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(52) 1956 DeSoto Owners Manual, by Bill McChesney
(52) 1956 DeSoto Owners Manual, by Bill McChesney

Manual: The official handbook in each house prescribing in detail its organization, rules procedures and operations.

The Senate Manual, prepared during the second session of each Congress by the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, contains the standing rules, orders, laws, and resolutions affecting the Senate, as well as copies of historical U.S. documents, such as Jefferson’s Manual, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Constitution of the United States, et cetera. and selected statistical information on the Senate and other Government entities. It is generally issued each Congress as Senate Document 1.


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The House Rules and Manual is published by the House Parliamentarian’s Office. This document is formally entitled Constitution, Jefferson’s Manual, and Rules of the House of Representatives and contains the fundamental source material for parliamentary procedure used in the House of Representatives and includes:

  • Constitution of the United States
  • Applicable provisions of Jefferson’s Manual
  • Rules of the House
  • Provisions of law and resolutions having the force of rules of the House
  • Pertinent decisions of the Speakers and other presiding officers of the House and Committee of the Whole interpreting the rules and other procedural authority used in the House of Representatives.

Printed as a House Document, the Manual is usually authorized by House resolution at the end of a Congress for printing at the beginning of the following Congress. As such, the House document number reflects the Congress that authorized the printing although the cover page identifies the applicable Congress for the contents.

Also see § 10.40 Official Rules Publications of the House, § 10.50 Official Rules Publications of the Senate, in Congressional Deskbook.






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