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STANDING RULES OF THE SENATE
Rule

Senate
Manual

Section I. Appoi nent of a Senator to the Chair

1 II. Presentation of credentials and questions of privilege 2 III. Oaths

3 IV. Commencement of daily sessions

4 V. Suspension and amendment of the rules

5 VI. Quorum-absent Senators may be sent for

6 VII. Morning business

7 VIII. Order of business

8 IX. Messages

9 X. Special orders

10 XI. Papers-withdrawal, printing, reading of, and reference 11 XII. Voting procedure

12 XIII. Reconsideration

13 XIV. Bills, joint resolutions, and preambles thereto

14 XV. Amendments and motions

15 XVI. Appropriations and amendments to general appropriations bills

16 XVII. Reference to committees; motions to discharge; reports of committees; and hearings available

17 XVIII. Business continued from session to session

18 XIX. Debate

19 XX. Questions of order

20 XXI. Session with closed doors

21 XXII. Precedence of motions

22 XXIII. Privilege of the floor

23 XXIV. Appointment of committees

24 XXV. Standing committees

25 XXVI. Committee procedure

26 XXVII. Committee staff

27 XXVIII. Conference committees; reports; open meetings

28 XXIX. Executive sessions

29 XXX. Executive session-proceedings on treaties

30 XXXI. Executive session-proceedings on nominations

31 XXXII. The President furnished with copies of records of executive sessions

32 XXXIII. Senate Chamber-Senate wing of the Capitol

33 XXXIV. Public financial disclosure

34 XXXV. Gifts

35 XXXVI. Outside earned income XXXVII. Conflict of interest

37 XXXVIII. Prohibition of unofficial office accounts

38 XXXIX. Foreign travel

39 XL. Franking privilege and radio and television studios 40 XLI. Political fund activity; definitions XLII. Employment practices

42 XLIII. Representation by Members

43 (VII)

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STANDING RULES OF THE SENATE

(The 1979 general revision of the rules was accomplished by the adoption

of S. Res. 274 on Nov. 14, 1979, a resolution submitted by Mr. Robert C. Byrd for himself and Mr. Baker; the preparation of the proposed revision was pursuant to the adoption of S. Res. 156 on May 10, 1976, a resolution by Mr. Robert C. Byrd; the general revision of the rules set forth in S. Res. 274 was somewhat altered in form by the adoption of S. Res. 389 on Mar. 25, 1980, to consolidate and renumber certain

standing rules of the Senate. (Changes to Senate rules since the last general revision in 1979 are indi

cated by footnotes in each succeeding edition of the Senate Manual. [For the origin of various changes in Senate procedure between 1884 and

1979, as set forth in rules changes, adopted resolutions, and Legislative Reorganization Acts, see the table on p. XVI of Riddick's Senate Procedure, 1992.)

RULE I

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APPOINTMENT OF A SENATOR TO THE CHAIR

1. In the absence of the Vice President, the Senate shall 1.1 choose a President pro tempore, who shall hold the office and execute the duties thereof during the pleasure of the Senate and until another is elected or his term of office as a Senator expires.

2. In the absence of the Vice President, and pending the 1.2 election of a President pro tempore, the Acting President pro tempore or the Secretary of the Senate, or in his absence the Assistant Secretary, shall perform the duties of the Chair.

3. The President pro tempore shall have the right to 1.3 name in open Senate or, if absent, in writing, a Senator to perform the duties of the Chair, including the signing of duly enrolled bills and joint resolutions but such substitution shall not extend beyond an adjournment, except by unanimous consent; and the Senator so named shall have the right to name in open session, or, if absent, in writing, a Senator to perform the duties of the Chair, but not to

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extend beyond an adjournment, except by unanimous consent.

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PRESENTATION OF CREDENTIALS AND QUESTIONS OF

PRIVILEGE 1. The presentation of the credentials of Senators elect or of Senators designate and other questions of privilege shall always be in order, except during the reading and correction of the Journal, while a question of order or a motion to adjourn is pending, or while the Senate is voting or ascertaining the presence of a quorum; and all questions and motions arising or made upon the presentation of such credentials shall be proceeded with until disposed of.

2. The Secretary shall keep a record of the certificates of election and certificates of appointment of Senators by entering in a well-bound book kept for that purpose the date of the election or appointment, the name of the person elected or appointed, the date of the certificate, the name of the governor and the secretary of state signing and counter-signing the same, and the State from which such Senator is elected or appointed.

3. The Secretary of the Senate shall send copies of the following recommended forms to the governor and secretary of state of each State wherein an election is about to take place or an appointment is to be made so that they may use such forms if they see fit. THE RECOMMENDED FORMS FOR CERTIFICATES

OF ELECTION AND CERTIFICATE OF APPOINT-
MENT ARE AS FOLLOWS: 1

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"CERTIFICATE OF ELECTION FOR SIX-YEAR TERM

“To the President of the Senate of the United States: “This is to certify that on the — day of —, 20, A

was duly chosen by the qualified electors of the State of — a Senator from said State to represent said State in the Senate of the United States for the term of six years, beginning on the 3d day of January, 20% “Witness: His excellency our governor

and our seal hereto affixed at

this

day of of our Lord 20,

in the year

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"Secretary of State.

"CERTIFICATE OF ELECTION FOR UNEXPIRED TERM

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B— was duly chosen by the qualified electors of the State of a Senator for the unexpired term ending at noon on the 3d day of January, 20, to fill the vacancy in the representation from said State in the Senate of the United States caused by the of C D "Witness: His excellency our governor

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this

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