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Monday, April 1, 2013

Quorum Requirements in the House: Committee and Chamber

Christopher M. Davis
Analyst on Congress and the Legislative Process

House Rule XI, clause 2 establishes minimum quorum requirements for eight areas of committee activity. Table 1 summarizes these requirements.  Committees have some discretion in adjusting the minimum quorum requirements mandated in House Rule XI under the provision in the same rule that committee rules “shall not be inconsistent with the Rules of the House.” For example, rules of the Budget Committee state that all business shall be conducted by a majority of the committee. (House rules require a majority to report measures, but a one-third quorum to conduct most other business.)

Date of Report: March 26, 2013
Number of Pages: 3
Order Number: 98-870
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