The Office of Legislative Operations
The Office of Legislative Operations provides support pertaining to the Clerk’s
legislative duties. Among the duties of this office are receiving and processing
official papers; compiling and publishing the daily minutes of House proceedings;
operating the electronic voting system and overseeing the recording of votes; preparing
messages to the Senate regarding passed legislation; and reading the bills, resolutions,
amendments, motions, and Presidential messages that come before the House. The Office
of Legislative Operations also prepares the summaries and schedules of House activities
published in the Daily Digest section of the Congressional Record.
A Bill Clerk receives and processes official papers including introduced bills and
resolutions, amendments and additional co-sponsors.
A Journal Clerk compiles the daily minutes of House proceedings and publishes these
in the House Journal at the end of each session. The House Journal is the official
record of the proceedings maintained in accordance with Article I, Section 5 of
the U.S. Constitution.
A Tally Clerk operates the electronic voting system, oversees the recording of votes
on the House Floor, receives reports of Committees, and prepares the Calendar of
the United States House of Representatives and History of Legislation.
An Enrolling Clerk prepares all messages to the Senate regarding passed legislation,
the official engrossed copy of all House-passed measures, and the official enrollment
of all House–originated measures that have cleared both bodies of Congress.
A Reading Clerk is responsible for the reading of all bills, resolutions, amendments,
motions and Presidential Messages that come before the House; reports formally to
the Senate all legislative actions taken by the House.