National Affairs: Porlc-as-Usual

With virtuous vigor Franklin Roosevelt last week vetoed a $320,000,000 defense-highway appropriation bill. Reason : he had asked for only $125,000,000 to correct critical deficiencies in the strategic network of military highways; pork-hungry Congress had blown up the measure; worse, had changed the bill's idea. The $320,000,000 was not to be distributed according to defense needs but by the hoary Federal-aid formula — based on population, area, etc. The Senate happily overrode the President's veto, 57-to-19, well over the required two-thirds majority. The House just barely upheld the President by what amounted to a mistake : the overconfident pork-lovers got two...

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