National Affairs: Fast Work

Shifting into high gear last week, the Senate also:

¶ Passed a bill to deny Red-led labor unions the NLRB's protection of their collective-bargaining rights. ¶Voted 85-0 to tack onto the Red-led union bill a rider designed to "outlaw" the Communist Party, a proposition opposed by Attorney General Brownell and FBI Director Hoover on the ground that it would drive Communists underground. This surprise move was sprung by Wayne Morse and two Democrats, Minnesota's Humphrey and Massachusetts' Kennedy, as a partisan response to McCarthyite charges that Democrats are soft on Communism. Michigan's Homer Ferguson pointed out that the rider merely outlaws...

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