Presidential-Congressional Relations in an Era of Polarized Parties and a 60-Vote Senate Chapter uri icon


  • To achieve his goals, the president must persuade Congress to support his positions. Ite's a hard sell. The American system of “separated institutions sharing powers” (Neustadt 1960: 33) makes it difficult for any president to win support from Congress. Presidential success in Congress varies – some presidents win more than others – but President Obama seems to be having an especially hard time. In 2012, for example, Obama won only 15.5 percent of House roll call votes on which he expressed a position. Thate's pretty low, but not quite a record – President Bush barely holds on to this dubious distinction, winning only 15.4 percent of House roll calls in 2008.

author list (cited authors)

  • Bond, J. R., Fleisher, R., & Cohen, J. E.

Book Title

  • American Gridlock

publication date

  • January 1, 2015 11:11 AM