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U.S. Congress. Havre

OF THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

WITH THE AMENDMENTS, THERETO;

TO WHICH ARE ADDED

JEFFERSON'S MANUAL OF PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE,

THE

STANDING RULES AND ORDERS FOR CONDUCTING BUSINESS IN THE HOUSE

OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES,

THE

JOINT RULES IN FORCE AT THE CLOSE OF THE 430 CONGRESS,

AND A

DIGEST

THEREOF,

AND OF SO MUCH OF JEFFERSON'S MANUAL AS UNDER THE RULES
GOVERNS THE HOUSE, OF PRECEDENTS OF ORDER AND USAGES
OF THE HOUSE, WITH REFERENCES TO SUCH PORTIONS
OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES
AND LAWS OF CONGRESS AS RELATE TO
THE RIGHTS, DUTIES, AND PRIVI.

LEGES OF ITS MEMBERS.

Compiled

BY

HENRY H. SMITH,
JOURNAL CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE U. 8.,

Under the act of March 3, 1877.
SECOND EDITION.

WASHINGTON:
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.

2D SESS. 45TH CONG.

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PREFACE.

The compiler deems it proper to state that the publication of this volume has been delayed by reason of the request of the Commit. tee on Rules, that it should be deferred until the committee completed a revision of the Rules, with the view of their adoption and incorpo. ration herein.

The committee having finally decided to postpone such revision for the present session, the volume was accordingly sent to press as soon as possible thereafter.

The compiler also deerns it proper to remark that while he is aware that it contains some inaccuracies of reference consequent upon a hasty revision, and inability to make that careful examination and comparison of decisions cited, which such a work should receive, yet he is also confident that such inaccurancies have been reduced to the minimum, and in the next edition that they will entirely dis. appear.

A brief statement and explanation of the general arrangement of the contents of the Digest may facilitate members in the search for any special topic.

Under the general heads of “Amendment,” “Bills,” “ Committees,” “ Committees of the Whole,” « Debate,” “ Previous question,”. “ Reconsider,” &c., are given citations of decisions relating to each particular subject, with such brief explanation and comment as was deemed proper and relevant. While, of course, it is not possible in such a volume as this to give the decisions and precedents upon all the questions of order which have arisen in the House of Representatives, yet it is believed that most of the leading cases are embraced herein, especially those where appeals have been taken from the decisions of the Speaker, and the subsequent practice of the House bas conformed thereto.

The urgent necessity for a revision of the Rules and the expectation of the compiler that such revision would be made during the pres

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