96th Congress (1979-1981)

President: Jimmy Carter (D-GA)

House Majority Party: Democrat

House Majority Seats: 278 out of 435

House Speaker: Rep. Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill (D-MA)


Vice President: Walter Mondale (D-MN)

Senate Majority Party: Democrat 

Senate Majority Seats: 59 out of 100

Senate Majority Leader: Robert C. Byrd (D-WV)

"We need it." - Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) (above), in response to Sen. Robert Byrd's (D-WV) announcement that at some point during a filibuster the chaplain is going to have to deliver a prayer.


Taiwan Relations Act

Veterans Health Care Amendments of 1979

Special International Security Assistance Act of 1979

Trade Agreements Act of 1979

Panama Canal Act of 1979

Department of Education Organization Act

Second Continuing Appropriations Act of 1979

Chrysler Corporation Loan Guarantee Act

Refugee Act of 1980

Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980

Crude Oil Windfall Profit Tax Act of 1980

Social Security Disability Amendments of 1979

Draft Registration Act

Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act

Energy Security Act


Enactments (cont):

Motor Carrier Act of 1980

Soft Drink Interbrand Competition Act

Privacy Protection Act of 1980

Staggers Rail Act of 1980

Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1981

Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980

Foreign Service Act of 1980

Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act

Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980

Bayh-Dole Act (Patent Rights in Inventions Made with Federal Assistance)

The Agriculture Appropriations Act of 1980 

Second Continuing Appropriations Act of 1980

The Tonnage Measurement Simplification Act