Resolution on Fixing the Silent Hold

WHEREAS the practice in the U.S. Senate known as the Silent Hold allows Senators to anonymously and secretively stop bills, confirmations, and resolutions from leaving committees or coming to a vote on the floor, and place these holds even when they are not in Washington, and these holds can be of indefinite duration; and

WHEREAS despite many attempts to reform this practice, the number and sorts of holds have increased to unprecedented levels, allowing a single Senator to prevent majority rule; and

WHEREAS this has resulted in the Senate being unable to enact legislation, resolutions and confirmations, rendering the Senate dysfunctional and unaccountable, and frustrating the electorate;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party urges the Senate to reform the rules to prohibit Senators from making these holds anonymously, to require that all requests for holds be in writing and be entered into the Congressional Record without delay, and to provide that a vote of ten Senators can release a hold; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party send this resolution to Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senators Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Ron Wyden and Chuck Grassley.

Submitted by Adrienne Burk, 46 AD Delegate

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