[Congressional Bills 106th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[H. Res. 5 Engrossed in House (EH)]


                 In the House of Representatives, U.S.,

                                                       January 6, 1999.
    Resolved, That the Rules of the House of Representatives of the One Hundred 
Fifth Congress, including applicable provisions of law or concurrent resolution 
that constituted rules of the House at the end of the One Hundred Fifth 
Congress, are adopted as the Rules of the House of Representatives of the One 
Hundred Sixth Congress, with amendments to the standing rules, and with other 
orders, as follows:

SECTION 1. CHANGES IN STANDING RULES.

    Amend the standing rules to read as follows:

                      RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                                     RULE I.

                                  The Speaker.

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

                                    RULE II.

                          Other Officers and Officials.

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

                                    RULE III.

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

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

                                    RULE IV.

                             The Hall of the House.

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

                                     RULE V.

                             Broadcasting the House.

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

                                    RULE VI.

                  Official Reporters and News Media Galleries.

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

                                    RULE VII.

                              Records of the House.

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

                                   RULE VIII.

                             Response to Subpoenas.

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

                                    RULE IX.

                             Questions of Privilege.

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

                                     RULE X.

                           Organization of Committees.

Committees and their legislative jurisdictions
    1. There shall be in the House the following standing committees, each of 
which shall have the jurisdiction and related functions assigned by this clause 
and clauses 2, 3, and 4. All bills, resolutions, and other matters relating to 
subjects within the jurisdiction of the standing committees listed in this 
clause shall be referred to those committees, in accordance with clause 2 of 
rule XII, as follows:
            (a) Committee on Agriculture.
                    (1) Adulteration of seeds, insect pests, and protection of 
                birds and animals in forest reserves.
                    (2) Agriculture generally.
                    (3) Agricultural and industrial chemistry.
                    (4) Agricultural colleges and experiment stations.
                    (5) Agricultural economics and research.
                    (6) Agricultural education extension services.
                    (7) Agricultural production and marketing and stabilization 
                of prices of agricultural products, and commodities (not 
                including distribution outside of the United States).
                    (8) Animal industry and diseases of animals.
                    (9) Commodity exchanges.
                    (10) Crop insurance and soil conservation.
                    (11) Dairy industry.
                    (12) Entomology and plant quarantine.
                    (13) Extension of farm credit and farm security.
                    (14) Inspection of livestock, poultry, meat products, and 
                seafood and seafood products.
                    (15) Forestry in general and forest reserves other than 
                those created from the public domain.
                    (16) Human nutrition and home economics.
                    (17) Plant industry, soils, and agricultural engineering.
                    (18) Rural electrification.
                    (19) Rural development.
                    (20) Water conservation related to activities of the 
                Department of Agriculture.
            (b) Committee on Appropriations.
                    (1) Appropriation of the revenue for the support of the 
                Government.
                    (2) Rescissions of appropriations contained in appropriation 
                Acts.
                    (3) Transfers of unexpended balances.
                    (4) Bills and joint resolutions reported by other committees 
                that provide new entitlement authority as defined in section 
                3(9) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and referred to the 
                committee under clause 4(a)(2).
            (c) Committee on Armed Services.
                    (1) Ammunition depots; forts; arsenals; and Army, Navy, and 
                Air Force reservations and establishments.
                    (2) Common defense generally.
                    (3) Conservation, development, and use of naval petroleum 
                and oil shale reserves.
                    (4) The Department of Defense generally, including the 
                Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, generally.
                    (5) Interoceanic canals generally, including measures 
                relating to the maintenance, operation, and administration of 
                interoceanic canals.
                    (6) Merchant Marine Academy and State Maritime Academies.
                    (7) Military applications of nuclear energy.
                    (8) Tactical intelligence and intelligence-related 
                activities of the Department of Defense.
                    (9) National security aspects of merchant marine, including 
                financial assistance for the construction and operation of 
                vessels, maintenance of the U.S. shipbuilding and ship repair 
                industrial base, cabotage, cargo preference, and merchant marine 
                officers and seamen as these matters relate to the national 
                security.
                    (10) Pay, promotion, retirement, and other benefits and 
                privileges of members of the armed forces.
                    (11) Scientific research and development in support of the 
                armed services.
                    (12) Selective service.
                    (13) Size and composition of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, 
                and Air Force.
                    (14) Soldiers' and sailors' homes.
                    (15) Strategic and critical materials necessary for the 
                common defense.
            (d) Committee on Banking and Financial Services.
                    (1) Banks and banking, including deposit insurance and 
                Federal monetary policy.
                    (2) Bank capital markets activities generally.
                    (3) Depository institutions securities activities generally, 
                including activities of any affiliates (except for functional 
                regulation under applicable securities laws not involving safety 
                and soundness).
                    (4) Economic stabilization, defense production, 
                renegotiation, and control of the price of commodities, rents, 
                and services.
                    (5) Financial aid to commerce and industry (other than 
                transportation).
                    (6) International finance.
                    (7) International financial and monetary organizations.
                    (8) Money and credit, including currency and this issuance 
                of notes and redemption thereof; gold and silver, including the 
                coinage thereof; valuation and revaluation of the dollar.
                    (9) Public and private housing.
                    (10) Urban development.
            (e) Committee on the Budget.
                    (1) Concurrent resolutions on the budget (as defined in 
                section 3(4) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974), other 
                matters required to be referred to the committee under titles 
                III and IV of that Act, and other measures setting forth 
                appropriate levels of budget totals for the United States 
                Government.
                    (2) Budget process generally.
                    (3) Establishment, extension, and enforcement of special 
                controls over the Federal budget, including the budgetary 
                treatment of off-budget Federal agencies and measures providing 
                exemption from reduction under any order issued under part C of 
                the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
            (f) Committee on Commerce.
                    (1) Biomedical research and development.
                    (2) Consumer affairs and consumer protection.
                    (3) Health and health facilities (except health care 
                supported by payroll deductions).
                    (4) Interstate energy compacts.
                    (5) Interstate and foreign commerce generally.
                    (6) Exploration, production, storage, supply, marketing, 
                pricing, and regulation of energy resources, including all 
                fossil fuels, solar energy, and other unconventional or 
                renewable energy resources.
                    (7) Conservation of energy resources.
                    (8) Energy information generally.
                    (9) The generation and marketing of power (except by 
                federally chartered or Federal regional power marketing 
                authorities); reliability and interstate transmission of, and 
                ratemaking for, all power; and siting of generation facilities 
                (except the installation of interconnections between Government 
                waterpower projects).
                    (10) General management of the Department of Energy and 
                management and all functions of the Federal Energy Regulatory 
                Commission.
                    (11) National energy policy generally.
                    (12) Public health and quarantine.
                    (13) Regulation of the domestic nuclear energy industry, 
                including regulation of research and development reactors and 
                nuclear regulatory research.
                    (14) Regulation of interstate and foreign communications.
                    (15) Securities and exchanges.
                    (16) Travel and tourism.
        The committee shall have the same jurisdiction with respect to 
        regulation of nuclear facilities and of use of nuclear energy as it has 
        with respect to regulation of nonnuclear facilities and of use of 
        nonnuclear energy.
            (g) Committee on Education and the Workforce.
                    (1) Child labor.
                    (2) Gallaudet University and Howard University and Hospital.
                    (3) Convict labor and the entry of goods made by convicts 
                into interstate commerce.
                    (4) Food programs for children in schools.
                    (5) Labor standards and statistics.
                    (6) Education or labor generally.
                    (7) Mediation and arbitration of labor disputes.
                    (8) Regulation or prevention of importation of foreign 
                laborers under contract.
                    (9) Workers' compensation.
                    (10) Vocational rehabilitation.
                    (11) Wages and hours of labor.
                    (12) Welfare of miners.
                    (13) Work incentive programs.
            (h) Committee on Government Reform.
                    (1) Federal civil service, including intergovernmental 
                personnel; and the status of officers and employees of the 
                United States, including their compensation, classification, and 
                retirement.
                    (2) Municipal affairs of the District of Columbia in general 
                (other than appropriations).
                    (3) Federal paperwork reduction.
                    (4) Government management and accounting measures generally.
                    (5) Holidays and celebrations.
                    (6) Overall economy, efficiency, and management of 
                government operations and activities, including Federal 
                procurement.
                    (7) National archives.
                    (8) Population and demography generally, including the 
                Census.
                    (9) Postal service generally, including transportation of 
                the mails.
                    (10) Public information and records.
                    (11) Relationship of the Federal Government to the States 
                and municipalities generally.
                    (12) Reorganizations in the executive branch of the 
                Government.
            (i) Committee on House Administration.
                    (1) Appropriations from accounts for committee salaries and 
                expenses (except for the Committee on Appropriations); House 
                Information Resources; and allowance and expenses of Members, 
                Delegates, the Resident Commissioner, officers, and 
                administrative offices of the House.
                    (2) Auditing and settling of all accounts described in 
                subparagraph (1).
                    (3) Employment of persons by the House, including staff for 
                Members, Delegates, the Resident Commissioner, and committees; 
                and reporters of debates, subject to rule VI.
                    (4) Except as provided in paragraph (q)(11), the Library of 
                Congress, including management thereof; the House Library; 
                statuary and pictures; acceptance or purchase of works of art 
                for the Capitol; the Botanic Garden; and purchase of books and 
                manuscripts.
                    (5) The Smithsonian Institution and the incorporation of 
                similar institutions (except as provided in paragraph (q)(11)).
                    (6) Expenditure of accounts described in subparagraph (1).
                    (7) Franking Commission.
                    (8) Printing and correction of the Congressional Record.
                    (9) Accounts of the House generally.
                    (10) Assignment of office space for Members, Delegates, the 
                Resident Commissioner, and committees.
                    (11) Disposition of useless executive papers.
                    (12) Election of the President, Vice President, Members, 
                Senators, Delegates, or the Resident Commissioner; corrupt 
                practices; contested elections; credentials and qualifications; 
                and Federal elections generally.
                    (13) Services to the House, including the House Restaurant, 
                parking facilities, and administration of the House Office 
                Buildings and of the House wing of the Capitol.
                    (14) Travel of Members, Delegates, and the Resident 
                Commissioner.
                    (15) Raising, reporting, and use of campaign contributions 
                for candidates for office of Representative, of Delegate, and of 
                Resident Commissioner.
                    (16) Compensation, retirement, and other benefits of the 
                Members, Delegates, the Resident Commissioner, officers, and 
                employees of Congress.
            (j) Committee on International Relations.
                    (1) Relations of the United States with foreign nations 
                generally.
                    (2) Acquisition of land and buildings for embassies and 
                legations in foreign countries.
                    (3) Establishment of boundary lines between the United 
                States and foreign nations.
                    (4) Export controls, including nonproliferation of nuclear 
                technology and nuclear hardware.
                    (5) Foreign loans.
                    (6) International commodity agreements (other than those 
                involving sugar), including all agreements for cooperation in 
                the export of nuclear technology and nuclear hardware.
                    (7) International conferences and congresses.
                    (8) International education.
                    (9) Intervention abroad and declarations of war.
                    (10) Diplomatic service.
                    (11) Measures to foster commercial intercourse with foreign 
                nations and to safeguard American business interests abroad.
                    (12) International economic policy.
                    (13) Neutrality.
                    (14) Protection of American citizens abroad and 
                expatriation.
                    (15) The American National Red Cross.
                    (16) Trading with the enemy.
