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When a committee of conference reports a disagreement a resolution to insist and ask a further conference is in order immediately after such report is read.—Journal, 1, 52, p. 230.
A committee of conference having reported a disagreement, a motion that the House insist, etc., and ask a further conference presents a privileged questiov.—Journal, 1, 52, p. 229.
When there has been a disagreement of a conference committee a further conference may be asked by either House, but the papers must be in the possession of the House asking the conference at the time the motion or resolution to that effect is presented for consideration.—Journal, 1, 52, p. 229.
The consideration of the question of the reference of a Sen. ate bill may be interrupted by a report of a committee of conference.-Journal, 1, 52, pp. 262, 263. REPORTS OF.
The presentation of reports of committees of conference shall always be in order, except when the Journal is being read, while the roll is being called, or the House is dividing on any proposition. And there shall accompany every such report a detailed statement sufficiently explicit to inform the House what effect such amendments or propositions will-have upon the measures to which they relate.—Rule XXIX.
Under the practice reports of conference committees may be received at any time (except when the rules are suspended), even during the pendency of a motion to adjourn, or to adjourn to a day certain, and may interrupt a Member who is on the floor speaking
The report of a conference committee must be signed by a majority of the Members of each House composing the said committee.
The report of a committee of conference can not be amended or altered as that of another committee may be.- Manual, p. 176; Journal Senate, May 21, 1796.
The committee may report agreement as to some of the matters of difference, but inability to agree as to others.—Journal, 1, 29, p. 1302. In such a case, if the conference report is agreed to, the amendments undisposed of may be concurred in or disagreed to, or a further conference may be asked thereon.
A motion to recoinmit a conference report is not in order, for the reason that making a report has the effect of dissolving the committee; also for the reason that such reports are not subject to the rules governing ordinary proceedings, the only question in order being on agreeing to the report.—Congressional Record, 2, 49, p. 880.
On the consideration of conference reports an amendment proposed to a Senate amendment must be germane thereto.Journal, 2, 50, p. 667.
Amendments reported by a conference committee are in order, though not germane to the original measure, provided they are germane to the amendment which is the subject of disagreement.—Cong. Record, Aug. 3, 1886, 1, 49, p. 7932.
Although the Senate had amended a bill of the House by striking out all after the enacting clause, and inserting a different proposition in some respects yet having the same object in view, the question presented was not whether the provisions excepted to in the conference report were germane to the original House bill, but whether they were germane to the Senate amendment. In the opinion of the Chair they were clearly germane; for though different from the provisions contained in such amendment, they related directly to the same subjects, and under the common parliamentary law and practice might be made, by way of amendment, a substantially different proposition from that originally passed by the House.—Ibid., p.7932.
A conference report is not subject to the point of order that it must be first considered in Committee of the Whole, even though it recommends legislation not previously considered by the House, which, if presented as an original proposition, would be subject to that point. The unbroken practice of the House has been to consider conference reports as presenting questions of the highest privilege, and as possessing peculiar qualities, such, for instance, as not being amendable or divisible, and which can not be laid on the table as other propositions. The main object of committing a proposition to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union is to afford the widest latitude for amendment and debate, and as a conference report could not be amended in the House it could not be sent to the Committee of the Whole for that purpose,
but in all respects must be treated as an entirety, and adopted or rejected by a single vote.-Speaker Carlisle, Journal, 1, 49,
The point being made that a conference report contained matter not the subject of difference between the two Houses, and the question being submitted to the House by the Speaker, the House refused to receive it.-Journal 1, 42, pp. 190, 191.
A conference report can not be laid on the table.—Journal, 2, 42, p. 1129. Nor is it in order to demand the reading of the engrossed bill at length upon presentation of a conference report.-Journal, 1, 14, p. 1423.
It is not for the Chair to determine whether the submission of a paper purporting to be a detailed statement of the effect of a conference report is sufficient compliance with the rule. The House may, if it desires, receive the report without any detailed statement whatever.-Congressional Record, 2, 49, p. 2437.
A conference report may be presented pending a motion to adjourn or to fix the day to which the House shall adjourn, and its consideration having been entered upon takes precedence over the motion to fix day.-Congressional Record, 2, 50, p. 678.
But if the question of consideration is demanded against the conference report when presented, pending such question the motion to fix the day and the motion to adjourn are in order and respectively take precedence.—Journal, 2, 50, p. 207.
A conference report may be presented pending a motion to adjourn, subject, however, to the right of the House to refuse to consider it; and pending the consideration of such report a motion to adjourn is in order.—Congressional Record, 1, 51, p. 7880.
The jurisdiction of a committee of conference is confined to matters in dispute between the two Houses, and such committee has no authority to report as an amendment a provision which is neither germane to the text of the bill nor to the amendment which is the subject of disagreement.-Journal, 2, 52, pp. 137-139. INSTRUCTIONS TO.
Conferees may be instructed by the House, but this course is not usual until they have made their first report, such instruc
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. 24158, 2159.
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, 19, p. 7401. But where the House has taken action on the matter reported, as by insisting on its disagreement asking a further conference and appoint. ing 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. Laws, 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 suitabıle 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 anthorized 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.
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 Congressional Directory and the current numbers of the Congressional 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. 6-12.
(For table of rolumes 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.