H.RES.231 -- Establishing a Select Committee on POW and MIA Affairs. (Introduced in House - IH)
HRES 231 IH
H. RES. 231
Establishing a Select Committee on POW and MIA Affairs.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 22, 2013
Mrs. BACHMANN (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
Establishing a Select Committee on POW and MIA Affairs.
SECTION 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').
SEC. 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.
SEC. 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.
SEC. 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.
SEC. 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.
SEC. 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.
SEC. 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.