(Not) in session?

The quorum call, a ritual meant to get the Senate moving, is often used to hide the fact that it’s not. Senate rules say the place can’t sit silent. So clerks kill time by reading the roll as slowly as possible.

Quorum calls kill time in the Senate.
Source: C-SPAN Archives. THE WASHINGTON POST. Published on June 9, 2011, 9:16 p.m.

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