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H.Res. 255: Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to require that any bill or resolution that is not reported from a committee of subject-matter jurisdiction requires a two-thirds vote to be considered as passed.

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Most major Democratic legislation this Congress was not been approved by committee first.


Whenever a bill or resolution is introduced in Congress, it is referred to a committee. The House has 23 committees on policy areas including agriculture, education, foreign affairs, homeland security, and small businesses. A bill or resolution can also be referred to multiple committees, if it straddles two or more policy areas.

Most legislation originates in committee, before potentially receiving a vote in the full House or Senate. If the committee chair grants something a vote, it receives an up-or-down vote in the committee, which is always controlled by the same party that holds the chamber’s majority — currently Democrats for both the House and Senate.

However, not all legislation works this way. It’s complicated, but …

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Last Updated: Mar 18, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Mar 18, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 18, 2021

This resolution is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 18, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.



Mar 18, 2021

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

If this resolution has further action, the following steps may occur next:
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H.Res. 255 is a simple resolution in the United States Congress.

A simple resolution is used for matters that affect just one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. It must be agreed to in the chamber in which it was introduced. It is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.Res. 255. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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