Record of the 84th Congress (Second Session)

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Eisenhower and the Democratic Congress

The middle-of-the-road 84th Congress shut up shop July 27 and left for the political wars with much of its work unaccomplished. Fewer than half of the more than 200 recommendations submitted by President Eisenhower were translated into law. However, most of the legislation that did reach the White House was of a kind the President could accept; only three major bills were vetoed.1

The second session of the 84th Congress will be remembered for adoption of the soil bank program to limit farm surpluses and raise farmers' incomes, and for initiation of a long-term highway program to relieve traffic congestion and improve traffic safety. It may be remembered also for failure to deal effectively with serious school and race problems, failure ...

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