National Affairs: Passing the Buck

The Senate, taking its cue from the House, also decided to pass the buck for rent control back to the home folks. Led by Arkansas' Democrat Bill Fulbright, it voted a bill extending federal control for 15 months, but permitting any state, county, city or village government to vote out rent control locally, subject to the veto of state governors. All that was needed to finish the job was to iron out the conflicts between the Senate and House bills.

The extent of rent increases to be allowed was the only major conflict in the two bills. The Senate wanted a limit...

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