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    Re: How many votes does it take to make a Congressional vote bi-partisan?

    libs used to claim if they got RINOS Snowe and Collins to vote with all the other dems that was a bipartisan bill



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    Re: How many votes does it take to make a Congressional vote bi-partisan?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    All you need is one to be able to spin it as such.

    For me personally though, I need between a fifth and a fourth of the other party voting for it for me to truly buy it as honestly "bi-partisan". My general feeling:

    0-1% of the opposite party voting for it = Party Lines, partisan bill
    2%-20% = non-party line, mildly partisan bill
    21-50% = Bi-partisan bill
    50% 0 100% = Non-partisan bill

    That's my rough view on it
    I agree with the 21-50%. It seems like less the majority party suckered the opposing party with personal deals and that ain't real bi-partisan behavior. That said though, just because a bunch of Dems and Reps voted for it doesn't mean it's good. Bi-partisan bills aren't necessarily any better for the country then partisan bills.
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    Re: How many votes does it take to make a Congressional vote bi-partisan?

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    I agree with the 21-50%. It seems like less the majority party suckered the opposing party with personal deals and that ain't real bi-partisan behavior. That said though, just because a bunch of Dems and Reps voted for it doesn't mean it's good. Bi-partisan bills aren't necessarily any better for the country then partisan bills.
    true enough sometimes all that is left is the stuff that seduces those on each side and the tough stuff needing to be passed is scrapped



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    Re: How many votes does it take to make a Congressional vote bi-partisan?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    The House vote on the Cut, Cap and Balance bill is deemed "bi-partisan". Is it?
    about 50 percent from both parties..

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    Re: How many votes does it take to make a Congressional vote bi-partisan?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I pick a purely arbitrary 10 %. If you can get 10 % of the other party to support your bill, it can be considered bipartisan.

    Note that this is purely an arbitrary number chosen by putting almost a whole seconds thought into it.
    Because of all the various factions, southern and northern, and accusations of RINOs and DINOs, that can be easily achieved with the right legislation.

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    Re: How many votes does it take to make a Congressional vote bi-partisan?

    wouldnt 51% be turning the table?

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    Re: How many votes does it take to make a Congressional vote bi-partisan?

    If it's a democrat sponsored bill, it needs 1 republican vote to support it to be bipartisan. If it's a republican sponsored bill, it's partisan regardless. Well, I'm just repeating what I keep hearing in the news...
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    Re: How many votes does it take to make a Congressional vote bi-partisan?

    It's all spin. There hasn't been a truly bi-partisan bill in as long as I can remember.


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    Re: How many votes does it take to make a Congressional vote bi-partisan?

    Quote Originally Posted by rocket88 View Post
    It's all spin. There hasn't been a truly bi-partisan bill in as long as I can remember.
    The war in Iraq and the Patriot Act were overwhelming supported by both parties.

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    Re: How many votes does it take to make a Congressional vote bi-partisan?

    Bipartisan? Well, sort of.
    A pile of grandstanding manure? Yes, that it most certainly is.

    The bill would cut total spending by $111 billion in FY 2012 and caps total federal spending by creating a “glide path” that limits spending at 22.5 percent of GDP next year
    This is meaningless even if it should somehow pass. $111 billion out of a total budget of nearly four trillion? out of a deficit of a trillion and a half? That isn't even 10% of the deficit. and, then we're going to try to pass that elusive balanced budget amendment that's been bandied about for at least a decade now, with no concrete results?

    Further, it has a snowball's chance of passing the Senate.

    and, if it should somehow survive the Senate, the POTUS has threatened to veto it anyway. It's dead in the water, and everyone knows it. So, why make a big deal about it?

    so the supporters can run campaign ads telling the voters how fiscally conservative they are, of course.

    Politicians used to like to stand on a soapbox. Now, they seem to be standing on a huge pile of manure.
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