84th Congress (1955-1957)

President: Dwight D. Eisenhower (R-KS)

House Majority Party: Democrat

House Majority Seats: 232 out of 435

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


Vice President: Richard M. Nixon (R-CA)

Senate Majority Party: Democrat 

Senate Majority Seats: 49 out of 96

Senate Majority Leader: Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (D-TX)

"Mr. President, I again ask for the yeas and nays. Every man has a right to commit suicide." - Senator Paul Douglas (D-IL) (above)


Formosa and Pescadores Defense Act

Reciprocal Trade Act

Mutual Security Act of 1955

In God We Trust Motto on Currency

Air Pollution Control Act of 1955

Mutual Security Appropriations Act of 1955

Reserve Forces Act of 1955

Poliomyelitis Vaccination Assistance Act of 1955

Minimum Wage Increase

Upper Colorado River Project

Bank Holding Company Act

Soil Bank Act

Department of Agriculture Appropriations Act of 1956


Enactments (cont):

Legislative Branch Appropriations Act of 1956

Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956

Defense Appropriations Act of 1956

Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1956

Narcotics Control Act

Health Research Facilities Act of 1956

In God We Trust Official Motto Adopted

Mutual Security Appropriations Act of 1956

Social Security Amendments of 1956

Servicemen's and Veteran's Survivor Benefits Act

Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956