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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 Hundred Fourth Congress: January 3, 1995, to January 3, 1997
One hundred fourth Congress: January 3, 1995, to January 3, 1997
  • First session—January 4, 1995, to January 3, 1996
  • Second session—January 3, 1996, to October 4, 1996
  • (First administration of Bill Clinton, 1993–1997)
Historical Background

The convening of the One Hundred Fourth Congress marked the first time since 1954 that Republicans held a majority in both the House and Senate. The House immediately began work on the ten broad proposals that constituted the Contract with America, which had been advanced as a national platform for many House Republican incumbents and challengers in the 1994 elections. In the first few weeks of 1995, the Republican majority in the House also made extensive changes in the chamber's structure and procedures, including ...

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