3 U.S.C. § 17

Current through P.L. 118-59 (published on www.congress.gov on 05/07/2024)
Section 17 - Same; limit of debate in each House

When the two Houses separate to decide upon an objection pursuant to section 15(d)(2)(C)(i) that may have been made to the counting of any electoral vote or votes from any State, or other question arising in the matter-

(1) all such objections and questions permitted with respect to such State shall be considered at such time;
(2) each Senator and Representative may speak to such objections or questions for up to five minutes, and not more than once;
(3) the total time for debate for all such objections and questions with respect to such State shall not exceed two hours in each House, equally divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and Minority Leader, or their respective designees; and
(4) at the close of such debate, it shall be the duty of the presiding officer of each House to put each of the objections and questions to a vote without further debate.

3 U.S.C. § 17

June 25, 1948, ch. 644, 62 Stat. 676; Pub. L. 117-328, div. P, title I, §110(a), Dec. 29, 2022, 136 Stat. 5240.

EDITORIAL NOTES

AMENDMENTS2022- Pub. L. 117-328 amended section generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: "When the two Houses separate to decide upon an objection that may have been made to the counting of any electoral vote or votes from any State, or other question arising in the matter, each Senator and Representative may speak to such objection or question five minutes, and not more than once; but after such debate shall have lasted two hours it shall be the duty of the presiding officer of each House to put the main question without further debate."

State
"State" includes the District of Columbia.