                    (17) United Nations organizations.
            (k) Committee on the Judiciary.
                    (1) The judiciary and judicial proceedings, civil and 
                criminal.
                    (2) Administrative practice and procedure.
                    (3) Apportionment of Representatives.
                    (4) Bankruptcy, mutiny, espionage, and counterfeiting.
                    (5) Civil liberties.
                    (6) Constitutional amendments.
                    (7) Federal courts and judges, and local courts in the 
                Territories and possessions.
                    (8) Immigration and naturalization.
                    (9) Interstate compacts generally.
                    (10) Claims against the United States.
                    (11) Meetings of Congress; attendance of Members, Delegates, 
                and the Resident Commissioner; and their acceptance of 
                incompatible offices.
                    (12) National penitentiaries.
                    (13) Patents, the Patent and Trademark Office, copyrights, 
                and trademarks.
                    (14) Presidential succession.
                    (15) Protection of trade and commerce against unlawful 
                restraints and monopolies.
                    (16) Revision and codification of the Statutes of the United 
                States.
                    (17) State and territorial boundary lines.
                    (18) Subversive activities affecting the internal security 
                of the United States.
            (l) Committee on Resources.
                    (1) Fisheries and wildlife, including research, restoration, 
                refuges, and conservation.
                    (2) Forest reserves and national parks created from the 
                public domain.
                    (3) Forfeiture of land grants and alien ownership, including 
                alien ownership of mineral lands.
                    (4) Geological Survey.
                    (5) International fishing agreements.
                    (6) Interstate compacts relating to apportionment of waters 
                for irrigation purposes.
                    (7) Irrigation and reclamation, including water supply for 
                reclamation projects and easements of public lands for 
                irrigation projects; and acquisition of private lands when 
                necessary to complete irrigation projects.
                    (8) Native Americans generally, including the care and 
                allotment of Native American lands and general and special 
                measures relating to claims that are paid out of Native American 
                funds.
                    (9) Insular possessions of the United States generally 
                (except those affecting the revenue and appropriations).
                    (10) Military parks and battlefields, national cemeteries 
                administered by the Secretary of the Interior, parks within the 
                District of Columbia, and the erection of monuments to the 
                memory of individuals.
                    (11) Mineral land laws and claims and entries thereunder.
                    (12) Mineral resources of public lands.
                    (13) Mining interests generally.
                    (14) Mining schools and experimental stations.
                    (15) Marine affairs, including coastal zone management 
                (except for measures relating to oil and other pollution of 
                navigable waters).
                    (16) Oceanography.
                    (17) Petroleum conservation on public lands and conservation 
                of the radium supply in the United States.
                    (18) Preservation of prehistoric ruins and objects of 
                interest on the public domain.
                    (19) Public lands generally, including entry, easements, and 
                grazing thereon.
                    (20) Relations of the United States with Native Americans 
                and Native American tribes.
                    (21) Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline (except ratemaking).
            (m) Committee on Rules.
                    (1) Rules and joint rules (other than those relating to the 
                Code of Official Conduct) and the order of business of the 
                House.
                    (2) Recesses and final adjournments of Congress.
            (n) Committee on Science.
                    (1) All energy research, development, and demonstration, and 
                projects therefor, and all federally owned or operated 
                nonmilitary energy laboratories.
                    (2) Astronautical research and development, including 
                resources, personnel, equipment, and facilities.
                    (3) Civil aviation research and development.
                    (4) Environmental research and development.
                    (5) Marine research.
                    (6) Commercial application of energy technology.
                    (7) National Institute of Standards and Technology, 
                standardization of weights and measures, and the metric system.
                    (8) National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
                    (9) National Space Council.
                    (10) National Science Foundation.
                    (11) National Weather Service.
                    (12) Outer space, including exploration and control thereof.
                    (13) Science scholarships.
                    (14) Scientific research, development, and demonstration, 
                and projects therefor.
            (o) Committee on Small Business.
                    (1) Assistance to and protection of small business, 
                including financial aid, regulatory flexibility, and paperwork 
                reduction.
                    (2) Participation of small-business enterprises in Federal 
                procurement and Government contracts.
            (p) Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.
                    The Code of Official Conduct.
            (q) Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
                    (1) Coast Guard, including lifesaving service, lighthouses, 
                lightships, ocean derelicts, and the Coast Guard Academy.
                    (2) Federal management of emergencies and natural disasters.
                    (3) Flood control and improvement of rivers and harbors.
                    (4) Inland waterways.
                    (5) Inspection of merchant marine vessels, lights and 
                signals, lifesaving equipment, and fire protection on such 
                vessels.
                    (6) Navigation and laws relating thereto, including 
                pilotage.
                    (7) Registering and licensing of vessels and small boats.
                    (8) Rules and international arrangements to prevent 
                collisions at sea.
                    (9) The Capitol Building and the Senate and House Office 
                Buildings.
                    (10) Construction or maintenance of roads and post roads 
                (other than appropriations therefor).
                    (11) Construction or reconstruction, maintenance, and care 
                of buildings and grounds of the Botanic Garden, the Library of 
                Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.
                    (12) Merchant marine (except for national security aspects 
                thereof).
                    (13) Purchase of sites and construction of post offices, 
                customhouses, Federal courthouses, and Government buildings 
                within the District of Columbia.
                    (14) Oil and other pollution of navigable waters, including 
                inland, coastal, and ocean waters.
                    (15) Marine affairs, including coastal zone management, as 
                they relate to oil and other pollution of navigable waters.
                    (16) Public buildings and occupied or improved grounds of 
                the United States generally.
                    (17) Public works for the benefit of navigation, including 
                bridges and dams (other than international bridges and dams).
                    (18) Related transportation regulatory agencies.
                    (19) Roads and the safety thereof.
                    (20) Transportation, including civil aviation, railroads, 
                water transportation, transportation safety (except automobile 
                safety), transportation infrastructure, transportation labor, 
                and railroad retirement and unemployment (except revenue 
                measures related thereto).
                    (21) Water power.
            (r) Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
                    (1) Veterans' measures generally.
                    (2) Cemeteries of the United States in which veterans of any 
                war or conflict are or may be buried, whether in the United 
                States or abroad (except cemeteries administered by the 
                Secretary of the Interior).
                    (3) Compensation, vocational rehabilitation, and education 
                of veterans.
                    (4) Life insurance issued by the Government on account of 
                service in the Armed Forces.
                    (5) Pensions of all the wars of the United States, general 
                and special.
                    (6) Readjustment of servicemen to civil life.
                    (7) Soldiers' and sailors' civil relief.
                    (8) Veterans' hospitals, medical care, and treatment of 
                veterans.
            (s) Committee on Ways and Means.
                    (1) Customs, collection districts, and ports of entry and 
                delivery.
                    (2) Reciprocal trade agreements.
                    (3) Revenue measures generally.
                    (4) Revenue measures relating to insular possessions.
                    (5) Bonded debt of the United States, subject to the last 
                sentence of clause 4(f).
                    (6) Deposit of public monies.
                    (7) Transportation of dutiable goods.
                    (8) Tax exempt foundations and charitable trusts.
                    (9) National social security (except health care and 
                facilities programs that are supported from general revenues as 
                opposed to payroll deductions and except work incentive 
                programs).
General oversight responsibilities
    2. (a) The various standing committees shall have general oversight 
responsibilities as provided in paragraph (b) in order to assist the House in--
            (1) its analysis, appraisal, and evaluation of--
                    (A) the application, administration, execution, and 
                effectiveness of Federal laws; and
                    (B) conditions and circumstances that may indicate the 
                necessity or desirability of enacting new or additional 
                legislation; and
            (2) its formulation, consideration, and enactment of changes in 
        Federal laws, and of such additional legislation as may be necessary or 
        appropriate.
    (b)(1) In order to determine whether laws and programs addressing subjects 
within the jurisdiction of a committee are being implemented and carried out in 
accordance with the intent of Congress and whether they should be continued, 
curtailed, or eliminated, each standing committee (other than the Committee on 
Appropriations) shall review and study on a continuing basis--
            (A) the application, administration, execution, and effectiveness of 
        laws and programs addressing subjects within its jurisdiction;
            (B) the organization and operation of Federal agencies and entities 
        having responsibilities for the administration and execution of laws and 
        programs addressing subjects within its jurisdiction;
            (C) any conditions or circumstances that may indicate the necessity 
        or desirability of enacting new or additional legislation addressing 
        subjects within its jurisdiction (whether or not a bill or resolution 
        has been introduced with respect thereto); and
            (D) future research and forecasting on subjects within its 
        jurisdiction.
    (2) Each committee to which subparagraph (1) applies having more than 20 
members shall establish an oversight subcommittee, or require its subcommittees 
to conduct oversight in their respective jurisdictions, to assist in carrying 
out its responsibilities under this clause. The establishment of an oversight 
subcommittee does not limit the responsibility of a subcommittee with 
legislative jurisdiction in carrying out its oversight responsibilities.
    (c) Each standing committee shall review and study on a continuing basis the 
impact or probable impact of tax policies affecting subjects within its 
jurisdiction as described in clauses 1 and 3.
    (d)(1) Not later than February 15 of the first session of a Congress, each 
standing committee shall, in a meeting that is open to the public and with a 
quorum present, adopt its oversight plan for that Congress. Such plan shall be 
submitted simultaneously to the Committee on Government Reform and to the 
Committee on House Administration. In developing its plan each committee shall, 
to the maximum extent feasible--
            (A) consult with other committees that have jurisdiction over the 
        same or related laws, programs, or agencies within its jurisdiction with 
        the objective of ensuring maximum coordination and cooperation among 
        committees when conducting reviews of such laws, programs, or agencies 
        and include in its plan an explanation of steps that have been or will 
        be taken to ensure such coordination and cooperation;
            (B) give priority consideration to including in its plan the review 
        of those laws, programs, or agencies operating under permanent budget 
        authority or permanent statutory authority; and
            (C) have a view toward ensuring that all significant laws, programs, 
        or agencies within its jurisdiction are subject to review every 10 
        years.
    (2) Not later than March 31 in the first session of a Congress, after 
consultation with the Speaker, the Majority Leader, and the Minority Leader, the 
Committee on Government Reform shall report to the House the oversight plans 
submitted by committees together with any recommendations that it, or the House 
leadership group described above, may make to ensure the most effective 
coordination of oversight plans and otherwise to achieve the objectives of this 
clause.
    (e) The Speaker, with the approval of the House, may appoint special ad hoc 
oversight committees for the purpose of reviewing specific matters within the 
jurisdiction of two or more standing committees.
Special oversight functions
    3. (a) The Committee on Appropriations shall conduct such studies and 
examinations of the organization and operation of executive departments and 
other executive agencies (including an agency the majority of the stock of which 
is owned by the United States) as it considers necessary to assist it in the 
determination of matters within its jurisdiction.
    (b) The Committee on the Budget shall study on a continuing basis the effect 
on budget outlays of relevant existing and proposed legislation and report the 
results of such studies to the House on a recurring basis.
    (c) The Committee on Commerce shall review and study on a continuing basis 
laws, programs, and Government activities relating to nuclear and other energy 
and nonmilitary nuclear energy research and development including the disposal 
of nuclear waste.
    (d) The Committee on Education and the Workforce shall review, study, and 
coordinate on a continuing basis laws, programs, and Government activities 
relating to domestic educational programs and institutions and programs of 
student assistance within the jurisdiction of other committees.
    (e) The Committee on Government Reform shall review and study on a 
continuing basis the operation of Government activities at all levels with a 
view to determining their economy and efficiency.
    (f) The Committee on International Relations shall review and study on a 
continuing basis laws, programs, and Government activities relating to customs 
administration, intelligence activities relating to foreign policy, 
international financial and monetary organizations, and international fishing 
agreements.
    (g) The Committee on Armed Services shall review and study on a continuing 
basis laws, programs, and Government activities relating to international arms 
control and disarmament and the education of military dependents in schools.
    (h) The Committee on Resources shall review and study on a continuing basis 
laws, programs, and Government activities relating to Native Americans.
    (i) The Committee on Rules shall review and study on a continuing basis the 
congressional budget process, and the committee shall report its findings and 
recommendations to the House from time to time.
    (j) The Committee on Science shall review and study on a continuing basis 
