About the Hotline:
The ‘hotline’ process is designed for a Senator(s) to seek unanimous consent for a legislative proposal without an official debate. A hotline message is sent by the Democratic and Republican Cloakrooms to their respective members with the Senator’s intent to bring a bill to the floor for immediate consideration. If a Senator objects to the hotline and blocks the attempt at unanimous consent, the legislative sponsor can seek floor time to debate the objection by the opposing Senator.
Should a debate ensue it can be watched live following the link below: