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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