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  • Subject index

A manual offering information on the most important laws and treaties approved by Congress in more than 200 years since the first session in 1789. Each Congress is covered in a separate chapter introduced by a historical essay setting the actions of the legislators in the context of their times.

One Hundredth Congress: January 6, 1987, to January 3, 1989
One hundredth Congress: January 6, 1987, to January 3, 1989
  • First session—January 6, 1987, to December 22, 1987
  • Second session—January 25, 1988, to October 22, 1988
  • (Second administration of Ronald Reagan, 1985–1989)
Historical Background

House and Senate select committees in 1987 investigated the Iran-contra affair, the covert administration operation that involved the sale of arms to Iran and the illegal diversion of the proceeds to the anti-Communist contras in Nicaragua. In a joint report released November 18, 1987, the committees concluded that President Ronald Reagan had permitted “a cabal of zealots” to conduct important aspects of the administration's foreign policy and criticized the White House for “secrecy, deception and disdain for the rule of law.” However, the political impact of ...

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