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69. Not more than three bills originating in this house shall be committed to the same committee of the whole house, and such bills shall be analogous in their nature, which analogy shall be determined by the speaker.

70. After commitment and report thereof to the house, or at any time before its passage, a bill may be recommitted.

71. All bills ordered to be engrossed shall be executed in a fair round hand.

72. No amendment, by way of rider, shall be received to any bill on its third reading.

73. When a bill shall pass, it shall be certified by the clerk, noting the day of its passage at the foot thereof.

Of Committees of the Whole House.

74. It shall be a standing order of the day, throughout the session, for the house to resolve itself into a committee of the whole house on the state of the Union.

75. In forming a committee of the whole house, the speaker shall leave his chair, and a chairman, to preside in committee, shall be appointed by the speaker.

76. Upon bills committed to a committee of the whole house, the bill shall be first read throughout by the clerk, and then again read and debated by clauses, leaving the preamble to be last considered ; the body of the bill shall not be defaced or interlined, but all amendments noting the page and line, shall be duly entered by the clerk on a separate paper, as the same shall be agreed to by the committee, and so reported to the house. After report, the bill shall again be subject to be debated and amended by clauses, before a question to engross it be taken.

77. All amendments made to an original motion in committee shall be incorporated with the motion, and so reported.

78. All amendments made to a report committed to a committee of the whole house shall be noted and reported as in case of bills.

79. All questions, whether in committee or in the house, shall be propounded in the order in which they were moved, except that, in filling up blanks, the largest sum and longest time shall be first put.

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80. No motion or proposition for a tax or charge upon the people shall be discussed the day in which it is made or offered, and every such proposition shall receive its first discussion in a committee of the whole house.

81. No sum or quantum of tax or duty, voted by a committee of the whole house, shall be increased in the house until the motion or proposition for such increase shall be first discussed and voted in a committee of the whole house, and so in respect to the time of its continuance.

82. All proceedings, touching appropriations of money, shall be first discussed in a committee of the whole house.

83. The rules of proceeding in the house shall be observed in a committee of the whole house, so far as they may be applicable, except the rule limiting the time of speaking; but no member shall speak twice to any question, until every member choosing to speak shall have spoken.

84. When the house shall be in committee of the whole upon any subject, the consideration of which shall have been continued from a preceding day, a motion for the committee to rise and report progress shall not be in order until 4 o'clock, P. M. unless to ask leave to sit again on a day subsequent to the next succeeding one; and if upon such motion the committee shall rise and obtain leave to sit again, the further consideration of the subject shall be accordingly postponed, and on the day to which it shall be thus postponed, it shall have precedence of all other orders, except the unfinished business of a preceding day.

85. No standing rule or order of the house shall be rescinded or changed without one day's notice being given of the motion therefor. Nor shall any rule be suspended except by a vote of at least two-thirds of the members present.

86. It shall be in order for the committee on enrolled bills to report at any time.




1. In every case of an amendment of a bill agreed to in one house, and dissented to in the other, if either house shall request a conference and appoint a committee for that purpose, and the other house shall also appoint a committee to confer, such committee shall, at a convenient hour, to be agreed on by their chairman, meet in the conference chamber and state to each other verbally, or in writing, as either shall choose, the reasons of their respective houses for and against the amendment, and confer freely thereon.

2. When a message shall be sent from the senate to the house of representatives, it shall be announced at the door of the house by the doorkeeper, and shall be respectfully communicated to the chair, by the person by whom it may be sent.

3. The same ceremony shall be observed when a message shall be sent from the house of representatives to the senate.

4. Messages shall be sent by such persons as a sense of propriety in each house may determine to be proper.

5. While bills are on their passage between the two houses they shall be on paper, and under the signature of the secretary or clerk of each house respectively.

6. After a bill shall have passed both houses, it shall be duly enrolled on parchment by the clerk of the house of representatives, or the secretary of the senate, as the bill may have originated in the one or the other house, before it shall be presented to the president of the United States.

7. When bills are enrolled they shall be examined by a joint committee of one from the senate and two from the house of representatives, appointed as a standing committee for that purpose, who shall carefully compare the enrolment with the engrossed bills, as passed in the two houses, and, correcting any errors that may be discovered in the enrolled bills, make their report forthwith to the respective houses.

8. It shall be the duty of the committee on enrolled bills to correct any error in debate in any engrossed or enrolled bills, and report such correction to the respective houses.*

9. After examination and report, each bill shall be signed in the respective houses, first by the speaker of the house of representatives, then by the president of the senate.

10. After a bill shall have been thus signed in each house, it shall be presented by the said committee to the president of the United States, for his approbation, it being first endorsed on the back of the roll, certifying in which house the same originated; which endorsement shall be signed by the secretary or clerk (as the case may be) of the house in which the same did originate, and shall be entered on the journal of each house. The said committee shall report the day of presentation to the president, which time shall also be carefully entered, on the journal of each house.

11. All orders, resolutions, and votes, which are to be presented to the president of the United States for his approbation, shall, also, in the same manner, be previously enrolled, examined, and signed, and shall be presented in the same manner, and by the same committee, as provided in cases of bills.

12. When the senate and house of representatives shall judge it proper to make a joint address to the president, it shall be presented to him in his audience chamber by the president of the senate, in the presence of the speaker and both houses.

13. When a bill, or resolution, which shall have passed in one house, is rejected in the other, notice thereof is to be given to the house in which the same may have passed.

14. When a bill or resolution, which has been passed in one house, is rejected in the other, it is not brought in

"This rule was adopted by the house of representatives on the 12th of May, 1820. It is not known that the senate have given it their sanction.

during the same session, without a notice of ten days, and leave of two-thirds of that house in which it shall be renewed.

15. Each house transmits to the other all papers on which any bill or resolution shall be founded.

16. After each house shall have adhered to their disagreement, a bill or resolution is lost.

17. No bill that shall have passed one house shall be sent for concurrence to the other on either of the three last days of the session.

18. No bill or resolution that shall have passed the house of representatives and the senate, shall be presented to the president of the United States, for his approbation, on the last day of the session.

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