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Daily Digest

Tuesday, January 7, 1964


Second session of the Eighty-eighth Congress convened.
House adjourned out of respect to the memory of Representative Baker.

Senate Chamber Action

o'clock meridian as the hour of daily meeting of the Senate unless otherwise ordered.

Page 4 Resolutions Submitted: Three resolutions were submitted, as follows: S. Res. 245-247.

Adjournment: Adjourned at 12:23 p.m.

Page 4 Procedural Resolutions Adopted: Three procedural

Committee Meetings resolutions, as follows, were adopted:

METRIC SYSTEM Notification of quorum: S. Res. 245, providing for the Committee on Commerce: Committee held hearings on appointment of two Senators to advise the President that S. 1278, to provide that the National Bureau of Standa a quorum of the Senate is present and ready to receive ards study the practicability of the adoption by the U.S. any message. Senators Mansfield and Dirksen were of the metric system of weights and measures. Testiappointed to this committee;

mony was received from Senator Pell; Dr. Allen V.

Astin, Director, National Bureau of Standards; AlexLegislative program: S. Res. 246, advising the House

ander H. Flax, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force that a quorum of the Senate is present and ready to

(Research and Development); and Robert P. Fischelis, transact business; and

president, the Metric Association, Washington, D.C. Hour of meeting: S. Res. 247, setting the hour of 12 Hearings were recessed subject to call.

House of Representatives

Hour of Meeting: Adopted H. Res. 604, fixing, unless otherwise ordered, the daily hour of meeting of the House of Representatives at 12 o'clock meridian.

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Chamber Action
Rills Introduced: 4 public bills, H.R. 9566-9569; 12
private bills, H.R.9570-9581; and 7 resolutions, H.J. Res.
882, H. Con. Res. 250 and 251, and H. Res. 602-605, were

Pages 5, 8, 9 Notification of President: Adopted H. Res. 602, authorizing the appointment of three Members to join with a committee of the Senate to notify the President that a quorum of each House is assembled and is ready to receive communications. Representatives Boggs, Vinson, and Halleck were appointed to this committee by the Speaker.

Page 5 Notification of Senate: Adopted H. Res. 603, instructing the Clerk of the House of Representatives to inform the Senate that a quorum of the House is present and ready to transact business.

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Joint Session: Adopted H. Con. Res. 250, providing for a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, January 8, 1964, at 12:30 p.m., for the purpose of receiving the President's state of the Union message. The calling of a recess at any time on that day by the Speaker was made in order.

Page 5 Condolence Resolution: Adopted H. Res. 605, providing for expressions of sorrow and sympathy on the death of Representative Howard H. Baker, of the Second Congressional District of Tennessee. The Speaker appointed the following Members to serve on the funeral



committee: Representatives Quillen, Boggs, Davis of Committee Meetings Tennessee, King of California, Murray, Byrnes of Wis

WHEAT consin, Evins, Herlong, Watts, Derounian, Alger, Bass,

Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Wheat Jennings, Everett, Schneebeli, Fulton of Tennessee, and

held a hearing regarding pending wheat legislation, and Brock.

heard testimony from Secretary of Agriculture Freeman. Adjournment: Adjourned at 12:55 p.m.

Hearings continue Wednesday, January 8, 1964.

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Both Houses heard President's message on state of the Union.
House passed Kennedy Memorial Center bill.

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Senate Chamber Action

by that court for the year ending September 30, 1963,

was received, referred to Committee on Appropriations, Routine Proceedings, pages 20–69

and ordered to be printed as S. Doc. 54. Bills Introduced: One bill and three resolutions were introduced as follows: S. 2417; and S. Res. 248–250.

Senate Rule: Senate took up S. Res. 89, to amend

Senate rule VIII so as to require that 3 hours each day
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the debate on the floor of the Senate be germane to the State of Union: Senate adopted H. Con. Res. 250, pro pending business.

Page 95 viding for a joint session with the House on Wednesday,

a January 8, to receive the President's message on the state

Condolence Resolution: Senate adopted S. Res. 250, of the Union.

expressing condolences on the death of Representative

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President's Message on State of Union: Senate met in
joint session with the House to hear President Johnson

Adjournment: Adjourned at 5 p.m. deliver his message on the state of the Union.

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Committee Meetings
Interparliamentary Conference: President pro tem-
pore appointed Senator Kennedy to the Canadian- TAXATION
American Interparliamentary Conference to be held in

Committee on Finance: Committee resumed its executhe U.S. January 14-18, in lieu of Senator Dodd.

tive consideration of H.R. 8363, proposed Revenue Act Page 20

of 1964, taking additional tentative action on amendPrinting: Letter from the Clerk of the U.S. Court of ments thereto, but did not conclude its work, and will Claims transmitting a report of the judgments rendered meet again tomorrow.

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State of the Union Message: Before a joint session of Congress President Johnson delivered his message on the state of the Union. The President was escorted to and from the House Chamber by a committee composed of Senators Mansfield, Humphrey, Smathers, Russell, Dirksen, Kuchel, and Aiken, and Representatives Boggs, Vinson, Cannon, Halleck, and Arends. The message was referred to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered printed as a House document (H. Doc. 251).

Pages 113-115 Private Calendar: Passed the following bills on the call of the Private Calendar:

Cleared for the President: S. 585, 1196, and 1524.

Sent to the Senate without amendment: H.R. 1455, 5617,6092, 6748, 7347, and 7821.

Sent to the Senate, amended: H.R. 1295, 1450, 1723, 1725, 2190, 2948, 4361, 4972, and 8322.

Passed over without prejudice: H.R. 2300, 2706, 2728, 5145, and 8878.

Pages 116–119 Kennedy Memorial: By voice votes the House rejected a recommittal motion and passed without amendment H.J. Res. 871, to provide for renaming the National Cultural Center as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and to authorize appropriation therefor. This passage was subsequently vacated and S.). Res. 136, a similar measure, was taken from the Speaker's table and passed in lieu after being amended to contain the House-passed language.

Rejected amendments that sought to

Delete provisions for appropriations and borrowing authority;

Provide for creation of a John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Commission;

Require a balanced budget for the Government prior to erection of a memorial;

Proceed with original legislation except to change the name from National Cultural Center to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts;

Adjournment: Adjourned at 6:58 p.m. Committee Meetings WHEAT Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Wheat continued hearings regarding pending wheat legislation, and heard testimony from public witnesses. Hearings continue on Thursday, January 9. INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION Committee on Banking and Currency: In executive session ordered reported favorably to the House H.R. 9022, to authorize increased U.S. participation in the resources of the International Development Association.

Prior to the executive session the committee held an open hearing on the bill with testimony from John C. Bullitt, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

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Thursday, January 9, 1964


Senate committee approved bill on equal employment opportunities.


Committee Meetings

Chamber Action

The Senate was not in session today. Its next meeting will be held Friday, January 10, at noon.

TAXATION Committee on Finance: Committee continued its executive consideration of H.R. 8363, proposed Revenue

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