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]


113th congress

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

112th congress

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


2013-2014 (113th Congress)

Committee on Rules Members, 2013-2014
Democratic members (4)Republican members (9)
Louise McIntosh Slaughter (New York) New YorkPete Sessions (Texas) Chair
James P. McGovern (Massachusetts) Virginia Foxx (North Carolina) Vice chair
Alcee L. Hastings (Florida) Rob Bishop (Utah)
Jared Polis (Colorado) Tom Cole (Oklahoma)
Rob Woodall (Georgia)
Richard B. Nugent (Florida)
Daniel Webster (Florida)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Florida)
Michael C. Burgess (Texas)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)


Legislative and Budget Process

Jurisdiction: Deals with legislation regarding relations between Congress and the Executive Branch.[3]

This subcommittee has not yet been filled for the 113th Congress.

Rules and Organization of the House

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]

This subcommittee has not yet been filled for the 113th Congress.


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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