The President and the Congress

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Roosevelt and the New Deal Congresses

Defeats for President in Second New Deal Congress

Revolt in congress, touched off by the President's defeat at the hands of the Senate on the prevailing wage issue, now threatens the entire legislative program of the administration for the present session. A new Senate test on the prevailing wage issue is in immediate prospect. Administration leaders assert their confidence that enough changes in votes have been brought about to defeat the McCarran (D., Nev.) prevailing wage amendment on this second test, but the methods by which the reported changes were effected has created ill-feeling in the Senate, which threatens later reverses for the President on other features of the work-relief bill.

The legislative program was delayed for nearly three weeks while ...

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