United States House of Representatives Committee on Rules

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The United States House of Representatives Committee on Rules is a standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The committee was first constituted on April 2, 1789.[1]


114th Congress

The committee chairman in the 114th Congress is Pete Sessions (R).

113th Congress

The committee chairman in the 113th Congress was Pete Sessions (R).[2]

112th Congress

The committee chairman in the 112th Congress was David Dreier (R).


2015-2016 (114th Congress)

Committee on Rules Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (4)Republican members (7)
Louise McIntosh Slaughter (New York) Ranking MemberPete Sessions (Texas) Chairman
James P. McGovern (Massachusetts) Virginia Foxx (North Carolina) Vice Chairman
Alcee L. Hastings (Florida) Tom Cole (Oklahoma)
Jared Polis (Colorado) Rob Woodall (Georgia)
Michael C. Burgess (Texas)
Steve Stivers (Ohio)
Doug Collins (Georgia)

2013-2014 (113th Congress)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)

Committee legislation

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the legislation coming out of each committee.

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Legislative and Budget Process

As of mid-April, this sub-committee's membership has not been announced.
Jurisdiction: Deals with legislation regarding relations between Congress and the Executive Branch.[3]

Rules and Organization of the House

As of mid-April, this sub-committee's membership has not been announced.
Jurisdiction: Deals with legislation regarding the processes and procedures of the House, relations between the two houses of Congress, relations between Congress and the Judiciary, and internal operations of the House.[3]


According to the official House website, the jurisdiction of the Rules Committee includes the following:

  1. forms special orders for the consideration of legislation (known as “special rules” or “rules”) and original jurisdiction matters. A special rule provides the terms and conditions of debate on a measure or matter, consideration of which constitutes the bulk of the work of the Rules Committee.
  2. considers original jurisdiction measures, which commonly represent changes to the standing rules of the House, or measures that contain special rules, such as the expedited procedures in trade legislation.
  3. has authority to do virtually anything during the course of consideration of a measure, including deeming it passed.
  4. can include a self-executed amendment which could rewrite just parts of a bill, or the entire measure. In essence, so long as a majority of the House is willing to vote for a special rule, there is little that the Rules Committee cannot do.


U.S. House of Representatives
H-312 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-9191
Fax: (202) 225-6763

Email: Rules.Rs@mail.house.gov

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