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Document for December 2nd:
Senate Resolution 301: Censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy


Senate Resolution 301: Censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy, 07/30/1954; SEN 83A-B4, Records of the United States Senate; Record Group 46; National Archives.

On December 2, 1954, the Senate voted to censure Senator Joseph McCarthy, who had led the fight in Congress to root out suspected Communists from the Federal Government. The censure described his behavior as "contrary to senatorial traditions." This copy of the resolution catches the debate on November 9 as the Senate refined the wording of its resolution. The substance of the first count, charging McCarthy with failure to cooperate with a Senate subcommittee, remained unchanged in the final resolution. The second count was dropped for a condemnation of McCarthy’s attacks on the very members of the committee that considered his censure.
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