This disgusts me. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) on Thursday placed a blanket hold on all of President Barack Obama's nominees before the Senate, according to his spokesman. Shelby's holds mean that the Senate cannot vote on a nominee unless the hold is broken using a cloture vote that requires 60 senators or if the senator lifts the hold. Sen. Shelby puts hold on all Obama nominees - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room Foul piece of shit senator. Using extortion to get his Piggy Piggy PORK.