The Incredible Senator Ted Stevens has admitted to putting a secret hold on some awesome government transparency legislation. But the big blog denial collection ended up getting denials from every senator except Stevens and Robert Byrd. Maybe we’ve got a bipartisan hold?
UPDATE: Yeah, Byrd did have a hold on it. But he made a lame excuse and released it.
Sen. Ted Stevens is Mr. Bridge to Nowhere and is responsible for the Series of Tubes meme. Furthermore, he’s probably the dude putting a secret hold on a noble bit of legislation. But let’s give the guy a break for a moment, shall we?
When [Sen. Ted Stevens] is discussing issues that are especially important to him (such as opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling), he wears a necktie with The Incredible Hulk on it to show his seriousness.
Wonkette says that Redstate says that Sen. Ted Stevens has the secret hold on the bill to make a searchable, public database of federal spending. Of course, Stevens is on a lot of minds these days as the guy who helpfully pointed out that the internet is a series of tubes.
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This is fun. There’s a bill in the senate that would establish a searchable database of federal grants and contracts. This would make government spending more transparent and probably would help in the fight against earmarks. However, the bill can’t move forward because some senator is putting a “secret hold” on it. This is nuts to me, but it seems that any senator can put an anonymous hold on legislation. So one senator is holding up a popular (and seemingly useful) bill for reasons that are difficult to imagine without a whole heap of cynicism.
Oh, but the fun part: several websites including TPM Muckraker are soliciting and tallying denials from senators. As of this writing, they’ve gotten 75 senators to deny involvement in the secret hold. Ah, the pressure’s on.