THE CONGRESS: Congress' Week, Dec. 1, 1947

Capitol corridors and committee rooms hummed with debate. Harry Truman had presented his program for interim aid to Europe (long-range ERP recommendations were yet to come) and for inflation controls at home. Now it was up to Congress.

In the hot partisan commotion stirred up by the President's message, little action was possible. Republicans and Democrats alike knew that the stands they took on anti-inflationary measures might well decide the 1948 elections. Most Democrats, hoping that the President had been politically smart in suggesting a return to rationing and wage-price ceilings, kept...

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