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113th Congress                                                   Report
                                 SENATE
 1st Session                                                     113-11
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                     REVIEW OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY

                       DURING THE 112TH CONGRESS

                               __________

                                 REPORT

                                 OF THE

                         COMMITTEE ON RULES AND

                             ADMINISTRATION

                          UNITED STATES SENATE

                               DURING THE

                             112TH CONGRESS

                              (2011-2012)

 PURSUANT TO PARAGRAPH 8(b) OF RULE XXVI OF THE STANDING RULES OF THE 
                                 SENATE

                                     



                 April 5, 2013.--Ordered to be printed

     Filed, under authority of the order of the Senate of March 23
                   (legislative day, March 22), 2013
                                     


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                 COMMITTEE ON RULES AND ADMINISTRATION

                 CHARLES E. SCHUMER, New York, Chairman
DANIEL K. INOUYE, Hawaii             LAMAR ALEXANDER, Tennessee
DIANNE FEINSTEIN, California         MITCH McCONNELL, Kentucky
RICHARD J. DURBIN, Illinois          THAD COCHRAN, Mississippi
E. BENJAMIN NELSON, Nebraska         KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON, Texas
PATTY MURRAY, Washington             C. SAXBY CHAMBLISS, Georgia
MARK L. PRYOR, Arkansas              PAT ROBERTS, Kansas
TOM UDALL, New Mexico                RICHARD C. SHELBY, Alabama
MARK WARNER, Virginia                ROY BLUNT, Missouri
PATRICK J. LEAHY, Vermont
                 Jean Parvin Bordewich, Staff Director
               Mary Suit Jones, Republican Staff Director
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                                FOREWORD

                              ----------                              

    This report reviewing the legislative activity during the 
112th Congress of the Committee on Rules and Administration is 
submitted pursuant to paragraph 8(b) of Rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules of the Senate. Paragraph 8 provides that 
standing committees of the Senate shall review and study, on a 
continuing basis, the application, administration, and 
execution of those laws, or parts thereof, the subject matter 
of which is within their jurisdiction, and submit to the 
Senate, not later than March 31 of each odd-numbered year, a 
report detailing the activities of that committee for the 
preceding Congress. The text of paragraph 8(b) of rule XXVI is 
as follows:

          8.(b) In each odd-numbered year, each such committee 
        shall submit, not later than March 31, to the Senate, a 
        report on the activities of that committee under this 
        paragraph during the Congress ending at noon on January 
        3 of such year.
                                      Charles E. Schumer, Chairman.

                                 (iii)

                                     
                            C O N T E N T S

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                                                                   Page

Committee Membership.............................................    II
Foreword.........................................................   III
Jurisdiction of the Committee on Rules and Administration........     1
Rules of Procedure for the Committee on Rules and Administration.     3
Legislative Activity.............................................     6
    Resolutions..................................................     6
        Resolutions Referred to Committee........................     6
        Original Resolutions from Committee......................     8
        Resolutions within Rules Committee Jurisdiction--Not 
          Referred to Committee..................................     8
    Legislation..................................................     9
        Legislation Referred to Committee........................     9
        Original Legislation from Committee......................    10
        Legislation within Rules Committee Jurisdiction--Not 
          Referred to Committee..................................    10
Committee Meetings and Hearings..................................    12
Nominations......................................................    12
    Public Printer...............................................    12
    Election Assistance Commission...............................    12
Regulations......................................................    14
Committee Publications...........................................    14
Executive Communications, Petitions and Memorials................    15


113th Congress                                                   Report
                                 SENATE
 1st Session                                                     113-11

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        REVIEW OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY DURING THE 112TH CONGRESS

                                _______
                                

                 April 5, 2013.--Ordered to be printed

     Filed, under authority of the order of the Senate of March 23 
                   (legislative day, March 22), 2013

                                _______
                                

Mr. Schumer, from the Committee on Rules and Administration, submitted 
                             the following

                              R E P O R T

 [Pursuant to paragraph 8(b) of rule XXVI of the Standing Rules of the 
                                Senate]

       Jurisdiction of the Committee on Rules and Administration

    The jurisdiction of the Committee on Rules and 
Administration is set forth in paragraph 1(n)(1) of rule XXV of 
the Standing Rules of the Senate. The following are excerpts 
from that paragraph.

