Truman and Taft-Hartley: A Question of Mandate

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TRUMAN VETOES
THE TAFT-HARTLEY ACT

A TREMENDOUS amount of lobbying and political pressure had been exerted upon Congress during the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act. When Congress sent the approved bill to the President for his consideration on June 9, 1947, this political pressure was then transferred to the White House. The President had ten days, Sundays excluded, to make the decision to sign or veto, during which time individuals and organizations utilized their political power in an effort to influence his decision. Letters, telegrams, and postcards poured into the White House from the nation, almost all viewing the measure as either completely good or completely bad. The Taft-Hartley Act evoked one of the greatest public opinion mail responses that the administrative branch ever endured on a domestic issue. Eben Ayers, a White House assistant press secretary, reported that this "volume of mail was the greatest ever received at the White House

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