Legislative Committees

Committee on Rules

National House Committee

H-312 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515-6269
The Rules Committee has two broad categories of jurisdiction: 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. The Committee also 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.

The Committee has the authority to do virtually anything during the course of consideration of a measure, including deeming it passed. The Committee can also 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.
Rep. Jim McGovern
(Democratic-MA 2) Chair
Rep. Tom Cole
(Republican-OK 4) Ranking Member
Rep. Michael Burgess
(Republican-TX 26) Member
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier
(Democratic-CA 11) Member
Rep. Michelle Fischbach
(Republican-MN 7) Member
Rep. Joe Morelle
(Democratic-NY 25) Member
Rep. Ed Perlmutter
(Democratic-CO 7) Member
Rep. Jamie Raskin
(Democratic-MD 8) Member
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler
(Republican-PA 14) Member
Rep. Deborah Ross
(Democratic-NC 2) Member
Rep. Mary Scanlon
(Democratic-PA 5) Member
Rep. Norma Torres
(Democratic-CA 35) Member