[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]
read to the House by the Speaker as often as any Member desires it for
his information. 2 Hats., 82.
It is then, and not till then, in possession of the House, and can not
be withdrawn but by leave of the House. It is to be put into writing, if
the House or Speaker require it, and must be
The House has long since dispensed with the requirement of a second
for ordinary motions (clause 1 of rule XVI; V, 5304); and the
requirement of a second for a motion to suspend the rules was eliminated
in the 102d Congress (H. Res. 5, Jan. 3, 1991, p. 39). Clause 2 of rule
XVI provides further that a motion may be withdrawn before decision or
amendment (see Sec. 904, infra); and clause 1 of the same rule provides
that the motion shall be reduced to writing on the demand of any Member
(see Sec. 902, infra). In the practice of the House, when a paper on
which the House is to vote has been read once, the reading may not be
required again unless the House shall order it read (V, 5260).
Sec. 392. Parliamentary law as to making, withdrawing, and
reading of motions.
When a motion has been made, it is not to be put
to the question or debated until it is seconded. Scob., 21.
The practice of the House has modified the principle that the Member
who rises first is to be recognized (clause 2 of rule XVII); but in
other respects the principles of this paragraph of the law of Parliament
are in force.
Sec. 393. Interruptions of the Member having the
It might be asked whether a motion for adjournment or for the
orders of the day can be made by one Member while another is speaking?
It can not. When two Members offer to speak, he who rose first is to be
heard, and it is a breach of order in another to interrupt him, unless
by calling him to order if he departs from it. And the question of order
being decided, he is still to be heard through. A call for adjournment,
or for the order of the day, or for the question, by gentlemen from
their seats, is <> not a motion. No motion
can be made without rising and addressing the Chair. Such calls are
themselves breaches of order, which, though the Member who has risen may
respect, as an expression of impatience of the House against further
debate, yet, if he chooses, he has a right to go on.