Some Republicans reportedly were in the late-night conference. But -- at least from the Senate -- the official Republican conferees were excluded. HUMAN EVENTS has received e-mail confirmations from the staffs of both Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Ia) and John Thune (R-SD) saying that they had no participation in the conference.This will sound familiar to observers of Massachusetts politics, where minority members of conference committees are routinely shut out of so-called conference negotiations. It seems it does not take long at all for the corrosive effects of total one-party control to take hold.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
A little bit of Massachusetts on the Potomac
Human Events is reporting that the Republican stimulus conferees were shut out of the overnight "conference" negotiations on the stim bill, and that the bill being touted today as a result of these "negotiations" was cobbled together behind closed doors largely by Pelosi's and Reid's staffs - with some input from staffers to the three Republican Senators who signed on to the plan in that chamber. From H.E.: