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  • Contents
  • 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.

Eighty-Eighth Congress: January 3, 1963, to January 3, 1965
Eighty-eighth Congress: January 3, 1963, to January 3, 1965
  • First session—January 9, 1963, to December 30, 1963
  • Second session—January 7, 1964, to October 3, 1964
  • (Administration of John F. Kennedy, 1961–1963; first administration of Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963–1965)
Historical Background

John F. Kennedy's third and final year as president was distinguished by the first formal arms control agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union. Senate ratification of the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty came eighteen years after the advent of nuclear weapons. On announcing the treaty, President Kennedy reminded the American people that frequently the two nations had “communicated suspicion and warnings to each other, but very rarely hope.” Too often their discussions “produced only darkness, discord, or disillusion.” ...

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