The panel has a long tradition of bipartisanship, but Baucus ascended to power in an era of increasing partisanship in Congress.Many Democrats were unhappy when he worked with Republicans to enact the tax cuts that President George W. Bush won in 2001. And then again in 2004 when Congress pushed through a GOP plan to create a new prescription drug benefit under Medicare, a measure that most Democrats opposed as a giveaway to the large drug companies.
Officials: Democratic Sen. Baucus To Retire
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