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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.

Ninety-Fifth Congress: January 3, 1977, to January 3, 1979
Ninety-fifth Congress: January 3, 1977, to January 3, 1979
  • First session—January 4, 1977, to December 15, 1977
  • Second session—January 19, 1978, to October 15, 1978
  • (Administration of Jimmy Carter, 1977–1981)
Historical Background

Little known outside of his native Georgia when he began campaigning for the presidency as a Washington outsider, Jimmy Carter entered office promising a “people's presidency” shorn of “imperial” trappings. He signaled this new style of leadership at his inauguration, when he and the first lady walked part of the way down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House after his swearing in.

President Carter appeared before Congress to unveil an economic stimulus plan that blended individual and corporate tax cuts with increased federal spending. By the end of May 1977, ...

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