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Senate Ends Practice of Secret Holds

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On January 27, the U.S. Senate voted 92-4 to end the practice of secret holds.  Secret holds allowed one Senator to gum up legislation or the approval of a nominee – all anonymously.  This was an enormous overstep of governance, and I’m glad to see that the practice has been stopped.

It’s interesting to note the Senators who voted against the rule change ending secret holds: Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jim DeMint (R- SC), and John Ensign (R-NV).  All are right-wing extremists, and DeMint and Ensign are two of the most corrupt politicians in Washington.  It amazes me that Rand Paul, the love child of the Tea Party Patriots and the Hero of Libertarianism (Ron Paul), voted to preserve this easily abused Senatorial power.

Also interesting is the list of Senators voting “present” on this resolution: Kay Hutchison (R-TX), John McCain (R-AZ), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Daniel Inouye (D-HI).  I’d like to see them interviewed regarding their reasons behind that vote.

Hat Tip: Solomon Kleinsmith.


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