cross the aisle

cross the aisle

1. Of politicians, to unite or cooperate—especially through voting—with an opposing political party or members thereof, so as to achieve some political goal or purpose. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. With just enough Republicans crossing the aisle, the Democrats were able to pass the bill through both the Senate and the House of Representatives. If reform of any kind is going to come about in this lifetime, it will take some strong-willed individuals willing to cross the aisle.
2. Of parliamentary members, to leave one's current political party and join another, such that one's legislative seat is physically moved to the new party's location in parliament. Primarily heard in UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand. Following the prime minister's controversial tax bill, several members of his party crossed the aisle to the Labour Party.
See also: aisle, cross
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This was part of the reason I wanted to go to the Senate because its institutional strictures require you to cross the aisle and do what is best for the country.
This was part of the reason I wanted to go to the Senate - because its institutional strictures require you to cross the aisle and do what is best for the country.
Trump has showed signs of shifting strategy to cross the aisle and work with Democrats in the wake of high-profile failures by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Public pressure will weigh on Democrat senators from "red" states who will be facing reelection next year, making them more likely to cross the aisle and support Gorsuch's confirmation.
As Rosenworcel was seen as the swing vote involving the now-scuttled set-top box proposal from Wheeler, GOP leaders may be more willing to bring her back — as she'd been seen as someone eager to cross the aisle and work in a non-partisan manner.
She could cross the aisle and engage other people to get things done," Blankfein, 62, said on CNN.
Since we talked about what your franchise sales department wants, it's only fair if we cross the aisle and talk about what your franchise candidates desire.
Here's a man who enveloped himself during his son's illness and got to understand the intracies of his disease, and he is a person who can cross the aisle and work with both Republicans and Democrats.
But the driver involved explained although he had seen Mr Borek at the side of the aisle he thought it was safe to proceed and had looked down for a second at his watch to check the time and did not see him begin to cross the aisle.
Now senior Senator Manchin has already shown his willingness to cross the aisle for the greater good.
Republicans are told to cross the aisle to get something done.
At least two Republicans would have to cross the aisle in each chamber for the tax increases to move forward.
Thus when Osborn measures the frequency with which women cross the aisle to vote their gender interests, rather than maintain their partisan loyalty, this seems to be an unrealistic test of gender loyalty.
If you want to construct something and rebuild you are going to have to cross the aisle.
Brown was one of eight GOP senators to cross the aisle and vote for repeal of the 1993 DADT law, officially consigned to the history books September 20.
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