laws, programs, and Government activities relating to nonmilitary research and 
development.
    (k) The Committee on Small Business shall study and investigate on a 
continuing basis the problems of all types of small business.
Additional functions of committees
    4. (a)(1)(A) The Committee on Appropriations shall, within 30 days after the 
transmittal of the Budget to Congress each year, hold hearings on the Budget as 
a whole with particular reference to--
            (i) the basic recommendations and budgetary policies of the 
        President in the presentation of the Budget; and
            (ii) the fiscal, financial, and economic assumptions used as bases 
        in arriving at total estimated expenditures and receipts.
    (B) In holding hearings under subdivision (A), the committee shall receive 
testimony from the Secretary of the Treasury, the Director of the Office of 
Management and Budget, the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, and 
such other persons as the committee may desire.
    (C) A hearing under subdivision (A), or any part thereof, shall be held in 
open session, except when the committee, in open session and with a quorum 
present, determines by record vote that the testimony to be taken at that 
hearing on that day may be related to a matter of national security. The 
committee may by the same procedure close one subsequent day of hearing. A 
transcript of all such hearings shall be printed and a copy thereof furnished to 
each Member, Delegate, and the Resident Commissioner.
    (D) A hearing under subdivision (A), or any part thereof, may be held before 
a joint meeting of the committee and the Committee on Appropriations of the 
Senate in accordance with such procedures as the two committees jointly may 
determine.
    (2) Pursuant to section 401(b)(2) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, 
when a committee reports a bill or joint resolution that provides new 
entitlement authority as defined in section 3(9) of that Act, and enactment of 
the bill or joint resolution, as reported, would cause a breach of the 
committee's pertinent allocation of new budget authority under section 
302(a) of that Act, the bill or joint resolution may be referred to the 
Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report it with 
recommendations (which may include an amendment limiting the total 
amount of new entitlement authority provided in the bill or joint 
resolution). If the Committee on Appropriations fails to report a bill 
or joint resolution so referred within 15 calendar days (not counting 
any day on which the House is not in session), the committee 
automatically shall be discharged from consideration of the bill or 
joint resolution, and the bill or joint resolution shall be placed on 
the appropriate calendar.
    (3) In addition, the Committee on Appropriations shall study on a continuing 
basis those provisions of law that (on the first day of the first fiscal year 
for which the congressional budget process is effective) provide spending 
authority or permanent budget authority and shall report to the House from time 
to time its recommendations for terminating or modifying such provisions.
    (4) In the manner provided by section 302 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974, the Committee on Appropriations (after consulting with the Committee on 
Appropriations of the Senate) shall subdivide any allocations made to it in the 
joint explanatory statement accompanying the conference report on such 
concurrent resolution, and promptly report the subdivisions to the House as soon 
as practicable after a concurrent resolution on the budget for a fiscal year is 
agreed to.
    (b) The Committee on the Budget shall--
            (1) review on a continuing basis the conduct by the Congressional 
        Budget Office of its functions and duties;
            (2) hold hearings and receive testimony from Members, Senators, 
        Delegates, the Resident Commissioner, and such appropriate 
        representatives of Federal departments and agencies, the general public, 
        and national organizations as it considers desirable in developing 
        concurrent resolutions on the budget for each fiscal year;
            (3) make all reports required of it by the Congressional Budget Act 
        of 1974;
            (4) study on a continuing basis those provisions of law that exempt 
        Federal agencies or any of their activities or outlays from inclusion in 
        the Budget of the United States Government, and report to the House from 
        time to time its recommendations for terminating or modifying such 
        provisions;
            (5) study on a continuing basis proposals designed to improve and 
        facilitate the congressional budget process, and report to the House 
        from time to time the results of such studies, together with its 
        recommendations; and
            (6) request and evaluate continuing studies of tax expenditures, 
        devise methods of coordinating tax expenditures, policies, and programs 
        with direct budget outlays, and report the results of such studies to 
        the House on a recurring basis.
    (c)(1) The Committee on Government Reform shall--
            (A) receive and examine reports of the Comptroller General of the 
        United States and submit to the House such recommendations as it 
        considers necessary or desirable in connection with the subject matter 
        of the reports;
            (B) evaluate the effects of laws enacted to reorganize the 
        legislative and executive branches of the Government; and
            (C) study intergovernmental relationships between the United States 
        and the States and municipalities and between the United States and 
        international organizations of which the United States is a member.
    (2) In addition to its duties under subparagraph (1), the Committee on 
Government Reform may at any time conduct investigations of any matter without 
regard to clause 1, 2, 3, or this clause conferring jurisdiction over the matter 
to another standing committee. The findings and recommendations of the committee 
in such an investigation shall be made available to any other standing committee 
having jurisdiction over the matter involved and shall be included in the report 
of any such other committee when required by clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII.
    (d)(1) The Committee on House Administration shall--
            (A) examine all bills, amendments, and joint resolutions after 
        passage by the House and, in cooperation with the Senate, examine all 
        bills and joint resolutions that have passed both Houses to see that 
        they are correctly enrolled and forthwith present those bills and joint 
        resolutions that originated in the House to the President in person 
        after their signature by the Speaker and the President of the Senate, 
        and report to the House the fact and date of their presentment;
            (B) provide policy direction for, and oversight of, the Clerk, 
        Sergeant-at-Arms, Chief Administrative Officer, and Inspector General;
            (C) have the function of accepting on behalf of the House a gift, 
        except as otherwise provided by law, if the gift does not involve a 
        duty, burden, or condition, or is not made dependent on some future 
        performance by the House; and
            (D) promulgate regulations to carry out subdivision (C).
    (2) An employing office of the House may enter into a settlement of a 
complaint under the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 that provides for 
the payment of funds only after receiving the joint approval of the chairman and 
ranking minority member of the Committee on House Administration concerning the 
amount of such payment.
    (e)(1) Each standing committee shall, in its consideration of all public 
bills and public joint resolutions within its jurisdiction, ensure that 
appropriations for continuing programs and activities of the Federal Government 
and the government of the District of Columbia will be made annually to the 
maximum extent feasible and consistent with the nature, requirement, and 
objective of the programs and activities involved. In this subparagraph programs 
and activities of the Federal Government and the government of the District of 
Columbia includes programs and activities of any department, agency, 
establishment, wholly owned Government corporation, or instrumentality of the 
Federal Government or of the government of the District of Columbia.
    (2) Each standing committee shall review from time to time each continuing 
program within its jurisdiction for which appropriations are not made annually 
to ascertain whether the program should be modified to provide for annual 
appropriations.
Budget Act responsibilities
    (f)(1) Each standing committee shall submit to the Committee on the Budget 
not later than six weeks after the President submits his budget, or at such time 
as the Committee on the Budget may request--
            (A) its views and estimates with respect to all matters to be set 
        forth in the concurrent resolution on the budget for the ensuing fiscal 
        year that are within its jurisdiction or functions; and
            (B) an estimate of the total amounts of new budget authority, and 
        budget outlays resulting therefrom, to be provided or authorized in all 
        bills and resolutions within its jurisdiction that it intends to be 
        effective during that fiscal year.
    (2) The views and estimates submitted by the Committee on Ways and Means 
under subparagraph (1) shall include a specific recommendation, made after 
holding public hearings, as to the appropriate level of the public debt that 
should be set forth in the concurrent resolution on the budget and serve as the 
basis for an increase or decrease in the statutory limit on such debt under the 
procedures provided by rule XXIII.
Election and membership of standing committees
    5. (a)(1) The standing committees specified in clause 1 shall be elected by 
the House within seven calendar days after the commencement of each Congress, 
from nominations submitted by the respective party caucus or conference. A 
resolution proposing to change the composition of a standing committee shall be 
privileged if offered by direction of the party caucus or conference concerned.
    (2)(A) The Committee on the Budget shall be composed of members as follows:
            (i) Members, Delegates, or the Resident Commissioner who are members 
        of other standing committees, including five who are members of the 
        Committee on Appropriations and five who are members of the Committee on 
        Ways and Means;
            (ii) one Member from the elected leadership of the majority party; 
        and
            (iii) one Member from the elected leadership of the minority party.
    (B) Except as permitted by subdivision (C), a member of the Committee on the 
Budget other than one from the elected leadership of a party may not serve on 
the committee during more than four Congresses in a period of six successive 
Congresses (disregarding for this purpose any service for less than a full 
session in a Congress).
    (C) A member of the Committee on the Budget who served as either the 
chairman or the ranking minority member of the committee in the immediately 
previous Congress and who did not serve in that respective capacity in an 
earlier Congress may serve as either the chairman or the ranking minority member 
of the committee during one additional Congress.
    (3)(A) The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct shall be composed of 
10 members, five from the majority party and five from the minority party.
    (B) Except as permitted by subdivision (C), a member of the Committee on 
Standards of Official Conduct may not serve on the committee during more than 
three Congresses in a period of five successive Congresses (disregarding for 
this purpose any service for less than a full session in a Congress).
    (C) A member of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct may serve on 
the committee during a fourth Congress in a period of five successive Congresses 
only as either the chairman or the ranking minority member of the committee.
    (4)(A) At the beginning of a Congress, the Speaker or his designee and the 
Minority Leader or his designee each shall name 10 Members, Delegates, or the 
Resident Commissioner from his respective party who are not members of the 
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to be available to serve on 
investigative subcommittees of that committee during that Congress. The lists of 
Members, Delegates, or the Resident Commissioner so named shall be announced to 
the House.
    (B) Whenever the chairman and the ranking minority member of the Committee 
on Standards of Official Conduct jointly determine that Members, Delegates, or 
the Resident Commissioner named under subdivision (A) should be assigned to 
serve on an investigative subcommittee of that committee, each of them shall 
select an equal number of such Members, Delegates, or Resident Commissioner from 
his respective party to serve on that subcommittee.
    (b)(1) Membership on a standing committee during the course of a Congress 
shall be contingent on continuing membership in the party caucus or conference 
that nominated the Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner concerned for 
election to such committee. Should a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner 
cease to be a member of a particular party caucus or conference, that Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner shall automatically cease to be a member of 
each standing committee to which he was elected on the basis of nomination by 
that caucus or conference. The chairman of the relevant party caucus or 
conference shall notify the Speaker whenever a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner ceases to be a member of that caucus or conference. The Speaker 
shall notify the chairman of each affected committee that the election of such 
Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner to the committee is automatically 
vacated under this subparagraph.
    (2)(A) Except as specified in subdivision (B), a Member, Delegate, or 
Resident Commissioner may not serve simultaneously as a member of more than two 
standing committees or more than four subcommittees of the standing committees.
    (B)(i) Ex officio service by a chairman or ranking minority member of a 
committee on each of its subcommittees under a committee rule does not count 
against the limitation on subcommittee service.
    (ii) Service on an investigative subcommittee of the Committee on Standards 
of Official Conduct under paragraph (a)(4) does not count against the limitation 
on subcommittee service.
    (iii) Any other exception to the limitations in subdivision (A) must be 
approved by the House on the recommendation of the relevant party caucus or 
conference.
    (C) In this subparagraph the term "subcommittee" includes a panel (other 
than a special oversight panel of the Committee on Armed Services), task force, 
special subcommittee, or other subunit of a standing committee that is 
established for a cumulative period longer than six months in a Congress.
    (c)(1) One of the members of each standing committee shall be elected by the 
House, on the nomination of the majority party caucus or conference, as chairman 
thereof. In the temporary absence of the chairman, the member next in rank (and 
so on, as often as the case shall happen) shall act as chairman. Rank shall be 
determined by the order members are named in resolutions electing them to the 
committee. In the case of a permanent vacancy in the elected chairmanship of a 
committee, the House shall elect another chairman.
    (2) A member of a standing committee may not serve as chairman of the same 
standing committee, or of the same subcommittee of a standing committee, during 
more than three consecutive Congresses (disregarding for this purpose any 
service for less than a full session in a Congress).
    (d)(1) Except as permitted by subparagraph (2), a committee may have not 
more than five subcommittees.
    (2) A committee that maintains a subcommittee on oversight may have not more 
than six subcommittees. The Committee on Appropriations may have not more than 
13 subcommittees. The Committee on Government Reform may have not more than 
seven subcommittees.
    (e) The House shall fill a vacancy on a standing committee by election on 
the nomination of the respective party caucus or conference.
Expense resolutions
    6. (a) Whenever a committee, commission, or other entity (other than the 
Committee on Appropriations) is granted authorization for the payment of its 
expenses (including staff salaries) for a Congress, such authorization initially 
shall be procured by one primary expense resolution reported by the Committee on 
House Administration. A primary expense resolution may include a reserve fund 
for unanticipated expenses of committees. An amount from such a reserve fund may 
be allocated to a committee only by the approval of the Committee on House 
Administration. A primary expense resolution reported to the House may not be 
considered in the House unless a printed report thereon was available on the 
previous calendar day. For the information of the House, such report shall--
            (1) state the total amount of the funds to be provided to the 
