The World: Saga of the Jackson Amendment

The U.S.-Soviet trade agreement rejected by Moscow last week involved a remarkably strange piece of legislation. The enactment of the Trade Reform Act, after two years of haggling and deliberation, marked a rare moment when Congress not only dictated U.S. foreign policy but also tried to determine the domestic policy of another country. During its two-year peregrination to passage, the bill gave rise to some strange alliances and taut confrontations. Congressional conservatives opposing trade with Russia joined with liberals concerned with human rights and the AFL-CIO, which feared the loss of American jobs....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!