Senate Rules Chairman John Thrasher has sent out a “Decorum Memo” to his fellow colleagues.
The reminder from Thrasher describes how senators should refer to each other with their honorary titles when on the floor, how they should inform each other when they plan to offer an amendment to their bills and how they should give each other a heads up when they will be speaking against each others’ bills.
“These small acts of personal considerations will hellp make it possible to handle the foreseeable conflicts and heavy workload ahead with a decorum benefitting the Senate,” he writes.
Originally, the document was two-pages, yet only one page made its way to members. Here are a couple of the points missing from Thrasher’s ‘decorum memo.’
“If you have pledged your support to fellow member’s aspirations to become Senate President in 2015,” the memo reads, “it is a violation of protocol to renege on your pledge and go to other members asking them to commit to your own effort to become Senate President.”
“Of course, it is only polite,” the memo continues, “that if you are involved in a leadership coup and your side loses, you should not promise to follow through on this coup by recruiting candidates to run against those loyal to the designated leadership.”
“No one likes a sore loser,” the memo finishes.