Other alternatives to the use of a “rule” are the request to suspend the rules and > to pass a bill that limits debate on the bill to 40 minutes and does not authorize any amendments, or a unanimous request for approval]] >. In the latter case, it is a motion that seeks unanimous approval of the passage of the legislation. This means that the bill will only pass if there is no objection; There is no opportunity for debate or amendments. The risk of using this approach is that only one member must object and stop the bill. In the 100-member Senate, the notified bill is on the > schedule and discussed. The basic rules of debate in this smaller Chamber are not restrictive and the smaller size of the Senate makes the debate more manageable than in the larger assembly. Some form of debate restriction is achieved when leaders negotiate a unanimous approval agreement]] > setting certain deadlines for debate. Another restriction occurs when a senator proposes a motion at the table]] > (which is not controversial and stops the debate on what has been discussed). Copyright 2007 LexisNexis, a department of Reed Elsevier Inc. Any rights reserved, unless a senator opposes it, any senator can speak for as long as he or she wishes.
A senator who speaks for a long time to block the consideration of a motion or legislation is filibustering]] >. The Senate must vote to appoint Cloture]] > to arrest a Filibuster. The mere threat of a filibuster is often enough to block the Senate`s action against a bill. Finally, Parliament calls for the proposed amendments to be German> the bill. Only one Member of Parliament may object that an amendment is envisaged if it is not German. The much larger Assembly must take further action before the notified legislation can be considered. Without severe restrictions, the debate in the 435-member Chamber of Deputies would be chaotic. Such a restriction is to send the bill to the House rules committee, >. The committee “reports” a separate resolution (H.Res.) setting deadlines for debate on the bill. This resolution, known as the rule of law under consideration, may limit the number of amendments > available to the bill, or even indicate what amendments may be proposed.