Republicans set healthcare bar: 80 votes

Two influential Republican Senators seemed to raise the bar for bipartisanship today, saying that a healthcare bill will need 80 votes to be considered successful.

"We need to get a bill that 75 or 80 senators can support," Sen. Mike EnziMike EnziGOP blocks slate of Obama judicial nominees Overnight Finance: New rules proposed to curb Wall Street pay GOP senator tries to tie 'No budget, no pay' to funding bill MORE (R-Wyo.) told the Wall Street Journal. "If the Democrats choose to shut out Republicans and moderate Democrats, their plan will fail because the American people will have no confidence in it."

Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyClinton email headache is about to get worse Ten senators ask FCC to delay box plan Overnight Cybersecurity: Guccifer plea deal raises questions in Clinton probe MORE (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Finance Committee, echoed those thoughts in the Washington Post.

"It's not about getting a lot of Republicans. It's about getting a lot of Democrats and Republicans," said Grassley "We ought to be focusing on getting 80 votes."

Both Grassley and Enzi and in the "Group of Six" Senators who are working on hammering out a bipartisan bill.

For a bill to get 80 votes, exactly half the Republican caucus would need to get on board. That's an extremely high hurdle if the legislation is to remain palatable to liberals in the House.

(h/t: Matt Yglesias)

More in News

Republicans sue to stop felons from voting in Virginia

Read more »