CO~GR.ESSIONAI. RECORD-SENATE il1 ay ! .! , 197.'>
LEGISLATIVE MEDICINE FOR AN
Mr. MANSFIELD Mr. President, since
convening in January, the 94th Congress
has been primarUy concerned With legIslative
medicine !or an ailing economy.
The congressional maJority recommended'
a program for economic rcco\ ery and
energy 11utnclency. Under the leadership
or Senator John PASTORE's ad hoc maJOrity
conference corrunittee, the Senate
ha.o; expcchted the consideration or measures
necessary to deal '11. tth America's
economic and energy supply problems
as outlined m the congressional propasal.
The following steps advocated by the
Democratic majority have been taken:
First. A tax rebate to provide a oneshot
stimulus to the sagging economy
has been enacted
Second. A temparary personal tax reduction
!or continuing suppart to consumer
purchasin~e power hall been enacted
Third A business tax rcducUon to
stimulate Investment has been enacted.
Fourth Congress has repealed the on
depletion allowance to otrset revenue
losses and to provide more equity wlthm
the tax structure.
Fifth. Both Houses have passed an
emergency housing program to create
job.<~. to provide homeownershlp n.sslstance
to 10'11.'- and middle-income famllles.
and to tUmulate the depressed constructiOn
Industry. Included in this m1·asure
IS temparary mortgage assistance to
homeolllners who have become unexpectedly
unemployed. In nddltlon, the
Congr~ has rejected the President's re!\
CI:-slons and deferrals or funds tor exIsting
Sixth Congress hRS refused to put a
5 perc'!nt ceiling on Social Security benefits
Increases as proposed by President
Ford and the Senate has passed the
wage and price meo.sure calling tor an
8 percent increa.«e. Congress proposed
and ena.rted a one-time $50 bonus payment
to help stimulate economic recovery,
Seventh Congress has called on the
Fedenu Reserve Board to lower longterm
Interest rates and maintain a longrun
iT'Owth in the money supply.
Eighth. Congre6S has cleared for the
President Increased appropriations for
public aervlce employment and Job oppOrtunities.
The Senate has also passed
a measure designed to open up new Job8
to persons to repair train roadbeds and
rehab111tate railroad !acllltles.
Ninth. Congre&S has reJected the President's
propased rescissions and deferrals
or !und3 tor Job-Intense publ!c worka and
Tenth. Congress has extended emergency
unemployment compensation benefits
tor 4 more months and the Senate
has on Ita calendar a bill to ~tabltsh an
eme!"iency health benefits pro(fTam !or
Eleventh. The Senate has passed a
host or meas\ll"eS to meet the situations
which may arise In regard to energy, Including
allocation and rationing authorlzaUon
to the President to act expeditiously
durlna a sudden shortage.
Twel!th. Both Houses have passed legIslation
to prevent the Pre3ident from
imposing energy price Increases on consumers.
mcludlng higher tarllfs on oil
Impart!; and pr1ce decontrols. AAeto or
this legislation rematns pending and an
over-ride attem1,.1t was pastpaned in light
of the President's deferral o! further oil
Thirteenth. ..a.n auto fuel etrlctency
standards bill and a natural g~ production
and conservation bUI ha\·e both
been ordered rePOrted and w111 be ready
for Senate action in June Committee
work contlnue3 on several other unpartant
bills dealing with pawerplant siting.
energy etrlclency labeling of producta,
the Outer Continental Shelf lands.
the national strategic reserve, nod
Aside from economic and energy related
legislation. the Senate has dealt
with several other matters or considerable
Importance in the nrst 5 months ot
this Congress. It has changed Its rule
regnrding cloture so that three-t\fUu ot
the membership may now vote to end
debate on a bUl rather than two-thirds
present and voting. Congrc.'IS has a(fTeed
to Its first budget resolution ln an etrort
to control Jo'edernl expenditures and set
budget priorities. The Senate has established
a Select Committee on Intelligence
to look Into que~>tlonable acth1tie.<~
throughout the \'arious 1ntell1gence
agencies nnd to Investigate the need !or
legt.,latlon. The Senate has PM8ed a
measure creating a Consumer Advocacy
Agency to protect consumer Interests In
Federal agency actions and the courts.
The Senate has passed the nurse trainIng-
revenue sharing bill which as two
separate bills last year was poeket
Senate achievements this year have
been substantial and we can be proud o
our record thus far. For a more detalled
summary or Senate legislative activity In
1975, I refer the Members to the report
prepared by Senate Democratic Polley
Committee statr which I ask unanimous
consent to have printed at this point In
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 50, Folder 57, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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