Reid Suggests Ethics Committee Referrals for Secret Hold Rule Violations

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Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “on Tuesday suggested that Senators who do not comply with rules regarding secret holds should be referred to the Senate Ethics Committee,” Roll Call reports.

Senate Democrats have recently attempted to trigger a rarely used rule that would force Senators who have anonymously objected to a nomination or bill to identify themselves in the Congressional Record six days after the bill or nomination is blocked from coming to the floor.

“I think that we have to have a little more clout in what happens — maybe referral to the Ethics Committee,” Reid told reporters.

Democrats, led by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), nearly two weeks ago attempted to call up scores of blocked nominations in the hopes of triggering the rule, but Republicans reported no names in the Congressional Record when the rule ripened on Friday. Democrats have cried foul.

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2 responses to “Reid Suggests Ethics Committee Referrals for Secret Hold Rule Violations

  1. Ryder

    Well, well, well….I guess Reid finally decided he couldn’t stand up against all the opponents of adding Tiers to unemployment so thousands of us out of benefits can survive the rest of the year. He says absolutely nothing about this critical issue anymore nor does anyone else in Washington. They obviously don’t feel we are worth remembering. We will remember them at elction time and vote them ALL out of office.

  2. Debbie

    I agree Ryder.I have sent Reid and other Senators and Congressman emails telling them to put other agendas aside and get on with passing a 5th extension.I guess they think we are bluffing. They are going to find out in November who ia bluffing.

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