National Affairs: Half a Loaf

No matter how thin it is sliced, 1957 has been a half-baked congressional year. Accordingly, the Eisenhower Administration could hardly expect more than a half-loaf mutual security bill—and that, last week, was precisely what it was getting. A conference committee compromised differences between House and Senate foreign-aid bills by cutting them right down the middle.

President Eisenhower had asked Congress to authorize a $3,864,410,000 foreign-aid program for fiscal 1958 and, in a vital and farseeing change from past policy, had asked authority to spread $2 billion in repayable loans to underdeveloped countries over a three-year period. This departure from year-to-year development programing...

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