THE CONGRESS: Aunt Mary's Applecart

As chairman of the House Labor Committee, amiable Mary ("Aunt Mary") Norton has had a difficult and busy year. She inherited her job when Massachusetts' able young Bill Connery died a year ago. With it, she inherited the thankless chore of trying to push a stiff Wages-&-Hours Bill past an unsympathetic Rules Committee and then through a recalcitrant House. Mary Norton did the best she could. This was to get a majority (218) of House members to sign a petition discharging the committee and bringing the bill to the floor last December,...

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