National Affairs: About-Face

Three days after it had marched up the hill to spear the President's request for authorization of a long-term foreign-aid development fund, the House Foreign Affairs Committee did an abrupt about-face last week, marched back down again to approve the bill 17-10.

Pivot of the turnabout was Arkansas' hardworking, international-minded Brooks Hays, whose plight showed how personal pressures and preoccupations can affect the voting of even a highly conscientious legislator. Hays had been so busy with the unfamiliar duties and responsibilities of his new post as lay president of the Southern Baptist Convention...

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