Newsreel: 82nd Congress Opens - 1951
Newsreel: 82nd Congress Opens – 1951

Welcome to the US Capitol as the 82nd US Congress convenes in early 1951, where new faces in both the Republicans and Democrats are taking seats.

Lyndon B. Johnson rose to Senate Whip as the Democratic Senate majority would be cut to only two votes.

The Capitol building is seen being remodeled to accommodate a thriving electorate.

After Speaker Sam Rayburn, one of the longest serving members, convenes the State of the Union, President Harry Truman enters the newly restored chambers to give his assessment.

It is a Brave New World as the Cold War heats up in 1951, and Congress tries to assure Americans that they are up to the task of preserving the republic.