Battle lines drawn in the new Congress — but can bipartisanship break through?

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Keeping in mind lawmakers’ success rate over the last four or so years, pessimism for the 114th Congress might be well warranted.

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  1. Submitted by Todd Hintz on 01/07/2015 - 12:01 pm.


    It’s like the old joke… I went to a fight once and a hockey game broke out. Here’s hoping we can get a few more hockey games out of the legislature.

  2. Submitted by David Frenkel on 01/07/2015 - 12:41 pm.

    GOP not united

    Both political parties are fractured and it will still be difficult for the GOP to get much done. With oil prices plummeting the XL pipeline makes no economic sense, not sure even the Canadians want it at this point.

  3. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 01/07/2015 - 01:04 pm.


    Strengthen health care by decreasing it’s availability, now you want deliver a double whammy to people who have to pay for their own health insurance AND can’t find a job by given preferences to people who already have healthcare. Nice. You really want to do something for Vets Paulson? Stop cutting the budget for veteran services… end the sequester.

    As for Keystone… THIS is the first item on the agenda? Don’t let the door hit you guys one the way out in 2016.

    • Submitted by Jonathan Ecklund on 01/07/2015 - 04:21 pm.

      The first, but not the only…

      They’ve also introduced a federal 20 week abortion ban and have changed the way budget bills are scored.

  4. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 01/07/2015 - 01:25 pm.



  5. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 01/08/2015 - 12:45 pm.

    “Republicans hold 54 seats in the Senate and need just six Democrats to vote for the bill and bypass a potential filibuster. ”

    But wait. Just yesterday Dick Durbin read a statement, saying Democrats wouldn’t repeat Republicans’ “gratuitous obstruction and wanton filibustering.”

    Were the very first words from the Democratic leadership not truthful?

  6. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 01/08/2015 - 03:33 pm.

    Harry Reid – Bipartisan?

    Where were these article on compromise and bipartisanship when the Dems controlled the Senate?

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