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Except upon prior approval of the Chairman of the full Committee the Committee may not be committed to any expense whatever.
Subject to the approval of the Chairman of the full Committee, a Subcommittee Chairman may schedule hearings to be conducted by his Subcommittee, and upon the scheduling of such hearings written notices thereof shall be dispatched from the offices of the Committee to each Member of the full Committee.
The Chairman of the Committee or the Subcommittee presiding at any hearing is responsible for the preservation of order, decorum and propriety of the proceedings in all respects.
The Chairman of the Committee or Subcommittee presiding at any hearing may determine the order of witnesses and testimony.
The Chairman of the Committee or Subcommittee presiding at any hearing will rule upon the reception of evidence. However, any Member in attendance may state his objection to any evidence before or after it is received. If objection is heard, the Chairman will rule in accordance with the vote of attending Members. In the case of a tie the rule of the Chair will prevail.
Members, as called upon by the Chairman, may, by clear, brief, and relevant questions, interrogate the witnesses, consuming in the first instance—not more than 5 minutes. After each Member has used or waived the 5 minutes allocated to him, other Members may then continue their interrogation under the direction of the Chairman.
If any hearing or other proceeding of the Committee or any Subcommittee thereof is called to take testimony and receive evidence and is open to the public, the Chairman of the Committee may permit that hearing to be covered by television, radio, and still photography (or by any one or combination of such modes of coverage) subject to the following conditions:
1. If the television or radio coverage of the hearing is to be presented to the public as live coverage, that coverage shall be conducted and presented without commercial sponsorship;
2. No witness served with a subpena by the Committee or any Subcommittee thereof shall be required against his will to be photographed at any hearing or to give evidence or testimony while the broadcasting of that hearing, by radio or television, is being conducted. At the request of any such witness who does not wish to be subjected to radio, television, or still photography coverage, all lenses shall be covered and all microphones used for coverage turned off;
3. Not more than four television cameras, operating from fixed positions, shall be permitted in a hearing room;
4. Television cameras shall be placed so as not to obstruct in any way the space between any witness giving evidence or testimony and any Member of the Committee or the visibility of that witness and that Member to each other;
5. Television cameras shall not be placed in positions which obstruct unnecessarily the coverage of the hearing by the other media;
6. Equipment necessary for coverage by the television and radio media shall not be installed in, or removed from, the hearing room while the Committee or Subcommittee, as the case may be, is in session;
7. Floodlights, spotlights, strobelights and flashguns shall not be used in providing any method of coverage of the hearing, except that the television media may install additional lighting in the hearing room, without cost to the Government, in order to raise the ambient lighting level in the hearing room to the lowest level necessary to provide adequate television coverage of the hearing at the then-current state of the art of television coverage;
8. Not more than five press photographers shall be permitted to cover a hearing by still photography;
9. Photographers shall not position themselves, at any time during the course of the hearing, between the witness table and any Member of the Committee;
10. Photographers shall not place themselves in positions which obstruct unnecessarily the coverage of the hearing by the other media;
11. Personnel providing coverage by the television and radio media shall be then currently accredited to the Radio and Television Correspondents' Galleries;
12. Personnel providing coverage by still photography shall be then currently accredited to the Press Photographers' Gallery;
13. Personnel providing coverage by the television and radio media and by still photography shall conduct themselves and their coverage activities in an orderly and unobtrusive manner.
The coverage of any hearing or other proceeding of the Committee or any Subcommittee thereof by television, radio, or still photography shall be under the direct supervision of the Chairman of the Committee, Subcommittee Chairman, or other Member of the Committee presiding at such hearing or other proceeding and for good cause may be terminated by him.
Where the Committee or Subcommittee determines that evidence or testimony at any investigative hearing should be received in executive session then it shall be so received.
All staff members shall work under the general supervision of the Chairman and shall cooperate in every proper manner at all times with all Members and staff employees.
No staff employees shall undertake an official assignment except with prior approval of the Chairman.
Committee prints may be publicly distributed upon the approval of the Committee or upon approval of the Chairman and the Ranking Minority Member, subject to compliance with Rule XVI as to individual views.
