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Exceptions to the Rule

Unit 9


DIRECT ACCESS TO THE FLOOR: Some House committees can bring particular types of proposals directly to the floor and bypass the Rules Committee.

For example:

  • HOUSE ADMINISTRATION (election contests, House funding issues)

Source: Walter J. Oleszek, Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process (Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2004) 120.

CALENDAR WEDNESDAY: On Wednesdays, House committees are called in alphabetical order and can propose consideration of legislation, which must be decided upon on that day.


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Home Unit 1: Introduction Unit 2: From Problems to Solutions Unit 3: Origin of Bills Unit 4: Bill Drafting and Floor Introduction Unit 5: Referral to Committee Unit 6: Subcommittee Review Unit 7: Mark-up and Subcommittee Voting Unit 8: Committee Action Unit 9: Scheduling Floor Consideration Unit 10: Floor Debate Unit 11: Floor Votes Unit 12: Ironing Out Differences Unit 13: Presidential Action and Congressional Reaction Unit 14: The Legislative Processes