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United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration (also called the Senate Rules Committee) is responsible for the rules of the United States Senate, administration of congressional buildings, and with credentials and qualifications of members of the Senate, including responsibility for contested elections.

The committee is not as powerful as its House counterpart, the House Committee on Rules as it does not set the terms of debate for individual legislative proposals, since the Senate has a tradition of open debate.

Some members of the committee are also ex officio members of the Joint Committee on Printing.


The Committee was first created as the Select Committee to Revise the Rules of the Senate on December 3, 1867. On December 9, 1874, it became a standing committee.

On January 2, 1947, its name was changed to the Committee on Rules and Administration, and it took over the functions of the following committees:


In accordance of Rule XXV of the United States Senate, all proposed legislation, messages, petitions, memorials, and other matters relating primarily to the following subjects is referred to the Senate Rules Committee:

  1. Administration of the Senate Office Buildings and the Senate wing of the Capitol, including the assignment of office space;
  2. Congressional organization relative to rules and procedures, and Senate rules and regulations, including floor and gallery rules;
  3. Corrupt practices;
  4. Credentials and qualifications of Members of the Senate, contested elections, and acceptance of incompatible offices;
  5. Federal elections generally, including the election of the President, Vice President, and Members of the Congress;
  6. Government Printing Office, and the printing and correction of the Congressional Record, as well as those matters provided for under rule XI;
  7. Meetings of the Congress and attendance of Members;
  8. Payment of money out of the contingent fund of the Senate or creating a charge upon the same (except that any resolution relating to substantive matter within the jurisdiction of any other standing committee of the Senate shall be first referred to such committee);
  9. Presidential succession;
  10. Purchase of books and manuscripts and erection of monuments to the memory of individuals;
  11. Senate Library and statuary, art, and pictures in the Capitol and Senate Office Buildings;
  12. Services to the Senate, including the Senate restaurant; and,
  13. United States Capitol and congressional office buildings, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution (and the incorporation of similar institutions), and the Botanic Gardens.[1]

The Senate Rules Committee is also charged:

  1. To make a continuing 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 of the United States;
  2. To identify any court proceeding or action which, in the opinion of the Committee, is of vital interest to the Congress as a constitutionally established institution of the Federal Government and call such proceeding or action to the attention of the Senate; and,
  3. To develop, implement, and update as necessary a strategic planning process and a strategic plan for the functional and technical infrastructure support of the Senate and provide oversight over plans developed by Senate officers and others in accordance with the strategic planning process.[2]

Members, 116th CongressEdit

Majority Minority

Members, 115th CongressEdit

Majority Minority

Source: "U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration". Senate rules committee website. Retrieved April 11, 2018.

Historical membershipEdit

Members, 114th CongressEdit

Majority Minority

Source: 2013 Congressional Record, Vol. 159, Page S296 to 297


Select Committee to Revise the Rules of the Senate, 1867–1874Edit

Committee on Rules, 1874–1947Edit

Committee on Rules and Administration, 1947–presentEdit


  1. ^ a b c Angus King is an independent who caucuses with the Democrats.


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