                                RULE XXV

                          STANDING COMMITTEES

    1. The following standing committees shall be appointed at 
the commencement of each Congress, and shall continue and have 
the power to act until their successors are appointed, with 
leave to report by bill or otherwise on matters within their 
respective jurisdictions:

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *

    (n)(1) Committee on Rules and Administration, to which 
committee shall be referred all proposed legislation, messages, 
petitions, memorials, and other matters relating to the 
following subjects:
    1. Administration of the Senate Office Buildings and the 
Senate wing of the Capitol, including the assignment of office 
space.
    2. Congressional organization relative to rules and 
procedures, and Senate rules and regulations, including floor 
and gallery rules.
    3. Corrupt practices.
    4. Credentials and qualifications of Members of the Senate, 
contested elections, and acceptance of incompatible offices.
    5. Federal elections generally, including the election of 
the President, Vice President, and Members of the Congress.
    6. Government Printing Office, and the printing and 
correction of the Congressional Record, as well as those 
matters provided for under rule XI.
    7. Meeting of the Congress and attendance of Members.
    8. Payment of money out of the contingent fund of the 
Senate or creating a charge upon the same (except that any 
resolution relating to substantive matter within the 
jurisdiction of any other standing committee of the Senate 
shall be first referred to such committee).
    9. Presidential succession.
    10. Purchase of books and manuscripts and erection of 
monuments to the memory of individuals.
    11. Senate Library and statuary, art, and pictures in the 
Capitol and Senate Office Buildings.
    12. Services to the Senate, including the Senate 
restaurant.
    13. United States Capitol and congressional office 
buildings, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution 
(and the incorporation of similar institutions), and the 
Botanic Gardens.
    (2) Such committee shall also----
        (A) make a continuing study of the organization and 
        operation of the Congress of the United States and 
        shall recommend improvements in such organization and 
        operation with a view toward strengthening the 
        Congress, simplifying its operations, improving its 
        relationships with other branches of the United States 
        Government, and enabling it better to meet its 
        responsibilities under the Constitution of the United 
        States; and
        (B) identify any court proceeding or action which, in 
        the opinion of the Committee, is of vital interest to 
        the Congress as a constitutionally established 
        institution of the Federal Government and call such 
        proceeding or action to the attention of the Senate.

           *       *       *       *       *       *       *


    Rules of Procedure for the Committee on Rules and Administration

                   TITLE I--MEETINGS OF THE COMMITTEE

    1. The regular meeting dates of the Committee shall be the 
second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, at 10:00 a.m. in 
room SR-301, Russell Senate Office Building. Additional 
meetings of the Committee may be called by the Chairman as he 
may deem necessary or pursuant to the provision of paragraph 3 
of rule XXVI of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
    2. Meetings of the committee, including meetings to conduct 
hearings, shall be open to the public, except that a meeting or 
series of meetings by the committee on the same subject for a 
period of no more than 14 calendar days may be closed to the 
public on a motion made and seconded to go into closed session 
to discuss only whether the matters enumerated in subparagraphs 
(a) through (f) would require the meeting to be closed followed 
immediately by a recorded vote in open session by a majority of 
the Members of the committee when it is determined that the 
matters to be discussed or the testimony to be taken at such 
meeting or meetings:
        (A) will disclose matters necessary to be kept secret 
        in the interests of national defense or the 
        confidential conduct of the foreign relations of the 
        United States;
        (B) will relate solely to matters of the committee 
        staff personnel or internal staff management or 
        procedure;
        (C) will tend to charge an individual with crime or 
        misconduct, to disgrace or injure the professional 
        standing of an individual, or otherwise to expose an 
        individual to public contempt or obloquy, or will 
        represent a clearly unwarranted invasion of the privacy 
        of an individual;
        (D) will disclose the identity of any informer or law 
        enforcement agent or will disclose any information 
        relating to the investigation or prosecution of a 
        criminal offense that is required to be kept secret in 
        the interests of effective law enforcement;
        (E) will disclose information relating to the trade 
        secrets or financial or commercial information 
        pertaining specifically to a given person if:
                (1) an Act of Congress requires the information 
                to be kept confidential by Government officers 
                and employees; or
                (2) the information has been obtained by the 
                Government on a confidential basis, other than 
                through an application by such person for a 
                specific Government financial or other benefit, 
                and is required to be kept secret in order to 
                prevent undue injury to the competitive 
                position of such person; or
        (F) may divulge matters required to be kept 
        confidential under the provisions of law or Government 
        regulations. (Paragraph 5(b) of rule XXVI of the 
        Standing Rules.)
    3. Written notices of committee meetings will normally be 
sent by the committee's staff director to all Members of the 
committee at least a week in advance. In addition, the 
committee staff will telephone or e-mail reminders of committee 
meetings to all Members of the committee or to the appropriate 
assistants in their offices.
    4. A copy of the committee's intended agenda enumerating 
separate items of legislative business and committee business 
will normally be sent to all Members of the committee and 
released to the public at least 1 day in advance of all 
meetings. This does not preclude any Member of the committee 
from discussing appropriate non-agenda topics.
    5. After the Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member, 
speaking order shall be based on order of arrival, alternating 
between Majority and Minority Members, unless otherwise 
directed by the Chairman.
    6. Any witness who is to appear before the committee in any 
hearing shall file with the clerk of the committee at least 3 
business days before the date of his or her appearance, a 
written statement of his or her proposed testimony and an 
executive summary thereof, in such form as the chairman may 
direct, unless the Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member 
waive such requirement for good cause.
    7. In general, testimony will be restricted to 5 minutes 
for each witness. The time may be extended by the Chairman, 
upon the Chair's own direction or at the request of a Member. 
Each round of questions by Members will also be limited to 5 
minutes.

