Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Indianapolis Budget Did Not Pass On A "Bipartisan Vote"
But that is not the way a "bipartisan vote" is defined by political scientists. If that were the definition, there would almost never been a non-bipartisan vote as even partisan votes very often involve a crossover or two, especially in a body as large as the U.S. House which has 435 members.
In examining bipartisan votes, Congressional Quarterly gives the definition of a "bipartisan vote" as:
"roll-call votes on which a majority of voting Democrats and a majority of voting Republicans agreed." The fact Mahern crossed over with Republicans did not make it a "bipartisan vote."