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PCS US History

Congressional Actions

TermDefinition
Interstate Commerce Act (1887) regulated railroads and other interstate businesses
Sherman Antitrust Act (1890) outlawed any combination of companies that restricted trade
Social Security Act (1935) benefits to people who cannot support themselves
Fair Labor Standards Act (1938) banned child labor and established minimum wage
Medicare (1965) medical benefits for elderly
Family Medical Leave Act (1993) law requiring covered employers to provide employees with job-protected and unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons
Dawes At (1887) divided Native American land into private family plots
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (1965) authorized President Johnson to take military action in Vietnam
War Powers Act (1973) limited the President's power to deploy troops abroad
Patriot Act (2001) In response to September 11 terrorist attack - law is intended to help government agencies detect and prevent possible acts of terrorism
Federal Reserve Act (1913) intended to establish a form of economic stability in the U.S. by introducing the Central Bank
Lend-Lease Act (1941) authorized President to aid any nation whose defense was vital to U.S. security
Civil Rights Act (1964) outlawed discrimination
Voting Rights Act (1965) law reducing barriers to African American voting
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