Germane / Germaneness (CongressionalGlossary.com)

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Germane / Germaneness

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Pertaining to the subject matter of the measure at hand. All House amendments must be germane to the bill being considered. House Rule XVI, clause 7 specifies:

7. No motion or proposition on a subject different from that under consideration shall be admitted under color of amendment.

The Senate requires that amendments be germane when they are proposed to general appropriation bills, bills being considered once cloture has been adopted, or, frequently, when proceeding under a unanimous consent agreement placing a time limit on consideration of a bill. The 1974 budget act also requires that amendments to concurrent budget resolutions be germane. In the House, floor debate must be germane, and the first three hours of debate each day in the Senate must be germane to pending business.

Also see Amendment; Cloture; Nongermane Amendment; Rider; Unanimous Consent Agreement; Chapter 6. Legislating in Congress: Legislative Process, in Congressional Deskbook.

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