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View Diary: Who's Istook and why does he want your tax forms? (115 comments)

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  •  Committee Staffs (4.00)
    In most cases, by the time a Bill hits the floor it's too late.

    Cultivate a staffer or 2 on each Committee of interest.

    Once a bill goes to Conference things get tougher, as only the Conference appointees and their stafsf have access to revisions.

    •  Oh, suuuure, if you care about substance! (none)
      This is definitely true, when it comes to making substantive changes to legislation.

      Right now, that's probably not a realistic goal, though. Still, you never give up on it entirely.

      My thinking was more along the lines of strategy for the floor action, and how to play the cards we're dealt for the benefit of the viewing audience.

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