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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.

Fiftieth Congress: March 4, 1887, to March 3, 1889
Fiftieth Congress: March 4, 1887, to March 3, 1889
  • First session—December 5, 1887, to October 20, 1888
  • Second session—December 3, 1888, to March 3, 1889
  • (First administration of Grover Cleveland, 1885–1889)
Historical Background

President Grover Cleveland's continued his assault on pension bills in the Fiftieth Congress. He surpassed his own record for frustrating congressional desires with another 212 vetoes. Reaction to Cleveland's vetoes, however, was mild in comparison with the response to his December 1887 annual message, which was entirely devoted to a call for lower tariffs. Despite the fact that Treasury surpluses stood at more that $100 million, Cleveland's position on tariffs provided Benjamin Harrison and the Republicans the principal issue of the 1888 presidential campaign. Cleveland chose to leave ...

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