David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: What’s a Whip?

When getting legislation passed — from continuing resolutions on government spending to health care overhaul bills — congressional leaders keep track of who may vote each way by their helpful sidekicks known as the whips. Ever heard the phrase, “whipping votes?” Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings explains the official and de facto job of this indispensable role on Capitol Hill.

Editor’s Note: There are currently 238 Republicans in the House. Rep. Ron Estes was sworn in after filming to fill the vacancy left by Mike Pompeo in Kansas’s 4th District.