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 billís advocates say that despite Republicansí claims that the delay is routine, the bill could become hostage to GOP leadersí 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.
Alexanderís 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 Bushís signature to become law, but not even the billís opponents foresee that being a problem ó once it gets out of the Senate.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.