Reed Rules

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REED RULES, adopted by the House of Representatives on 14 February 1890, marked the successful conclusion of the protracted fight by Speaker of the House Thomas B. Reed for more efficient procedures in that body. The new rules permitted the suppression of dilatory tactics, substituted a "present" for a "voting" quorum, reduced the size of the Committee of the Whole, and provided sundry changes in the order of business. These measures brought an immediate increase in efficiency but greatly increased the power of the speaker; and the title of "czar" was promptly bestowed upon their author.


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