An Almost Great Idea
Billmon addresses at problem at the Whiskey Bar
concerning Congressman Conyers's forum on the Downing Street Minutes
and noted the venue was less than friendly or photogenic, being a small basement room in the Capitol complex.
He thinks the Democrats should build a suitable meeting venue to hold these fora when the Republicans are being jerks about allocating rooms.
The problem is that one of the ways in which the Republicans were being jerks was scheduling almost a dozen votes during the Mr. Conyers's session requiring members to go to the House chamber to participate. To be readily usable the new room would have to be built within the Capitol complex, which would require Republican support, and would have to be under the control of the minority leader.
The Democrats could build or lease the facility, but they would have to hold meetings when the House or Senate was not in session to avoid voting conflicts.
There are problems, but they should do it to escape another Republican limitation.