What Does It Mean When a Bill Is Tabled?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 11, 2020 10:51:37 PM ET
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In the United States, a bill is tabled when a legislative body adopts a motion to suspend consideration of a bill indefinitely. A majority vote is required to table a bill. Tabling a bill does not kill it; however, for a tabled bill to pass, the legislative body must adopt a motion taking the bill off the table for reconsideration, which also requires a majority vote.