Standing Rules of the United States Senate, Rule XVII

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Standing Rules of the Senate, Rule XVII according to Standing Rules of the Senate, established by the United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, governs motions to discharge committees, reports to committees, and committee hearings within the United States Senate.

Committee jurisdiction[edit]

Paragraph 1 states that in any case where controversy arises with respect to jurisdiction of any committee and any proposed legislation, jurisdiction will be decided by the presiding officer. This is without debate and in favor of the committee which has jurisdiction over the subject matter which predominates in such proposed legislation. This is subject to an appeal. The exception to this paragraph is outlined in paragraph 3.

Motion for referral[edit]

Paragraph 2 states that a motion which simply is to refer will not be open to amendment. The exception being to add instructions.

Referral of proposed legislation[edit]

Paragraph 3 (a) states that proposed legislation may be referred to two or more committees jointly or sequentially by a motion by both the Senate majority leader or his designee and the minority leader or his designee. Notice of motions and proposed legislation to which it relates must be printed in the Congressional Record. The motion shall be privileged and will not be in order until printed in the Congressional Record. Notice shall be printed and available to Senators for at least twenty-four hours. No amendment to any such motion will be in order except amendments to any instructions. Debate and amendments on any such motion as well as all amendments, debatable motions, and appeals in connection to any motion, shall be limited to not more than two hours. Time to be equally divided between, and controlled by, the majority leader and the minority leader or their designees.

(b) Proposed legislation which is referred to two or more committees jointly may be reported only by such committees jointly and only one report may accompany any proposed legislation so jointly reported.

(c) A motion to refer any proposed legislation to two or more committees sequentially shall specify the order of referral.

(d) Any motion under this paragraph may specify the portion or portions of proposed legislation to be considered by the committees, or any of them, to which such proposed legislation is referred, and such committees or committee shall be limited, in the consideration of such proposed legislation, to the portion or portions so specified.

(e) Any motion under this subparagraph may contain instructions with respect to the time allowed for consideration by the committees, or any of them, to which proposed legislation is referred and the discharge of such committees, or any of them, from further consideration of such proposed legislation.