"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
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
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.
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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