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Welcome to our first legislative hearing of the 118th Congress. Our business today is to consider four items.
H.J. Res. 7 and H.R. 382 both address the Administration’s use of emergency designations relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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We are here for the adoption of the committee rules and other business related to the organization of the committee for the 118th Congress.
Before we begin today’s organizational meeting, I wanted to take a minute to welcome everyone to the Rules Committee.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, welcomed Republican members appointed to the committee by Speaker Kevin McCarthy for the 118th Congress.
The Committee has reconvened.
The Committee will reconvene at 8:30 PM ET.
The Committee stands in recess subject to the call of the Chair.
The Committee on Rules will meet Monday, October 2, 2023 at 4:00 PM ET in H-313, The Capitol on the following measures:
H.R. 4394 - Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2024
The Committee on Rules may meet to provide for floor consideration of H.R. 4394.
If a Member wishes to offer an amendment for consideration, they must submit a searchable electronic copy of the amendment, which should be provided by the Office of Legislative Counsel (HOLC), via the Rules Committee website by 4:00 PM on Friday, September 29, 2023. Please note that staff must be on the House network, either physically or remotely via virtual private network (VPN), in order to access the online submission form.
Members should draft their amendments to the text of H.R. 4394, which is available on the Rules Committee website.
Members should use HOLC to ensure that their amendments are drafted in the most appropriate format. To help expedite drafting requests, drafting templates can be found on the Rules Committee website. Additionally, Members who wish to offer “2(f)” dollar transfer amendments should follow the instructions on the Legislative Counsel homepage to expedite the preparation and review of their amendments.
If HOLC is unable to provide their drafting services before the submission deadline, Members may submit amendments written using the posted templates. Members are urged to re-submit any such amendment as a revision upon receipt of a formal draft from HOLC.
Members may not digitally edit HOLC PDFs prior to submission. If a Member must edit an HOLC draft prior to submission, please do so by printing, hand correcting, and scanning so it is clear there is a non-HOLC change. Members are still urged to re-submit any such hand revision upon receipt of an updated formal draft from HOLC.
Members should also check with the Committee on Appropriations for technical and subject matter expertise and the Congressional Budget Office for a preliminary assessment of their amendment’s budgetary effect.
Additionally, Members should consult with the Office of the Parliamentarian and the Committee on the Budget to be certain their amendments comply with the rules of the House and the Congressional Budget Act. At times of particularly high-volume amendment drafting, these offices may not be able to provide guidance before the submission deadline—Members may submit unreviewed amendments to the Rules Committee while they await formal guidance.
The Rules Committee will not make in order amendments that are in violation of House rules or budget rules and would require a waiver, including clause 2 of Rule XXI, which prevents authorizing on an appropriations bill. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Ackerman of the Committee staff at Emily.Ackerman@mail.house.gov or at 202-225-9191.
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