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Price Rises on Bipartisanship

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But Senate GOP votes, like those of Collins, Specter and Snowe, will undoubtedly come with a price tag, and the pressure from other Republicans to unify against Democratic solutions to the economy may only get more intense as time wears on.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said he hopes the three GOP moderates will actually deny Democrats their votes in the future, saying the stimulus measure was more a wish list of Democratic policy priorities than an economic recovery bill.

“I would hope that the three amigos — if you wouldn’t endanger your life if you got between them and a TV camera — that maybe they can come back in,” Roberts said.

Democrats are wary of just that problem, which was clear Friday on the Senate floor when Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) pleaded with Republicans to come to the negotiating table.

“To my colleagues, please, on the next bill — it is too late for this one — rethink the attitude,” Schumer said. “We are trying. ... Republican input, albeit from three, has been large in this package. Join us. We want you to.”

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