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Friday, December 08, 2006

US Senate to Hold Closed Joint "Caucus"

Updated to include a link that actually works.

From the Washington Post:

The first thing the new, Democratic-led Senate will do next year is meet in a closed "bipartisan caucus" to help set a more pleasant tone than the relentless backbiting of the Congress now heading home, party leaders said Friday.

Far from lawmakers conducting business in secret -- as open-government advocates warn -- the meeting would serve only to sweep away grudges and smooth the way for more action, the leaders said.

"We won't always agree but can sit down, side by side, and forge consensus on the issues important to the American people," incoming Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said in a joint statement with his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

McConnell said, "Republicans intend to be as cooperative as possible to help the Senate get off to a good start next year."

Spokesmen for the lawmakers said the meeting would not amount to a closed session of the Senate under the chamber's rules.

However, any meeting of 100 senators with rules of any kind is by definition a meeting of the Senate, said Brian Darling, director of Senate relations for The Heritage Foundation.


Kellman, Laurie. "New Senate Schedules Closed Meeting Washington Post. 12/8/06


Blogger Tim White said...

CGG... is that the right link? The headline is "Foley."

12/08/2006 05:07:00 PM  
Blogger cgg said...

It was the right link, but for some reason the Courant changed the page. WaPo has the same article so the post now links to there.

Thanks Tim.

12/08/2006 05:23:00 PM  
Blogger Tim White said...

yeah... those "headline news" links at the Courant seem to change every few hours... at least on some of the stories. I don't think any of the other local papers do that.

12/08/2006 05:25:00 PM  
Blogger Tim White said...

no problem. I ran into the same thing myself a few months ago.

12/08/2006 05:26:00 PM  
Blogger Aldon Hynes said...

For those of you who are serious news readers, I'd encourage you to post and review stories like this up on NewsTrust.

I've posted this story here with my review.

12/08/2006 06:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if the Roman Senate had these same kind of meetings right before they did in Julius Ceasar?

Nero might be a better analogy to today but the real question is "Ain't empire a bitch?".

12/08/2006 07:24:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Mooney said...

Last time they did this was during the Clinton impeachment.

12/08/2006 08:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Won't work. Even if it is legal/appropriate, there is no way these people will trust one another. Just a way to scam the voters.

12/08/2006 10:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they are doing this to accomodate Joe L. This way, he can caucus with both R's and D's...

What power...

12/08/2006 11:36:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Mooney said...

Sorry, misread that page. They also had a closed session in 2005 to discuss the Plame issue.

12/09/2006 09:35:00 AM  

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