No printing may be ordered for the Committee or any Subcommittee thereof except when authorized by the full Committee or the Chairman of the full Committee. No reports shall be ordered printed by the Chairman that are the product of a staff study unless first approved by the full Committee or the Subcommittee.
Each Member of the Committee and each Member of a Subcommittee shall have a right to have printed his individual views on any matter on which a report is ordered printed by the Committee or Subcommittee, and upon notice from any Member that he wishes to file such individual views, the Chairman of the Committee or the Subcommittee making the report shall fix a time for the submission of such individual views.
The Chairman is empowered to make all appointments on the staff and employees, and is empowered to make such changes at such times as he, in his discretion, deems best in conformity with the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970, and the Rules of the House of Representatives, and all proceedings of the Committee and its Subcommittees shall be in conformity therewith.
The proceedings of the Committee shall be recorded in a journal and shall show those present at each meeting, to include a record of the votes on any question on which a record vote is demanded. Upon prior request of any Member, the proceedings of an executive meeting of the Committee shall be recorded by an official reporter of the Committee, and each Member furnished with a verbatim transcript of such meeting. A record of the proceedings of an executive meeting shall be on file with the Director of the Staff and available to Members of the Committee at any time any of the staff is on duty.
All Committee hearings, records, data, charts, and files shall be kept in such manner as to be readily available to all Members of the Committee and to Members of the House.
No questionnaire of a Subcommittee shall be circulated unless approved by the Subcommittee. No questionnaire of the full Committee shall be circulated unless approved by the full Committee.
Proxies may be used except for the purpose of constituting a quorum.
The Chairman of the Committee, if authorized by a majority of the Members of the Committee, may from time to time submit to the House such reports as he deems advisable; and prior to the close of the present Congress the Committee shall submit to the House its final report on the results of its studies and investigations, together with such recommendations as it deems advisable.
No report, after approval by the Committee or any Subcommittee thereof, may be changed in any particular (except for typographical or clerical errors) unless such changes are specifically authorized by a majority of the Committee.
Clause 27(j) of Rule XI, Rules of the House of Representatives, provides that a copy of the Committee Rules and Clause 21 of Rule XÍ shall be made available to witnesses appearing before the Committee. The following has been prepared to meet that requirement.
RULE XI-27 OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
(a) The Rules of the House are the rules of its Committees and Subcommittees so far as applicable, except that a motion to recess from day to day is a motion of high privilege in Committees and Subcommittees. Committees shall adopt written rules not inconsistent with the Rules of the House and those rules shall be binding on each Subcommittee of that Committee. Each Subcommittee of a Committee is a part of that Committee and is subject to the authority and direction of that Committee.
(6) Each Committee shall keep a complete record of all Committee action. Such record shall include a record of the votes on any question on which a record vote is demanded. The result of each rollcall vote in any meeting of any Committee shall be made available by that Committee for inspection by the public at reasonable times in the offices of that Committee. Information so available for public inspection shall include a description of the amendment, motion, order, or other proposition and the name of each Member voting for and each Member voting againsţ„such amendment, motion, order, or proposition, and whether by proxy or in person, and the names of those Members present but not voting. With respect to each record vote by any Committee on each motion to report any bill or resolution of a public character, the total number of votes cast for, and the total number of votes cast against, the reporting of such bill or resolution shall be included in the Committee report.
(c) All Committee hearings, records, data, charts, and files shall be kept separate and distinct from the Congressional Office records of the Member serving as Chairman of the Committee; and such records shall be the property of the House and all Members of the House shall have access to such records. Each Committee is authorized to have printed and bound testimony and other data presented at hearings held by the Committee.
(d)(1) It shall be the duty of the Chairman of each Committee to report or cause to be reported promptly to the House any measure approved by his Committee and to take or cause to be taken necessary steps to bring the matter to a vote.
(2) In any event, the report of any Committee on a measure which has been approved by the Committee shall be filed within seven calendar days (exclusive of days on which the House is not in session)