TAXATION: Price of Passage

Easing back in their red leather chairs one afternoon last week, homesick Senators yawned and dozed through a drearisome duet by their reading clerk and the Vice President of the U. S. Twice as fast and half as intelligible as a train announcer, the clerk rattled out the amendments by which the Senate Finance Committee had revamped the House's tax bill into something more suitable to Franklin Roosevelt. Whenever the clerk's voice dropped, John Nance Garner mumbled: ''Without objection, adopted.''

The clerk had barked out three or four of their names before...

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