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RossvThere are 435 house members,so the magic number is 218....Both parties allow members to vote against an issue if it will help them get re-elected...Bipartisan means :Supported by both sides;no republican votes;no bipartisan but you are certainly free to have your OWN definition but it's not the one used in general politics.
Rossv said "219 to 212 sounds close enough to be bi-partisan to me.
Now the republicans are trying to extend the patriot act."
The "Affordable Care Act(ACA)" was passed without a single republican vote; not a in bipartisan bill. The 219 to 212 with just the final house vote after it got reconciled with the senate's bill.Then speaker the house Nancy Pelosi allowed democrats in conservative districts to vote no because all she needed was 218 votes. Many votes are made in hopes of staying in congress.
The House approved Monday a measure that would extend key provisions of the Patriot Act through December. Their vote came less than a week after House Republicans suffered an embarrassing defeat when the same bill was brought up under fast-track rules and failed by seven votes.
The measure passed Monday night on a vote of 275 to 144, two fewer than it received last week. But this time, no two-thirds super-majority was required for passage, only a simple majority. Twenty-seven Republicans joined most Democrats on Monday to vote "no," while 65 Democrats joined with most Republicans to support the measure.
Yes there is a new bunch of republicans, but I'm not sure it's the get-along the got the cart into the ditch. I think it's overreaching, when both parties had the majority. A divided government is supposed to work best but if you have naive freshman ideologues; it makes it quite difficult... I think Wall Street and their shenanigans had a lot to do with it.
I do agree if Congress wants to be taken seriously; they need to submit articles of impeachment. This is what I wrote about impeachment in a previous blog:The only solution is to bring up articles of impeachment on this president, so future presidents will know Congress is serious. I doubt that speaker Boehner would even submit it to a committee, but if it made it a house vote(in a political campaign season) I doubt that it would pass. If the house voted to impeach, I will lay you 1000-1 odds that the senate would acquit. The president's ratings would go sky high because the people would see it as a political witch hunt, because we have been involved in six wars and countless skirmishes, since the last time Congress declared war in WWII...BTW Joe Biden was talking about President Bush invading Iran without consulting Congress;a whole different ball game..... I would say about 75% of Congress is glad that the president did not formally address them because they can sit on the fence and be on the winning side, no matter matter what happens....On March 1,2011 "The Senate unanimously approved a nonbinding resolution on Tuesday calling for the United Nations Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and urged Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi to resign and allow a peaceful transition to democracy...I think speaker Boehner was told by phone as well as other key members of Congress; that's not even mentioning Hillary Clinton testimony on Libyan before a congressional committee on March 7.
Born2Bme,Not sure what slavery and the Confederacy has to do with the issue, but you might want to check your history: Republicans freed the slaves, remember?
Rossv,Uh, if I remember correctly, Obama had full control of the House and the Senate during the Health Care debate. Nothing bipartisan about it.
You have got to be kidding. Republicans in control of everything would turn this Country into a Elitist Nation by giving all the power to big business. Big business would strip everything out from under the majority of Americans. Four years of that would absolutely ruin this Country and what it stands for.Think Confederacy and the slaves that were forced to work for survival.
Rossv,How can you expect action from a Republican controlled house, a Democratic controlled Senate, and a ? President? If you want fiscal responsibility, vote a straight Republican ticket next election. Oh, that's a bipartian approach, too!
Congress was not in session for two weeks during bombing of Libya. So the President's action are lawful at this point. The liberals like Dennis Kunnich needs to shut up and resign.