Who Gets First Look At “Stimuless” Bill?… K Street


Once again,  Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are running a bill through Congress without giving members adequate time to review the legislation.  But, fear not, for they have sent copies to lobbying firms on K Street.  According to US News, congressional staffers are frustrated that they have not had access to the bill:  

We’re receiving E-mails from Capitol Hill staffers expressing frustration that they can’t get a copy of the stimulus bill agreed to last night at a price of $789 billion.  

What’s more, staffers are complaining about who does have a copy: K Street lobbyists. E-mails one key Democratic staffer: “K Street has the bill, or chunks of it, already, and the congressional offices don’t.  

So, the Hill is getting calls from the press (because it’s leaking out) asking us to confirm or talk about what we know—but we can’t do that because we haven’t seen the bill. Anyway, peeps up here are sort of a combo of confused and like, ‘Is this really happening?’”

 So, Mr. President, there is no room for lobbyists in your administration?  I guess it all depends on what the meaning of "is", is.

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