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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-Eighth Congress: January 3, 1983, to January 3, 1985
Ninety-eighth Congress: January 3, 1983, to January 3, 1985
  • First session—January 3, 1983, to November 18, 1983
  • Second session—January 23, 1984, to October 12, 1984
  • (First administration of Ronald Reagan, 1981–1985)
Historical Background

President Ronald Reagan in 1983 faced foreign policy challenges in the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Central America.

In April 1983, a terrorist car bombing killed fifty-one persons, including seventeen Americans, at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, and in August two marines were killed and fourteen others wounded in Beirut. Lengthy negotiations between Congress and the White House preceded adoption of a resolution authorizing the president to keep U.S. troops in Lebanon as part of multinational peacekeeping forces for another eighteen months. Support for U.S. involvement in Lebanon began ...

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