January 1956 White House Meeting with GOP Leaders on Highway Bill

January 1956 White House Meeting with GOP Leaders on Highway Bill

September 12, 2020  | Jeff Davis

This is an internal White House summary of the January 31, 1956 meeting between President Eisenhower, his staff and key Cabinet members with House and Senate Republican leaders. The summary is a “personal and confidential” summary of the meeting sent to the Bureau of the Budget.

This is the meeting where Republican leaders agreed to support a tax increase to pay for the Interstate highway system instead of bonds, other borrowing, or diversion of existing general fund taxes. (The Cabinet and the President had approved such a plan the previous month, but getting the support of Republican leaders was key, as well.)

Original in the Box 2 of the Legislative Meeting Series of the Ann Whitman File of the Eisenhower Papers as President, Eisenhower Library.

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