THE CONGRESS: Over the Barrel

With Harry Truman's drastic emergency anti-strike bill before them, Senate Democrats were over the barrel. They had to choose between President and Party. There was never any doubt which choice they would make. Elections are only five months away.

Up to the White House went two of Harry Truman's friends of Senate days: Montana's brusque Burt Wheeler and Wyoming's earnest Joe O'Mahoney. Frankly and flatly they told the President that he was asking the party to wreck itself; perhaps it would be better all around if he withdrew the bill. The rail strike was over; the coal strike was close...

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