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Monday, Oct 04, 2004

business end

"What Susan Milligan and her Globe researchers do in this report that is so helpful is actually collate data on procedures like closed rules, floor debate time, and conference committee riders and offer the appropriate comparisons to congressional practice in the past. Their findings should finally put to rest the claim that Democrats were just as ruthless when they were in charge and are now just whining out of sour grapes. What's going on now really is unprecedented (or it's at least without precedent since the days of "Czar Joe" Cannon, Speaker of the House in the early 1900s)."