D. Senator Huey P. Long, Democrat of
|Senator Long was filibustering the Administration's
final budget bill of the year, on matters unrelated to Social Security.
But since the Social Security appropriation was part of this omnibus
bill the effect of his filibuster was to leave the Social Security
Board without any funds.
In order to start operations the Social Security Board had to borrow
resources from other New Deal agencies. Much of the staff and office
equipment came from the National Recovery Administration, which had
recently gone out of business following a Supreme Court decision that
it was unconstitutional. The salaries of the employees were paid by
the Works Progress Administration and the Department of Labor until
the Board finally got its initial appropriation in February 1936.