THE CONGRESS: Forgotten Institution

The full employment bill, as introduced last January, was never much more than a high-sounding Government promise to try to keep everybody working. As passed (71-10) last week by the Senate, its remains were called by one cynical legislator "a damned good New Year's resolution." Disappointed Senate Majority Leader Barkley, who had seen another of Harry Truman's "musts" amended beyond recognition, snapped, "It now guarantees everybody out of work the right to seek a job—if he can find one."

The Senate had done exactly what Ohio's hardheaded, conservative Robert Alphonso Taft had demanded for months, usually...

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