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Country Forecast United States Updater

  • Published: July 2014
  • Region: United States
  • 16 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

The period of divided government will continue at least until 2015. Power in Congress is split between the Democrats and the Republicans at a time when they are even more ideologically distant than usual. Securing agreement for major reforms will be difficult, although smaller deals will be possible.

The president, Barack Obama, will have to deal with a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, which, influenced by its ultraconservative Tea Party wing, will tend to oppose his legislative programme. Mr Obama has vowed to take "executive action" to change policy in areas where he does not need congressional approval.

The US government is coming under pressure to take action against the Islamic State (IS), a militant Sunni jihadi group in Iraq known previously as ISIS. Mr Obama has deployed military advisers to help the Iraqi army to develop and execute a counter-offensive against IS. He may also consider other military options, such as air strikes by planes, drones and missiles.

Country Forecast United States Updater

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Country forecast overview: United States of America's business environment
Policy towards private enterprise and competition
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