Great Society Legislation timeline

  • Economy Opportunity Act, 1964

    Economy Opportunity Act, 1964
    To mobilize the human and financial resources of the Nation to combat poverty in the United States. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled. That this Act may be cited as the "Economic Opportunity Act of 1964."
  • Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA),1964

    Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA),1964
    VISTA or Volunteers in Service to America is an anti-poverty program created by Lyndon Johnson's Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 as the domestic version of the Peace Corps. Initially, the program increased employment opportunities for conscientious people who felt they could contribute tangibly to the War on Poverty. Volunteers served in communities throughout the U.S., focusing on enriching educational programs and vocational training for the nation's underprivileged classes.
  • Medicare,1965

    Unlike most industrialized nations, the United States does not guarantee access to health care or health insurance for all of its population. Employers are the major providers of health insurance for working people and their dependents. But two major government programs also exist to ensure that Americans have access to health insurance: Medicaid provides health insurance for the poor, and Medicare provides health insurance for individuals sixty-five and over and the disabled.
  • The National Foundations of the Arts and Humanities, 1965

    The National Foundations of the Arts and Humanities, 1965
    It is for advancement of the humanties of arts. By local, states,reginal, and private agencies and their organizations
  • Immigration Act of 1965

    Immigration Act of 1965
    In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed a bill that has dramatically changed the method by which immigrants are admitted to America. This bill is the Immigration Act of 1965. This act, also known as the Hart-Cellar Act
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965

    Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965
    Congress enacted the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) (P.L. 89-10), the most expansive federal education bill ever passed to date, on April 9, 1965, as a part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty." A former teacher who had witnessed poverty's impact on his students, Johnson believed that equal access to education was vital to a child's ability to lead a productive life.
  • Medicaid,1965

    The Medicaid program was enacted in the same legislation that created the Medicare program - the Social Security Amendments of 1965 (P.L. 89-97). Prior to the passage of this law, health care services for the indigent were provided primarily through a patchwork of programs sponsored by state and local governments, charities, and community hospitals.
  • The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act ,1966

    The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act ,1966
    AN ACT To provide for the establishment of the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities to promote progress and scholarship in the humanities and the arts in the United States, and for other purposes.
  • Water Quality Act,1965

    Water Quality Act,1965
    Required states to issue water quality standards for interstate waters, and authorized the newly-created Federal Water Pollution Control Administration to set standards where states failed to do so.
  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),1965

    The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),1965
    The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, also known as HUD, is a Cabinet department in the Executive branch of the United States federal government. Although its beginnings were in the House and Home Financing Agency, it was founded as a Cabinet department in 1965, as part of the "Great Society" program of President Lyndon Johnson, to develop and execute policies on housing and metropolises.
  • Clean Water Restoration Act,1966

    Clean Water Restoration Act,1966
    The clean water restoration Act of 1966 to fine any pollutor when fail to submit reports $100 per day, requires by law.