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".
"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)