The 84th Congress, first session, was conditioned by a political fact: its slim Democratic majority had to cope with the immense popularity of a Republican President. Although the Congress worked hard, it had no direction of its own; it could merely attempt, by trimming and modifying, to place a Democratic stamp on the Eisenhower program. The results:

Foreign Policy. Congress went all the way with the President. The Senate gave Ike authority to intervene in the area of Formosa. Overwhelmingly approved were the treaties for German rearmament, the end of Austrian occupation, and mutual defense with Southeast Asia and...

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