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View Diary: Enzi is blocking Solis' nomination for Labor Secretary (Update X2) (213 comments)

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  •  Explaining the hold (9+ / 0-)

    Several have asked how it works...

    As I understand it, it takes unanimous consent for a bill to get on the calendar for a vote.  Any member can notify his party's floor leader that such member intends to place a hold on the bill, thus blocking unanimous consent.

    By the 6th session day after notifying his/her floor leader of the intent to place the hold, the member must either formally perfect the hold by putting the hold in the Congressional Record (at which time the hold is no longer anonymous), or the member may withdraw the hold.

    If the hold makes it into the Congressional Record, then you have the "faux filibuster" situation, in which it takes 60 votes to break the hold.

    If the hold is withdrawn, the bill proceeds onto the calendar, unless another member places a hold - in which case the whole procedure starts over again.

    Hope this helps.

    •  But this is a committee hold, not the same. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      President Obama (thanks, A.M.)

      by uffdalib on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 07:22:40 PM PST

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    •  And by the way (5+ / 0-)

      This also means that whether Enzi or someone else, the whole issue will be moot pretty soon. The hold was placed last Friday, making tomorrow the 5th session day. Most likely, the hold will be pulled tomorrow (giving cover to the staffers who denied on Enzi's behalf).  If not pulled, then by sometime on Monday it'll no longer be anonymous.  

      So save your calling minutes!

    •  This is not a hold (9+ / 0-)

      A hold is only used on the floor, not in committee, and necessarily can only be used after the nomination is passed out of committee.  I urged people when calling their senators not to ask whether the senator had placed a hold on the nomination, as employing that language allows the staffer to accurately state that the senator did not place a hold on the nomination even if that senator is respondible for the delay in bringing the nomination to a vote in committee.

      If it is, in fact Enzi, that would not surprise me, if for no other reason she gave him her most evasive answers in the hearing, and he was the one senator who was most displeased.

      In vino veritas

      by GOTV on Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 07:50:00 PM PST

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      •  My bad.... (5+ / 0-)

        You're right.

        Different procedure.

        The Committee rules are even less clear.

        Best I can get is Rule 18, which mandates a 5 day waiting period before any committee action can be taken after the nominee supplies all written background information deemed necessary by the committee.  Given the fuss that Enzi has made about her "not having answered questions" or some such, that would seem to fit.  It would also seem that they could stall her indefinitely.

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