April 1966 Cabinet Meeting on Cutting Federal Expenditures

April 1966 Cabinet Meeting on Cutting Federal Expenditures

April 01, 2016  | ENO CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION

Records of the April 1, 1966 Cabinet meeting convened by President Johnson to discuss the need to reduce federal expenditures to fight inflation. At the meeting, Johnson ordered all federal agencies to try to find ways to cut federal spending on construction-related activities for the upcoming year by 10 percent. This was the root of the highway spending impoundments that would plague the highway program from fall 1966 through spring 1975 and which shaped the debate over the Highway Trust Fund for decades after that.

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