JOHN B. CONNALLY
As Secretary of the Treasury, he lobbies a Congressional sponsor of
President Nixon's revenue-sharing legislation to support the bill, despite
amendments introduced by the Democrats in committee.
Typed Letter signed: "John", 1 page, 8x10½. Washington,
D.C., 1972 May 31. On official letterhead to Jack Edwards, House of
Representatives, Washington, D.C. In full: "Because of your original
support and co-sponsorship of President Nixon's general revenue sharing
legislation, I am writing to ask for your assistance in seeing that this key
legislative program is enacted into law in this Congress. As you know, the House
Committee on Ways and Means, by a vote of 18 to 7, reported H. R. 14370, a
Committee modification of the President's proposal. This bill, while differing
somewhat from the Administration bill as to the allocation of funds, does,
nevertheless, contain the fundamental and essential elements of the
Administration proposal. It provides for the sharing of substantial Federal
revenues with all general purpose units of State and local government and in a
manner that permits those units of government a high degree of discretion in the
use of such funds. The Committee bill deserves the support of those, like
yourself, who are sponsors of the President's general revenue sharing process.
We have come a long way, against difficult odds, since February of 1971. Having
come this far, we dare not slacken our efforts. When H. R. 14370 is considered
in the House, I strongly urge your support for the rule and for adoption on
final passage. My warmest personal regards. Sincerely". JOHN B. CONNALLY,
Jr. (1917-1993) was JFK's Secretary of the Navy (1961-1962),
Governor of Texas (1963-1969) and Nixon's Secretary of the
Treasury (1971-1972). Riding in the same car as President Kennedy in the
Dallas motorcade November 22, 1963, he was wounded in the assault which killed
JFK. (A primary reason for Kennedy's trip to Texas was to try to make peace
between the conservative Connally and liberal US Senator Ralph Yarborough.)
Connally sought the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980, but won
only one delegate. Democrats controlled the US House of Representatives
through Nixon's Presidency, requiring compromise on important legislation.
Jack Edwards of Alabama, elected on Barry Goldwater's coattails in
1964 as one of the first of the new wave of conservative southern
Republicans, would ultimately serve 10 terms in the House. Here Connolly is
working to insure that Nixon's legislative base hold firm despite changes to the
bill. Revenue sharing, as described by Secretary Connolly in this letter, was
a key element in President Nixon's legislative agenda. Multiple mailing
folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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