• 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-Third Congress: January 3, 1973, to January 3, 1975
Ninety-third Congress: January 3, 1973, to January 3, 1975
  • First session—January 3, 1973, to December 22, 1973
  • Second session—January 21, 1974, to December 20, 1974
  • (Second administration of Richard M. Nixon, 1973–1974; administration of Gerald R. Ford, 1974–1977)
Historical Background

One of the country's biggest political scandals—Watergate—played out in 1973 and 1974 and led to the first resignation of a president in U.S. history.

The Washington Post had reported in October 1972 that “the Watergate bugging incident stemmed from a massive campaign of political spying and sabotage conducted on behalf of President [Richard M.] Nixon's re-election.” Furthermore, a secret fund financed the operation. The televised hearings of the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (Watergate Committee), held from May 17, 1973, ...

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