House Republican plans to speed up votes, limit speeches will be tested next week

Beginning on Tuesday, the House will face its first substantive week of the 112th Congress, as it will attempt to pass a repeal of last year's healthcare law and a related resolution that instructs House committees to come up with healthcare alternatives.

But next week will also test House Republican plans to speed up the voting process, which has often dragged on well past the normal 15 minute deadline, and limit special order speeches at the end of the night in the House.

Earlier this month, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) warned all members that attempts will be made to close votes "as quickly as possible" after the minimum time for a vote has expired" and said members need to be prepared for these quick votes.

"When a vote is called, Members should promptly depart for the House Floor to record their vote," according to a memo from the Office of the Speaker. "Members are advised it is best to stay on the Floor during the vote series."

It adds that members should vote by electronic device when possible.

The memo says the House cloakrooms should not be used to forward requests to hold votes and instead "should simply advise inquiring Members of the time remaining on the voting clock."

Republicans also hope to limit special order speeches, which are simply remarks that members usually make on the House floor after legislative business is finished. According to a policy Republicans released earlier this month, these speeches will be shut off at 10 p.m. Assuming there is time for special order speeches, both parties will be limited to one hour-long speech and two 30 minute speeches, and otherwise can make one minute or five minute speeches.