…or not.

House Democrats intend to pass a raft of popular measures as part of their well-publicized plan for the first 100 hours. They include tightening ethics rules for lawmakers, raising the minimum wage, allowing more research on stem cells and cutting interest rates on student loans.

But instead of allowing Republicans to fully participate in deliberations, as promised after the Democratic victory in the Nov. 7 midterm elections, Democrats now say they will use House rules to prevent the opposition from offering alternative measures, assuring speedy passage of the bills and allowing their party to trumpet early victories.

I certainly don’t begrudge the Democrats of using their new majority, but the next time you hear them talking about “bipartisanship” or “working together”, just remember this. Partisanship has a long history in Washington, on both sides. Nothing’s changed.

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