Divided Government

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Divided Government

When the 84th Congress convenes on Jan. 5, President Eisenhower will face the difficult task of conducting the business of government with the Executive and Legislative branches under divided political control. Midway in his administration, the President finds himself confronted with a Senate and House of Representatives led by the opposition party, and with a serious rift in the ranks of his own party. In the remaining two years of his current term, moreover, he will have to contend with burdensome foreign and domestic problems in a political atmosphere pervaded by approach of the presidential election contest of 1956.

Nine other Presidents since the Civil War have had to deal with Congresses in which the political opposition controlled at least one house; four of ...

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