News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush - Part I b
Republicans Formally Exclude Democrats
Pt. I b BUSH'S CONGRESS
NEO-CONSERVATIVES' ULTIMATE GOAL
RIGGING ELECTIONS
------ Reforms needed
-- Corrupt Redistricting
---- Texas
---- Colorado
---- Pennsylvania
-- Rigged E-Voting?
---- Diebold For Bush
-- Delayed Disclosures
RAW POWER TACTICS
-- Bullying to Win
---- Threatening Dems
---- Bribing Republican
-- Excluding Democrats
---- 11th-Hour Bills
---- 1-Vote Victories
LOOTING the FUTURE
-- Driving Up Deficit
-- Extra Pork in Bills
-- $87 bill. Blank Check
BAD BILLS
-- Energy Bill
-- Medicare Bill
-- Spending Bill
WHO BENEFITS?
-- Wealthy Interests
-- Cheney's Cronies
-- Bush Camp'n Donors
-- Gun Lobby
WHAT ARE WE LOSING?
-- Privacy Rules
-- Academic Freedom
---- at the U. of Wash.
-- States' Rights on..
---- Air Quality
---- Antispam Rules
---- ID Protection
---- Gay Marriage
---- Scholarships
STATES FIGHT BACK
-- Brandeis's Support

"The House and Senate each passed versions of this bill. But the final version has been written by a House-Senate conference committee that formally excluded Democrats."

washingtonpost.com

Uncivil Society

Wednesday, October 22, 2003; Page A28

The complete article is currently (3/24/04) available on the Washington Post website at-- http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A61891-2003Oct21?language=printer   [found through a Google search by article title]

Opening words--

LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON, the House was poised to vote on an energy bill purported to be 1,700 pages long. No Democrats, and few Republicans, had read the bill.    A dispute among House and Senate negotiators on a tax issue delayed the vote, but it is expected in a few days. Before then it might be worth thinking about how this legislation came into existence -- and what that story says about the deeper problems of the legislative process itself.

The House and Senate each passed versions of this bill. But the final version has been written by a House-Senate conference committee that formally excluded Democrats. Although many of the issues addressed in the bill have been discussed in the hundreds of hours Congress has spent debating energy in the past two years (or even, in the case of the electricity provisions, the past decade), some of the final language will never have appeared anywhere in public. ....

Yet whatever the final contents of this mystery bill, it cannot, once the conference has signed off on it, be amended. ...

2003 The Washington Post Company

 
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