THE CONGRESS: The Sump Pumps

In election years, Congressmen operate by a kind of law of political physics; they seldom rise above the level of the political sump pumps back home. Last week the House of Representatives gurgled along under the pressure of assorted builders, Chambers of Commerce and veterans' organizations.

Under consideration was a bill to spend more than a quarter of a billion dollars to expand by 16,000 beds the hospital facilities of the Veterans Administration. The expenditure, which Congress had authorized last year, had been rejected by Harry Truman on the grounds of economy and common sense. The VA itself...

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