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ON BILLS-Continued.
River and harbor and private bills delivered to Clerk for

reference ............................................... Claims and private bills referred to certain committees,

unless unanimously ordered otherwise ................. OF PETITIONS, MEMORIALS, BILLS, AND RESOLUTIONS:

Private bills and petitions introduced by delivering to

Clerk. .......
Reference to be entered on Journal and in Record ........
Insulting petitions or private bills to be returned to member
Erroneous reference, how corrected; does not confer juris.

diction .................................................. Public bills, etc., and legislative memorials, referred by

Speaker.................................................
Title and reference entered on Journal and in Record.....
Erroneous reference; how corrected.......
Words "by request" to be entered on Journal...........

Resolutions of inquiry to be reported in one week.........
OF COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE:

Committee of the Whole; Speaker to leave chair and

appoint chairman......................................
When without quorum roli called and absentees reported.
Quorum appearing, sitting resumed .........
Propositions making or requiring appropriations, etc., first

considered in Committee of the Whole....
Point of order; when to be made. .........
Business on calendars considered according to their order,

but precedence given revenue and appropriation bills... Question of consideration in Conimittee of the Whole; how

decided.................................................. Five-minute rule on amendments after general debate

closed ..... Amendment not to be withdrawn except by unanimous

consent .......... Debate on amendment or paragraph; how closed ......... Motion to strike out enacting clause; precedence orer

motions to amend ............ Effect of House disagreeing to adverse recommendation of

Committee of the Whole House; bill recommitted....... But motion to otherwise refer first in order.............. House rules applicable observed in Committee of the Whole House...........

......... ORDER OF BUSINESS:

Approval of Journal .....
Executive communications: reference of .....
Bills, etc., from the Senate; reference of ...........
Senate amendments to House bills: may be disposed of...
Morning hour for reports of committees, except first and

third Mondays.................................
Reports to be mailed to members..............
Two-thirds may dispense with the morning hour..........
Hour for consideration of bills on calendars ..............
Committees to be called in order..........................
Hour expiring, Committee of the Whole rises without mo.

tion .......

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ORDER OF BUSINESS-Continued.

Rule. Clause. Page. Unfinished business at a previous adjournment .......... XXIV 5 227 Other unfinished business ................................

XXIV

228 Consideration of revenue and appropriation bills and other

business on the Union Calendar .......... ........... XXIV Business on the House Calendar...........

XXIV On Fridays, after morning hour, Private Calendar; or public business if House so desires

XXIV

228 PRIORITY OF BUSINESS : Priority of business decided without debate .............. XXV

228 PRIVATE AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BUSINESS: Fridays set apart for private business ......

XXVI

228 Second and fourth Mondays for District of Columbia busi.

ness..................................................... XXVI. 2 228

Recess on Fridays and night session for pension bills, etc... XXVI. 3 228 CXFINISHED BUSINESS OF THE SESSION :

Unfinished business of the session resumed at commencement of next session ........

XXVII

228 CHANGE OR SUSPENSION 07 RI'LES:

Two-thirds may suspend rules on first and third Mondays
and during last six days of session ..........

XXVIII
Motions for, to be seconded by a majority ................. XXVIII

229 Thirty minutes' debate on notion to suspend rules ....... XXVIII

229 CONFERENCE REPORTS: When in order; detailed statement of, required........... XXIX

220 SECRET SESSION : Secret session, when to be held....................

XXX

20 READING OF PAPERS : Privilege of reading paper; how decided ...

XXXI

230 DRAWING OF SEATS: Drawing of seats; low conducted............

XXXII

230 Seats to ve racated before drawing...........

XXXII

231 HALL OF THE HOUSE: Use of the Hall of the House......

XXXIII

231 OF ADMISSION TO THE FLOOR: Who admitted to the floor of the House .....

XXXIV

231 OF ADMISSION TO THE GALLERIES: Admission to reserved galleries ; liow obtained.............

XXXV

232 OFFICIAL AND OTHER REPORTERS: Official reporters, appointment and removal of, by Speaker XXXVI

233 Press reporters, admission of to floor and reporters gallery and hall in rear of Speaker's chair...

XXXVI

233 PAY OF WITNESSES : Witness fees and mileage......

... XXXVII

233 PAPERS:

Clerks of committees must deliver papers to Clerk of the
House at final adjournment of Congress................ XXXVIII

