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The United States House Committee on House
Administration deals with the general administration
matters of the United States House
The Committee on House Administration is a standing committee of
the United States House
of Representatives. The powers and duties of the Committee
include the statutory responsibilities of the Committee on House
Administration, as determined primarily by the Legislative
Reorganization Acts of 1946 and 1970; the House of Representatives
Administrative Reform Technical Corrections Act of 1996; and the Rules
of the House of Representatives adopted on January 6, 1999.
The Committee on House Administration, which consists of 9
members, has jurisdiction over all legislation and other matters
relating to the House of Representatives, such as:
- Appropriations from accounts (and the expenditure, auditing and
settling thereof) for committee salaries and expenses, except for
the Committee on Appropriations; House Information Resources; and
allowances and expenses of Members, Delegates, the Resident
Commissioner, Officers, and administrative offices of the
- Employment of persons by the House, including staff for
Members, Delegates, the Resident Commissioner, and Committees; and
reporters of debates.
- The Library of Congress, including
- The House Library.
- Statuary and pictures.
- Acceptance or purchase of works of art for the
- United States Botanic
- Purchase of books and manuscripts.
- The Smithsonian Institution and the
incorporation of similar institutions .
- The Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards (Franking
- Printing and correction of the Congressional Record.
- Accounts of the House generally.
- Assignment of office space for Members, Delegates, the Resident
Commissioner, and Committees.
- Disposition of useless executive papers.
- Election of the President, Vice President, Members, Senators,
Delegates, or the Resident Commissioner; corrupt practices;
contested elections; credentials and qualifications; and Federal
- Services to the House, including House food services, parking
facilities, and administration of the House Office Buildings and of
the House wing of the Capitol.
- Travel of Members, Delegates, and the Resident
- Raising, reporting, and use of campaign contributions for
candidates for office of Representative, of Delegate, and of
- Compensation, retirement, and other benefits of the Members,
Delegates, the Resident Commissioner, Officers, and employees of
Additionally, the Committee:
- Provides policy direction for the Inspector General and
oversight of the Clerk,
Sergeant at Arms,
Chief Administrative Officer, and Inspector General.
- Has the function of accepting on behalf of the House of
Representatives a gift, except as otherwise provided by law, if
the gift does not involve a duty, burden, or condition, or is not
made dependent on some future performance by the House; and
promulgating regulations under which to do so.
- Is responsible for considering amounts of payments of funds
resulting from settlements of complaints under the Congressional Accountability Act of
Due to its relatively small size, the House Administration
Committee has not had subcommittees for most of its existence. For
the 110th Congress, Chairwoman Millinder-McDonald recommended the
creation of two new subcommittees, which were approved by the full
committee on February 16, 2007.
The Committee on House Administration was created by the Legislative Reorganization
Act of 1946, which merged the Committees on Enrolled
Bills (created in 1789 as Joint Committee), Elections
(created in 1794), Accounts
(created in 1803), Printing (created in 1846),
Disposition of Executive Papers (created in 1889), Memorials (created in 1929), and some
functions of the Joint
Committee on the Library (created in 1806 as a Joint Committee)
into one new standing committee, the Committee on House
Administration. (See National Archives's Records of the House
Administration Committee and Its Predecessors)
In 1975 its responsibilities expanded to include oversight of
parking facilities and campaign contributions to House candidates.
In 1995 its responsibilities expanded to include oversight of the
Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards.
Committee on House
Administration Opens Historic Meeting with Ambitious