TAXATION: House Default

"Step by step," gloomed Representative James W. Wadsworth in the House one day last fortnight, "the House of Representatives is losing its place as an institution. . . . We do not originate much more than the enacting clause of most legislation."

The onetime Senator from New York could not have chosen a better occasion for his strictures on the decline of the U. S. House as a deliberative body. Up for debate in the legislative branch whose constitutional duty is to originate all revenue bills was the most important measure introduced...

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