Mikulski Wants Change to Rules for Holds on Presidential Nominations

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The indefinite holds “senators can place on nominations should be limited to 30 days, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) argued Wednesday,” The Hill reports.

Mikulski said that the anonymous blocks that senators are able to put on presidential nominations for top positions should be reformed, to pair with other changes to filibuster rules, one of the other top parliamentary tools available to a minority party.

"Its historic roots were when people arrived in wagons and would take three days to come, so you that you’d have a hold on it until you could debate it," Mikulski said Wednesday during an appearance on the Kojo Nnamdi radio show. "So even no matter how coagulated the Beltway is, we don’t have to have holds from another century."

Mikulski “stopped short of calling for doing away with holds entirely, but called for reforms to the system.”

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