Committee System Rules Changes in the House, 106th Congress

This fact sheet details changes in the committee system contained in H.Res. 5, the rules of the House for the 106th Congress.

Order Code RS20017 Updated January 22, 1999 CRS Report for Congress Received through the CRS Web Committee System Rules Changes in the House, 106th Congress /name redacted/ Specialist on the Congress Government Division Summary This fact sheet details changes in the committee system contained in H.Res. 5, the rules of the House for the 106th Congress. Committee Structure Name Changes. The resolution changes the names of the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight to the Committee on Government Reform, the Committee on House Oversight to the Committee on House Administration, and the Committee on National Security to the Committee on Armed Services. Assignments. The resolution eliminates the requirement that four members of the Standards of Official Conduct Committee rotate off the panel every Congress and changes the service on the committee from two Congresses in any three to three Congresses in any period of five. The prohibition of service on the Budget Committee for more than four Congresses in any six successive Congresses is waived for the 106th Congress. Subcommittees. The resolution maintains the current rule restriction regarding the limitation of five subcommittees; however, committees that maintain an oversight subcommittee would be restricted to no more than six subcommittees. Further, the Committee on Government Reform, in order to maintain a Census subcommittee, is entitled to have eight subcommittees for the 106th Congress. Select Committee Continuance. The resolution continues the Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People’s Republic of China until March 31, 1999, to declassify and release its report. Committee Procedure Congressional Research Service ˜ The Library of Congress CRS-2 Hearings. H.Res. 5 clarifies the rule to permit committees to adopt a rule or motion to extend questioning for selected majority and minority members and to permit questioning of witnesses by staff. Subpoenas. The resolution clarifies House rules to state the practice that a subpoena may specify the terms of return other than at a meeting or hearing of a committee or subcommittee. Oversight Plans. The resolution repeals the prohibition against consideration of a committee expense resolution when a committee has not submitted its oversight plan to the Committee on House Administration and the Committee on Government Reform by February 15 of the first session. Committee Staff Consultants. H.Res. 5 requires consultants to abide by provisions of the Code of Official Conduct. Honoraria. The resolution permits certain lower-level House employees to receive honoraria for activities not related to official duties. Telecommuting. The resolution conforms House rules with other statutory changes that permit telecommuting by federal employees. EveryCRSReport.com The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a federal legislative branch agency, housed inside the Library of Congress, charged with providing the United States Congress non-partisan advice on issues that may come before Congress. EveryCRSReport.com republishes CRS reports that are available to all Congressional staff. The reports are not classified, and Members of Congress routinely make individual reports available to the public. Prior to our republication, we redacted names, phone numbers and email addresses of analysts who produced the reports. We also added this page to the report. We have not intentionally made any other changes to any report published on EveryCRSReport.com. CRS reports, as a work of the United States government, are not subject to copyright protection in the United States. Any CRS report may be reproduced and distributed in its entirety without permission from CRS. However, as a CRS report may include copyrighted images or material from a third party, you may need to obtain permission of the copyright holder if you wish to copy or otherwise use copyrighted material. Information in a CRS report should not be relied upon for purposes other than public understanding of information that has been provided by CRS to members of Congress in connection with CRS' institutional role. EveryCRSReport.com is not a government website and is not affiliated with CRS. We do not claim copyright on any CRS report we have republished.