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such amendment, which amendment, being germane to the subject-matter of the bill, shall retrench expenditures. 3. All bills for improvement of rivers and har. River and har.

bor and private bors, and all bills of a private nature, shall be de

bor and private livered to the Clerk, as in the case of memorials and Clerk for referpetitions, for reference to appropriate committees. May

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May 16, 1879. 4. No bill for the payment or adjudication of any Claims and priprivate claim against the Government shall be referred, except by unanimous consent, to any other mittees, unless than the following-named committees, viz: To the dered otherwise. Committee on Invalid Pensions, to the Committee on Pensions, to the Committee on Claims, to the Committee on War Claims, to the Committee on Private Land Claims, and to the Committee on Accounts.


TIONS. 1. Members having petitions or memorials or Private bills bills of a private nature to present may deliver troduced by de them to the Clerk, indorsing their names and the Mar. 29, 18421 reference or disposition to be made thereof; and said petitions and memorials and bills of a private entered on Journature, except such as, in the judgment of the ord. Speaker, are of an obscene or insulting character, shall be entered on the Journal with the names of the Members presenting them, and the Clerk shall furnish a transcript of such entry to the official Feb. 20, 1880. reporters of debates for publication in the Record.

2. Any petition or memorial or private bill ex. Insulting poti. cluded under this rule shall be returned to the bills to be re. Member from whom it was received; and petitions ber. and private bills which have been inappropriately Erroneous ref. referred may, by direction of the committee hav- cret ing possession of the same, be properly referred conter jurisdicin the manner originally presented; and an errone. Mar. 29, 1842. ous reference of a petition or private bill under this clause shall not confer jurisdiction upon the committee to consider or report the same.

livering to Clerk.

Reference to be

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Public bills, 3. All other bills, memorials, and resolutions etc., and legislative memorials may in like manner be delivered, indorsed with referred by 1. Speaker

" by the names of members introducing them, to the

Speaker, to be by him referred, and the titles and Title and refer. euce entered on reference thereof, and of all bills, resolutions, and Journal and in

documents referred under the rules, shall be en

tered on the Journal and printed in the Record of Erroneous ref- the next day, and correction in case of error of ref

erence may be made by the House, without debate, Feb. 14, 1890.

and in accordance with Rule XI, on any day imme. diately after the reading of the Journal, by unanimous consent, or on motion of a committee claiming jurisdiction, or on the report of the committee

to which the bill has been erroneously referred. "By request" 4. When a bill, resolution, or memorial is intro

red o duced by request,” these words shall be entered Feb. 14, 1888.

8. upon the Journal and printed in the Record. Resolutions of 5. All resolutions of inquiry addressed to the ported in one heads of Executive Departments shall be reported May 1, 1879. to the House within one week after presentation.

to be entered on Journal.

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Committee of the Whole.


leave chair and


Mar. 14, 1794.

Speaker to 1. In all cases, in forming a Committee of the ap point chair. Whole House, the Speaker shall leave his chair A pr. 7. 1789. after appointing a chairman to preside, who shall,

in case of disturbance or disorderly conduct in the galleries or lobby, have power to cause the same

to be cleared. When without 2. Whenever a Committee of the Whole House calleıl and ab. finds itself without a quorum, the chairman shall Dec. 18, 1847. cause the roll to be called, and thereupon the com

mittee shall rise, and the chairman shall report the

names of the absentees to the House, which shall be Quorum ap entered on the Journal; but if on such call a quorum pearing, sitting resumeil.. shall appear, the committee shall thereupon resume

its sitting without further order of the House.

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sentees reported.

Feb. 27, 1880.

tions, etc., first considered in Committee of the

Nov. 13, 1794.

Business on cal

3. All motions or propositions involving a tax making or requir.


ing appropriaor charge upon the people; all proceedings touching appropriations of money, or bills making appropriations of money or property, or requiring whole. such appropriation to be made, or authorizing pay. Jan. 13, 1874. ments out of appropriations already made, or releasing any liability to the United States for money or property, shall be first considered in a

Point of order; Committee of the Whole, and a point of order un- when to be made: der this rule shall be good at any time before the consideration of a bill has commenced.

1. In Committees of the Whole House, business, on their calendars shall be taken up in regular ered according to order, except bills for raising revenue, general ap- preconcen propriation bills, and bills for the improvement of propriation bills.

July 27, 1818. rivers and harbors, which shall have precedence, and when objection is made to passing over any bill or proposition, the committee shall thereupon rise and report such objection to the House, which shall decide, without debate, whether such bill or silver proposition shall be considered or laid aside for the w present; whereupon the committee shall resume its cided. sitting without further order of the House.

