Is Senator Stevens Holding Up Coburn-Obama?
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The Coburn-Obama legislation has a "secret hold" on it. The legislation, also known as the "Federal Funding, Accountability, & Transparency Act", would create an online, searchable database of federal earmarks. The database would list which member of congress obtained the earmark, how much the earmark is for, what the purpose is for, which local contractors are involved, etc.
Someone has a hold on the legislation. Last week, I called every senator's office, except five -- those five are co-sponsors of the legislation. I've been told that the hold was placed by a Republican. Of all the senators I called, only one would not give me a definitive "no." Senator Stevens's office said he does not comment on holds and, in any event, they did not know if he had a hold. They also told me they had gotten "lots" of calls. That last bit is interesting because a friend also called the office the day before I called -- he called in the afternoon and I called the next morning. He was told the office had gotten no calls on the legislation and the office was not aware of the legislation. That does not add up.
We know Senator Stevens has a grudge to settle with Senator Coburn over the bridge to nowhere. Is Senator Stevens responsible for this hold? Bloggers want to know.