Rivers and Harbors Act of 1882

One highly favored means of dealing with the growing federal surplus in the early 1880s was to spend large amounts on pork barrel projects within the congressional districts of leading legislators. A measure was passed by both houses in 1882 that provided for $19 million to be expended on improvements on various river and harbor facilities.

President Arthur, unlike his predecessors, had the measure closely studied; the bogus nature of many of the projects was unmasked and the president vetoed the bill.

Congress managed to generate the necessary two-thirds vote to override Arthur's veto. Nevertheless, the president gained a measure of public good will for trying to halt wasteful spending.

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1882 BISON POACHING LAWSUIT, RED RIVER VALLEY 200 YEARS AGO, LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION FEATURED IN NEW ISSUE OF NORTH DAKOTA HISTORY
Also featured are an account of the Lewis and Clark Expedition's progress from Fort Mandan west to the Rocky Mountains, and a full-color article showcasing a Chippewa buffalo hunt pictograph from the State Historical Society of North Dakota's ...
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Chinese Exclusion Act- 1882
... of this Act and of the Acts hereby extended and continued and of the treaty of . . . [December 8, 1894,] . . . between the United States and China, and with the approval of the President to appoint such agents as he may deem necessary for the ...
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1882 Chinese Exclusion Act
... until the expiration of ten years next after the passage of this act, the coming of Chinese laborers to the United States be, and the same is hereby, suspended; and during such suspension it shall not be lawful for any Chinese laborer to come ...
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