1. The differing sizes and traditions of the House and Senate
show up clearly in scheduling legislation. The smaller Senate
works much more informally, with the Majority Leader consulting
with the Minority Leader and proposing a schedule to be approved
by unanimous consent.
[Video: Majority Leader announcing schedule]
2. In the House, an additional step is required. The House Rules
Committee serves as a "traffic cop," proposing the timing
and nature of floor consideration. The Rules Committee proposes
a "rule" which outlines how much time will be allotted
for debate, and whether the legislation is subject to amendment
on the floor. "Open"
rules allow germane amendments, "closed"
rules deny the right of amendment, and
"modified" rules specify the kinds of amendments
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