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Rules of the House of Representatives

  • House Rules for the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress
            ::  GPO-prepared version [PDF][TEXT]
            ::  Office of the Clerk-prepared version [PDF]
            ::  Text of H. Res. 5—Adopting rules for the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress [PDF][XML
                         ::  Section-by-Section Analysis of H. Res. 5

  • House Rules for the One Hundred Twelfth Congress
            ::  GPO-prepared version [PDF][TEXT]
            ::  Text of H. Res 5 — Adopting rules for the One Hundred Twelfth Congress [XML]
                         ::  Section-by-Section Analysis of H. Res. 5
     

Manuals of the House of Representatives

  • House Manual for the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress
            ::  GPO-prepared version [PDF]

  • House Manual for the One Hundred Twelfth Congress
            ::  GPO-prepared version [PDF][TEXT]

  • House Manual for the One Hundred Eleventh Congress
           ::  GPO-prepared version [PDF][TEXT]

Rules of the Committee on Rules 

Rules of the Committee on Rules for the 113th Congress [PDF]

Survey of Activities

New for the 112th Congress, the Committee on Rules will be publishing its Survey of Activities quarterly. This publication will not only include myriad statistical profiles of the legislation handled by the committee, but information regarding the history of the Committee itself, House Rules changes, and the Committee oversight plan.

Below is the Survey of Activities for the first session of the 113th Congress:

  • Text of H. Rept. 113-317— Survey of Activities of the House Committee on Rules for the First Session of the 113th Congress [PDF]

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Past editions of the Survey of Activities:

  • Survey of Activities for the 112th Congress (H. Rept. 112-751)  PDF HTML
  • Survey of Activities for the 111th Congress PDF HTML
  • Survey of Activities for the 110th Congress PDF
  • Survey of Activities for the 109th Congress PDF
  • Survey of Activities for the 108th Congress PDF
  • Survey of Activities for the 107th Congress PDF
  • Survey of Activities for the 106th Congress PDF
  • Survey of Activities for the 105th Congress PDF
  • Survey of Activities for the 104th Congress PDF

Addtional Volumes 

  • House Practice: A Guide to the Rules, Precedents and Procedures of the House
    A reference source for information on the rules and selected precedents governing the House procedure.  
            ::  Browsable-by-section GPO version [HTML]

  • Deschler's Precedents 
    A reference source that identifies precedents and practices of the House from 1936-2012.  Compilation was initially undertaken by House Parliamentarian Lewis Deschler; since 1986, they have been published under the title Deschler-Brown Precedents of the U.S. House of Representatives.  Currently, the series is compiled by Parliamentarian Emeritus Charles W. Johnson.  
            ::  Browsable-by-section GPO version [HTML]

  • Hind's Precedents
    A multi-volume study of the historical origins and evolution of House procedures dating back to 1789.  
            ::  Browsable-by-volume GPO version [HTML]

  • Cannon's Precedents 
    A multi-volume study of the precedents of the House from 1908 to 1936, which supplements Hind's Precedents.  
            ::  Browsable-by-volume GPO version [HTML]

Constitutional Authority Statements

Clause 7 of Rule XII requires that each bill or joint resolution introduced in the House be accompanied by a Constitutional Authority Statement citing the power(s) granted to Congress in the Constitution to enact the proposed law. 

Constitutional Authority Statement [PDF]