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  •  Any Senator can veto any (1+ / 0-)
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    bill, anytime?  And, do it secretly? Anonymously?

    That's too much power to give any one Senator.  And, what does a  mysterious 'hold' do?

    Time is a long river.

    by phonegery on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 08:53:23 AM PST

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      phonegery, Garrett, wilderness voice

      Signals that someone will object to a unanimous consent request to move a thing to a vote.  The fact that someone (anyone) will object means the only way to proceed with that thing is to a) negoatiate their objection or b) proceed with a cloture vote assuming you have 60 senators willing to vote for cloture.

      The problem with B is that it costs about 2 days of floor time.  If the thing you're trying to do is the PPACA (Obamacare), or the ARRA (stimulus) - you bite the bullet and file for cloture.  If the thing is the Undersecretary of Paperclips at State or the 2-Star General in charge of Pentagon art and decor, you probably can't spare that much floor time and so you just move on.

      The secret hold will live in some form or another so long as cloture takes a long time (however many votes it actually takes).  

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