Stathis was a specialist in American history for the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress for nearly four decades. They enthusiastically sought to develop a heightened level of confidence and curiosity within others that befits the dedication of this volume in their honor. Williams pulls the fire alarm on the Trump administration's policies, which pose a threat to civil rights without precedent in modern America. Nelson Protests Speaker Joseph G. Cox Opposes the Fair Labor Standards Act Representative George Schneider Supports the Fair Labor Standards Act Burke-Wadsworth Bill Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 Senator Morris Sheppard Argues for the Burke-Wadsworth Bill Senator Robert A.
Author by : Stephen W. Bork North American Free Trade Agreement 1993 Representative Lee H. Congress also includes an introductory essay, a bibliography on Congress, and an index. Political posturing needs to give way to civil, respectful negotiations that renew our faith in our system of checks and balances. Byrd Supports Panama Canal Treaties Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981; Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 Representative David R.
They developed a system of checks and balances to ensure that no one branch of government would become too powerful by including various limits and controls on the powers of each branch. Stephens Opposes Civil Rights Act of 1875 Representative Robert B. He is the author of , and. Barkley Supports the Lend-Lease Act Senator Arthur H. Landmark Legislation 1774-2012 includes additional acts and treaties chosen for their historical significance or their precedential importance for later areas of major federal legislative activity in the over 200 years since the convocation of the Continental Congress. Like the 116th Congress, the delegates at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 often had conflicting opinions.
Bacon Argues against Direct Election of Senators Federal Reserve Act 1913 Representative Charles A. Some of the selections rightly could be considered prejudiced, partisan, self-serving, parochial, and occasionally verging on the absurd. The opinions illuminate the challenge facing each member of Congress who sincerely seeks to represent his or her constituency, and his or her own conscience. Weeks Opposes the Eighteenth Amendment Nineteenth Amendment Women's Suffrage 1919 Representative Adolphus P. Four asterisks, denoted in the design as four stars, indicate breaks in the debates that encompass more than a sentence or two; these may reflect omitted paragraphs or entire sections of speeches. Nixon 1974 Representative Peter W.
No member of Congress, or those who voted for them, should stand by and allow the government employees who were furloughed, or the countless other Americans affected by the recent political squabbling in Washington, to endure another minute of economic uncertainty. Much of the literature examined in writing Landmark Debates in Congress offers thoughtful and far-reaching insights into the thinking of the time. Landmark Debates in Congress: From the Declaration of Independence to the War in Iraq. Bordo, Claudia Goldin, and Eugene N. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Mason Speaks Out Against the Homestead Act Fourteenth Amendment 18661868 Representative Andrew J.
With such a wealth of information to choose from, selecting the passages to include was challenging. Landmark Debates in Congress was conceived as a window into how Congress, seemingly constituting a cross-section of society, has wrestled with some of the most thorny questions facing American democracy. This site is like a library, you could find million book here by using search box in the widget. Once again the pain of gridlock on the Potomac will grip the country. Stewart Introducing the Fifteenth Amendment Senator Thomas A.
A veto override may be the only way to move beyond the impasse we now face. Nelson Argues for the Nineteenth Amendment Representative Frank Clark Opposes the Nineteenth Amendment League of Nations 1919 Senator Gilbert M. Brown, who selected me to be the Library Kluge Staff fellow for fiscal year 2007. The book opens a fascinating window on the history of the United States and the people, events, and powers that have shaped that history across more than two centuries. Borah Supports the Direct Election of Senators Senator Augustus O. Hayne Veto of the Second Bank of the United States 1832 Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky Attacks President Jackson? Taft Opposes Assignment of Additional U. Landmark Documents on the U.
Harris was a firebrand--effectively a Confederate serving in Congress--and had long advocated the constitutionality of slavery and the right of states to secede from the Union. It includes material on the conduct of senators and representatives, the origins and development of the Congress, and congressional procedures and reform efforts. Although my year at the Kluge Center was spent working on a history of Congress, the foundation laid for that work proved indispensable in completing this volume. Landmark Debates in Congress: From the Declaration of Independence to the War in Iraq. In Williams's lifetime, crusaders for civil rights have braved hatred, violence, and imprisonment, and in so doing made life immeasurably better for African Americans and other marginalized groups. Looking back on my nearly four decades as a historian rekindles fond memories of many who set aside their own pursuits to graciously and generously share their wisdom with me. These exchanges seemingly support a commonly held belief that national legislators move slowly and indecisively, but the lesson to be drawn from these debates, and many of the others included in this compilation, is that reaching a consensus is often extremely challenging given the divergent membership of the House and the Senate and the disparate constituencies they represent.