National Affairs: Draft Dodging

The draft act was within six days of expiring when Majority Leader Barkley rose in the indifferent Senate to make a point: the seizure section of the Smith-Connally anti-strike law, being an amendment to the draft act, would die too, and with it the President's power to seize the coal mines.

The Senate dropped everything, and in whirlwind fashion passed unanimously a resolution extending the draft until July i. Within 30 minutes this expedient, conceived in haste, had reached the House. The lower chamber, not to be stampeded, considered qualifying amendments right...

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