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Nov. 13, 1789.

Nov. 13, 1794.

considered. Members noted may, when their names are called, record their votes, notwithstand

ing the provisions of clause one of this rule. Fifteen Mem; 3. In the absence of a quorum, fifteen Members, bers may compel attendance of ab. including the Speaker, if there is one, shall be auApr. 17, 1789. thorized to compel the attendance of absent MemProceedings bers, and in all calls of the House the names of during call of

the Members shall be called by the Clerk, and the Dec. 14, 1795 absentees noted; the doors shall then be closed,

and those for whom no sufficient excuse is made may, by order of a majority of those present, be sent for and arrested, wherever they may be found, by officers to be appointed by the Sergeant-at-Arms for that purpose, and their attendance secured; and the House shall determine upon what condition they shall be discharged. Members who volun

tarily appear shall, unless the House otherwise Feb. 14, 1888. direct, be immediately admitted to the Hall of the

House, and they shall report their names to the
Clerk to be entered upon the Journal as present.



Mar. 26, 1806.

drawn before de. cision or amend ment.

ON MOTIONS, THEIR PRECEDENCE, ETC. Motions inust 1. Every motion made to the House and enterbe in writing and be entered on tained by the Speaker shall be reduced to writing Apr. 7. 1789. on the demand of any Member, and shall be entered

on the Journal with the name of the Member mak.

ing it, unless it is withdrawn the same day. May be with. 2. When a motion has been made, the Speaker cision or amend- shall state it, or (if it be in writing) cause it to be Apr. 7, 1789. read aloud by the Clerk before being debated, and

it shall then be in possession of the House, but may be withdrawn at any time before a decision

or amendment. Question of con. 3. When any motion or proposition is made, the Dec. 12, 1817. question, Will the House now consider it? shall

not be put unless demanded by a Member.


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Feb. 11, 1880.
Oct. 19, 1837.

Sept. 15, 1827

4. When a question is under debate no motion Order of preced: shall be received but to fix the day to which the to adjourn: for a

recess; to lay on House shall adjourn, to adjourn, to take a recess, table; previous to lay on the table, for the previous question (which debatable. motions shall be decided without debate), to post- Postpone to a pone to a day certain, to refer or amend, or to post-Casei pone indefinitely, which several motions shall have Postpone indef:

an initely : Debata. precedence in the foregoing order; and no motion to ble

Mar. 13, 1822. postpone to a day certain, to refer, or to postpone indefinitely, being decided, shall be again allowed on the same day at the same stage of the question.

5. A motion to fix the day to which the House To adjourn. shall adjourn, a motion to adjourn, and to take a orci recess shall always be in order, and the hour at Jan. 14, 1840. which the House adjourns shall be entered on the Journal.

6. On the demand of any Member, before the When question question is put, a question shall be divided if it in- dix clude propositions so distinct in substance that one being taken away a substantive proposition shall remain.

7. A motion to strike out and insert is indivisible, To strike out but a motion to strike out being lost shall neither "Dec. 23, 1811. preclude amendment nor motion to strike out and insert; and no motion or proposition on a subject Ame different from that under consideration shall be must be germane. admitted under color of amendment.

8. Pending a motion to suspend the rules the To suspend Speaker may entertain one motion that the House Feb. 25, 1868. adjourn; but after the result thereon is announced he shall not entertain any other dilatory motion till the vote is taken on suspension.

9. At any time after the expiration of the morn- For Committee ing hour it shall be in order to move that the House appropriation

bills, etc., when resolve itself into the Committee of the Whole in order: House on the state of the Union for the purpose of F considering bills raising revenue, or general appropriation bills.

