Congress and Political Parties – They all vote in lockstep. Right?


Congress is an immoveable force where the majority of members vote as solid blocs. Fact or Fiction?

>> Check out the difference between Democrats in the House between the two Congresses.

All votes are averages across X number of congressional bills

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111th Congress
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>> House sample size: 1654 Bills
>> Senate sample size: 688 Bills

% = the number of times that House/Senate members voted as a majority for a bill.

Dems / House: 81% of bills / majority of the party members voted ‘yes’
Reps / House: 65.7% of bills / voted as ‘yes’ bloc

Dems / Senate: 63.5% of bills / majority of the party members voted ‘yes’
Reps / Senate: 57.3% of bills / voted as ‘yes’ bloc

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112th Congress
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>> House sample size: 1549 Bills
>> Senate sample size: 433 Bills

Dems / House: 52.7% of bills / majority of the party members voted ‘yes’
Reps / House: 56.6% of bills / voted as ‘yes’ bloc

Dems / Senate: 67.9% of bills / majority of the party members voted ‘yes’
Reps / Senate: 60.5% of bills / voted as ‘yes’ bloc

Source: Washington Post Congressional Votes Database, http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/112/

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