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Chapter : Inside Congress
Ronald Reagan faced an increasingly independent Congress in his final term of office. In contrast to his remarkably successful first four years in office, Reagan was confronted by a Congress that demanded — and often got — substantial changes on key domestic and foreign policy questions.
The altered relationship between the White House and Capitol Hill was the result of several factors.
Reagan's legislative agenda was thin compared with his early years in office, and he had become a lame duck to many members of Congress. Reagan no longer had to worry about re-election, but congressional Republicans did, which meant occasionally bucking the president. Moreover, Senate Republicans had a new leader — Robert Dole of Kansas — who was more willing to fight the White ...