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126. No amendment by way of rider shall be received to any bill on its third reading.--April 8, 1814.

127. When a bill shall pass, it shall be certified by the Clerk, noting the day of its passage at the foot thereof. - April 7, 1789.


128. Friday in every week shall be set apart for the consideration of private bills and private business, in preference to any other, anless otherwise determined by a majority of the House.—January 22, 1810; January 26, 1826; and May 8, 1874.

129. On the first and fourth Friday of each month, the calendar of private bills shall be called over the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole House commencing the call where he left off the previous day), and the bills to the passage of which no objection shall then be made shall be first considered and disposed of.-January 25, 1839. But when a bill is again reached, after having been once objected to, the committee shall consider and dispose of the same, unless it shall again be ob. jected to by at least five members.—March 16, 1860; May 8, 1874.

OF BILLS ON LEAVE AND RESOLUTIONS. 130. All the States and Territories shall be called for bills on leave and resolutions every Monday during each session of Congress; and, if necessary to secure the object on said days, all resolutions which shall give rise to debate shall lie over for discussion, under the rules of the House already established; and the whole of said days shall be appropriated to bills on leave and resolutions, until all the States and Terri. tories are called through.-February 6, 1838. And the Speaker shall first call the States and Territories for bills on leave, and all bills so in. troduced during the first bour after the journal is read shall be referred, without debate, to their appropriate committees: Provided, however, That a bill so introduced and referred, and all bills at any time introduced by unanimous consent and referred, shall not be brought back into the House upon a motion to reconsider.—March 16, 1860, and January 11, 1872. Aud on said call, joint resolutions of State and Territorial legis. latures for printing and reference may be introduced.-January 11, 1867.

OF PETITIONS AND MEMORIALS. 131. Members having petitions aud memorials to present may hand them to the Clerk, indorsing the same with their names, and the reference or disposition to be made thereof; and such petitions and inemo. rials shall be entered on the journal, subject to the control and direction of the Speaker, and if any petition or memorial be so handed in which, in the judgment of the Speaker, is excluded by the rules, the same shall be returned to the member from whom it was received. - March 29, 1812.

OF TIE PREVIOUS QUESTION. 132. The previous question shall be in this form : “Shall the main question be now put?"-April 7, 1789. It shall only be admitted when demanded by a majority of the members present-February 24, 1812; and its effects shall be to put an end to all debate, and to bring the House to a direct vote upon a motion to commit, if such motion shall have been made; and if this motion does not prevail, then upon amend. ments reported by a committee, if any; then-August 5, 1818—upon pending amendments, and then upon the main question.-January 14, 1840. But its only effect, if a motion to postpone is pending, shall be to bring the House to a vote upon such motion. Whenever the House shall refuse to order the main question, the consideration of the subject shall be resumed as though no motion for the previous question had been made. The House may also, at any time, on motion seconded by a majority of the members present, close all debate upon a pending amend. ment, or an amendment thereto, and cause the question to be put thereon; and this shall not preclude any further amendment or debate upon the bill. A call of the House sball not be in order after the previous question is seconded, unless it sball appear, upon an actual count by the Speaker, tbat no quorum is present. - March 16, 1860.

133. On a previous question there shall be no debate.—December 17, 1805. All incidental questions of order, arising after a motion is made for the previous question, and pending such motion, sball be decided, whether on appeal or otherwise, without debate.- September 15, 1837.


134. No person except members of the Senate, their Secretary, heads of departments, the President's private secretary, foreign ministers, the governor for the time being of any State, Senators and Representatives elect, judges of the Supreme Court of the United States and of the Court of Claims, and such persons as have by name received the thanks of Congress—March 15, 1867—shall be admitted within the hall of the House of Representatives—March 19, 1860—or any of the rooms upon the same floor or leading into the same-March 2, 1865 : Provided, That ex-members of Congress, who are not interested in any claim pending before Congress, and shall so register themselves, may also be admitted within the ball of the House; and no persons except those herein speci. fied shall at any time be admitted to the floor of the House.-Marok 15, 1867.


