Fate of the "Contract with America"
Table 1 presents data on the legislative success of the House Republicans' "Contract with America" as of August 1, 1996. These data were used to develop Table 2 in Chapter 7, which compares the Contract's success with that of Democratic leadership priorities.
The Contract began as a list of eleven initiatives, if one includes congressional reform. Many of these initiatives mentioned several different proposals, which subsequently became independent pieces of legislation. Table 1 presents the items on the Contract in italics, with the related proposals listed below each item, tracked through August 1, 1996. When a related proposal appeared as more than one bill, I counted the bill that progressed furthest in the process. While these figures may change at the end of the 104th Congress, House leaders did invite assessment of their performance after the first 100 days of that congress.
|Ending Congress. Exemption||Passes||Passes||Signs||Law||
|Cutting Staff, Committees etc.||Passes||
|Balanced Budget/Line Item|
|Balanced Budget Amendment||Passes||
|Line Item Veto for President||Passes||Passes||Signs||Law||