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Why Not Parties?Party Effects in the United States Senate$
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Nathan W. Monroe, Jason M. Roberts, and David W. Rohde

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226534879

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226534947.001.0001

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Agenda Influence and Tabling Motions in the U.S. Senate

Agenda Influence and Tabling Motions in the U.S. Senate

(p.142) 8 Agenda Influence and Tabling Motions in the U.S. Senate
Why Not Parties?

Chris Den Hartog

Nathan W. Monroe

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the majority party's use of motions to table as a means of killing unwanted amendments. It does so as part of a larger project in which a new theoretical framework is proposed for thinking about legislative parties' influence over legislative decisions generally—one that is particularly well suited to the Senate, inasmuch as it leads to important modifications of the conventional wisdom. This framework revolves around the premise that the majority and minority parties face costs in getting measures onto the legislative agenda (i.e., getting a final-passage vote) and that these costs are higher for the minority party than for the majority party.

Keywords:   majority party, minority party, motions, amendments, legislative decisions, legislative agenda

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