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Congress and the Nation is the most authoritative reference on congressional trends, actions, and political and policy controversies. This award-winning series documents the most fiercely debated issues in recent American politics, providing a unique retrospective analysis of the policies the U.S. Congress. Organized by policy area, each chapter contains summaries of legislative activity, including bills passed, defeated, or postponed. No other authoritative source guides readers seamlessly through the policy output of the national legislature with the breadth, depth, and authority of Congress and the Nation.

Congress and the Nation is the most authoritative reference on congressional trends, actions, and political and policy controversies. This award-winning series documents the most fiercely debated issues in recent American politics, providing a unique retrospective analysis of the ...

Transportation and Commerce
Transportation and commerce
Introduction

Ronald Reagan's priorities in his second term in office changed little from those advanced in his first four years. He resumed his bid to scale back the federal government's involvement in the economy, including major transportation and communications industries.

The administration sought to reduce federal subsidies for state and local governments and private-sector recipients, while it sought to free these interests from what it viewed as outdated and counterproductive regulation.

In his first term, Reagan enjoyed some success in the transportation and commerce arena. With his approval, Congress cleared legislation to deregulate the bus industry and to eliminate subsidies for new U.S. ship construction. And Reagan's appointees to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lifted a host of regulatory restrictions on broadcasters without interference ...

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