Announcements

Dec 20, 2017 Announcement

This meeting is postponed subject to the call of the Chair.

**Please see S.139—Rapid DNA Act of 2017 [FISA Amendment Reauthorization Act of 2017to see updated information on this measure.**

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The Committee on Rules will meet on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM in H-313 The Capitol on the following emergency measure:

  • H.R. 4478 — FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017
Nov 9, 2017 Announcement

Consideration of the following measure has been postponed subject to the call of the chair: 

  • H.R. 4243 — VA Asset and Infrastructure Review Act of 2017

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The Committee on Rules will meet on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM in H-313 The Capitol on the following measure:

  • H.R. 4243 — VA Asset and Infrastructure Review Act of 2017
Aug 7, 2017 Announcement

The Committee on Rules is likely to issue an amendment deadline prior to our return from the August district work period for consideration of the remaining eight appropriations bills. The remaining bills reported by the Committee on Appropriations include: Agriculture; Commerce Justice, Science; Financial Services and General Governmental; Homeland Security; Interior; Labor, HHS, and Education; State and Foreign Operations; Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development—all of which can be found on their website.

Due to the potential high number of amendments, I strongly encourage you to review the texts of the remaining eight bills ASAP so you can begin to identify priorities that will inform amendment drafting once the text of the consolidated bill is available. This will help to streamline the drafting process once the Rules Committee circulates a deadline.

The Committee intends to consider these bills similar to that of the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which passed the House in July. Please keep in mind the following:

  • The Committee will not accept amendments until the deadline is announced.
  • All amendments must be drafted to the Rules Committee Print, which will be posted once the formal deadline is announced.
  • It is essential that all amendments be received by the deadline (or sooner) to ensure proper consideration.
  • Bills will be separated by division; you will need to submit amendments to each relevant division. (Divisions will be identified once the deadline is announced)
  • You will not be able to amend, offset or transfer between bills/divisions. (Ex. cannot transfer money between Agriculture & T-HUD)
  • Members should use the Office of Legislative Counsel to ensure that their amendments are drafted in the most appropriate format. 
  • Members should check with the Congressional Budget Office and the Committee on Appropriations for a preliminary assessment of their amendments’ budgetary effects.
  • Members should check 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.
  • The committee does not intend to provide waivers of points of order against amendments made in order for consideration on the House floor.

 

If you have any questions, please contact myself or the Committee staff at 225-9191.

 

Sincerely,

PETE SESSIONS

 

Sep 27, 2016 Announcement

Consideration of this measure has been postponed subject to the call of the chair.

The Committee on Rules will meet Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 3:00 PM in H-313 The Capitol on the following emergency measure:

  • H. Res. ___ (H. Rept. 114-792)—Resolution Recommending that the House of Representatives find Bryan Pagliano in Contempt of Congress for Refusal to Comply with a Subpoena Duly Issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform 
Sep 7, 2016 Announcement

Dear Colleague,

As we return from our August District Work Period, I wanted to inform Members of an important hearing my subcommittee will be holding next week. The Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House will hold a Members Day hearing at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 in H-313 The Capitol on proposed changes to the standing rules of the House. 

The purpose of this hearing is to receive input from Members about possible improvements to the Rules of the House for the 115th Congress, and will build upon the initial hearing the subcommittee held in April. Although this will not be the only chance for Members to propose changes to the House Rules package in the 115th Congress, the hearing will provide a significant opportunity for Members to have their ideas heard.  I welcome your input and encourage you to bring your suggestions before the Subcommittee. 

Any Member wishing to testify should submit a request to 115RulesPackage@mail.house.gov by 5:00 pm on Monday, September 12th.  I also ask that you submit a short summary of your proposal and any legislative text that may be available with your request to testify. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my Subcommittee Staff Director, Justin Barnes, at Justin.Barnes@mail.house.gov, or at 225-2015.

Sincerely,

Steve Stivers

Jul 7, 2016 Announcement

Consideration of the following measure has been postponed subject to the call of the chair: 

  • H.R. 5620—VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016

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The Committee on Rules will meet Monday, July 11, 2016 at 5:00 PM in H-313 The Capitol on the following measures: 

  • H.R. 4992—United States Financial System Protection Act of 2016
  • H.R. 5119—No 2 H2O from Iran Act
  • H.R. 5631—Iran Accountability Act of 2016
  • H.R. 5538—Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
  • H.R. 5620—VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016
Jul 5, 2016 Announcement

Consideration of the following measure has been postponed subject to the call of the chair: 

Please Note:  The Committee will meet on H.R. 4361 as scheduled.  

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The Committee on Rules will meet on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 5:00 PM in H-313 The Capitol on the following measures: 

  • H.R. 4361—Federal Information Systems Safeguards Act of 2016 
  • H.R. 5611—Homeland Safety and Security Act
May 13, 2016 Announcement

Dear Colleague:

I would like to remind all Members that H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, will be before the Committee on Rules the week of May 16th. 

Due to the large number of amendments received, and in order to accommodate the House floor schedule, the Committee intends to make in order a group of amendments as part of the general debate rule, which was previously announced for Monday, May 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM.       

This group of amendments will be posted on the Rules Committee website after filing of the rule on Monday evening.  While sponsors of these amendments made in order will not have the opportunity to testify before the Committee, any statement for the official committee record is welcome to be submitted before 3:00 PM on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in H-312 The Capitol. 

Additional amendments will be made in order at the Committee’s amendment consideration meeting on Tuesday.  Members whose amendments were not made in order under the general debate rule and who wish to testify before the Committee are invited to do so at this meeting. 

If you have any questions, please contact myself or Stephen Cote of the Committee staff at 225-9191.

Sincerely,  

PETE SESSIONS

Mar 15, 2016 Announcement

Dear Colleague:

As you begin to contemplate possible amendments to the House Budget Resolution, I want to remind all Members of a continuing requirement that was adopted as part of the opening day Rules Package.  As in past years, the Rules Committee intends to give priority to amendments offered as complete substitutes, but the new requirement is applicable to all amendments.  

Section 3(h) of H. Res. 5 (114th Congress) prohibits the consideration of a concurrent resolution on the budget, or any proposed amendment to or conference report thereon, unless it includes specified information and estimates related to direct spending, including means-tested direct spending and nonmeans-tested direct spending.  Specifically, the subsection requires the inclusion of: (1) the average rate of growth for each category in the total amount of outlays during the 10-year period preceding the budget year; (2) estimates for each such category under current law for the period covered by the concurrent resolution; and (3) information on proposed reforms in such categories.

This section also requires the chair of the Committee on the Budget to publish a description in the Congressional Record of each category. The description of each category was submitted for printing by Chairman Price on March 15, 2016 and is available on the Rules Committee website.  Title V of H. Con. Res. ___, posted by Chairman Price on March 15, 2016, provides an example of how to comply with this requirement.

All Members are reminded to work with the Congressional Budget Office and the Committee on the Budget to ensure that accurate estimates for each category, as well as any information on proposed reforms, are included in their amendment.  If you have any questions, please contact Stephen Cote of the Committee staff or myself at 225-9191.

Sincerely, 

PETE SESSIONS

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