Bipartisanship has been in short supply this year in the Senate. But it’s suddenly flowering in one important area.
After months of behind-the-scene discussions, Sens. Kent Conrad (D., S.D.) and Judd Gregg (R., N.H.), the Budget Committee’s chairman and top Republican, have agreed in principle on a bill to establish a powerful commission to try to solve the government’s serious fiscal problems.
The trick now is getting Democratic leaders – particularly House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – to go along. Some Republicans also might want to hold off on the idea, at least until after the 2010 elections, when they could increase their influence in Congress.
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