McCaskill presses GOP to reveal holds

Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillFive takeaways from the Georgia special election Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Potential McCaskill challenger has .7M: report MORE (D-Mo.) is trying to flush out Senate Republicans who have placed secret holds on nearly 80 of President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump wants to expand offshore drilling Patagonia threatens to sue Trump over national monuments order Spokesman defends anticipated Obama speaking fee MORE’s nominees.

McCaskill asked for unanimous consent to vote on the 18 nominees. In response, Republicans allowed Democrats to confirm Stuart Nash, a nominee to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, but objected to the other nominees.

McCaskill said that under Senate procedural rules passed in 2007, Republicans who have placed anonymous holds on nominees would have to reveal themselves within six days. 

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“Section 512 of the law we passed in January of 2007 says that once the unanimous consent motion is made on a nominee, the member who is holding that nominee has to file a letter explaining their hold and that has to be published in the Congressional record,” said McCaskill.

The lawmaker said she would return to the floor to ask for unanimous consent to proceed to nearly 60 other nominees.

McCaskill said a total of about 80 nominees have passed through various committees without objection but have been held up on the Senate floor by various GOP senators who are trying to use them as bargaining chips.

McCaskill said that Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (D-Nev.) has been very supportive of the effort to force GOP lawmakers to own up to placing secret holds.