Official Objectors / Passed Over Without Prejudice (CongressionalGlossary.com)

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Official Objectors / Passed Over Without Prejudice


Pass Over Without Prejudice: A request in the House to defer action on a measure called up from the Private Calendar without affecting the measure’s position on the calendar.

Each party often appoints official objectors to review bills on the Private Calendar. If an official objector has a concern about a bill, there can be an objection to the bill’s consideration. More often, however, the bill is “passed over, without prejudice.” It gives sponsors a chance to address concerns before the bill comes up under the next call of the Private Calendar.

By tradition, there are six official objectors, three on the majority side and three on the minority side, who make a careful study of each bill or resolution on the Private Calendar. The official objectors’ role is to object to a measure that does not conform to the requirements for that calendar and prevent the passage without debate of nonmeritorious bills and resolutions. Alternative procedures reserved for public bills are not applicable to reported private bills.

Also see Private Calendar; § 6.80 House Floor: Methods of Consideration, in Congressional Deskbook.

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