        committee, commission, or other entity under the primary expense 
        resolution for all anticipated activities and programs of the committee, 
        commission, or other entity; and
            (2) to the extent practicable, contain such general statements 
        regarding the estimated foreseeable expenditures for the respective 
        anticipated activities and programs of the committee, commission, or 
        other entity as may be appropriate to provide the House with basic 
        estimates of the expenditures contemplated by the primary expense 
        resolution.
    (b) After the date of adoption by the House of a primary expense resolution 
for a committee, commission, or other entity for a Congress, authorization for 
the payment of additional expenses (including staff salaries) in that Congress 
may be procured by one or more supplemental expense resolutions reported by the 
Committee on House Administration, as necessary. A supplemental expense 
resolution reported to the House may not be considered in the House unless a 
printed report thereon was available on the previous calendar day. For the 
information of the House, such report shall--
            (1) state the total amount of additional funds to be provided to the 
        committee, commission, or other entity under the supplemental expense 
        resolution and the purposes for which those additional funds are 
        available; and
            (2) state the reasons for the failure to procure the additional 
        funds for the committee, commission, or other entity by means of the 
        primary expense resolution.
    (c) The preceding provisions of this clause do not apply to--
            (1) a resolution providing for the payment from committee salary and 
        expense accounts of the House of sums necessary to pay compensation for 
        staff services performed for, or to pay other expenses of, a committee, 
        commission, or other entity at any time after the beginning of an odd-
        numbered year and before the date of adoption by the House of the 
        primary expense resolution described in paragraph (a) for that year; or
            (2) a resolution providing each of the standing committees in a 
        Congress additional office equipment, airmail and special-delivery 
        postage stamps, supplies, staff personnel, or any other specific item 
        for the operation of the standing committees, and containing an 
        authorization for the payment from committee salary and expense accounts 
        of the House of the expenses of any of the foregoing items provided by 
        that resolution, subject to and until enactment of the provisions of the 
        resolution as permanent law.
    (d) From the funds made available for the appointment of committee staff by 
a primary or additional expense resolution, the chairman of each committee shall 
ensure that sufficient staff is made available to each subcommittee to carry out 
its responsibilities under the rules of the committee and that the minority 
party is treated fairly in the appointment of such staff.
    (e) Funds authorized for a committee under this clause and clauses 7 and 8 
are for expenses incurred in the activities of the committee.
Interim funding
    7. (a) For the period beginning at noon on January 3 and ending at midnight 
on March 31 in each odd-numbered year, such sums as may be necessary shall be 
paid out of the committee salary and expense accounts of the House for 
continuance of necessary investigations and studies by--
            (1) each standing and select committee established by these rules; 
        and
            (2) except as specified in paragraph (b), each select committee 
        established by resolution.
    (b) In the case of the first session of a Congress, amounts shall be made 
available under this paragraph for a select committee established by resolution 
in the preceding Congress only if--
            (1) a resolution proposing to reestablish such select committee is 
        introduced in the present Congress; and
            (2) the House has not adopted a resolution of the preceding Congress 
        providing for termination of funding for investigations and studies by 
        such select committee.
    (c) Each committee described in paragraph (a) shall be entitled for each 
month during the period specified in paragraph (a) to 9 percent (or such lesser 
percentage as may be determined by the Committee on House Administration) of the 
total annualized amount made available under expense resolutions for 
such committee in the preceding session of Congress.
    (d) Payments under this paragraph shall be made on vouchers authorized by 
the committee involved, signed by the chairman of the committee, except as 
provided in paragraph (e), and approved by the Committee on House 
Administration.
    (e) Notwithstanding any provision of law, rule of the House, or other 
authority, from noon on January 3 of the first session of a Congress until the 
election by the House of the committee concerned in that Congress, payments 
under this paragraph shall be made on vouchers signed by--
            (1) the member of the committee who served as chairman of the 
        committee at the expiration of the preceding Congress; or
            (2) if the chairman is not a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
        Commissioner in the present Congress, then the ranking member of the 
        committee as it was constituted at the expiration of the preceding 
        Congress who is a member of the majority party in the present Congress.
    (f)(1) The authority of a committee to incur expenses under this paragraph 
shall expire upon adoption by the House of a primary expense resolution for the 
committee.
    (2) Amounts made available under this paragraph shall be expended in 
accordance with regulations prescribed by the Committee on House Administration.
    (3) This clause shall be effective only insofar as it is not inconsistent 
with a resolution reported by the Committee on House Administration and adopted 
by the House after the adoption of these rules.
Travel
    8. (a) Local currencies owned by the United States shall be made available 
to the committee and its employees engaged in carrying out their official duties 
outside the United States or its territories or possessions. Appropriated funds, 
including those authorized under this clause and clauses 6 and 8, may not be 
expended for the purpose of defraying expenses of members of a committee or its 
employees in a country where local currencies are available for this purpose.
    (b) The following conditions shall apply with respect to travel outside the 
United States or its territories or possessions:
            (1) A member or employee of a committee may not receive or expend 
        local currencies for subsistence in a country for a day at a rate in 
        excess of the maximum per diem set forth in applicable Federal law.
            (2) A member or employee shall be reimbursed for his expenses for a 
        day at the lesser of--
                    (A) the per diem set forth in applicable Federal law; or
                    (B) the actual, unreimbursed expenses (other than for 
                transportation) he incurred during that day.
            (3) Each member or employee of a committee shall make to the 
        chairman of the committee an itemized report showing the dates each 
        country was visited, the amount of per diem furnished, the cost of 
        transportation furnished, and funds expended for any other official 
        purpose and shall summarize in these categories the total foreign 
        currencies or appropriated funds expended. Each report shall be filed 
        with the chairman of the committee not later than 60 days following the 
        completion of travel for use in complying with reporting requirements in 
        applicable Federal law and shall be open for public inspection.
    (c)(1) In carrying out the activities of a committee outside the United 
States in a country where local currencies are unavailable, a member or employee 
of a committee may not receive reimbursement for expenses (other than for 
transportation) in excess of the maximum per diem set forth in applicable 
Federal law.
    (2) A member or employee shall be reimbursed for his expenses for a day, at 
the lesser of--
            (A) the per diem set forth in applicable Federal law; or
            (B) the actual unreimbursed expenses (other than for transportation) 
        he incurred during that day.
    (3) A member or employee of a committee may not receive reimbursement for 
the cost of any transportation in connection with travel outside the United 
States unless the member or employee actually paid for the transportation.
    (d) The restrictions respecting travel outside the United States set forth 
in paragraph (c) also shall apply to travel outside the United States by a 
Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House 
authorized under any standing rule.
Committee staffs
    9. (a)(1) Subject to subparagraph (2) and paragraph (f), each standing 
committee may appoint, by majority vote, not more than 30 professional staff 
members to be compensated from the funds provided for the appointment of 
committee staff by primary and additional expense resolutions. Each professional 
staff member appointed under this subparagraph shall be assigned to the chairman 
and the ranking minority member of the committee, as the committee considers 
advisable.
    (2) Subject to paragraph (f) whenever a majority of the minority party 
members of a standing committee (other than the Committee on Standards of 
Official Conduct or the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence) so request, 
not more than 10 persons (or one-third of the total professional committee staff 
appointed under this clause, whichever is fewer) may be selected, by majority 
vote of the minority party members, for appointment by the committee as 
professional staff members under subparagraph (1). The committee shall appoint 
persons so selected whose character and qualifications are acceptable to a 
majority of the committee. If the committee determines that the character and 
qualifications of a person so selected are unacceptable, a majority of the 
minority party members may select another person for appointment by the 
committee to the professional staff until such appointment is made. Each 
professional staff member appointed under this subparagraph shall be assigned to 
such committee business as the minority party members of the committee consider 
advisable.
    (b)(1) The professional staff members of each standing committee--
            (A) may not engage in any work other than committee business during 
        congressional working hours; and
            (B) may not be assigned a duty other than one pertaining to 
        committee business.
    (2) Subparagraph (1) does not apply to staff designated by a committee as 
``associate'' or ``shared'' staff who are not paid exclusively by the committee, 
provided that the chairman certifies that the compensation paid by the committee 
for any such staff is commensurate with the work performed for the committee in 
accordance with clause 8 of rule XXIV.
    (3) The use of any ``associate'' or ``shared'' staff by a committee shall be 
subject to the review of, and to any terms, conditions, or limitations 
established by, the Committee on House Administration in connection with the 
reporting of any primary or additional expense resolution.
    (4) This paragraph does not apply to the Committee on Appropriations.
    (c) Each employee on the professional or investigative staff of a standing 
committee shall be entitled to pay at a single gross per annum rate, to be fixed 
by the chairman and that does not exceed the maximum rate of pay as in effect 
from time to time under applicable provisions of law.
    (d) Subject to appropriations hereby authorized, the Committee on 
Appropriations may appoint by majority vote such staff as it determines to be 
necessary (in addition to the clerk of the committee and assistants for the 
minority). The staff appointed under this paragraph, other than minority 
assistants, shall possess such qualifications as the committee may prescribe.
    (e) A committee may not appoint to its staff an expert or other personnel 
detailed or assigned from a department or agency of the Government except with 
the written permission of the Committee on House Administration.
    (f) If a request for the appointment of a minority professional staff member 
under paragraph (a) is made when no vacancy exists for such an appointment, the 
committee nevertheless may appoint under paragraph (a) a person selected by the 
minority and acceptable to the committee. A person so appointed shall serve as 
an additional member of the professional staff of the committee until such a 
vacancy occurs (other than a vacancy in the position of head of the professional 
staff, by whatever title designated), at which time that person is considered as 
appointed to that vacancy. Such a person shall be paid from the applicable 
accounts of the House described in clause 1(i)(1) of rule X. If such a vacancy 
occurs on the professional staff when seven or more persons have been so 
appointed who are eligible to fill that vacancy, a majority of the minority 
party members shall designate which of those persons shall fill the vacancy.
    (g) Each staff member appointed pursuant to a request by minority party 
members under paragraph (a), and each staff member appointed to assist minority 
members of a committee pursuant to an expense resolution described in paragraph 
(a) of clause 6, shall be accorded equitable treatment with respect to the 
fixing of the rate of pay, the assignment of work facilities, and the 
accessibility of committee records.
    (h) Paragraph (a) may not be construed to authorize the appointment of 
additional professional staff members of a committee pursuant to a request under 
paragraph (a) by the minority party members of that committee if 10 or more 
professional staff members provided for in paragraph (a)(1) who are satisfactory 
to a majority of the minority party members are otherwise assigned to assist the 
minority party members.
    (i) Notwithstanding paragraph (a)(2), a committee may employ nonpartisan 
staff, in lieu of or in addition to committee staff designated exclusively for 
the majority or minority party, by an affirmative vote of a majority of the 
members of the majority party and of a majority of the members of the minority 
party.
Select and joint committees
    10. (a) Membership on a select or joint committee appointed by the Speaker 
under clause 11 of rule I during the course of a Congress shall be contingent on 
continuing membership in the party caucus or conference of which the Member, 
Delegate, or Resident Commissioner concerned was a member at the time of 
appointment. Should a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner cease to be a 
member of that caucus or conference, that Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner shall automatically cease to be a member of any select or joint 
committee to which he is assigned. The chairman of the relevant party caucus or 
conference shall notify the Speaker whenever a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner ceases to be a member of a party caucus or conference. The Speaker 
shall notify the chairman of each affected select or joint committee that the 
appointment of such Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner to the select or 
joint committee is automatically vacated under this paragraph.
    (b) Each select or joint committee, other than a conference committee, shall 
comply with clause 2(a) of rule XI unless specifically exempted by law.
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
    11. (a)(1) There is established a Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence 
(hereafter in this clause referred to as the ``select committee''). The select 
committee shall be composed of not more than 16 Members, Delegates, or the 
Resident Commissioner, of whom not more than nine may be from the same party. 
The select committee shall include at least one Member, Delegate, or the 
Resident Commissioner from each of the following committees:
            (A) the Committee on Appropriations;
            (B) the Committee on Armed Services;
            (C) the Committee on International Relations; and
            (D) the Committee on the Judiciary.
    (2) The Speaker and the Minority Leader shall be ex officio members of the 
select committee but shall have no vote in the select committee and may not be 
counted for purposes of determining a quorum thereof.
    (3) The Speaker and Minority Leader each may designate a member of his 
leadership staff to assist him in his capacity as ex officio member, with the 
same access to committee meetings, hearings, briefings, and materials as 
employees of the select committee and subject to the same security clearance and 
confidentiality requirements as employees of the select committee under this 
clause.
    (4)(A) Except as permitted by subdivision (B), a Member, Delegate, or 
Resident Commissioner, other than the Speaker or the Minority Leader, may not 
serve as a member of the select committee during more than four Congresses in a 
period of six successive Congresses (disregarding for this purpose any service 
for less than a full session in a Congress).