                           TITLE II--QUORUMS

    1. Pursuant to paragraph 7(a)(1) of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules, a majority of the Members of the committee 
shall constitute a quorum for the reporting of legislative 
measures.
    2. Pursuant to paragraph 7(a)(1) of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules, one-third of the Members of the committee shall 
constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, including 
action on amendments to measures prior to voting to report the 
measure to the Senate.
    3. Pursuant to paragraph 7(a)(2) of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules, 2 Members of the committee shall constitute a 
quorum for the purpose of taking testimony under oath and 1 
Member of the committee shall constitute a quorum for the 
purpose of taking testimony not under oath; provided, however, 
that in either instance, once a quorum is established, any one 
Member can continue to take such testimony.
    4. Under no circumstances may proxies be considered for the 
establishment of a quorum.

                           TITLE III--VOTING

    1. Voting in the committee on any issue will normally be by 
voice vote.
    2. If a third of the Members present so demand a roll call 
vote instead of a voice vote, a record vote will be taken on 
any question by roll call.
    3. The results of roll call votes taken in any meeting upon 
any measure, or any amendment thereto, shall be stated in the 
committee report on that measure unless previously announced by 
the committee, and such report or announcement shall include a 
tabulation of the votes cast in favor of and the votes cast in 
opposition to each such measure and amendment by each Member of 
the committee. (Paragraph 7(b) and (c) of rule XXVI of the 
Standing Rules.)
    4. Proxy voting shall be allowed on all measures and 
matters before the committee. However, the vote of the 
committee to report a measure or matter shall require the 
concurrence of a majority of the Members of the committee who 
are physically present at the time of the vote. Proxies will be 
allowed in such cases solely for the purpose of recording a 
Member's position on the question and then only in those 
instances when the absentee committee Member has been informed 
of the question and has affirmatively requested that he be 
recorded. (Paragraph 7(a)(3) of rule XXVI of the Standing 
Rules.)

                          TITLE IV--AMENDMENTS

    1. Provided at least five business days' notice of the 
agenda is given, and the text of the proposed bill or 
resolution has been made available at least five business 
calendar days in advance, it shall not be in order for the 
Committee to consider any amendment in the first degree 
proposed to any measure under consideration by the Committee 
unless such amendment has been delivered to the office of the 
Committee and circulated via e-mail to each of the offices by 
at least 5:00 p.m. the day prior to the scheduled start of the 
meeting.
    2. In the event the Chairman introduces a substitute 
amendment or a Chairman's mark, the requirements set forth in 
Paragraph 1 of this Title shall be considered waived unless 
such substitute amendment or Chairman's mark has been made 
available at least five business days in advance of the 
scheduled meeting.
    3. It shall be in order, without prior notice, for a Member 
to offer a motion to strike a single section of any bill, 
resolution, or amendment under consideration.
    4. This section of the rule may be waived by agreement of 
the Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member.

         TITLE V--DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY TO COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN

    1. The Chairman is authorized to sign himself or by 
delegation all necessary vouchers and routine papers for which 
the committee's approval is required and to decide in the 
committee's behalf all routine business.
    2. The Chairman is authorized to engage commercial 
reporters for the preparation of transcripts of committee 
meetings and hearings.
    3. The Chairman is authorized to issue, in behalf of the 
committee, regulations normally promulgated by the committee at 
the beginning of each session.

  TITLE VI--DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY TO COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AND RANKING 
                            MINORITY MEMBER

    The Chairman and Ranking Minority Member, acting jointly, 
are authorized to approve on behalf of the committee any rule 
or regulation for which the committee's approval is required, 
provided advance notice of their intention to do so is given to 
Members of the committee.

