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tions being only in order when the subject of the conference is before the House.

A report by a conference committee, making recommendations contrary to instructions of the House, is not for that reason out of order; the proposition reported being still within the control of the House.-Journal, 1, 49, pp. 258, 2459.

Pending the consideration of the report of a conference committee it is in order to instruct the conferees on the part of the House respecting any matter in dispute between the Houses.—Congressional Record, 1, 49, p. 7401. But where the House has taken action on the matter reported, as by insisting on its disagreement asking a further conference and appointing conferees, the subject is no longer before the House and it is then too late to move an instruction to the conferees.Ibid., p. 7405.

It was held not in order to move to instruct conferees to insist on a proposed amendment inconsistent with the text upon which both Houses have agreed.-Congressional Record, 2, 51, pp. 3610, 3611,

CONGRESSIONAL CEMETERY. By the act of May 12, 1876 (Sess. Laus, 1, 44, p. 54), it is provided :

That hereafter, whenever any deceased Senator or Member of the House of Representatives shall be actually interred in the Congressional Cemetery, so called, it shall be the duty of the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate, in the case of a Senator, and of the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Representatives, in the case of a Member of the House, to have a monument erected, of granite, with suitable inscriptions, and the cost of the same shall be a charge upon and paid out either from the contingent funds of the Senate or the House of Representatives, to whichever the deceased may have belonged, and any existing omissions of monuments or inscriptions, as aforesaid, are hereby directed and authorized to be supplied in like manner; and all laws upon the subject of monuments in the Congressional Cemetery are hereby repealed.

CONGRESSIONAL DIRECTORY. A Congressional directory shall be compiled at each session of Congress, under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing, and the first edition for each session shall be ready for distribution within one week after the commencement thereof.—R. 8., secs. 77 and 3801.

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It shall be lawful for the Public Printer, under the direction of the Joint Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives on Printing, to print for sale, at a price sufficient to reimburse the expenses of such printing, the current Congres. sional Directory and the current numbers of the Congres. sional Record. The money derived from such sales shall be paid into the Treasury monthly to the credit of the appropriation for public printing, and no sale shall be made on credit. -Stats, at L., Vol. 22, p. 642.


(For table of volumes see Appendix.)

The Congressional Record contains a stenographic report, made by the official reporters of debates, of the daily proceedings of the two Houses of Congress.

It is the successor to the Congressional Globe, the publication under the present title commencing March 4, 1873. The edition for each session is denominated a “volume,” though each consists of a number of separate volumes styled "parts," the pages being numbered consecutively from the beginning to the end of a session without respect to separate bound parts. In the two libraries of the House of Representatives these so-called parts have been, for the sake of convenience, serially numbered, each as a separate volume, Vol. 1, Part 1, being numbered Vol. 1; Vol. 1, Part 2 being numbered Vol. 2, and so on down; the entire series at the close of the Fiftysecond Congress amounting to 132 such volumes.

Rules for the publication of the Congressional Record, adopted by the Joint Committee on Printing on May 5, 1886, first session Forty-ninth Congress:

First. When copy is taken out for revision by Senators, Representatives, or Delegates it should be returned to the Government Printing Office not later than 12 o'clock midnight, in order to insure its publication in the Record on the morning following; and if said copy is not furnished at the time specified, the Public Printer is authorized to withhold it from the Record for one day, and in no case will a speech be printed in the Record on the day after its delivery if the copy be furnished later than 12 o'clock midnight.

Second. The copy of speeches containing large tabular statements to be published in the Record should be in the hands of the Public Printer not later than 6 o'clock p. m. on the day prior to their publication.

Third. Proofs of "leaves to print" and advance speeches will not be furnished on the night of the day on which the copy is received, but will be sent on the following day, should it be possible to do so without causing delay to the publication of the regular proceedings of Congress.

Fourth. Corrections in speeches for the bound edition of the Record should be sent to the Public Printer within four days after the delivery of the speech to be corrected, as it is then stereotyped.

Fifth. If copy or proofs have not been returned within the time above mentioned, the Public Printer will insert the words “Mr. withholds his remarks for revision, and they will appear hereafter," and proceed with the printing of the Record.

Sixth. The Public Printer is not authorized to insert any maps or diagrams in the Record without the approval of the Joint Committee on Printing. All reqnests for such approval should be referreil to the Joint Committee on Printing, and may be submittod to the chairman of the Committee on Printing on the part of the Senate or of the House, in whichever the speech illustratod may have been delivered, and no maps or diagrams shall be inserted that exceed in size a page of the Record.

