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Unanimous Consent Agreement Senate

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It is not clear when the Senate has actually begun to enter into unanimous approval agreements to limit debate or set a date for a vote on a measure. Perhaps the first instance occurred in the mid-1840s. On March 24, 1846, Senator William Allen, D-OH, declared that the Senate had been debating a joint resolution on the oregon territory for more than two months and that it was time for a final vote on the issue. Senator Allen indicated that the Senate did not accept the previous question (a motion used in the House of Representatives to end the debate) nor did it pass resolutions indicating that a vote should take place at some point, indicating that the Senate was used to having “an understanding of the conversation, that a long debate ends at some point.” 3 A colleague in the Senate suggested that everyone delay for several days before making such an application. If an item is before the Assembly to act, z.B a dissolution, it is the right of each member to have it read once. [13] Another case of this requirement is the reading of the minutes. Unanimous approval is required not to be read. Any member can demand that the minutes be read and it should be done. [14] In announcing the implementation of these agreements, the presiding officers took different positions. A presiding official said: “It was the president`s universal decision that the president cannot get a unanimous approval agreement, but that he must be in the honour of the senators themselves. 13 On another occasion, the Speaker of the Senate asked, “Is it the joy of the Senate to enforce or not the unanimous agreements?” Senator John Sherman, R-OH, responded that the President should “enforce the agreement on this bill.” The Speaker then asked, “In similar cases, what is the joy of the Senate?” Senator Eugene Hale, R-ME, replied, “We will cross this bridge when we get there.” 14 Cons: “Vice-Presidents Charles Fairbanks and James Sherman were not shy when it came to sometimes imposing unanimous approval agreements.” 15 Two days later, Senator Allen again called for the Senate to informally accept “a certain day when the vote could take place.” 4 The Senate, he said, should simply refuse to postpone until there is a final vote.

There was no action on Allen`s recommendation. However, on 13 April 1846 a consensus was reached among the senators for a final vote on the joint resolution three days later. Finally, on 16 April, after some 65 days of debate on the issue, the Senate adopted the joint resolution. While this is the first time that the Senate has unanimously adopted some kind of approval agreement to close the debate and precipitate a vote on a measure, there is little doubt that these agreements have been both more widely used and more nuanced in their procedural characteristics. Many consultative meetings (for example. B City Councillors) use a procedure known as the “approval program.” Issues considered uncontested are on the approval agenda and are all adopted by a single proposal. When a member objects to one or more points of the approval program, the contested points are removed from the approval program and dealt with in the normal course. There is a fundamental difference between the Senate, which works under a unanimous approval agreement, and the Senate, which works under the Standing Rules. While the Order of the Senate allows for virtually unlimited debate and very few restrictions on the right to amendments, these agreements generally limit the time for debate and the right of senators to propose amendments.2 On the issue of ambiguity, there were two main issues.

First, could these agreements be amended or amended by a new agreement unanimously? Second, could the presiding official enforce these agreements? Today, both principles are accepted as procedurally “given.” Not like that a few decades ago.

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