• Summary
  • Contents
  • 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 Fifth Congress: January 3, 1997, to January 3, 1999
One hundred fifth Congress: January 3, 1997, to January 3, 1999
  • First session—January 7, 1997, to November 13, 1997
  • Second session—January 27, 1998, to December 19, 1998
  • (Second administration of Bill Clinton, 1997–2001)
Historical Background

For the first time since 1969, the federal government in 1998 had a budget surplus ($70 billion). The stage had been set a year earlier, when President Bill Clinton and Congress agreed in principle to balance the budget and followed through with the enactment of two measures: the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 and the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 was estimated to produce a net $127 billion reduction in the federal deficit over five years. These savings ...

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