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The post-Sept. 11 era of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill ended after only a month, at least on the House side.
The tone changed after House Republicans refused to consider a Senate-passed bill that would make airport baggage screeners federal employees and pushed through an economic stimulus package heavily weighted toward tax cuts benefiting business and investors.
On Oct. 12, the day after the Senate unanimously passed its airport security bill, Democrats rallied outside the Capitol, demanding a vote on the legislation before Congress adjourned for the weekend. House Republicans refused, saying they would introduce an alternative bill that would provide …