Sec. 427. Motions and procedure ``in the House as in
Committee of the Whole.''
In the modern practice of the House, the rule
of Jefferson's Manual is followed to the extent that the House, while
acting ``in the House as in Committee of the Whole'' may deal with
disorder, take the yeas and nays, adjourn, refer to a committee even
though the reading by sections may not have begun (IV, 4931, 4932),
admit the motion to reconsider (VIII, 2793), receive messages (IV,
4923), and use the previous question (VI, 369; Procedure, ch. 23,
Sec. 6.3) (which differs from the previous question of Jefferson's
time). The previous question may not be moved on a single section of a
bill (IV, 4930), but it may be demanded on the bill while Members yet
desire to offer amendments (IV, 4926-4929; VI, 639). Formerly a motion
to close debate on the pending section of a bill being read by section
for amendment in the House as in the Committee of the Whole was in order
(IV, 4935), but under current practice a bill considered in the House as
in Committee of the Whole is considered as read and open for amendment
at any point (Aug. 10, 1970, p. 28050), and a motion is in order in the
House as in Committee of the Whole to close debate on the bill or on an
amendment (June 26, 1973, p. 21314). An amendment may be withdrawn at
any time before action has been had on it (IV, 4935; June 26, 1973, p.
21305). An amendment in the nature of a substitute is in order after
perfecting amendments have been considered (IV, 4933, 4934; V, 5788).
The title also is amended after the bill has been considered (IV, 3416).
A quorum of the House (and not of the Committee of the Whole) is
required in the House as in the Committee of the Whole (VI, 639).