• 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.

Ninety-Second Congress: January 3, 1971, to January 3, 1973
Ninety-second Congress: January 3, 1971, to January 3, 1973
  • First session—January 21, 1971, to December 17, 1971
  • Second session—January 18, 1972, to October 18, 1972
  • (First administration of Richard M. Nixon, 1969–1973)
Historical Background

The state ratification process for the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was completed in record time (one hundred days) in 1971. The amendment provided for the voting age to be lowered to eighteen for federal, state, and local elections. A proposed constitutional amendment guaranteeing women equal rights with men was sent to the states for ratification in 1972. Although thirty-five states had ratified the equal rights amendment (ERA) by January 1977, the process stalled in the face of growing criticism and concern over the amendment's potential ...

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