Sculptured Eagle from Main Committee Hearing Room Ceiling

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In 1933, at age 69, Robert L. Doughton (D-NC) began his tenure as Ways and Means Chairman.  When he ended his 42-year Congressional career in 1953, he had chaired Ways and Means longer than any other member, 18 years.  He disliked budget deficits and espoused pay-as-you-go financing.  As Chairman, he participated in a fiscal revolution that entailed the financing of New Deal relief programs, Social Security, U.S. mobilization in World War II and the Korean War, and foreign aid programs of the early Cold War years.

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