THE CONGRESS: Losses and Gams

President Truman's Fair Deal Program lost more ground than it gained in Congress last week.

One day the President said that he still wanted a $4 billion tax increase. Next day, the House Ways and Means Committee, which originates all tax bills, promptly put the measure on ice. North Carolina's conservative, old (85) Robert L. ("Muley") Doughton, the committee chairman, wanted to wait & see if a slump really was developing.

In the Senate, the Administration's attempt to give the Taft-Hartley Act a swift knockout collapsed. The Labor and Public Welfare Committee had been holding day & night sessions to speed...

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