115th Congress Previous Questions


What is a Motion on Ordering the Previous Question on the Rule?

Defeating the previous question gives the minority party the opportunity to decide what bill or amendments the House will consider. When the motion for the previous question is defeated, control of the time passes to the Member who led the opposition to ordering the previous question. That Member, because he or she then controls the time, may offer an amendment to the rule, or yield for the purpose of amendment. In essence, defeat of the previous question gives the minority party control of the floor and of the schedule for the U.S. House of Representatives, pertaining to the Rule that is being debated.

Politico’s David Rogers writes of the significance and impact of Previous Question votes here.

Previous Questions marked with an “*” are one rule that brought multiple bills to the floor.

Bill Rule Date Previous Questions (PQ) Text Vote
 H.R. 1180  H.Res.299  5/2/17  The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration H.R. 1868, which reinstates the Federal Communications Commission’s rules adopted on October 27, 2016 that protect the privacy of broadband customers.  .pdf 233-190 
 H.R. 1694  H.Res.280  4/27/17  The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H. Res. 286, which would direct certain officials of the Trump Administration to provide information to the House of Representatives that will enable the House to meet its constitutional responsibility to conduct oversight of the Trump Administration by investigating potential conflicts of interests of President Donald J. Trump.  .pdf  230-193
 H.R. 1695  H.Res.275  4/26/17  The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H.R. 305, to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to require any candidate of a major political party for the office of the President to submit their Federal income tax returns for the three most recent years.  .pdf  234-191
 H.R. 1219  H.Res.242  4/5/17  The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H.R. 305, to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to require any candidate of a major political party for the office of the President to submit their Federal income tax returns for the three most recent years.  .pdf  231-182
 H.R. 1343  H.Res.240  4/4/17  The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H.R. 1869, to address the male to female income disparity in the United States and make equal pay for women a reality in the workplace.  .pdf  229-187
 H.R. 1304  H.Res.241  4/4/17  The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration H.R. 1868, which reinstates the Federal Communications Commission’s rules adopted on October 27, 2016 that protect the privacy of broadband customers.  .pdf  232-188
H.R. 1431 H.Res. 233 3/29/17 The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H.R. 356, to establish the National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election. .pdf 232-188
S.J. Res. 34 H.Res. 230 3/28/17 The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H.R. 305, to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to require any candidate of a major political party for the office of the President to submit their Federal income tax returns for the three most recent years. .pdf 232-184
H.R. 1430 H.Res.229 3/28/17 The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H.R. 356, to establish the National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election. .pdf 231-189
H.R. 1628 H.Res.228 3/24/17 No PQ offered. N/A 236-186
N/A H.Res.221 3/23/17 No PQ offered. N/A 233-185
H.R. 1101 H.Res.210 3/21/17 The Democratic Previous Question would change the Rules of the House so that it would not be in order to consider any legislation proposing to repeal or amend the Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 unless a CBO cost estimate is available. Would also prohibit consideration a rule or order that waives this requirement. .pdf 233-186
H.R. 372 H.Res.209 3/21/17 The Democratic Previous Question would change the Rules of the House so that it would not be in order to consider any legislation proposing to repeal or amend the Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 unless a CBO cost estimate is available. Would also prohibit consideration a rule or order that waives this requirement. .pdf 231-185
H.R. 1259, H.R. 1367, H.R. 1181 H.Res.198 3/16/17 The Democratic Previous Question would exempt the Department of Veterans’ Affairs from the federal hiring freeze ordered in President Trump’s Memorandum issued on January 23, 2017. .pdf 227-185
H.R. 720, H.R. 985 H.Res.180 3/9/17 The Democratic Previous Question would change the Rules of the House so that it would not be in order to consider any legislation proposing to repeal or amend the Affordable Care Act unless a CBO cost estimate is available. Would also prohibit consideration a rule or order that waives this requirement. .pdf 233-186
H.R. 1301 H.Res. 174 3/8/17 The Democratic Previous Question would change the Rules of the House so that it would not be in order to consider any legislation proposing to repeal or amend the Affordable Care Act unless a CBO cost estimate is available. Would also prohibit consideration a rule or order that waives this requirement. .pdf 232-189
