The last time one party maintained:
- a filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate,
- control of the U.S. House of Representatives , and
- the Office of the President
was in the 95th Session of Congress from 1977-79. Democrats maintained 61 members in the U.S. Senate, 292 members in the U.S. House and Jimmy Carter was President.
But, in the 40 years following this time, the legislative and executive branches of government have been divided by political parties in control for 28 years, or 70 percent of the time.
In many of the 12 years where one party controlled both the legislative and executive branches of the government, the use of the filibuster in the US Senate protected the minority party because it prevented the majority party from acquiring the needed 60 votes to close debate on an issue.
2018 mid-term elections
The 2018 mid-term elections again showcased U.S. voters’ desire for checks-and-balances in their government. With the Florida Senate race still undecided, it appears Senate Republicans will gain a net pick-up of one seat. As many expected, U.S. voters sent more Democrats to the “People’s House” (of Representatives) in Washington. Currently, Democrats gained a net pick up at least 32 seats in the U.S. House and a handful of races not yet called.
Can a Divided Congress Enact Meaningful Legislation in the 116th Congress?
- Budget Deal to increase budget caps & increase debt borrowing authority
- Annual Appropriations
- Farm Bill (USDA Oversight)
- National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
- Immigration Reform
- Infrastructure bill
- Renewable Fuel
- Ratify U.S. – Mexico – Canada (USMCA) Agreement
- Other Bilateral Trade deals
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