This resolution would require the Clerk of the House to conduct the election of the Speaker of the House of Representatives by secret ballot.
simple resolution Progress
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Committee on RulesIntroducedSeptember 30th, 2015
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What is House Bill H. Res. 452?
Cost of House Bill H. Res. 452
In-Depth: The Speaker of the House is elected by a majority of the House of Representatives each Congress, which would be 218 votes currently but could be lower due to vacant seats, absentee lawmakers, or members who vote “present.”
Candidates are nominated through a series of votes within each party, and Republican and Democratic lawmakers may choose their candidate via secret ballot. The process then heads to a vote of the full House where the 218 votes or 50 percent plus one is the threshold. If neither of those is attained on the first vote, additional rounds of voting would take place until a Speaker is elected.
the 114th Congress’ first election of a Speaker, incumbent
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was threatened with facing a second ballot,
which hadn’t happened since 1923, but he was successful on the first
ballot with 12 votes to spare. On September 25, 2015 Speaker Boehner
announced that he would resign his Speakership and seat in Congress at the end of October, leading to uncertainty surrounding his replacement.
Media:Summary by Eric Revell
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