Senate Ends Secret Holds

Via USAT: Senate ends secret ‘holds’

The U.S. Senate has agreed to change its rules and eliminate secret “holds,” a tactic that has allowed lawmakers to anonymously block legislation and appointments.

A resolution to change the practice passed on a 92-4 vote.

Well, it’s hardly Filibuster reform, but it is a step in the right direction.

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  1. tom p says:

    My gal, Claire McCaskill, has long complained about this abuse of procedure…


  2. michael reynolds says:

    A teeny, tiny bit of progress. That just leaves 9 billion things left to do. We’re on our, baby!

  3. PJ says:

    The four who voted no:
    Jim DeMint, R-SC, Mike Lee, R-UT, Rand Paul, R-KY, and John Ensign, R-NV.