THE CONGRESS: The Elephant Hunt

THE CONGRESS The Elephant Hunt Drawing a bead on Virginia's apple-cheeked Harry Byrd, the Senate's economizer extraordinary, is almost as adventurous an undertaking as stalking a bull elephant with an arquebus. But Minnesota's bumptious Freshman Hubert Humphrey was never one to heed the admonitions of his elders. He sighted on Harry Byrd's jaw-cracking Joint Committee on Reduction of Nonessential Federal Expenditures. Far from serving as a useful check on government spending, blared Humphrey, the Byrd committee might better be described as "the nonessential committee on nonessential expenditures."

Harry Byrd was not on...

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