Record of the Seventy-Fourth Congress, First Session

Archive Report

Major Legislation: the Congress and the President

The first session of the 74th Congress, which met on January 3, 1935, came to a sine die adjournment at midnight on August 26. In the Senate the session ended with a filibuster by Huey Long (D., La.) which prevented final action on the third deficiency bill—the last “must” measure on the program. The bill carried appropriations to make effective the Social Security Act, the Labor Relations Act, the Railroad Retirement Act and various other pieces of New Deal legislation enacted earlier in the session. Whether the $4,880,000,000 appropriation of the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act can be used for these purposes is doubtful. Much of the social legislation of the first session of the Congress is likely, therefore, ...

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