Mundt–Ferguson Communist Registration Bill

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The MundtFerguson 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.

Mundt-Nixon Bill of 1948[edit]

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 passed in the United States House of Representatives on May 19, 1948, by a vote of 319 to 58.[2][3] Forty-six Harvard University professors publicly opposed its passage.[4] (The Nixon Library cites this bill's passage as Nixon's first significant victory in Congress.[5])

However, the United States Senate did not act on it.[6]

Both Phil Ferguson and Richard Nixon were members of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).

Mundt–Ferguson Bill of 1950[edit]

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.

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  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 1 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "In Washington Yesterday - The House". New York Times. 20 May 1948. 
  3. ^ Fisher, John (20 May 1948). "House Passes Mundt-Nixon Bill 319—58". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "46 Faculty Members Attack Mundt-Nixon Anti-Red Bill". 22 May 1948. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Timeline". Nixon Library. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Justice: RG 1 Departmental Files - Justice 1950-1972: 8 Hollinger document boxes (#162-169)". Karl E. Mundt Historical & Educational Foundation and Archives. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 

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