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Interview with the Hon. James R. Jones

The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, The University of Oklahoma
Ronald Peters, Jr., Interviewer | Jones_2016_03_21
James R. Jones Collection | Oral History

0:00 - Introduction

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0:52 - Becoming Part of the House Budget Committee

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Segment Synopsis: Here Jones speaks about the political and social context surrounding his election to Congress in 1972.

Keywords: Budget Deficits; Congressional Election 1972; House Budget Committee; Vietnam War

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2:15 - Passing the Budget Control and Impoundment Act of 1974

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Subjects: Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) House Budget Committee Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

2:41 - Running for a seat on the House Budget Committee

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3:05 - Running for the Chairmanship of the House Budget Committee in 1980

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Segment Synopsis: Here Jones discusses his election to chair of the House Committee for the Budget.

Keywords: David Obey; House Budget Committee; Paul Simon

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5:38 - Reagan's Election and the Prospects for a Bipartisan Budget

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Segment Synopsis: Here Jones discusses his work with David Stockman to craft a bipartisan budget.

Keywords: David Stockman; Ronald Reagan

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6:32 - Divergent Tax Proposals

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Segment Synopsis: Here Jones focuses on his disagreement with the Reagan administration over the particulars of tax cuts. The administration pushed the Kemp-Roth Tax bill.

Keywords: Kemp-Roth Tax Bill

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7:23 - The Assassination Attempt on Reagan and the Rise of Partisanship

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7:44 - Winning the Election to Become Chair Against David Obey

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Segment Synopsis: Here Jones discusses the base of his support to become chair of the House Budget Committee.

Keywords: Bo-Weevil Democrats; David Obey; Lee Hamilton

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8:51 - The Philosophical Divide between Jones and Obey

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Segment Synopsis: Here Jones explores the philosophical divide between the liberal wing of the Democratic Party and his coalition, which sought to work with Reagan.

Keywords: Bo-Weevil Democrats; Budget Deficits; David Obey

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11:46 - Divides within the Democratic Party

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Segment Synopsis: Here Jones goes into the regional and philosophical divides that drove wedges between certain parts of the Democratic Party.

Keywords: Bo-Weevil Democrats; Democratic Party; Oklahoma

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12:59 - The Prospect for Compromise

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Segment Synopsis: Here Jones discusses how the Kemp-Roth Tax Bill drove a wedge between the Reagan administration and the Democrats in Congress.

Keywords: Jones-Steiger Tax Bill; Kemp-Roth Tax Bill

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16:19 - The "Rosy Scenerio"

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Segment Synopsis: Here Jones discusses the assumptions made by the Reagan administration regarding the economic developments that would justify the administration's budget.

Keywords: Congressional Budget Office; David Stockman; Interest Rates, Office of Management and Budget

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17:50 - The Reason for Reagan's Budget Victory

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Segment Synopsis: Jones here outlines how the Reagan administration reacted to the assassination attempt by seeking to project his strength by seeking a showdown vote on the budget. He stresses how the President played a key role in the process.

Keywords: Assassination Attempt; First Concurrent Budget Resolution for FY 1982; Ronald Reagan

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21:06 - The Jones Budget After the Assassination

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Segment Synopsis: Jones asserts that his budget sought to improve on the Stockman budget. After the assassination, the White House had broken off communication, forcing the Democrats to work on their own proposal independent of the Reagan administration.

Keywords: Budget Markup; David Stockman; Partisanship

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23:11 - Phil Gramm's Role

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Segment Synopsis: Here Jones discusses the role played by Phil Gramm in the budget process, in particular his communications with David Stockman.

Keywords: David Stockman; Jim Wright; Phil Gramm

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25:43 - Boll-Weevil Democrats

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Segment Synopsis: Here Jones argues that the boll-weevil Democrats sided with Reagan because of the considerable pressure applied to them by the White House.

Keywords: Boll-Weevil Democrats; Mike Synar; Reagan Budget

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27:06 - The Political Fallout of 5-Year Budget Projections

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Keywords: Budget Projections; Partisanship

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31:55 - The Reconciliation Fight

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Segment Synopsis: Here Jones discusses the reconciliation process that played out in 1981.

Keywords: Budget Reconciliation; David Stockman; Gramm-Latta Budget; Phil Gramm; Reagan Revolution

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35:49 - The Fight Over the Reconciliation Rule

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Segment Synopsis: Here Jones outlines how the vote regarding the reconciliation vote played out.

Keywords: Reconciliation; Rule Vote

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38:35 - The Economic Recovery Act of 1981

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Segment Synopsis: Here Jones outlines his role in shaping the tax bill and his deference to Dan Rostenskowski, the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee.

Keywords: Dan Rostenkowski; Tax Bill; The Economic Recovery Act of 1981; Ways and Means

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43:08 - The Historical Legacy of the 1981 Budget Battle

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Segment Synopsis: Jones concludes the interview by looking at the historical legacy of the 1981 budget process, specifically with respect to partisan politics and budget deficits.

Keywords: Budget Deficits; Partisanship

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