Sounds like a Bush lackey is hard at work.
Secrecy NewsHere, let the congressional record speak:
An unidentified Republican Senator placed a secret hold on the Open Government Act, a bipartisan bill to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act, thereby preventing the Senate from acting on the bill this week.
OPEN GOVERNMENT ACT
Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, I am deeply disappointed that the Senate
may not consider the Openness Promotes Effectiveness in our National
Government Act,'' the OPEN Government Act, S. 849, before it adjourns
for the Memorial Day recess. The Judiciary Committee favorably reported
this bipartisan bill. We have filed a committee report on this
important legislation. Regrettably, an anonymous Republican hold is
stalling this important Freedom of Information Act, FOIA, legislation,
needlessly delaying long-overdue reforms to strengthen FOIA and to
protect the public's right to know.
It is both unfortunate and ironic that this bipartisan bill, which
promotes sunshine and openness in our government, is being hindered by
a secret and anonymous hold. This is a good government bill that
Democrats and Republicans alike, can and should work together to enact.
I hope that the Senator placing the secret hold on this bill will come
forward, so that we can resolve any legitimate concerns, and the full
Senate can promptly act on this legislation.
The OPEN Government Act is cosponsored by 10 Senators from both sides
of the aisle. This bill is also endorsed by more than 100 business,
public interest, and news organizations from across the political and
ideological spectrum, including, the American Library Association,
Conservation Congress, the Liberty Coalition, OpenTheGovernment.org,
the Sunshine in Government Initiative, the Republican Liberty Caucus
and Public Citizen.