Johanns Supports Effort to End Secret Holds

Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) “has added his support to legislation that would end the Senate practice of secret holds,” according to a press release.

The legislation, introduced by Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), would require that the name of a Senator be made public if he or she objects to a unanimous consent agreement to legislation or to a nomination. Sen. Johanns supported similar legislation in the 111th Congress.

"If any one Senator chooses to object, he or she should not be able to do it in secret," Johanns said. "I support the elimination of secret holds and embrace the idea of increasing the Senate’s accountability and transparency. Our country’s founders appropriately gave individual senators the right to object to flawed legislation or unqualified nominees, however I do not think they intended to allow senators to do so anonymously. The American people deserve to know the legislative actions being taken by those elected to represent them."

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