THE CONGRESS: One Roadblock Bypassed

Senate Southerners, accustomed to using the unlimited-debate rule to talk civil rights measures to death, got a bitter taste of their own by-the-rules medicine. Dusting off a rules paragraph that had lain idle for a decade, Senate Republicans used it last week to save the Administration's civil rights bill from the strangling clutches of the powerful Judiciary Committee, chaired by Mississippi's James 0. Eastland.

Since January, Eastland had kept the Administration bill in a tight committee grip. Meanwhile, the House went ahead with its own version, beat off Southern attempts to enfeeble...

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