THE CONGRESS: Congress' Week, Feb. 17, 1947

Speaker Joe Martin thought things were shaping up nicely. He had just seen his brood of House Republicans drop their squabbles, and obediently line up to be counted for a rock-solid party vote. The issue was the constitutional amendment to limit a President to two terms. Not a Republican wavered as Democratic whip John McCormack wailed: "It will make the Constitution rigid. It ties the hands of future generations." Of the 238 Republicans present, 238 voted right. With 47 Democrats joining them, the vote was 15 more than needed for a two-thirds majority. Joe was pleased.

He needed some reassurance....

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