Glossary of Legislative Terms: “Five-Minute Rule”

Five-Minute Rule: House limit of debate on an amendment offered in the Committee of the Whole to five minutes for its sponsor and five minutes for an opponent. In practice, the Committee of the Whole permits the offering of pro forma amendments, each pro forma amendment allowing five more minutes of debate on an amendment.

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