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 CoburnCongress, stop using our nation's military policy for political purposes Congress must rid itself of political 'pork' to preserve its integrity 'Path of least resistance' problematic for Congress MORE (R-Okla.), said Stevens’ office had informed Coburn that the hold was no more. Coburn and Sen. Barack ObamaBarack ObamaObama intel chief wonders if Trump is trying to make 'Russia great again' Sean Spicer’s most memorable moments as press secretary Trump approval rating sets new low in second quarter: Gallup 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.”