What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Protecting Rights of Congressional Minorities : H. Res. 507. Waiver of House Rules/Vote to Reduce Procedural Rights of Minority Party by Circumventing House Rules on the Consideration of Legislation. (2002 house Roll Call 368)
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H. Res. 507. Waiver of House Rules/Vote to Reduce Procedural Rights of Minority Party by Circumventing House Rules on the Consideration of Legislation.
house Roll Call 368     Jul 26, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Before legislation can be considered on the House floor, agreement must be reached on a rule that governs the handling of a particular bill on the floor (rules are drafted by the House Rules Committee, an arm of the majority party leadership). However, if the rule is to be adopted by the House on the same day it was reported from the Rules Committee, a two-thirds majority vote on the rule must be obtained (ordinarily, rules can be passed with a simple majority). In a effort to circumvent the two-thirds requirement and allow for same day consideration of three pieces of legislation-which pertained to trade promotion authority, bankruptcy reform, and election reform-Republicans proposed a resolution to waive the twothirds requirement and allow three rules governing debate on those bills to be passed with a simple majority vote. Progressives opposed the resolution because, in their view, the Republican's unorthodox parliamentary maneuvering violated their procedural rights. The motion to adopt the resolution providing for same-day consideration of the three rules was passed 217-207.

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