February 12th, 2009
12:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Where's the bill?

 Nearly a day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, announced a $789 billion-dollar final economic stimulus deal, congressmen still had not seen a printed bill, or even a written summary of the legislation.
Nearly a day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, announced a $789 billion-dollar final economic stimulus deal, congressmen still had not seen a printed bill, or even a written summary of the legislation.

Capitol Hill (CNN) – Nearly a day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, announced a $789 billion-dollar final economic stimulus deal, congressmen still had not seen a printed bill, or even a written summary of the legislation.

Most lawmakers, staffers and reporters Thursday were depending on just a handful of details given out the day before by Reid, Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, and two key negotiators, Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine and Senator Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska.

Collins read off some figures from a handwritten and somewhat crumpled sheet of paper.

On the House floor Thursday morning, Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colorado, took on the unenviable task of explaining the uninked compromise bill. As he ran through broad categories such as tax cuts or energy spending, Republican Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, pounced.

"You talk about this bill as though you have read the bill," she said. "And I want to ask, has the bill been made available to the Democrats in the chamber?"

"Uh," Perlmutter paused. "I have seen the House version, and I have seen the Senate version, and I have highlights of the compromise." He had not seen a written version.

As staff worked frantically to put the deal in print, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi postponed a news conference planned for 10:45 am ET to 3 pm.

Her office said the move was related to the Lincoln birthday celebration and visit from President Obama set for the Capitol Rotunda at lunchtime.


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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. naqib

    He just needs his 8 Million dollar cut for an LA to Vegas speed train.

    That and Pelosis 30 Million for marsh mouse preservation.

    What a joke this is...

    February 12, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Tony

    You need to rethink th SPENDULOUS bill the market does not like it. over 600 points down....................

    February 12, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    Where is the Bill? I'd be asking where is the COMMAND demanded of the President of the United States. Instead he finds more pleasure in amsuing his audience, uttering the forbidden word. Let Pelosi and Reid figure it out with their commander in chief. CEO's are accused of not doing their job. Are the trio doing theirs? Anything short of leadership is "inexcusable and irresponsible". Much of congress have done their part now we need Democrat leadership. Success is in their hands but wether ' Macbeth' will make a difference, only time will tell. Who said being President of the United States was easy? A motherly adivce from a great mom. DON'T TOUCH WHAT DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU. Stick to the movies.

    February 12, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Rick

    No Money said:

    "Do you think they give out Nobel price to retarded people?"

    Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize so, yes, I believe they do give it out to retarded people.

    February 12, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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