Record of the 81st Congress (Second Session)

Archive Report


Outstanding roll calls in the Senate and House during the 1950 session are given in full in a separate section of this Report with the title “Record Votes in the 81st Congress, Second Session.” Summary tables of the second section show the party alignments in all important roll calls.

Major Legislative Action by 81th Congress

Powers to organize the national economy for full-scale war, corresponding to those exercised by President Roosevelt during World War II, were conferred upon President Truman by the 81st Congress after American intervention in Korea in mid-1950. The Selective Service Act was extended at the onset of the Korean crisis and all limits on enlisted strength of the armed services were removed. Military appropriations were largely increased thereafter to equip the fighting ...

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