What’s Happening on the Rostrum
An array of staff on the Speaker’s rostrum—the broad, three-tiered desk at the front of the House Chamber—keep business before the House of Representatives moving. The presiding officer (the Speaker or his or her designee) directs proceedings on the floor, while various nonpartisan clerks, parliamentarians, and official reporters announce business, record votes, create the record of the day, and more.
The Parliamentarian, appointed by the Speaker of the House since 1927, serves as the expert advisor on legislative and parliamentary procedure. Evaluating precedent and deciding what committee has jurisdiction over bills on specific topics falls to this nonpartisan House official. This document describes the Parliamentarian’s reasoning for assigning issues surrounding the gold standard for currency to the Committee on Coinage, Weights and Measures in the 1930s.