Elected representatives on Capitol Hill complain that they have not yet received the final Porkulus write-up, but that’s because Democratic leadership on the Hill had more important people to consult. US News reports that the Democrats sent the bill to K Street lobbying firms before getting it to the people who need to vote on Porkulus:
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?'”
Well, why not? Porkulus has to pass muster with the people really running the Democratic Party. The only reason for this bill’s existence is to pay off traditional Democratic Party interest groups, and they had to vet the final product to make sure they all got their fair share.
I seem to recall a Democrat who claimed that lobbyists would play no role in his administration, and then appointed more than a dozen of them to key administration positions in the first two weeks.
Words. Just words.