                          Legislative Activity

                       *passed Senate; +obviated

Resolutions
Resolutions Referred to Committee
    H. Con. Res. 90, authorizing the printing of the 25th 
edition of the pocket version of the United States 
Constitution.*
    H. Con. Res. 132, providing funding to ensure the printing 
and production of the authorized number of copies of the 
revised and updated version of the House document entitled 
``Hispanic Americans in Congress''.
    S.J. Res. 7, a joint resolution providing for the 
reappointment of Shirley Ann Jackson as a citizen regent of the 
Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. Became Public 
Law: 112-19.
    S.J. Res. 8, a joint resolution providing for the 
appointment of Stephen M. Case as a citizen regent of the Board 
of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. Became Public Law: 
112-12.
    S.J. Res. 9, a joint resolution providing for the 
reappointment of Robert P. Kogod as a citizen regent of the 
Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. Became Public 
Law: 112-20.
    S. Con. Res. 5, a concurrent resolution authorizing the use 
of the rotunda of the Capitol to honor Frank W. Buckles, the 
longest surviving United States veteran of the First World War.
    S. Con. Res. 10, a concurrent resolution authorizing the 
remains of Frank W. Buckles, the last surviving United States 
veteran of the First World War, to lie in honor in the rotunda 
of the Capitol.
    S. Con. Res. 28, a concurrent resolution authorizing the 
use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an 
event to award the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to 
the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and 
the Military Intelligence Service, United States Army, in 
recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.*
    S. Con. Res. 49, a concurrent resolution to direct the 
Joint Committee on the Library to accept a statue depicting 
Frederick Douglass from the District of Columbia and display 
the statue in a suitable location in the Capitol.
    S. Res. 9, a resolution to permit the Senate to avoid 
unnecessary delay and vote on matters for which floor debate 
has ceased.
    S. Res. 12, a resolution to amend the Standing Rules of the 
Senate to reform the filibuster rules to improve the daily 
process of the Senate.
    S. Res. 13, a bill to require a two-fifths threshold to 
sustain a filibuster.
    S. Res. 16, a resolution to require that all legislative 
matters be available and fully scored by CBO 72 hours before 
consideration by any subcommittee or committee of the Senate or 
on the floor of the Senate.
    S. Res. 19, a resolution to require that a descriptive 
summary of each provision of any legislative matter be 
available 72 hours before consideration by any subcommittee or 
committee of the Senate or on the floor of the Senate.
    S. Res. 23, a resolution to prohibit unauthorized earmarks.
    S. Res. 46, a resolution requiring that legislation 
considered by the Senate be confined to a single issue.
    S. Res. 50, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Environment and Public Works.+
    S. Res. 52, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Special Committee on Aging.+
    S. Res. 53, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental 
Affairs.+
    S. Res. 54, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Select Committee on Intelligence.+
    S. Res. 56, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.+
    S. Res. 57, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.+
    S. Res. 58, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on the Budget.+
    S. Res. 59, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Armed Services.+
    S. Res. 61, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on the Judiciary.+
    S. Res. 62, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.+
    S. Res. 64, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.+
    S. Res. 66, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.+
    S. Res. 67, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.+
    S. Res. 68, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.+
    S. Res. 69, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Finance.+
    S. Res. 70, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Rules and Administration.+
    S. Res. 71, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.+
    S. Res. 79, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by the Committee on Foreign Relations.+
    S. Res. 82, a resolution to provide sufficient time for 
legislation to be read.
    S. Res. 93, a resolution establishing the Committee to 
Reduce Government Waste.
    S. Res. 94, a resolution to express the sense of the Senate 
in support of reducing its budget by at least 5 percent.*
    S. Res. 110, a resolution to require that all legislative 
matters be available and fully scored by CBO 48 hours before 
consideration by any subcommittee or committee of the Senate or 
on the floor of the Senate.
    S. Res. 116, a resolution to provide for expedited Senate 
consideration of certain nominations subject to advice and 
consent.*
    S. Res. 340, a resolution to amend the Standing Rules of 
the Senate to prohibit a Member, officer, or employee of the 
Senate from disclosing or using any material nonpublic 
information learned during the course of his or her service for 
personal gain.
    S. Res. 427, Preventing Duplicative and Overlapping 
Government Programs Resolution.
    S. Res. 594, a resolution establishing a select committee 
of the Senate to make a thorough and complete investigation of 
the facts and circumstances surrounding, and the response of 
the United States Government to, the September 11, 2012, 
terrorist attacks against the United States consulate and 
personnel in Benghazi, Libya, and to make recommendations to 
prevent similar attacks in the future.
Original Resolutions from Committee
    S. Con. Res. 35, a concurrent resolution to establish the 
Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies for the 
inauguration of the President-elect and Vice President-elect of 
the United States on January 21, 2013.*
    S. Con. Res. 36, a concurrent resolution to authorize the 
use of the rotunda and Emancipation Hall of the Capitol by the 
Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies in 
connection with the proceedings and ceremonies conducted for 
the inauguration of the President-elect and the Vice President-
elect of the United States.*
    S. Res. 81, an original resolution authorizing expenditures 
by committees of the Senate for the periods March 1, 2011, 
through September 30, 2011, and October 1, 2011, through 
September 30, 2012, and October 1, 2012, through February 28, 
2013.*
    S. Res. 92, a resolution to authorize the payment of legal 
expenses of Senate employees out of the contingent fund of the 
Senate.*
    S. Res. 103, a resolution providing for members on the part 
of the Senate of the Joint Committee on Printing and the Joint 
Committee of Congress on the Library.*
    S. Res. 311, A resolution to authorize the printing of a 
collection of the rules of the committees of the Senate.*
    S. Res. 318, resolution to authorize the printing of a 
revised edition of the Senate Rules and Manual.*
