Without Objection (CongressionalGlossary.com)

From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms

Without Objection


Used in lieu of a vote on non-controversial motions, amendments or bills that may be passed in either the House or Senate if no member voices an objection.

Voting in the Senate is by voice, division, or roll call. On a voice vote, the presiding officer normally announces which side seems to have won based on how loudly they voted. More typically, the presiding officer states that “without objection the item is agreed to.” This is a variation of a voice vote.

The Senate sometimes resolves nominations conflicts by crafting unanimous consent agreements providing for limited debate or by bundling a group of nominations that are of interest to a wide group of senators. Nominations that come up frequently are called up en bloc and usually approved without objection.

Also see Nomination; Roll Call Vote / Record Vote; Unanimous Consent; Voice Vote; § 6.130 House Floor: Voting, § 6.240 Senate Floor: Motion to Reconsider and Final Passage, in Congressional Deskbook.

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