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In my time here on DailyKos I've witnessed a lot of shenanigans that have been slipped into omnibus and massive appropriations bills and a question occured to me, why aren't we doing the same thing?

Not something lame like being able to view people's tax records or NAFTA drilling.  But why can't we add a provision to a massive bill that establishes the creation of a national health insurance organization or mandates increases in port security spending or other important programs we all hold so dear?

Now granted these bills have to go through the republican "watchdogs" but when you're dealig with 1100 page bills, would it be possible to sneak something in at the last minute?

I wonder.

Originally posted to DawnG on Sat Feb 25, 2006 at 01:59 PM PST.

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  •  I have no doubt we do (none)
    Democrats aren't angels. They slip pork into bills, but it doesn't bother us as much because it's democrats putting money into democratic initiatives.

    Just ask Byrd about pork.

    I'm always wary of those who know what to say but not what to do.

    by NeoconSemanticist on Sat Feb 25, 2006 at 02:01:39 PM PST

  •  From what I understand (none)
    this is mostly done by committee chairs. Anybody can try to do it, but it's really only effective when committee chairs do it, because they can do it at the very last moment, immediately before the bill is voted on on the floor. And since Dems are in the minority in both houses, they don't get to chair any committees.

    I think it's a much stronger position on our part that this privilege should simply be stipped off the chairs. Make them send the last version seen by the committee members to the floor, without any further editing. It's the position the "(wo)man on the street" will consider common sense. If we stand for reform, this is what we should be demanding.

    Damn George Bush! Damn everyone that won't damn George Bush! Damn every one that won't put lights in his window and sit up all night damning George Bush!

    by brainwave on Sat Feb 25, 2006 at 02:18:50 PM PST

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