86th Congress (1959-1961)

President: Dwight D. Eisenhower (R-KS)

House Majority Party: Democrat

House Majority Seats: 282 out of 435

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


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

Senate Majority Party: Democrat 

Senate Majority Seats: 65 out of 100

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

"If you [want] to pass a bill to legalize prostitution, you call it a reform bill and you can get it through the House in 30 minutes." - Rep. Wayne Hays (D-OH) (above)


Hawaii Admitted to the Union

Executive Branch Appropriations Act of 1959

Agriculture Appropriations Act of 1959

Legislative Branch Appropriations Act of 1959

Veterans' Pension Act of 1959

Landrum-Griffin Act

Agricultural Trade and Development Assistance Extension Act

Housing Act of 1959

Federal Employees Health Benefits Act

Mutual Security Appropriations Act of 1959

Civil Rights Act of 1960


Enactments (cont):

Mutual Security Act Amendments

Multiple Use Sustained Yield Act of 1960

Agriculture Appropriations Act of 1960

International Development Associations Act

Stella Missouri Property Army Lease Act

Legislative Branch Appropriations Act of 1960

Social Security Amendments

Area Redevelopment Act of 1960

Twenty-third Amendment