I have a question for people who know Senate procedures better than I do. Is a quorum presumed when the Senate convenes? Here’s why I’m asking.
Suppose the Senate meets in one of its pro forma sessions to block recess appointments by the President. Typically this sort of session involves two Senators-one sits in the Chair and the other is on the floor. They usually do nothing other than (1) approve an order to meet again in three days, and then (2) adjourn. But what if the Senator on the floor said “I ask for unanimous consent that ‘The Everything Republicans Want to Enact Omnibus Act’ be passed.” The Chair responds: “Is there objection? Hearing none, the bill is passed.”
Can this be done? One reason the answer could be no is that a quorum must be established first. My sense from watching the Senate, though, is that they do not typically begin their day by initiating a quorum call and establishing one. But am I wrong about that?