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Determinants of Congressional Support for NAFTA and Clinton's Economic Package

From: The Journal of Developing Areas
Volume 38, Number 2, Spring 2005
pp. 143-154 | 10.1353/jda.2005.0023


Using an analysis of Clinton's economic package and NAFTA, this paper investigates how the nature of legislation a president proposes influences members of Congress' (MC') s voting. An analysis of the two important pieces of legislation is important from the point of congressional support for presidents. Research on congressional support predicts that the members of Congress are guided mostly by party identification, presidents' vote percentage, members vote percentage, and members' status whether freshmen or non-freshmen. This research with its emphasis on the economic package and NAFTA seeks to explain a different perspective on congressional support for the president.