Schumer Predicts More Bipartisanship in 2011

Thursday, 23 Dec 2010 10:19 AM

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The spurt of bipartisanship that allowed passage of several major bills during the lame-duck session of Congress surprised many pundits in the wake of a bitter election campaign. And Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., predicts that bipartisan spirit will continue into next year, allowing Congress to get things done, The Hill reports.

schumer, bipartisanship, 20011, predicts"My prediction: The next sixth months will be more like the lame-duck, where there was a lot of productivity, than like the previous two years, when there was a lot of dart-throwing," he tells MSNBC.

Schumer thanks Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for getting the ball rolling. "If he wanted to be in the position of just saying no, he probably could've stopped everything in this session," Schumer says. "He's a very smart, capable politician. And he knows that if he's in the same crouch he was in the last two years, of just trying to stop everything, his party won't win, they'll lose."




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