THE CONGRESS: 50-50 Proposition

At the first session of the U.S. Congress, in 1789, the members of the House and Senate set their own pay at $6 for each day they were present. Since then, from time to time, Congressmen have nudged the figure upward. Last week the 84th Congress, armed with the recommendations of a citizens' commission, gave itself a raise of 50%, from $15,000 to $22,500 a year.

Two Bulls & a Bank Roll. While the final vote was overwhelming (223-113 in the House, a shouted voice vote in the Senate), the Congressmen acted only after hearing some caustic words about their...

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