Standing Rules of the United States Senate, Rule VI

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Rule VI of the Standing Rules of the United States Senate, established by the Committee on Rules and Administration, relates to a quorum and absentee Senators.

This rule states:

  1. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the Senators duly chosen and sworn.
  2. No Senator shall absent himself from the service of the Senate without leave.
  3. If, at any time during the daily sessions of the Senate, a question is raised by any Senator as to the presence of a quorum, the Presiding Officer shall forthwith direct the Secretary of the Senate to call the roll and shall announce the result, and these proceedings shall be without debate.
  4. Whenever such roll call occurs, it shall be ascertained that a quorum does not exist and not present, a majority of the Senators present may direct the Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate to request, and, when necessary, to compel the attendance of the absent Senators, which order shall be determined without debate; and pending its execution, and until a quorum shall be present, no debate nor motion, except to adjourn, or to recess pursuant to a previous order entered by unanimous consent, shall be in order.