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  • Collection: The Center for Legislative Archives

In January, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson met with civil rights leaders and told them that he would push for a law protecting voting rights after Congress passed an education bill and Medicare. Civil rights leaders refused to wait. After they…

On January 23, 1964, the Twenty-fourth Amendment, banning the poll tax in all federal elections, was ratified. As introduced, S. 1564 did not ban poll taxes for state and local election. The administration and many senators did not believe such a…

On January 21, 1965, Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield (D-MT) wrote Senator Randolph Jennings (D-WV) urging him to make “a special effort” to complete the subcommittee hearings and report S. 3 to the full committee chaired by Senator Pat…

On January 15, 1965, Senator Warren G. Magnuson (D-WA), chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, introduced S. 559 requiring cigarette packages to bear a conspicuous statement: “Warning: Continual Cigarette Smoking May be Hazardous to Your…

H.R. 2362 was backed by a fragile coalition of leading education organizations and religious leaders. The bill provided enough support to private schools to enlist the support of Catholic groups, but not so much as to arouse opposition from…

After the House agreed to the conference report on June 30, 1965 and the Senate agreed on July 6, the resolution was sent to the General Services Administration for transmittal to the states. On July 9, 1965, Senator John Stennis (D-MS), a senior,…

On January 11, 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a detailed report concluding that cigarette smoking was a health hazard warranting “appropriate remedial action.” In June 1964, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that beginning…

On June 1, 1965, the House Judiciary Committee reported a revised H.R. 6400, but Celler endured a month’s delay in bringing the bill to the floor when Howard W. Smith (D-VA), chair of the House Committee on Rules, kept the voting rights bill…

In the House of Representatives, Representative Dante B. Fascell (D-FL) introduced H.R. 6927 that created a Department of Housing and Urban Development. Representative William L. Dawson (D-IL), chair of the House Committee on Government Operations,…

Chairman Dawson convened an executive session of the full committee on May 5, 1965 to vote on H.R. 6927 and report the bill to the House. He stated that the legislation simply upgraded the existing Housing and Home Finance Agency (HHFA) to…
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