THE CONGRESS: Toward Freer Trade

An expectant stillness, the silence of men aware that they are witnesses at a moment of history, gripped the House of Representatives one morning last week as members waited for Speaker Sam Rayburn to announce the result of the roll-call vote on the session's most important bill. "The yeas were 317," he intoned, "and the nays were 98." Members gasped and whistled: the House had passed the Administration's reciprocal trade bill by a surprisingly decisive margin.

The House had done much more than okay another lease on life for the Trade Agreements...