Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Who else knows?

It's clear that the identity of the Senator placing the hold must be known to at least one other person in the Senate. They can't simply snap their fingers and make the hold happen, they'd have to contact somebody. But who? From this nice article on TPM Muckraker, we have the answer.

Turns out it is common practice for the Senator requesting a hold (these are typically not done anonymously) to contact either the Majority or Minority leader (depending on party) to request a hold. That means, either Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) or Minority Leader Harry Reid(D-NV) knows who the Senator is.

Here is their contact information:

William(Bill) Frist - (202) 224-3344
Harry Reid - (202) 224-3542

Call them both (you don't have to be one of their constituents) and ask:
  1. Is Senator Frist/Reid willing to unequivocally state whether he was (or was not) contacted to place a hold on the bill?
If his office states unequivocally that they were not contacted, that would indicate the guilty person was from the other party. If they state unequivocally that they were contacted, that means we are a lot closer to figuring out who placed the hold. The odds of this happening are just about zero barring some major slip from the person on the phone. More likely than not, it will be some ambiguous "not to my knowledge" response.

Again, if you do call be polite. Outrage and obnoxiousness do not have to go hand in hand.


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