Rules of the Houseby Representative John A. Boehner
Posted on 2013-01-03
BOEHNER. Madam Speaker, I am inserting the following memorandum
Memorandum of Understanding Between the Committee on Foreign Affairs
and the Committee on Natural Resources
January 3, 2013.
House Resolution 5 of the 113th Congress amended clause 1(m)(9) of rule X to change the jurisdictional statement of the Committee on Natural Resources from ``Insular possessions of the United States generally (except those affecting the revenue and appropriations)'' to ``Insular areas of the United States generally (except those affecting the revenue and appropriations)''. The Committees on Foreign Affairs and Natural Resources understand that this amendment was intended to ensure that the jurisdiction of the Committee on Natural Resources includes areas also under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, namely the Freely Associated States (a group currently comprised of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau). These Freely Associated States are sovereign nations, but each also maintains a special relationship with the United States pursuant to its respective Compact of Free Association, and is considered an insular area by certain Federal agencies. The committees understand that the Committee on Foreign Affairs will continue to exercise jurisdiction over insular areas that are sovereign nations and that the jurisdiction of other committees is not affected.
Edward R. Royce Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Doc Hastings, Chairman, Committee on Natural Resources.