Resolutions within Rules Committee Jurisdiction--Not Referred to 
        Committee
    H. Con. Res. 27, providing for the acceptance of a statue 
of Gerald R. Ford from the people of Michigan for placement in 
the United States Capitol.*
    H. Con. Res. 33, permitting the use of the rotunda of the 
Capitol for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days 
of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust.*
    H. Con. Res. 99, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall 
in the Capitol Visitor Center for a ceremony to unveil the 
marker which acknowledges the role that slave labor played in 
the construction of the United States Capitol.*
    H. Con. Res. 105, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall 
in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to celebrate the 
birthday of King Kamehameha.*
    H. Con. Res. 108, permitting the use of the rotunda of the 
Capitol for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days 
of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust.*
    H. Con. Res. 128, authorizing the use of Emancipation Hall 
in the Capitol Visitor Center for an event to award the 
Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to the Montford Point 
Marines.*
    H. Con. Res. 133, authorizing the use of the rotunda of the 
United States Capitol for an event to present the Congressional 
Gold Medal to Arnold Palmer, in recognition of his service to 
the Nation in promoting excellence and good sportsmanship in 
golf.*
    H. Con. Res. 135, authorizing the use of the rotunda of the 
Capitol for the presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal to 
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in recognition of her leadership and 
perseverance in the struggle for freedom and democracy in 
Burma.*
    S.J. Res. 49, a joint resolution providing for the 
appointment of Barbara Barrett as a citizen regent of the Board 
of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. Became Public Law: 
112-262.
    S. Con. Res. 16, a concurrent resolution authorizing the 
use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an 
event to celebrate the birthday of King Kamehameha.*
    S. Con. Res. 29, a concurrent resolution authorizing the 
use of the rotunda of the United States Capitol for an event to 
present the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to Neil A. 
Armstrong, Edwin E. ``Buzz'' Aldrin, Jr., Michael Collins, and 
John Herschel Glenn, Jr., in recognition of their significant 
contributions to society.*
Legislation
Legislation Referred to Committee
    H.R. 292, Stop the OverPrinting (STOP) Act.
    H.R. 406, to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 
1971 to permit candidates for election for Federal office to 
designate an individual who will be authorized to disburse 
funds of the authorized campaign committees of the candidate in 
the event of the death of the candidate.
    H.R. 1934, to improve certain administrative operations of 
the Library of Congress, and for other purposes.
    H.R. 3463, to reduce Federal spending and the deficit by 
terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election 
campaigns and party conventions and by terminating the Election 
Assistance Commission.
    H.R. 6122, to revise the authority of the Librarian of 
Congress to accept gifts and bequests on behalf of the Library, 
and for other purposes.
    S. 9, Political Reform and Gridlock Elimination Act.
    S. 81, a bill to direct unused appropriations for Senate 
Official Personnel and Office Expense Accounts to be deposited 
in the Treasury and used for deficit reduction or to reduce the 
Federal debt.
    S. 111, Voting Integrity and Verification Act of 2011.
    S. 126, a bill to reduce the amount of financial assistance 
provided to the Government of Mexico in response to the illegal 
border crossings from Mexico into the United States, which 
serve to dissipate the political discontent with the higher 
unemployment rate within Mexico.
    S. 130, a bill to prohibit authorized committees and 
leadership PACs from employing the spouse or immediate family 
members of any candidate or Federal office holder connected to 
the committee.
    S. 168, Voter Fraud Prevention Act.
    S. 210, Stop the OverPrinting (STOP) Act of 2011.
    S. 219, Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act.
    S. 331, Military and Overseas Voters' Relief Act.
    S. 428, a bill to establish the Office of the Inspector 
General of the Senate.
    S. 582, Social Security Protection Act of 2011.
    S. 674, Congressional Record Printing Savings Act of 2011.
    S. 739, a bill to authorize the Architect of the Capitol to 
establish battery recharging stations for privately owned 
vehicles in parking areas under the jurisdiction of the Senate 
at no net cost to the Federal Government. Became Public Law: 
112-167.
    S. 750, Fair Elections Now Act.
    S. 1248, Enumerated Powers Act.
    S. 1341, a bill to provide a point of order against 
consideration of any measure that would increase the statutory 
limit on the public debt above $14.294 trillion unless that 
measure has been publicly available for a full 7 calendar days 
before consideration on the floor of the Senate.
    S. 1355, Robocall Privacy Act of 2011.
    S. 1411, Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act.
    S. 1498, a bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act 
of 1971 to provide for additional reporting with respect to 
contributions to members of the Joint Select Committee on 
Deficit Reduction.
    S. 1501, a bill to require the Joint Select Committee on 
Deficit Reduction to conduct the business of the Committee in a 
manner that is open to the public.
    S. 1522, Joint Select Committee on Job Creation Act of 
2011.
    S. 1868, Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act.
    S. 2219, Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on 
Spending in Elections Act of 2012.
    S. 3257, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 
to prohibit the use of public funds for political party 
conventions, and to provide for the return of previously 
distributed funds for deficit reduction.
    S. 3312, Presidential Funding Act.
    S. 3359, One Subject at a Time Act.
    S. 3360, Read the Bills Act.
    S. 3528, a bill to repeal the authorization to provide 
office space, a furnishings allowance, congressional franking 
privileges, and staff assistance to former Speakers of the 
House of Representatives.
    S. 3608, Voter Empowerment Act of 2012.
    S. 3635, FAST Voting Act of 2012.
    S. 3657, LINE Act of 2012.
Original Legislation from Committee
    None.
Legislation within Rules Committee Jurisdiction--Not Referred to 
        Committee
    H.R. 1402, to authorize the Architect of the Capitol to 
establish battery recharging stations for privately owned 
vehicles in parking areas under the jurisdiction of the House 
of Representatives at no net cost to the Federal Government. 
Became Public Law: 112-70.
    H.R. 6336, to direct the Joint Committee on the Library to 
accept a statue depicting Frederick Douglass from the District 
of Columbia and to provide for the permanent display of the 
statue in Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol. 
Became Public Law: 112-174.

