Fifty years ago today, August 4, 1967
LBJ Tax Call
Congressional reaction to President Johnson’s call for a 10 percent income tax surcharge generally ranges from lukewarm to chilly, with few members except some Democratic leaders offering unqualified support.
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Other Democrats joined in the expected Republican opposition. Chairman William Proxmire, D-Wis., of the House Economic Committee called it a blunder that would hamper business growth and thus generate little revenue.
Higher draft calls and a possible $2 billion supplemental defense budget request are likely as a result of President Johnson’s ordered troop increase for Vietnam, Pentagon sources say.
Brinkley Riot Bill
An aide to 3rd District Rep. Jack Brinkley said today that anti-riot legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Brinkley Tuesday would prohibit persons convicted of rioting from receiving federal compensation or assistance for a period of 10 years.