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January 11, 1941

THE OLD CONGRESS PASSES, THE NEW BEGINS

JAMA. 1941;116(2):142-143. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820020052015

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Abstract

The Seventy-Sixth Congress came to a close automatically January 3 at noon without completing action on a wide variety of proposals of interest to the medical profession. Included in these proposals were reflections of many peculiar conceptions of difficulties with the American system for the distribution of medical care and even stranger notions as to how defects might be corrected. Undoubtedly most of the proposals were prompted by sincere, humanitarian motives.

The expiration of the Congress has wiped the legislative slate clean of the Wagner national health bill and the Wagner-George hospital construction bill, both of which died in the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. A similar fate, but in various committees, overtook such measures as the Mead hospital construction bill, the Tolan bill to subject injured federal employees entitled to the benefits of the United States Employees' Compensation Act to the chiropractic thrust, the McCormack bill to

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