WHCF Subject File - LE: Legislation

According to the White House Central Files filing manual, this category was "for material pertaining to Federal legislative programs, private relief bills, the general subject of legislation, and legislative matters such as voting records, lobbying and vetoes."

Also according to file manual instruction, legislative proposals, House and Senate bills and resolutions, enrolled bills, and specific legislation were to be filed elsewhere by appropriate subject. Cross references for this material were to appear under LE only when several items were covered in a single case file or when several subjects in the filing manual applied.


LE: Legislation
Executive 1600 pp. / General 40 pp.
Material on legislative activity during the Ford Administration, including speeches and messages to Congress regarding prospective legislation, status reports and presidential programs, National Security Council reports on weekly congressional activity, the Republican Legislative Agenda "Program for Progress", and legislative reports compiled by the Republican National Committee.

LE 1: Filibustering
Executive 20 pp. / General 9 pp.
Items on attempts to delay or prevent action in Congress, including a memo from Vice President Rockefeller to the President regarding an amendment to the cloture rule (Rule 22) of the Senate, a memo from Counsellor to the President Jack Marsh to Ford advising him on how he should stand on the cloture situation, and correspondence from the public critical of Rockefeller's position on the issue.

LE 2: Lobbying
Executive 30 pp. / General 6 pp.
Items on lobbying and the laws governing it.

LE 3: Private Relief Bills
Executive 525 pp. / General 12 pp.
Material on private relief bills, including claims against the government and cases involving the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

LE 4: Vetoes and Repeals
Executive 420 pp. / General 9 pp.
Material on presidential action against certain legislation, including veto messages to Congress regarding such legislation as the National School Lunch and Child Nutrition Act Amendments of 1975 (H.R. 4222), the Common Situs Picketing Bill (H.R. 5900), the Public Works Employment Act of 1975 (H.R. 5247), and the repeal of the Hatch Act (H.R. 8617); plus lists of congressmen to be contacted by the President to gain their support in sustaining a particular veto.

LE 5: Voting Records of Members of Congress
Executive 80 pp. / General 7 pp.
Material on the voting records of members of the House and Senate on various key pieces of legislation as compiled by Americans for Constitutional Action.

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