- Nov 22, 2003
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The Circus Is Back in Town [Jim Geraghty]
The resumption of debate on the immigration bill is two hours late. A GOP Hill source says that this reflects that the "clay pigeon" the agreed list of 24 amendments known only to Reid and McConnell and the grand bargainers is still being finished. Right up to the cloture-to-bring-back-the-bill vote today, supporters were wheeling and dealing, trying to ensure "aye" votes by promising senators that their particular amendments would be included. Now the revamped list of amendments 300 pages long, nearly as long as the bill itself has to be cleaned up and retyped (so that it isn't quite so obvious which senators were brought on board with amendment promises).
The messy horse-trading represents, the source claims, "the worst of the Congressional sausage factory."
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