The President, the Constitution, and the Supreme Court

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Roosevelt Demand for Expansion of Federal Powers

President's Reaction to Supreme Court N. R. A. Decision

Legislation extending the National Recovery Act until April 1, 1936, but confining it strictly within the constitutional limits to federal power set forth by the Supreme Court in its decision of May 27 in the Schechter case, was approved by President Roosevelt on June 14, two days before the act would have expired by limitation. At his now-famous press conference of May 31, however, the President clearly indicated his own desire to regain for the, federal government the wide regulatory powers denied to it by the Court.

The President declared that the biggest question before the country in years—a question which, in the final analysis, would have to be decided by ...

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