• Summary
  • 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-Ninth Congress: January 3, 1965, to January 3, 1967
Eighty-ninth Congress: January 3, 1965, to January 3, 1967
  • First session—January 4, 1965, to October 23, 1965
  • Second session—January 10, 1966, to October 22, 1966
  • (Second administration of Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965–1969)
Historical Background

Lyndon B. Johnson moved quickly following his landslide election in November 1964 to create the Great Society that had been his presidential campaign theme. Supported by the largest party majority enjoyed by any president since Franklin D. Roosevelt, Johnson was able to push through a record volume of domestic legislation during the first session of the Eighty-ninth Congress.

High on the agenda were Medicare for the aged and Medicaid for the “medically needy” and poor, both proposed by President Harry S. Truman two decades earlier. Both programs were ...

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