, or in the case of Members arriving simultaneously, 
the order of questioning shall be based on seniority among 
Members of his or her own party. After the gavel has been 
struck, Members first to arrive shall have priority over 
Members of his or her own party. Members of Congress who are 
not Members of the Committee, if allowed by the Chair, may be 
recognized for questioning of witnesses but only after all 
Committee Members have first been recognized.
    (J) Consideration of Ratio.--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.

                               9.--Quorum

    (A) Determining a Quorum.--A quorum, for purposes of 
reporting a measure or recommendation, shall be a majority of 
the Committee Members.
    (B) Quorum for a Hearing.--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 be present if the Chair of the 
Committee or Subcommittee is present.

                           10.--Record Votes

    (A) When Provided.--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.
    (B) Proxy Voting.--No vote by any member of the Committee 
with respect to any measure or matter may be cast by proxy.
    (C) Public Access to Record Votes.--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.

                             11.--Subpoenas

    (A) Authorization and Issuance.--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 documents, 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 Minority Member of 
the Committee.
    (B) Issuance During Congressional Recess.--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.

                     12.--Amendments During Markup

    (A) Availability of Amendments.--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.
    (B) Drafting and Filing of Amendments.--For amendments to 
be accepted during markup, there is no requirement that the 
amendments be filed prior to commencement of the markup or 
prepared with the assistance of the Office of Legislative 
Counsel. Even though it is not necessary, Members seeking to 
amend legislation during markup should draft amendments with 
the assistance of the Office of Legislative Counsel and consult 
with the Chair or Ranking Minority Member's staff (as 
appropriate) in the preparation of such amendments.

                    13.--Postponement of Proceedings

    (D) When Postponement is Permissible.--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 5 of these Rules.
    (A) 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.

                         14.--Committee Records

    (A) 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.
    (B) Transcripts.--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.
    (C) Availability of Records.--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.
    (D) Publishing and Posting of Records.--The Committee Rules 
shall be made publicly available in electronic form and 
published in the Congressional Record not later than 60 days 
after the Chair of the Committee is elected in each odd-
numbered year.

                         15.--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 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.

           16.--Access to Classified or Sensitive Information

    (A) 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.
    (B) Procedures Governing Availability.--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:
          (1) Only Members of the House of Representatives and 
        specifically designated Committee staff of the 
        Committee on Small Business may have access to such 
        information.
          (2) Members who desire to read materials that are in 
        possession of the Committee shall notify the Clerk of 
        the Committee in writing.
          (3) 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.
          (4) 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.
          (5) Material provided for review under this rule 
        shall not be removed from a specified room within the 
        Committee offices.
          (6) Individuals reviewing materials under this rule 
        shall make certain that the materials are returned to 
        the proper custodian.
          (7) No reproductions or recordings may be made of any 
        portion of such materials.
          (8) 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.
          (9) 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.
          (10) These procedures only address access to 
        information the Committee or Subcommittee deems to be 
        sensitive enough to require special treatment.
          (11) 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.
          (12) Other materials in the possession of the 
        Committee are to be handled in the accordance with 
        normal practices and traditions of the Committee.

                         17.--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.

                   18.--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.

                         19.--Budget and Travel

          (A) Allocation of Budget.--From the amount provided 
        to the Committee in the primary expense resolution 
        adopted by the House of Representatives in the 116th 
        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.
          (B) Authorization of Travel.--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.

             Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

PETER A. DeFAZIO, Oregon, Chairman

SAM GRAVES, Missouri,                ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON, District of 
  Ranking Member                     Columbia
DON YOUNG, Alaska                    EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON, Texas
ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, Arkansas  ELIJAH E. CUMMINGS, Maryland
BOB GIBBS, Ohio                      RICK LARSEN, Washington
DANIEL WEBSTER, Florida              GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California
THOMAS MASSIE, Kentucky              DANIEL LIPINSKI, Illinois
MARK MEADOWS, North Carolina         STEVE COHEN, Tennessee
SCOTT PERRY, Pennsylvania            ALBIO SIRES, New Jersey
RODNEY DAVIS, Illinois               JOHN GARAMENDI, California
ROB WOODALL, Georgia                 HENRY C. ``HANK'' JOHNSON, Jr., 
JOHN KATKO, New York                 Georgia
BRIAN BABIN, Texas                   ANDRE CARSON, Indiana
GARRET GRAVES, Louisiana             DINA TITUS, Nevada
DAVID ROUZER, North Carolina         SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, New York
MIKE BOST, Illinois                  JARED HUFFMAN, California
RANDY K. WEBER, Sr., Texas           JULIA BROWNLEY, California
DOUG LaMALFA, California             FREDERICA S. WILSON, Florida
BRUCE WESTERMAN, Arkansas            DONALD M. PAYNE, Jr., New Jersey
LLOYD SMUCKER, Pennsylvania          ALAN S. LOWENTHAL, California
PAUL MITCHELL, Michigan              MARK DeESAULNIER, California
BRIAN J. MAST, Florida               STACEY E. PLASKETT, Virgin Islands
MIKE GALLAGHER, Wisconsin            STEPHEN F. LYNCH, Massachusetts
GARY J. PALMER, Alabama              SALUD O. CARBAJAL, California,
BRIAN K. FITZPATRICK, Pennsylvania     Vice Chair
JENNIFFER GONZALEZ-COLON, Puerto RicoANTHONY G. BROWN, Maryland
TROY BALDERSON, Ohio                 ADRIANO ESPAILLAT, New York
ROSS SPANO, Florida                  TOM MALINOWSKI, New Jersey
PETE STAUBER, Minnesota              GREG STANTON, Arizona
CAROL D. MILLER, West Virginia       DEBBIE MUCARSEL-POWELL, Florida
GREG PENCE, Indiana                  LIZZIE FLETCHER, Texas
                                     COLIN Z. ALLRED, Texas
                                     SHARICE DAVIDS, Kansas
                                     ABBY FINKENAUER, Iowa
                                     JESUS G. GARCIA, Illinois
                                     ANTONIO DELGADO, New York
                                     CHRIS PAPPAS, New Hampshire
                                     ANGIE CRAIG, Minnesota
                                     HARLEY ROUDA, California

   Kathy Dedrick, Staff Director
Paul Sass, Minority Staff Director

   RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE 116TH 
                                CONGRESS

                       (Adopted February 7, 2019)

                       Rule I. 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 Chair 
        of the Committee is authorized to offer a motion under 
        clause 1 of rule XXII of the Rules of the House 
        whenever the Chair 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 60 days after the Chair is 
elected in each odd-numbered year.
    (c) Vice Chair.--The Chair shall appoint a vice chair of 
the Committee and of each subcommittee. If the Chair of the 
Committee or subcommittee is not present at any meeting of the 
Committee or subcommittee, as the case may be, the vice chair 
shall preside. If the vice chair is not present, the ranking 
member of the majority party on the Committee or subcommittee 
who is present shall preside at that meeting.

           Rule II. Regular, Additional, and Special Meetings

    (a) Regular Meetings.--Regular meetings of the Committee 
shall be held on the last 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 Chair 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 Chair, there is no need for the meeting. 
This paragraph shall not apply to meetings of any subcommittee.
    (b) Additional Meetings.--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. The Committee shall meet for such purpose 
pursuant to the call of the Chair.
    (c) Special Meetings.--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. 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 Chair of 
the filing of the request. If, within 3 calendar days after the 
filing of the request, the Chair 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 Chair 
        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 
        calendar day (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, or legal 
        holidays except when the House is in session on such a 
        day) on which members have notice thereof.
          (2) Changes in meeting times.--A meeting may commence 
        sooner than announced if the Chair, 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 
        Chair 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 III. 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 Chair 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 Chair for that 
        purpose; and
          (2) only for 5 minutes, or for a period of time 
        designated by the Chair 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 Chair 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) Member Day Hearing.--Pursuant to section 103(j) of 
House Resolution 6, the Committee shall hold a hearing at which 
it receives testimony from members, delegates, and the Resident 
Commissioner on proposed legislation within the Committee's 
jurisdiction.
    (g) 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.
    (h) 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 Chair or ranking 
minority member.
    (i) Use of Cellular Telephones.--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.
    (j) 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 Chair shall cause the text of the amendment to be made 
publicly available in electronic form.

Rule IV. 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 Chair, or any member designated by the 
Chair, 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 Chair 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 Chair 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 Chair 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.
    (f) Deposition Authority.--Pursuant to section 103(a) of 
House Resolution 6 and subject to the regulations issued by the 
Chair of the Committee on Rules and printed in the 
Congressional Record, the Chair of the Committee, upon 
consultation with the ranking minority member, may order the 
taking of depositions, including pursuant to a subpoena, by a 
member or counsel of such committee subject to regulations 
issued by the Chair of the Committee on Rules.

