The Five Senators Who Refuse To Say If They Anonymously Killed The Whistleblower Bill

from the who-will-blow-the-whistle dept

While the bill had some significant shortcomings, we were still somewhat surprised to find out that a US Senator used an anonymous hold to block a bill designed to protect whistleblowers. At the time, we wondered if there would be a whistleblower who would reveal who blocked the bill. However, the folks at WNYC's On the Media set up a neat campaign to contact all 100 Senators and get them to say whether or not they put the hold on the bill. For weeks, many Senators refused to respond, but now the project has reached the point where 95 Senators have said they did not put the block on the bill, leaving just five Senators who have refused to answer. They are:
  • David Vitter
  • Jeff Sessions
  • James Risch
  • Mitch McConnell
  • Jon Kyl
On the Media is still asking for help contacting those five senators to see if they'll finally explain whether or not they put a hold on the bill. The whole process of an "anonymous hold" in the Senate seems to go against basic principles of transparency in democracy. Anonymity is an important part of free speech for the citizenry, but it does not apply to a single Senator blocking legislation. If they are going to do that in the name of the people they represent, they should be expected to step forward and admit it.

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  1. identicon
    Jose_X, 21 Feb 2011 @ 5:17am

    Re: Come on American Citizens letís fix our Government!

    >> The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8

    primed by the war

    We might be getting close to seeking out some real change again. A better candidate than Congressional reform might be "the Constitution applies only to human beings unless noted otherwise" as a reaction to Citizens United.

    >> before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones

    I do have to pause for a moment and wonder if perhaps we aren't too distracted to focus on a narrow selection of topics. [Nah.]

    >> Congressional Reform Act of 2011

    As you can see by the other replies, the long list you covered is too complex for any significant number of people to agree to it for an amendment or at least quickly in the near future.

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