Democratic Senators have been blocking Committee work by refusing to show up en masse, thus preventing regular order.
So I was wondering where is Mitch McConnell on this move, and why he hasn't compelled the attendance of the missing Senators under Senate Rule 6, (note that Senate Committees generally follow the Senate chamber rules, although there are exceptions). Has McConnell's office issued any statement or public utterances on his failure to act or on this subject at all? There's nothing on his website, and I haven't been able to find anything. Or any of the committee chairs mentioned in the article would do.
Under Senate Rule 6.
A quorum shall consist of a majority of the Senators duly chosen and sworn.
No Senator shall absent himself from the service of the Senate without leave.
- If, at any time during the daily sessions of the Senate, a question shall be raised by any Senator as to the presence of a quorum, the Presiding Officer shall forthwith direct the Secretary to call the roll and shall announce the result, and these proceedings shall be without debate.
- Whenever upon such roll call it shall be ascertained that a quorum is not present, a majority of the Senators present may direct the Sergeant at Arms 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.