[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. xxxix--the question
Clause 6 of rule I provides more fully for putting the question.
negative be put; because it is no full question till the negative part
be put. Scob., 23; 2 Hats., 73.
Sec. 489. Putting the question.
The question is to be put
first on the affirmative, and then on the negative side.
After the Chair has put the affirmative part of the question, any
Member who seeks to debate the matter or offer a motion may be
recognized (V, 5925; June 22, 2006, pp. 12298, 12299), and such
recognition is not subject to appeal (June 22, 2006, p. 12299). On one
occasion, the Chair refused to entertain a motion to lay on the table
after putting the affirmative part of the pending question where the
Chair had affirmed the admissibility of that motion before putting the
main question, and that motion nevertheless was not then offered (Sept.
20, 1979, p. 25512). Where not pertinent to the pending parliamentary
situation, a parliamentary inquiry regarding whether the Chair heard the
ayes on a prematurely-commenced vote by voice was not entertained (June
22, 2006, p. 12299).
Sec. 490. Effect of putting the question in ending
After the Speaker has put the affirmative part of the question, any
Member who has not spoken before to the question may rise and speak
Sec. 491. Informal putting of the question.
But in small
matters, and which are of course, such as receiving petitions, reports,
withdrawing motions, reading papers, &c., the Speaker most commonly
supposes the consent of the House where no objection is expressed, and
does not give them the trouble of putting the question formally. Scob.,
22; 2 Hats., 79, 2, 87; 5 Grey, 129; 9 Grey, 301.