Special Amendments: The Special Rules In The House

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The special rules in the house are a tool used in order to set certain parameters and help accommodate floor action for a certain bill. Special rules help get controversial and difficult bills through as most sponsors of bills of this sort are not able to get garner the necessary two thirds or majority support. When two thirds support is not possible congressmen will go to the rules committee and request the special rules resolution. Special rules help set up the order amendments are voted on, the length of the debates, and what amendment can be voted on .Steven Smith describes a special rule called a king-of-the-hill rule which allows for a progression of votes on different amendments which are usually full substitutes of the bill in question.
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