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R. 146. The Clerk shall cause an index to be prepared to the acts passed at every session of Congress, and to be printed and bound with the acts.

R. 147. The unappropriated rooms in that part of the Capitol assigned to the House shall be subject to the order and disposal of the Speaker, until the further order of the House.

R. 148. Maps accompanying documents shall not be 11, 1837. printed, under the general order to print, without the special direction of the House.

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R. 149. No committee shall be permitted to employ a clerk at the public expense, without first obtaining leave of the House for that purpose.

R. 150. No extra compensation shall be allowed to any officer or messenger, page, laborer, or other person in the service of the House, or engaged in or about the public grounds or buildings: and no person shall be an officer of the House, or continue in its employment, who shall be an agent for the prosecution of any claim against the Government, or be interested in such claim otherwise than an original claimant; and it shall be the duty of the Committee of Accounts to inquire into and report to the House any violation of this rule.

R. 151. Upon the engrossment of any bill making appropriations of money for works of internal improvement of any kind or description, it shall be in the power of any member to call for a division of the question, so as to take a separate vote of the House upon each item of improvement or appropriation contained in said bill, or upon such items separately, and others collectively, as the member making the call may specify; and if one-fifth of the members present second said call, it shall be the duty of the Speaker to make such divisions of the question, and put them to vote accordingly.

R. 152. The following resolution was passed by the

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"Whereas the Clerk of this House is by law made the responsible officer for the proper disbursement of the contingent fund, and is required to give bond for the faithful disbursement thereof: therefore,

"Resolved, That, from and after the passage of this resolution, all contracts, bargains, or agreements, relative to the furnishing any matter or thing, or for the performance of any labor for the House of Representatives, be made with the Clerk, or approved by him, before any allowance shall be made therefor by the Committee of Accounts."



RULE 1. In every case of an amendment of a bill agreed to in one House, and dissented to in the other, if either House shall request a conference, and appoint a committee for that purpose, and the other House shall also appoint a committee to confer, such committees shall, at a convenient hour, to be agreed on by their chairman, meet in the conference chamber, and state to each other, verbally or in writing, as either shall choose, the reasons of their respective Houses for and against the amendment, and confer freely thereon.

R. 2. When a message shall be sent from the Senate to the House of Representatives, it shall be announced at the door of the House by the Doorkeeper, and shall be respectfully communicated to the Chair by the person by whom it may be sent.

R. 3. The same ceremony shall be observed when a message shall be sent from the House of Representatives to the Senate.

R. 4. Messages shall be sent by such persons as a

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sense of propriety in each House may determine to be proper.

R. 5. While bills are on their passage between the two Houses, they shall be on paper, and under the signature of the Secretary or Clerk of each House, respectively.

R. 6. After a bill shall have passed both Houses, it shall be duly enrolled on parchment by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, or the Secretary of the Senate, as the bill may have originated in the one or the other House, before it shall be presented to the President of the United States.

R. 7. When bills are enrolled, they shall be examined Feb. 1,1827 by a joint committee of two from the Senate and two from the House of Representatives, appointed as a standing committee for that purpose, who shall carefully compare the enrollment with the engrossed bills, as passed in the two Houses, and, correcting any errors that may be discovered in the enrolled bills, make their report forthwith to their respective Houses.

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R. 8. After examination and report, each bill shall be signed in the respective Houses, first by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, then by the President of the Senate.

R. 9. After a bill shall have been thus signed in each House, it shall be presented, by the said committee, to the President of the United States, for his approbation, (it being first endorsed on the back of the roll, certifying in which House the same originated; which endorsement shall be signed by the Secretary or Clerk, as the case may be, of the House in which the same did originate,) and shall be entered on the Journal of each House. The said committee shall report the day of presentation to the President; which time shall also be carefully entered on the Journal of each House.

R. 10. All orders, resolutions, and votes, which are to be presented to the President of the United States, for his

approbation, shall also, in the same manner, be previously enrolled, examined, and signed; and shall be presented in the same manner, and by the same committee, as provided in the cases of bills.



R. 11. When the Senate and House of Representatives Nov. 13, shall judge it proper to make a joint address to the Presi dent, it shall be presented to him in his audience chamber by the President of the Senate, in the presence of the Speaker and both Houses.

R. 12. When a bill or resolution which shall have passed in one House is rejected in the other, notice thereof shall be given to the House in which the same shall have passed.

R. 13. When a bill or resolution which has been passed in one House shall be rejected in the other, it shall not be brought in during the same session, without a notice of ten days, and leave of two-thirds of that House in which it shall be renewed.

R. 14. Each House shall transmit to the other all papers on which any bill or resolution shall be founded.

R. 15. After each House shall have adhered to their disagreement, a bill or resolution shall be lost.


R. 16. No bill that shall have passed one House shall Jan'y 30, be sent for concurrence to the other on either of the three last days of the session.


R. 17. No bill or resolution that shall have passed the Jan'y 30, House of Representatives and the Senate shall be presented to the President of the United States, for his approbation, on the last day of the session.


R. 18. When bills which have passed one House are Febr'y 9, ordered to be printed in the other, a greater number of copies shall not be printed than may be necessary for the use of the House making the order.


R. 19. No spirituous liquors shall be offered for sale, Sept. 18 or exhibited, within the Capitol, or on the public grounds adjacent thereto.


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R. 20. A committee, consisting of three members of the tion 2) of Senate and three members of the House of Representasion 29th tives, shall be chosen by their respective Houses, which Congress.

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shall constitute a Committee on Printing, which shall have power to adopt such measures as may be deemed necessary to remedy any neglect or delay on the part of the contractor to execute the work ordered by Congress, and to make a pro rata reduction in the compensation allowed, or to refuse the work altogether, should it be inferior to the standard; and in all cases, the contractor and his securities shall be responsible for any increased expenditure consequent upon the non-performance of the contract. The committee shall audit and pass upon all accounts for printing; but no bill shall be acted upon for work that is not actually executed and delivered, and which they may require to be properly authenticated.

R. 21. It shall be in order for the Committee on Printing to report at any time.

R. 22. After six days from the commencement of a second or subsequent session of Congress, all bills, resolutions, or reports which originated in either House, and, at the close of the next preceding session, remained undetermined in either House, shall be resumed and acted on in the same manner as if an adjournment had not taken place.

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