Thursday, January 27, 2011

Senate Votes to End Secret Holds

The Senate has overwhelmingly rejected the practice of allowing individual senators to apply secret holds on legislation and presidential appointees. Secret holds prevented the appointment of dozens of federal judges over the last decade, not to mention stalled the legislative process without accountability.

For senators voted to keep the easily-abused power: Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Jim DeMint (R- S.C.), and John Ensign (R-Nev.)

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