[Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, and the Rules of the House of Representatives, 115th Congress]
[House Document 114-192]
[Jeffersons Manual of ParliamentaryPractice]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office, www.gpo.gov]
sec. xxix--bill, reports taken up
Hats., 348, no question needs be put on the whole report. 5 Grey, 381.
In the House, bills, joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions, and
simple resolutions come before the House for action although the written
reports accompanying them, which are always printed, do not (IV, 4674),
and even the reading of the reports is in order only in the time of
debate (V, 5292). The Chair will not recognize a Member during debate on
a bill in the House or in the Committee of the Whole for unanimous
consent to amend the accompanying committee report in a specified
manner, because the House should not change the substance of a committee
report upon which it is not called to vote (Apr. 2, 1985, p. 7209; Nov.
7, 1989, p. 27762). In rare instances, however, committees submit merely
written reports without propositions for action. Such reports being
before the House may be debated before any specific motion has been made
(V, 4987, 4988), and are in such case read to the House (IV, 4663) and
after being considered the question is taken on agreeing. In such cases
the report appears in full on the Journal (II, 1364; IV, 4675; V, 7177).
When reports are acted on in this way it has not been the practice of
the House to consider them by paragraphs, but the question has been put
on the whole report (II, 1364).
Sec. 422. Consideration and action on reports.
report of a paper originating with a committee is taken up by the House,
they proceed exactly as in committee. Here, as in committee, when the
paragraphs have, on distinct questions, been agreed to seriatim, 5 Grey,
366; 6 Grey, 368; 8 Grey, 47, 104, 360; 1 Torbuck's Deb., 125; 3
it is usual to vote on the amendments en gros unless a Member demands a
separate vote (see Sec. 337, supra). The principle that the committee
amendments should be voted on before amendments proposed by individual
Members is recognized (IV, 4872-4876; V, 5773; VIII, 2862, 2863), except
when it is proposed to amend a committee amendment. The Clerk reads the
amendments and the Speaker does not again read them. Frequently the
House orders the previous question on the committee amendments and the
bill to final passage, thus preventing further amendment. When a bill is
of such nature that it does not go to Committee of the Whole, it comes
before the House from the House Calendar, on which it has been placed on
being reported from the standing or select committee or pursuant to a
special order of business. On being taken from the House Calendar the
bill is read through and then the amendments proposed by the committee
are read. In modern practice the House may adopt a special order ``self-
executing'' the adoption of the reported committee amendments in the
House, and may permit further amendment to the amended text (e.g., H.
Res. 245, 106th Cong., July 15, 1999, p. 16216).
The procedure outlined by this provision of the parliamentary law
applies to bills when reported from the Committee of the Whole; but in
Sec. 423. Action by the House on amendments recommended by
On taking up a bill reported with amendments the amendments
only are read by the Clerk. The Speaker then reads the first, and puts
it to the question, and so on till the whole are adopted or rejected,
before any other amendment be admitted, except it be an amendment to an
amendment. Elsynge's Mem., 53. When through the amendments of the
committee, the Speaker pauses, and gives time for amendments to be
proposed in the House to the body of the bill; as he does also if it has
been reported without amendments; putting no questions but on amendments
proposed; and when through the whole, he puts the question whether the
bill shall be read a third time?