May 7th, 2010
03:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Republicans won't budge on secret holds on Obama nominees

Sen. Claire McCaskill is spearheading efforts to banish secret holds.
Sen. Claire McCaskill is spearheading efforts to banish secret holds.

Washington (CNN) – Frustrated Democrats went to the Senate floor Friday to seek Republican approval for a long list of administration nominees currently blocked by controversial secret holds placed by GOP senators.

But a Republican senator objected to each of them as they came up.

"Most of the people on the list, we don't know why they're sitting there. We don't even know who's making them sit there," complained Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, who is spearheading Democratic efforts to banish secret holds. "Enter stage left, the anonymous hold. Or as I like to call it, nobody can blame me cause they don't know who I am."

McCaskill said the delay in approving these nominees is particularly agonizing because most of them passed out of committee with little or no opposition.

"If there is a legitimate complaint or grievance against any nominee, I think any senator has a right to be heard and appeal to the body for a vote," Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the number two Democrat, said Thursday. "But secret holds, I think, have become a reprehensible part of the process here and need to end."

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  1. Anonymous

    The Republicans have no intentions of letting Obama fill these positions. I think he needs to warn them that if they don’t vote up or down then he will just do it via recess appointments and move on!!!

    May 7, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. chill

    Let's her it for the gutless cowards of the GOP. If they have a problem, have the courage and decency to speak up and tell us why these peopel should not be approved. They are simply trying to cripple the country and the government by leaving us short-handed. Such babies!!

    May 7, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. jbakaregit

    After the 2006 and 2008 elections, GOPers have learned nothing.

    As the economy continues to improve (all done w/o their help), they can expect 2010 to defy conventional wisdom and the media's predictions again by seeing them in the unemployment lines they so wish to keep long.

    Washington is broken alright. And in 2010 more Dems or Independents will be replacing the GOPers to help fix it. When a party tells you that "government is the problem," a person should assume that they are saying, "If and when I'm elected, I'll be the problem since I'll be a part of an institution I will hold a government position."

    May 7, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. hobart

    Same old, same old from the Party of No, who will say and do anything and everything to prevent a Democratic Administration from getting the simplest thing done.

    Why do Republicans think we're too stupid to see through their loathsome lies and hypocrisy. Why do Republicans so hate America?

    May 7, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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