BANKS: Close to Bottom

Into a protracted Senate haggle over Louisiana's petty politics, Senator James Couzens of Michigan one day last week cut with a staccato demand: "Mr. President, I desire unanimous consent to take up, out of order, Senate Joint Resolution 256. It is of considerable importance." The Senate gave its consent. The reading clerk unintelligibly rattled out the contents of S. J. R. 256 and two minutes later, without debate or even notation by drowsy newshawks, it was unanimously passed.

Three days later S. J. R. 256 was whipped through the House in 40...

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