National Affairs: Reconsideration

The Senate was almost deserted last week when Democrat Walter George of the Foreign Relations Committee rose to speak: Would the Senate consider the treaty admitting Greece and Turkey to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization?

The chair called for a voice vote and six voices* answered "Yea." Five minutes after it hit the floor, the treaty was officially ratified and on its way to the White House for the President's signature.

The news brought a howl of indignation from the rest of the Senate. Minor treaties are frequently waved through without bothering to call for a quorum or recording the vote, but never...

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