RE: [IP] S. 1955 - today...
As I read it, they're spending just under 4 hours debating, alternating in 1/2
hour segments for
I'm not sure what the specific quorum rule is here, but I would infer that what
they're doing is not
require that they stop and take attendence, but just assume there's enough
people present to
continue or cut off debate. (Cloture is the rule for limiting debate).
In other words, I think the've just agreed to proceed like this, whether
there's anybody listening
or not. They do things like this just to get their statements into the
Congressional Record -- it's
not like one side listens to anything the other side has to say on the floor
anyway. "Debate" on the
floors of Congress have been entirely for show since the days I used to read
Record back when I was a teenager.
I'm sure some votes are occasionally swayed by arguments made in debate, but I
think it's a pretty
rare occurrence. More votes are swayed by the discussions in the hallways, and
they frequently have
to do quorum calls & hold everything up to get enough people into the room to
have a vote.
In other words, the debates are to sway voters, not the Senators.
Interested Senators can then attach additional "speeches" to the Congressional
Record "as read",
which is why the Congressional Record would arrive in my mailbox usually around
1 inch thick,
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Subject: [IP] S. 1955 - today...
Can anyone summarize what this means? Specifically, the last sentence
on "cloture motions be waived".
From "HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE MODERNIZATION AND AFFORDABILITY ACT
OF 2006--MOTION TO PROCEED -- (Senate - May 05, 2006)"
"Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that on Monday, May 8, the time
for debate be divided as follows: 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m, minority control;
and 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., majority control. Further, that the time rotate
under this format, with the final time from 5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. under
majority control. Finally, I ask unanimous consent that the three live
quorums related to the cloture motions be waived.
The ACTING PRESIDENT pro tempore. Without objection, it is so ordered."
At least seems obvious that they are spending exactly ONE HOUR debating
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