                    Committee Meetings and Hearings

    February 17, 2011--Organizational meeting of the Committee 
on Rules and Administration. Adoption of the Committee Rules of 
procedure and the approval of an original resolution which will 
fund the Rules Committee during the 112th Congress.
    March 1, 2011--Legislative business meeting to markup the 
Omnibus Budget for Senate Committees. Adoption of an original 
resolution (S. Res. 81), the Omnibus Committee Funding 
Resolution, authorizing expenditures by Senate Committees for 
112th Congress.
    May 11, 2011--Executive business meeting to consider the 
nomination of William J. Boarman, of Maryland, to be the Public 
Printer. Legislative business meeting to consider S. Res. 116, 
to provide for expedited Senate consideration of certain 
nominations subject to advice and consent, and to consider S. 
739, a bill to authorize the Architect of the Capitol to 
establish battery recharging stations for privately owned 
vehicles in parking areas under the jurisdiction of the Senate 
at no net cost to the Federal Government.
    June 22, 2011--Organizational meeting of the Joint 
Committee on Printing.
    June 22, 2011--Organizational meeting of the Joint 
Committee on the Library.
    June 29, 2011--Nomination Hearing: Election Assistance 
Commission. Testimony from Ms. Gineen M. Bresso, of Florida, to 
be a Member of the Elections Assistance Commission; Mr. Thomas 
Hicks, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Commissioner 
Elections Assistance Commission; and Ms. Myrna Perez, of Texas, 
to be a Member of the Commissioner Elections Assistance 
Commission.
    March 29, 2012--Legislative Hearing on S. 2219, the 
``Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in 
Elections Act of 2012'' (DISCLOSE Act of 2012). Testimony from 
Mr. Fred Wertheimer, Founder and President, Democracy 21; Mr. 
David Keating, President, Center for Competitive Politics; and 
Professor Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor's Professor of Law and 
Political Science, UC-Irvine School of Law.
    April 25, 2012--Legislative Hearing on S. 219, the ``Senate 
Campaign Disclosure Parity Act.'' Testimony from the Honorable 
Nancy Erickson, Secretary of the Senate; and Mr. Paul Ryan, the 
Campaign Legal Center.

                              Nominations

Public Printer
    The Rules Committee favorably reported out on May 12, 2011 
the nomination of William J. Boarman, of Maryland, to be Public 
Printer, vice Robert Charles Tapella, resigned, to which 
position he was appointed during the recess of the Senate from 
December 22, 2010, to January 5, 2011. On January 3, 2012, the 
nomination was returned to the President under the provisions 
of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the 
Senate.
Election Assistance Commission
    The Rules Committee held a hearing on June 29, 2011 on the 
nomination to reappoint Gineen Maria Bresso, of Florida, to be 
a Member of the Election Assistance Commission for a term 
expiring December 12, 2013. On January 24, 2012, the Senate 
received a message of withdrawal of nomination from the 
President.
    The Rules Committee held a hearing on June 29, 2011 on the 
nomination of Thomas Hicks, of Virginia, to be a Member of the 
Election Assistance Commission for a term expiring December 12, 
2013, vice Gracia M. Hillman, term expired. On January 3, 2013, 
the nomination was returned to the President under the 
provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing 
Rules of the Senate.
    The Rules Committee held a hearing on the nomination of 
Myrna Perez, of Texas, to be a Member of the Election 
Assistance Commission for the remainder of the term expiring 
December 12, 2011, vice Rosemary E. Rodriguez. On January 3, 
2013, the nomination was returned to the President under the 
provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing 
Rules of the Senate.

