The administration of Democrat Barack Obama came to power after a decisive 2008 election victory that returned the party to the White House for the first time since 2000 and augmented majorities the party enjoyed in both the House and Senate. For the first year of Obama’s tenure, the Democratic Party enjoyed a “super-majority” in both houses of Congress, occupying 58 out of 100 Senate seats, with two independents providing the 60 votes necessary to foil opposition GOP parliamentary tactics (the “filibuster” that would allow Republicans to obstruct Democrats on major legislation). In the House, the Democrats enjoyed a more luxurious 59% of the seats. The midterm elections saw Democrats lose control of the House to Republicans, who campaigned heavily on curtailing government spending and blocking costly legislation.
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