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January 17, 1966


JAMA. 1966;195(3):21-23. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100030009002

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Congress Meets.—  The second term of the 89th Congress started Jan 10 with the Vietnamese war threatening to make the federal budget the largest in history— some $110 billion.President Johnson is not expected to recommend any significant increases in the antipoverty and other domestic programs in light of the heavier defense expenditures.Following the convening of Congress, the White House will issue this month the State of the Union budget, and economic messages.The White House has been planning to ask for a multimillion-dollar Hill-Burton program to expand and modernize city hospitals in part to help meet the expected heavier hospital patient load due to medicare.Major nonmedical issues in Congress include repeal of state right-to-work laws, reapportionment of state legislatures, federal rent subsidies, and hiking the minimum wage.Bills in the medical field that Congress may act on this year involve liberalization of the Keogh-Smathers law; federal centers

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