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5. When two members rise at the same time, the President shall name the person to speak; but in all cases the member who shall first rise and address the Chair shall speak first.
[16 April, 1789— 14 Feb., 1828.
CALLS TO ORDER AND APPEALS.
6.- If any member in speaking, or otherwise, transgress the rules of the Senate, the presiding officer shall, or any member may, call to order, and when a member shall be called to order by the President, or a senator, he shall sit down, and shall not proceed without leave of the Senate. And every question.of order shall be decided by the President, without debate, subject to an appeal to the Senate; and the President may call for the sense of the Senate on any question of order.
[16 April, 1789–14 Feb., 1828–26 June, 1856.
17% - If the member be called to order by a senator for words spoken, the exceptional words shall immediately be taken down in writing, that the President may be better able to judge of the matter.
[16 April, 1789.
ABSENT MEMBERS MAY BE SENT FOR.
8.- No member shall absent himself from the service of the Senate, without leave of the Senate first obtained. And in case a less number than a quorum of the Senate shall convene, they are hereby authorized to send the Sergeant-atarms, or any other person or persons by them authorized, for any or all absent members, as the majority of such members present shall agree, at the expense of such absent members, respectively, unless such excuse for non-attendance shall be made as the Senate, when a quorum is convened, shall judge sufficient, and in that case the expense shall be paid out of the contingent fund. And this rule shall apply as well to the first convention of the Senate, at the legal time of meeting, as to each day of the session, after the hour has arrived to which the Senate stood adjourned.
[16 April, 1789—25 June, 1798~14 Feb.,
RULES POR DEBATE.
9.- No motion shall be debated until the same shall be seconded.
[16 April, 1789.
RULE FOR MOTIONS, DEBATE, AND WITHDRAWAL.
10. - When a motion shall be made and seconded, it shall be reduced to writing, if desired by the President, or any member, delivered in at the table, and read, before the same shall be debated; and any motion may be withdrawn by the mover at any time before a decision, amendment, or ordering of the year and nays, except a motion to reconsider, which shall not be withdrawn without leave of the Senate.
[16 April, 1789–14 Feb., 1828-21 Jan.,
PRECEDENCE OF MOTIONS WHEN QUESTION IS UNDER DEBATE.
11. — When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received but
to amend; which several motions shall have precedence in the order they stand arranged; and the motion for adjournment shall always be in order, and be decided without debate.
[16 April, 1789—3 Jan., 1820–14 Feb., 1828.
DIVISION OF A QUESTION.
12.If the question in debate contain several points, any member may have the same divided; but, on a motion
to strike out and insert, it shall not be in order to move for a division of the question ; 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; nor prevent a subsequent motion simply to strike out; nor shall the rejection of a motion simply to strike out prevent a subsequent motion to strike out and insert.
[16 April, 1789—23 June, 1832.
13. In filling up blanks, the largest sum and longest time shall be first put.
[16 April, 1789–3 Jan., 1820—14 Feb., 1828.
OBJECTION TO READING A PAPER.
14. When the reading of a paper is called for, and the same is objected to by any member, it shall be determined by a vote of the Senate, and without debate.
[3 Jan., 1820–14 Feb., 1828.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS-PRIOR SPECIAL
15.-The unfinished business in which the Senate was engaged at the last preceding adjournment shall have the preference in the special orders of the day.
[3 Jan., 1820—14 Feb., 1828.
RULES FOR YEAS AND NAYS.
16.—When the yeas and nays shall be called for by onefifth of the members present, each member called upon shall, unless for special reason he be excused by the Senate, declare openly, and without debate, his assent or dissent to the question. In taking the yeas and nays, and upon the call of the house, the names of the members shall be taken alphabetically.
[16 April, 1789. 17.-When the yeas and nays shall be taken upon any question, in pursuance of the above rule, no member shall be permitted, under any circumstances whatever, to vote after the decision is announced from the Chair.
[4 April, 1822–14 Feb., 1828.
RULE FOR CLOSING DOORS AND CLEARING GALLERY.
18.-On a motion made and seconded to shut the doors of the Senate, on the discussion of any business which may, in the opinion of a member, require secrecy, the President shall direct the gallery to be cleared ; and during the discussion of such motion, the doors shall remain shut.
[20 Feb., 1794.
NO PERSON ADMITTED TO PRESENT PETITION, ETC.
19.-No motion shall be deemed in order to admit any person or persons whatsoever within the doors of the Senate chamber to present any petition, memorial, or address, or to hear any such read.
[ 27 April, 1798.
RULE FOR RECONSIDERATION.
20.-When a question has been once made and carried in the affirmative or negative, it shall be in order for any member of the majority to move for the reconsideration thereof; but no motion for the reconsideration of any vote shall be in order after a bill, resolution, message, report, amendment, or motion upon which the vote was taken, shall have gone out of the possession of the Senate, announcing their decision; nor shall any motion for reconsideration be in order, unless made on the same day on which the vote was taken, or within the two next days of actual session of the Senate thereafter.
[25 Feb., 1790—26 March, 1806.
CASTING VOTE OF THE VICE-PRESIDENT.
21. When the Senate are equally divided, the Secretary shall take the decision of the President.
[18 July, 1789.
QUESTION PUT BY PRESIDENT SENATE.
22. All questions shall be put by the President of the Senate, either in the presence or absence of the President of the United States; and the senators shall signify their assent or dissent, by answering aye or no.
[21 Aug., 1789.
APPOINTMENT OF A MEMBER TO THE CHAIR.
23. —The Vice President, or President of the Senate pro tempore, shall have the right to name a member to perform the duties of the Chair; but such substitution shall not extend beyond an adjournment.
[3 Jan., 1820.
MORNING BUSINESS, PETITIONS, REPORTS, ETC.
24.- After the journal is read, the President shall first call for petitions, and then for reports from standing committees; and every petition, or memorial, or other paper, shall be referred, of course, without putting a question for that purpose, unless the reference is objected to by a member at the time such petition, memorial, or other paper, is presented. And before any petition or memorial, addressed to the Senate, shall be received and read at the table, whether the same shall be introduced by the President or a member, a brief statement of the contents of the petition or memorial shall verbally be made by the introducer.
(18 April, 1789—10 April, 1834.
NOTICE AND PRINTING OF BILLS, ETC.
25.-One day's notice, at least, shall be given of an intended motion for leave to bring in a bill; and all bills reported by a committee shall, after the first reading, be printed for the use of the Senate; but no other paper or document shall be printed for the use of the Senate without special order.
(16 April, 1789–3 Jan., 1820—8 April, 1822–14 Feb., 1828.