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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.

Eighty-First Congress: January 3, 1949, to January 3, 1951
Eighty-first Congress: January 3, 1949, to January 3, 1951
  • First session—January 3, 1949, to October 19, 1949
  • Second session—January 3, 1950, to January 2, 1951
  • (Second administration of Harry S. Truman, 1949–1953)
Historical Background

On January 5, 1949, President Harry S. Truman appeared before Congress to deliver his fourth State of the Union address and urge a sweeping new Fair Deal program of social reform.

“With deep satisfaction,” Truman signed the National Housing Act of 1949. During the previous four years, efforts to gain approval of the act had prompted more than nine thousand pages of hearings and feverish efforts by lobbyists. The final bill provided for a six-year federal low-rent housing program, a slum clearance program, and a farm improvement program. ...

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