vote-a-ra·​ma ˌvō-tə-ˈrä-mə How to pronounce vote-a-rama (audio)
plural vote-a-ramas
U.S. government
: an unusually large number of debates and votes that happen in one day on a single piece of legislation to which an unlimited number of amendments can be introduced, debated, and voted on
The Senate defines it as 15 or more votes that happen on a piece of legislation in a single day (while vote-a-ramas are often done on budget resolutions, they can be about any piece of legislation, like the health care bill). After the allotted time of debate on a bill expires, any senator can introduce an unlimited number of amendments to a piece of legislation. They then vote on the amendments, marathon-style. This can go on for hours.Jessica Estepa
Passing a budget resolution is part of a process known as reconciliation, which allows legislation to pass in the Senate with only a simple majority instead of the typical 60-vote threshold, meaning Democrats would be able to green-light it without any Republican votes. But Republicans forced Democrats to go on the record with a series of votes on a slew of amendments in the politically painful "vote-a-rama."Grace Segers

Word History


vote entry 2 + -arama

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vote-a-rama was in 1966

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“Vote-a-rama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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