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Good government, but first...
Posted by: Jon Henke on Monday, December 18, 2006

Senate Democrats, as a minority Party in March of 2006...
Democrats are fighting for the reform Americans deserve
The "reform Americans deserve" included a prohibition on "Dead of Night Legislating" because "Leadership [was] Slipping Special Interest Provisions Behind Closed Doors".

After taking control of the Senate, Harry Reid argued that "fight[ing] for important reforms" was a "top priority for Democrats" and "a top priority of the people". In that November 13th speech, Reid declared the Democratic priority of "stop[ping] dead of night legislating".

However...
"Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who has pledged to stop 'dead-of-night legislating,' did a little of his own in the final hours of this year's congressional session.

"Reid slipped two home state projects into the last major bill Congress passed last week:
a transfer of federal land in Nevada to state and private control that's almost two-thirds the size of Rhode Island; and a $4 million grant for a hospice. Neither had been approved by any congressional committee.
[...]
"'Doing anything last minute shoved into an irrelevant measure — that's exactly what Harry Reid said he was going to stop,' said Steve Ellis, vice president of programs at Taxpayers for Common Sense, a Washington-based nonprofit that monitors government spending. 'It goes against the grain of transparency and openness.'" (Bloomberg)
TPM Muckraker deserves credit for covering the story.
 
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