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Senate legislation may slow, but quorums continue

Publié par Clifford Armion le 06/10/2011

David A. Fahrenthold

"At 9:36 a.m. on Thursday, a clerk with a practiced monotone read aloud the name of Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii). The chamber was nearly deserted. The senator wasn't there. Not that she was really looking for him.

"Instead, the clerk was beginning one of the Capitol's most arcane rituals: the slow-motion roll calls that the Senate uses to bide time.

"These procedures, called quorum calls, usually serve no other purpose than to fill up empty minutes on the Senate floor. They are so boring, so quiet that C-SPAN adds in classical music: otherwise, viewers might think their TV was broken."

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"Senate legislation may slow, but quorums continue", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), octobre 2011. Consulté le 10/05/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/senate-legislation-may-slow-but-quorums-continue