135. Stenographers and reporters, other than the official reporters of the House, wisbing to take down the debates, may be admitted by the Speaker to the reporters' gallery over the Speaker's chair, but not on the floor of the House; but no person shall be allowed the privilege of said gallery under the character of stenographer or reporter without a written permission of the Speaker, specifying the part of said gallery assigned to him; nor shall said stenographer or reporter be admitted to said gallery unless he shall state in writing for what paper or papers he is employed to report; por sball he be so admitted, or, if admitted, be suffered to retain his seat, if he shall be or become an agent to prosecute any claim pending before Congress; and the Speaker shall give his written permission with this condition.-December 23, 1857.


136. After six days from the commencement of a second or subsequent session of any Congress, all bills, resolutions, and reports which originated in the House, and at the close of the next preceding session remained undetermined, shall be resumed and acted on in the same manper as if an adjournment had not taken place.March 17, 1848. And all business before committees of the blouse at the end of one ses. sion shall be resumed at the commencement of the next session of the same Congress, as if no adjourument had taken place.- March 16, 1860. MISCELLANEOUS.

137. Whenever confidential communications are received from the President of the United States, the House shall be cleared of all persons, except the members, Clerk, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Doorkeeper, and 80 continue during the reading of such communications, and (anless otherwise directed by the House) during all debates and proceedings to be had thereon. And wben tbe Speaker, or any other member, shall inform the House that he has communications to make which he conceives ought to be kept secret, the House shall, iu like manner, be cleared till the communication be made; the House sball then determine whether the matter communicated requires secrecy or not, and take order accordingly.-February 17, 1792, and December 30, 1793.

138. The rule for paying witnesses summoned to appear before this House, or either of its committees, shall be as follows: For each day a witness shall attend, the sum of four dollars ; for each mile he shall travel in coming to or going from the place of examination, the sum of five cents each way; but nothing shall be paid for traveling when tbe witness has been summoned at the place of trial.—May 21, 1872.

139. Maps accompanying documents shall not be printed, under the general order to print, without the special direction of the House.March 2, 1837; September 11, 1837. .

140. No extra compensation sball be allowed to any officer or mes. senger, page, laborer, or other person in the service of the House, or engaged in or about the public grounds or buildings; and no person shall be an officer of the House, or continue in its employment, who shall be an agent for the prosecution of any claim against the govern. ment, or be interested in such claim otherwise than as an original claim. ant; and it shall be the duty of the Committee of Accounts to inquire into and report to the House any violation of this rule.- March 8, 1812. . 141. When the reading of a paper is called for, and the same is ob. jected to by any member, it shall be determined by a vote of the House.— November 13, 1794.

142. When a question is postponed indefinitely, the same shall not be acted upon again during the session.December 17, 1805.

143. Every order, resolution, or vote, to which the concurrence of the Senate shall be necessary, shall be read to the House, and laid on the table, on a day preceding that in which the same shall be moved, unless the House shall otherwise expressly allow.-April 7, 1789.

144. The rules of parliamentary practice comprised in Jefferson's Manual shall goveru the House in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the standing rules and orders of the House, and joint rules of the Senate and House of Representatives.- September 15, 1837.

145. No standing rule or order of the House shall be rescinded or changed without one day's notice being given of the motion thereforNovember 13, 1794; nor shall any rule be suspended, except by a vote of at least two-thirds of the members present- March 13, 1822 ; nor shall the order of business, as established by the rules, be postponed or changed, except by a vote of at least two-thirds of the members present; nor shall the Speaker entertain a motion to suspend the rules, except during the last six days of the session, and on Monday of every week at the expiration of one hour after the journal is read-April 26, 1828, and June 22, 1874-unless the call of States and Territories for bills on leave and resolutions has been earlier concluded, when the Speaker may entertain a motion to suspend the rules.-June 8, 1864.

146. All elections of officers of the House, including the Speaker, shall be conducted in accordance with these rules, so far as tbe same are applicable; and, pending the election of the Speaker, the Clerk shall preserve order and decorum, and sball decide all questions of order that may arise, subject to appeal to the House.- March 19, 1860.

147. These rules shall be the rules of the House of Representatives of the present and succeeding Congresses unless otherwise ordered.- Jarch 19, 1860.

148. An additional standing committee sball be appointed at the commencement of each Congress, whose duties shall continue until the first session of the ensuing Cougress, to consist of seven members, to be entitled a “Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures;” and to this committee sball be referred all bills, resolutions, and communications to the House upon that subject.-January 21, 1861; March 2, 1867.

