Senate Chaplain Barry Black’s melodious deep bass voice rings through the marble-lined chamber every time the Senate begins a new legislative day. He always invokes divine providence. Rarely does he ask for help averting lawmakers’ own bad ideas.
Black opened a rare Sunday session yesterday by praying God’s presence “as we gather with so much work left undone.”
The work is basically all in the same category: Trying to avert really nasty things Congress threatened to do to itself if lawmakers couldn’t get something more sensible done instead.
Among them: More than $600 billion in automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to trigger at midnight tonight without action, as well as reverting to a Truman-era dairy law that could double the cost of a gallon of milk, as well as the price of butter and cheese.
“Lord, show them the right thing to do and give them the courage to do it,” Black prayed as the Senate gaveled in Sunday afternoon. “Save us from self-inflicted wounds.”
One more day for those prayers to work.