Senate Rule Waives Reading of Amendments

On Thursday, January 27th, 2011, the US Senate passed Senate Resolution 29 which reads as follows: The reading of an amendment may be waived by a non-debatable motion if it has been submitted at least 72 hours before the motion; and is available in printed or electronic form in the Congressional Record.

The resolution passed by an 85-15 roll call vote with all Democrat and Independent Senators voting for it, and the following Republicans voting against it: Coburn (R-OK), Cornyn (R-TX), Crapo (R-ID), DeMint (R-SC), Ensign (R-NV), Hatch (R-UT), Inhofe (R-OK), Lee (R-UT), Paul (R-KY), Risch (R-ID), Rubio (R-FL), Sessions (R-AL), Thune (R-SD), Toomey (R-PA), and Vitter (R-LA).

This resolution has the effect of limiting public exposure of amendments before they are placed into bills.

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