Prohibition in the United States

Archive Report

In the Sixty-ninth Congress both houses are controlled by the drys. The Anti-Saloon League claims that three-fourths of the sitting members in both the House and the Senate were pledged in their election campaigns to support the Eighteenth Amendment and the Volstead Act, It is admitted that the dry ranks contain some members who might vote wet in a vital test, but not a sufficient number to make serious cuts in the dry majorities.

The maximum strength displayed by the wets in any prohibition test since the Volstead Act became a law was in the Sixty-seventh Congress, when 102 votes, including pairs, were registered in the House against the medicinal beer bill, and 26 negative votes, including pairs, were registered in the Senate. In the ...

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