• 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-Fourth Congress: January 3, 1975, to January 3, 1977
Ninety-fourth Congress: January 3, 1975, to January 3, 1977
  • First session—January 14, 1975, to December 19, 1975
  • Second session—January 19, 1976, to October 1, 1976
  • (Administration of Gerald R. Ford, 1974–1977)
Historical Background

Five months after assuming the presidency, Gerald R. Ford declared in his first annual message to Congress “that the state of the Union is not good.” Millions of Americans were out of work, recession and inflation were eroding the economy, inflation continued to rise, plant capacity and productivity were stagnant, and the nation was too dependent on foreign oil. To stimulate the economy, President Ford recommended a one-year tax cut of $16 billion, three quarters of which would go to individuals and one quarter to promote business investments ...

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