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Your Government: The Senate

Fresh from their pre-post Columbus Day break, a nearly full Senate engages in a raucous battle over the escalating misuse of semi-colons in Senate voice-vote resolutions (Code Napoleon, Modified). A packed visitors gallery (in this case, mostly lobbyists and out-of-town journalists) watches the action, apparently unaware that, since the debate is taking place under Weekday Modified Cloture Rule 1208 (f), a negative vote on next week's Senate Cafeteria menu, held the previous day, has already decided the issue; the Senators are actually making "off the record" remarks for insertion in the Congressional Record.

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The Senate takes a much longer view -- six years -- of things than is typical in the House. No one seems to know quite why.

Washington Apple Pi Virtual Tours, October 12, 1997 lic