        Rule V. 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 Chair 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 Chair 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 VI. 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 Chair 
        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 Chair, 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 Chair 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 Chair, 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 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 
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 Chair 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) Chair and Ranking Member.--At a hearing 
                of the Full Committee, the Chair 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 Chair and ranking minority 
                member of the Committee and the Chair 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 Chair 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 Chair, 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 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 nor the members of the 
        minority. The Chair 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 Chair 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 Chair shall 
        enforce this subparagraph.
          (2) Extended Questioning of Witnesses by Members.--
        The Chair 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 
        Chair 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 VII.--Procedures for Reporting Bills, Resolutions, and Reports

    (a) Filing of Reports.--
          (1) In general.--The Chair 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 Chair 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 the rules 
and orders of the House applicable in the One Hundred Sixteenth 
Congress.
    (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 plan 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 plan 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 Chair 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 VIII. 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 (39 Members: 22 Majority 
        and 17 Minority).
          (2) Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime 
        Transportation (16 Members: 9 Majority and 7 Minority).
          (3) Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public 
        Buildings, and Emergency Management (15 Members: 9 
        Majority and 6 Minority).
          (4) Subcommittee on Highways and Transit (56 Members: 
        31 Majority and 25 Minority).
          5) Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and 
        Hazardous Materials (34 Members: 19 Majority and 15 
        Minority).
          (6) Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment 
        (32 Members: 18 Majority and 14 Minority).
    (b) Ex Officio Members.--The Chair 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 IX. 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 Chair 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 Chair 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 X. Referral of Legislation to Subcommittees

    (a) General Requirement.--Except where the Chair 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 
Chair 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 Chair 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 XI. Recommendation of Conferees

    The Chair of the Committee shall recommend to the Speaker 
as conferees the names of those members (1) of the majority 
party selected by the Chair, 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 XII. 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 March 1 of the first 
session of each Congress, the Chair shall submit to the 
Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Committee on House 
Administration 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 XIII. 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 XIV. 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 Chair 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 Chair 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 XV. Committee Budgets

    (a) Biennial Budget.--The Chair, in consultation with the 
chair 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 Chair or any chair 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 Chair may execute 
necessary vouchers thereof.
    (d) Monthly Reports.--Once monthly, the Chair 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 XVI. Committee Staff

    (a) Appointment by Chair.--The Chair 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 Chair, 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 XVII. 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 
Chair. Travel shall 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 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 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 chair and 
the Chair. Such prior authorization shall be given by the Chair 
only upon the representation by the chair 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 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 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 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.
    (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 Chair 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 Committees on House 
Administration and Ethics pertaining to such travel, and by the 
travel policy of the Committee.

                      Rule XVIII. Committee Panels

    (a) Designation.--In accordance with clause 5(b)(2)(C) of 
rule X of the Rules of the House, the Chair 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 Chair of the Committee, and all minority 
members shall be appointed by the ranking minority member of 
the Committee. The Chair of the Committee shall choose one of 
the majority members so appointed to serve as Chair 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 Chair and ranking minority 
member of the Committee may serve as ex-officio members of a 
panel designated under paragraph (a). The Chair 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

 MARK TAKANO, California, Chairman

DAVID P. ROE, Tennessee,             JULIA BROWNLEY, California
  Ranking Member                     KATHLEEN M. RICE, New York
GUS M. BILIRAKIS, Florida            CONOR LAMB, Pennsylvania,
AUMUA AMATA COLEMAN RADEWAGEN, American Samoahairman
MIKE BOST, Illinois                  MIKE LEVIN, California
NEAL P. DUNN, Florida                ANTHONY BRINDISI, New York
JACK BERGMAN, Michigan               MAX ROSE, New York
JIM BANKS, Indiana                   CHRIS PAPPAS, New Hampshire
ANDY BARR, Kentucky                  ELAINE LURIA, Virginia
DANIEL MEUSER, Pennsylvania          SUSIE LEE, Nevada
STEVE C. WATKINS, Kansas             JOE CUNNINGHAM, South Carolina
CHIP ROY, Texas                      GILBERT R. CISNEROS, Jr., 
W. GREGORY STEUBE, Florida           California
                                     COLLIN C. PETERSON, Minnesota
                                     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 116TH CONGRESS

                      (Adopted February 13, 2019)

    APPLICABILITY OF THE RULES OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                      Rule 1.--General Provisions

    (a) 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 
debate.
    (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 
the Committee.
    (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 
Congressional Record.
    (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 
form.
    (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 
advance.
    (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.

