A Manual of Parliamentary Practice, Composed Originally for the Use of the Senate of the United States: With References to the Practice and Rules of the House of Representatives, the Whole Brought Down to the Practice of the Present Time, to which are Added the Rules and Orders of Both Houses of Congress
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Page 17 - MANUAL OF PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE. IMPORTANCE OF RULES. SECTION I. THE IMPORTANCE OF ADHERING TO RULES. Mr. Onslow, the ablest among the Speakers of the House of Commons, used to say " it was a maxim he had often heard when he was a young man, from old and experienced members, that nothing tended more to throw power
Page 63 - In the appointment of the standing committees, the Senate will proceed, by ballot, severally to appoint the chairman of each committee, and then, by one ballot, the other members necessary to complete the same; and a majority of the whole number of votes given shall be necessary to the choice of a chairman of a standing committee.
Page 17 - hands of Administration and those who acted with the majority of the House of Commons, than a neglect of, or departure from, the rules of proceeding: that these forms, as instituted by our ancestors, operated as a check, and control, on the actions of the majority ; and that
Page 79 - A member has not a right even to read his own speech, committed to writing, without leave. This also is to prevent an abuse of time ; and therefore is not refused, but where that is intended.—2 Grey, 227. Formerly, when papers were referred to a committee, they used to be first read, but of late, only
Page 53 - of the member called to order, he shall be at liberty to proceed; if otherwise, he shall not be permitted to proceed without leave of the House ; and, if the ease require it, he shall be liable to the censure of the
Page 63 - against it." And when any member who is against the bill, hears himself named of its committee, he ought to ask to be excused. Thus, March 6, 1606, Mr. Hadley was, on the question being put, excused from being of a committee, declaring himself to be against the matter itself. —Scob.
Page 145 - 58. 159 ; as well as not capital, 162. The Lords debate the judgment among themselves. Then the vote is first taken on the question of guilty or not guilty; and if they convict, the question, or particular sentence, is out of that which seemeth to be most generally agreed on.—Seld. Jud. 167—2
Page 65 - to the House without amendments, and there make their opposition. The natural order in considering and amending any paper is, to begin at the beginning, and proceed through it by paragraphs ; and this order is so strictly adhered to in Parliament, that, when a latter part has been amended,
Page 49 - Grey, 328—5 Grey, 38—26 Grey, 204—10 Grey, 8. Whenever warm words or an assault have passed between members, the House, for the protection of their members, requires them to declare in their places not to prosecute any quarrel, 3 Grey, 128. 293—5 Grey, 289 ; or orders them to attend the Speaker, who is to accommodate their differences,
Page 183 - at least two-thirds of the members present. Nor shall the order of business, as established by the rules of the House, be postponed or changed, except by a vote of at least two-thirds of the members present. 107. It shall be in order for the Committee on Enrolled Bills to report at any time. 108. No person shall be