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Senate to vote on secret 'holds', other changes


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate appears ready to make it harder for individual senators to surreptitiously hold up legislation, but is balking at other proposals, such as limiting filibusters, to make the chamber operate more efficiently.

On tap Thursday are votes on several measures aimed at changing the rules of the Senate, which has been plagued by partisan gridlock in recent years, into a less dysfunctional body.

Most likely to succeed was a resolution that would effectively end the practice of secret "holds," where a single senator, without revealing his or her name or motive, can block votes on legislation or nominations.

But with Democrats facing the possibility of returning to the minority in the next election, there was little appetite for proposals by several Democrats to undermine the minority's filibuster power.

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