Impeachment articles hearing: what does ‘strike the last word’ mean?

Pro forma and ‘strike the word’ – What do they mean?

It has been a phrase that has been uttered dozens of times in Thursday’s House Judiciary Committee hearings on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but what does “I move to strike the last word" actually mean?

It sounds as if a lawmaker wants something stricken from the record, but in reality, that’s not the case.

When a member of congress states “I move to strike the last word” it means he or she wants to speak, NBC News reported. The chair then allows the member to speak for five minutes, according to the Congressional Research Committee.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP Photo/Alex Brandon/AP Photo/Alex Brandon)