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“We’ve Got to Work Our Will”

 

Photo credit: Cecil Stoughton

Conversation Details

In this postelection conversation about legislative strategy, President Johnson conferred with Speaker of the House John W. McCormack [D–Massachusetts] about House Rules Committee chair Howard W. “Judge” Smith [D–Virginia], who had repeatedly blocked legislation from coming to the House floor. Their remedy would be the 21-Day Rule, which allowed the full House to consider a bill if Smith had not granted a rule within three weeks of the relevant committee’s request.

 

Date:
November 5, 1964
Topic:
Congress
Location:
LBJ Ranch
Conversation:
WH6411-08-6230

Conversation Participants