H.R. 725 H.Res. 175 3/8/17 The Democratic Previous Question would change the Rules of the House so that it would not be in order to consider any legislation proposing to repeal or amend the Affordable Care Act unless a CBO cost estimate is available. Would also prohibit consideration of a rule or order that waives this requirement. .pdf 230-184
H.R. 1004, H.R. 1009 H.Res. 156 3/1/17 The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H.R. 356, to establish the National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election. .pdf 189-233
H.R. 998, H.J.Res. 83 H.Res. 150 2/28/17 The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H.R. 305, to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to require any candidate of a major political party for the office of the President to submit their Federal income tax returns for the three most recent years. .pdf 191-224
H.J. Res. 43, H.J.Res. 69 H.Res. 123 2/15/17 The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H.R. 356, to establish the National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election. .pdf 190-233
H.J. Res. 66, H.J.Res. 67 H.Res. 116 2/14/17 The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H.R. 356, to establish the National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election. .pdf 188-227
H.R. 428, H.J.Res. 42 H.Res. 99 2/14/17 The Democratic Previous Question would amend the National Security Act of 1947 to prohibit any individual whose primary responsibility is political in nature from being designated a member of the Council.  Further, the bill expresses the sense of Congress that the Director of National Intelligence or the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff should not be prevented from attending Principals Committee meetings. .pdf 187-225
H.J.Res. 44, H.J.Res. 57, H.J.Res. 58 H.Res. 91 2/7/17 The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H. Res. 78, Reiterating the indisputable fact that the Nazi regime targeted the Jewish people in its perpetration of the Holocaust and calling on every entity in the executive branch to affirm that fact. .pdf 187-234
H.J.Res. 36, H.J.Res. 37 H.Res. 74 2/2/17 The Democratic Previous Question would bring up HR 724, the Statue of Liberty Values Act, offered by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, which would give the Republican Congress a second chance in as many days to defund and rescind President Trump’s unconstitutional and dangerous ban. .pdf 188-230
H.J.Res. 40, H.J.Res. 41 H.Res. 71 2/1/17 The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H.R. 724, the Statue of Liberty Values Act of 2017, which provides that President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order shall have no force or effect. .pdf 191-231
H.J.Res. 38 H.Res. 70 1/31/17 The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H.R. 724, the Statue of Liberty Values Act of 2017, which provides that President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order shall have no force or effect. .pdf 183-236
H.R. 7 H.Res. 55 1/24/17 The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H.R. 305, the Presidential Tax Transparency Act. .pdf 187-233
S.Con.Res 3, S. 84 H.Res. 48 1/13/17 The Democratic Previous Question would add sections to the Resolution that would create a point of order in both the House and Senate against any legislation if it: 1.) cuts Social Security benefits, 2.) raises the retirement age for Social Security, 3.) privatizes Social Security, 4.) cuts guaranteed Medicare benefits, or 5.) cuts State Medicaid plan benefits or eligibility. .pdf 179-234
H.R. 78, H.R. 238 H.Res. 40 1/11/17 The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H.R. 371, to address financial conflicts of interest of the President and Vice President. .pdf 168-232
H.R. 79, H.R. 5 H.Res. 33 1/10/17 The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H.R. 356, to establish the National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election. .pdf 179-234
H.R. 11, H.R. 26 H.Res. 22 1/5/17 The Democratic Previous Question would amend the rule to allow for consideration of H. Res. 23, which would express the sense of the House and reaffirm the United States policy in support of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. .pdf 188-235
H.Res. 5 1/3/17 The Democratic Previous Question would prevent legislation from being considered that would 1.) deny health coverage or require higher premiums due to pre-existing conditions; 2.) allow life-time limits on health coverage; 3.) prevent individuals under age 26 from being covered under their parents’ plans; 4.) reduce the number of people receiving health care under ACA; 5.) increase costs to seniors by re-opening the donut hole and raising prescription drug costs; 6.) require people to pay for preventive services, including cancer screenings; Reduce Medicare solvency or change the Medicare guarantee; or 7.) reduce federal taxes on the 1 percent of the population with the highest incomes or increase taxes on the 80 percent of hard-working Americans earning moderate to low incomes.  .pdf 193-237
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