THE CONGRESS: Congress' Week, Feb. 24, 1947

With most top Republicans off mending party fences in the name of Abraham Lincoln (see Republicans), the Congress could only nibble at the people's business. Nevertheless, it bit off one big mouthful.

Under the Reorganization Act, Congress had to make up its mind by Feb. 15 what ceiling it would recommend on expenditures for the next fiscal year (ending June 30, 1948). There had been little time for committee hearings or detailed analysis of the President's budget. But last week the 102-member Joint Committee held a stormy session and hit upon a figure—$31.5 billion, or $6 billion less than Harry Truman had...

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