ORGANIZATION OF THE CONGRESS

The Eagle

FINAL REPORT

OF THE

HOUSE MEMBERS

OF THE

JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE ORGANIZATION OF CONGRESS



TABLE OF CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS

EXPLANATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS

I. House Committees, Floor Procedure, and Scheduling

  1. Multiple Referral of Legislation
  2. Maximum Number of Committee and Subcommittee Assignments
  3. De Minimis Rule for Continuation of Standing Committees
  4. Restriction on Number of Subcommittees
  5. Scheduling
  6. Notification of Committee and Subcommittee Meetings & Hearings
  7. Subcommittee Meetings Prohibited During Full Committee Meetings
  8. Committee Reports (Earmarks)
  9. Notice of Jurisdictional Violations
  10. Independent Factfinding for Ethics Investigations
  11. Term of Membership and Chairmanship on Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  12. Committee Oversight Agenda and Report
  13. Staff Training
  14. Availability of Legislative Information
  15. Public Understanding of Congress
  16. House-Senate Staff Salary Parity
  17. Expansion of Unauthorized Appropriations Points of Order
  18. Motion to Recommit
  19. Debate in the House
  20. Publication of Committee Attendance & Voting Records
  21. Accuracy of the Congressional Record
  22. Recodification of the Rules of the House of Representatives

II. Congressional Budget Process

  1. Biennial Budgeting
  2. CBO Quarterly Budget Process
  3. GNP Budget Analysis and Fiscal & Budget Policy Reports
  4. Government-wide Review of User Fees
  5. Total Tax Expenditures in Budget Resolutions

III. Staffing and Instrumentalities

  1. Legislative Branch Steamlining & Restructuring
  2. Authorization & Funding of Certain Congressional Instrumentalities
  3. Coordination of Legislative Branch Services

IV. Congressional Compliance with Federal Laws

  1. Application of Federal Laws
  2. Office of Compliance
  3. Procedure for Consideration of Alleged Violations

V. Other Recommendations

  1. Sunset Agency Reporting Requirements
  2. Joint Committee on Information Management
  3. Budgetary Controls Over Entitlement Spending

VI. Legislative-Judicial Relations

LEGISLATIVE DRAFT AS AGREED TO

SECTION-BY-SECTION SUMMARY OF THE LEGISLATIVE DRAFT

SUMMARY OF FINAL ACTION

SUPPLEMENTAL AND ADDITIONAL VIEWS