From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms
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When a unanimous consent agreement limits the time for debate on a bill or other measure and places it under the control of bill floor managers, the time is said to be controlled. Each manager then allows any senator to participate in debate by yielding a specified amount of time to the senator.
In the House, debate is limited and if a member does not use all of his allocated time, he can yield it back of reserve it.
Also see Recognize / Recognition; Yield / Yielding / Yield for a Question?; § 6.200 Time Agreements and Motions to Proceed on the Senate Floor, in Congressional Deskbook.
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- “How Unanimous Consent Agreements Regulate Senate Floor Action,” CRS Report RS20594 (7-page PDF)
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- “Veto Override Procedure in the House and Senate,” CRS Report RS22654 (9-page PDF)
- “The Legislative Process on the Senate Floor: An Introduction,” CRS Report 96-548 (20-page PDF)
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