Economics

What Congress Does to the Economy

It's hard to succeed when government is divided.

Congresses matter, but some more than others.

Photographer: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Since World War II, Democratic presidents have generally had significantly better economic records than Republican presidents. But can those records be affected by who controls Congress? Have Democratic presidents gotten a boost from a Republican Congresses, or did Democratic Congresses drag down Republican presidents?

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