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Call of the Calendar

Calling, by CharlesLam

Calling, by CharlesLam

Senate bills not brought up for debate by a motion, unanimous consent or a unanimous consent agreement are brought before the Senate for action when the calendar listing them is “called.” Bills must be called in the order listed. Measures considered by this method usually are non-controversial, and debate on the bill and any proposed amendments is limited to a total of five minutes for each senator. Party leaders and their aides check with senators beforehand to make sure that no one objects to the measures. The system is referred to as “the clearance process.”

Also see § 6.180 Senate Calendars and Legislative and Executive Business before the Senate, in Congressional Deskbook.




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