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respecting the lands of the United States as shall be presented, or shall or may come in question, and be referred to them by the House; and to report their opinion thereon, together with such propositions for relief therein as to them shall seem expedient.December 17, 1805.

81. It shall be the duty of the Committee on the Post-Office and Post-Roads to take into consideration all such petitions and matters or things touching the post-office and post-roads as shall be presented, or shall come in question, and be referred to them by the House; and to report their opinion thereon, together with such propositions relative thereto as to them shall seem expedient.Norember 9, 1808.

82. It shall be the duty of the Committee for the District of Co. lumbia to take into consideration all such petitions and matters or things touching the said District as shall be presented, or shall come in question, and be referred to them by the House; and to report their opinion thereon, together with such propositions relative thereto as to them shall seem expedient.January 27, 1808. The third Monday of each month, from the hour of 2 o'clock p. m. until the adjournment of that day, shall, when claimed by the Committee for the District of Columbia, be devoted exclusively to business reported from said committee; and said committee sball henceforth be omitted by the Speaker in the regular call of committees.—May 8, 1874.

83. It shall be the duty of the Committee on the Judiciary to take into consideration such petitions and matters or things touching judicial proceedings as shall be presented, or may come in question, and be referred to them by the House; and to report their opinion thereon, together with such propositions relative thereto as to them shall seem expedient.-June 3, 1813.

81. It shall be the duty of the Committee on War-Claims to take into consideration all such petitions and matters or things touching claims growing out of any war in which the United States has been engaged, and to report their opinion thereupon, together with such propositions for relief therein as to them shall seem expedient.December 2, 1873.

[Prior to the organization of this committee, the business now referred to it was considered mainly by the Committee of Claims.] 85. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Public Expenditures

to examine into the state of the several public departments, and particularly into laws making appropriations of money, and to report whether the moneys have been disbursed conformably with such laws; and also to report from time to time such provisions and arrangements as may be necessary to add to the economy of the departments and the accountability of their officers.-February 26, 1814.

[See note to Rule 74. And further: on the 30th March, 1816, six Committees on Expenditures in the several Departments of the Government were created and added to the list of standing committees. On the 16th March, 1860, a Committee on Expenditures in the Interior Department was created. The duties assigned to the several committees would seem entirely to cover the duties of the Committee on Expenditures.] (See Rules 102 and 103.) 86. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Private Land-Claims to take into consideration all claims to land which may be referred to them, or shall or may come in question ; and to report their opinion thereupon, together with such propositions for relief therein as to them shall seem expedient.- April 29, 1816.

87. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Military Affairs to take into consideration all subjects relating to the military establishment and public defense which may be referred to them by the House, and to report their opinion thereupon; and also to report, from time to time, such measures as may contribute to economy and accountability in the said establishment.—March 13, 1822.

88. It shall be the duty of the Committee on the Militia to take into consideration and report on all subjects connected with the organizing, arming, and disciplining the militia of the United States.December 10, 1835.

89. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Naval Affairs to take into consideration all matters which concern the naval establishment, and which shall be referred to them by the House, and to report their opinion thereupon; and also to report, from time to time, such measures as may contribute to economy and accountability in the said establishment.- March 13, 1822.

90. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Foreign Affairs to take into consideration all matters which concern the relations of the United States with foreign nations, and which shall be referred to them by the House, and to report their opinion on the same.March 13, 1822.

91. It shall be the duty of the Committee on the Territories to examine into the legislative, civil, and criminal proceedings of the Territories, and to devise and report to the House such means as, in their opinion, may be necessary to secure the rights and privi. leges of residents and non-residents.—December 13, 1825.

92. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions to take into consideration all such matters respecting pensions for services in the revolutionary war, other than invalid pensions, as shall be referred to them by the House-January 10, 1831; and all matters relating to pensions to soldiers of the war of 1812 shall be referred to the said committee.- March 26, 1867.

93. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Invalid Pensions to take into consideration all such matters respecting invalid pensions as shall be referred to them by the House-January 10, 1831; except such as relate to pensions to soldiers of the war of 1812. March 26, 1867.

94. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Railways and Canals to take into consideration all such petitions and matters or things relating to roads and canals, and the improvement of the navigation of rivers, as shall be presented, or may come in question, and be referred to them by the House; and to report thereupon, together with such propositions relative thereto as to them shall seem expedient.—December 15, 1831.

