Getting anything done will largely depend on whether Baucus can find bipartisan consensus on the committee. Baucus is well-known for meeting with ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and his counterparts in the House on a weekly basis.
Its all about 60 votes, said one Democratic lobbyist of Baucus mindset on the committee. He tries to cut the deal in the committee before it goes to the floor.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.