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CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATESURD
H. Con. Res. 18
ZATION OF THE CONGRESS
Printed for the use of the Joint Committee on the
Organization of Congress
WASHINGTON : 1945
CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES
HOUSE ROBERT M. LA FOLLETTE, JR., Wisconsin, A. 8. MIKE MONRONEY, Oklahoma, Vice Chairman
Chairman ELBERT D. THOMAS, Utah
E. E. COX, Georgia CLAUDE PEPPER, Florida
THOMAS J. LANE, Massachusetts RICHARD B. RUSSELL, Georgia
EARL C. MICHENER, Michigan WALLACE H. WHITE, JR., Maine
EVERETT M. DIRKSEN, Illinois
CHARLES A. PLUMLEY, Vermont
ORGANIZATION OF CONGRESS
TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 1945
CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES, Joint COMMITTEE ON THE ORGANIZATION OF CONGRESS,
Washington, D. C. The joint committee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 a. m. in the committee room of the Committee on Education and Labor, Capitol Building, Senator Robert M. La Follette, Jr. (chairman) presiding.
Present: Senators La Follette (chairman), Pepper, Thomas, and White, and Representatives Monroney (vice chairman), Cox, Lane, and Plumley.
Also present: George B. Galloway, staff director.
This joint committee is organized under House Concurrent Resolution 18, which I will ask to have inserted in the record at this point.
(The concurrent resolution referred to is as follows:)
(H. Con. Res. 18, 79th Cong., 1st sess.)
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That there is hereby established a Joint Committee on the Organization of the Congress (hereinafter referred to as the committee) to be composed of six Members of the Senate (not more than three of whom shall be members of the majority party) to be appointed by the President of the Senate, and six Members of the House of Representatives (not more than three of whom shall be members of the majority party) to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The committee shall select a chairman and a vice chairman from among its members. No recommendation shall be made by the committee except upon a majority vote of the Members representing each House, taken separately.
Sec. 2. The committee shall make a full and complete study of the organization and operation of the Congress of the United States and shall recommend improvements in such organization and operation with a view toward strengthening the Congress, simplifying its operations, improving its relationships with other branches of the United States Government, and enabling it better to meet its responsibilities under the Constitution. This study shall include, but shall not be limited to, the organization and operation of each House of the Congress; the relationship between the two Houses; the relationships between the Congress and other branches of the Government, the employment and remuneration of officers and employees of the respective Houses and officers and employees of the committees and Members of Congress; and the structure of, and the relationships between, the various standing, special, and select committees of the Congress: Provided, That nothing in this concurrent resolution shall be construed to authorize the committee to make any recommendations with respect to the rules, parliamentary procedure, practices, and/or precedents of either House, or the consideration of any matter on the floor of either House: Provided further, That the language employed herein shall not prohibit the committee from studying and recommending the consolidations and reorganization of committees.
Sec. 3. (a) The committee, or any duly authorized subcommittee thereof, is authorized to sit and act at such places and times during the sessions, recesses, and adjourned periods of the Seventy-ninth Congress, to require by subpena or otherwise the attendance of such witnesses and the production of such books,