233 WITHDRAWAL OF PAPERS: Papers, how withdrawn from the files......

XXXIX

234 When Clerk may loan papers to Department officers...... XXXIX

234 BALLOT: On ballot, majority required to elect.........

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MESSAGES:

Passage and approval of bill, entered in Journal and in

Record........ EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS:

All executive communications shall be addressed to the

Speaker................................................. QUALIFICATIONS OF OFFICERS AND EMPLOYÉS:

Officers and employés shall not be agents in claims against

the Government. JEFFERSON'S MANUAL:

Jefferson's Manual to govern procedure of House, when

not inconsistent with standing rules....... As To PRINTING OF BILLS:

Five hundred copies of public bills and 100 of private and

river and harbor bills to be printed........ How distributed............ Estimates of cost required before reprinting ordered .....

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RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

FIFTY-THIRD CONGRESS.

[With marginal reference to date of origin and modification.)

RULE I.

DUTIES OF THE SPEAKER.

Speaker.

Apr. 7, 1789.

order.

Mar. 14, 1794

appropriated

1. The Speaker shall take the chair on every Calls House to

order and aplegislative day precisely at the hour to which the proves Journal House shall have adjourned at the last sitting, Dec. 23, 1811. immediately call the Members to order, and on the appearance of a quorum, cause the Journal of the proceedings of the last day's sitting to be read, having previously examined and approved the same.

2. He shall preserve order and decorum, and in Shall preserve case of disturbance or disorderly conduct in the Apr. 7, 1789. galleries, or in the lobby, may cause the same to be cleared.

3. He shall have general control, except as pro. Control of un: vided by rule or law, of the Hall of the House, and rooms in Capitol. of the corridors and passages, and the disposal of Sept. 6, 1893. the unappropriated rooms in that part of the Capi. tol assigned to the use of the House until further order.

4. He shall sign all acts, addresses, joint resolu. witamente tions, writs, warrants, and subpenas of, or issued fox: by order of, the House, and decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal by any Member, on cisione which appeal no Member shall speak more than Dec. 23, 1811. once, unless by permission of the House.

5. He shall rise to put a question, but may state question; how it sitting; and shall put questions in this form, to Apr. 7, 1789. wit: “As many as are in favor (as the question may

Dec. 23, 1811.

Shall sign acts,

A pr. 7, 1789.

Appeal from de

put.

Division.

Tellers.
Mar. 16, 1860.

quired to vote.

be) say Aye; and after the affirmative voice is expressed, “As many as are opposed say No”; if he doubts, or a division is called for, the House shall divide; those in the affirmative of the question shall first rise from their seats, and then those in the negative; if he still doubts, or a count is required by at least one-fifth of a quorum, he shall name one from each side of the question, to tell the Members in the affirmative and negative; which

being reported, he shall rise and state the decision. When not re. 6. He shall not be required to vote in ordinary Apr. 7, 1789. legislative proceedings, except when his vote would

be decisive, or where the House is engaged in voting by ballot; and in all cases of a tie vote the

question shall be lost. May name 7. He shall have the right to name any Member May 26, 1824. to perform the duties of the Chair, but such sub

stitution shall not extend beyond an adjournment: Provided, however, That in case of his illness he may make such appointment for a period not exceeding ten days, with the approval of the House

at the time the same is made; and in his absence When Speaker and omission to make such appointment, the House elected. shall proceed to elect a Speaker pro tempore, to act Mar. 2, 1880.

during his absence.

Speaker pro tem.

Apr. 28, 1876.

pro tem. to be

oath of officers.

RULE II. Officers. .

ELECTION OF OFFICERS. Election and There shall be elected by a viva voce vote at the Mar. 16, 1860. commencement of each Congress, to continue in

office until their successors are chosen and qualified, a Clerk, Sergeant-at-Arms, Doorkeeper, Postmaster, and Chaplain, each of whom shall take an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, and for the true and faithful discharge of the duties of his office, to the best of his knowledge

and ability, and to keep the secrets of the House, Appointment and each shall appoint all of the employés of his Mar. 2. 1880. department provided for by law.

of employés.

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