Rules Changes for the 112th Congress
On January 5, 2011, the House adopted H.Res. 5, the rules package for the 112th Congress. This package executed changes in the standing rules of the House, and put in place numerous standing orders for this Congress. The package addressed issues of transparency, budget enforcement, House operations, and other matters. When taken together with changes to the Republican Conference rules, the Speaker’s announced policies and other changes to legislative operations announced by the Majority Leader and committees, the package represents one of the most fundamental shifts in the operations of the House in recent memory.