Committee of the whole [house


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Committee of the whole [house a committee, embracing all the members present, into which a legislative or deliberative body sometimes resolves itself, for the purpose of considering a particular measure under the operation of different rules from those governing the general legislative proceedings. The committee of the whole has its own chairman, and reports its action in the form of recommendations.
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In literature:

My dear Mrs Veneering, do let us resolve ourselves into a Committee of the whole House on the subject.
"Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens
He became the best parliamentarian in Congress, and was generally called to the chair when the House met in committee of the whole.
"My Memories of Eighty Years" by Chauncey M. Depew
Must a committee of the House of Commons, and our whole Privy Council go over to argue pro and con with Mr. Wood?
"Political Pamphlets" by George Saintsbury
In 1915 a committee was appointed by the House of Commons to go into the whole question of Loans and Methods.
"Women and War Work" by Helen Fraser
In the year 1767 the House took those objects into consideration, in a committee of the whole House.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The House resolved to go into a "committee of the whole," to consider the petitions and the answer of the trustees.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
He was familiar with millions and tens of millions in a committee of the whole House.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
On the 23rd Fox proposed to refer the question of national defence to a committee of the whole house.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
Henry Grattan in Parliament moved for a Committee of the Whole House to consider the laws excluding Catholics from public offices.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
The report of Mr. Jefferson on commercial intercourse, was soon taken up in the House in a committee of the whole.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
This came when the House resolved itself into Committee of the Whole on Supply.
"The Government of England (Vol. I)" by A. Lawrence Lowell
He began by saying that a franchise measure ought never to be sent to a Grand Committee, but to one of the Whole House.
"My Own Story" by Emmeline Pankhurst
They have held a committee of the whole house on it.
"Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I." by Charles James Lever
Mr. McDuffie's bill was taken up first in the committee of the Whole House.
"The Middle Period 1817-1858" by John William Burgess
Accordingly, in that session Mr. Maguire, then member for Cork, moved for a committee of the whole House to consider the state of Ireland.
"The Earl of Mayo" by William Wilson Hunter
Franklin submitted to a long examination before a Committee of the whole House.
"Heroes of Science: Physicists" by William Garnett
Mr. Meek moved the reference of the communications to a committee of the whole house, which was lost.
"A History of Oregon, 1792-1849" by William Henry Gray
The House went into Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union.
"The Journal of the Debates in the Convention which Framed the Constitution of the United States" by James Madison