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OF OFFICIAL CONDUCT

The official code of conduct for member of the U.S. House of Repres­ent­atives as enforced by the House Ethics Committee.

CODE OF OFFICIAL CONDUCT
There is hereby establ­ished by and for the House of Repres­ent­atives the following code of conduct, to be known as the "Code of Official Conduc­t":

Code of Conduct

1. A Member, officer, or employee of the House of Repres­ent­atives shall conduct himself at all times in a manner which shall reflect creditably on the House of Repres­ent­atives.
2. A Member, officer, or employee of the House of Repres­ent­atives shall adhere to the spirit and the letter of the Rules of the House of Repres­ent­atives and to the rules of duly consti­tuted committees thereof.
3. A Member, officer, or employee of the House of Repres­ent­atives shall receive no compen­sation nor shall he permit any compen­sation to accrue to his beneficial interest from any source, the receipt of which would occur by virtue of influence improperly exerted from his position in the Congress.
4. A Member, officer, or employee of the House of Repres­ent­atives shall not accept gifts except as provided by the provisions of rule LI (Gift Rule).
5. A Member, officer, or employee of the House of Repres­ent­atives shall accept no honorarium for a speech, writing for public­ation, or other similar activity.
6. A Member of the House of Repres­ent­atives shall keep his campaign funds separate from his personal funds. A Member shall convert no campaign funds to personal use in excess of reimbu­rsement for legitimate and verifiable campaign expend­itures and shall expend no funds from his campaign account not attrib­utable to bona fide campaign or political purposes.
7. A Member of the House of Repres­ent­atives shall treat as campaign contri­butions all proceeds from testim­onial dinners or other fund raising events.
8. A Member or officer of the House of Repres­ent­atives shall retain no one under his payroll authority who does not perform official duties commen­surate with the compen­sation received in the offices of the employing authority. In the case of committee employees who work under the direct superv­ision of a Member other than a chairman, the chairman may require that such Member affirm in writing that the employees have complied with the preceding sentence (subject to clause 6 of rule XI) as evidence of the chairman's compliance with this clause and with clause 6 of rule XI.
9. A Member, officer, or employee of the House of Repres­ent­atives shall not discharge or refuse to hire any indivi­dual, or otherwise discri­minate against any individual with respect to compen­sation, terms, condit­ions, or privileges of employ­ment, because of such indivi­dual's race, color, religion, sex (including marital or parental status), handicap, age, or national origin, but may take into consid­eration the domicile or political affili­ation of such indivi­dual.
 

Code 10-12

10. A Member of the House of Repres­ent­atives who has been convicted by a court of record for the commission of a crime for which a sentence of two or more years' impris­onment may be imposed should refrain from partic­ipation in the business of each committee of which he is a member and should refrain from voting on any question at a meeting of the House, or of the Committee of the Whole House, unless or until judicial or executive procee­dings result in reinst­atement of the presum­ption of his innocence or until he is reelected to the House after the date of such convic­tion.
11. A Member of the House of Repres­ent­atives shall not authorize or otherwise allow a non-House indivi­dual, group, or organi­zation to use the words "­Con­gress of the United States­", "­House of Repres­ent­ati­ves­", or "­Off­icial Busine­ss", or any combin­ation of words thereof, on any letterhead or envelope.
12. (a) Except as provided by paragraph (b), any employee of the House of Repres­ent­atives who is required to file a report pursuant to rule XLIV shall refrain from partic­ipating personally and substa­ntially as an employee of the House of Repres­ent­atives in any contact with any agency of the executive or judicial branch of Government with respect to non-le­gis­lative matters affecting any nongov­ern­mental person in which the employee has a signif­icant financial interest. (b) Paragraph (a) shall not apply if an employee first advises his employing authority of his signif­icant financial interest and obtains from his employing authority a written waiver stating that the partic­ipation of the employee is necessary. A copy of each such waiver shall be filed with the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

Oath

13. Before any Member, officer, or employee of the House of Repres­ent­atives may have access to classified inform­ation, the following oath (or affirm­ation) shall be executed:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will not disclose any classified inform­ation received in the course of my service with the House of Repres­ent­atives, except as authorized by the House of Repres­ent­atives or in accordance with its Rules."­

Copies of the executed oath shall be retained by the Clerk of the House as part of the records of the House.

As used in this Code of Official Conduct of the House of Repres­ent­ati­ves-(a) the terms "­Mem­ber­" and "­Member of the House of Repres­ent­ati­ves­" include the Resident Commis­sioner from Puerto Rico and each Delegate to the House; and (b) the term "­officer or employee of the House of Repres­ent­ati­ves­" means any individual whose compen­sation is disbursed by the Clerk of the House of Repres­ent­atives.

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