Late-Night Stimulus Sausage-Making Video

By Lee Speigel

Feb 10, 2009 10:42pm

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf reports: There will eventually be a bipartisan conference of lawmakers to reconcile the differing House and Senate versions of the stimulus bill, but the real decisions on how the $800 plus billion will be spent are being made late at night, behind closed doors.

And the White House, in the form of Rahm Emanuel is playing a big role in hashing out the final stimulus package.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Emanuel spent over an hour in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after meetings earlier in the day with the moderate Democrats and Republicans who voted for the bill and helped pass it in the Senate Tuesday.

After 9 p.m., the two went back to Reid’s office. The moderates were seen entering a short time later.

It’s shuttle diplomacy back and forth between the House and Senate on the second floor of the Capitol building.

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