France’s Assembly votes today

Timothy Kincaid

February 12th, 2013

Having sat through some 5,000 proposed amendments, France’s National Assembly is ready to vote. Again.

After today’s expected victory, the bill will move to the nation’s Senate.

Dave H

February 12th, 2013

5,000 AMENDMENTS?!?!?

Wow… it looks like their National Assembly is even less efficient than our Congress. Scary.

MattNYC

February 12th, 2013

“is even less efficient”

It **IS** France… ;-)

F Young

February 12th, 2013

The marriage bill passed the lower house today, 329 votes to 229, with 10 ministers abstaining. It is expected to pass the Senate on April 2.

Since around 5300 amendments were considered in two weeks or so, I think it was amazingly efficient. The assembly met night and day, literally, seven days a week. Speaking as neither French or American, I doubt the US House of Representatives could do the same.

MattNYC

February 12th, 2013

“The assembly met night and day, literally, seven days a week.”

“I doubt the US House of Representatives could do the same.”

Under John Boehner, the House meets at MOST three days a week and I doubt they even come close to eight hours of work.

Pres. George W. Bush worked harder than the current House and THAT is pretty hard to believe.

Nice work if you can get it…

Dave H

February 12th, 2013

I stand corrected – the French National Assembly obviously works much harder and more rapidly than our torpid Congress.

Still, 5300 amendments blows my mind.

jutta

February 13th, 2013

At http://www.assemblee-nationale.tv/chaines.html you can view the recoded sessions (for about 3 months only) and at http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/14/dossiers/mariage_personnes_meme_sexe.asp you have all the transcripts. I was amazed how fast they were online (usually after one or two days).

Regarding the massive number of amendments the President (speaker) of Assemblee General put all identical amendments together and dealt with batches of amendments. Otherwise it would not have been possible to finish in time.

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