Fast Fact

01/16/2010 08:25

What we have in all this at present is one party rule in America, a break down of the seperation of powers, an unprecedented amount of collusion, and a lesson to the American people - never elect a supermajority in Congress and a white house of the same party!                         

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Did you know? President Obama has broke 44-year-old record for Congressional support, according to study.

President Obama set a new record for the year 2009 for getting Congress to vote his way, according to an annual study by CQ.

In his first year in office, Obama won 96.7 percent of the votes on which he had clearly staked a position.

That is a bit less than 4% higher than the previous record, set by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965.

CQ has compiled statistics on presidential support since 1953. In all, Congress took 151 votes in which Obama had taken a position ahead of time.

His wins included votes for creating a massive economic stimulus package, bailing out the auto industry, letting the Food and Drug Administration regulate tobacco and confirming Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. This also includes votes on key moves toward overhauling the health care system, regulating financial services and reducing greenhouse gases which have not yet passed both chambers of Congress.

In the House, Obama won 68 votes and lost four.Among the losses: a vote to disapprove further spending on a bank bailout and a July vote to pass a food safety overhaul. Both were temporary setbacks since Congress eventually ended up supporting the president's position.

In the Senate, Obama won 78 votes and lost one. The Republican win there came on an amendment which would have barred spending money to transfer detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to the United States. However in the end, the bill allowed the transfer under certain conditions.

To build this record, Obama relied heavily on Democratic majorities with only occasional support from some of the GOP. As in the health care overhaul, he also had to keep the entire Democratic caucus in the Senate in line.

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