Biden was on Capitol Hill to officially swear in Scott Brown, the Massachusetts Republican who won the seat formerly held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.
In his first news conference as a U.S. senator, Brown said he would be willing to reach across the aisle to help retool a reform package.
“That's part of the problem, the fact that it was always 60-40, 60-40,” he said, referring to the breakdown between Democrats and Republicans.
Sixty votes are needed to break a filibuster in the Senate.
Brown's win in January has given Republicans 41 votes, but more importantly has stripped Democrats of their so-called “super majority.”
“In Massachusetts, we passed a healthcare bill. It was bipartisan. People working in the same room trying to solve these very real problems.”
Brown has been a champion of expanded health insurance in the past and voted for the Massachusetts plan that extended coverage to virtually everyone in the Bay State.
But the newly minted senator reiterated that the current reform bills that have stalled in Congress don't pass muster. “We need to basically go back to the drawing board and start again,” he said. “I'm looking forward to being a part of it.”
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