Fixing The Silent Hold


Resolution 14-11.18L


WHEREAS, the practice in the U.S. Senate known as the Silent Hold allows Senators to anonymously and secretively stop bills, confirmations, and resolutions from leaving committees or coming to a vote on the floor, and place these holds even when they are not in Washington, and these holds can be of indefinite duration; and

WHEREAS,  despite many attempts to reform this practice, the number and sorts of  holds have increased to unprecedented levels, allowing a single Senator to prevent majority rule; and

WHEREAS, this has resulted in the Senate being unable to enact legislation, resolutions and confirmations, rendering the Senate dysfunctional and unaccountable, and frustrating the electorate;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party urges the Senate to reform the rules to prohibit  Senators from making these holds anonymously,  to require that all requests for holds be in writing and be entered into the Congressional Record without delay, and to provide that a vote of ten Senators can release a hold; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party send this resolution to Majority Leader Harry Reid, as well as Senators Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, and Ron Wyden.

Sponsored by LACDP



Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2014 Executive Board Meeting
Marriot Mission Bay, San Diego
November 16, 2014





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