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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Quorum Requirements in the Senate: Committee and Chamber

Elizabeth Rybicki, Coordinator
Specialist on Congress and the Legislative Process

Senate Rule XXVI establishes minimum quorum requirements for four areas of committee activity. These are listed in the following table.

Senate committees have discretion in adjusting the minimum quorum requirements mandated in Rule XXVI as long as they adopt rules that are “not inconsistent with the Rules of the Senate.” For instance, most committees allow a single Senator to take testimony at a hearing, rather than the one-third required by Rule XXVI. Committees cannot change the majority physically present quorum needed for reporting a measure.

Date of Report: September 9, 2013
Number of Pages: 3
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