At a joint hearing of two House committees (Energy and Commerce, Science), Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) has raised two parliamentary points of order. First, why does the chair, John Dingell (D-Mich.), not allow members of the full committee to sit on the dias — why must they sit in the audience? Second, the rules of both committees require testimonies to be submitted 48 hours in advance (or in some cases at least 24 hours in advance). The minority received Gore’s written testimony only at 7:00 a.m. this morning. The majority received it at 1:00 a.m. Barton says because of his affection for the chair, he is not going to press these points, but he will in the future if these rules are ignored. Dingell then quotes from the rules a paragraph allowing the waive the rule.