THE CONGRESS: Men in Motion

The Congress listened with gravity to Harry Truman. Then in some ways (but not in all) it went on being the same old garrulous, partisan Congress. Senators belabored one another over the McCarthy affair. Both houses shuddered at the idea of squeezing out $10 billion more in taxes in an election year.

And members continued to oppose Senator Paul Douglas' dogged efforts to whack some of the pork and patronage out of bureau payrolls, road projects, and reclamation dam plans in its huge ($32.5 billion) omnibus appropriation bill. Illinois' Douglas took his defeats philosophically. At one point when William Langer,...

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