"We just strongly believe, and I know my colleague Senator McConnell (R-KY) would agree, that the public deserves, at long last, some kind of bang for their buck after all this," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). "At the end of the day, we have to put aside our differences and get this thing passed in a feverish race against time."
"There's got to be a big, red, ticking clock right there in the Senate and House chambers counting down to zero while we're racing - against all odds - to avert another recession," explained Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK). "I don't know if Senator Reid has ever seen an action movie, but that's how you build tension and a sense of danger - two things Americans expect out of the legislative process. Then whoever the deciding vote is screams, 'Aye' with a second to go, and everyone leaves satisfied."
President Obama urged lawmakers to pursue a climactic finish in a press conference Monday afternoon, saying, "If we can't time this thing out just right so that we stall and stall and stall and then just barely keep from sliding into oblivion, then we have failed the people who elected us."