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From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms

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These trees survived the previous drought no problem., by John S. Quarterman
These trees survived the previous drought no problem., by John S. Quarterman

A nondebatable House (or House committee) motion, which, when agreed to, cuts off further debate, prevents the offering of additional amendments, and brings the pending matter to an immediate vote.

A motion for the previous question, when carried, has the effect of cutting off all debate, preventing the offering of further amendments, and forcing a vote on the pending matter. If no debate has yet occurred, the proposal is limited to 40 minutes of discussion. In the House, the previous question is not permitted in the Committee of the Whole. The motion for the previous question is a debate-limiting device and is not in order in the Senate.


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