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Historically fruitless Congress highlights Biden challenge if Senate stays red

December 7, 2020, S&P Global

Broderick Johnson is quoted in S&P Global regarding the challenges President-elect Biden will face with Congress. Mr. Johnson says, “We have seen such excessive partisanship and oftentimes a lot of ambiguity as to what the Trump administration would accept that it became an even more difficult environment in which to get anything done even with the COVID crisis.”

Discussing President Obama’s years in office with split sessions of Congress, which saw minimal productivity, he says that was also before the extreme partisanship of the past four years under President Trump, much of which may outlive the current administration. “Biden has relationships with Republicans and has worked with McConnell over time,” he adds. “But another factor to watch is the impact of Trump post-presidency because of the incredible support he has from Republicans across the country. It remains to be seen how it affects what Republican lawmakers are willing to do even in the early days of the Biden administration.”

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