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JOHN B. CONNALLY JR. - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/31/1972 - HFSID 296625

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.

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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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