Foreign Policy Activism and Power in the House of Representatives: Black Members of Congress and South Africa, 1968–1986

  title={Foreign Policy Activism and Power in the House of Representatives: Black Members of Congress and South Africa, 1968–1986},
  author={Alvin B. Tillery},
  journal={Studies in American Political Development},
  pages={88 - 103}
  • Alvin B. Tillery
  • Published 1 April 2006
  • Political Science
  • Studies in American Political Development
On 3 October 1986, the 99th Congress—acting at the behest of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC)—voted to override President Ronald Reagan’s veto of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act (CAAA). The passage of this bill, which placed strict economic sanctions on the white supremacist regime in South Africa, was a watershed moment in American politics for two reasons. First, veto overrides in the foreign policy-making arena are an exceedingly rare form of legislative action. More importantly… 
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