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. 70||H.Res. 724||1/31/17||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.||236-183|
|H.R. 55||H.Res. 7||1/24/17||The Democratic Previous Question would bring up HR 7 to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions.||233-187|
|H.R. 40||H.Res. 238||1/11/17||The Democratic Previous Question would bring up HR 78 to improve the consideration by the Securities and Exchange Commission of the costs and benefits of its regulations and orders, and HR 238 to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, to better protect futures customers, to provide end-users with market certainty, to make basic reforms to ensure transparency and accountability at the Commission, to help farmers, ranchers, and end-users manage risks, to help keep consumer costs low, and for other purposes; and for other purposes.||232-168|
|H.R. 33||H.Res. 356||1/10/17||The Democratic Previous Question would bring up HR 356, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, legislation by Swalwell-Cummings and co-sponsored by all House Democrats, to create a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate foreign interference in the U.S. elections and understand how Russia attacked our democratic institutions so we can ensure it never happens again.||234-179|
|H.R. 26||H.Res. 23||1/5/17||The Democratic Previous Question would offer a resolution by Congressman David Price that affirms the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel and highlight America’s historical commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a bipartisan consensus that has long guided U.S. policy.||190-235|
|H.R. 5||1/3/17||The Democratic Previous Question, offered by Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Congressman Richard Neal, would prevent any legislation from being considered that would: