National Affairs: Work Done

At last, after weeks of debate and conferences, the nation got a bill to set up domestic control of atomic power. Between the House and Senate there had been honest differences of opinion. A majority of the Senate wanted an all-civilian atomic commission, with the military held to a liaison role. The House passed a version putting one military representative on the commission. The Senators, led by Arthur Vandenberg, held to their principles and in conference the House backed down.

Control of fissionable material, facilities, mines, research and applications will be vested in a five-man commission—civilians all. Chief amendment won by the...

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