[The name of this committee was changed from “Roads and Canals,” to Railways and Canals.”—April 9, 1869.] 95. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Patents to consider all subjects relating to patents which may be referred to them; and report their opinion thereon, together with such propositions relative thereto as may seem to them expedient.—September 15, 1837.

96. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds to consider all subjects relating to the public edifices and grounds within the city of Washington, and all the public buildings constructed by the United States which may be referred to them; and report their opinion thereon, together with such propositions relating thereto as may seem to them expedient.-September 15, 1837; March 10, 1871.

97. [This rule, which prescribed the duty of the Committee of Revisal and Unfinished Business, was virtually rescinded by the resolution of July 25, 1868, abolishing the said committee and creating a Committee on the Revision of the Laws.]

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98. It shall be the duty of the Committee of Accounts to superintend and control the expenditures of the contingent fund of the House of RepresentativesDecember 17, 1805; also to audit and settle all accounts which may be charged thereon.-December 23, 1811.

99. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Mileage to ascertain and report the distance to the Sergeant-at-Arms for which each member shall receive pay.-September 15, 1837.

100. There shall be referred by the Clerk to the members of the Committee on Printing on the part of the House all drawings, maps, charts, or other papers, which may at any time come before the House for engraving, lithographing, or publishing in any way; which committee shall report to the House whether the same ought, in their opinion, to be published ; and if the House order the publication of the same, that said committee shall direct the size and manner of execution of all such maps, charts, drawings, or other papers, and contract by agreement in writing, for all such engraving, lithographing, printing, drawing, and coloring as may be ordered by the House; which agreement, in writing, shall be furnished by said committee to the Committee of Accounts, to govern said committee in all allowances for such works, and it shall be in order for said committee to report at all times.—March 16, 1844.

[So much of this rule as is printed in italics was inserted on the 19th of March, 1860, and so much of the rule of March 16, 1844, as imposed these duties upon the Committee on Engraving was stricken out, thereby abolishing the latter committee.] 101. It shall be in order for the Committee on Enrolled BillsMarch 13, 1822—and the Committee on Printing to report at any time.- March 16, 1860.

102. Six additional standing committees shall be appointed at the commencement of the first session in each Congress, whose duty shall continue until the first session of the ensuing Congress.March 30, 1816.

To consist of seven members each, except the Committees on Expenditures in the Treasury Department and in the Department of Justice, which consist of nine members each.

1. A committee on so much of the public accounts and expenditures as relates to the Department of State;

2. A committee on so much of the public accounts and expenditures as relates to the Treasury Department;

3. A committee on so much of the public accounts and expenditures as relates to the Department of War;

4. A committee on so much of the public accounts and expenditures as relates to the Department of the Navy;

5. A committee on so much of the public accounts and expenditures as relates to the Post Office;

6. A committee on so much of the public accounts and expenditures as relates to the Public Buildings;

7. A committee on so much of the public accounts and expenditures as relates to the Interior Department; and,

8. A commoittee on so much of the public accounts and expenditures as relates to the Department of Justice.

[The last two named committees created respectively, No. 7 March 16, 1860, and No. 8 January 16, 1874, are added to this rule, though strictly neither belong to it. A careful examination of the rule will show the need of revision. These committees were originally composed of five members each. January 21, 1876, first session Forty-fourth Congress, the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Justice was increased to nine members; and March 21, 1876, the Committee on Expenditures in the Treasury Department was increased to nine members. January 28, 1878, first session, Forty-fifth Congress, the other committees on Expenditures in the Executive Departments were increased to seven members each. 103. It shall be the duty of the said committees to examine into the state of the accounts and expenditures respectively submitted to them, and to inquire and report particularly

Whether the expenditures of the respective departments are justified by law;

Whether the claims from time to time satisfied and discharged by the respective departments are supported by sufficient vouchers, establishing their justness both as to their character and amount ;

Whether such claims bave been discharged out of funds appro. priated therefor, and whether all moneys have been disbursed in conformity with appropriation laws; and

Whether any, and what, provisions are necessary to be adopted, to provide more perfectly for the proper application of the public moneys, and to secure the government from demands unjust in their character or extravagant in their amount.

And it shall be, moreover, the duty of the said committees to re

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