He has been revealed as the Senator who is holding up a bill with bi-partisan support that would require the government to publish an online database of federal spending. Bloggers on both sides of the aisle have been doggedly pursuing the identity of the “secret senator” who was holding up the bill, urging citizens to contact their Senators and ask them if they were the one holding up the bill. Even Senate Leader Bill Frist blogged on his PAC website urging senators to answer the question when it was put to them.
Senator Stevens office claims this was never a secret and that the Senator has some concerns about the bill going forward. However Senator Coburn’s office claims that it took weeks of questioning for Stevens to admit to being the bill’s holder, and that Steven’s staff still has not met with Coburn’s. In addition Stevens sits on the commitee where the bill was considered and would have had ample opportunity to discuss it and have his questions answered if he had not skipped the commitee meetings.