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July

29

1981

July 29, 1981



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Diary Entry - 07/29/1981

Wednesday, July 29, 1981

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The whole day was given to phone calls to Congressmen except for a half dozen to name Ambassadors. I went from fearing the worst to hope we’d squeak through. As the day went on though somehow there was a feel that something good was happening. Then late afternoon came word the Senate had passed its tax bill (ours) 89 to 11. Then from the house where all the chips were down—we won 238-195. We got 40 Dem. votes. On final passage almost 100 joined the parade making it 330 odd to 109 or thereabouts. This on top of the budget victory is the greatest pol. win in half a century. Tip O’Neil & his leadership called me and with complete graciousness congratulated us on our win. Now we must make it work—and we will.