Did John Kennedy institute any meaningful domestic policies?

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John Kennedy did have some significant domestic policies. However, there were two factors that limited his activity in this area.

One accomplishment that President Kennedy had was the increasing of the minimum wage to $1.25 an hour. The minimum wage had been increasing since World War II ended, and it continued to rise while he was President.

President Kennedy worked to further women’s issues. He issued an executive order ending gender discrimination in civil service jobs. He also signed the Equal Pay for Women Act. He also created the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.

When President Kennedy took office, we were in a recession. Jobs were created as the government increased spending on space exploration and for our national defense.

There were factors that limited what President Kennedy accomplished on the domestic front. He only served about 2.75 years of his four-year term due to his assassination. He also didn’t campaign very much to help Democratic members of Congress get elected to office in 1960. Thus, these elected officials weren’t willing to risk their political future on supporting a bill on civil rights that President Kennedy was supporting.

While there were domestic accomplishments during his term, there were factors that limited more actions from occurring.