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PETER. H. B. FRELINGHUYSEN, New Jersey
CHARLES E. WIGGINS, California WILLIAM A. STEIGER, Wisconsin C. W. BILL YOUNG, Florida
MELVIN M. MILLER Deputy Chief of Staff . SPENCER M. BERESFORD Counsel ROBERT C. KETCHAM Special Counsel Roger H. DAVIDSON
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ROSE M. SANKO
BARBARA. K. RODRIGUEZ.
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RICHARD BOLLING, Missouri, Chairman
ROBERT G. STEPHENS, J.R., Georgia
Chief of Staff
Professional Staff Member
Professional Staff Member
Staff Consultant MARY E. ZALAR
Professional Staff Member ELLEN E. LEAKE
Secretary LoRREn V. Roth
LINDA G. STEPHENSON
JOAN BANNON BACHULA
COMMITTEE REFORM AMENDMENTS OF 1974
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1974
House of REPRESENTATIVES,
The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 2:10 p.m., in room 321, Cannon Office Building, Hon. Richard Bolling (chairman of the committee) presiding. Present: Representatives Bolling (presiding), Stephens, Sarbanes, Martin, Frelinghuysen, Steiger, and Young. - Also present: Charles S. Sheldon II, chief of staff, Melvin M. Miller, deputy chief of staff, Gerald J. Grady, Spencer M. Beresford, Linda H. Kamm, Ro C. Ketcham, Walter J. Oleszek, Roger H. Davidson, Terence T. Finn, Mary E. Zalar, Linda G. Stephenson, and Joan B. Bachula. Chairman Bolli NG. We do not yet have a quorum, but the committee will begin. We are only going to discuss one subject today. I would like to apologize to our guests because of the size of the room. We are limited very much in rooms that we can obtain. On the basis of the interest shown today, we will try to get a larger room. We are not sure that we will succeed. We will try. Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. There may be less interest after they hear us perform, Mr. Chairman. Chairman BoIIING. Very well taken. The process that we are about to undertake I would like to describe. I would anticipate that if I misstate it, members of the committee will correct me. We spent nearly a year in hearings and study, soliciting earnestly the views of anybody who would op. an interest as to how we should approach this particular problem of reorganizing the way in which the House committees are organized and in which they do their work. We thought it would be wise to give all the people with an in
terest inside the Congress and outside the Con an opportunity before we began to take final action to look at what our tentative proposals were.
The process by which we reached those tentative proposals was elaborate, and highly informal, and the proposals are tentative.
The process that we are about to begin is to lead to a more formal fashion of reaching a decision. We have a committee print, of which we think there are, at least in the beginning, an adequate number. It is the committee print No. 1 dated February 1, 1974, called a working draft.
We do not propose to deal with that in the fashion of reading it line by line. What we hope to do is to discuss in public, and argue in pub