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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.

Seventy-Sixth Congress: January 3, 1939, to January 3, 1941
Seventy-sixth Congress: January 3, 1939, to January 3, 1941
  • First session—January 3, 1939, to August 5, 1939
  • Second session—September 21, 1939, to November 3, 1939
  • Third session—January 3, 1940, to January 3, 1941
  • (Second administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937–1941)
Historical Background

Early in 1939, Congress granted the president limited authority to reorganize the executive branch in an effort to strengthen his control over the federal bureaucracy. Exercising this authority, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was able to create the Executive Office of the President and carry out additional reorganization proposals. The impetus for this action originated with the Brownlow Committee (formally known as the President's Committee on Administrative Management). The committee was headed by Louis J. Brown-low, a noted public administrator.

Following congressional ...

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