Man Without Qualities

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Closed Senate Sessions

Senate Democrats have forced the Senate into closed door (sometimes called "secret") session, as detailed here. This Democratic stunt is being taken pursuant to Standing Rules of The Senate RULE XXI - SESSION WITH CLOSED DOORS. For those who may be interested, that rule reads as follows:

1. On a motion made and seconded to close the doors of the Senate, on the discussion of any business which may, in the opinion of a Senator, require secrecy, the Presiding Officer shall direct the galleries to be cleared; and during the discussion of such motion the doors shall remain closed.

2. When the Senate meets in closed session, any applicable provisions of rules XXIX and XXXI, including the confidentiality of information shall apply to any information and to the conduct of any debate transacted.

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