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Searchable XML-version of the Rules of the House of Representatives

  • 115th Congress Rules of the House of Representatives, Constitution, and Jefferson Manual  XML

  • 114th Congress Rules of the House of Representatives, Constitution, and Jefferson Manual XML

  • 113th Congress Rules of the House of Representatives XML

  • 112th Congress Rules of the House of Representatives XML

Rules of the House of Representatives

  • House Rules for the 116th Congress
            ::  Office of the Clerk-prepared version [PDF]
            ::  Text of H. Res. 6—Adopting rules for the 116th Congress [PDF][XML
                         ::  Section-by-Section Analysis of H. Res. 6
  • House Rules for the 115th Congress  [PDF]
            ::  Office of the Clerk-prepared version [PDF]
            ::  Text of H. Res. 5—Adopting rules for the 115th Congress [PDF][XML
                         ::  Section-by-Section Analysis of H. Res. 6

Manuals of the House of Representatives

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

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

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

  • 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 Committees of the House of Representatives 

Rules Adopted by the Committees of the House of Representatives for the 115th Congress  [PDF]

Rules Adopted by the Committees of the House of Representatives for the 114th Congress  [PDF]

Rules Adopted by the Committees of the House of Representatives for the 113th Congress  [PDF]

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Rules of the Committee on Rules for the 116th Congress   
        ::  Committee-prepared version   [PDF]

Rules of the Committee on Rules for the 115th Congress   
        ::  GPO-prepared version   [PDF]

Rules of the Committee on Rules for the 114th Congress
        ::  GPO-prepared version   [PDF]

Rules of the Committee on Rules for the 113th Congress
        ::  GPO-prepared version   ​[PDF]

Survey of Activities

This publication includes statistical profiles of the legislation handled by the Committee, information regarding the history of the Committee itself, House Rules changes, and the Committee oversight plan.

Survey of Activities for the 115th Congress:

  • Text of H. Rept. 115-1130—Survey of Activities of the House Committee on Rules for the 115th Congress [PDF] [HTML]

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Past editions of the Survey of Activities:

  • Survey of Activities for the 114th Congress PDF HTML
  • Survey of Activities for the 113th Congress  PDF HTML
  • Survey of Activities for the 112th Congress  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

Rules Committee Prints 

Rules Committee Prints for the 115th Congress  [PDF]
   *XML file formats are attached to PDFs when available.

Rules Committee Prints for the 114th Congress  [PDF]
   *XML file formats are attached to PDFs when available.

Rules Committee Prints for the 113th Congress  [PDF]
   *XML file formats are attached to PDFs when available.

Additional Volumes 

  • Precedents of the U.S. House of Representatives(2017 ed.) 
    A reference based on the organizational model of its predecessors, this first volume includes chapters on Assembly of Congress, Oaths, Party Organization, and House Facilities and Capitol Grounds.  
            ::  Browsable-by-section GPO version    [PDF]

  • 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 2017 version  [PDF

  • 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.  
            ::  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]

Rules Committee Protocol

Considering Amendments with Broad Support

Purpose: The purpose of this protocol is to reinforce the Rules Committee’s commitment to encourage diverse, constructive ideas to be debated when considering legislation.  

ProtocolIf not fewer than 40 Members, comprised of at least 20 Democratic and 20 Republican Members, co-sponsor an amendment to legislation being considered by the Committee on Rules, the Chair will afford such amendment preference to be made in order for debate on the House Floor. To comply with this protocol, the amendment must: (1) be received by the Rules Committee before the posted amendment deadline; (2) be accompanied at the time of submission with a co-sponsorship letter, drafted on the official letterhead of the primary sponsoring Member, listing all required co-sponsoring Members; and (3) comply with all applicable House and budgetary rules. Any subsequent revisions to a previously compliant amendment received after the amendment deadline could affect the preference status of that amendment; a determination of which will be made by the Chair

A template for co-sponsorship letters for amendments being submitted pursuant to this protocol can be found here.

 

Other Legislative Protocols

These protocols are intended to guide the Majority Leadership in the scheduling and consideration of legislation on the House floor.  While they do not govern the introduction of legislation, good-faith compliance with protocols will be necessary if such legislation is scheduled for the floor.  

Legislative protocols for the 115th Congress

**Downloadable PDF Version of Legislative Protocols    PDF 

 

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

Constitutional Authority Statement [Legislative Counsel Internal Link]  Smart Form PDF