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April 25, 2007
THE NEW CONGRESS, SAME AS THE OLD CONGRESS:
Another part of this thing that is worth looking at is the way Democrats kept this bill from coming to a vote . In the paragraph quoted below, the same article explains that the Democratic majority did not concede unanimous consent and thus blocked the bill from being voted on that day. The Roll Call article that is quoted explicitly states that Democrats needed more time to look over the bill, but besides that, it went down similarly to how S.223, the Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act, was secretly held. . . .
Either way, as The Sunlight Foundation's Ellen Miller put it, "a hold is a hold is a hold, unless you want to debate what the definition of "is" is." And, since this holding procedure is being used by both parties to manipulate popular transparency legislation to suit the fancy of a few, it is time for the rule to be revised.
Indeed. Back before the elections, I said that the Republicans deserved to lose Congress, but the Democrats didn't deserve to win it. Sadly, that's how it's turning out.