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Unit 9
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Strategies and Power Plays

Unit 9


DENYING UNANIMOUS CONSENT IN THE SENATE: Since much of the Senate's business is done by unanimous consent, one senator has a great deal of control over the schedule. He or she can simply dissent, preventing action by unanimous consent.

ACCOMMODATING SENATORS' SCHEDULES: The Senate majority leader not only has the delicate job of securing scheduling cooperation from the minority, but also must take into account the schedules of his fellow party members who do not want to miss key votes.

BLOCKING HOUSE CONSIDERATION: If there is no agreement on a rule for consideration of legislation, it dies without action. Voting against a rule is usually less politically dangerous than opposing substantive legislation for which there is a reservoir of public support.

RESTRICTIVE HOUSE RULES: The use of restrictive rules in the House provides the majority party with considerable control over floor procedures by denying the minority the ability to propose amendments. Since the majority party has two-thirds of the seats on the Rules Committee, they control the process. (See Stats, Quirks and Examples)


Unit Introduction








Home Unit 1: Introduction Unit 2: From Problems to Solutions Unit 3: Origin of Bills Unit 4: Bill Drafting and Floor Introduction Unit 5: Referral to Committee Unit 6: Subcommittee Review Unit 7: Mark-up and Subcommittee Voting Unit 8: Committee Action Unit 9: Scheduling Floor Consideration Unit 10: Floor Debate Unit 11: Floor Votes Unit 12: Ironing Out Differences Unit 13: Presidential Action and Congressional Reaction Unit 14: The Legislative Processes