The Christmas visits back home had not changed the mood and temper of Congress: it was still angrily anti-Administration, still without any constructive program of its own.
Response to the President's State-of-the-Union message was apathetic. Ignoring Mr. Roosevelt's repeated request for higher taxes, the Senate breezed along, readying its low-return tax bill for final passage.
On one point all Congressmen seemed agreed: they must provide generous benefits for returning and disabled servicemen. In this resolve they were strengthened by a vigorous new veterans' lobby (see p. 16).
But the issue of soldiers' votesvastly more...