At a Joint Session of Congress on May 22, 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt defended his decision to veto a measure providing early payment of bonuses promised to World War I veterans. The certificates were originally to be paid in 1945, but as the Great Depression worsened, many impoverished veterans demanded early payment. Congress successfully authorized the bonus payments in 1936.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “President Roosevelt Reads Veto Message,” http://history.house.gov/Collection/Detail (December 14, 2017)
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