National Affairs: Bills & Barbs

Before leaving for Bolivar, Harry Truman hacked away at the stack of 263 bills left him by Congress.

He signed most of them—the appropriation bill for foreign aid with real pleasure. But he seized every possible occasion to aim a fresh shaft at Congress. He reluctantly approved pay raises of $330 to $450 a year for 1,318,000 federal employees "even though the act meets neither the needs of the employees nor those of the Government."

In appropriating for TVA, Congress had refused to include $4,000,000 for a steam generator to backstop TVA's water power in...

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