    (B) A member of the select committee who served as either the chairman or 
the ranking minority member of the select committee in the immediately previous 
Congress and who did not serve in that respective capacity in an earlier 
Congress may serve as either the chairman or the ranking minority member of the 
select committee during one additional Congress.
    (b)(1) There shall be referred to the select committee proposed legislation, 
messages, petitions, memorials, and other matters relating to the following:
            (A) The Central Intelligence Agency, the Director of Central 
        Intelligence, and the National Foreign Intelligence Program as defined 
        in section 3(6) of the National Security Act of 1947.
            (B) Intelligence and intelligence-related activities of all other 
        departments and agencies of the Government, including the tactical 
        intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the Department of 
        Defense.
            (C) The organization or reorganization of a department or agency of 
        the Government to the extent that the organization or reorganization 
        relates to a function or activity involving intelligence or 
        intelligence-related activities.
            (D) Authorizations for appropriations, both direct and indirect, for 
        the following:
                    (i) The Central Intelligence Agency, the Director of Central 
                Intelligence, and the National Foreign Intelligence Program as 
                defined in section 3(6) of the National Security Act of 1947.
                    (ii) Intelligence and intelligence-related activities of all 
                other departments and agencies of the Government, including the 
                tactical intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the 
                Department of Defense.
                    (iii) A department, agency, subdivision, or program that is 
                a successor to an agency or program named or referred to in (i) 
                or (ii).
    (2) Proposed legislation initially reported by the select committee (other 
than provisions solely involving matters specified in subparagraph (1)(A) or 
subparagraph (1)(D)(i)) containing any matter otherwise within the jurisdiction 
of a standing committee shall be referred by the Speaker to that standing 
committee. Proposed legislation initially reported by another committee that 
contains matter within the jurisdiction of the select committee shall be 
referred by the Speaker to the select committee if requested by the chairman of 
the select committee.
    (3) Nothing in this clause shall be construed as prohibiting or otherwise 
restricting the authority of any other committee to study and review an 
intelligence or intelligence-related activity to the extent that such activity 
directly affects a matter otherwise within the jurisdiction of that committee.
    (4) Nothing in this clause shall be construed as amending, limiting, or 
otherwise changing the authority of a standing committee to obtain full and 
prompt access to the product of the intelligence and intelligence-related 
activities of a department or agency of the Government relevant to a matter 
otherwise within the jurisdiction of that committee.
    (c)(1) For purposes of accountability to the House, the select committee 
shall make regular and periodic reports to the House on the nature and extent of 
the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the various departments 
and agencies of the United States. The select committee shall promptly call to 
the attention of the House, or to any other appropriate committee, a matter 
requiring the attention of the House or another committee. In making such 
report, the select committee shall proceed in a manner consistent with paragraph 
(g) to protect national security.
    (2) The select committee shall obtain annual reports from the Director of 
the Central Intelligence Agency, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of 
State, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Such reports 
shall review the intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the agency 
or department concerned and the intelligence and intelligence-related activities 
of foreign countries directed at the United States or its interests. An 
unclassified version of each report may be made available to the public at the 
discretion of the select committee. Nothing herein shall be construed as 
requiring the public disclosure in such reports of the names of persons engaged 
in intelligence or intelligence-related activities for the United States or the 
divulging of intelligence methods employed or the sources of information on 
which the reports are based or the amount of funds authorized to be appropriated 
for intelligence and intelligence-related activities.
    (3) Within six weeks after the President submits a budget under section 
1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, or at such time as the Committee on the 
Budget may request, the select committee shall submit to the Committee on the 
Budget the views and estimates described in section 301(d) of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974 regarding matters within the jurisdiction of the select 
committee.
    (d)(1) Except as specified in subparagraph (2), clauses 6(a), (b), and (c) 
and 8(a), (b), and (c) of this rule, and clauses 1, 2, and 4 of rule XI shall 
apply to the select committee to the extent not inconsistent with this clause.
    (2) Notwithstanding the requirements of the first sentence of clause 2(g)(2) 
of rule XI, in the presence of the number of members required under the rules of 
the select committee for the purpose of taking testimony or receiving evidence, 
the select committee may vote to close a hearing whenever a majority of those 
present determines that the testimony or evidence would endanger the national 
security.
    (e) An employee of the select committee, or a person engaged by contract or 
otherwise to perform services for or at the request of the select committee, may 
not be given access to any classified information by the select committee unless 
such employee or person has--
            (1) agreed in writing and under oath to be bound by the Rules of the 
        House, including the jurisdiction of the Committee on Standards of 
        Official Conduct and of the select committee concerning the security of 
        classified information during and after the period of his employment or 
        contractual agreement with the select committee; and
            (2) received an appropriate security clearance, as determined by the 
        select committee in consultation with the Director of Central 
        Intelligence, that is commensurate with the sensitivity of the 
        classified information to which such employee or person will be given 
        access by the select committee.
    (f) The select committee shall formulate and carry out such rules and 
procedures as it considers necessary to prevent the disclosure, without the 
consent of each person concerned, of information in the possession of the select 
committee that unduly infringes on the privacy or that violates the 
constitutional rights of such person. Nothing herein shall be construed to 
prevent the select committee from publicly disclosing classified information in 
a case in which it determines that national interest in the disclosure 
of classified information clearly outweighs any infringement on the 
privacy of a person.
    (g)(1) The select committee may disclose publicly any information in its 
possession after a determination by the select committee that the public 
interest would be served by such disclosure. With respect to the disclosure of 
information for which this paragraph requires action by the select committee--
            (A) the select committee shall meet to vote on the matter within 
        five days after a member of the select committee requests a vote; and
            (B) a member of the select committee may not make such a disclosure 
        before a vote by the select committee on the matter, or after a vote by 
        the select committee on the matter except in accordance with this 
        paragraph.
    (2)(A) In a case in which the select committee votes to disclose publicly 
any information that has been classified under established security procedures, 
that has been submitted to it by the executive branch, and that the executive 
branch requests be kept secret, the select committee shall notify the President 
of such vote.
    (B) The select committee may disclose publicly such information after the 
expiration of a five-day period following the day on which notice of the vote to 
disclose is transmitted to the President unless, before the expiration of the 
five-day period, the President, personally in writing, notifies the select 
committee that he objects to the disclosure of such information, provides his 
reasons therefor, and certifies that the threat to the national interest of the 
United States posed by the disclosure is of such gravity that it outweighs any 
public interest in the disclosure.
    (C) If the President, personally in writing, notifies the select committee 
of his objections to the disclosure of information as provided in subdivision 
(B), the select committee may, by majority vote, refer the question of the 
disclosure of such information, with a recommendation thereon, to the House. The 
select committee may not publicly disclose such information without leave of the 
House.
    (D) Whenever the select committee votes to refer the question of disclosure 
of any information to the House under subdivision (C), the chairman shall, not 
later than the first day on which the House is in session following the day on 
which the vote occurs, report the matter to the House for its consideration.
    (E) If the chairman of the select committee does not offer in the House a 
motion to consider in closed session a matter reported under subdivision (D) 
within four calendar days on which the House is in session after the 
recommendation described in subdivision (C) is reported, then such a motion 
shall be privileged when offered by a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
Commissioner. In either case such a motion shall be decided without debate or 
intervening motion except one that the House adjourn.
    (F) Upon adoption by the House of a motion to resolve into closed session as 
described in subdivision (E), the Speaker may declare a recess subject to the 
call of the Chair. At the expiration of the recess, the pending question, in 
closed session, shall be, ``Shall the House approve the recommendation of the 
select committee?''.
    (G) Debate on the question described in subdivision (F) shall be limited to 
two hours equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority 
member of the select committee. After such debate the previous question shall be 
considered as ordered on the question of approving the recommendation without 
intervening motion except one motion that the House adjourn. The House shall 
vote on the question in open session but without divulging the information with 
respect to which the vote is taken. If the recommendation of the select 
committee is not approved, then the question is considered as recommitted to the 
select committee for further recommendation.
    (3)(A) Information in the possession of the select committee relating to the 
lawful intelligence or intelligence-related activities of a department or agency 
of the United States that has been classified under established security 
procedures, and that the select committee has determined should not be disclosed 
under subparagraph (1) or (2), may not be made available to any person by a 
Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House 
except as provided in subdivision (B).
    (B) The select committee shall, under such regulations as it may prescribe, 
make information described in subdivision (A) available to a committee or a 
Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, and permit a Member, Delegate, or 
Resident Commissioner to attend a hearing of the select committee that is closed 
to the public. Whenever the select committee makes such information available, 
it shall keep a written record showing, in the case of particular information, 
which committee or which Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner received the 
information. A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner who, and a committee 
that, receives information under this subdivision may not disclose the 
information except in a closed session of the House.
    (4) The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct shall investigate any 
unauthorized disclosure of intelligence or intelligence-related information by a 
Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House in 
violation of subparagraph (3) and report to the House concerning any allegation 
that it finds to be substantiated.
    (5) Upon the request of a person who is subject to an investigation 
described in subparagraph (4), the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct 
shall release to such person at the conclusion of its investigation a summary of 
its investigation, together with its findings. If, at the conclusion of its 
investigation, the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct determines that 
there has been a significant breach of confidentiality or unauthorized 
disclosure by a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of 
the House, it shall report its findings to the House and recommend appropriate 
action. Recommendations may include censure, removal from committee membership, 
or expulsion from the House, in the case of a Member, or removal from office or 
employment or punishment for contempt, in the case of an officer or employee.
    (h) The select committee may permit a personal representative of the 
President, designated by the President to serve as a liaison to the select 
committee, to attend any closed meeting of the select committee.
    (i) Subject to the Rules of the House, funds may not be appropriated for a 
fiscal year, with the exception of a bill or joint resolution continuing 
appropriations, or an amendment thereto, or a conference report thereon, to, or 
for use of, a department or agency of the United States to carry out any of the 
following activities, unless the funds shall previously have been authorized by 
a bill or joint resolution passed by the House during the same or preceding 
fiscal year to carry out such activity for such fiscal year:
            (1) The activities of the Central Intelligence Agency and the 
        Director of Central Intelligence.
            (2) The activities of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
            (3) The activities of the National Security Agency.
            (4) The intelligence and intelligence-related activities of other 
        agencies and subdivisions of the Department of Defense.
            (5) The intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the 
        Department of State.
            (6) The intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the 
        Federal Bureau of Investigation, including all activities of the 
        Intelligence Division.
    (j)(1) In this clause the term ``intelligence and intelligence-related 
activities'' includes--
            (A) the collection, analysis, production, dissemination, or use of 
        information that relates to a foreign country, or a government, 
        political group, party, military force, movement, or other association 
        in a foreign country, and that relates to the defense, foreign policy, 
        national security, or related policies of the United States and other 
        activity in support of the collection, analysis, production, 
        dissemination, or use of such information;
            (B) activities taken to counter similar activities directed against 
        the United States;
            (C) covert or clandestine activities affecting the relations of the 
        United States with a foreign government, political group, party, 
        military force, movement, or other association;
            (D) the collection, analysis, production, dissemination, or use of 
        information about activities of persons within the United States, its 
        territories and possessions, or nationals of the United States abroad 
        whose political and related activities pose, or may be considered by a 
        department, agency, bureau, office, division, instrumentality, or 
        employee of the United States to pose, a threat to the internal security 
        of the United States; and
            (E) covert or clandestine activities directed against persons 
        described in subdivision (D).
    (2) In this clause the term ``department or agency'' includes any 
organization, committee, council, establishment, or office within the Federal 
Government.
    (3) For purposes of this clause, reference to a department, agency, bureau, 
or subdivision shall include a reference to any successor department, agency, 
bureau, or subdivision to the extent that a successor engages in intelligence or 
intelligence-related activities now conducted by the department, agency, bureau, 
or subdivision referred to in this clause.
    (k) Clause 12(a) of rule XXII does not apply to meetings of a conference 
committee respecting legislation (or any part thereof) reported by the Permanent 
Select Committee on Intelligence.

