THE CONGRESS: Where Are the Leaders?

Washington was charming in its Christmas wrapping. But around the Capitol and the buildings of state the charm was only brick-deep.

Congressmen, who habitually put off all thoughts of legislation with the first glimpse of holly, were again scrambling to get home for the holidays—no matter what kind of a mess they might be leaving.

And a mess it was: of the 22 recommendations Harry Truman had made since September 6, only four had been acted upon. They were 1) the Government Reorganization Bill, 2) a much-watered-down version of the Full Employment Bill,...