Printed Amendment / Unprinted Amendment
Amendments can be either printed or unprinted.
Printed Amendment: A House rule guarantees five minutes of floor debate in support and five minutes in opposition, and no other debate time, on amendments printed in the Congressional Record at least one day prior to the amendment’s consideration in the Committee of the Whole.
In the Senate, while amendments may be submitted for printing, they have no parliamentary standing or status. Any senator, however, may call up an amendment submitted for printing in the Senate.
Unprinted Amendment: Senate amendment not printed in the Congressional Record before its offering and may be drafted on the floor while a measure is being considered. Unprinted amendments are numbered sequentially in the order of their submission during a Congress.
House Session 2011-06-15
- “The Amending Process in the House of Representatives,” CRS Report 98-995 (49-page PDF)
- “The Amending Process in the Senate,” CRS Report 98-853 (38-page PDF)
- “Foreign Operations Appropriations: General Provisions,” CRS Report R40557 (32-page PDF)
- Congressional Operations Briefing – Capitol Hill Workshop
- Drafting Federal Legislation and Amendments
- Writing for Government and Business: Critical Thinking and Writing
- Custom, On-Site Training
- Drafting Effective Federal Legislation and Amendments in a Nutshell, Audio Course on CD
- Congress, the Legislative Process, and the Fundamentals of Lawmaking Series, a Nine-Course series on CD
Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook: A Practical Guide
Citizen’s Handbook to Influencing Elected Officials: A Guide for Citizen Lobbyists and Grassroots Advocates
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