• 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-Ninth Congress: January 3, 1985, to January 3, 1987
Ninety-ninth Congress: January 3, 1985, to January 3, 1987
  • First session—January 3, 1985, to December 20, 1985
  • Second session—January 21, 1986, to October 18, 1986
  • (Second administration of Ronald Reagan, 1985–1989)
Historical Background

President Ronald Reagan's second inaugural address stressed the broad themes that dominated his first term—reducing the size and cost of the federal government and strengthening the defense forces—but generally touched only lightly or not at all on many of the issues that dominated the agenda of Congress over the next two years. “Major elements of the Congress' legacy” in 1985–1986, Congressional Quarterly observed, “did not become apparent until the end.”

As members worked to seize the legislative initiative from the White House, the most intense confrontations in Congress repeatedly ...

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