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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - John Fortier
Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett of Maryland remembers a time two decades ago when things moved quickly in Washington and Democrats and Republicans weren't constantly at each other's throats.
When Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, voted last week to block a Republican attempt to repeal the 2010 health care law, his action on some levels was routine. The vote was straight along party lines, and the GOP effort was viewed largely as a symbolic gesture with little chance of success.
"Mr. Bush is trying to reclaim the mantle of fiscal responsibility for Republicans. While congressional Republicans may desert him on other issues, limiting public spending has broad appeal," said John Fortier, research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
"This is the Republican high-water mark in terms of state legislatures since before the New Deal, in both the number of Republicans and the number of chambers they've taken over," said John Fortier, a political specialist with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a conservative-leaning Washington think tank.