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Brooke Gladstone, host and managing editor of NPR's On the Media, discusses the show's crowdsourcing project Blow the Whistle!, which aims to out the senator who put an anonymous hold on the Whistleblower Protection Act.
Dear Brooke,What a sad story about the Major (?)...dreadful that his info was ignored and then disdained ...it's not unlike the Catholic Church with child molestation....institutions so afraid to tell the truth....the very institutions which profess "the truth shall make ye free".......interesting how the Marines changed with threat of the Post revealing their dreadful stand....he could have been odd man out ! Thanks for your marvelous story! Ciao, Lynn
I called Senator Lieberman's office and no staff member was available to answer the question. From your previous listeners comments I note no senator contacted answered the question. What can we, the general public, do to correct this lack of tranparency on bills being considered? Have you some guidelines? Norma from Ct.
I was quite upset when I discovered that both my NJ senators did not disclose whether or not they "killed the bill." I have come to have great trust in both Menendez and Lautenberg. Now I believe there is a group of senators who do not want this bill passed. Why is that? I find it very disturbing. The whole concept of anonymous anything is disturbing and needs to be challenged.
The bill was not killed, it was held from another vote in the Senate. From the information published in Wikipedia on anonymous holds, I understand why the process exists. The hold must come from a senator and agreed to by his or hers party leadership. The name of the senator is published after five days. If there is still no public information on the person who placed the hold, then there must be more than one Senator. And they are playing TAG to evade public disclosure.
What about two possibilities?1) A non-returning senator killed it as part of a deal with another (several other) senators. 2) One senator killed it but did so on behalf of others. This way, they all get "credit" for being willing to vote for it but don't have to worry about it actually passing.
How did anonymous holds become possible in the 1st place? What was the process & who approved it?
Aren't new Senate rules proposed that eliminate the secret hold? Shouldn't we all write Senators about this?
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