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May 4, 1964


JAMA. 1964;188(5):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060310085039

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Medical Legislation.—  Congressional leaders are hoping for an early adjournment this year, by midsummer if possible, but the civil rights debate could keep the lawmakers at their desks into the fall.During presidential election years, the legislative leaders try to clear up business by the time of the Democratic and Republican conventions so that Senators and Representatives can start campaigning early for their own races and for the national tickets. This is not always possible, as was the case in 1960 when Congress met after the conventions and, among other things, the Senate rejected the King-Anderson bill by a 52 to 48 vote.The King-Anderson plan for a Social Security medical-hospital program for the aging financed through Social Security taxes is again an issue in this Congress. The measure as well as other proprosed changes in the Social Security system now is being considered behind closed doors by the House

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