Edward M. Kennedy Senate Files
Sound recording of the radio program "Face Off." Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy of Massachusetts and Senator Alan K. "Al" Simpson of Wyoming debate the vote in the House of Representatives to end the secrecy rule on discharge petitions. A discharge petition enables a majority of the House of Representatives to force a bill to be taken up before the full House when a committee has been blocking it. The secrecy rule kept names of signers of discharge petitions secret from the public. The episode aired on the Mutual Broadcasting System; the air date is unknown, but likely late September 1993.