/tiles/non-collection/s/speaker_oneill_2005_016_047.xmlCollection of the U.S. House of Representatives About this object
Democratic majorities in Congress eroded after the 1978 elections. The 96th Congress (1979–1981) continued to struggle with energy legislation amid rising support for deficit reduction. The year-long Iranian revolution and subsequent hostage crisis at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran often overshadowed the serious economic problems. Immediately before their mass suicide at a South American commune, followers of cult leader Jim Jones murdered California Representative Leo J. Ryan during his investigation of the compound in Guyana.