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August 24, 2006

Turning Up The Heat On The Secret-Hold Senator

It may be time to turn the heat up on Bill Frist. He didn't place the hold (most likely), but the way this works is that the Senator seeking the secret hold informs the leader (I assume that's Frist) who then announces a secret hold is in effect.

Leak it.

And more of this, too.

The [Coburn-Obama earmark daylight bill] had been unanimously passed in a voice vote last month by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. It was on the fast track for floor action before Congress recessed Aug. 4 when someone put a hold on the measure....

The secret hold has prompted conservative and liberal government watchdog groups to band together to "smoke out" the senator responsible.

Porkbusters.org, for example, posted photographs of all senatorial suspects underneath a bold-faced headline asking, "Who is the Secret Holder?"

It remains unclear if the senator responsible will be able to withstand the pressure from the broad array of groups and senators supporting the bill.

"It really is a mystery, not only who did it, but what the rationale could possibly be and why they would go to the mat on this," said Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, a new Washington-based nonprofit devoted to helping the public understand Congress through the Internet. "There is no conceivable, rational explanation for killing this legislation unless they have something to hide."

The secret hold Senator presumably was there for the voice vote, and voted in favor of it-- when he was on the record.

When he's not on the record, and can operate secretly, he places a hold on it.

Now, that's a deliberate attempt to lie to his constiuents and the American people at large, isn't it?

He'd better get right with the Lord quick before this shoddy lie is exposed.


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posted by Ace at 02:04 PM

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