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RULE XXV.

PRIORITY OF BUSINESS.

Priority of All questions relating to the priority of busibusiness decided without debate. ness shall be decided by a majority without debate.

RULE XXVI.

PRIVATE AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA BUSINESS.

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Fridays set 1. Friday in every week shall be set apart for apart for private business. the consideration of private business, unless oth

erwise determined by the House. Second and 2. The second and fourth Mondays in each month fourth Mondays for District of shall, when claimed by the Committee on the DisColumbia busi.

trict of Columbia, be set apart for the consideration of such business as may be presented by said

committee. Recess on Fri. 3. The House shall, on each Friday, at 5 o'clock days and night session for pen. p. m., take a recess until 8 o'clock, which evening

session shall be devoted to the consideration of private bills reported from the Committee on Pensions, and the Committee on Invalid Pensions, to bills for the removal of political disabilities, and bills removing charges of desertion only; said evening session not to extend beyond 10 o'clock and 30 minutes.

RULE XXVII.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF THE SESSION.

Unfinished All business before committees of the House at business of session resumed at the end of one session shall be resumed at the com. commencement of subsequent mencement of the next session of the same Consession.

gress in the same manner as if no adjournment had taken place.

RULE XXVIII.

CHANGE OR SUSPENSION OF RULES.

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1. No standing rule or order of the House sball Change of be rescinded or changed without one day's notice notice of motion of the motion therefor, and no rule shall be suspended except by a vote of two-thirds of the mem. Two-thirds bers present, nor shall the Speaker entertain a rules on first and motion to suspend the rules except on the first and during last and third Mondays of each month, preference be-sio.days of ses. ing given on the first Monday to individuals and on the third Monday to committees, and during the last six days of a session. 2. All motions to suspend the rules shall, before Motions for, to

bo seconded by a being submitted to the House, be seconded by a maiority. majority by tellers, if demanded.

3. When a motion to suspend the rules has been ,Thirty min. seconded, it shall be in order, before the final vote motion to sus.

pend rules. is taken thereon, to debate the proposition to be voted upon for thirty minutes, one-half of such time to be given to debate in favor of, and one-half to debate in opposition to, such proposition and Thirty min. the same right of debate shall be allowed when previous ques

tion, when al. ever the previous question has been ordered on any lowed. proposition on which there has been no debate.

RULE XXIX.

CONFERENCE REPORTS.

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The presentation of reports of committees of con. Conference roference shall always be in order, except when the order. Journal is being read, while the roll is being called, or the House is dividing on any proposition. And Detailed state

ment of, re. there shall accompany every such report a detailed quired. statement sufficiently explicit to inform the House what effect such amendments or propositions will have upon the measures to which they relate.

RULE XXX.

SECRET SESSION.

Secret sessions Whenever confidential communications are re. when to be held.

ceived from the President of the United States, or whenever the Speaker or any member shall inform the House that he has communications which he believes ought to be kept secret for the present, the House shall be cleared of all persons except the members and officers thereof, and so continue during the reading of such communications, the debates and proceedings thereon, unless otherwise ordered by the House.

RULE XXXI.

READING OF PAPERS.

Privilege of When the reading of a paper other than one reading paper; how decided. upon which the House is called to give a final

vote is demanded, and the same is objected to by any member, it shall be determined without debate by a vote of the House.

RULE XXXII.

DRAWING OF SEATS.

Drawing of 1. At the commencement of each Congress, imseats; how con ducted. inediately after the Members and Delegates are

sworn in, the Clerk shall place in a box, prepared for that purpose, a number of sınall balls of marble or other material equal to the number of Members and Delegates, which balls shall be consecutively numbered and thoroughly intermingled, and at such hour as shall be fixed by the House for that purpose, by the hands of a page, draw said balls one by one from the box and announce the number as it is drawn, upon which announcement the Member or Delegate whose name on a num.

bered alphabetical list shall correspond with the number on the ball shall advance and choose his seat for the term for which he is elected. 2. Before said drawing shall commence each seat Seats to be ta

the shall be vacated and so remain until selected under drawing. this rule, and any seat having been selected shall be deemed forfeited if left unoccupied before the call of the roll is finished, and whenever the seats of Members and Delegates shall have been drawn, no proposition for a second drawing shall be in order during that Congress.

RULE XXXIII.

HALL OF THE HOUSE.

The Hall of the House shall be used only for the of Use of the Hall

the legislative business of the House, and for the caucus meetings of its members, except upon occasions where the House by resolution agree to take part in any ceremonies to be observed therein; and the Speaker shall not entertain a motion for the suspension of this rule.

RULE XXXIV.

OF ADMISSION TO THE FLOOR.

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The persons hereinafter named, and none other, "Tho admitted shall be admitted to the Hall of the House, or House. rooms leading thereto, viz: The President and Vice-President of the United States and their private secretaries, judges of the Supreme Court, members of Congress and members-elect, contestants in election cases during the pendency of their cases in the House, the Secretary and Sergeant-atArms of the Senate, heads of Departments, foreign ministers, governors of States, the Architect of the Capitol, the Librarian of Congress and his assistant in charge of the Law Library, such persons as have, by name, received the thanks of Congress, ex

members of the House of Representatives who are not interested in any claim or bill pending before Congress, and clerks of committees, when business from their committee is under consideration; and it shall not be in order for the Speaker to entertain a request for the suspension of this rule or to present from the chair the request of any member for unanimous consent.

RULE XXXV.

OF ADMISSION TO THE GALLERIES.

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The Speaker shall set aside a portion of the west ies; how obtain: gallery for the use of the President of the United

States, the members of his Cabinet, justices of the Supreme Court, foreign ministers and suites, and the members of their respective families, and shall also set aside another portion of the same gallery for the accommodation of persons to be admitted on the card of members. The southerly half of the east gallery shall be assigned exclusively for the use of the families of members of Congress, in which the Speaker shall control one bench, and on request of a member the Speaker shall issue a card of admission to his family, which shall include their visitors, and no other person shall be admitted to this section.

RULE XXXVI.

OFFICIAL AND OTHER REPORTERS,

Oficial report- 1. The appointment and removal, for cause, of era; appointinent and removal of, the official reporters of the House, including stenog. by Speaker.

rapliers of committees, and the manner of the execution of their duties, shall be vested in the

Speaker. Press reporters; 2. Stenographers and reporters, other than the admission of to floor and report official reporters of the House, wishing to take ers' gallery.

down the debates and proceedings, may be admit

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