Floor deliberations and beyond

Ross M. English

in The United States Congress

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780719063084
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700228 | DOI:
Floor deliberations and beyond

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This chapter discusses the floor deliberations and debates in Congress, which are sometimes televised live. It reveals that very few members are present during typical debates, although more members can be summoned to the chamber when a vote is called or a quorum count is to be held. The chapter states that the floor debate determines the final fate of legislation, and then compares the debates held in the House of Representatives with the debates held in the Senate. It discusses amendments and their main purpose, before studying the differences between voting in the Senate and in the House, and ends with a section on the House–Senate Conference, which serves to reconcile the Senate and the House before the legislation is sent to the President for signing.

Keywords: floor deliberations; floor debates; quorum count; amendments; voting; House–Senate Conference

Chapter.  4280 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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