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a.

Power to Hear.--For the purpose of carrying out

any of its functions and duties under House Rules X and XI,

the Committee is authorized to sit and hold hearings at any

time or place within the United States whether the House is

in session, has recessed or has adjourned, but no Subcommittee

shall hold meetings or hearings outside of the House unless

permission to do so is granted by the Chairman, or a majority,

of the (full) Committee. :

(c) b.

Announcement of Hearings.--The Chairman of

the Committee or Subcommittee shall publicly announce the
date, place and subject matter of any hearing to be conducted

on any measure or matter at least one week before the commencement

of that hearing unless the Committee or Subcommittee determines

that there is good cause to begin such hearing at an earlier

date, in which case the announcement of the hearing shall be

made by the Chairman of the Committee or Subcommittee at the

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out any of its functions and duties under House Rules X and

XI, the Committee is authorized to require, by subpoena or

otherwise, the attendance and testimony of such witnesses

and the production of such books, records, correspondence,

memoranda, papers, and documents as it deems necessary.

A

subpoena may be authorized and issued in the conduct of any

investigation or series of investigations or activities by the (full] Committee or by a Subcommittee when authorized by

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a rollcall vote of the majority of the members of the (full)

Committee, a majority being present, except that no proxies

may be used to vote on the authorization and issuance of

such a subpoena.

Authorized subpoenas shall be signed by

the Chairman or the Vice Chairman of the [full] Committee or by any other member the (full) Committee may designate. Notice of a meeting to consider a motion to authorize and

issue a subpoena shall be given to all members of the full

Committee by 5 p.m., of the day preceding the day of such meeting. Compliance with a committee or Subcommittee issued

subpoena may be enforced only as authorized or directed by

the House.

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d.

Scheduling of Hearings and Witnesses.--Except as

otherwise provided in this paragraph, the scheduling of hearings and witnesses and determination of the time allowed for the presentation of testimony and interrogation shall be

at the discretion of the Chairman or a majority of the

Committee or Subcommittee.

Whenever any hearing is conducted

by the Committee or Subcommittee upon any measure or matter,

the Committee's or Subcommittee's minority party members shall be entitled, upon request by a majority of them to the

Chairman of the Committee or Subcommittee before the completion

of the hearing, to call witnesses selected by them to testify

with respect to that measure or matter during at least one

day of hearing.

e.

Witnesses' Statements in Advance.--Each witness

who is to appear before the Committee or Subcommittee shall,

insofar as practicable, file with the Staff Director a

written statement of Chis) the witness' prepared testimony

at least two working days in advance of his appearance in

order to permit the testimony to be distributed to and reviewed in advance by Committee or Subcommittee members. Witnesses shall provide sufficient copies of their statement

for distribution to Committee or Subcommittee members, staff

and the news media. The Committee or Subcommittee staff

shall distribute such written statements to all members of

the Committee or Subcommittee as

soon as they are received

as well as any official reports from departments and agencies

on such subject matter.

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f.

Testimony of Witnesses.--The Chairman of the

Committee or Subcommittee or any member designated by him

may administer an oath to any witness. Each witness who has been subpoenaed, upon the completion of [his) the witness' testimony, may report in person or in writing to the Staff Director and sign appropriate vouchers for travel allowances and attendance fees. All witnesses (shall) may be limited in their oral presentations to brief summaries of their statements within the time allotted to them, subject to at the discretion of the Chairman of the Committee or Subcommittee

in light of the nature of the witness and the length of time

available.

g.

Questioning of Witnesses.--Committee or Subcommittee

members may question witnesses only when they have been

recognized by the Chairman of the Committee or Subcommittee

for that purpose. Each member so recognized shall be limited

to questioning a witness (or panel of witnesses) for five

minutes until such time as each member of the Committee or

Subcommittee who so desires has had an opportunity to question

the witness (or panel of witnesses) for five minutes, and, thereafter, the Chairman of the Committee or Subcommittee

may limit the time of further questioning after giving due

consideration to the importance of the subject matter and

the length of time available.

All questions put to witnesses

shall be germane to the measure or matter under consideration.

Unless the Chairman or a majority of the Committee or Subcommittee

determines otherwise, no person shall interrogate witnesses

other than members and Committee or Subcommittee staff.

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h.

Open Hearings.--Each hearing conducted by the

Committee or Subcommittee shall be open to the public

except when the Committee or Subcommittee, in open session

and with a majority present, determines by rollcall vote

that all or part of the remainder of that hearing on that
day shall be closed to the public because disclosure of
testimony, evidence, or other matters to be considered would
endanger the national security or would violate any law or
rule of the House of Representatives: Provided, however,

That the Committee or Subcommittee may, by the same procedure,

vote to close one subsequent day of hearing. Notwithstanding

the requirements of the preceding sentence, a majority of

those present, there being in attendance the requisite number required under the rules of the Committee to be

present for the purpose of taking testimony (1) may vote to

close the hearing for sole purpose of discussing whether

testimony or evidence to be received would endanger the

national security or violate Rule III (k) or (2) may vote

to close the hearing, as provided in Rule III (k). In any

event, no member may be excluded from nonparticipatory

attendance at any hearing unless the House shall by majority vote authorize the (full) Committee or (a) Subcommittee, for purposes of a particular series of hearings on a particular article of legislation or on a particular subject of investigation, to close its meetings to members by means of the above procedure.

i.

Quorum.--The quorum for taking testimony and

receiving evidence shall be

members of th

Committee or

Subcomunittee.

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