Bipartisanship, sometimes referred to as nonpartisanship, is a political situation, especially in the context of a two-party system, as is the case for countries such as the United States and other western countries, in which opposing political parties find common ground through compromise….Wiki….
The American political system is designed to work on compromise….
The success of the Common Sense caucus may signal the rising clout of moderate lawmakers willing to withhold their votes to broker compromise. But a similar bipartisan push after the failure of the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare last year fizzled without much success.
For many, the gatherings in the office of Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) offered a glimpse of how a new Senate could break from the hyper-partisanship in Washington to govern.
“Susan’s office is Switzerland,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who helped organize the sessions.
The group included red state Democrats, Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and others like Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) — all up for reelection in fall.
Among the Republicans were known deal-makers, including the Tennesseans, Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, and Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, but also newer brokers, including Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who is running the GOP’s reelection committee, and Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), a former governor.
Trump invited two of them, Manchin and Sen. Doug Jones, the newly elected Democrat from Alabama, to the White House later Monday, thanking them for their work in a conversation that moved from immigration to an infrastructure deal.
In an unusual display of comity, the caucus met publicly off the Senate floor after Monday’s vote for a celebratory huddle — Republicans and Democrats….