Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

Chair: Roy Blunt

0 Investigative Oversight Hearings

4 Policy/Legislative Hearings

10 Total Hearings

Last updated: July 24, 2020, 11:24 a.m.

The role of the committee is primarily an administrative one, with responsibilities for the rules of the Senate, administration of Senate buildings, qualifications of members, and oversight of federal elections. (Though it shares a name with the House Rules Committee, the two have very different functions.) The Rules Committee periodically attains prominence when there is a contested federal election or a dispute over electoral integrity. Its members traditionally include both the Senate Majority and Minority leaders. It has very little day-to-day public activity (the last major revision of the Senate rules was in 1979), little legislative responsibility and very few hearings. It has no subcommittees.

In the 115th Congress (2017-18) under Chairs Richard Shelby (R, Ala.) and Roy Blunt (R, Mo.) the committee held six hearings, a big jump from the lone hearing in the previous Congress under Chair Blunt. In the 111th Congress (2009-10) and the 113th (2013-14) under Chair Chuck Schumer (D, N.Y.), it held 14 and 12 respectively.

The committee holds only a handful of policy and legislative oversight hearings each Congress. In the 115th Congress, it held five, compared with none in the 114th Congress (2015-16).

The committee held no investigative oversight hearings in the 115th Congress, nor in any of the other four Congresses studied.


Chairs

111th Congress: Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

112th Congress: Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

113th Congress: Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

114th Congress: Roy Blunt (R-MO)

115th Congress: Richard Shelby (R-AL) [Roy Blunt (R-MO)]

116th Congress: Roy Blunt (R-MO)


Current Congress

We are 99% of the way through the 116th Congress

Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

0 Investigative Oversight Hearings; 0% historical maximum
4 Policy/Legislative Hearings; 60% historical maximum
10 Total Hearings; 86% historical maximum

Committee History

Number of Hearings
Investigative/Oversight Policy/Legislative Total Hearings
111th Congress 0 6 14
112th Congress 0 3 3
113th Congress 0 8 12
114th Congress 0 0 1
115th Congress 0 5 6
116th Congress* 0 4 10
Historical average 0.0 4.3 7.7

* Adjustments have been applied so that committees' grades are not lowered by the constraints on hearings caused by Covid-19 [oversight-index.thelugarcenter.org/covid-19-statement]

Number of Hearings

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Hearings held by the
Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

Date Hearing Title Committee Category