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EVERETT M. DIRKSEN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/28/1963 - HFSID 320007

EVERETT M. DIRKSEN The Senate Minority Leader is unable to attend a patriotic event back home in Illinois because "the Senate is in a constant sweat with controversial legislation" (which he identifies). Typed Letter signed: "Everett M. Dirksen" as Minority Leader, 1 page, 7¾x10½.

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EVERETT M. DIRKSEN
The Senate Minority Leader is unable to attend a patriotic event back home in Illinois because "the Senate is in a constant sweat with controversial legislation" (which he identifies).
Typed Letter signed: "Everett M. Dirksen" as Minority Leader, 1 page, 7¾x10½. No place (but presumably Washington, D. C.), 1963 August 28. On his personal Senate letterhead to Clarence E. Sandstrom, Mount Morris, Illinois. In full: "The Senate is in a constant sweat with controversial legislation, including the proposal to end the present rail dispute, the Test Ban Treaty, the Civil Rights proposals, the Foreign Assistance Act and others. It will, therefore, be impossible for me to come to the meeting on September 17 but I do not know whether Congressman Anderson will be in attendance or not. I would assume so because the House has been a good deal more expeditious and John has in fact been right on the front line fighting with diligence and with good effect. I sincerely hope that a Liberty Bell ceremony can be worked out at Mount Morris because the date is so close to the anniversary of the United States Constitution (September 17) that the idea could well be worked into the ceremony. With every good wish". Everett M. Dirksen (1896-1969) was U.S. Representative (1933-1949) and U.S. Senator (1951 until his death in 1969) from Illinois. He was the Republican Whip from 1957-1959 and Minority Leader from 1959-1969. As Minority Leader, Dirksen played a key role in the passage of the Voting Rights Act (1965) and the Fair Housing Act (1968). A fiscal conservative, he is also remembered for the quip, "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon we're talking about real money!" On August 5, 1963, the US, Britain and the Soviet Union signed the treaty banning atmospheric nuclear tests. On September 23, a bipartisan majority in the US Senate voted to approve the treaty. Senator Dirksen stood next to President Kennedy during the historic White House signing ceremony on October 7. Corners slightly worn. Light surface creases. Small tear on right edge. Lightly toned. Normal mailing folds. Pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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