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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is a place where hidebound tradition mixes with raw politics, sometimes with a touch of the absurd. Then there's the "vote-a-rama."

    That's the official name for the marathon voting session that accompanies the Senate's consideration of a budget. It's a side effect of special rules that govern the budget debate and allow senators to plow quickly through stacks of amendments offered in close to real time, instead of moving at a snail's pace as is more typically the Senate way.

    The vote-a-rama started at noon Thursday and would end sometime late at night or early Friday morning. The last one, in 2013, stretched well past 3 a.m. More than 700 amendments had been filed Thursday as the process got underway, though not all would come to a vote.

    Or as the Republicans' Budget Committee chairman, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, put it: "We'll keep voting until we're exhausted ... That's the way we do it in the Senate."

    The multiple amendment votes, many requiring a simple majority to prevail, were all nonbinding and stood little chance of ever becoming law.

    Despite that, or because of it, there was plenty of opportunity to score points or showcase one stance or another.
    AP - Full Article

    This was actually an event I was not aware of. The idea of watching elected figures outpacing a glacier would have been a magnificent to watch, just for the novelty of the idea.

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    Senate 'vote-a-rama': A charade with consequences

    Republicans will have to go on record against giving minimum-wage workers a raise and potentially vote against a plan meant to defend pregnant workers from discrimination. Democrats will take sides on Iran’s nuclear talks, with Republicans daring them to side against Israel.

    And each party is trying to outdo the other on how much it loves Medicare.

    The Senate’s famous budget “vote-a-rama” on Thursday won’t change any laws — far from it, it’s a daylong, only-in-Congress charade, the main purpose of which is to make the other party look bad and score political points.

    And yet it has the potential to be among the most consequential days in Congress this year. Some of the roll calls are bound to show up in campaign ads and talking points and floor speeches: Just ask Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who was attacked by her GOP opponent, Scott Brown, two weeks before her 2014 reelection for voting to “pave the way” for a carbon tax, a vote that was more than 18 months old at the time.
    Politico - Full Article

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      Originally posted by Daemon of Decay View Post
      AP - Full Article

      This was actually an event I was not aware of. The idea of watching elected figures outpacing a glacier would have been a magnificent to watch, just for the novelty of the idea.
      Only if you can remain awake and functional throughout it. Politicians have been known to fall asleep at their desks in the midst of it.
      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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