House Republicans released new rules for the 112th Congress that propose to change the way the House operates, including a requirement that bills be available online 72 hours prior to a Floor vote. In addition, committees will post their rules online, provide three-day notice for markups, post committee votes within 48 hours after a markup as well as make amendment texts available. Committees will continue to webcast hearings and post members’ attendance records at hearings and markups within 24 hours and provide a “truth in testimony” statement online that will show any conflicts of interest a witness may have.

Despite their controversy, House GOP rules did not include a provision on “earmarks,” and leadership indicated it would enforce the ban through “leadership decisions.” Now in the majority, Republican leaders can enforce it by refusing to consider any legislation that includes earmarks, and committee chairmen are informed they will not be able to advance legislation that includes earmarks.