Quorum call

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A quorum call is a roll call in the Senate conducted to establish whether a quorum is present. If any Senator "suggest the absence of a quorum," the Presiding Officer must direct the roll to be called. Often, a quorum call is terminated by unanimous consent before completion, which permits the Senate to use the quorum call to obtain a brief delay to work out some difficulty or await a Senator's arrival.[1]


  1. [1] US Senate Reference