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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - Barry Black
Appropriately, there was a lot of lobbying, some politicking and a little competing at the first public meeting of the Congressional Chess Caucus last week, held in a committee room at the House Rayburn Office Building.
The Senate chaplain isn’t pulling any punches during daily prayer, bluntly calling the chaos on Capitol Hill an ugly showcase of pride, smugness and hypocrisy and entreating the Almighty to step in and smooth the name-calling.
For senators living in the world of policies and pressures, sometimes religious leaders are the only ones they feel they can trust.
"They see me as a confidant, as an individual in the system who is aware of the nuances," he said, "and not just what is seen on C-SPAN2."
Mr. Black, the Senate chaplain, said sometimes senators have discussed with him the appropriate thought-process before voting on legislation, such as considering certain religious, ethical and political factors.