In a two-party system (such as in the United States), bipartisan refers to any bill, act, resolution, or any other action of a political body in which both of the major political parties are in agreement. Often, compromises are called bipartisan if they reconcile the desires of both parties from an original version of legislation or other proposal. Failure to attain bipartisan support in such a system can easily lead to gridlock, often angering each other and their constituencies.

Bipartisanship can also be between two opposite groups (e.g. liberal and conservative) to agree and determine a plan of action on an urgent matter that is of great importance to their voters.

Bipartisan is also a code word used by politicians to assure the other major party shares the blame for bad decisions and bad legislation. See also FISA, and the Patriot Act. Also reference how bipartisan agreements are used to assure the two major parties remain the only ones to have significant power and control over a system of government. See Ohio Revised Code.

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