Partisanship Creeps Back into Politics

Lawmakers from both parties are tangling over the details of the economic stimulus plan -- and Bush is caught in the middle

In the mood of war-time resolve that has prevailed in Washington since the September 11 terror attacks, Republicans and Democrats have put partisanship aside to forge consensus on issues ranging from funding for the Pentagon to a bailout of the airline industry. Now the supreme test of this spirit of cooperation is at hand. Congress and the Administration have spent weeks trying to craft a stimulus package for the U.S., and with consumer confidence flagging and the economy contracting, both would like to complete a plan within the next month. But as of Oct. 10, progress was stalling.

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