                                    RULE XI.

                Procedures of Committees and Unfinished Business.

In general
    1. (a)(1)(A) Except as provided in subdivision (B), the Rules of the House 
are the rules of its committees and subcommittees so far as applicable.
    (B) A motion to recess from day to day, and a motion to dispense with the 
first reading (in full) of a bill or resolution, if printed copies are 
available, each shall be privileged in committees and subcommittees and shall be 
decided without debate.
    (2) Each subcommittee is a part of its committee and is subject to the 
authority and direction of that committee and to its rules, so far as 
applicable.
    (b)(1) Each committee may conduct at any time such investigations and 
studies as it considers necessary or appropriate in the exercise of its 
responsibilities under rule X. Subject to the adoption of expense resolutions as 
required by clause 6 of rule X, each committee may incur expenses, including 
travel expenses, in connection with such investigations and studies.
    (2) A proposed investigative or oversight report shall be considered as read 
in committee if it has been available to the members for at least 24 hours 
(excluding Saturdays, Sundays, or legal holidays except when the House is in 
session on such a day).
    (3) A report of an investigation or study conducted jointly by more than one 
committee may be filed jointly, provided that each of the committees complies 
independently with all requirements for approval and filing of the report.
    (4) After an adjournment sine die of the last regular session of a Congress, 
an investigative or oversight report may be filed with the Clerk at any time, 
provided that a member who gives timely notice of intention to file 
supplemental, minority, or additional views shall be entitled to not less than 
seven calendar days in which to submit such views for inclusion in the report.
    (c) Each committee may have printed and bound such testimony and other data 
as may be presented at hearings held by the committee or its subcommittees. All 
costs of stenographic services and transcripts in connection with a meeting or 
hearing of a committee shall be paid from the applicable accounts of the House 
described in clause 1(i)(1) of rule X.
    (d)(1) Each committee shall submit to the House not later than January 2 of 
each odd-numbered year a report on the activities of that committee under this 
rule and rule X during the Congress ending at noon on January 3 of such year.
    (2) Such report shall include separate sections summarizing the legislative 
and oversight activities of that committee during that Congress.
    (3) The oversight section of such report shall include a summary of the 
oversight plans submitted by the committee under clause 2(d) of rule X, a 
summary of the actions taken and recommendations made with respect to each such 
plan, a summary of any additional oversight activities undertaken by that 
committee, and any recommendations made or actions taken thereon.
    (4) After an adjournment sine die of the last regular session of a Congress, 
the chairman of a committee may file an activities report under subparagraph (1) 
with the Clerk at any time and without approval of the committee, provided 
that--
            (A) a copy of the report has been available to each member of the 
        committee for at least seven calendar days; and
            (B) the report includes any supplemental, minority, or additional 
        views submitted by a member of the committee.
Adoption of written rules
    2. (a)(1) Each standing committee shall adopt written rules governing its 
procedure. Such rules--
            (A) shall be adopted in a meeting that is open to the public unless 
        the committee, in open session and with a quorum present, determines by 
        record vote that all or part of the meeting on that day shall be closed 
        to the public;
            (B) may not be inconsistent with the Rules of the House or with 
        those provisions of law having the force and effect of Rules of the 
        House; and
            (C) shall in any event incorporate all of the succeeding provisions 
        of this clause to the extent applicable.
    (2) Each committee shall submit its rules for publication in the 
Congressional Record not later than 30 days after the committee is elected in 
each odd-numbered year.
Regular meeting days
    (b) Each standing committee shall establish regular meeting days for the 
conduct of its business, which shall be not less frequent than monthly. Each 
such committee shall meet for the consideration of a bill or resolution pending 
before the committee or the transaction of other committee business on all 
regular meeting days fixed by the committee unless otherwise provided by written 
rule adopted by the committee.
Additional and special meetings
    (c)(1) The chairman of each standing committee may call and convene, as he 
considers necessary, additional and special meetings of the committee for the 
consideration of a bill or resolution pending before the committee or for the 
conduct of other committee business, subject to such rules as the committee may 
adopt. The committee shall meet for such purpose under that call of the 
chairman.
    (2) Three or more members of a standing committee may file in the offices of 
the committee a written request that the chairman call a special meeting of the 
committee. Such request shall specify the measure or matter to be considered. 
Immediately upon the filing of the request, the clerk of the committee shall 
notify the chairman of the filing of the request. If the chairman does not call 
the requested special meeting within three calendar days after the filing of the 
request (to be held within seven calendar days after the filing of the request) 
a majority of the members of the committee may file in the offices of the 
committee their written notice that a special meeting of the committee will be 
held. The written notice shall specify the date and hour of the special meeting 
and the measure or matter to be considered. The committee shall meet on that 
date and hour. Immediately upon the filing of the notice, the clerk of the 
committee shall notify all members of the committee that such special meeting 
will be held and inform them of its date and hour and the measure or matter to 
be considered. Only the measure or matter specified in that notice may be 
considered at that special meeting.
Temporary absence of chairman
    (d) A member of the majority party on each standing committee or 
subcommittee thereof shall be designated by the chairman of the full committee 
as the vice chairman of the committee or subcommittee, as the case may be, and 
shall preside during the absence of the chairman from any meeting. If the 
chairman and vice chairman of a committee or subcommittee are not present at any 
meeting of the committee or subcommittee, the ranking majority member who is 
present shall preside at that meeting.
Committee records
    (e)(1)(A) Each committee shall keep a complete record of all committee 
action which shall include--
            (i) in the case of a meeting or hearing transcript, a substantially 
        verbatim account of remarks actually made during the proceedings, 
        subject only to technical, grammatical, and typographical corrections 
        authorized by the person making the remarks involved; and
            (ii) a record of the votes on any question on which a record vote is 
        demanded.
    (B)(i) Except as provided in subdivision (B)(ii) and subject to paragraph 
(k)(7), the result of each such record vote shall be made available by the 
committee for inspection by the public at reasonable times in its offices. 
Information so available for public inspection shall include a description of 
the amendment, motion, order, or other proposition, the name of each member 
voting for and each member voting against such amendment, motion, order, or 
proposition, and the names of those members of the committee present but not 
voting.
    (ii) The result of any record vote taken in executive session in the 
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct may not be made available for 
inspection by the public without an affirmative vote of a majority of the 
members of the committee.
    (2)(A) Except as provided in subdivision (B), all committee hearings, 
records, data, charts, and files shall be kept separate and distinct from the 
congressional office records of the member serving as its chairman. Such records 
shall be the property of the House, and each Member, Delegate, and the Resident 
Commissioner shall have access thereto.
    (B) A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, other than members of the 
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, may not have access to the records 
of that committee respecting the conduct of a Member, Delegate, Resident 
Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House without the specific prior 
permission of that committee.
    (3) Each committee shall include in its rules standards for availability of 
records of the committee delivered to the Archivist of the United States under 
rule VII. Such standards shall specify procedures for orders of the committee 
under clause 3(b)(3) and clause 4(b) of rule VII, including a requirement that 
nonavailability of a record for a period longer than the period otherwise 
applicable under that rule shall be approved by vote of the committee.
    (4) Each committee shall make its publications available in electronic form 
to the maximum extent feasible.
Prohibition against proxy voting
    (f) A vote by a member of a committee or subcommittee with respect to any 
measure or matter may not be cast by proxy.
Open meetings and hearings
    (g)(1) Each meeting for the transaction of business, including the markup of 
legislation, by a standing committee or subcommittee thereof (other than the 
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct or its subcommittee) shall be open to 
the public, including to radio, television, and still photography coverage, 
except when the committee or subcommittee, in open session and with a majority 
present, determines by record vote that all or part of the remainder of the 
meeting on that day shall be in executive session because disclosure of matters 
to be considered would endanger national security, would compromise sensitive 
law enforcement information, would tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate any 
person, or otherwise would violate a law or rule of the House. Persons, other 
than members of the committee and such noncommittee Members, Delegates, Resident 
Commissioner, congressional staff, or departmental representatives as the 
committee may authorize, may not be present at a business or markup session that 
is held in executive session. This subparagraph does not apply to open committee 
hearings, which are governed by clause 4(a)(1) of rule X or by subparagraph (2).
    (2)(A) Each hearing conducted by a committee or subcommittee (other than the 
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct or its subcommittees) shall be open 
to the public, including to radio, television, and still photography coverage, 
except when the committee or subcommittee, in open session and with a majority 
present, determines by record vote that all or part of the remainder of that 
hearing on that day shall be closed to the public because disclosure of 
testimony, evidence, or other matters to be considered would endanger national 
security, would compromise sensitive law enforcement information, or would 
violate a law or rule of the House.
    (B) Notwithstanding the requirements of subdivision (A), in the presence of 
the number of members required under the rules of the committee for the purpose 
of taking testimony, a majority of those present may--
            (i) agree to close the hearing for the sole purpose of discussing 
        whether testimony or evidence to be received would endanger national 
        security, would compromise sensitive law enforcement information, or 
        would violate clause 2(k)(5); or
            (ii) agree to close the hearing as provided in clause 2(k)(5).
    (C) A Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not be excluded from 
nonparticipatory attendance at a hearing of a committee or subcommittee (other 
than the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct or its subcommittees) unless 
the House by majority vote authorizes a particular committee or subcommittee, 
for purposes of a particular series of hearings on a particular article of 
legislation or on a particular subject of investigation, to close its hearings 
to Members, Delegates, and the Resident Commissioner by the same procedures 
specified in this subparagraph for closing hearings to the public.
    (D) The committee or subcommittee may vote by the same procedure described 
in this subparagraph to close one subsequent day of hearing, except that the 
Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Armed Services, and the Permanent 
Select Committee on Intelligence, and the subcommittees thereof, may vote by the 
same procedure to close up to five additional, consecutive days of hearings.
    (3) The chairman of each committee (other than the Committee on Rules) shall 
make public announcement of the date, place, and subject matter of a committee 
hearing at least one week before the commencement of the hearing. If the 
chairman of the committee, with the concurrence of the ranking minority member, 
determines that there is good cause to begin a hearing sooner, or if the 
committee so determines by majority vote in the presence of the number of 
members required under the rules of the committee for the transaction of 
business, the chairman shall make the announcement at the earliest possible 
date. An announcement made under this subparagraph shall be published promptly 
in the Daily Digest and made available in electronic form.
    (4) Each committee shall, to the greatest extent practicable, require 
witnesses who appear before it to submit in advance written statements of 
proposed testimony and to limit their initial presentations to the committee to 
brief summaries thereof. In the case of a witness appearing in a nongovernmental 
capacity, a written statement of proposed testimony shall include a curriculum 
vitae and a disclosure of the amount and source (by agency and program) of each 
Federal grant (or subgrant thereof) or contract (or subcontract thereof) 
received during the current fiscal year or either of the two previous fiscal 
years by the witness or by an entity represented by the witness.
    (5)(A) Except as provided in subdivision (B), a point of order does not lie 
with respect to a measure reported by a committee on the ground that hearings on 
such measure were not conducted in accordance with this clause.
    (B) A point of order on the ground described in subdivision (A) may be made 
by a member of the committee that reported the measure if such point of order 
was timely made and improperly disposed of in the committee.
    (6) This paragraph does not apply to hearings of the Committee on 
Appropriations under clause 4(a)(1) of rule X.
Quorum requirements
    (h)(1) A measure or recommendation may not be reported by a committee unless 
a majority of the committee is actually present.
    (2) Each committee may fix the number of its members to constitute a quorum 
for taking testimony and receiving evidence, which may not be less than two.
    (3) Each committee (other than the Committee on Appropriations, the 
Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Ways and Means) may fix the number 
of its members to constitute a quorum for taking any action other than the 
reporting of a measure or recommendation, which may not be less than one-third 
of the members.
Limitation on committee sittings
    (i) A committee may not sit during a joint session of the House and Senate 
or during a recess when a joint meeting of the House and Senate is in progress.
Calling and questioning of witnesses
    (j)(1) Whenever a hearing is conducted by a committee on a measure or 
matter, the minority members of the committee shall be entitled, upon request to 
the chairman by a majority of them before the completion of the hearing, to call 
witnesses selected by the minority to testify with respect to that measure or 
matter during at least one day of hearing thereon.
    (2)(A) Subject to subdivisions (B) and (C), each committee shall apply the 
five-minute rule during the questioning of witnesses in a hearing until such 
time as each member of the committee who so desires has had an opportunity to 
question each witness.
    (B) A committee may adopt a rule or motion permitting a specified number of 
its members to question a witness for longer than five minutes. The time for 
extended questioning of a witness under this subdivision shall be equal for the 
majority party and the minority party and may not exceed one hour in the 
aggregate.
    (C) A committee may adopt a rule or motion permitting committee staff for 
its majority and minority party members to question a witness for equal 
specified periods. The time for extended questioning of a witness under this 
subdivision shall be equal for the majority party and the minority party and may 
not exceed one hour in the aggregate.
Investigative hearing procedures
    (k)(1) The chairman at an investigative hearing shall announce in an opening 
statement the subject of the investigation.
    (2) A copy of the committee rules and of this clause shall be made available 
to each witness.
    (3) Witnesses at investigative hearings may be accompanied by their own 
counsel for the purpose of advising them concerning their constitutional rights.
    (4) The chairman may punish breaches of order and decorum, and of 
professional ethics on the part of counsel, by censure and exclusion from the 
hearings; and the committee may cite the offender to the House for contempt.
    (5) Whenever it is asserted that the evidence or testimony at an 
investigative hearing may tend to defame, degrade, or incriminate any person--
            (A) notwithstanding paragraph (g)(2), such testimony or evidence 
        shall be presented in executive session if, in the presence of the 
        number of members required under the rules of the committee for the 
        purpose of taking testimony, the committee determines by vote of a 
        majority of those present that such evidence or testimony may tend to 
        defame, degrade, or incriminate any person; and
            (B) the committee shall proceed to receive such testimony in open 
        session only if the committee, a majority being present, determines that 
        such evidence or testimony will not tend to defame, degrade, or 
        incriminate any person.
In either case the committee shall afford such person an opportunity voluntarily 
to appear as a witness, and receive and dispose of requests from such person to 
subpoena additional witnesses.
    (6) Except as provided in subparagraph (5), the chairman shall receive and 
the committee shall dispose of requests to subpoena additional witnesses.
    (7) Evidence or testimony taken in executive session, and proceedings 
conducted in executive session, may be released or used in public sessions only 
when authorized by the committee, a majority being present.
    (8) In the discretion of the committee, witnesses may submit brief and 
pertinent sworn statements in writing for inclusion in the record. The committee 
is the sole judge of the pertinence of testimony and evidence adduced at its 
hearing.
    (9) A witness may obtain a transcript copy of his testimony given at a 
public session or, if given at an executive session, when authorized by the 
