Committee Meetings in General
(a) Regular Meeting Days: For purposes of complying with paragraph 3 of Senate Rule XXVI, the regular meeting day of the committee is the first
and third Thursday of each month at 10:00 A.M. If there is no business before the committee, the regular meeting shall be omitted.
(b) Additional Meetings: The chairman may call additional meetings, after
consulting with the ranking minority member. Subcommittee chairmen may call meetings, with the concurrence of the chairman of the committee, after consulting with the ranking minority members of the subcommittee and the
(c) Presiding Officer:
(1) The chairman shall preside at all meetings of the committee. If the chairman is not present, the ranking majority member who is present shall preside.
(2) Subcommittee chairmen shall preside at all meetings of their subcommittees. If the subcommittee chairman is not present, the Ranking Majority Member of the subcommittee who is present shall preside.
(3) Notwithstanding the rule prescribed by paragraphs (1) and (2), any member of the committee may preside at a hearing.
(d) Open Meetings: Meetings of the committee and subcommittees,
including hearings and business meetings, are open to the public. A portion of a meeting may be closed to the public if the committee determines by
rollcall vote of a majority of the members present that the matters to be discussed or the testimony to be taken_
(1) will disclose matters necessary to be kept secret in the interests of
national defense or the confidential conduct of the foreign relations of the United States;
(2) relate solely to matters of committee staff personnel or internal staff management or procedure; or
(3) constitute any other grounds for closure under paragraph 5(b) of Senate Rule XXVI.
(1) Public meetings of the committee or a subcommittee may be televised,
broadcast, or recorded by a member of the Senate press gallery or an employee of the Senate.
(2) Any member of the Senate Press Gallery or employee of the Senate
wishing to televise, broadcast, or record a committee meeting must notify the staff director or the staff director's designee by 5:00 p.m. the day before the meeting.
(3) During public meetings, any person using a camera, microphone, or other electronic equipment may not position or use the equipment in a way
that interferes with the seating, vision, or hearing of committee members or staff on the dais, or with the orderly process of the meeting.
Rule 2. Quorums
(a) Business Meetings: At committee business meetings, six members, at least two of whom are members of the minority party, constitute a quorum, except as provided in subsection (d).
(b) Subcommittee Meetings: At subcommittee business meetings, a majority of the subcommittee members, at least one of whom is a member of the minority party, constitutes a quorum for conducting business.
(c) Continuing Quorum: Once a quorum as prescribed in subsections (a) and (b) has been established, the committee or subcommittee may continue to conduct business.
(d) Reporting: No measure or matter may be reported by the committee unless a majority of committee members cast votes in person.
(e) Hearings: One member constitutes a quorum for conducting a hearing.
(a) Announcements: Before the committee or a subcommittee holds a hearing, the chairman of the committee or subcommittee shall make a public announcement and provide notice to members of the date, place,
time, and subject matter of the hearing. The announcement and notice shall be issued at least one week in advance of the hearing, unless the chairman of the committee or subcommittee, with the concurrence of the ranking
minority member of the committee or subcommittee, determines that there is good cause to provide a shorter period, in which event the announcement and notice shall be issued at least twenty-four hours in
advance of the hearing.
(b) Statements of Witnesses:
(1) A witness who is scheduled to testify at a hearing of the committee or a subcommittee shall file 100 copies of the written testimony at least 48
hours before the hearing. If a witness fails to comply with this requirement, the presiding officer may preclude the witness' testimony. This rule may be waived for field hearings, except for witnesses from the Federal
(2) Any witness planning to use at a hearing any exhibit such as a chart, graph, diagram, photo, map, slide, or model must submit one identical
copy of the exhibit (or representation of the exhibit in the case of a model) and 100 copies reduced to letter or legal paper size at least 48 hours
before the hearing. Any exhibit described above that is not provided to the committee at least 48 hours prior to the hearing cannot be used for purpose of presenting testimony to the committee and will not be included
in the hearing record.
(3) The presiding officer at a hearing may have a witness confine the oral presentation to a summary of the written testimony.
