Standing Rules of the United States Senate, Rule XIV

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Rule XIV of the Standing Rules of the United States Senate, established by the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, governs joint resolutions, resolutions, and preambles of joint resolutions and resolutions in the Senate.

Objection to a bill[edit]

Paragraph 1 states that an objection to a bill or joint resolution is offered, its introduction shall be postponed for one day.

Readings of bills and joint resolutions[edit]

Paragraph 2 states that every bill and joint resolution shall receive three readings prior to its passage. Upon demand of a Senator, these readings shall be on three different legislative days. The Presiding Officer shall give notice at each reading whether it be the first, second, or third. A provision that each reading may be by title only, unless the Senate in any case shall otherwise order.

Committing or amending[edit]

Paragraph 3 states no bill or joint resolution shall be committed or amended until it has been read twice. After reading, it may be referred to a committee. Bills and joint resolutions introduced on leave, and bills and joint resolutions from the House of Representatives, shall be read once or twice if not objected to on the same day for reference, but shall not be considered on that day nor debated, except for reference, unless by unanimous consent.

Bills and joint resolutions not read[edit]

Paragraph 4 states that every bill and joint resolution reported from a committee that has not been read, shall be read once, and twice. That bill or joint resolution can not be objected to on that same day. That bill or joint resolution is then placed on the Senate Calendar in the order in which was reported. Every bill and joint resolution introduced on leave or the same item from the House of Representatives which has received a first and second reading without being referred to a committee, shall move on if objection be made to further proceeding and be placed on the Calendar.

Supervision under the Senate Secretary[edit]

Paragraph 5 states that all bills, amendments, and joint resolutions shall be examined under the supervision of the Secretary of the Senate before they leave the possession of the Senate. All bills and joint resolutions which have passed both Houses shall be examined under the supervision of the Secretary of the Senate to see that they are correctly enrolled. When signed by the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate, the Secretary of the Senate shall present the item. If they originated in the Senate, the item will go to the President of the United States and the Secretary will report the fact and date of such presentation to the Senate.

Other resolutions[edit]

Paragraph 6 states all other resolutions (if not referred) and not receiving unanimous consent, shall lie over one day for consideration unless the Senate otherwise directs. When an objection is heard to the immediate consideration of a resolution or motion upon submission, it shall be placed on the Calendar under the heading of "Resolutions and Motions over, under the Rule," to be laid before the Senate on the next legislative day. Before the close of morning business and before the termination of the morning hour, it shall be considered.

Ordered third readings[edit]

Paragraph 7 states that when a bill or joint resolution has been ordered to be read a third time, it will not be in order to propose amendments unless by unanimous consent. It shall be in order at any time before the passage of any bill or resolution to move its commitment. At that time the bill or resolution will again be reported from the committee it shall be placed on the Calendar.

Bills and resolutions with Preambles[edit]

Paragraph 8 states when a bill or resolution is accompanied by a preamble, the question will first be put on the bill or resolution and then on the preamble. This may be withdrawn by a mover before an amendment of the same, or ordering of the yeas and nays. It may also be laid on the table without prejudice to the bill or resolution, and shall be a final disposition of such preamble.

Private bills[edit]

Paragraph 9 states whenever a private bill (except for a pension), is under consideration, it shall be in order to move the adoption of a resolution to refer the bill to the Chief Commissioner of the Court of Claims for a report in conformity with section 2509 of Title 28 of the United States Code.

Excluding bills and resolutions[edit]

Paragraph 10 states that no private bill or resolution as well as no amendment to any bill or resolution which authorizes or directs payment of money for property damages, personal injury, or death in which a claim can be filed under Chapter 171, Title 28, United States Code shall be received or considered. No private bill or amendment for the construction of a bridge across a navigable stream or the correction of a military or naval record, shall be received or considered. A bill, resolution, or amendment for pensions to carry out a provision of law or treaty stipulation will be allowed.

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