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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-Fifth Congress: January 3, 1957, to January 3, 1959
Eighty-fifth Congress: January 3, 1957, to January 3, 1959
  • First session—January 3, 1957, to August 30, 1957
  • Second session—January 7, 1958, to August 24, 1958
  • (Second administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1957–1961)
Historical Background

On New Year's Day 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower held a four-hour conference with congressional leaders of both parties to solicit their support for a Mideast doctrine he would formally propose to a joint session of Congress later that week. Although the Eisenhower Doctrine aroused little enthusiasm on Capitol Hill, a modified version of the proposal was approved in early March. As enacted, it granted the president authority to extend economic and military aid to any Middle East nation threatened by armed Communist aggression. Later in the ...

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