R Sheet on forcing votes
- 1) Today’s majority leaders exercise unprecedented control over the Senate floor.
- 2) They do so to prevent their colleagues from offering amendments without their prior approval.
- 3) Leaders block amendments by filling the amendment tree or offering a so-called “blocker” amendment to legislation pending on the floor.
- 4) But senators have two ways to force action on their amendments and these can be a source of leverage in negotiations with the majority leader.