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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.

Eightieth Congress: January 3, 1947, to January 3, 1949
Eightieth Congress: January 3, 1947, to January 3, 1949
  • First session—January 3, 1947, to December 19, 1947
  • Second session—January 6, 1948, to December 31, 1948
  • (First administration of Harry S. Truman, 1945–1949)
Historical Background

During the first seven months of 1947, Congress completed two significant actions relating to the presidency. First, a top GOP priority after assuming control of the Eightieth Congress was ratification of a proposed constitutional amendment limiting the tenure of all future presidents to two terms. The Twenty-second Amendment became effective on February 27, 1951. Second, President Harry S. Truman culminated a two-year effort to resolve a deep concern regarding the inadequacies of the Presidential Succession Act of 1886. The new act placed the Speaker of the House ...

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