Question: Any matter on which the House or Senate is to vote, such as passage of a bill, adoption of an amendment, agreement to a motion, or an appeal. During a filibuster in the Senate, a senator may yield to another senator for a question, but the senator still controls the floor.
To “put the question” is to ask the body to vote on the matter at issue.
Each House shall keep a Journal of its Proceedings, and from time to time publish the same, excepting such Parts as may in their Judgment require Secrecy; and the Yeas and Nays of the Members of either House on any question shall, at the Desire of one fifth of those Present, be entered on the Journal.
U.S. Constitution, Article. I. Section. 5.
- Question of Privilege;
- Previous Question
- Voice Vote
- § 6.231 Steps to Invoke Cloture, § 6.100 Consideration of a Special Rule on the House Floor, § 6.130 House Floor: Voting, in Congressional Deskbook
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