Stevens lifts hold

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has lifted his hold on a government-transparency bill days after an online grassroots campaign revealed him as the senator raising questions, one of the bill’s chief sponsors said yesterday.

John Hart, spokesman for Sen. Tom CoburnTom CoburnCoburn: Trump's tweets aren't presidential The road ahead for America’s highways Rethinking taxation MORE (R-Okla.), said Stevens’ office had informed Coburn that the hold was no more. Coburn and Sen. Barack ObamaBarack ObamaHealthcare reform is not just about coverage Jean-Claude Juncker is Europe's shirker-in-chief Trump to governors: Healthcare plan will be 'very special' MORE (D-Ill.) are the chief sponsors of the measure, which would set up a free and public online database of all contracts and grants given out by the government.

Stevens, through a spokesman, said the hold was never anonymous and it was lifted “now that [Coburn] has ceased blocking several Commerce Committee with his secret holds.”