In the middle of the night, what’s to fear? Is it something in the basement, under the bed, in the closet? No. There’s something far more chilling. You see, as you sleep, the House of Representatives is meeting up, passing laws, and subverting democracy.
“Never before has the House of Representatives operated in such secrecy:
At 2:54 a.m. on a Friday in March, the House cut veterans benefits by three votes.
At 2:39 a.m. on a Friday in April, the House slashed education and health care by five votes.
At 1:56 a.m. on a Friday in May, the House passed the Leave No Millionaire Behind tax-cut bill by a handful of votes.
At 2:33 a.m. on a Friday in June, the House passed the Medicare privatization and prescription drug bill by one vote.
At 12:57 a.m. on a Friday in July, the House eviscerated Head Start by one vote.”
- Congressman Sherrod Brown, “Under The Cover Of Darkness”
Other bills passed during these witching hours include the Patriot Act and the recent Medicare privatization bill. You see the House is meeting up in the middle of the night to avoid the people, the press, to avoid the ever-present eye of C-SPAN. Congressman Sherrod Brown tells a story of twilight coercion, bribery, and intimidation at the highest levels, detailing…
“Many of the two dozen Republicans who voted against the bill had fled the floor. One Republican hid in the Democratic cloakroom.
By 4:30[AM], the browbeating had moved into the Republican cloakroom, out of sight of C-SPAN cameras and the insomniac public. Republican leaders woke President George W. Bush, and a White House aide passed a cell phone from one recalcitrant member to another in the cloakroom.
At 5:55[AM], two hours and 55 minutes after the roll call had begun, twice as long as any previous vote in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives, two obscure western Republicans emerged from the cloakroom. They walked, ashen and cowed, down the aisle to the front of the chamber, scrawled their names and district numbers on green cards to change their votes and surrendered the cards to the clerk.
The speaker gaveled the vote closed; Medicare privatization had passed.”
Read “Under The Cover Of Darkness” HERE