Conference committee

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"It's a defect in the system," explains Dennis Kucinich. "When a bill goes into a conference committee, it gets yanked out of the sunlight and into the shadows. The conference process is a closed one, so you can go into a conference committee and basically add anything or take out anything you want and no one really knows. It transforms the legislature into a secret cabal." [1]

See also remarks [2] made December 8, 2004, by Sen. Robert C. Byrd on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004.

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