Sen. Tom Coburn, the Oklahoma Republican who has become famous (infamous to some) for holding up bills that Senate leaders want to pass on a fast-track process, sent out a press release yesterday after Oprah Winfrey urged her viewers to call the Senate and press for passage on a child predator bill.
The bill is one of many that Coburn has delayed because he wants a chance to amend it or at least have some debate. But it’s also one, like the bill that would allot more money to investigate civil rights crimes from the 60s, that he has offered alternatives to.
In July, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tried to pass a package of bills that were being held by Coburn. That effort failed. But, according to The Hill newspaper, Reid may try again before Congress adjourns for the fall campaigns.