committee.
Supplemental, minority, or additional views
    (l) If at the time of approval of a measure or matter by a committee (other 
than the Committee on Rules) a member of the committee gives notice of intention 
to file supplemental, minority, or additional views for inclusion in the report 
to the House thereon, that member shall be entitled to not less than two 
additional calendar days after the day of such notice (excluding Saturdays, 
Sundays, and legal holidays except when the House is in session on such a day) 
to file such views, in writing and signed by that member, with the clerk of the 
committee.
Power to sit and act; subpoena power
    (m)(1) For the purpose of carrying out any of its functions and duties under 
this rule and rule X (including any matters referred to it under clause 2 of 
rule XII), a committee or subcommittee is authorized (subject to subparagraph 
(2)(A))--
            (A) to sit and act at such times and places within the United 
        States, whether the House is in session, has recessed, or has adjourned, 
        and to hold such hearings as it considers necessary; and
            (B) to require, by subpoena or otherwise, the attendance and 
        testimony of such witnesses and the production of such books, records, 
        correspondence, memoranda, papers, and documents as it considers 
        necessary.
    (2) The chairman of the committee, or a member designated by the chairman, 
may administer oaths to witnesses.
    (3)(A)(i) Except as provided in subdivision (A)(ii), a subpoena may be 
authorized and issued by a committee or subcommittee under subparagraph (1)(B) 
in the conduct of an investigation or series of investigations or activities 
only when authorized by the committee or subcommittee, a majority being present. 
The power to authorize and issue subpoenas under subparagraph (1)(B) may be 
delegated to the chairman of the committee under such rules and under such 
limitations as the committee may prescribe. Authorized subpoenas shall be signed 
by the chairman of the committee or by a member designated by the committee.
    (ii) In the case of a subcommittee of the Committee on Standards of Official 
Conduct, a subpoena may be authorized and issued only by an affirmative vote of 
a majority of its members.
    (B) A subpoena duces tecum may specify terms of return other than at a 
meeting or hearing of the committee or subcommittee authorizing the subpoena.
    (C) Compliance with a subpoena issued by a committee or subcommittee under 
subparagraph (1)(B) may be enforced only as authorized or directed by the House.
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct
    3. (a) The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct has the following 
functions:
            (1) The committee may recommend to the House from time to time such 
        administrative actions as it may consider appropriate to establish or 
        enforce standards of official conduct for Members, Delegates, the 
        Resident Commissioner, officers, and employees of the House. A letter of 
        reproval or other administrative action of the committee pursuant to an 
        investigation under subparagraph (2) shall only be issued or implemented 
        as a part of a report required by such subparagraph.
            (2) The committee may investigate, subject to paragraph (b), an 
        alleged violation by a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, 
        or employee of the House of the Code of Official Conduct or of a law, 
        rule, regulation, or other standard of conduct applicable to the conduct 
        of such Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee in 
        the performance of his duties or the discharge of his responsibilities. 
        After notice and hearing (unless the right to a hearing is waived by the 
        Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer or employee), the 
        committee shall report to the House its findings of fact and 
        recommendations, if any, for the final disposition of any such 
        investigation and such action as the committee may consider appropriate 
        in the circumstances.
            (3) The committee may report to the appropriate Federal or State 
        authorities, either with the approval of the House or by an affirmative 
        vote of two-thirds of the members of the committee, any substantial 
        evidence of a violation by a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
        officer, or employee of the House, of a law applicable to the 
        performance of his duties or the discharge of his responsibilities that 
        may have been disclosed in a committee investigation.
            (4) The committee may consider the request of a Member, Delegate, 
        Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House for an advisory 
        opinion with respect to the general propriety of any current or proposed 
        conduct of such Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer, or 
        employee. With appropriate deletions to ensure the privacy of the person 
        concerned, the committee may publish such opinion for the guidance of 
        other Members, Delegates, the Resident Commissioner, officers, and 
        employees of the House.
            (5) The committee may consider the request of a Member, Delegate, 
        Resident Commissioner, officer, or employee of the House for a written 
        waiver in exceptional circumstances with respect to clause 4 of rule 
        XXIV.
    (b)(1)(A) Unless approved by an affirmative vote of a majority of its 
members, the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct may not report a 
resolution, report, recommendation, or advisory opinion relating to the official 
conduct of a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, officer or employee of the 
House, or, except as provided in subparagraph (2), undertake an investigation of 
such conduct.
    (B)(i) Upon the receipt of information offered as a complaint that is in 
compliance with this rule and the rules of the committee, the chairman and 
ranking minority member jointly may appoint members to serve as an investigative 
subcommittee.
    (ii) The chairman and ranking minority member of the committee jointly may 
gather additional information concerning alleged conduct that is the basis of a 
complaint or of information offered as a complaint until they have established 
an investigative subcommittee or either of them has placed on the agenda of the 
committee the issue of whether to establish an investigative subcommittee.
    (2) Except in the case of an investigation undertaken by the committee on 
its own initiative, the committee may undertake an investigation relating to the 
official conduct of an individual Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
officer, or employee of the House only--
            (A) upon receipt of information offered as a complaint, in writing 
        and under oath, from a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner and 
        transmitted to the committee by such Member, Delegate, or Resident 
        Commissioner; or
            (B) upon receipt of information offered as a complaint, in writing 
        and under oath, from a person not a Member, Delegate, or Resident 
        Commissioner provided that a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner 
        certifies in writing to the committee that he believes the information 
        is submitted in good faith and warrants the review and consideration of 
        the committee.
If a complaint is not disposed of within the applicable periods set forth in the 
rules of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, the chairman and 
ranking minority member shall establish jointly an investigative subcommittee 
and forward the complaint, or any portion thereof, to that subcommittee for its 
consideration. However, if at any time during those periods either the chairman 
or ranking minority member places on the agenda the issue of whether to 
establish an investigative subcommittee, then an investigative subcommittee may 
be established only by an affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the 
committee.
    (3) The committee may not undertake an investigation of an alleged violation 
of a law, rule, regulation, or standard of conduct that was not in effect at the 
time of the alleged violation. The committee may not undertake an investigation 
of such an alleged violation that occurred before the third previous Congress 
unless the committee determines that the alleged violation is directly related 
to an alleged violation that occurred in a more recent Congress.
    (4) A member of the committee shall be ineligible to participate as a member 
of the committee in a committee proceeding relating to the member's official 
conduct. Whenever a member of the committee is ineligible to act as a member of 
the committee under the preceding sentence, the Speaker shall designate a 
Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner from the same political party as the 
ineligible member to act in any proceeding of the committee relating to that 
conduct.
    (5) A member of the committee may disqualify himself from participating in 
an investigation of the conduct of a Member, Delegate, Resident Commissioner, 
officer, or employee of the House upon the submission in writing and under oath 
of an affidavit of disqualification stating that the member cannot render an 
impartial and unbiased decision in the case in which the member seeks to be 
disqualified. If the committee approves and accepts such affidavit of 
disqualification, the chairman shall so notify the Speaker and request the 
Speaker to designate a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner from the same 
political party as the disqualifying member to act in any proceeding of 
the committee relating to that case.
    (6) Information or testimony received, or the contents of a complaint or the 
fact of its filing, may not be publicly disclosed by any committee or staff 
member unless specifically authorized in each instance by a vote of the full 
committee.
    (7) The committee shall have the functions designated in titles I and V of 
the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, in sections 7342, 7351, and 7353 of title 
5, United States Code, and in clause 11(g)(4) of rule X.
    (c)(1) Notwithstanding clause 2(g)(1) of rule XI, each meeting of the 
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct or a subcommittee thereof shall occur 
in executive session unless the committee or subcommittee, by an affirmative 
vote of a majority of its members, opens the meeting to the public.
    (2) Notwithstanding clause 2(g)(2) of rule XI, each hearing of an 
adjudicatory subcommittee or sanction hearing of the Committee on Standards of 
Official Conduct shall be held in open session unless the committee or 
subcommittee, in open session by an affirmative vote of a majority of its 
members, closes all or part of the remainder of the hearing on that day to the 
public.
    (d) Before a member, officer, or employee of the Committee on Standards of 
Official Conduct, including members of a subcommittee of the committee selected 
under clause 5(a)(4) of rule X and shared staff, may have access to information 
that is confidential under the rules of the committee, the following oath (or 
affirmation) shall be executed:
            ``I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will not disclose, to any 
        person or entity outside the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, 
        any information received in the course of my service with the committee, 
        except as authorized by the committee or in accordance with its rules.''
Copies of the executed oath shall be retained by the Clerk as part of the 
records of the House. This paragraph establishes a standard of conduct within 
the meaning of paragraph (a)(2). Breaches of confidentiality shall be 
investigated by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct and appropriate 
action shall be taken.
    (e)(1) If a complaint or information offered as a complaint is deemed 
frivolous by an affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Committee 
on Standards of Official Conduct, the committee may take such action as it, by 
an affirmative vote of a majority of its members, considers appropriate in the 
circumstances.
    (2) Complaints filed before the One Hundred Fifth Congress may not be deemed 
frivolous by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.
Audio and visual coverage of committee proceedings
    4. (a) The purpose of this clause is to provide a means, in conformity with 
acceptable standards of dignity, propriety, and decorum, by which committee 
hearings or committee meetings that are open to the public may be covered by 
audio and visual means--
            (1) for the education, enlightenment, and information of the general 
        public, on the basis of accurate and impartial news coverage, regarding 
        the operations, procedures, and practices of the House as a legislative 
        and representative body, and regarding the measures, public issues, and 
        other matters before the House and its committees, the consideration 
        thereof, and the action taken thereon; and
            (2) for the development of the perspective and understanding of the 
        general public with respect to the role and function of the House under 
        the Constitution as an institution of the Federal Government.
    (b) In addition, it is the intent of this clause that radio and television 
tapes and television film of any coverage under this clause may not be used, or 
made available for use, as partisan political campaign material to promote or 
oppose the candidacy of any person for elective public office.
    (c) It is, further, the intent of this clause that the general conduct of 
each meeting (whether of a hearing or otherwise) covered under authority of this 
clause by audio or visual means, and the personal behavior of the committee 
members and staff, other Government officials and personnel, witnesses, 
television, radio, and press media personnel, and the general public at the 
hearing or other meeting, shall be in strict conformity with and observance of 
the acceptable standards of dignity, propriety, courtesy, and decorum 
traditionally observed by the House in its operations, and may not be such as 
to--
            (1) distort the objects and purposes of the hearing or other meeting 
        or the activities of committee members in connection with that hearing 
        or meeting or in connection with the general work of the committee or of 
        the House; or
            (2) cast discredit or dishonor on the House, the committee, or a 
        Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner or bring the House, the 
        committee, or a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner into 
        disrepute.
    (d) The coverage of committee hearings and meetings by audio and visual 
means shall be permitted and conducted only in strict conformity with the 
purposes, provisions, and requirements of this clause.
    (e) Whenever a hearing or meeting conducted by a committee or subcommittee 
is open to the public, those proceedings shall be open to coverage by audio and 
visual means. A committee or subcommittee chairman may not limit the number of 
television or still cameras to fewer than two representatives from each medium 
(except for legitimate space or safety considerations, in which case pool 
coverage shall be authorized).
    (f) Each committee shall adopt written rules to govern its implementation of 
this clause. Such rules shall contain provisions to the following effect:
            (1) If audio or visual coverage of the hearing or meeting is to be 
        presented to the public as live coverage, that coverage shall be 
        conducted and presented without commercial sponsorship.
            (2) The allocation among the television media of the positions or 
        the number of television cameras permitted by a committee or 
        subcommittee chairman in a hearing or meeting room shall be in 
        accordance with fair and equitable procedures devised by the Executive 
        Committee of the Radio and Television Correspondents' Galleries.
            (3) Television cameras shall be placed so as not to obstruct in any 
        way the space between a witness giving evidence or testimony and any 
        member of the committee or the visibility of that witness and that 
        member to each other.
            (4) Television cameras shall operate from fixed positions but may 
        not be placed in positions that obstruct unnecessarily the coverage of 
        the hearing or meeting by the other media.
            (5) Equipment necessary for coverage by the television and radio 
        media may not be installed in, or removed from, the hearing or meeting 
        room while the committee is in session.
            (6)(A) Except as provided in subdivision (B), floodlights, 
        spotlights, strobelights, and flashguns may not be used in providing any 
        method of coverage of the hearing or meeting.
            (B) The television media may install additional lighting in a 
        hearing or meeting room, without cost to the Government, in order to 
        raise the ambient lighting level in a hearing or meeting room to the 
        lowest level necessary to provide adequate television coverage of a 
        hearing or meeting at the current state of the art of television 
        coverage.
            (7) In the allocation of the number of still photographers permitted 
        by a committee or subcommittee chairman in a hearing or meeting room, 
        preference shall be given to photographers from Associated Press Photos 
        and United Press International Newspictures. If requests are made by 
        more of the media than will be permitted by a committee or subcommittee 
        chairman for coverage of a hearing or meeting by still photography, that 
        coverage shall be permitted on the basis of a fair and equitable pool 
        arrangement devised by the Standing Committee of Press Photographers.
            (8) Photographers may not position themselves between the witness 
        table and the members of the committee at any time during the course of 
        a hearing or meeting.
            (9) Photographers may not place themselves in positions that 
        obstruct unnecessarily the coverage of the hearing by the other media.
            (10) Personnel providing coverage by the television and radio media 
        shall be currently accredited to the Radio and Television 
        Correspondents' Galleries.
            (11) Personnel providing coverage by still photography shall be 
        currently accredited to the Press Photographers' Gallery.
            (12) Personnel providing coverage by the television and radio media 
        and by still photography shall conduct themselves and their coverage 
        activities in an orderly and unobtrusive manner.
Pay of witnesses
    5. Witnesses appearing before the House or any of its committees shall be 
paid the same per diem rate as established, authorized, and regulated by the 
Committee on House Administration for Members, Delegates, the Resident 
Commissioner, and employees of the House, plus actual expenses of travel to or 
from the place of examination. Such per diem may not be paid when a witness has 
been summoned at the place of examination.
Unfinished business of the session
    6. All business of the House at the end of one session shall be resumed at 
the commencement of the next session of the same Congress in the same manner as 
if no adjournment had taken place.

