Professor Eissler Discusses How Executive Branch Sets Legislative Agenda

Friday, October 04, 2019
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FORTUNE -- “A lot of focus in legislating comes from presidential leadership,” said Rebecca Eissler, San Francisco State University assistant professor of Political Science. “When the presidency is operating smoothly, the White House can focus attention, guide and prioritize the legislative process. This administration has not been terribly focused on legislative efforts other than the tax cuts act and the attempt to repeal Obamacare.”

In late April, for example, Democrats and Republicans announced they had agreed on investing $2 trillion in infrastructure projects with more meetings to come to hash out details. Three weeks later, President Donald Trump nixed talks, apparently miffed about ongoing House investigations related to the Mueller report.