Joint Committee on Printing
COMMITTEE RESOLUTION 118-01
Be it resolved, that the Rules of the Joint Committee on Printing for the 118th Congress are hereby adopted, as follows:
Rules of the Joint Committee on Printing for the 118th Congress
Rule 1. — Committee Rules
(a) The rules of the Senate and House insofar as they are applicable, shall govern the Committee.
(b) The Committee's rules shall be published in the Congressional Record as soon as possible following the Committee's organizational meeting in each odd-numbered year
(c) Where these rules require a vote of the members of the Committee, polling of members either in writing or by telephone shall not be permitted to substitute for a vote taken at a Committee meeting, unless the Vice Chair or Ranking Minority Member as applicable assents to waiver of this requirement.
(d) Proposals for amending Committee rules shall be sent to all members at least one week before final action is taken thereon, unless the amendment is made by unanimous consent.
Rule 2. – Regular Committee Meetings
(a) The regular meeting date of the Committee shall be the second Wednesday of every month when the House and Senate are in session. A regularly scheduled meeting need not be held if there is no business to be considered and after appropriate notification is made to the Vice Chair or Ranking Minority Member as applicable. Additional meetings may be called by the Chair, as he may deem necessary or at the request of the majority of the members of the Committee.
(b) If the Chair of the Committee is not present at any meeting of the Committee, the Vice Chair or Ranking Member of the majority party on the Committee who is present shall preside at the meeting.
Rule 3. – Quorum
(a) Five members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum, which is required for the purpose of closing meetings, promulgating Committee orders or changing the rules of the Committee.
(b) Three members shall constitute a quorum for purposes of taking testimony and receiving evidence.
Rule 4. – Open and Closed Meetings
(a) Each meeting for the transaction of business of the Committee shall be open to the public except when the Committee, in open session and with a quorum present, determines by roll call vote that all or part of the remainder of the meeting on that day shall be closed to the public. No such vote shall be required to close a meeting that relates solely to internal budget or personnel matters.
(b) No person other than members of the Committee, and such congressional staff and other representatives as they may authorize, shall be present in any business session that has been closed to the public.
Rule 5. – Alternating Chair and Vice-Chair by Congresses
(a) The Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee shall alternate between the House and the Senate by Congresses: The senior member of the minority party in the House of Congress opposite of that of the Chair shall be the Vice Chair or Ranking Minority Member of the Committee as applicable.
(b) In the event the House and Senate are under different party control, the Chair and Vice Chair shall represent the majority party in their respective Houses. When the Chair and Vice-Chair represent different parties, the Vice-Chair shall also fulfill the responsibilities of the Ranking Minority Member as prescribed by these rules.
Rule 6. – Parliamentary Questions
Rule 7. – Hearings: Public Announcements and Witnesses
(a) The Chair, in the case of hearings to be conducted by the Committee, shall make public announcement of the date, place and subject matter of any hearing to be conducted on any measure or matter at least one week before the commencement of that hearing unless the Committee determines that there is good cause to begin such hearing at an earlier date. In the latter event, the Chair shall make such public announcement at the earliest possible date. The staff director of the Committee shall promptly notify the Daily Digest of the Congressional Record as soon as possible after such public announcement is made.
(b) So far as practicable, all witnesses appearing before the Committee shall file advance written statements of their proposed testimony at least 48 hours in advance of their appearance and their oral testimony shall be limited to brief summaries. Limited insertions or additional germane material will be received for the record, subject to the approval of the Chair.
Rule 8. – Official Hearing Record
(a) An accurate stenographic record shall be kept of all Committee proceedings and actions. Brief supplemental materials when required to clarify the transcript may be inserted in the record subject to the approval of the Chair.
(b) Each member of the Committee shall be provided with a copy of the hearing transcript for the purpose of correcting errors of transcription and grammar, and clarifying questions or remarks. If any other person is authorized by a Committee Member to make his corrections, the staff director shall be so notified.
(c) Members who have received unanimous consent to submit written questions to witnesses shall be allowed two days within which to submit these to the staff director for transmission to the witnesses. The record may be held open for a period not to exceed two weeks awaiting the responses by witnesses.
(d) A witness may obtain a transcript copy of his testimony given at a public session or, if given at an executive session, when authorized by the Committee. Testimony received in closed hearings shall not be released or included in any report without the approval of the Committee.
Rule 9. – Witnesses for Committee Hearings
(a) Selection of witnesses for Committee hearings shall be made by the Committee staff under the direction of the Chair. A list of proposed witnesses shall be submitted to the members of the Committee for review sufficiently in advance of the hearings to permit suggestions by the Committee members to receive appropriate consideration.
(b) The Chair shall provide adequate time for questioning of witnesses by all members, including minority Members and the rule of germaneness shall be enforced in all hearings notified.
(c) Whenever a hearing is conducted by the Committee upon any measure or matter, the minority on the Committee shall be entitled, upon unanimous request to the Chair before the completion of such hearings, to call witnesses selected by the minority to testify with respect to the measure or matter during at least one day of hearing thereon.
Rule 10. – Confidential Information Furnished to the Committee
Rule 11. – Broadcasting of Committee Hearings
Rule 12. – Committee Reports
(a) No Committee report shall be made public or transmitted to the Congress without the approval of a majority of the Committee except when Congress has adjourned: provided that any member of the Committee may make a report supplementary to or dissenting from the majority report. Such supplementary or dissenting reports should be as brief as possible.
(b) Factual reports by the Committee staff may be printed for distribution to Committee members and the public only upon authorization of the Chair either with the approval of a majority of the Committee or with the consent of the Vice Chair or Ranking Minority Member as applicable.
Rule 13. – Confidentiality of Committee Reports
Rule 14. – Committee Staff
(a) The Committee shall have a staff director, selected by the Chair. The staff director shall be an employee of the House of Representatives or of the Senate.
(b) The Vice Chair or Ranking Minority Member as applicable may designate an employee of the House of Representatives or of the Senate as the staff director for the Vice Chair or Ranking Minority Member as applicable.
(c) The staff director, under the general supervision of the Chair, is authorized to deal directly with agencies of the Government and with non-Government groups and individuals on behalf of the Committee.
(d) The Chair or staff director shall timely notify the Vice Chair or Ranking Minority Member as applicable or the staff director for the Vice Chair or Ranking Minority Member as applicable of decisions made on behalf of the Committee.
(e) The Chair is authorized to appoint the Clerk of the Committee (and such deputies or assistants as the Chair in his discretion determines may be necessary) to perform the required and usual duties on behalf of the Committee.
(1) Upon such appointment, the Chairman shall inform the Committee.
(2) Further, the Chairman is authorized to appoint an acting Clerk of the Committee to perform the required and usual duties of the Clerk of the Committee on behalf of the Committee until a permanent clerk is named.
(f) The Chair is authorized to appoint the Parliamentarian of the Committee (and such deputies or assistants as the Chair in his discretion determines may be necessary) to perform the required and usual duties on behalf of the Committee
(1) Upon such appointment, the Chair shall inform the Committee.
(2) Further, the Chair is authorized to appoint an acting Parliamentarian of the Committee to perform the required and usual duties of the Parliamentarian of the Committee on behalf of the Committee until a permanent parliamentarian is named.
Rule 15. – Committee Chair
Rule 16. – Other Procedures and Regulations
(a) The Chair may establish such other procedures and take such actions as may be necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the Committee or to facilitate its effective operation.
(b) The Chair may direct staff of the Committee to make any necessary technical or conforming changes to these Rules without intervening Committee action. In all cases, the Chair shall cause the most current version of the Rules to be available to members of the Committee.