                                    RULE XII.

                  Receipt and Referral of Measures and Matters.

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

                                   RULE XIII.

                        Calendars and Committee Reports.

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

                                    RULE XIV.

                         Order and Priority of Business.

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

                                    RULE XV.

                       Business in Order on Special Days.

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

                                    RULE XVI.

                             Motions and Amendments.

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

                                   RULE XVII.

                               Decorum and Debate.

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

                                   RULE XVIII.

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

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

                                    RULE XIX.

                     Motions Following the Amendment Stage.

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

                                    RULE XX.

                            Voting and Quorum Calls.

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

                                    RULE XXI.

                         Restrictions on Certain Bills.

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

                                   RULE XXII.

                           House and Senate Relations.

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

                                   RULE XXIII.

                        Statutory Limit on Public Debt.-

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

                                   RULE XXIV.

                           Code of Official Conduct.-

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

                                    RULE XXV.

                      Limitations on Use of Official Funds.

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

                                   RULE XXVI.

          Limitations on Outside Earned Income and Acceptance of Gifts.

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

                                   RULE XXVII.

                              Financial Disclosure.

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

                                  RULE XXVIII.

                               General Provisions.

    1. The provisions of law that constituted the Rules of the House at the end 
of the previous Congress shall govern the House in all cases to which they are 
applicable, and the rules of parliamentary practice comprised by Jefferson's 
Manual shall govern the House in all cases to which they are applicable and in 
which they are not inconsistent with the Rules and orders of the House.
    2. In these rules words importing the masculine gender include the feminine 
as well.

SEC. 2. SEPARATE ORDERS.

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

SEC. 3. SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS.

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

                                                                          Clerk.