John F. Kennedy's Presidency

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What was President Kennedy's relationship with Congress?

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John F. Kennedy had a contentious relationship with Congress over the course of his presidency, to say the least. In terms of legislative action and reform, Kennedy was forced to find an often undesirable compromise due to this relationship. From the time that he outlined his agenda, known popularly as the "new frontier," Kennedy was the subject of skepticism from many democrats, particularly southerners, and for this reason was unable to take advantage of a democratic majority.

Kennedy encountered a great deal of resistance in Congress on the matter of his proposed social and economic reform. Frustratingly, Kennedy seemed to be on to something, as a major economic downturn had been resolved after only one year of his being in office. We will never know how much Kennedy might have benefited certain factors, such as improved medical care for the elderly and and a Department of Urban Affairs, as they were soundly shot down by Congress, the latter due to fear of an appointment of a black...

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