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Latitude in debate

Two resolutions on the same subject
Construction of rule 43

Motion to recommit with instructions
Division of a question

Second motion to recommit

Motion to prohibit credit on importation must
be made in committee of the whole House
What must be considered in committee of the
whole house

Such parts acted upon by the House as re-
ceived the sanction of the committee
Motion to strike out what had been previously
inserted as an amendment and insert other
words in lieu not in order
Rescinding rules

Receding from disagreement to Senate's
amendment not equivalent to agreement
Rejection of the previous question removes
the consideration of the subject to the next
sitting of the house

A vote of two thirds required in certain cases
Right to change a vote (See Vote)
Right to the floor

Vote of thanks to the Speaker, two thirds not
required to receive the motion
Previous question cannot be withdrawn after
being seconded except by vote of a majority
Reading of a paper called for
Motion to reconsider in order more than








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Mr. Adams' application to be excused from

Friday and Saturday appropiated to private
122 148 149
Motion to recede takes precedence of a mo-
tion to insist

Memorials, reconsideration of
Member permitted to vote who was out of the
House on a committee with leave of ab-





and before the decision was pro-
nounced by the chair,

124, 149

Appeal laid on the table,
126, 138, 140, 147
Doubts suggested as to a bill having been or-
dered to a third reading,
Right of petition-brief statement of contents
to be made,


129, 133

A motion to proceed to the orders of the day,
after discussion, may be made a second

Joint rules require only a majority to concur
in suspending their operation,
District of Columbia-petitions on slavery,
Petitions of Peace Society,

A motion to lay a previous motion of reconsideration on the table not debateable, Reading of Documents, when not permitted Call of the House. (See House.) Reconsideration and previous question moved by the same person, decided to be in order, Priority of Business,


Reconsideration-A motion to reconsider takes precedence for a limited time over all motions except to adjourn,

Reports, Annual, of the Secretary of the Treasury, presentation and reference of,

of committees, and resolutions, when con


Rules of the former House adopted,


Seats, selecting of in the House,

Sergeant-at-arms and door-keeper elected for a con

hand round the boxes in balloting,
oath of office administered to the,

Session, opening of the,

first Monday of December,


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Session of Parliament, (note.)
Signing Bills. May 28, 1798, Mr. Dent, speaker pro
tem. signed a bill, (note.)
Speaker votes in all cases of ballot,

when the House is equally divided,
or if his vote being given to the minor-
ity will make an equal division,
elected for a congress,

oath of, to support the constitution,
Speaker's table, business on the,

Speaker to dispose of the business on the table
before the orders of the day are taken up,
Standing Committees, (See Committees,) minutes


Tellers to count the ballots,
Title, presidential,


Vote. No member to vote unless within the bar of
the House when his name is called,
Clerk calls the names of the members, and re-
records their votes,

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The two houses of Congress are directed to convene by the Constitution of the United States on the first Monday in December. It usually happens, that a quorum of the members attend and enter upon their duties on that day.

The members meet in their respective chambers at 12 o'clock, meridian. Those who arrive first at the opening of any first session of Congress, are entitled to select their seats in any part of the house, which is done by the member's taking the


* In parliament, members who wish to sit in any particu lar part of the house on a given evening, must go down at the time of prayers, and label the particular place with their name. If they neglect to do this, they cannot claim any particular seat as a right, though it may be conceded to them by the courtesy of other members, if it be the place they usually filled. The seats occupied by members of the government are, however, understood to be exceptions to this rule. Ministers, and those holding important government offices, are not

key and writing his name on the desk. This right of selecting urges the gentlemen to the seat of government at an early day. The selection will stand for the congress, or two years.

In the senate, the seats are taken usually for the full term. Yet the old senators may change to places left vacant by gentlemen whose term of service expired, and who are not re-elected. The new senators can take their choice of such seats as are vacant, in the same manner as in the house of representatives, the first who come having the advantage of the choice. In the senate, however, it is not very important, where a gentleman may be seated, as it is a small chamber, where he can hear and be heard without difficulty. In the house it is a subject of much interest with some to get into, the interior of the chamber, and not be cast upon the frontier seats of a body composed of two hundred and forty-two representatives.

The members in Washington at twelve o'clock, therefore, repair to their respective seats; and the clerk at his desk in front of the speaker's chair, at the hour of twelve rises, and asks if it is the pleasure of the house that he should proceed to open the session, which being agreed to, he calls over the names of the members by states and territories, and announces the number present.

put to the trouble of placarding their names on the backs of their seats, as no other member, however crowded the house, would think of occupying their places. When an important debate is expected, almost all the seats, with the exception of those occupied by the members of the government, are thus labelled the moment that prayers are over.-Recollections of the House of Commons.

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