[Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, and the Rules of the House of Representatives, 110th Congress]
[House Document 109-157]
[Jeffersons Manual of ParliamentaryPractice]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]
sec. xxvii--report of committee
or unanimous consent but not by motion) (Dec. 17, 1982, p. 31951).
Subject to availability requirements under clause 4 and timing
considerations under clause 6 of rule XIII, all reports privileged under
clause 5 of rule XIII may be called up for consideration immediately
after being filed (H. Res. 988, 93d Cong., Oct. 8, 1974, p. 34406). For
a discussion of the three-day layover rule, see Sec. 850, infra.
This provision is to a large extent obsolete so far as the practice of
the House is concerned. Most of the reports of committees are made by
filing them with the Clerk without reading (clause 2 of rule XIII), and
only the reports of committees having leave to report at any time are
made by the chairman or other member of the committee from the floor
(clause 5 of rule XIII). Except as provided in clause 2(c) of rule XIII,
committee reports must be submitted while the House is in session; and
this requirement may be waived by only by order of the House (by rule,
Sec. 418. Parliamentary method of submitting
The chairman of the committee, standing in his place, informs the
House that the committee to whom was referred such a bill, have,
according to order, had the same under consideration, and have directed
him to report the same without any amendment, or with sundry amendments
(as the case may be), which he is ready to do when the House pleases to
receive it. And he or any other may move that it be now received; but
the cry of ``now, now,'' from the House, generally dispenses with the
formality of a motion and question. He then reads the amendments, with
the coherence in the bill, and opens the alterations and the reasons of
the committee for such amendments, until he has gone through the whole.
He then delivers it at the Clerk's table, where the amendments reported
are read by the Clerk without the coherence; whereupon the papers lie
upon the table till the House, at its convenience, shall take up the
report. Scob., 52; Hakew., 148.
This provision does not apply now to the Committees of the Whole or to
the standing committees. It does apply to select committees, which
expire when they report finally, but may be revived by the action of the
House in referring in open House a new matter (IV, 4404, 4405). The
provision does not preclude a standing committee from reporting a bill
similar to one previously reported by such committee (VIII, 2311).
Sec. 419. Reports; dissolution and revival of select
The report being made, the committee is dissolved and can act
no more without a new power. Scob. 51. But it may be revived by a vote,
and the same matter recommitted to them. 4 Grey, 361.