After Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) today announced he is prepared to hold John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director, an aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wouldn't honor the hold.
Paul said he's willing to hold Brennan's nomination until he receives sufficient answers to two letters of inquiry he sent to Brennan regarding the use of drones.
"I have asked Mr. Brennan if he believed that the president has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and my question remains unanswered," Paul said. "I will not allow a vote on this nomination until Mr. Brennan openly responds to the questions and concerns my colleagues and I share."
But Reid's office will not honor the hold. Reid also refused to honor holds on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary.
What is a hold?
A hold is a move any individual senator can make to delay a bill/nomination from coming to the floor. It could be used to get more time to review a bill or nomination but in the current climate is an attempt to gain leverage over some issue or request.
From the Senate's official glossary:
"An informal practice by which a senator informs his or her floor leader that he or she does not wish a particular bill or other measure to reach the floor for consideration. The majority leader need not follow the senator's wishes, but is on notice that the opposing senator may filibuster any motion to proceed to consider the measure."