THE CONGRESS: Sunshine & Battle Cloud

Flailing about in the dust and clamor of the great Battle of the Budget last May, the House assaulted the Administration's defense request.with meat axes, lopped off some $2.5 billion. Half that total was made up of mere bookkeeping switches that Dwight Eisenhower was willing to accept, but he argued hard with congressional leaders to get back the other $1.2 billion that cut painfully into the Pentagon's 1958 spending plans. Last week, with economy fervor on Capitol Hill somewhat faded, the Senate undid most of the House's damage. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted out a $34.5 billion defense bill...

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