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Rules 63, 64, 65, 66, H. Reps.
Rule 46, H Reus.
out debate, subject to an appeal to the Senate; and the President may call for the sense of the Senate on any question of order.
R. 7. If the member be called to order by a senator for words spoken, the exceptionable words shall immediately be taken down in writing, that the President may be better enabled to judge of the matter.
R. 8. No member shall absent himself from the service of the Senate, without leave of the Senate first obtained. And, in case a less number than a quorum of the Senate shall convene, they are hereby authorized to send the Sergeant-at-arms, or any other person or persons by them authorized, for any or all absent members, as the majority of such members present shall agree, at the expense of such absent members, respectively, unless such excuse for non-attendance shall be made as the Senate, when a quorum is convened, shall judge sufficient; and, in that case, the expense shall be paid out of the contingent fund. And this rule shall apply as well to the first convention of the Senate at the legal time of meeting, as to each day of the session, after the hour has arrived to which the Senate stood adjourned.
R. 9. No motion shall be debated until the same shall be seconded.
R. 10. When a motion shall be made and seconded, it shall be reduced to writing, if desired by the President, or any member, delivered in at the table, and read, before the same shall be debated.
R. 11. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received but, 1st, to adjourn, 2d, to lie on the table, 3d, to postpone indefinitely, 4th, to postpone to a day certain, 5th, to commit, or, 6th, to amend; which several motions shall have precedence in the order they stand arranged, and the motion for adjournment shall always be in order, and be decided without debate.
R. 12. If the question in debate contains several points,
any member may have the same divided: but, on a motion to strike out and insert, it shall not be in order to move for a division of the question: but the rejection of a motion to strike out and insert one proposition shall not prevent a motion to strike out and insert a different proposition; nor prevent a subsequent motion, simply to strike out; nor shall the rejection of a motion simply to strike out prevent a subsequent motion to strike out and insert.
R. 13. In filling up blanks, the largest sum and longest Rule 130, time shall be first put.
R. 14. When the reading of a paper is called for, and Rule 57, the same is objected to by any member, it shall be determined by a vote of the Senate, and without debate.
R. 15. The unfinished business in which the Senate was engaged at the last preceding adjournment, shall have the preference in the special orders of the day.
R. 16. When the yeas and nays shall be called for by Rule 62. one-fifth of the members present,* each member called upon shall, unless for special reason he be excused by the Senate, declare openly, and without debate, his assent or dissent to the question. In taking the yeas and nays, and upon the call of the house, the names of the members shall be taken alphabetically.
R. 17. When the yeas and nays shall be taken upon any question, in pursuance of the above rule, no member shall be permitted, under any circumstances whatever, to vote after the decision is announced from the Chair.
R. 18. On a motion made and seconded to shut the doors of the Senate, on the discussion of any business which may, in the opinion of a member, require secrecy, the President shall direct the gallery to be cleared; and, during the discussion of such motion, the doors shall remain shut.
* See Art. I., Sec. 5., page 12 Constitution of the U. States.
Rule 59 H. Reps.
41, 42, H
Rule 4, H. Reps.
Rule 12, and note,
H. Reps. tary shall take the decision of the President.
Rule 6, H. Reps.
R. 19. No motion shall be deemed in order, to admit any person or persons whatsoever within the doors of the Senate chamber to present any petition, memorial, or address, or to hear any such read.
R. 20. When a question has been once made and carried in the affirmative or negative, it shall be in order for any member of the majority to move for the reconsideration thereof: but no motion for the reconsideration of any vote shall be in order after a bill, resolution, message, report, amendment, or motion upon which the vote was taken, shall have gone out of the possession of the Senate, announcing their decision; nor shall any motion for reconsideration be in order, unless made on the same day on which the vote was taken, or within the next two days of actual session of the Senate thereafter.
R. 21. When the Senate are equally divided, the Secre
R. 22. All questions shall be put by the President of the Senate, either in the presence or absence of the President of the United States; and the senators shall signify their assent or dissent, by answering, ay* or no.*
R. 23. The Vice President, or President of the Senate pro tempore, shall have the right to name a member to perform the duties of the chair; but such substitution shall not extend beyond an adjournment.
R. 24. After the Journal is read, the President shall first call for petitions, and then for reports from standing committees; and every petition or memorial, or other paper, shall be referred, of course, without putting a question for that purpose, unless the reference is objected to by a member at the time such petition, memorial, or other paper, is presented. And before any petition or memorial, addressed to the Senate, shall be received and read at the table, whether the same shall be introduced
* See Constitution of the U. States, Art. I., Sec. 5, p. 12.
by the President or a member, a brief statement of the H. Reps. contents of the petition or memorial shall verbally be made by the introducer.
R. 25. One day's notice, at least, shall be given of an Rule 114, intended motion for leave to bring in a bill; and all bills reported by a committee, shall, after the first reading, be printed for the use of the Senate: but no other paper or document shall be printed for the use of the Senate, without special order.
R. 26. Every bill shall receive three readings previous Rule 115 to its being passed; and the President shall give notice at each, whether it be the first, second, or third; which readings shall be on three different days, unless the Senate unanimously direct otherwise. And all resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution, or to which the approbation and signature of the President may be requisite, or which may grant money out of the contingent or any other fund, shall be treated, in all respects, in the introduction and form of proceedings on them, in the Senate, in a similar manner with bills; and all other resolutions shall lie on the table one day for consideration, and also reports of committees.
R. 27. No bill shall be committed or amended until it Rule 117 shall have been twice read, after which it may be referred to a committee.
R. 28. All bills on a second reading shall first be considered by the Senate in the same manner as if the Senate were in committee of the whole, before they shall be taken up and proceeded on by the Senate agreeably to the standing rules, unless otherwise ordered. And when the Senate shall consider a treaty, bill, or resolution, as in committee of the whole, the Vice President, or President pro tempore, may call a member to fill the chair, during the time the Senate shall remain in committee of the whole and the chairman so called shall, during such time, have the powers of a President pro tempore.
Rule 117 H. Reps
R. 29. The final question, upon the second reading of H. Reps. every bill, resolution, constitutional amendment, or motion, originating in the Senate, and requiring three readings previous to being passed, shall be, "Whether it shall be engrossed and read a third time?" and no amendment shall be received for discussion at the third reading of any bill, resolution, amendment, or motion, unless by unanimous consent of the members present; but it shall at all times be in order, before the final passage of any such bill, resolution, constitutional amendment, or motion, to move its commitment; and should such commitment take place, and any amendment be reported by the committee, the said bill, resolution, constitutional amendment, or motion, shall be again read a second time, and considered as in committee of the whole, and then the aforesaid question shall be again put.
R. 30. The special orders of the day shall not be called by the Chair before one o'clock, unless otherwise directed by the Senate.
Rules 6, 44, 142, H. Reps.
R. 31. The titles of bills, and such parts thereof only as shall be affected by proposed amendments, shall be inserted on the Journals.
R. 32. The proceedings of the Senate, when not acting as in committee of the whole, shall be entered on the Journal as concisely as possible, care being taken to detail a true and accurate account of the proceedings; but every vote of the Senate shall be entered on the Journal, and a brief statement of the contents of each petition, memorial, or paper, presented to the Senate, shall also be inserted on the Journal.
R. 33. The following standing committees, to consist of five members each, shall be appointed at the commencement of each session, with leave to report by bill or otherwise :
A Committee on Foreign Relations.
A Committee on Finance.