According to Legislative and Parliamentary practice, the motions not debatable areA motion to adjourn.
A motion to lie on the table, when a privileged motion.
A motion for the previous question.
A motion to read a paper or document, pending a question.
A motion to reconsider.
Speakers of Congress have decided, and the decisions have been sustained by the House, that inasmuch as the motion to lie on the table is not debatable, so the motion to reconsider must be taken without debate.
All motions to take up particular items of business, or relating to priority of business, must be decided without debate.
This is an excellent rule. Without it the whole time of a meeting might be consumed by gentlemen in endeavouring to get up a particular item of business, to proceed to the consideration of which the majority may be averse.
All incidental questions of order, arising after a motion is made for the previous question, and pending such motion, must be decided, whether on appeal or otherwise, without debate.