From Sunlight Foundation:
DeMint blocking secret hold bill
By Paul Blumenthal on 07/14/10 @ 11:12 am
Tags: Jim DeMint, Secret Hold, Transparency
There seems to be a recurring theme with transparency legislation. Senators just love to block these types of bills. There are three possibilities here: (1) senators fear transparency and openness, (2) senators have legitimate questions, (3) senators have a base need to remind everyone of the true definition of irony (they’re still mad at Alanis Morrisette).
Into this theme steps Sen. Jim DeMint, blocker of a bill that would end the practice of secret holds in the Senate. DeMint joins the pantheon of such greats as Sens. Ted Stevens and Robert Byrd who placed secret holds on a bill to create an online database of federal spending (USASpending.gov) and sundry Republican senators who stood up to secretly block a bill to require senators to file their campaign finance reports electronically. Take a bow, senator.
(Yet) another GOP politician (like our mayor) doing everything possible to destroy transparency and keep the old-boy-secret-network going.
If the GOP would simply obey their own principles, people might start believing in them again – instead of seeing them for the hypocrites and obstructionists they are.