Adopts the Rules of the House of Representatives for the 112th Congress as the Rules for the 113th Congress, with amendments.
Reduces the frequency of committee activity reports from four times (semiannually) per Congress to two times (annually) per Congress. Reduces from five to at least two minutes the minimum time for electronic voting after a quorum call in the Committee in the Whole House on the state of the Union. Authorizes the Chair to reduce to at least two minutes the minimum time for electronic voting on any postponed question taken without intervening debate or motion after the Committee of the Whole resumes its sitting if in the discretion of the Chair Members would be afforded an adequate opportunity to vote.
Authorizes the Speaker of the House to reduce to five minutes the minimum time for electronic voting on: a postponed question, or on a question incidental to it, that follows a report from the Committee of the Whole without intervening debate or motion if in the discretion of the Speaker Members would be afforded an adequate opportunity to vote; any question arising after a report from the Committee without debate or intervening motion; or the question of adoption of a motion to recommit (or ordering the previous question on the motion) arising without intervening motion or debate other than debate on the motion.
Revises the jurisdiction and related functions of the House Committees on:
(1) Homeland Security to include general management of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); and
(2) Natural Resources to include U.S. insular areas (currently, insular possessions).
Modifies the Ramseyer Rule (requiring committee reports on bills to show exactly how a bill would change existing law).
Requires comparative prints in committee reports to show by appropriate typographical devices not only the proposed omissions and insertions in any part of a reported bill or joint resolution proposing to repeal or amend a statute but also adjacent provisions if that would be useful to enable the intent and effect of the amendment to be clearly understood.
Revises the requirement that the chair of the House Committee on Ethics make a public statement announcing a decision to extend the deadline for (delay) making public the written report and findings of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) board regarding a referral to the Committee of a matter regarding a Member, officer, or employee of the House. Eliminates the qualification that such a statement must be made only when the committee has voted for such an extention.
(Under rule XI, an extension may be decided by Committee vote or jointly by the chair and the ranking member.
The rule change expressly requires such a public statement on an extension regardless of how the decision to extend is made.) Amends the Code of Official Conduct to expand the prohibition against retention in a paid position from "spouse" to any "relative" of a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner. Prohibits a House employee from accepting compensation for work for a committee on which the employee's relative (currently, spouse) serves as a member.
Makes this prohibition inapplicable with respect to a relative whose pertinent employment predates the 113th Congress (currently, the 107th Congress). Defines "relative" for the purposes of these prohibitions as an individual who is related to the Member as father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, first cousin, nephew, niece, husband, wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepson, stepdaughter, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, grandson, or granddaughter.
Requires copies of the executed oath (or affirmation) of a House officer or employee made before obtaining access to classified information to be retained by the Sergeant-at-Arms as part of the records of the House. (Currently, the copies are retained by the Clerk of the House.) Allows Members to use personal funds, official funds, or campaign funds for a flight on an aircraft if:
(1) the flight consists of the personal use of an aircraft by a Member that is supplied by another Member, or
(2) the owner or operator of the aircraft is paid a pro rata share of the fair market value of the normal and usual charter fare or rental charge for a comparable plane of comparable size as determined by dividing such cost by the number of Members or congressional officers or employees on the flight.
Authorizes the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee to grant jointly, and subject to such conditions as they may prescribe, an advance written request for a waiver from restrictions for Members to use such funds for a flight on an aircraft.
Changes references to "telecommunications" with respect to broadcasting the House to any "communications." Specifies that broadcast coverage of House floor proceedings may not be used for a partisan political campaign (currently, political) purpose.
Eliminates the requirement that by August 1 of each year the Clerk compile all financial disclosure reports sent by Members between January 1 and June 15 and have them printed as a House document made available to the public.