Wyden Will Place Hold on Internet Censorship Legislation

By: Friday November 11, 2011 4:05 pm

In effect, Wyden would put a hold on the legislation, forcing a series of time-consuming votes to get Protect IP passed. Republicans do this routinely. But with so much on the calendar and not much time to get it all done, this could at least block the bill for the rest of the year.


Surprise! Secret Holds Not Banned

By: Monday May 16, 2011 1:15 pm

If you’re like me, you believed that the Senate rules reform effort devolved into nothingness. Only a few things were accomplished on the periphery. . . or, not.

It’s Time to Regulate the Number of Aborted Votes in the Senate

By: Saturday December 11, 2010 10:15 am

With the disaster in the Senate on Thursday, when Republicans proved yet again that they will not easily give up their discriminatory ways, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was aborted when it failed to pass a vote on cloture. The New York Times howled on Friday that The Senate Stands for Injustice, but this event really was just one more in a long string of aborted votes in the Senate that are bringing it increasingly closer to gridlock. Both parties have been guilty of this obstructionism over the years, but at least in terms of failed cloture motions, the past four years, with Democrats in the majority and Republicans aborting as many votes as they can, have seen these Senate abortions sail to an all-time high. It should be possible to put the Senate back to work actually debating and then having simple majority votes on passage of bills rather than aborting any votes on them. Let’s also eliminate the back alley vote abortions embodied in “holds” on legislation and limit total blockage attempts to no more than 10 for each caucus in a two year session.

Bernanke Approved by Senate Banking Committee; Merkley Only Dem “No”

By: Thursday December 17, 2009 12:59 pm

Current Fed Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke has been recommended for confirmation to a second term by the Senate Banking Committee this morning by a vote of 16-7. In the end, all Democrats on the committee but Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) voted for confirmation.

Chris Dodd Embraces Secrecy and Bailouts, Redux

By: Wednesday December 16, 2009 7:55 am

Back in May, Marcy Wheeler met with Chris Dodd and I asked him if he knew, as Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, which banks the Fed was lending to. He said he’d find out and get back to me. He finally did. He asks the Fed why he shouldn’t know these things, and then sent me their response. The letter is below the fold.

Bernanke Holds Are Harry Reid’s Problem, Not Chris Dodd’s

By: Saturday December 5, 2009 6:00 pm

Now that at least four US Senators have put a hold on Ben Bernanke’s nomination to another term as the chair of the Federal Reserve, what is the process going forward?

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