THE CONGRESS: Twenty Senators

Early one night last week, the doorbell began ringing at a fashionable old apartment in Stoneleigh Court, a stone's throw from Washington's Mayflower Hotel. The callers were admitted by Kansas' 76-year-old Senator Clyde Reed, ushered in with a cautious admonition: "Now boys, this is not a drinking party." The warning was unnecessary. The men who gathered in the handsome, antique-filled room had come with a dead serious purpose.

They met in an effort to frame a Republican approach to the European Recovery Program—an approach which would differ somewhat from Senator Vandenberg's participation in the so-called bipartisan foreign policy. Republicans wanted...

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