Definitions for "Suspension of the Rules"
In the House, a two-thirds majority may suspend the rules and bring a bill directly to the floor. Often, a voice vote is used to suspend the rules on non-controversial bills.
A time-saving procedure used in the House and reserved for non-controversial legislation, under which a favorable vote of two-thirds of those Representatives present and voting is required for passage. Debate is limited to 40 minutes and no amendments are permitted. If a bill does not attain passage under suspension of the rules, it can still be considered later under regular procedures.
In order to take any action contrary to the procedures set forth in the Joint Rules, Senate or House Rules, the chamber must agree to suspension of the Rules.