Growimg Pressure on Congress to Respond
The Debate over whether the federal government should create jobs to ease unemployment during economic downturns dominated the stormy lame-duck session of Congress. Motivated by unemployment statistics that had reached double digits for the first time since the Great Depression, congressional Democrats and many Republicans supported a variety of jobs bills introduced during the four-week special session. They even went so far as to attempt to attach a jobs bill to the continuing resolution needed to keep the government running. President Reagan's threat to veto such a resolution, which would have led to a partial shutdown of the government, caused jobs-bill advocates to back down at least until the 98th Congress convenes in January. But even the president ...