Bloomberg reports that President Obama will be satisfied if health care passes on a strict party-line vote, and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel offered a new definition of bipartisanship:
“That’s a test of bipartisanship — whether you took ideas from both parties,” Emanuel said. “At the end of the day, the test isn’t whether they voted for it,” he said, referring to Republicans. “The test is whether the final product represented some of their ideas. And I think it will.”
Yet even by that standard, Democrats aren’t doing too well. Earlier today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee passed its health care bill on a strict party line vote. Ranking Republican Sen. Mike Enzi notes that “In 12 days of mark-up, we had 45 roll call votes on Republican-sponsored amendments, and only 2 prevailed.”
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