Emergency Relief Appropriations Act, 1937


Emergency Relief Appropriations Act, 1937
   Concerned about the continuing cost of relief and the need to balance the federal budget, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked for only $1.5 billion in relief spending for 1937-1938. The Emergency Relief Appropriations Act of 1937, passed on 22 July 1937, also excluded aliens not in the process of becoming citizens from work relief programs. The resulting cuts in spending are thought to have contributed to the “Roosevelt Recession” that year.

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