WASHINGTON — Neither Amy Klobuchar nor Al Franken were in town today for a pair of votes on border security and a resolution honoring the late Ted Stevens, but neither officially missed the vote.
In point of fact, almost no one was in town today as the Senate briefly completed their recess interlude in short order. Yet Senate rules require that roll call votes be cast in person, no proxies allowed. So how, one asks, could they agree to something with just Chuck Schumer on the floor and Ben Cardin in the chair?
The parliamentary maneuver that makes it possible is a unanimous consent motion. If no one objects, the motion passes.
Ergo, every senator who had already filled their schedules back home (as Franken and Klobuchar did) gets to keep on keeping on without officially missing a vote.