Photograph of the Senate Democratic Steering Committee

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Photograph of the Senate Democratic Steering Committee

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When the Senate convened with a new Democratic majority in 1933, Majority Leader Joe Robinson wanted them to commit to a “binding caucus” rule, meaning that if 2/3 of the caucus supported a proposal, they would vote en bloc. The southerners would not agree, so the caucus (pictured here) was infrequently called together for most of the early New Deal era. Instead, the Democrats created a policy committee to formulate legislative proposals.

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Underwood & Underwood

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1935-01-04

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