At 3 o’clock in the morning on Saturday, Alvin Sykes sent a text followed by a phone call to North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr who was still on the floor of the Senate.
He didn’t hear back, so he assumed the worst. His bill was dead.
But at 5:33 a.m. Kansas City time, Burr responded.
“He sent a text,” Sykes told me over coffee at a Kansas City, Kansas diner.
”He said 'It just happened. Sorry it took all night, but it’s done.’”