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Wall Street Journal: Bipartisanship on the Rise in Senate

By    |   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 01:22 PM

For the first time in this congressional session, the Senate is showing signs of bipartisanship stemming from the work of committees which are looking to forge agreements before issues make it to the floor, The Wall Street Journal says.

For one, the Senate is expected to pass a bill that will give Congress a say in the Iran nuclear negotiations after a measure was approved unanimously by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Last week the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee unanimously approved an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind law.

Senate leaders also overcame an impasse on abortion funding that was stalling an anti-sex-trafficking bill which moved forward on Wednesday. The deal paved the way for a vote on Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Thursday after months of being stalled.

"You work out the issues in committee, it makes everything different," Tennessee GOP Sen. Bob Corker told the Journal. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he had a role in persuading colleagues not to attach controversial amendments on the Iran bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking credit for the progress which is also linked to allowing more amendment votes than his predecessor, current Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

"The way the Senate is being run is very popular with a significant number of Democrats, who have come over to me frequently and say thank you," McConnell said Tuesday, according to the Journal. "We've given them an opportunity, and they've taken that opportunity."

"Anytime you can get more votes, more participation, that's always a good thing," West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said, according to the Journal.

Democrats contend that they are being more cooperative than Republicans had been when they were in the minority. They also said they have used their influence to secure policy changes on legislation whereas Republicans in the minority often blocked or slowed legislation, the Journal reported.

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For the first time in this congressional session, the Senate is showing signs of bipartisanship stemming from the work of committees which are looking to forge agreements before issues make it to the floor, The Wall Street Journal says.
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