Wyden Prevails on Secret Holds, Merkley Doesn't On Filibusters

Ron Wyden

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We've written a bit about efforts by Oregon's two Democratic senators to make major procedural reforms in the U.S. Senate.Today, both Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley learned the fate of their efforts. Wyden prevailed in his effort to ban secret holds, the practice that allowed any senator to hold up virtually any bill, resolution or nomination without any disclosure of who that senator is. Merkley, ...   More
 
Thursday, January 27, 2011 HANK STERN

Senate Reform: Wyden Takes up Merkley's Fight, Targets Secret Holds


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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has put forth a resolution in the newly convened Congress seeking to help reform one of the most stagnant and counterproductive institutions in U.S. politics—Wyden's very own U.S. Senate. Wyden is targeting secret holds—a rule whereby a single senator, acting in secret, can hold up virtually any bill, resolution or nomination. Critics maintain that secret ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

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