149. The names of members not voting on any call of the ayes and noes shall be recorded in the journal immediately after those voting in the affirmative and negative, and the same record shall be made in the Congressional Globe.--June 8, 1864.

150. It shall be the duty of the Committee on the Pacific Railroad to take into consideration all such petitious and matters or things relative to railroads or telegraph.lives between the Mississippi Valley and the Pacific Coast as shall be presented or shall come in question, and be referred to them by tbe House, and to report their opinion thereon, together with such propositions relative thereto as to thein shall seem expedient.March 2, 1865.

151. It shall be the duty of the Cominittee of Ways and Means to take into consideration all reports of the Treasury Department, and such other propositions relative to raising revenue and providing ways and means for the support of the government as shall be presented or shall come in question, and be referred to them by the House, and to report their opinion thereon by bill or otherwise, as to them shall seem expedient; and said committee shall bave leave to report for commitment at any time.—March 2, 1865.

152. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Banking and Currency to take into consideration all propositions relative to banking and the currency as shall be presented or shall come in question, and be referred to them by the House, and to report thereou by bill or otherwise-March , 1865.

153. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Mines and Mining to consider all subjects relating to mines and mining that may be referred to them, and to report their opinion thereon, together with such propo. sitions relative thereto as may seem to them expedient.-December 19, 1865.

154. The allowance of stationery to each Member and Delegate shall be of the value of seventy-five dollars for a long session, and forty-five dollars for a short sessiou of Cougress.- December 19, 1865. (By law, the allowance for stationery and newspapers is fixed at one hundred and twenty-five dollars for each session.)

155. The hall of the House shall not be used for any other purpose than the legitimate business of the House, uvr shall the Speaker entertain any proposition to use it for any other purpose, or for the suspen. sion of tbis rule : Provided, That this shall not interfere with the performance of divine service therein, under the direction of the Speaker, or with the use of the same for caucus meetings of the members, or upon occasions where the House may, by resolution, agree to take part in any ceremonies to be observed therein. -January 31, 1866.

156. There shall be appointed at the commencement of each Congress a standing Committee on Freedmen's Affairs, to consist of niue members, whose duty it shall be to take charge of all matters concerning freedmen which shall be referred to them by the House.—December 4, 1866.

157. When an act has been approved by tbe President, the usual number of copies shall be printed for the use of the House. - March 15, 1867.

158. Messages from the Senate and the President of the United States, giving notice of bills passed or approved, shall be reported forth with from the Clerk's desk. - March 15, 1867.

159. Estimates of appropriations, and all other communications from the executive departments, intended for the consideration of any of the committees of the House, shall be addressed to the Speaker, and by him submitted to the House for reference.- March 15, 1867.

160. There shall be appointed at each Congress a Committee on Education and Labor, to consist of nine members, to whom shall be referred all petitious, bills, reports, and resolutions on those subjects, and who sball from time to time report thereon.- March 21, 1867.

161. Pending a motion to suspend the rules, the Speaker may entertain one motion that the House do now alljourn; but after the result thereon is announced he shall not entertain any other dilatory motion till the vote is taken on suspension. - February 25, 1868.

162. The Speaker shall appoint froin among the Delegates from the Territories one additional member of the Committee on the Territories, one additional member of the Committee on Iudian Affairs, one addi. tional member of the Committee on Mines and Mining, and one additional member of the Committee on the Public Lands; but the said Dele. gates, in their respective cowmittees, shall have the same privileges only as in the House.—March 29, 1876.

163. Whenever the seats of members shall have been drawn, no proposition shall be in order for a second drawing during the same Congress.February 8, 1872.

164. All motions to withdraw papers from the files of the House shall be referred to the committtee which last considered the case, who shall report without delay whether or not copies shall be left on file, but origi. pal papers shall not be withdrawn in any case where an adverse report has been made; and whenever the report is adverse the same shall be in writing and ordered to be printed.- December 18, 1873.

165. The appointment and removal of the official reporters of the House, including stenographers of committees, shall be vested in the Speaker ; and, in addition to their other duties, the reporters of the House proceedings and debates shall prepare and furuisu for publica. tion a list of the inemorials, petitions, and other papers, with their reference, each day presented under the rule.-January 15, 1874, and June 22, 1874.

166. No person shall be allowed to enter the room over the ball of the House when the House is in session. The Clerk of the House is charged with the enforcement of this order.—June 17, 1876.

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