[Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, and the Rules of the House of Representatives, 109th Congress]
[109th Congress]
[House Document 108-241]
[Jeffersons Manual of ParliamentaryPractice]
[Pages 271-272]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]


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bill from the other House is sometimes ordered to lie on the table. 2 
Hats., 97.

                sec. xliv--bills sent to the other house

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  This principle is recognized in the practice of the House, both as to 
Senate bills (IV, 3418, 3419; V, 5437), and as to House bills returned 
with Senate amendments (V, 5424, 6201-6203). The motion to lay on the 
table Senate amendments to a House bill does not take precedence over 
the motion to recede and concur, since the motion would table the entire 
bill (Speaker Longworth, Jan. 24, 1927, p. 2165), but the motion to lay 
on the table a motion to recede and concur in a Senate amendment does 
not carry the amendment and bill to the table, and other motions are in 
order to dispose of the Senate amendment (Feb. 22, 1978, p. 4072).

Sec. 520. Requests for information from the other House. When bills passed in one House and sent to the other are ground on special facts requiring proof, it is usual, either by message or at a conference, to ask the grounds and evidence, and this evidence, whether arising out of papers or from the examination of witnesses, is immediately communicated. 3 Hats., 48.
The Houses of Congress transmit with bills accompanying papers, which are returned when the bills pass or at final adjournment (V, 7259, footnote). Sometimes one House has asked, by resolution, for papers from the files of the other (V, 7263, 7264). Testimony is also requested (III, 1855).