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Henry M. Robert (1837–1923).  Robert’s Rules of Order Revised.  1915.


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[or, be considered at some other specified time].” 23

33. To Amend

   takes precedence of the motion to postpone indefinitely, and yields to all other subsidiary [12] motions and to all privileged [14] and incidental [<13] motions, except the motion to divide the question. It can be applied to all motions except those in the List of Motions that Cannot be Amended [page 146]. It can be amended itself, but this “amendment of an amendment” (an amendment of the second degree) cannot be amended. The previous question and motions to limit or extend the limits of debate may be applied to an amendment, or to only an amendment of an amendment, and in such case they do not affect the main question, unless so specified. An amendment is debatable in all cases except where the motion to be amended is undebatable. An amendment of a pending question requires only a majority vote for its adoption, even though the question to be amended requires a two-thirds vote. An


Note 23.  In Congress the effect always terminates with the session, and it cannot be called up by any one but the mover, until the expiration of the time during which it will be in order to move a reconsideration. [back]

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