THE CONGRESS: Into the Jaws

While the President was away, Congress took stock of itself and the nation, then settled down to the task of chewing parts of the President's legislative program into pulp.

First the House fastened its teeth to the $29 billion omnibus appropriation bill. The more the House looked at the thing, the bigger the bill had grown—an additional $385 million for national defense, millions for creeks, dams and other sordid items of pork-barrel politics. It had become just too much to digest; besides, members had been getting letters from constituents demanding an end to...

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