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Press Releases

May 3, 2023 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rules Committee Ranking Member James P. McGovern (D-MA) released a statement on the new procedural steps House Democrats are taking to avoid a default on the federal debt: 

“Yesterday, in step with Democratic Leader Hakeem Jefferies, I introduced a special rule that sets in motion an alternative plan to prevent a default. 

Jan 25, 2023 Press Release

McGovern Welcomes Democratic Members to the Rules Committee for the 118th Congress

Jan 10, 2023 Press Release

McGovern Congratulates Rules Committee Chairman Tom Cole

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rules Committee Ranking Member James P. McGovern (D-MA) today congratulated Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) on being named Chairman of the House Committee on Rules for the 118thCongress:

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Announcements

Jun 14, 2024 Announcement

ANNOUNCEMENT

Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2025

Dear Colleague:                  

The Committee on Rules may meet the week of June 24th to provide for floor consideration of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2025.

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 12:00 PM on Tuesday, June 18, 2024.  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 Rules Committee Print 118-39, 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 are strongly encouraged to 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.

Given the large number of amendments expected, the Rules Committee is providing further guidance regarding the submission of amendments which differs from previously provided guidance. Members should attempt to draft their amendments with actual legislative language, to ensure the Committee is able to properly review and assess amendment submissions. Members should not submit amendment “placeholder text”, blank attachments, or legislative text which is not consistent with the intent of the amendment. Amendments which do not comply with this directive will not be reviewed, even if revised.

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 are encouraged to work with the Committee on Appropriations for technical and subject matter expertise. 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.

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 Ashlee Bierworth of the Committee staff at Ashlee.Bierworth@mail.house.gov or at 202-225-9191.



Sincerely,

Michael Burgess

Chairman

House Committee on Rules

Jun 14, 2024 Announcement

ANNOUNCEMENT

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2025

Dear Colleague:                  

The Committee on Rules may meet the week of June 24th to provide for floor consideration of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2025.

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 12:00 PM on Tuesday, June 18, 2024.  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 Rules Committee Print 118-38, 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 are strongly encouraged to 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.

Given the large number of amendments expected, the Rules Committee is providing further guidance regarding the submission of amendments which differs from previously provided guidance. Members should attempt to draft their amendments with actual legislative language, to ensure the Committee is able to properly review and assess amendment submissions. Members should not submit amendment “placeholder text”, blank attachments, or legislative text which is not consistent with the intent of the amendment. Amendments which do not comply with this directive will not be reviewed, even if revised.

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 are encouraged to work with the Committee on Appropriations for technical and subject matter expertise. 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.

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 Eric Shepard of the Committee staff at Eric.Shepard@mail.house.gov or at 202-225-9191.



Sincerely,

Michael Burgess

Chairman

House Committee on Rules

Jun 7, 2024 Announcement

The Committee on Rules will meet Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 12:00 PM ET in H-313, The Capitol on the following measures:

  • H.R. 8070 – Servicemember Quality of Life Improvement and National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2025
  • H. Res. ___ – (H. Rept. 118-527) – Report to accompany the Resolution Recommending that the House of Representatives Find United States Attorney General Merrick B. Garland in Contempt of Congress for Refusal to Comply with a Subpoena Duly Issued by the Committee on the Judiciary
  • H. Res. ___ – (H. Rept. 118-533) – Report to accompany the Resolution Recommending that the House of Representatives Find United States Attorney General Merrick B. Garland in Contempt of Congress for Refusal to Comply with a Subpoena Duly Issued by the Committee on Oversight and Accountability

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