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79TH OONG. , 2D SESS.-CH. 753-AUG. 2 , 1946 PART 3-PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO BOTm HOUSES PRIVATE BILLS BANNED SEC. 131. No private bill or resolution (including so-called omni- bus claims or pension bills), and no amendment to any bill or resolu- tion, authorizing or directing (1) the payment of money for property damages, for personal injuries or death for which suit may be insti- tuted under the Federal Tort Claims Act, or for a pension (other than to carry out a provision of law or treaty stipulation); (2) the con- struction of a bridge across a navigable stream; or (3) the correction of a military or naval record, shall be received or considered in either the Senate or the House of Representatives. CONGRESSIONAL ADJOURNMENT SEC. 132. Except in time of war or during a national emergency proclaimed by the President, the two Houses shall adjourn sine die not later than the last day (Sundays excepted) in the month of July in each year unless otherwise provided by the Congress. COMMITTEE PROCEDURE SEC. 133. (a) Each standing committee of the Senate and the House of Representatives (except the Committees on Appropriations) shall fix regular weekly, biweekly, or monthly meeting days for the transaction of business before the committee, and additional meetings may be called by the chairman as he may deem necessary. (b) Each such committee shall keep a complete record of all com- mittee action. Such record shall include a record of the votes on any question on which a record vote is demanded. (c) It shall be the duty of the chairman of each such committee to report or cause to be reported promptly to the Senate or House of Representatives, as the case may be, any measure approved by his committee and to take or cause to be taken necessary steps to bring the matter to a vote. (d) No measure or recommendation shall be reported from any such committee unless a majority of the committee were actually present. (e) Each such standing committee shall, so far as practicable, require all witnesses appearing before it to file in advance written statements of their proposed testimony, and to limit their oral presen- tations to brief summaries of their argument. The staff of each com- mittee shall prepare digests of such statements for the use of committee members. (f) All hearings conducted by standing committees or their sub- committees shall be open to the public, except executive sessions for marking up bills or for voting or where the committee by a majority vote orders an executive session. COMMITTEE POWERS SEC. 134. (a) Each standing committee of the Senate, including any subcommittee of any such committee, is authorized to hold such hear- ings, to sit and act at such times and places during the sessions, recesses, and adjourned periods of the Senate, to require by subpena or other- wise the attendance of such witnesses and the production of such correspondence, books, papers, and documents, to take such testimony and to make such expenditures (not in excess of $10,000 for each com- mittee during any Congress) as it deems advisable. Each such Post, p. 842. Meeting days. Record of action. Report on approved measures. Majority, require- ment. Witnesses. Hearings. Hearings and in- vestigations. 60 STAT.1 831