Showing posts with label Senate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Senate. Show all posts

Jun 20, 2014

Friday Votes

I steadfastly stay away from politics on this forum, so the following is just a statement of fact. The US Senate had four votes on Friday during 2013 and no Friday votes during 2014. My conclusion is that they must need the Friday time to read and digest my Friday Thoughts.

Feb 18, 2011

What's a Whip

Both the Senate and House have majority and minority whips. A whip is a person, whose primary purpose is to ensure party discipline in a legislature. Whips typically offer inducements and threaten punishments for party members to ensure that they vote according to the official party policy.

A whip's role is also to ensure that the elected representatives of their party are in attendance when important votes are taken. The usage comes from the hunting term 'whipping in', such as preventing hounds from wandering away from the pack.