THE CONGRESS: On Second Thought

As the House was debating the 1954 appropriations bill for the State, Commerce and Justice Departments last week, Brooklyn's fiery Representative John Rooney came forward with a surprise proposal. Said Democrat Rooney: the House should deny the heads of the three departments the right to fire civil servants without hearing.

The firing power was given to the Secretary of State seven years ago (chiefly to permit him to oust security risks) in an appropriations-bill rider. Three years ago it was extended to the Secretary of Commerce; the new bill proposed to include...

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