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EPRS-Briefing-630354-US-Congress-party_balance

History of party balance in the US Congress

History of party balance in the US Congress

Between the election of Donald Trump to the US Presidency in November 2016 and the mid-term elections of November 2018, the Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress, as well as the White House. However, this situation has been relatively rare since 1969 – it has only occurred in seven of the 25 two-year terms. For example, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama enjoyed a majority in both chambers of Congress only in the first two years of their eight-year terms, while Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush were never in this situation. Since the mid-term elections of November 2018, President Trump enjoys a majority only in the Senate.

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