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Previous ques. 1. There shall be a motion for the previous ques. Feb. 24, 1812. tion, which, being ordered by a majority of MemEffect of.. bers present, if a quorum, shall have the effect to Ang. 5, 1818.

cut off all debate and bring the House to a direct

vote upon the immediate question or questions on Thirty min

ter which it has been asked and ordered. Provided previouses that when the previous question is ordered on 27. 1880 any proposition on which there has been no de.

bate, it shall be in order to debate the proposition to be voted on for thirty minutes, one-half of such time to be given to debate in favor of, and one

half to debate in opposition to such proposition. What it may The previous question may be asked and ordered Jan. 14, 1840. upon a single motion, a series of motions allowa

ble under the rules, or an amendment or amendments, or may be made to embrace all authorized motions or amendments and include the bill to its

passage or rejection. It shall be in order, pending Motion to com. the motion for or after the previous question shall

have been ordered on its passage, for the Speaker Feb. 12, 1880.

to entertain and submit a motion to commit, with

or without instructions, to a standing or select

e, committee; and à motion to lay upon the table when in order. shall be in order on the second and third reading

of a bill. Call of House 2. A call of the House shall not be in order after

Yered the previous question is ordered, unless it shall ap

pear upon an actual count by the Speaker that a

quorum is not present. Questionspend. 3. All incidental questions of order arising after question not de- a motion is made for the previous question and Sept. 15, 1837. pending such motion shall be decided, whether

on appeal or otherwise, without debate.

mit, when in der.

To lay on table,

after previous

Mar. 16, 1860.

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consider, when

May 6, 1828.

Mar. 2. 1848.

1. When a motion has been made and carried or Motion to relost, it shall be in order for any Member of the ma- in order.

Jan. 7, 1802. jority, on the same or succeeding day, to move for Dec. 23, 1811. the reconsideration thereof, and such motion shall take precedence of all other questions except the Precedence of. consideration of a conference report, a motion to Feb. 12, 1880. fix the day to which the House shall adjourn, to adjourn, or to take a recess, and shall not be withdrawn after the said succeeding day without the consent of the House, and thereafter any Member may call it up for consideration: Provided, That such motion, if made during the last six days d of a session, shall be disposed of when made. 2. No bill, petition, memorial, or resolution re- Reports of com.

mittees shall be ferred to a committee, or reported therefrom for in writing and be printing and recommitment, shall be brought back Feb. 12, 1880. into the House on a motion to reconsider ; and all bills, petitions, memorials, or resolutions reported from a committee shall be accompanied by reports in writing, which shall be printed.

During last six days of session.

Feb. 12, 1880.




When a motion or proposition is under consider- Order of amendation, a motion to amend and a motion to amend Feb.12, 1880. that amendment shall be in order, and it shall also be in order to offer a further amendment by way of substitute, to which one.amendment may be offered, Substitute. but which shall not be voted on until the original matter is perfected, but either may be withdrawn Amendment before amendment or decision is bad thereon. drawn; whon. Amendments to the title of a bill or resolution to title!! shall not be in order until after its passage, and shall be decided without debate.



may be with.


Sept. 6, 1893.


OF AMENDMENTS OF THE SENATE. Amendment of Any amendment of the Senate to any House bill eration in Com-shall be subject to the point of order that it shall Whole; when. first be considered in the Committee. of the Whole Feb. 12, 1880.

House on the state of the Union if, originating in the House, it would be subject to that point.



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bills; itenis in, or

ON BILLS. Bills and joint 1. Bills and joint resolutions on their passage resolutions must be read three shall be read the first time by title and the second A pr. 7, 1789. time in full, when, if the previous question is or

dered, the Speaker shall state the question to be: Engrossment. Shall the bill be engrossed and read a third time? Sept. 14, 1837.

and if decided in the affirmative, it shall be read the third time by title, unless the reading in full is

demanded by a Member, and the question shall Passage. then be put upon its passage.

Appropriation 2. No appropriation shall be reported in any genamendments to. eral appropriation bill, or be in order as an amend. Sept. 14, 1837.

ment thereto, for any expenditure not previously authorized by law, unless in continuation of appropriations for such public works and objects as are already in progress. Nor shall any provision

in any such bill or amendment thereto. changing Changing law existing law be in order, except such as, being gernot in order. Unless they re. mane to the subject-matter of the bill, shall re

adi trench expenditures by the reduction of the num

ber and salary of the officers of the United States, by the reduction of the compensation of any person paid out of the Treasury of the United States, or by the reduction of amounts of money covered by the bill: Provided, That it shall be in order further to amend such bill upon the report of the committee or any joint commission authorized by law or the House members of any such commission having jurisdiction of the subject-matter of

trencb expend

Jan. 18. 1876,
Feb. 19. 1876.
Sept. 2, 1893.

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