U.S. At War: Beaten Bloc

No casual visitor in the House gallery could have guessed that a critical moment of the 77th Congress was at hand. Speaker Rayburn merely drawled: "The question is on agreeing to the motion of the gentleman from Missouri." There was no debate. As casually as if it were considering a new post office, the House voted 205-128 not to agree with the gentleman.

But in that moment the potent, stubborn, self-seeking farm bloc was beaten. The vise which it had clamped on Congress, the Administration and the nation (TIME, July 20) was cracked....

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