Mundt–Ferguson Communist Registration Bill

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The Mundt–Ferguson Communist Registration Bill was a proposed law that would have required all members of the Communist Party of the United States register with the Attorney General.

The bill was first introduced in 1948 as H.R. (House Resolution) 5852,[1] at which time it was known as the Mundt-Nixon bill. It was passed by the United States House of Representatives, but the United States Senate did not act on it.

It was re-introduced two years later, as the Mundt-Ferguson bill (also known as the Subversive Activities Control Bill). Again it was passed by the House of Representatives but failed in the Senate. Sen. Pat McCarran then took many of the provisions from the bill and included them in legislation he introduced that became the McCarran Internal Security Act, which passed both houses of Congress in 1950.

  1. ^ Deschler, Lewis; Brown, William (1977). "Chapter 9.B.7.4". Deschler's Precedents 5. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 3298. ISBN 9780160917219. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 

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