For many, parliamentary politics is both a given and a yawn. But the impact of this process on the public at large – in terms of national policy and good government – should not be underestimated.

On July 26, the U.S. Senate debated Senate Rules 16 and 28, which are intended to assure that federal laws are enacted after full and fair consideration. While the public may be unfamiliar with these rules, they play a fundamental role in the legislative process.

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