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Controlled Time

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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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