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Roberts: 'Bridge of cooperation' washed out

Before Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., joined all but one of his Republican colleagues on the Senate Agriculture Committee last week in voting against legislation meant to tighten regulation of derivatives, he pleaded not only for another bill but for true bipartisanship in general. "Let's try to work together, not let any political pressure sway our commitments to each other and our constituents," he said. "As of now, and as it has been for a considerable number of months in this session of Congress, the bridge of cooperation has been washed out, we apparently are not going to swim, and the bipartisan bill is on the other side. I am now writing country-Western music," he added, to laughter.