The whips are responsible for assisting the majority and minority leaders in Congress. Both parties elect a whip who is responsible for enforcing party's policies and mobilizing members when voting on important legislation.
Also referred to as Assistant Floor Leaders, the whips act as liaisons between party members and democratic leadership. They work with the members and offer guidance where necessary to ensure a strong support within the caucus. The majority whip counts votes, communicates the majority position and ensures member attendance. The minority whip develops the minority position, leads debate for the minority, negotiates with the majority party and directs minority caucus activities on the floor.