Taking the Initiative: Leadership Agendas in Congress and the "Contract with America"

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Appendix C
Congressional vs.
Presidential Initiatives

The chart below details major legislation in three policy areas initiated by Congress and the president in the five congresses under study. These lists were drawn from annual lists of "Major Legislation" compiled by Congressional Quarterly and published in their Almanacs. The Almanacs also provided sufficient historic information as to which branch initiated those pieces of legislation. The chart was then used for Figure 1 in Chapter 4. (Leadership priorities are italicized.)

TABLE 1 Congressional vs. Presidential Initiatives in Select Policy Areas,
Select Congresses, 1969-1990
Congress—Policy Congressional
Presidential
91st-Economy Tax Reform Expenditure Ceiling State Tax of Banks Wage/Price Controls Wage/Price Guideposts Interest Equalization Tax Surtax Extension Debt Limit Increase Expenditure Ceiling Excise, Estate Taxes Lead Tax Revenue Sharing
91st-Environment Nat. Environ. Policy Act Clean Air Clean Water Nuclear Energy Effects Public Parks Disaster Relief Solid Waste Disposal Sewage Control Ocean Resources Timber Supply EPA, NOAA Creation

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