With a Democratic president and Democratic control of the House of Representatives and Senate, the Democratic Party currently holds a rare government trifecta. Yet less than a year since grabbing power, President Biden is staring down the prospect of Democrats legislators derailing their president’s legislative agenda. What happened the last time Democrats controlled Congress and the White House under President Obama? How are the successes and failures from that period shaping the Biden administration’s legislative ambitions? What is President Biden's pathway forward for legislative success? 

The United States Studies Centre (USSC) hosted a discussion featuring USSC Non-Resident Senior Fellow Bruce Wolpe and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Miami University (Ohio), Professor Bryan Marshall, who recently published the second edition of The Committee, an authoritative study of Congress during the Obama administration. In their latest edition, Wolpe and Marshall update their first-hand account of Congress' work on President Obama's legislative initiatives and provide further analysis of the larger historic political factors at play for a unique expert insight to an understanding of how Congress worked under President Obama and now under President Biden.

Together with Sarah Storey, most recently the Minister Counsellor (Congressional) at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC, where she managed the Embassy's strategic engagement with Congress, Wolpe and Marshall discussed Biden's legislative agenda as it moves to climactic votes that will define his legacy.