United States Congress Joint Committee on the Library

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The Joint Committee on the Library is a joint committee of the United States Congress devoted to the affairs and administration of the Library of Congress, which is the library of the federal legislature. There are five members of each house on the committee. It has no subcommittees.

The committee was originally established in 1806 (House Journal. 1806. 9th Cong., 1st sess., 27 February.) to support the expansion of a congressional library. In 1811, the committee was officially made permanent. It is Congress's oldest continuing joint committee.[1]

The Committee currently has oversight of the operations of the Library of Congress, as well as management of the congressional art collection and the United States Botanic Garden, but does not have legislative authority.

The committee is authorized to accept any work of the fine arts on behalf of Congress and designate a location in the United States Capitol for the work of art (pursuant to the Revised Statutes). This authority was expanded in 1875 to require that artwork that was not the property of the United States could not be displayed in the Capitol and that rooms in the Capitol cannot be used as private studios for works of art without written permission of the Committee. The Architect of the Capitol has the authority to enforce this provision.

On February 24, 1933, with the passage of House Concurrent Resolution No. 47, the Architect of the Capitol was authorized and directed to relocate within the Capitol any of the statues already received and placed in Statuary Hall, upon the approval of the Joint Committee on the Library, and to provide for the reception and location of statues received from the states. This provision was permanently enacted into law in 2000 in the legislative branch appropriations.

Membership consists of the chairman and four Members of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, chairman and three Members of the Committee on House Administration and chairman (or his designee) of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch. The chairmanship of the Committee alternates between the House and Senate every two years, at the start of a new Congress.[2]

115th Congress[edit]

The 115th United States Congress serves from January 3, 2017, to January 3, 2019.

Members[edit]

The following members currently serve on the Joint Committee on the Library for the 115th United States Congress.

Members, 115th Congress[2][3][4]
Majority Minority
Senate
Members
House
Members

Fine arts introduced[edit]

The following resolutions were introduced for displaying fine arts in the United States Capitol during the 115th United States Congress.

114th Congress[edit]

The 114th United States Congress served from January 3, 2015, to January 3, 2017.

Members[edit]

The following members served on the Joint Committee on the Library for the 114th United States Congress.

Members, 114th Congress[9][10][11]
Majority Minority
Senate
Members
House
Members

Fine arts introduced[edit]

The following resolutions were introduced for displaying fine arts in the United States Capitol during the 114th United States Congress.

113th Congress[edit]

The 113th United States Congress served from January 3, 2013, to January 3, 2015.

Members[edit]

The following members served on the Joint Committee on the Library for the 113th United States Congress.

Members, 113th Congress[16][17][18]
Majority Minority
Senate
Members
House
Members

Fine arts introduced[edit]

The following resolutions were introduced for displaying fine arts in the United States Capitol during the 113th United States Congress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murrary, Stuart P. (2009). The library : an illustrated history. New York, NY: Skyhorse Pub. p. 156. ISBN 9781602397064.
  2. ^ a b "Joint Committee on the Library". United States House Committee on House Administration. Retrieved on November 26, 2017.
  3. ^ S.Res. 101 at Congress.gov
  4. ^ H.Res. 82 at Congress.gov
  5. ^ H.Con.Res. 7 at Congress.gov
  6. ^ S. 402 at Congress.gov
  7. ^ H.R. 2230 at Congress.gov
  8. ^ H.R. 3213 at Congress.gov
  9. ^ S.Res. 126 at Congress.gov
  10. ^ H.Res. 171 at Congress.gov
  11. ^ 2015 Congressional Record, Vol. 161, Page S2928
  12. ^ H.R. 2837 at Congress.gov
  13. ^ H.R. 4812 at Congress.gov
  14. ^ H.R. 5691 at Congress.gov
  15. ^ H.Con.Res. 156 at Congress.gov
  16. ^ S.Res. 88 at Congress.gov
  17. ^ H.Res. 142 at Congress.gov
  18. ^ 2013 Congressional Record, Vol. 159, Page S3249
  19. ^ H.R. 4337 at Congress.gov

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