House Rules Committee

Staffer Leaves the Hill for Activewear Startup
 

House Republicans Break Record for Closed Rules in Single Congress
Ranking Democrat on Rules Committee: ‘It’s like the majority is allergic to an open process’

The House Rules Committee under Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, has broken a record for the number of closed rules reported during a single Congress. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Rules Committee broke a record Monday night for the number of closed rules — a mechanism for setting up floor debate on a bill without amendments — reported in a single Congress. 

The panel tied and then surpassed the previous record set during the Republican-controlled 113th Congress of 83 closed rules when it reported out two closed rules.

Remembering a Life: Louise M. Slaughter
 

Jim McGovern Most Likely to Take Over for Slaughter on Rules Panel
Massachusetts Democrat to serve acting ranking member until Pelosi names successor

Ranking member Louise Slaughter and Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern confer before a House Rules hearing in the Capitol in July 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After House Rules ranking member Louise Slaughter’s death, Rep. Jim McGovern will take over her committee post in an acting capacity, and remains the most likely candidate to succeed her. 

The Massachusetts Democrat was the second-highest-ranking Democrat on Rules behind Slaughter. McGovern’s seniority grants him the opportunity to serve as acting ranking member in her absence, as he did this week while she was in the hospital for a concussion. Slaughter, 88, the first woman to head the Rules panel, died Friday

Watch Joe Barton Learn Louise Slaughter Wasn’t Born in Texas
 

After announcing to the House Rules Committee Tuesday night that his colleague Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (who represents New York) was born in El Paso, Texas, Rep. Joe L. Barton was in for a surprise when he learned where she actually hails from.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Best of the Rules Committee

Sessions likes to thank the committee's "awesome stenographers." (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

HOH pays tribute to the House Rules Committee and its proclivity for tangents, broken microphones and heaping praise on its “awesome stenographers.”