Accord in Parliament
The Müller-Hermann and Highway Relief bills had been buried in Bundestag committees. Only the Transportation Finance Bill remained to be dealt with by both houses of Parliament. The Bundestag committees had turned in their demands, and public opinion had been molded and measured. Now it was up to Parliament to render its verdict, but especially up to the Bundestag plenary session holding its second and third readings. Whether significant revisions would still be made to the bill at this stage of the legislative process was difficult to predict, but the policy makers knew they would receive a multitude of last-minute claims from those political actors who had already made appeals at earlier stages.
There are variations in the procedural aspects concerning the second reading in different countries. In some, as in Great Britain and the United States, the second reading is intended to serve as a time for general debate. In Great Britain, the bill is subsequently sent to committee, while in the United States it already will have received consent in the committee, but be subject to amendments from the floor.
In West Germany, the second reading is intended also to be an occasion to consider amendments to the bill. Therefore, the