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Senate Secret Holds

Restoring Democracy

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Rules of the Senate cannot trump the obvious intention of the Founding Fathers that legislation passed by majorities of both houses, except for the explicit exceptions for ratification of treaties, becomes the law of the land.

One Way to Fix Congress

Sen. Claire McCaskill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Claire McCaskill

The use of "anonymous holds," the arcane procedure that allows a single senator to secretly torpedo any piece of legislation, has skyrocketed in the last few years. And with its rise, our ability to pass strong legislation.

Senators Calling For End To Secret Holds Have Holds Of Their Own: Survey

The Hill | J. Taylor Rushing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At least three senators who want to end the practice of placing secret holds on nominees and legislation have holds of their own, according to a surve...

The Secret Power Behind Senate Gridlock

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Nearly 100 people are sitting on their hands, prevented from filling jobs as judges, diplomats and top government officials, becaus...

Lucia Graves

Senators Move To End Secret Holds

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The opponents of a rule that allows lawmakers to anonymously delay Senate confirmation proceedings have garnered enough support to overturn the rule. ...

Bid To End Senate Secret Holds Moves Forward

McClatchy | David Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the Senate, every man or woman can be king. Each can hold up a billion-dollar spending bill on a whim, or block one of the presiden...