News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush - Part I b
11th-Hour Bills Irk Both Democrats & Republicans
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

"Let us in the room," said Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California. "If you let us in the room, as John McCain does every single time, you will come out with legislation that will pass the Senate.

New York Times  November 22, 2003
CONGRESSIONAL MEMO

11th-Hour Bills Irk Lawmakers Left in the Dark

By DAVID FIRESTONE

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 — For weeks, hundreds of impatient Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill have steamed as Congressional leaders confined them to the anteroom while writing gigantic bills reshaping Medicare and energy policy.

On Friday, many of those shut out of the inner sanctum got a morsel of revenge when 40 members of the Senate succeeded in blocking the energy bill, a long-sought prize of Republican leaders and the Bush administration. By introducing the two big bills at the last minute and thus limiting debate just before the winter adjournment, those leaders had hoped to push the measures through a weary Congress, but many lawmakers suggested on Friday that the tactic might be backfiring. ...

Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mr. McCain said that the more closely members examined the bill, the more unsavory it became.

"I never believed that it was accidental that we didn't receive this bill until a very short time ago, 1,200 pages," he said. "Because it will not bear scrutiny."

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