"Coburn Denies Responsibility: ‘A Hold On A Bill Is Not Blocking A Bill’"
Yesterday, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) took to the floor to protest Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-NV) attempts to overcome conservative holds on popular bipartisan legislation by wrapping “many of the bills into one large measure to be voted on by the Senate.” Coburn, who currently has holds on about 80 bills, argued that ‘holding bills’ — a technique which allows senators to “object to bringing a bill or nomination to the floor for consideration” — actually improves the democratic process and is in the “tradition of the senate”:
A hold on a bill is not blocking a bill from coming to the Senate floor…So if you’re holding a bill because you’re saying ‘I don’t agree with unanimous consent,’ which means ‘I don’t agree that we should not debate, I don’t agree that we should not amend, and I don’t agree that the public shouldn’t have a recorded vote on this bill,’ that does nothing to stop the bill from coming to the floor….Debate—full, open, honest debate—is great for this country.
|Bill Name||House Vote||Republicans Voting Yes
||Amendments Offered In Committee|
|Postpartum Depression (S. 1375/HR 20)||382-3||176||1 offered in House, 1 adopted|
|Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Registry Act (S. 1382/HR 2295)||411-3||187||2 offered in Senate, 0 adopted|
|Drug Endangered Kids (HR 1199/S. 1210)||389-4||180||1 offered in Senate, 0 adopted|
|Enhancing Child Pornography Prosecution (S. 2869/HR 4136)||416-0||192||1 offered in House, 1 adopted|
|PROTECT Our Children Act (S 1738/HR 3845)||415-2||188||1 offered in House and Senate, Both adopted|
|Funding for victims of torture (HR 1678/S 840)||418-7||189||None offered|
|Preservation of Records of Servitude, Emancipation, and Post-Civil War Reconstruction (HR 390)||414-1||190||1 offered in House and Senate, Both adopted|
|Ocean Exploration, Mapping & Research (HR 1834/HR 2400/S. 39)||359-49||139||3 offered and adopted in House and 2 offered and adopted in Senate|