H.Res. 231: Establishing a Select Committee on POW and MIA Affairs.

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of May 22, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 231

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 22, 2013

(for herself, Mr. Amodei, Mr. Broun of Georgia, Mr. Conyers, Mr. DeSantis, Mr. Enyart, Mr. Hall, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Sam Johnson of Texas, Mr. Peterson, Mr. Kinzinger of Illinois, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Nugent, Mr. Kline, Mr. Roe of Tennessee, and Mr. Peters of Michigan) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Rules

RESOLUTION

Establishing a Select Committee on POW and MIA Affairs.

1.

Establishment

There is established a select committee to be known as the Select Committee on POW and MIA Affairs (hereafter referred to as the select committee).

2.

Functions

The select committee shall conduct a full investigation of all unresolved matters relating to any United States personnel unaccounted for from the Vietnam era, the Korean conflict, World War II, Cold War Missions, Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation Enduring Freedom, including MIAs and POWs missing and captured.

3.

Appointment and membership

(a)

Members

The select committee shall be composed of 10 Members of the House, who shall be appointed by the Speaker. Not more than half of the members of the select committee shall be of the same political party.

(b)

Vacancy

Any vacancy occurring in the membership of the select committee shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made.

(c)

Chairperson

The Speaker shall designate one member of the select committee to be its chairperson.

4.

Authority and procedures

(a)

Authority

For purposes of carrying out this resolution, the select committee (or any subcommittee of the select committee authorized to hold hearings) may sit and act during the present Congress at any time or place within the United States (including any Commonwealth or possession of the United States, or elsewhere, whether the House is in session, has recessed, or has adjourned) and to hold such hearings as it considers necessary.

(b)

Rules of procedure

Clauses 1, 2, and 4 of rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives shall apply to the select committee.

(c)

Prohibition against meeting at certain times

Subsection (a) may not be construed to limit the applicability of clause 2(i) of rule XI of the Rules of the House of Representatives to the select committee.

5.

Administrative provisions

(a)

Expenses

There shall be paid out of the applicable accounts of the House such sums as may be necessary for the expenses of the select committee. Such payments shall be made on vouchers signed by the chairman of the select committee and approved in the manner directed by the Committee on House Administration. Amounts made available under this paragraph shall be expended in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Committee on House Administration.

(b)

Staff and travel

In carrying out its functions under this resolution, the select committee may—

(1)

appoint, either on a permanent basis or as experts or consultants, any staff that the select committee considers necessary;

(2)

prescribe the duties and responsibilities of the staff;

(3)

fix the compensation of the staff at a single per annum gross rate that does not exceed the highest rate of basic pay, as in effect from time to time, of level V of the Executive Schedule in section 5316 of title 5, United States Code;

(4)

terminate the employment of any such staff as the select committee considers appropriate; and

(5)

reimburse members of the select committee and of its staff for travel, subsistence, and other necessary expenses incurred by them in the performance of their functions for the select committee, other than expenses in connection with any meeting of the select committee, or a subcommittee thereof, held in the District of Columbia.

(c)

Expiration

The select committee and all authority granted in this resolution shall expire 30 days after the filing of the final report of the select committee with the House.

6.

Reports and records

(a)

Final report

As soon as practicable during the present Congress, the select committee shall submit to the House a final report setting forth its findings and recommendations as a result of its investigation.

(b)

Filing of reports

Any report made by the select committee when the House is not in session shall be filed with the Clerk of the House.

(c)

Referral of reports

Any report made by the select committee shall be referred to the committee or committees that have jurisdiction over the subject matter of the report.

(d)

Records, files, and materials

Following the termination of the select committee, the records, files, and materials of the select committee shall be transferred to the Clerk of the House. If the final report of the select committee is referred to only one committee under the provisions of subsection (c), the records, files, and materials of the select committee shall be transferred instead to the committee to which the final report is referred.

7.

Definitions

As used in this resolution:

(1)

The term Member of the House means any Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress.

(2)

The term MIA means any United States personnel that is unaccounted for and missing in action.

(3)

The term POW means any United States personnel that is unaccounted for and known to be a prisoner of war.