5. When general debate is closed by order of Five-minute the House, any Member shall be allowed five min- ments after gen. utes to explain any amendment he may offer, after closed.. which the Member who shall first obtain the floor shall be allowed to speak five minutes in opposition to it, and there shall be no further debate thereon; but the same privilege of debate shall be allowed in favor of and against any amendment that may be offered to an amendment; and neither an amend- Amendment ment nor an amendment to an amendment shall drawn except by be withdrawn by the mover thereof unless by the se unanimous consent of the committee.

6. The House or the Committee may, by the vote a of a majority of the Members present, at any time paragraph; how after the five minutes' debate has begun upon pro. posed amendments to any section or paragraph to Feb: 14, 1890.

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Dec. 18, 1847.

Aug. 14, 1850.

not to be with.

unanimous con.

Debate on amendment or


Mar. 19, 1860.
Feb. 20, 1880.


mendation of

greed to, bill re. committed.

Mar. 16, 1860.

a bill, close all debate upon such section or paragraph, or, at its election, upon the pending amend. ments only (which motion shall be decided with. out debate); but this shall not preclude further

amendment, to be decided without debate. Motion to strike 7. A motion to strike out the enacting words of alanes" a bill shall have precedence of a motion to amend: Mar. 16, 1822.

and, if carried, shall be considered equivalent to Adverse recom. its rejection. Whenever a bill is reported from a committee disa! Committee of the Whole with an adverse recom

ro. mendation, and such recommendation is disagreed

to by the House, the bill shall stand recommitted

to the said committee without further action by But motion to the House. But before the question of concurfirst in order. rence is submitted, it is in order to entertain a

motion to refer the bill to any committee, with or without instructions, and when the same is again reported to the House it shall be referred to the

Committee of the Whole without debate. Rules applica. 8. The rules of proceeding in the House shall be ble in Committee of the Whole. observed in Committees of the Whole House so far

as they may be applicable.

otherwise refer

May 26, 1870.

Apr. 7, 1789.


Approval of Journal.

Dec. 18, 1885. Executive com

erence of.

RULE XXIV. Order of busi.

ORDER OF BUSINESS. al of 1. After the Journal is read and approved each

6m. day, the Speaker shall lay before the House, for munications, ref- reference, without debate, messages from the Presi

dent, reports and communications from the heads

of Departments, and other communications adBills, etc., from dressed to the House, and also such bills, resoluthe Senate, refer

tions, and other messages from the Senate as may have been received on previous days (but no such message, report, communication, bill, or resolution

shall be printed except by order of the Speaker Senato amend or the House; and House bills with Senate amend bills may be dis ments which do not require consideration in Com Feb. 3, 1892. mittee of the Whole may be at once disposed of as

the House may determinie).

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posed of.

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dispense with the

2. On all days other than the first and third Mon-, Morning hour

for reports of days in each month as soon as the business on the committees. Speaker's table has been disposed of, there shall third Mondays.

Sept. 15, 1837. be a morning hour for reports from committees, which shall be appropriately referred and printed, and a copy thereof mailed by the Public Printer to Reports to be each Member and Delegate, if requested in writing bers. by the Member or Delegate; and the Speaker shall call upon each standing committee in reguiar order and then upon the select committees; and if the whole of the hour is not consumed by this call, then it shall be in order to proceed to the consideration of other business as hereinafter provided; but if he shall not complete the call within the Call resumed

next day where hour, he shall resume it in the succeeding morning left off. hour where he left off.

3. The morning hour for the call of committees Two-thirds may shall not be dispensed with except by a vote of morning hour.

A pr. 9, 1879. two thirds of those present and voting thereon.

4. After the morning hour shall have been de Hour for convoted to reports from committees (or the call com- on Calendars. pleted), the Speaker shall again call the commit Committees to

be called in order. tees in regular order for one hour, upon which call "Dec. 18, 1885. each committee, on being named, shall have the right to call up for consideration any bill reported by it on a previous day. And whenever any committee shall have occupied the said hour for one day, it shall not be in order for such committee to designate any other proposition for consideration until all the other committees shall have been called in their turn; and when any proposition shall have occupied two hours on this call it shall thereafter remain on the Calendar and be taken up in its order: Provided, That when the hour herein pre-Hour expiring scribed shall expire while the Committee of the whole rises withWhole is considering a bill, the said committee shall rise without motion therefor.

5. After the hour under the preceding clause. Unfinished busshall have been occupied, it shall be in order to vious adjourn. proceed to the consideration of the unfinished busi- "Mar. 18, 1860.

sideration of bills

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