February 14, 2009

NO ONE'S EVER PROUD OF WHAT THEY DO LATE ON FRIDAY NIGHT:

Moment Turned on a Memory (Philip Rucker, 2/14/09, Washington Post)

The House Republican leader dropped a printout of the 1,100-page stimulus bill on the House floor, claiming it was overweight with spending. The Democratic House speaker likened the bill's passage to Abraham Lincoln's preservation of the union. By dusk, after the $787 billion economic recovery package had sailed through the House and 59 senators had voted in favor, the nearly empty Senate chamber fell silent. The proceedings remained open for five painstaking hours as Senate leaders awaited the climactic return of Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who flew in from Ohio and cast the decisive 60th aye vote.

Brown strode into the chamber at 10:45 p.m., wearing a dark suit and no smile.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2009 9:51 AM
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