                              Regulations

    During the 112th Congress, the Committee on Rules and 
Administration amended Rule X (Smoking Policy) of the Rules for 
Regulation of the Senate Wing of the United States Capitol and 
Senate Office Buildings.

                         Committee Publications

    Senate Manual, 112th Congress, 1st session, S. Doc. 112-1.
    Authority and Rules of Senate Committees, 2011-2012, 112th 
Congress, 1st session, S. Doc. 112-5.
    Tributes to Honorable Barbara A. Mikulski, U.S. Senator 
from Maryland, tributes delivered in Congress, 112th Congress, 
2nd session, S. Doc. 112-6.
    Review of Legislative Activity During the 111th Congress, 
112th Congress, 1st session, S. Rpt. 112-8.
    Authorizing Expenditures by Committees of the Senate 
(relating to S. Res. 81), 112th Congress, 1st session, S. Rpt. 
112-9.
    Senate Cloture Rule, 112th Congress, 1st session, S. Prt. 
112-31.
    Expenditure Authorizations and Requirements for Senate 
Committees, 112th Congress, 1st session, S. Prt. 112-2.
    The Congressional Directory, 112th Congress, 2nd session, 
S. Pub. 112-12.
    Congressional Pictorial Directory, 112th Congress, 2nd 
session, S. Prt. 112-1.
    Intern Handbook; spring 2011 Edition, 112th Congress, 1st 
session.
    Intern Handbook; spring 2012 Edition, 112th Congress, 2nd 
session.

