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  •  I do object to holds (5+ / 0-)

    Why should one senator have the right to hold anything up?  That said, the "secret hold" is just another way to make our government more dysfunctional.  

    Real conservatives are conservative. They like rules governing everything. American conservatives only like rules governing other people's pleasure. Digby

    by MadRuth on Thu May 13, 2010 at 05:45:26 PM PDT

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    •  The entire notion of the hold spins (2+ / 0-)
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      off the Senate using the Rule of Unanimous Consent to get so much of its business done. At one time the notion of a hold was, in effect, a warning that a filibuster would be launched if a particular bill in a particular form came to the floor. Now, however, senators have been using what are known as "tag team holds," which effectively keep the holders anonymous. It has become an unsightly mess.

      Given the incredible partisan divide we now see, I'm not sure the Senate can continue to function as a truly deliberative body under the longstanding rules of debate they have used. While a tad arcane, there is a certain comfort in the old ways. Unfortunately, they no longer seem to work. Too many members are interested in scoring points more than in accomplishing anything substantive.

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