The House of Representatives–which usually tries its best to not work more than four days a week–seems to have determined that tradition is not half as important as passing legislation which will enslave (yes, a horrible word) the citizens of these United States. CBS brings us the rough schedule of events:
2 p.m.: The House will debate for one hour the rules of debate for the reconciliation bill and the Senate bill.
3 p.m.: The House will vote to end debate and vote on the rules of the debate.
3:15 p.m.: The House will debate the reconciliation package for two hours.
5:15 p.m.: The House will vote on the reconciliation package.
5:30 p.m.: The House will debate for 15 minutes on a Republican substitute and then vote on the substitute.
6 p.m.: The House will vote on the final reconciliation package.
6:15 p.m.: If the reconciliation bill passes, the House will immediately vote on the Senate bill, without debate.
It is fitting that we have specific times on a Sunday during which we can be reminded to pray that this experimental Republic might continue for a little while. I am reminded at times like this of the words of Daniel benDavid:
He changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.