THE CONGRESS: Fact & Fiction

The inauguration parade had barely passed before Washington's pundits—both certified and curbstone varieties—were passing the word that President Eisenhower's honeymoon with Congress was over. When the House Committee on Government Operations voted to restrict the President's powers to reorganize Government departments (by giving the Congress power to overrule reorganization measures by a simple majority), predictions were freely made that things were even worse: it was the beginning of a bitter feud.

But the committee vote turned out to be the result of a misunderstanding: some Congressmen had a mistaken idea that Ike was agreeable to having his reorganization powers curtailed....

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