[Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, and the Rules of the House of Representatives, 109th Congress]
[House Document 108-241]
[Jeffersons Manual of ParliamentaryPractice]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]
sec. xxv--bills, second reading
In the Senate of the United States, the President reports the title of
the bill; that this is the second time of reading it; that it is now to
be considered as in a Committee of the Whole; and the question will be,
whether it shall be read a third time? or that it may be referred to a
The provisions of this paragraph are to a large extent obsolete, the
practice under clause 8 of rule XVI now governing.
Sec. 400. Obsolete parliamentary law as to second
The second reading must regularly be on another day. Hakew., 143.
It is done by the Clerk at the table, who then hands it to the Speaker.
The Speaker, rising, states to the House the title of the bill; that
this is the second time of reading it; and that the question will be,
whether it shall be committed, or engrossed and read a third time? But
if the bill came from the other House, as it always comes engrossed, he
states that the question will be, whether it shall be read a third time?
and before he has so reported the state of the bill, no one is to speak
to it. Hakew., 143, 146.