Standing Rules of the United States Senate, Rule XV

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Rule XV of the Standing Rules of the United States Senate, established by the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, governs amendments and motions in the Senate.

Amendments with instruction[edit]

Paragraph 1(a) states an amendment and any instruction accompanying a motion to recommit shall be reduced to writing and read. Identical copies shall be provided by the Senator offering the amendment or instruction to the desks of the Senate Majority Leader and the Senate Minority Leader before being debated.

Motion reduced to writing[edit]

Paragraph 1(b) states a motion shall be reduced to writing, if desired by the Presiding Officer or by any Senator, and shall be read before being debated.

Withdrawal and modification[edit]

Paragraph 2 states any motion, amendment, or resolution may be withdrawn or modified by the mover at any time before a decision, amendment, or ordering of the yeas and nays, except a motion to reconsider, which shall not be withdrawn without leave.

Division[edit]

Paragraph 3 states if the question in debate contains several propositions, any Senator may have that divided. The exception would be a motion to strike and insert. This shall not be divided, but the rejection of a motion to strike out and insert one proposition shall not prevent a motion to strike out and insert a different proposition. Also, it will not prevent a motion to strike out or should the rejection of a motion to strike out prevent a motion to strike out and insert. Pending a motion to strike out and insert, the part to be stricken out and the part to be inserted shall each be regarded for the purpose of amendment as a question, and motions to amend the part to be stricken out shall have precedence.

Tabling an Amendment[edit]

Paragraph 4 states when an amendment proposed to any pending measure is laid on the table, it shall not carry with it, or prejudice, such measure.

Committee jurisdiction[edit]

Paragraph 5 states it shall not be in order to consider any proposed committee amendment (other than a technical, clerical, or conforming amendment) which contains any significant matter not within the jurisdiction of the committee proposing such amendment.

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