In the USA, how does partisan legislation ever get passed when the other side can filibuster?

For example, the affordable care act (2010) for the democrats and the tax cuts and jobs act (2017) for the republicans. Why did the other party in these cases allow the legislation to go through even though they can technically stop it?

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  • 8 months ago
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    There was a brief time in 2010 when Obama had a large enough majority in both houses of Congress, to make a filibuster impossible.

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs act was popular enough that a filibuster was not wise.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    When obongocare passed the radical Left had a super majority in both houses of Congress and a Marxist in the White House

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