Floor Procedure in the House of Representatives: A Brief Overview

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This report outlines the floor procedure in the House of Representatives. The House considers bills and resolutions on the floor under several different sets of procedures governing the time for debate and the opportunities for amendment. Some procedures allow 40 or 60 minutes for debate; others permit debate to continue until a majority of Members vote to end it. Some procedures prohibit most or all floor amendments; others allow Members to offer any amendments that meet the requirements of the House's rules and precedents. Notwithstanding these differences, the rules, precedents, and practices of the House generally are designed to permit … continued below

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Rybicki, Elizabeth & Bach, Stanley August 26, 2003.

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This report outlines the floor procedure in the House of Representatives. The House considers bills and resolutions on the floor under several different sets of procedures governing the time for debate and the opportunities for amendment. Some procedures allow 40 or 60 minutes for debate; others permit debate to continue until a majority of Members vote to end it. Some procedures prohibit most or all floor amendments; others allow Members to offer any amendments that meet the requirements of the House's rules and precedents. Notwithstanding these differences, the rules, precedents, and practices of the House generally are designed to permit the majority to work its will in a timely manner.

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Rybicki, Elizabeth & Bach, Stanley. Floor Procedure in the House of Representatives: A Brief Overview, report, August 26, 2003; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc821841/: accessed April 23, 2024), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.

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