Friday, 15 October 2010

Rule III House of Representatives

Rule III deals with the duties of members
  • to be present within the Hall of the House during its sittings, unless excused or necessarily prevented, and shall vote on each question put, unless having a direct personal or pecuniary interest in the event of such question.
  • to vote personally
Delegates (from American Samoa; District of Columbia; Virgin Islands; Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands) and the resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico only have voting rights in the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union. They have the same rights in standing committees as Members of the House.
There are 435 members of the House of Representatives - a figure established in Statute (Reapportionment Act of 1929). Therefore 218 votes are needed to ensure a majority. As noted above the voting rights of delegates are limited.