Participation by Congress in Control of Foreign Policy

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Plan for Executiv Consulation with Congress

Roosevelt's Scheme for Committee on Foreign Policy

Whether President Roosevelt's plan for between-session consulation with legislative leaders on questions of foreign policy is carried into effect during the eight weeks that will elapse before Congress reconvenes for its 1940 session now appears to rest entirely with the President himself.

The plan was first advanced by the President at the “national unity conference” at the White House, September 20, attended by leaders of both the Democratic and the Republican parties. It was formally laid before Congress and the country in the President's message at the opening of the special session, September 21. In that message, he asked Congress to enact his proposals for revision of the Neutrality Act of 1937 and then ...

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