The evidence left by democratic members of Congress 73d is not as rich as historians would like. This is partly due to the fact that there are few collections of manuscripts and, if they do, few documents dating back to 1934 are contained. For example, representative Emanuel Cellar`s (N.Y.) documents did not contain documents on trade issues until 1935. The manuscript collection of MP Ross Collins (D-Miss.) contains no documents on the RTAA and little political correspondence. Tom Connallys (D-Tex.) The documents were extremely sparse in 1933-34, without any documents on the senator`s feelings about the RTAA. The William McAdoo (D-Calif.) documents are extensive, but unfortunately McAdoo was seriously ill during the period when the RTAA was debated and there is no evidence of his feelings regarding the RTAA or most other legislative matters from late 1933 to mid-1934. Senator Key Pittman`s manuscript collection (D-Nev.) is extensive, but does not contain materials that refer to the RTAA. Finally, the documents of Representative Henry Rainey (D-III.) contain no correspondence for 1934. 55. Between 1890 and 1909, the United States concluded 19 so-called «reciprocal» agreements. Ten were introduced under Section 3 of the McKinley Tariff Act of 1890, which authorized the President to impose punitive tariffs on five products imported from countries whose tariffs on U.S.
products were «uneven and inappropriate.» Despite the name of the reciprocity provision, it was based on the principle of penalizing tariff reductions with appropriate reductions rather than inviting them; it was abolished by the Wilson-Gorman Democratic tariff 1894. Nine agreements were negotiated in accordance with Section 3 of the 1897 tariff, which authorized the President to adjust tariffs on posts when they were imported from countries granting reciprocal concessions. This provision was abolished by the Payne-Aldrich Republican tariff of 1909. These nineteen «reciprocal trade agreements» differed from the RTAA in that the President`s authorization was very limited and most tariffs were levied. April 65, 1934 Article, «Dangerous Tariff Experiment,» by Henry Fletcher, The Awakener: A National Organ of Uncensored Opinion (published in New York City), Borah Papers, Container 811. Under the leadership of the United States and the United Kingdom, international cooperation has flourished and concrete institutions have been created. The discussions that began at the Bretton Woods Conference of 1944 were the International Monetary Fund. The first international trade agreement, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), was established in 1949. In 1994, THE GATT was replaced by the World Trade Organization (WTO), which still controls international trade agreements.  5th League of Nations, World Economic Survey (1932-33) and Jones, Joseph, Tariff Retaliation Repercussions of the Hawley-Smoot Bill (Philadelphia, 1934). In the Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act of 1934 («RTAA»), Congress delegated its constitutional power to consolidate tariffs to the President. The trade agreements negotiated under the RTAA did not require ex post approval from Congress.
Instead, the broad authority conferred on the President was renewed every three years. In addition, tariff reductions have no longer been unilateral through omnibus tariff laws, but bilateral through trade agreements, in exchange for comparable tariff reductions for foreign trading partners. RTAA radically changed the governance structure that controlled U.S. trade policy for more than a century and established a new institutional base that allowed the United States to participate in post-war global trade liberalization and expansion. In fact, RTAA is probably the most important trade legislation of this century. It is also an unusual case of congressional delegation of policy makers to the president.