WASHINGTON - Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa., is objecting to two Treasury Department nominees until the Internal Revenue Service provides responses to his inquiry into its whistleblower program.

Grassley's hold blocks the Senate from bringing up the nomination vote by unanimous consent. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., would have to file for cloture to force a vote, but then 60 members of the Senate would have to confirm the two nominees rather than a simple majority.

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