July 10


Report of the Committee of the Rules and Orders of the House, brought in JULY 10, 1776. Ordered to lie on the table.

The Committee appointed to draw up Rules and Orders for the government of this House, have agreed to the following Report:

1st. No Member shall read any printed paper in the House during the sitting thereof, without leave of Congress.

2d. No Member shall speak more than twice in any one debate, without leave of the House.

No motion shall be debated until the same be seconded. 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 rend by the President, before the same shall be allowed to be debated.

When a motion is made and seconded, the matter of the motion shall receive a determination by the question, or be laid aside by general consent, or postponed by the previous question, before any other motion be received.

When the House is sitting, no Member shall speak (or whisper) to another so as to interrupt any Member who may be speaking in the debate.

When two Members rise together, the President shall name the person to speak.

No Member shall depart from the service of the House without permission or order from his constituents.

No person shall be appointed to any office of profit, unless he shall have the consent of seven Colonies, nor shall any ballot be counted, unless the person for whom the ballot shall be given be first named to the House before the balloting be gone into.

If a question in a debate contain more parts than one, any Member may have the same divided into as many questions as parts.

That so soon as nine Colonies are present in the House, the Congress proceed to business.