[Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, and the Rules of the House of Representatives, 113th Congress]
[House Document 112-161]
[Jeffersons Manual of ParliamentaryPractice]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]
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an updated compilation of such precedents every two years (H. Res. 988,
93d Cong., Oct. 8, 1974, p. 34470). The Speaker feels constrained in
rulings to give precedent its proper influence (II, 1317), because the
advantage of such a course is undeniable (IV, 4045). But decisions of
the Speakers on questions of order are not like judgments of courts that
conclude the rights of parties, but may be reexamined and reversed (IV,
4637), except on discretionary matters of recognition (II, 1425). It is
rare, however, that such a reversal occurs.
In the House the Clerk is required to note all questions of order and
the decisions thereon and print the record thereof as an appendix to the
Journal (clause 2 of rule II). The Parliamentarian has the
responsibility for compiling and updating the precedents (2 U.S.C. 28).
The Committee Reform Amendments of 1974 gave the Speaker the
responsibility to prepare
Sec. 351. Precedent in Parliament and the
In Parliament, ``instances make order,'' per Speaker Onslow. 2
Hats., 141. But what is done only by one Parliament, cannot be called
custom of Parliament, by Prynne. 1 Grey, 52.