Clinton and Congress Academic Article uri icon


  • This article presents an analysis of presidential-congressional relations during 1993. It analyzes support from the party factions in Congress (liberal Democrats, conservative Democrats, liberal Republicans, and conservative Republicans) and support from party and committee leaders. Clinton won 84% of conflictual votes in the House and 83% in the Senate. Clinton's success and support changed over the course of the year. Coalitions were more partisan early in the year and Clinton's success rate m the first quarter exceeded 90%. Later in the year, Clinton received more bipartisan support, but his success rate declined. Finally, party and committee leaders provided levels of support typical of what party leaders provided other majority party presidents, although the difference in support from party and committee leaders observed in previous research has disappeared. This may be due to the greater control the caucus can exert on committee chairs and the diminished probabihty that a chair will be drawn from the cross-pressured faction.

author list (cited authors)

  • Bond, J. R., & Fleisher, R.

publication date

  • January 1, 1995 11:11 AM