Sculptured Eagle from Main Committee Hearing Room Ceiling

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Daniel A. Reed (R-NY) became Chairman of Ways and Means after the Republicans won control of the House in 1952. The chairman's adamant views on fiscal matters came directly from the theories of the 1920's, when tax cuts had helped generate a balanced budget. Reed could work himself up into a rage when defending his conservative position on the House floor. His detractors, claiming his views were 25 years behind the times, referred to the likeable curmudgeon as the "Neanderthal man."


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