Vote to End Secret Holds Possible Next Month

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The bipartisan coalition of “Senators working to reform the Senate’s use of secret holds welcomed Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) pledge today to call up their legislation as one of the first votes in September,” according to a press release.

The Secret Holds Elimination Act, sponsored by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa), and Claire McCaskill (D- Mo.), would eliminate a single Senator’s ability to indefinitely hijack the legislative process in secret by requiring that all holds be submitted in writing and automatically disclosed after one legislative day.

“During the next work period, I am committed to having Senators vote on whether or not to end the use of secret holds in the Senate,” Reid said.  “This bipartisan proposal is a step in the right direction to put transparency above secrecy.”   

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2 responses to “Vote to End Secret Holds Possible Next Month

  1. Stan Olshefski

    I thought that ‘secret’ holds were already disposed.

  2. DA

    Since when has our government been honest with us

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