THE CONGRESS: Work Done, Feb. 5, 1940

The Senate passed its first appropriation bill, the $251,822,588 National Defense Deficiency Bill, after trimming it $13,000,000. The House had already eliminated $7,000,000. Total saving over budget recommendation: 7%.

The House passed its third and fourth appropriation bills: one for Treasury-Post Office supply, after cutting it $11,491,900, 9% below Mr. Roosevelt's budget; another a $58,505,100 urgent deficiency bill (half for naval armaments, half for income-tax refunds), after lopping off 3%.

These piddling nicks out of the President's "bedrock" budget were unimportant in themselves—committees of both Houses were making bigger gashes in other...

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