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Rules of the House of Representatives

House Rules for the 117th Congress
:: Office of the Clerk-prepared version [PDF]
:: Text of H. Res. 8—Adopting rules for the 116th Congress [PDF][XML]
:: Section-by-Section Analysis of H. Res. 8

House Rules for the 116th Congress
:: Office of the Clerk-prepared version [PDF]
:: Text of H. Res. 6—Adopting rules for the 116th Congress [PDF][XML]
:: Section-by-Section Analysis of H. Res. 6

House Rules for the 115th Congress [PDF]
:: Office of the Clerk-prepared version [PDF]
:: Text of H. Res. 5—Adopting rules for the 115th Congress [PDF][XML]
:: Section-by-Section Analysis of H. Res. 5

House Rules for the 114th Congress [PDF][TEXT]
:: Text of H. Res. 5—Adopting rules for the 114th Congress [PDF][TEXT]
:: Section-by-Section Analysis of H. Res. 5

House Rules for the 113th Congress [PDF][TEXT]
:: Text of H. Res. 5—Adopting rules for the 113th Congress [PDF][XML]
:: Section-by-Section Analysis of H. Res. 5

House Rules for the 112th Congress [PDF][TEXT]
:: Text of H. Res 5 — Adopting rules for the 112th Congress [PDF][XML]
:: Section-by-Section Analysis of H. Res. 5

Searchable XML-version of the Rules of the House of Representatives

• 116th Congress Rules of the House of Representatives, Constitution, and Jefferson Manual  XML
• 115th Congress Rules of the House of Representatives, Constitution, and Jefferson Manual  XML
• 114th Congress Rules of the House of Representatives, Constitution, and Jefferson Manual XML
• 113th Congress Rules of the House of Representatives XML
• 112th Congress Rules of the House of Representatives XML

Manuals of the House of Representatives

House Manual for the One Hundred Fifteenth Congress
:: GPO-prepared version [PDF]
House Manual for the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress
:: GPO-prepared version [PDF][TEXT]
House Manual for the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress
:: GPO-prepared version [PDF][TEXT]
House Manual for the One Hundred Twelfth Congress
:: GPO-prepared version [PDF][TEXT]
House Manual for the One Hundred Eleventh Congress
:: GPO-prepared version [PDF][TEXT]

Rules of the Committees of the House of Representatives

Rules Adopted by the Committees of the House of Representatives for the 116th Congress [PDF]
Rules Adopted by the Committees of the House of Representatives for the 115th Congress [PDF]
Rules Adopted by the Committees of the House of Representatives for the 114th Congress [PDF]
Rules Adopted by the Committees of the House of Representatives for the 113th Congress [PDF]
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Rules of the Committee on Rules for the 116th Congress
:: GPO-prepared version [PDF]
Rules of the Committee on Rules for the 115th Congress
:: GPO-prepared version [PDF]
Rules of the Committee on Rules for the 114th Congress
:: GPO-prepared version [PDF]
Rules of the Committee on Rules for the 113th Congress
:: GPO-prepared version ​[PDF]

Journals of Activities and History of Legislation

Past editions of the Journal of the Rules Committee Activities:
• Journal and History of Legislation for the 115th Congress PDF
• Journal and History of Legislation for the 114th Congress PDF
• Journal and History of Legislation for the 113th Congress PDF
• Journal and History of Legislation for the 112th Congress PDF
• Journal and History of Legislation for the 111th Congress PDF

Rules Committee Prints

Rules Committee Prints for the 115th Congress [PDF]
*XML file formats are attached to PDFs when available.
Rules Committee Prints for the 114th Congress [PDF]
*XML file formats are attached to PDFs when available.
Rules Committee Prints for the 113th Congress [PDF]
*XML file formats are attached to PDFs when available.

Additional Volumes

Precedents of the U.S. House of Representatives(2017 ed.)
A reference based on the organizational model of its predecessors, this first volume includes chapters on Assembly of Congress, Oaths, Party Organization, and House Facilities and Capitol Grounds.
:: Browsable-by-section GPO version [HTML]

House Practice: A Guide to the Rules, Precedents and Procedures of the House
A reference source for information on the rules and selected precedents governing the House procedure.
:: Browsable-by-section GPO 2017 version [PDF]

Deschler's Precedents
A reference source that identifies precedents and practices of the House from 1936-2012. Compilation was initially undertaken by House Parliamentarian Lewis Deschler; since 1986, they have been published under the title Deschler-Brown Precedents of the U.S. House of Representatives.
:: Browsable-by-section GPO version [HTML]

Hind's Precedents
A multi-volume study of the historical origins and evolution of House procedures dating back to 1789.
:: Browsable-by-volume GPO version [HTML]

Cannon's Precedents
A multi-volume study of the precedents of the House from 1908 to 1936, which supplements Hind's Precedents.
:: Browsable-by-volume GPO version [HTML]

Constitutional Authority Statements

Clause 7 of Rule XII requires that each bill or joint resolution introduced in the House be accompanied by a Constitutional Authority Statement citing the power(s) granted to Congress in the Constitution to enact the proposed law.

Constitutional Authority Statement PDF

Constitutional Authority Statement [Legislative Counsel Internal Link] Smart Form PDF

Rules Committee Protocol

Considering Amendments with Broad Support
Purpose: The purpose of this protocol is to reinforce the Rules Committee's commitment to encourage diverse, constructive ideas to be debated when considering legislation.
Protocol: If not fewer than 40 Members, comprised of at least 20 Democratic and 20 Republican Members, co-sponsor an amendment to legislation being considered by the Committee on Rules, the Chair will afford such amendment preference to be made in order for debate on the House Floor. To comply with this protocol, the amendment must: (1) be received by the Rules Committee before the posted amendment deadline; (2) be accompanied at the time of submission with a co-sponsorship letter, drafted on the official letterhead of the primary sponsoring Member, listing all required co-sponsoring Members; and (3) comply with all applicable House and budgetary rules. Any subsequent revisions to a previously compliant amendment received after the amendment deadline could affect the preference status of that amendment; a determination of which will be made by the Chair.
A template for co-sponsorship letters for amendments being submitted pursuant to this protocol can be found here.

Other Legislative Protocols

These protocols are intended to guide the Majority Leadership in the scheduling and consideration of legislation on the House floor. While they do not govern the introduction of legislation, good-faith compliance with protocols will be necessary if such legislation is scheduled for the floor.
Legislative protocols for the 116th Congress