They saw the writing on the wall that the majority of Americans would have blamed them if no bill would be voted on/approved. These were the same Republicans who contemplated sending amendments back to the Senate, and they would have if time was on their side...it wasn't and neither was public opinion on their side. They either voted for the Senate bill or faced a backlash back home. They went on board because they want to keep their jobs.
Biden is an ABC gut ALWAYS BE CLOSING. When he first became a Senator he was taught by Mike Mansfield to make friends. It explains why he spoke at Storm Thurmond's funeral and was asked to attend Jesse Helms funeral in 2008.
Credit Obama for letting Biden take the lead and making a deal. Even Grover supported the deal.
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