Seventh. The Public Printer will arrange the contents of the Record as follows: First, the Senate proceedings; second, the House proceedings; third, the speeches withheld for revision: Provided, That should the copy of the regular proceedings, either in the Senate or in the House, be delayed, the Public Printer is anthorized to at once begin the make-up, on the first page, with either Senate or House proceedings or with such speeches as are on file, giving precedence to those first received, in their order.

No person shall be employed as a reporter for the House of Representatives without the approval of the Speaker.-R. S., sec, 51.

On the 3d March, 1873, the following preamble and resolution were agreed to, viz:

Whereas the present contract for publication of the debates expires with this session; and whereas the sundry civil appropriation bill, about to become a law, provides that until a new contract be made the debates shall be printed by the Congressional Printer, but makes no provision for reporting, leaving each House to adopt snch arrangements on that subject as it may deem best: Therefore,

Resolred, That the report of the House proceedings and debates shall be furnished to the Congressional Printer by the present corps of Globe reporters, who shall hereafter, until otherwise ordered, be officers of the House, under the direction of the Speaker, who shall receive the same compensation now allowed to the official reporters of committees.Journal, 3, 4., pp. 582, 583.


There shall be five official reporters of the proceedings and debates of the House of Representatives who shall be paid monthly, at the rate fixed by law. Sess. Laws 1, 43, p. 5.

The Congressional Record, or any part thereof, or speeches or reports therein contained, shall, under the frank of a Member of Congress or Delegate, to be written by himself, be carried in the mail free of postage, under such regulations as the Postmaster-General may prescribe.-Sess. Laus, 2, 43, p. 343.

It shall be lawful for the Public Printer to print and deliver, upon the order of any Senator or Member of the House of Representatives, or Delegate, extracts from the Congressional Record, the person ordering the same paying the cost thereof.Sess. Laics, 2, 13, p. 317.

By a resolution of the House, of February 10, 1875, the Public Printer was authorized to furnish one copy of the bound volumes of the Congressional Record to the Clerk, Sergeant-atArms, Doorkeeper, Postmaster, and each of the official reporters of the debates.Journal, 2, 43, p. 438.

The Public Printer is required to furnish each State and Territory having, or that shall hereafter have and maintain, a State and Territorial library, one bound copy of the Congressional Record of each session of Congress.—Sess. Laws, 17, 4,

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The act of March 31, 1884 (Sess. Laws, 1, 48, p. 6), provides:

That the Joint Committee on Printing be, and they are hereby, author. ized and directed to make the necessary provisions and arrangements for issuing the index of the Congressional Record semi-monthly during the sessions of Congress; that the Public Printer be, and he is hereby, directed to print and distribute the same number of copies of said semi-monthly index as he prints and distributes of the daily issue of the Record, and to the same persons, and in the same manner; that the Public Printer shall employ such person to prepare said index as shall be designated by the Joint Committee on Printing, who shall also fix and regulate the compensation to be paid by the Public Printer for the said work, and direct the form and manner of its publication: Provided, howerer, That the rate of compensation allowed for preparing the said semi-monthly indexes, including also their compilation into a complete session index, shall not exceed, for each page of the printed Congressional Record, the average that it cost per page of the Congressional Record for compiling the session index of the Forty-sixth Congress: And provided further, That there may be employed and paid on said work, at times not interfering with their ordinary employment, persons who are also employed and paid in any other office or employment under the Government.

SEC. 2. That the joint resolution approved February eighth, eighteen hundred and eighty-one, entitled “Joint resolution to provide for printing and distributing the index of the Congressional Record semi-monthly,” is hereby repealed.


Any motion made and entertained respecting a proposition, such as to amend, to commit, or even to postpone, or any debate thereon, constitutes consideration in a parliamentary sense.

A motion to recommit is one mode of consideration, and when a bill is being considered in the House as in Committee of the Whole it is in order at any time to move to recommit the bill thus being considered.-Speaker pro tempore Mc.Millin, Journal, 1, 52, p. 32.


When any motion or proposition is made the question "Will the House now consider it ?" shall not be put unless demanded by a member.-Rule XVI, clause 3. And it is competent for a member to raise the question of consideration upon a report even though a question of privilege is involved in the report.Journal, 1, 35, pp. 1083, 1085. But after a question has been stated, and its discussion commenced, it is too late to raise the question of consideration.—Journal, 1, 17, pp. 296, 297.

It is always in the power of the House to decide, if it so chooses, that it will not proceed to take up the consideration of any particular matter.- Speaker Carlisle, Congressional Record, 1,50, 2514.

The House never deprives itself of the right to determine whether it will or will not consider a question.—Congressional Record, 2, 49, p. 1684.

When a special order has been made, setting apart a day for a certain class of business, on the day so set apart the question of consideration can not be raised against the class of business mentioned in the special order. It may be raised, however,

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