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Mystery Senator Blocks Sunshine Bill

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Posted on Aug 27, 2006
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A bipartisan Senate bill that would have created a public database of all government contracts has been blocked by an unknown senator.  The bill, which passed its committee unanimously, can now move forward only if the mysterious senator who placed it on “secret hold” removes the constraint.

(h/t: Crooks and Liars)

Cox News Service:

Now the bill is in political limbo. Under Senate rules, unless the senator who placed the hold decides to lift it, the bill will not be brought up for a vote.

“It really is outrageous to do this in the dead of night as Congress is recessing,” said Gary Bass, executive director of OMB Watch, a budget watchdog group based in Washington. “The public has a right to know how the government spends money.”

The secret hold has prompted conservative and liberal government watchdog groups to band together to “smoke out” the senator responsible.


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By Druthers, August 29, 2006 at 2:50 am Link to this comment
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It is really beginning to look as though the road to Hell is one-way.  They don’t even have to break the laws—they make the laws.

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By Annie, August 28, 2006 at 11:39 pm Link to this comment
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I would guess Ted “bridge to nowhere” Stevens of Alaska.

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By gizmotron, August 28, 2006 at 10:21 pm Link to this comment
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I can’t say why,but this has the smell of “Turd blossoms"all over it.

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By manny, August 28, 2006 at 9:19 pm Link to this comment
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Why should anybody be surprised at the decay of
of this action. To expose govermental contracts is to expose all the hidden agendas of the super rich and powerful interest groups in this country. The public’s right to know is no longer important in Congress. This mysterious
senator is only playing his/her part in their contempt for our system of goverment.

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By Jon, August 28, 2006 at 9:17 pm Link to this comment
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This crooked senator will be “smoked out”. The pressing question is, how could one remains “mysterious senator” under this supposedly democratic society?

We all know which dictators made what laws but we don’t know which crooked senator made what law in the democratic US of A?

“Only in America”

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By Pragmatique, August 28, 2006 at 7:27 pm Link to this comment
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Smells like a Hatch-et job to me!

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By James, August 28, 2006 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment
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This story has had me punching my table all morning!!  I’m furious!!  PLEASE do more on this story!  PLEASE.  I’ve called Senator’s offices, media stations; nobody is talking about it.

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By Scott, August 28, 2006 at 11:29 am Link to this comment
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“There is no conceivable, rational explanation for killing this legislation unless they have something to hide.”

Capitalism as we currently understand it probably wouldn’t work without insider corruption to grease its wheels and too much transparency would break the circle-jerk of power and wealth.

As for uncovering the secret senator…expect a brief flurry of shrugs and perplexity from Congress and then some new revelations about Jon Benet and… it’ll be like it never happened.

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By sns, August 28, 2006 at 9:50 am Link to this comment
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these crooks can still get around all of this even if it does indeed pass; they will create companies and channel money in more sophisticated ways, and bury the kickbacks, etc.  It’s a great bill in theory, but these people will always create loopholes.

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By Roberta, August 27, 2006 at 11:21 pm Link to this comment
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How can a bill just be ‘blocked’, when has this been done before and under what circumstance? Truthdig should start a big dig!

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