Incumbents defeated[ edit ] As a result of redistricting, many incumbents were forced to compete against each other in the same district, which resulted in a larger number of incumbents being defeated in primaries. In primary elections[ edit ] Thirteen representatives lost renomination:
In these volumes, CQ Press's writers and editors present engaging insight and analysis about U. The series is useful to anyone who has an interest in national government and politics. Congress A to Z offers accessible information about the inner workings of the legislative branch, including biographies of influential members; discussions of congressional relations with the president, the bureaucracy, interest groups, the media, political parties, and the public; and explanations of the concepts and powers related to Congress, including the committee system, the federal budget process, and congressional investigations.
The entries are arranged alphabetically and are extensively cross-referenced to related information. This volume includes a detailed index, useful reference materials, and a bibliography.
The sixth edition of Congress A to Z has been thoroughly updated to cover contemporary events, including the midterm elections that shifted party control in the House back to Republicans after a four-year absence. It also includes new short biographies of several figures who have taken on prominent new roles since the last edition, including President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.
Presented in a new and engaging design, this edition contains a wealth of stimulating sidebar material, such as memorable quotations and numerous features inviting the reader to explore issues in further depth.
In the midterm elections, Republicans swept their Democratic counterparts out of the House to take control of the chamber for the first time in four years. Though the GOP managed to hold onto to the House two years later, Democrats maintained their majority in the Senate in both andconfounding earlier political expectations.
And former Illinois Democratic Sen. Barack Obama overcame the landslide in the House to notch a solid reelection victory in The rapidly shifting situation affirmed the deep divisions that are the hallmark of 21st century politics.
In the thirty-two states that supported Democrat Bill Clinton for president inforty-four Democrats and twenty Republicans held those states' seats in the Senate, a sign that Republicans could win even in Democratic presidential states.
But the twenty-six states that voted for Obama in sent forty-three Democrats and just nine Republicans to the Senate. Only five Senate candidates that year won elections in states in which the other party's presidential nominee prevailed.
In the House, Democrats in captured the majority of the overall popular vote and scored victories over Republicans in the Northeast, West and upper Midwest. But Republicans benefitted from the redrawing of congressional districts following the census that enabled GOP legislatures to put numerous Democratic incumbents at risk, especially those in the South.
Obama's presidency was marked from the start by near-unanimous Republican opposition to his major initiatives. But his chief accomplishment, a sweeping revamp of the federal health care system, came without any Republican support.
As a result, Obama faced dramatic legislative showdowns in and over raising the federal debt ceiling and striking a long-term deal over taxes and spending. By mid, one of the only major issues in which lawmakers in both parties appeared willing to find common ground was on comprehensive immigration reform.
Republicans were willing to set aside their past disdain for providing illegal immigrants with a potential path to citizenship in the hope of boosting their electoral prospects among Hispanics, who have tended to overwhelmingly support Democrats. Although brought the drama of a Democratic White House pitted against a Republican House, the accompanying divisiveness and partisanship had become all too familiar over the previous two decades.
In the fall elections, Republicans captured control of Congress for the first time since the elections gave them a two-year majority. Partisanship is never far away from daily activity in Congress, but the period starting with GOP control in was defined by a deep divide between the two parties over not only legislative priorities but also basic philosophies of government and fundamental political agendas.
The differences existed before, but Republicans had been unable to assert their beliefs against the long-standing Democratic majority, other than through the actions of the GOP presidents who controlled the White House for much of the period from to Differences were exacerbated in the late s by Republican hostility, principally in the House, toward Democratic president Bill Clinton.
An unsuccessful House effort to remove Clinton from office through impeachment presaged the bitterness of the election, when Bush won the White House after recounts of disputed vote tallies in Florida were halted by the Supreme Court's 5—4 decision.
Partisanship deepened over the next six years as Republicans, in control of both chambers much of that time, moved aggressively, and largely successfully, to enact their legislative agenda, often via heavy-handed use of rules and political muscle.
Republicans showed little interest in aggressive oversight of the executive branch, preferring to give mostly solid support to White House actions. Democrats protested vigorously but, being in the minority, had no leverage.
Only after gaining the majority in the elections were the Democrats—particularly in the House—able to exercise aggressive oversight in through a number of congressional committees.
This new edition of Congress A to Z marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first edition published by Congressional Quarterly CQ in House (–), Members with business backgrounds () outnumbered lawyers () ‘‘for the first time since Congressional Quarterly began keeping records of Members’ occupations in ’’ 14 However, lawyers outnumbered business people in the.
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