81st Congress (1949-1951)

President: Harry S. Truman (D-MO)

House Majority Party: Democrat

House Majority Seats: 263 out of 435

House Speaker: Rep. Sam Rayburn (D-TX)

 

Vice President: Alben Barkley (D-KY)

Senate Majority Party: Democrat 

Senate Majority Seats: 49 out of 96

Senate Majority Floor Leader: Sen. Scott Lucas (D-IL)

"No. I'd rather run the Pentagon from up here." - Rep. Carl Vinson (D-GA) (above), the House Armed Services Committee Chairman, when asked about serving as President Truman's Secretary of Defense.

Enactments:

Compensation Increase

Executive Reorganization

Central Intelligence Agency of 1949

Agriculture Appropriations Act of 1949

Legislative Branch Appropriations Act of 1949

Housing Act

National Security Act Amendments

Mutual Defense Assistance Act of 1949

Fair Labor Standards Act Amendments

Classification Act of 1949

Agricultural Act of 1949

Uniform Code of Military Justice Act

National Science Foundation Act

 

Enactments (cont):

Foreign Economic Assistance Act

Guam Organic Act

Fish Restoration Act

Social Security Amendments of 1950

Defense Production Act of 1950

Budget and Accounting Procedures Act of 1950

Revenue Act of 1950

McCarran Internal Security Act

Performance Rating Act of 1950

Excess Profits Tax Act

Federal Civil Defense Act of 1950