Rule 4. Business Meetings: Notice and Filing Requirements
(a) Notice: The chairman of the committee or the subcommittee shall provide notice, the agenda of business to be discussed, and the text of agenda items to members of the committee or subcommittee at least 72
hours before a business meeting.
(b) Amendments: First-degree amendments must be filed with the chairman of the committee or the subcommittee at least 24 hours before a business
meeting. After the filing deadline, the chairman shall promptly distribute all filed amendments to the members of the committee or subcommittee.
(c) Modifications: The chairman of the committee or the subcommittee may
modify the notice and filing requirements to meet special circumstances, with the concurrence of the ranking member of the committee or subcommittee.
Rule 5. Business Meetings: Voting
(a) Proxy Voting:
(1) Proxy voting is allowed on all measures, amendments, resolutions, or other matters before the committee or a subcommittee.
(2) A member who is unable to attend a business meeting may submit a
proxy vote on any matter, in writing, orally, or through personal instructions.
(3) A proxy given in writing is valid until revoked. A proxy given orally or by personal instructions is valid only on the day given.
(b) Subsequent Voting: Members who were not present at a business meeting and were unable to cast their votes by proxy may record their votes later, so long as they do so that same business day and their vote
does not change the outcome.
(c) Public Announcement:
(1) Whenever the committee conducts a rollcall vote, the chairman shall announce the results of the vote, including a tabulation of the votes cast in
favor and the votes cast against the proposition by each member of the committee.
(2) Whenever the committee reports any measure or matter by rollcall
vote, the report shall include a tabulation of the votes cast in favor of and the votes cast in opposition to the measure or matter by each member of the committee.
Rule 6. Subcommittees
(a) Regularly Established Subcommittees: The committee has four subcommittees: Transportation and Infrastructure; Clean Air, Wetlands, Private Property, and Nuclear Safety; Superfund, Waste Control, and
Risk Assessment; and Fisheries, Wildlife, and Drinking Water.
(b) Membership: The committee chairman shall select members of the subcommittees, after consulting with the ranking minority member.
Statutory Responsibilities and Other Matters
(a) Environmental Impact Statements: No project or legislation proposed by any executive branch agency may be approved or otherwise acted
upon unless the committee has received a final environmental impact statement relative to it, in accordance with section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act, and the written comments of the
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, in accordance with section 309 of the Clean Air Act. This rule is not intended to broaden, narrow, or otherwise modify the class of projects or legislative proposals
for which environmental impact statements are required under section 102(2)(C).
(b) Project Approvals:
(1) Whenever the committee authorizes a project under Public Law
89-298, the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1965; Public Law 83-566, the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act; or Public Law 86-249, the Public Buildings Act of 1959, as amended; the chairman shall submit
for printing in the Congressional Record, and the committee shall publish periodically as a committee print, a report that describes the project and
the reasons for its approval, together with any dissenting or individual views.
(2) Proponents of a committee resolution shall submit appropriate evidence in favor of the resolution.
(c) Building Prospectuses:
(1) When the General Services Administration submits a prospectus, pursuant to section 7(a) of the Public Buildings Act of 1959, as amended, for construction (including construction of buildings for lease by the
government), alteration and repair, or acquisition, the committee shall act with respect to the prospectus during the same session in which the prospectus is submitted. A prospectus rejected by majority vote of the
committee or not reported to the Senate during the session in which it was submitted shall be returned to the GSA and must then be resubmitted in order to be considered by the committee during the next session of the
(2) A report of a building project survey submitted by the General Services Administration to the committee under section 11(b) of the Public Buildings
Act of 1959, as amended, may not be considered by the committee as being a prospectus subject to approval by committee resolution in accordance with section 7(a) of that Act. A project described in the report
may be considered for committee action only if it is submitted as a prospectus in accordance with section 7(a) and is subject to the provisions of paragraph (1) of this rule.
(d) Naming Public Facilities: The committee may not name a building, structure or facility for any living person, except former Presidents or former Vice Presidents of the United States, former Members of Congress
over 70 years of age, or former Justices of the United States Supreme Court over 70 years of age.
Rule 8. Amending the Rules
The rules may be added to, modified, amended, or suspended by vote of a
majority of committee members at a business meeting if a quorum is present.