           Executive Communications, Petitions and Memorials

    POM84 Senate Rules and Administration (April 25, 2012) A 
concurrent memorial adopted by the Legislature of the State of 
Arizona urging Congress to adopt a Veterans Remembered Flag; to 
the Committee on Rules and Administration.
    EC8768 Senate Rules and Administration (December 31, 2012) 
A communication from the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney 
General, Office of Legislative Affairs, Department of Justice, 
transmitting, pursuant to law, the annual report from the 
Attorney General to Congress relative to the Uniformed and 
Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act; to the Committee on 
Rules and Administration.
    EC8729 Senate Rules and Administration (December 21, 2012) 
A communication from the Chair of the Board of Directors, 
Office of Compliance, transmitting, pursuant to law, a report 
relative to recommendations for improvements to the 
Congressional Accountability Act; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.
    EC8077 Senate Rules and Administration (November 26, 2012) 
A communication from the Chairman, Board of Trustees, John F. 
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, transmitting, pursuant 
to law, a financial report in accordance with Section 8G(h) of 
the Inspector General Act of 1978; to the Committee on Rules 
and Administration.
    EC7474 Senate Rules and Administration (September 13, 2012) 
A joint communication from the Chair and Vice Chair, Federal 
Election Commission, transmitting, pursuant to law, the 
Commission's fiscal year 2014 budget request; to the Committee 
on Rules and Administration.
    EC7322 Senate Veterans' Affairs and other committees ... 
(September 11, 2012) A communication from the Acting Director, 
Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the 
President, transmitting, pursuant to law, a report entitled 
``OMB Sequestration Update Report to the President and Congress 
for Fiscal Year 2013"; to the Committees on Agriculture, 
Nutrition, and Forestry; Appropriations; Armed Services; 
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the Budget; Commerce, 
Science, and Transportation; Energy and Natural Resources; 
Environment and Public Works; Finance; Foreign Relations; 
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Health, Education, 
Labor, and Pensions; the Judiciary; Rules and Administration; 
Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Veterans' Affairs; Indian 
Affairs; and Select Committee on Intelligence.
    EC6986 Senate Rules and Administration (July 26, 2012) A 
communication from the Librarian of Congress, transmitting, 
pursuant to law, the annual report on the activities of the 
Library of Congress for fiscal year 2011; to the Committee on 
Rules and Administration.
    EC6526 Senate Rules and Administration (June 14, 2012) A 
communication from the Chair of the Federal Election 
Commission, transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to 
five legislative recommendations; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.
    EC5850 Senate Rules and Administration (April 25, 2012) A 
communication from the Chairman, Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial 
Commission, transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to 
the memorial construction; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.
    EC5051 Senate Rules and Administration (February 16, 2012) 
A communication from the General Counsel and Acting Executive 
Director, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, transmitting, 
pursuant to law, a report entitled ``Fiscal Year 2011 
Activities''; to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
    EC4785 Senate Veterans' Affairs and other committees ... 
(January 30, 2012) A communication from the Director of the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Executive Office of the 
President, transmitting, pursuant to law, the ``OMB Final 
Sequestration Update Report for Fiscal Year 2012'', referred 
jointly, pursuant to the order of January 30, 1975 as modified 
by the order of April 11, 1986; to the Committees on 
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Appropriations; Armed 
Services; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the Budget; 
Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Energy and Natural 
Resources; Environment and Public Works; Finance; Foreign 
Relations; Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Homeland 
Security and Governmental Affairs; the Judiciary; Rules and 
Administration; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and 
Veterans' Affairs.
    EC4668 Senate Rules and Administration (January 26, 2012) A 
communication from the General Counsel and Acting Executive 
Director, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, transmitting, 
pursuant to law, a report entitled ``2010 Election 
Administration and Voting Survey''; to the Committee on Rules 
and Administration.
    EC4667 Senate Rules and Administration (January 26, 2012) A 
communication from the Chairman of the Federal Election 
Commission, transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to 
the Commission's competitive sourcing efforts during fiscal 
year 2011; to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
    EC3966 Senate Rules and Administration (November 16, 2011) 
A communication from the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of 
Defense (Personnel and Readiness), transmitting, pursuant to 
law, the Federal Voting Assistance Program's 2010 Post-Election 
Survey Report; to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
    EC3916 Senate Rules and Administration (November 10, 2011) 
A communication from the Assistant General Counsel, Federal 
Election Commission, transmitting, pursuant to law, the report 
of a rule entitled ``Standards of Conduct'' ((RIN3209-
AA15)(Notice 2011-16)) received in the Office of the President 
of the Senate on November 7, 2011; to the Committee on Rules 
and Administration.
    EC3876 Senate Rules and Administration (November 08, 2011) 
A communication from the Chairman, Board of Trustees, John F. 
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, transmitting, pursuant 
to law, a report relative to the Center's financial statements, 
supplemental schedules of operations, and independent auditor's 
report for years ended October 3, 2010 and September 27, 2009; 
to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
    EC3680 Senate Rules and Administration (October 20, 2011) A 
communication from the Executive Director of the U.S. Election 
Assistance Commission, transmitting, pursuant to law, report 
entitled ``2010 Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting 
Act''; to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
    EC3489 Senate Rules and Administration (October 06, 2011) A 
communication from the Chair, Office of General Counsel, 
Federal Election Commission, transmitting, pursuant to law, the 
report of a rule entitled ``Interpretive Rule on When Certain 
Independent Expenditures are 'Publicly Disseminated' for 
Reporting Purposes'' (Notice 2011-13) received during 
adjournment of the Senate in the Office of the President of the 
Senate on September 30, 2011; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.
    EC3303 Senate Rules and Administration (September 19, 2011) 
A communication from the Vice Chair, Federal Election 
Commission, transmitting, pursuant to law, the Commission's 
fiscal year 2013 budget request; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.
    EC3087 Senate Rules and Administration (September 08, 2011) 
A communication from the Director, Congressional Affairs, 
Federal Election Commission, transmitting, pursuant to law, a 
report relative to revisions of two disclosure forms used by 
political committees to report campaign finance activity; to 
the Committee on Rules and Administration.
    EC2996 Senate Veterans' Affairs and other committees ... 
(September 08, 2011) A communication from the Director of the 
Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the 
President, transmitting, pursuant to law, the OMB Sequestration 
Update Report for Fiscal Year 2012, referred jointly, pursuant 
to the order of January 30, 1975 as modified by the order of 
April 11, 1986; to the Special Committee on Aging; Agriculture, 
Nutrition, and Forestry; Appropriations; Armed Services; 
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the Budget; Commerce, 
Science, and Transportation; Energy and Natural Resources; 
Environment and Public Works; Finance; Foreign Relations; 
Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Homeland Security and 
Governmental Affairs; Indian Affairs; Select Committee on 
Intelligence; the Judiciary; Rules and Administration; Small 
Business and Entrepreneurship; and Veterans' Affairs.
    EC2501 Senate Rules and Administration (July 14, 2011) A 
communication from the Executive Director of the U.S. Election 
Assistance Commission, transmitting, pursuant to law, the 2009-
2010 Impact of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 on 
the Administration of Elections for Federal Office (NVRA) 
report; to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
    EC1511 Senate Rules and Administration (May 05, 2011) A 
communication from the Chairman, Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial 
Commission, transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to 
the memorial construction; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.
    EC1094 Senate Rules and Administration (March 31, 2011) A 
communication from the Chairman of the Federal Election 
Commission, transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to 
the disclosure form used by Presidential campaigns to report 
campaign finance activity; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.
    EC1069 Senate Rules and Administration (March 30, 2011) A 
communication from the Chairman of the Federal Election 
Commission, transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to 
four legislative recommendations; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.
    EC665 Senate Rules and Administration (February 17, 2011) A 
communication from the Chairman, Federal Election Commission, 
transmitting, pursuant to law, a report relative to its budget 
request for fiscal year 2012; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.
    EC59 Senate Rules and Administration (January 25, 2011) A 
communication from the Chair of the Board of Directors, Office 
of Compliance, transmitting, pursuant to Section 102(b) of the 
Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (CAA) a report 
relative to recommendations for improvements to the 
Congressional Accountability Act; to the Committee on Rules and 
Administration.