                           Rule 3.--Hearings

    (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 
        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.
    (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 
        aggregate.
          (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 
                        witnesses.
                  (C) Except as provided in subparagraph (B), 
                the Chair shall receive and the Committee shall 
                dispose of requests to subpoena additional 
                witnesses.
                  (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 
                its hearing.
                  (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.

                         Rule 5.--Subcommittees

    (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 
                construction.
                  (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 
        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 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 
        hearing.
          (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 wit nesses but only after all 
        Subcommittee Members have first been recognized for 
        questioning.
          (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 
        Rules.

               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 
duties.
    (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 
electronic form.
    (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.

                            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--
          (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 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 
        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, 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 
        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.

                      Committee on Ways and Means

   RICHARD NEAL, Massachusetts, 
             Chairman

KEVIN BRADY, Texas,                  JOHN LEWIS, Georgia
  Ranking Member                     LLOYD DOGGETT, Texas
DEVIN NUNES, California              MIKE THOMPSON, California
VERN BUCHANAN, Florida               JOHN B. LARSON, Connecticut
ADRIAN SMITH, Nebraska               EARL BLUMENAUER, Oregon
KENNY MARCHANT, Texas                RON KIND, Wisconsin
TOM REED, New York                   BILL PASCRELL, New Jersey
MIKE KELLY, Pennsylvania             DANNY K. DAVIS, Illinois
GEORGE HOLDING, North Carolina       LINDA T. SANCHEZ, California
JASON T. SMITH, Missouri             BRIAN HIGGINS, New York
TOM RICE, South Carolina             TERRI A. SEWELL, Alabama
DAVID SCHWEIKERT, Arizona            SUZAN DelBENE, Washington
JACKIE WALORSKI, Indiana             JUDY CHU, California
DARIN LaHOOD, Illinois               GWEN MOORE, Wisconsin
BRAD WENSTRUP, Ohio                  DAN KILDEE, Michigan
JODEY ARRINGTON, Texas               BRENDAN BOYLE, Pennsylvania
DREW FERGUSON, Georgia               DON BEYER, Virginia
RON ESTES, Kansas                    DWIGHT EVANS, Pennsylvania
                                     BRAD SCHNEIDER, Illinois
                                     TOM SUOZZI, New York
                                     JIMMY PANETTA, California
                                     STEPHANIE MURPHY, Florida
                                     JIMMY GOMEZ, California
                                     STEVEN HORSFORD, Nevada

   Brandon Casey, Staff Director
   Gary Andres, Minority Staff 
             Director

        RULES OF THE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS 116TH CONGRESS

                     (Adopted on January 24, 2019)

                               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 each Wednesday 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 at 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, other 
members of the House and the public. 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, other members of the House, and 
the public.

                            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 a, b, c, d, e or f 
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 Worker and Family Support; 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.
    (a) The Subcommittee on Trade shall consist of 18 Members, 
11 of whom shall be Democrats and 7 of whom shall be 
Republicans.
    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.
    (b) The Subcommittee on Oversight shall consist of 11 
Members, 7 of whom shall be Democrats and 4 of whom shall be 
Republicans.
    The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Oversight shall 
include all matters within the scope of the full Committee's 
jurisdiction. 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.
    (c) The Subcommittee on Health shall consist of 18 Members, 
11 of whom shall be Democrats and 7 of whom shall be 
Republicans.
    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.
    (d) The Subcommittee on Social Security shall consist of 11 
Members, 7 of whom shall be Democrats and 4 of whom shall be 
Republicans.
    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.
    (e) The Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support shall 
consist of 11 Members, 7 of whom shall be Democrats and 4 of 
whom shall be Republicans.
    The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Worker and Family 
Support 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, home visiting, 
and eligibility of welfare recipients for food stamps. More 
specifically, the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Worker 
and Family Support shall include bills and matters relating to 
titles I, IV, VI, X, XIV, XVI, XVII, XX and related provisions 
of titles V, VII and XI of the Social Security Act.
    The jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Worker and Family 
Support 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 
Worker and Family Support 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.
    (f) The Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures shall 
consist of 15 Members, 9 of whom shall be Democrats and 6 of 
whom shall be Republicans.
    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. Committee Panels

    Subject to clause 5(b)(2)(C) of rule X of the Rules of the 
House, the Chairman may designate a select panel of the 
Committee to inquire into and take testimony on matters of 
special national interest. Any such panel shall be subject to 
all Committee rules herein and shall not have legislative 
jurisdiction.
    Any select panel designated under this rule shall continue 
in existence for six months after the date of the designation 
and may be reauthorized in the discretion of the Chair for 
subsequent six month terms.

