National Affairs: End of an Old Fight

Since 1923, five Presidents have tried in vain to get Congress' final approval of a new Cabinet post for the Government's welfare functions. Last week President Eisenhower made his try, asked Congress to let him convert the vast Federal Security Agency (37,000 employees) into the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. His plan would make Federal Security Administrator Oveta Gulp Hobby his tenth Cabinet member.

The President's proposal got a warm bipartisan reception in both Houses of Congress, even though it was essentially the same as a plan sent up by Harry Truman in 1950. (Like Truman's, Ike's plan was based...

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