"For the past several weeks, members of Congress have scrambled
to stuff last-minute provisions that benefit their districts or their local industries into this piece of legislation: Perhaps
they don't want anyone to find out about them before it's too late."
Congress Embarrassed Friday, October 24, 2003; Page A24
WHERE IS the energy bill? According to spokesmen for the House and Senate energy committees -- whose staffs
have been writing the bill -- the legislation is now finished, except for a few sections on taxes. Yet although this bill
may become law in a few days, no Democrats, few Republicans and even fewer members of the public have seen it: The bill's
language will be released, committee chairmen now say, no earlier than 48 hours before a possible vote -- an improvement over
the 24 hours originally promised, but not much. There appears to be no plausible explanation for this deep veil of silence
-- except possibly embarrassment. ...
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