              Rule 10. 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 11. 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 12. 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.
    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 13. 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.
    The Chairman may provide a Member of the Committee with 
electronic access to an unofficial transcript of an open markup 
or other open official meeting of the full Committee or a 
Subcommittee upon written request by the Member to the 
Chairman, but the Member shall not cause such electronic 
unofficial transcript to be published or otherwise made 
publicly available.
    If (1) in executing technical and conforming changes, 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.

                                E. STAFF

                Rule 22. 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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               Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

 ADAM SCHIFF, California, Chairman

DEVIN NUNES, California,             JIM HIMES, Connecticut
  Ranking Member                     TERRI SEWELL, Alabama
MIKE CONAWAY, Texas                  ANDRE CARSON, Indiana
MICHAEL TURNER, Ohio                 JACKIE SPEIER, California
BRAD WENSTRUP, Ohio                  MIKE QUIGLEY, Illinois
CHRIS STEWART, Utah                  ERIC SWALWELL, California
RICK CRAWFORD, Arkansas              JOAQUIN CASTRO, Texas
ELISE STEFANIK, New York             DENNY HECK, Washington
WILL HURD, Texas                     PETER WELCH, Vermont
JOHN RATCLIFFE, Texas                SEAN PATRICK MALONEY, New York
                                     VAL DEMINGS, Florida
                                     RAJA KRISHNAMOORTHI, Illinois

   Tim Bergreen, Staff Director
   Allen Souza, Minority Staff 
             Director

 RULES OF THE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE 116TH CONGRESS

                       (Adopted February 6, 2019)

                             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.

                         2. Notice for Meetings

    (a) Generally. In the case of any meeting of the Committee, 
the Chief Clerk of the Committee or Committee staff designated 
by the Chair 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 
any written notification, whether delivered in electronic or 
other form.

                 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 at the Committee meeting.

                            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.

                               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.

                 6. Procedures for Amendments and Votes

    (a) Markup. Prior to Committee markup of legislation, 
Committee staff should make every reasonable effort to resolve 
Majority and Minority differences regarding the legislation.
    (b) Amendments. When a bill or resolution is being 
considered by the Committee, members shall provide the Chief 
Clerk or staff designated by the Chair 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.
    (c) 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.
    (d) Postponement of Further Proceedings. In accordance with 
clause 2(h)(4) 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.
    (e) 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.

                            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 Strategic Technologies and 
        Advanced Research;
          (2) Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, 
        Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation;
          (3) Subcommittee on Intelligence Modernization and 
        Readiness; and
          (4) Subcommittee on Defense Intelligence and 
        Warfighter Support.
    (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.

        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 or counsel of the Committee designated 
by the Chair may administer the oath or affirmation.
    (d) Questioning of Witnesses.
          (1) Consistent with House Rule XI and House 
        Resolution 6 of the 116th Congress, questioning of 
        witnesses before the Committee shall be conducted by 
        members or appropriate designated Committee staff.
          (2) The Chair and Ranking Minority Member are each 
        authorized to designate appropriate 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, and the 
        witness so requests, the Committee shall make 
        reasonable efforts under the circumstances 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. A majority of the members of the 
        Committee may vote to overturn the decision of the 
        Chair to remove counsel for a witness.
          (6) 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 or Committee staff designated by the Chair.
                  (A) Such written statements shall ordinarily 
                be submitted no less than 48 hours in advance 
                of the witness' appearance before the Committee 
                and shall be submitted in 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 is 
        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 a request made 
        pursuant to paragraph (1), the Chair may authorize the 
        release to the public of the name of any witness 
        scheduled to appear before the Committee.

                           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.

                             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.

                          11. Committee Staff

    (a) Definition. In 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.

      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. The Chair, in 
                consultation with the Ranking Member, may 
                condition exercise of this authority on 
                reciprocal discussion with and disclosure to 
                Committee Members and Staff by the House and 
                Senate Committees on Armed Services.
                  (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. The Chair, in 
                consultation with the Ranking Member, may 
                condition exercise of this authority on 
                reciprocal discussion with and disclosure to 
                Committee Members and Staff by the appropriate 
                subcommittee of the House Appropriations 
                Committee.
                  (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.

                        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 
        on an exclusive basis, 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.
          (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.

      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. If the Executive Branch seeks to limit such 
access to classified papers and other material in accordance 
with existing law or policy, the Chair, in consultation with 
the Ranking Member, may agree to restrict Member and staff 
access to certain classified materials pursuant to the 
Executive Branch's request. Such restriction shall apply on 
equal terms to the Majority and Minority.
    (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 involvin