Thursday, February 12, 2009
God Forbid Congress Should Have A Copy Of What It Is Voting On!
We're receiving E-mails from Capitol Hill staffers expressing frustration that they can't get a copy of the stimulus bill agreed to last night at a price of $789 billion. What's more, staffers are complaining about who does have a copy: K Street lobbyists. E-mails one key Democratic staffer: "K Street has the bill, or chunks of it, already, and the congressional offices don't. So, the Hill is getting calls from the press (because it's leaking out) asking us to confirm or talk about what we know—but we can't do that because we haven't seen the bill. Anyway, peeps up here are sort of a combo of confused and like, 'Is this really happening?'" Reporters pressing for details, meanwhile, are getting different numbers from different offices, especially when seeking the details of specific programs.Hundreds of separate provisions, and they're going to get less than 24 hours to review the thing? It's probably deliberate - there is already mumbling about the Blue Dog Democrats. Who will rid the true believers of this menace?
Worse, there seem to be several different versions of what was agreed upon, with some officials circulating older versions of the package that seems to still be developing. Leadership aides said that it will work out later today and promised that lawmakers will get time to review the bill before Friday's vote.
I can see why the peeps are confused. This is one question I intend to send my critters. Did they, in fact, ever get a chance to read this bill?