National Affairs: De-Porking

As remarkable as the sudden rebellious uprising in which pork-loving Congressmen had threatened to tear the Administration's Relief Bill apart only the week prior (TIME, June 7), was the willingness with which most of them toed the Administration mark last week.

When the bill first came up, a fierce battalion of pork-seekers took it to a committee-of-the-whole and earmarked $505,000,000 for flood and drought control, roads and public works. A hot battle began. With earmarkers in control, the House began to approve pork amendments one after the other. Baring their teeth, they passed...