September 13, 2015

SINGLE PARTY GOVERNMENT:

Bipartisan legislation is making a comeback (Matthew Yglesias, September 13, 2015, Vox)

Congress is actually getting less partisan, and has been for a few years. That's the somewhat surprising conclusion of an analysis done using data on co-sponsorship of legislation done by Quorum, a company that specializes in quantitative information about American politics.

The variable tracked here is what share of bills introduced have at least one co-sponsor from the other party. And we can see here that while bipartisan bill writing is still well below its historical average levels, it has bounced back -- especially in the Senate -- from the nadir it reached in the 112th Congress.

It's interesting to note that the small-scale revival of bipartisanship has happened even though we haven't seen any kind of meaningful resurgence of ideological moderates on Capitol Hill.

The only differences between the parties are partisan, not policy.  Democrats would have routinely voted with W were he a Democrat and Republicans with the UR were he a Republican.
Posted by at September 13, 2015 8:15 AM
  

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