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A member’s challenge of a ruling or decision made by the presiding officer of the chamber. In the Senate, when the chair rules on a point of order, any senator may appeal the ruling. The full Senate makes a final decision on the point of order by voting whether to sustain or reverse the ruling. If carried by a majority vote, the appeal nullifies the chair’s ruling.
In the House, the decision of the Speaker traditionally has been final; seldom are the appeals to the member to reverse the Speaker’s stand. To appeal a ruling is considered an attack on the Speaker.
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- Appeal the Ruling of the Chair
- Point of Order
- Presiding Officer
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- “Points of Order, Rulings, and Appeals in the Senate,” CRS Report 98-306 (7-page PDF)
- “Points of Order, Rulings, and Appeals in the House of Representatives,” CRS Report 98-307 (6-page PDF)
- “Congressional Budget Act Points of Order,” CRS Report 98-876 (8-page PDF)
- “Points of Order in the Congressional Budget Process,” CRS Report 97-865 (21-page PDF)
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