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

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  •  TPM stories on this - hold v. slow down (3+ / 0-)
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    gogol, notrouble, island in alabama

    I don't have time to link it now, but TPM has a good piece on this issue.  The nomination remains in committee.  Therefore a hold cannot be placed - holds are only for issues on the Senate floor.

    So the question to ask is why the nomination remains in committee.  And the answer is that Enzi and other Republicans keep asking for more and more questions to be asked before the committee votes on the nomination.  This is their method of stalling the nomination.

    The slow down can be thwarted by Senator Kennedy (the Committee chair) saying at some point that he believes enough questions have been asked and answered, and scheduling a committee vote.  Committee chairs are reluctant to do this, because Senators traditionally give eachother a lot of leeway on asking questions in committee.  But we're reaching the point where I suspect Kennedy will act at some point shortly, because Enzi's coming close to saying - "we need to stop Solis because she supports the Employee Free Choice Act".

    And at that point it's no longer about him asking questions - it's about him disagreeing with her on the merits of an issue.  At which point his remedy is to vote against her, or place a hold on the floor (as much as I hate it, that ability remains).

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