Friday, January 28, 2011

Rand Paul one of four Senators voting against ending secret 'holds'

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was one of four senators to vote against ending the secret "holds" that senators use to anonymously block legislation. Holds will still be allowed, but they must be listed in the Congressional Record.

Voting with Paul on the 92-4 tally were fellow Tea Party favorite Mike Lee of Utah and the leader of the new Tea Party caucus, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, as well as John Ensign of Nevada. All are Republicans.

Ensign told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he opposed the rules change after Senate leaders rejected a provision that would have given senators 72 hours to review bills before deciding whether to allow them to proceed.

Ensign said senators are given 48 hours after a bill is brought to the Senate floor to impose a hold. “All I want to do is make sure we have time to read these bills,” Ensign said.

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