The bill, which runs a little more than two pages, has been available to the public since March 28. Furthermore, Feinstein immediately alerted both Democratic and Republican leaders that she wished to hotline the legislation.
Some of the bill’s advocates say that despite Republicans’ claims that the delay is routine, the bill could become hostage to GOP leaders’ objections to certain campaign finance reforms. The objection technically was raised by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) because he happened to be on the Senate floor at the time.
Alexander’s spokeswoman confirmed that he did so for someone else, whom he would not name.
The House also must approve the bill and it needs President Bush’s signature to become law, but not even the bill’s opponents foresee that being a problem — once it gets out of the Senate.